Is a 110 Volt Electric Stove Better Than a Gas Stove?

A 110 volt electric stove offers a different cooking experience than a gas stove, but in terms of energy efficiency, temperature control and heating-up time, gas stoves beat out electric stoves. 110 volt electric stoves are also underpowered compared to more common 220 volt stoves.

The one clear advantage 110 volt stoves have is that they cost less than gas stoves up front, on average. According to How Stuff Works, the cheap end of electric stoves runs around $600, on average, while cheap gas stoves cost $800, on average. However, these savings are offset greatly by electric stoves' poor energy efficiency compared to gas stoves. Especially in areas with cheap natural gas, gas stoves can cost half as much per month to run, when judging based on average usage, according to How Stuff Works.

Gas stoves offer a greater level of precision for temperature control. Users can directly see the amount of flame applied to any cookware, while electric range users are left guessing the temperature by the color of the element. Electric elements generally heat up and cool down slowly, leaving room for error when cooking dishes that require numerous temperature changes. Gas ranges heat up and cool down as fast as the user can see the flame change.