Gas vs. Electric Ranges

Whether you want a gas or electric range, there are several things to consider before pulling the trigger. Like most things in life, there are pros and cons to each so make sure to really understand the differences so you find the right one for you! Some of you may not have a choice for a gas range, but still make sure you have all the right hook ups and requirements for any electric range you buy.

First lets explore a gas range.


  • You can easily adjust the heat by watching the flame and food typically cooks faster with gas.
  • They are very durable. The metal won’t damage from pots and pans like the glass or ceramic will on an electric range.
  • Gas ranges might be more expensive when you purchase it, however in the long run you save money because gas tends to be cheaper than electricity.
  • The flame on a gas range evenly distributes heat to an entire pan, especially on more unique cookware like a wok.
  • In the event of an emergency, most gas ranges can still be used.
  • If you already have the natural gas hook up, then you are saving money on the operating costs.  


  • The first big con with gas ranges is the price. They can be very expensive and if you don’t have a gas line already installed then you have to pay for that as well.
  • Another drawback to a gas range is the gas itself. If you don’t turn it completely off, then gas is slowly leaking into your home.
  • Gas ranges also don’t typically have a self-cleaning option, which can make cleaning very difficult and time consuming for most people.
  • Lastly, gas ranges can be dangerous. It is important to make sure it was installed and hooked up right, and then overtime it needs to be checked for any gas leaks.

Now lets explore an electric range.


  • One of the big advantages to an electric range is the cost. They tend to be cheaper than gas and they have a wide variety of options to choose from to fit your budget.
  • Another great thing about an electric range is cleaning it. All you have to do is wipe it down, unlike a gas range where you have to remove the metal grates and burners to get down underneath.
  • With an electric range you are more likely to get even heating in the oven because of the fan that circulates the hot air.
  • Electric ranges usually have a “hot surface” or some type of light that indicates that the surface is hot, which can be very helpful if you have young kids running around.
  • Electric ranges are also energy efficient. Due to new technology, we can now boil water twice as fast with the right cookware on an induction cooktop.


  • One of the biggest problems with electric ranges is that electric stovetops take longer to heat up and to cook on than gas.
  • They also can become an issue when food or ingredients are spilt and the stovetop is warm. It can be very hard to remove certain foods once they are heated onto the glass.
  • Depending where you live, another problem with electric ranges could be power outages. If you’re in an area with frequent inclement weather than you could be out of a stove or oven until the power comes back on.
  • Lastly, they can be more expensive over time due to operating costs. If you cook a lot, then your electricity bill could be more expensive overtime.

Each type of range has their drawbacks; you just have to decide what works best with your budget and your lifestyle. If you ever have any questions or concerns, call Elite Appliance at (214) 306-6900 and we will answer any questions you have! Or you can email us at

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