What is Better Between Gas and Electric Cooker?
Whether to buy a gas or an electric cooker is usually a question most consumers ask themselves. Each of these has its benefits and limitations and what is ideal for one user may not be the same for another user. Below are some considerations to help you decide on what will work for you.
Considerations when choosing a gas or electric cooker
Factors which influence the choice of either a gas or an electric cooker include how and where it will be used. Other considerations are the safety, control, convenience performance, and value for money. The efficiency, power consumption, and maintenance impacts on the running costs.
To help you make the right choice, below are some benefits and limitations of the gas and electric cookers.
Purchase and energy costs
The gas cookers are more costly to purchase and install compared to the electric types. But the lower running costs make them cheaper over time. However, unlike the electric cooker where almost all houses are pre-wired, it is not usually the case with the gas. Installing the gas connection in a kitchen where none existed may increase the overall cost significantly.
On the other hand, the electric cookers are cheaper to buy but more expensive to run due to the high energy costs. However, consumers can reduce their energy costs by using renewable energy sources such as solar. This has the potential to make the cooker much less to acquire and operate compared to an equivalent gas model.
Controlling the heat
With gas cookers, it is easy to see the level of the flame. Any adjustment of the flame size changes the heat level instantaneously. In addition, you can keep a close eye on the flame, adjusting it as you wish to set your optimum level. This allows you to cook at the desired size of the flame.
On the other hand, the electric cooker elements can reach much higher temperatures compared to the gas type of equivalent energy output. However, It can be a challenge controlling the temperatures since the elements take longer to either heat up or cool down to the desired level.
Both the gas and electric cookers have inherent risks. A gas cooker will usually have a visible flame that warns the users so that they are careful; otherwise they can easily get burnt. The flame can also burn something or cause huge fires if used carelessly. One of the safety issues with this cooker is a gas leak. The gas is colorless and cannot be seen, hence, increasing the risks. However, it has a strong smell that warns people about leakages.
The electric element the may not have an obvious visible sign that it is hot. It is, therefore, more likely to cause burns to people.
Advantages of electric cookers
- Even heat distribution: The electric cookers such as ovens utilize fans to spread the heat from the coils. This distributes the heat equally over the heating areas.
- It is easier to clean. Cleaning the ceramic hobs takes less effort compared to the gas cookers which usually have metal risers on the gas hob.
Disadvantages of electric cookers
- High running costs
- You cannot cook when there is a power outage
- Some of the ovens, such as the convection types with fans, may dry up cakes and similar foods.
- It takes a longer time to heat up or cool down to a certain temperature after you have made an adjustment.
Advantages of gas cookers
- It provides instant heat once ignited, hence, easier to control the temperature.
- It is much quicker to adjust the heat from a gas cooker, and the change in heat level takes effect immediately.
- Cheaper to run, since gas is cheaper.
Disadvantages of gas cookers
- May not spread the heat evenly
- Installing a gas connection is more difficult and expensive
- Not easy to clean compared to the electric cooker
Although the purchase and running costs of a cooker is a major concern, there are other factors such as the convenience, control, and safety to consider. The choice will also depend on the application, type of users and other factors.
Choosing between a gas and an electric cooker can sometimes be a challenge as consumers try to balance costs and convenience. Each of the two cookers has its merits over the other in certain applications and environments. As such, there is no clear answer on what is the best. Since consumers have different needs and preferences, the choice will ultimately depend on the end use.
The electric cooker is less expensive to purchase but may cost more to run. In addition, most households have kitchens pre-wired for the electric cooker, but not for gas. Installing a gas line and connection increases the cost, but the customer can recover this from the low running costs.