So, you are designing your new contemporary kitchen and it’s time to choose a new cooker, but what’s the best option, gas or electric cookers? Do you go for electric, induction, dual-fuel or gas model? There are many benefits and drawbacks to each type. This means that the right option depends on how you cook and how much you can afford. This week, we are discussing the key pros and cons to help you make the right choice.
How you choose a gas or electric cooker is likely to be influenced by your previous experience of cookers. It may also be based on what your kitchen is to be set up for and your own personal cooking preferences. Choosing electric will mean you will use fewer units of energy, but as electricity costs more than gas per unit, it will end up costing you more.
If you use your cooker for an average of five hours a week, you will pay on average only £17 a year for a gas cooker and around £40 for an electric, electric induction or a duel-fuel cooker. When it comes to buying the cooker, all gas models tend to be cheaper up-front as well.
Gas Vs Electric: Pros and Cons
Of course, there is more to it than just cost. Both gas and electric cookers have their ups and downs when it comes to cooking and preparing food.
Hobs tend to be good at simmering. Gas hobs offer instant and easy to control the heat that often spreads evenly across the base of a pan. This means there is less time to stir up your dinner to allow it to cook properly.
In most cases, you won’t find fans in gas ovens, making it harder for the heat to circulate. Some like this temperature graduation, which can be used to your advantage when cooking different dishes at once. However, it can be tricky to get batches evenly baked.
Hobs can be slow to heat up in large volumes compared to electric hobs, especially electric induction hobs. You may find yourself waiting a bit longer to get your dinner going. Gas hobs can also be trickier to clean. Their raised burners and pan supports are rather fiddly and there are more dirt traps where food can get stuck.
As with any gas-powered appliance, you will need to enlist the services of a qualified professional. This person should be accredited by the Gas Safe Register, but it can also up the costs.
Electric ovens tend to spread the head more evenly as most have fans to rotate the hot air. This means that it is easier to achieve consistent results, especially with large batches. However, it is important to check the reviews to avoid investing in the poorer models.
Some electric cookers come with a multifunction oven. This means you can cook using different heating functions at the same time. For example, you can use the grill and the fan at the same time, which can be handy when a less-fierce heat is useful, such as grilling a thicker piece of meat.
Whether it is electric ceramic or electric induction, the surface will be flat. This means there is less to fiddle with compared to a gas cooker. Also, if your hob has touch controls as opposed to dials, there is less scope for grime to get trapped.
If you choose a model with an electric induction hob, you should get faster cooking times. Induction hobs are quick for heating the contents of a pan and are better for simmering at lower temperatures. While electric ceramic hobs cannot compete, they are still often quicker to cook than gas hobs.
Over the years, it has become more apparent that electric grills tend to do a better job at making food crispy and golden than gas grills do. Not every electric grill is amazing, but they still tend to outperform gas models.
Electric ceramic hobs tend to hold onto heat longer than gas or induction hobs. If you leave your pan on the hob once the power is turned off, then it may keep cooking for a while. They can also be slow to heat up.
Duel-fuel freestanding cookers aren’t as common and tend to cost more than other options. However, some people prefer the flexibility they offer. You get the instant heat control of the gas for the hob, but the convenience of electric heat in the oven and grill.
At the end of the day, it is up to you. Talking to your kitchen designer will also help you make a final decision about what you think would be best for your contemporary kitchen. Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms are here to help you with all your kitchen planning needs. Get in touch for more information.