Recently, the debate between gas stoves vs. electric stoves got fuelled by increasing climate problems. Here we’re breaking down the pros and cons of giving your gas stove-stuffed kitchen a makeover with an electric stove.
Electric stove cooks better than you think! Especially newer improved models and induction stovetops can be bliss when it comes to easy and quicker cooking. Induction stoves create a magnetic current, heating the pan efficiently and quickly while the rest of the cookware stays cool to the touch, thus reducing the risk of burns.
Undeniably, it’s far easier to clean an electric stove than its gas-fuelled counterpart. Induction stovetops are completely flat, as there’s no need for standing metal prongs to balance your pot on an open flame. So, just take a damp sponge or cloth and wipe the surface clean as you would while cleaning a table or kitchen counter. It’s that easy!
Safe to Use
An electric stove or oven is eco-friendly and safer to use too. Recent consumer reports of tests conducted on gas stoves show that, while in use, they emit nitrogen oxide at elevated levels. This high-reactive gas can aggravate asthma or any respiratory infection. While indoor cooking can always cause breathing issues, electric stoves don’t release toxic gasses.
Lack of Even Temperatures
The one frustrating element users experience is that the temperatures of an electric or induction stove are not as even as those of a traditional gas stove. Though some later editions come with helpful settings like ‘rapid boil’ or ‘air-fry mode,’ users usually complain that the utensils take a longer time to cool down once fully heated and the uneven temperatures are a setback.
The Right Cookware
You’ll always need induction-friendly cookware to use on induction cooktops. These cookware items are made with magnetic materials, so if you don’t have them already, you’ll need to buy a new set. An electric stove doesn’t need any special cookware, though. But still, it’s preferable to use pans and pots with non-scratch features.
The Bottom Line
Recent scientific research and possible bans on gas stoves due to climate concerns have created a wider knowledge and appreciation for electric stoves and induction cooktops. Though it may seem like a sizable addition to your household electric bill, it’s worth it! The pros of using an electric or induction stove clearly outweigh the cons, making it a viable replacement for your gas stove. And it makes your kitchen look chic too!