It’s a long-standing argument, electric cookers vs gas cookers. Each has its benefits and each has its drawbacks.
Nowadays, there are so many different types of cookers available. In fact, you’re not even limited to electricity and gas anymore. You’ll also be able to choose from dual fuel and induction, to make things even more complicated!
However, with the UK being committed to reducing emissions by 80% by 2050, gas cookers are actually becoming a rarer sight in people’s homes.
So, whether you’re looking for a new cooker, or maybe perhaps you’re just looking to shrink your carbon footprint and go that bit greener, why should you choose an electric cooker? To find out more, make sure to read on below for our article, written in collaboration with The Appliance Depot, leading providers of free standing electric cookers.
What are the Benefits of an Electric Cooker?
Electricity Burns More Efficiently Than Gas
Whilst it is common knowledge that gas is cheaper than electricity, however, it is important to point out that an electric cooker will heat more efficiently than its gas counterparts.
Choosing to cook on an electric cooker will dramatically reduce how much residual heat is lost whilst you are cooking and therefore, you’ll waste a lot less energy.
Especially important whilst you are cooking is consistent heat. Electric cookers are less prone to hot spots like gas cookers and will ensure that you have consistent heat at all times whilst you are cooking.
Easier to Maintain Lower Temperatures
As you are setting your cooker by temperature, and not guessing with the visual aid of the cooker flame, this means that you’ll be able to maintain lower temperatures when cooking on an electric cooker.
Much Easier to Clean
An electric cooker will also be much easier to clean than a gas cooker. This is because the hob won’t have the rungs and pan stands that a gas model has and therefore, with such a smooth surface, deep cleaning your hob will be much easier. This is a great option if you cook a lot, have a large family or maybe you’re just a messy cook!
It’s actually been proven that electric grills are much better at grilling and browning food evenly compared to gas grills.
Much Safer in Confined Spaces
Many actually decide to take the leap from gas cookers to electric cookers because they feel much safer using them. Gas cookers will always pose the risk of a gas leak which can in unfortunate circumstances lead to explosions and fires.
When you choose an electric cooker, you will no longer have to worry about whether or not you have left the gas on.
The Heat Generated Last a Lot Longer
Electric stoves will also offer you the ability to store heat for much longer after they have been turned off.
Things to Keep in Mind
Hob Stays Warm After It’s Turned Off
This is important to keep in mind if you have children. An electric hob will stay warm after it is turned off and will hold on to warmth for longer than gas or induction hobs.
Higher Running Costs
Whilst an electric hob will be a lot more eco-friendly, it will cost more to run than a gas cooker. Therefore, your annual energy bill may rise slightly when you choose an electric cooker over a gas cooker.
We hope the above has given you some insight into why you should choose an electric cooker and will come in handy when it comes to purchasing your next model.