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Should I Get a Gas Range Oven?

When it's time to start shopping for a new range for your kitchen, one of the first things to consider is whether you should get a gas range oven. We're always hearing professional chefs on television praise the amazing benefits of using a gas range, but are gas ranges or stoves for everyone?

The first and foremost benefit to using a gas range is the even distribution of heat and the ease of control of the temperature you're cooking with. In general, food cooks much faster on gas ranges due to the flame heating the sides of your pot or pan, saving you time and effort. In addition, natural gas ranges are less expensive to operate than

electric ranges.

That being said, gas ranges cost a lot more up front. For some people, paying so much for the range itself and then having to pay for the gas installation is too high of a cost, no matter the long-term cost savings. Definitely consider this when debating whether to buy a gas range oven, because gauging affordability is a responsible way to shop for such a crucial appliance.

One obvious red flag for gas ranges is the potential harm to young children. Ask any mother why she opposes putting a gas range in her home and she'll probably tell you she fears her children sticking their fingers into the flames.

Keeping all of these things in mind, it's more about what your needs are. If it would help in your decision making, think about going down to an appliance store to talk to a salesperson. They could better assure you on what would fit your lifestyle.

What is your budget range for your new stove?
Do you prefer to cook on a gas or electric range?
Do you have young children living in your home?
Do you already have a gas line installed in your home?
Do you bake a lot?
How often do you cook with your range/oven?
Are you comfortable cooking over open flame?
Do you eat s'mores?