HOME IMPROVEMENT: Gas vs Electric Cooktops

Each type of cooktop has features that appeal to different buyers.  Your decision must be based on the amount of cooking you do and the qualities that are the most important to you.

 

Advantages of Gas Cooktops

  • Gas cooktops offer immediate heat as soon as the burner is turned on. No waiting time is involved. The flame is extinguished as soon as the element is turned off.
  • You can use most types of cookware on a gas cooktop
  • Gas cooktops offer a precise tuning, and can cook food at a very high temperature. This is why most professional chefs prefer cooking with gas.
  • While cooking, the heat level can be visually checked. Change of temperature is also instantaneous by reducing the flame.
  • Sealed burners offer easy cleanup. The grates are built to last, and can withstand falls and heavy weights.
  • In most areas, gas cooktops cost less to operate.
  • If there is a power outage you can still cook.

Disadvantages of Gas Cooktops

  • The open flame makes cooking on a gas cooktop more of a safety hazard.  You must be cautious not to wear loose clothing and also to keep children away from the flames.
  • Gas cooktops are not as environmentally friendly an option as electric cooktops.  There is also a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if the appliance is not used properly.
  • Gas cooktops cost more initially and require both a gas line and an electrical connection to power the burner igniters.  This also means that both a plumber and an electrician are necessary for installation.

Advantages of Electric Cooktops

                                            

  • There are more options available in electric cooktops such as solid, glass surfaces, induction and of course, the coil-type burner.
  • The solid surface burners are sleeker than gas grates.
  • Electric cooktops are considered more environmentally friendly to operate.
  • Safety levels are higher without an open flame.
  • Cleaning is easier.
  • The initial investment is less than a gas cooktop with the exception of the induction cooktops.
  • Water boils much faster on an electric cooktop.

Disadvantages of Electric Cooktops

  • If there is a power outage, cooking is not an option.
  • Preheating time is slightly longer.
  • Less efficient than gas which increases the utility bill.

 

Builders and Remodelers are often asked about the pros and cons of gas and electric cooktops.  It really comes down to what features are important to the homeowner and which appliance suits their lifestyle better.