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Are you planning to purchase a new cooker but not sure whether to go for electricity or gas? If so, you will quickly find that each variety has its pros and cos. However, your choice of cooker is likely to be influenced by how you like cooking and how much you are willing to spend. In this article, we will explain some of the benefits and drawbacks of having both cookers in the hope that we can help you arrive at the right decision.

  1. The cost

    Gas cookers tend to be cheaper compared to their electric counterparts. Although an electric cooker uses fewer units of energy, the cost of electricity is higher than gas per unit, which means that it will cost you more. Studies reveal that using a gas cooker for roughly 5 hours a week will cost an estimated $17 while an electric cooker will set you back $40. If you don’t have much to spend, a gas cooker would be the more viable option for a start.

  2. Heat distribution

    Most gas ovens lack fans, which makes it difficult for heat to be evenly distributed. The gas oven will be hotter at the top than the bottom. Cooking different meals at the same time could work to your advantage but can be disastrous if you are into baking. Electric ovens on the other hand tend to have more even heat distribution. The fans present in them help circulate the hot air around. This makes it easier to achieve consistent results when baking large in batches.

  3. Cleaning

    Gas hobs are difficult to clean since they have raised burners and pan supports which easily trap dirt and food. Electric hobs are easier to clean as most have ceramic and a flat cooking surface. Some have touch controls, which makes it difficult for food and dirt to get trapped.

  4. Induction/cooking speed

    Gas cookers are slower than electric cookers especially when heating up large amounts of food.  If you are in a hurry and rely on these cookers for your food, you may end up having to wait for some time. Electric cookers have induction hobs that make it quick to heat up meals and are better at simmering at low temperatures.

  5. Grilling

    If you love grilling, electric cookers should be your number one choice as they are better at browning food evenly. Although not all of them are great, most outdo gas models.

  6. Functionality

Electric cookers have an oven that allows you to cook using different heating functions at the same time. For example, you can comfortably use the grill and fan simultaneously when cooking  a thick piece of meat.

 

A major disadvantage of an electric cooker is that the ceramic hob tends to hold more heat as compared to a gas induction hob. If you leave your pan sitting after turning the power off, the food will continue cooking for a while.

As your OK electrician of choice, Colburn Electric is always on hand to provide electricity-related services to the residents of Tulsa and its environs.

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