As of 2015, gas stoves are often more popular with professional chefs who want to be able to make rapid adjustments to heat output. Electric stoves, however, tend to maintain low heat more precisely.
Electric ranges also have the advantage of heating faster, according to Consumer Reports. Electric smooth top ranges are currently the bestselling style of range. High-end electric cook tops contain warming zones that allow the cook to keep a side dish warm while finishing the main dish. Some electric stoves also include an induction cook top, which heats pans directly using an electromagnetic field and allows for more precise temperature control.