Most people are faced with a choice about which type of cooker to use. There are obviously advantages and disadvantages to each type and careful consideration should be given before a final choice is made as cookers are not inexpensive items to purchase and once bought and installed they need to last a number of years before a replacement is considered.
With an electric cooker the obvious disadvantage is the cost of running it. It tends to be that an electric cooker will use up a lot of energy to work and this will show in the utility bill. For this reason many people opt for features such as the electric hob which will only heat up the section that the pan is sitting on as this not only saves energy but can also prove to be the safer option. Modern electric cookers have designed to be more energy efficient so will not cost as much to use but these models also tend to be a little more expensive to purchase.
Ease of Cleaning
Cleaning a cooker is something that busy people will not want to be doing too much of and an electric hob tends to be easier to clean. A gas hob will have risers and various sections which come away and need to be cleaned separately. An electric hob generally has ceramic plates which can be simply wiped clean and this can save a great deal of time.
Using the Oven
The oven temperature is generally much more even thanks to the fans that are fitted as the heat is spread evenly around. Some ovens have a multi-function feature which means that the oven and grill are in the same section of the cooker and this can be a convenient option for many people although there are options where these are separated into different sections of the cooker.
Running a gas cooker is much cheaper. It is estimated that it only costs around a third of the running costs of an electric cooker. Gas cookers also have hobs which provide the user with an instant heat source rather than taking time to heat up. As the heat comes from a series of flames the bottom of the pan can be heated quickly and the food cooked faster.
Ease of Cleaning
There are many fiddly bits on any gas cooker that need dismantling for proper cleaning. It makes the job very difficult
Using the Oven
However, there are also disadvantages to having a gas cooker. These include an oven temperature which may be uneven. A fan is not normally fitted into a gas oven so as heat rises the top of the oven will have a higher temperature than the bottom. This means that food in the bottom of the oven will not cook as quickly. In addition, it can cost a lot to install a gas cooker as they have to be done by an engineer that is registered GasSafe for health and safety reasons.
No Mains Gas Supply?
There are people who have little choice about what they use. Not every home has a gas meter and access to mains gas so in those towns and villages a gas cooker would need to run on LPG gas.
The cost of this would need to be weighed up to determine if it is cost effective or not, but as this type of gas is supplied in large canisters by independent retailers rather than a utility company then the consumer will find that prices can change with little warning and this can cost more to run than a standard gas cooker, although the canisters would hold plenty of gas and would not have to be changed every week. You would also need a cooker designed to burn LPG rather than natural gas and these do cost a bit more.
In these instances it may be easier simply to fit an electric cooker as the homeowner will also have to change the bottles when they are empty.