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Gas and electric ranges both have their advantages depending on what and how you cook. Gas ranges provide better heat control for searing meats and stir-frying veggies, while electric ranges offer dry, even heat for certain baked goods. You should learn more about these differences so you can choose the right fit for your family.

So, what is a gas stove? It uses an open flame to cook both inside the oven and on the stovetop. The oven maintains temperature by flickering on and off while the stovetop flame can be adjusted quickly. On the other hand, electric stoves use metal heating elements on the stovetop and in the oven cavity, and they have a flat ceramic-glass surface on the stovetop.

Both types of ranges can achieve your desired results with any cooking technique, but the way they operate varies. Gas ranges require a gas hookup, which means you’ll need to have a gas line installed in your kitchen if you don’t have one. Meanwhile, electric ranges just need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. However, they require a 240-volt outlet with a dedicated circuit.

If you prefer cooking meals that require rapid temperature changes, gas ranges are ideal. You can precisely control the flame level, even charring and grilling foods directly on the burner. Electric stovetops, on the other hand, often have dual/triple electric elements with multiple rings for the right coverage for your cooking.

Cleaning-wise, electric ranges may be faster since they have a smooth cooktop surface that’s easy to wipe clean. Meanwhile, gas ranges often have removable grates and sealed burners, so cleaning them can be a bit more complicated.

The operating cost for your range depends on your area’s utility costs, but gas stoves are generally cheaper to operate. Overall, consider these differences to choose the right fit for you.