Gas ranges are still popular in the kitchen appliance market, despite the increasing presence and affordability of electric ranges. Gas stoves can be operated on natural gas or a propane tank if there is no natural gas infrastructure in your area.
Gas stoves get mixed reviews from users, and the majority of the Best Rated Ranges are electric models.
Opinions show that gas stoves are harder to clean, and if you've ever had to do it yourself you know what that entails. It might be some consolation that over 65% of the gas ranges on the market have a self-cleaning feature, and users can't seem to agree on whether gas or electric ovens are better for baking.
Gas certainly has its benefits, particularly when it comes to the cooktops:
- What you see is what you get. Gas burners provide more control over the heat and there is immediate visual confirmation. They also respond quickly when the flame is reduced or turned off, unlike electric cooktops.
- They heat up fast. As the burners provide a direct flame, you don't have to wait for the surface to reach a certain temperature.
- Operation costs are lower. Gas stoves, on average, retail for about $300 more than electric ones and have the added cost of installation. However, in most states gas is much cheaper than electricity and can save you a pretty penny over time.
- The cooktops don't require electricity. This means you can cook or heat food during a power outage, and use matches to ignite the burners when necessary.