Both gas and electric ranges have advantages, depending on what and how you cook. Gas ranges offer more responsive heat control for searing meats or stir-frying veggies, while the dry, even heat of electric ranges works better for baked goods. Learn more about the differences between cooking with gas and cooking with electric so you can find the right fit for your family.

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Gas vs. electric stoves

A gas range, or stove, is composed of a gas cooktop and gas oven, and an electric range has an electric cooktop and electric oven. A third type of range, a dual fuel range, has a gas cooktop and electric oven.

When comparing gas ranges vs. electric ranges, it’s a good idea to consider the differences between gas vs. electric cooktops and gas vs. electric ovens to get a full understanding of the appliance and its unique benefits.

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Gas vs. electric cooktops

There are many benefits to cooking with gas and electric cooktops, also called stovetops. Which benefits are most important to you?

Gas cooktop benefits

  • Cooks food fast and evenly
  • Offers responsive control over the heat and flame level
  • Responds quickly to heat adjustments
  • Provides instant heat when the burners are turned on 
  • Cools down quickly when the burners are turned off
  • Burners are protected by caps to keep out spills 
  • Removable grates allow for easy cleaning

Electric cooktop benefits

  • Fast boiling
  • Smooth cooktop surfaces on newer models are easy to clean
  • Flat cooktop surface offers stability for pots and pans
  • Easy install – no gas hook-up needed
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Gas vs. electric ovens

Some cooks prefer electric ovens while others prefer gas. Which type is the right fit for your family?

Gas oven benefits

  • Fast preheating
  • Cooks food quickly 

Electric oven benefits

  • Fast preheating 
  • Great for baking due to even and consistent heat
  • Excellent for roasting and broiling due to drier heat

If you’re having a difficult time deciding between gas and electric ranges, another way to achieve your ideal combination is with a wall oven and separate cooktop or dual fuel range. This way, you can pick your fuel of choice for each appliance or get both in one. Explore gas and electric wall ovens and cooktops from Whirlpool.

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Gas vs. electric ranges: how to choose?

Check out the additional considerations and recommendations below to help you decide between gas and electric.

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Do you have a gas hookup?

Gas ranges, ovens and cooktops require a gas hookup. If you don’t currently have a gas hookup, you’ll need to weigh the cost of having a gas line installed to use gas appliances in your kitchen. If you do have a gas hookup (or you’re installing a gas line) determine whether your kitchen has natural gas or propane. To use propane, you’ll likely need a conversion kit.

Electric ranges plug into an electrical outlet, making them easy to install in most kitchens.

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Is precise heat control important to you?

If you like to make meals that require attention to detail, gas ranges might be the way to go. The burners on a gas cooktop give you precise control over your flame level.

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Do you love to bake?

The heat in electric ovens is often drier and more evenly distributed when featuring convection, which can provide even baking and reliable results. If you do a lot of baking, consider an electric range.

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Do you want to cook and bake faster?

Both gas and electric ovens feature convection cooking for faster baking and thorough roasting.1 Radiant elements on an electric cooktop are perfect for boiling and other speed-oriented tasks.

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Do you want clean-up to be a breeze?

Some electric ranges have a smooth cooktop surface that’s easy to wipe clean, while some gas ranges feature removable grates and sealed burners. Both types typically have a self-clean feature within the cavity that also helps release spills and splatters.

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Are you looking for a cooktop with enhanced flexibility?

Dual/triple electric elements have multiple rings to deliver the right coverage for whatever you’re cooking with, and a bridge element is ideal for large or oddly shaped pots and pans. Similarly, some gas cooktops feature oval burners designed to handle oversized cookware, like griddles or Dutch ovens.

Learn more about dual fuel ranges, which combine the benefits of a gas cooktop and electric oven.

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Get cooking with Whirlpool® Ranges

Whether you love to bake, broil or roast, your range’s fuel type can help deliver optimal results and make a difference in the way you care. Learn more about the different types of stoves or ranges, check out our top picks below or shop gas and electric ranges.

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