Gas stove or electric stove?

Many are lucky enough to have a gas connection in their house or apartment. For the kitchen, the question then arises: gas stove or electric stove? This article therefore contrasts the most important advantages and disadvantages of both types of devices.

Differences between gas and electric stove

Both device types have some basic differences. They concern:

  • the adjustability of the temperature
  • the requirements for pots
  • the energy costs for the devices
  • the settings when baking
  • the longevity

Adjustability of temperature

If the temperature in a gas stove is lowered via the regulator, the flame reacts immediately. The temperature of the hob drops at the same moment. It's different with an electric stove. It will take some time for the temperature change to affect the plate. Especially in demanding cooking, rapid temperature changes are often very important to keep things from burning. That's why professionals always use gas stoves.

Requirements for pots

To ensure a good heat transfer, the bottom of the pot must be evenly even when cooking. The gas stove does not matter so much.

On the other hand, the heat can be problematic when it comes to the gas stove: it rises up the side of the pot and can often make the handles of a pot very hot or even damage them (if they are not heat-resistant plastic handles).

In modern gas cookers with ceramic hob (there are both gas stoves and wood stove stoves with ceramic hob) must also be completely flat, clean and undamaged pot floors.

Energy costs for the devices

The energy costs for gas and electricity vary widely. For example, one kWh of gas costs just a quarter or one fifth of a kWh of electricity. Accordingly, the energy costs of the electric cooker are up to four times higher. Slightly put into perspective the difference, if one uses the residual heat of the electric cooker specifically for cooking, or uses a particularly energy-saving electric cooker.

Settings when baking

If the gas stove also uses a gas-operated oven, temperatures below 150° C can not be selected in most cases. Only a few devices allow temperatures above about 75° C over clocking. Keeping food warm or very slow frying at low temperatures in the oven is therefore only at the electric stove.


Gas stoves are very durable and sturdy. Due to the comparatively simple technology, there is hardly any damage. The only real wearing parts are the ignition pins, which usually have to be replaced after 10 to 15 years. However, the costs are very low, the material price is around 20 - 25 EUR.

High-tech electric stoves, on the other hand, are often much more prone to failure, while modern appliances have a shorter life span.

Tips & Tricks

If you do not want to give up baking with low temperatures, you can also use a combination of gas stove and electric oven - even such appliances are available in stores.

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