Most Americans assume that gas ranges, not electric ranges, are the standard across homes. But in fact, only half of homes in the U.S. have gas service. According to Consumer Reports, excellent options for ranges are available across both gas and electric. However, there are differences, and in some areas electrical ranges take the top spot.
1. Electrical ranges provide higher heat than gas ranges.
Overall, a higher percentage of electric smoothtop ranges (65%) earned a score of ‘Excellent’ in Consumer Reports’ high heat cooking test. Only 44% of gas ranges tested by Consumer Reports received an Excellent score.
2. Electrical ranges perform better at low heat.
Surprisingly, electric ranges are also better suited for maintaining a low, steady simmer. In Consumer Reports’ testing, over 60% of electric ranges received an Excellent score, compared to 47% of gas ranges. This ability to maintain a consistent low heat can be especially helpful for cooking sauces or melting chocolate.
3. Electrical ranges overperform gas ranges when broiling.
Consumer Reports tested electric and gas ranges’ broiling capabilities, and electric ranges took the top spot. Fewer than 20% of gas ranges scored ‘Excellent’, compared to 61% of electric ranges.
4. Electric ovens heat more evenly than gas.
If you’re a baker, you might prefer electric ovens since they heat more evenly. Electric ovens are also not as humid as gas ovens, which can help make food crisp and golden-brown.
5. Electrical smoothtop ranges are easier to clean.
Probably the biggest appeal of smoothtop electric ranges is the ease of cleaning them. No need to scrub those clunky coil burners, grates and drip pans. Just spray a cleaner, wipe down, and you’re done!
If you’ve decided to make the switch and install an electric range and oven, you may need to replace the meter base. A meter base is attached to a wall outside of your home and tracks the amount of electricity being used by the home. It’s important to make sure the meter base is properly functioning and the wires and electrical connections are kept dry. Reach out to a Blue Apple Electric licensed electrician to learn more and schedule installation.