Gas or Electric Stoves: Which are best?
When it comes to the perfect stove, there are many different fuel choices to choose from. Gas and electric, however, are still popular choices. If you’re debating over whether a gas or electric stove might be more suited to you, here are some factors you might want to consider to help you make that all important decision!
Which is more expensive to run?
The first thing to consider is how much it's going to cost you to run your stove. On the face of it, you might lean towards electric stoves for this, because they offer better efficiency. That's definitely true, electric stoves use fewer units of energy compared to a gas stove, but those units of electricity cost more than units of gas, so actually you could still end up paying more.
Benefits and drawbacks of a gas stove:
There are several benefits of having a gas stove in your home, including:
- With a gas stove, it is very easy to control the heat of the stove, often just with the touch of a button!
- As mentioned, gas stoves often have lower running costs when compared with electric stoves.
- The stove metal grates with a gas stove are durable and scratch-resistant, giving them the ability to be longer lasting features in the home.
As with everything, however, gas stoves also have some drawbacks, such as:
- The Initial installation of the stove can be more expensive if gas pipe routing is required
- Gas stoves are a non-renewable fuel source and therefore they are not an environmentally sound choice of energy.
- Gas stoves require professional installation from a Gas Safe certified professional.
Benefits and drawbacks of an electric stove:
Similarly, electric stoves have several benefits and drawbacks for use in the home. Some key benefits of electric stoves might include:
- Electric stoves do not require a chimney, meaning there is no heat loss when in use.
- With an electric stove there are no emissions, therefore ventilation isn't a requirement or consideration.
- Electric stoves generally remain cool to the touch, even whilst in operation
However, there can be some downsides to electric stoves, some of which may include:
- Electric units are more expensive than gas, making electric stoves more expensive to run.
- There is generally a minimal heat output, compared to a gas equivalent
- Electric stoves can also be subject to power cuts, which are more common than gas shortages
Which is right for your lifestyle?
The way you live your life will determine which stove energy source is best for you.
If you have a small property an electric stove may be ideal, as it doesn't require any ventilation. If you have a larger property, however, you may find that there isn't enough heat output from an electric stove. Aside from heat output, a gas stove is also a strong consideration if you want your stove to be as affordable as possible to run.
Another consideration to make is the type of property you live in, its location, as well as its décor. For a more traditional home style, for example, a gas stove is going to look more suitable. If you have children, however, you may prefer an electric stove from a safety stand point. This is due to both the fact they operate much cooler, minimising the risk of burning, and they have no fumes to worry about.
When deciding whether an electric or a gas stove is right for you and your home, there is never a right or wrong choice, but just which stove is going to fit into your life the best.
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- Stovesupermarket Admin