Whether you’re doing a new build, renovating your kitchen or just looking to upgrade your oven and stovetop, eventually you’re going to have to decide between a gas and electric stovetop. Regardless of how much you love or hate cooking, it’s an important decision given how often you will be using it.
Both electric and gas stovetops come in a variety of sizes and styles and both have their pros and cons. To help you decide, we’re going to break down some of the benefits of gas stovetops.
Full heat control
As anyone with even a little cooking experience can tell you, heat control is essential for stovetop cooking. With a gas cooktop, you have complete and immediate control over the heat levels.
With an electric stove, you have to wait for the elements to heat up and cool down when changing the temperature. But with gas, you have much more responsive control over the heat, providing you with much more precision when it comes to managing cooking temperatures.
Immediate heat changes allow you to drop the temperature from frying to warming, or boiling to simmering, without a delay that could cause the food to overcook or burn. It also means that as soon as the burner is turned off, the stove stops emitting heat. With electric stoves, the element will remain hot even after the heat is turned off, which can lead to overcooking or burning if you leave the pan on the element.
Since you’re not waiting for heating elements to heat or cool, gas stovetops can also help to speed up the cooking process. If you’re the kind of person who loves making complex dishes or dishes that require precise cooking temperatures, gas is the only choice, which is why it’s the preferred choice for chefs and commercial cooks everywhere.
Gas cooktops have natural gas or propane burners that create an evenly spaced flame designed to evenly distribute heat under the pot or pan. This even distribution minimises the risk of hot spots in the pan, reducing the chance of scorching or burning food and ensuring an even heat across the pan.
Cheaper to Operate
In general, natural gas is cheaper than electricity, so running a gas oven and stove will save you money over the long-term. This is particularly beneficial if you do a lot of cooking, especially slow cooking that requires gas burners to be left on for hours at a time. While the difference in operating costs is small, especially for stovetops, when extrapolated out over the lifespan of the cooktop, you can expect to make significant cost savings.
A good gas cooktop will have a heavy duty metal frame overlaying the burner rings. Since the pots and pans are resting on this frame and not the burning rings, it makes the stovetop incredibly tough and durable. If you’re the kind of enthusiastic cook who bangs and drops pots, pans and utensils, a gas stovetop will stand up to this kind of punishment much better than an electric or induction cooktop, which are much more delicate. This will ensure you get a longer life out of your stove and save money on stove repairs.
While electric and induction stoves have their benefits, for serious cooks nothing can beat the benefits of a gas stovetop.