Gas and electric stoves each have certain advantages, according to Consumer Reports. Gas stoves offer more control over heating and are generally cheaper to operate, whereas electric stoves are better at maintaining low temperatures and are cheaper to install if the kitchen is not already equipped with a gas supply.
Gas stoves burn natural gas to provide heat, producing a flame quickly and instantly beginning the cooking process. Most electric stoves use coils, which take time to heat up through electrical resistance. However, modern induction cooktops heat up much faster than traditional electric stoves, and they may help cooks who are interested in a little more speed in the kitchen.
Gas stoves tend to win out in terms of efficiency, according to HowStuffWorks. It takes more energy to produce the same amount of heat using electricity than it does burning natural gas. However, modern Energy Star stoves are much more efficient than older models, and the cost of installing new gas service to a kitchen may counterbalance much of the savings that gas cooking offers a frugal chef.
For those looking for the best of both worlds, there are stoves that combine a gas cooktop with an electric oven. The gas burners are fast and responsive for stove-top cooking, while the electric oven is great at maintaining even temperatures for long baking sessions.