One of the key decisions that people face when they are thinking about buying a cooker is whether to go for a gas cooker or an electric cooker, so here's a handy guide to the big question:
Gas vs Electric: Which cooker is best?
The running cost of any appliance is worth taking into consideration, so purely from a position of cost, which is the cheapest type of cooker to run - gas or electric?
Hands down, gas cookers are cheaper than electric cookers. Over the course of a year, the difference will only amount to around £50 a year with typical use. For 52 weeks of use, £50 overall doesn't seem so bad though, does it?
So, while there's no arguing about it - electric is more expensive - it's your own personal cooking preferences that should be seen as more important than purely cost alone.
Gas: the pros and cons
A real plus point with gas cookers is with their hobs. Gas hobs provide instant heat that is easy to control and adjust up and down as required. The heat of a hob distributes evenly across the whole base of pots and pans. And, remember gas is cheaper than electricity. On the down side, while gas hobs are great for providing excellent heat distribution, the same cannot be said for gas ovens. They tend not to come with fans which makes it harder to heat to circulate. Gas ovens tend to hotter at the top than the bottom. Gas hobs can also be a bit fiddly to clean.
Electric: the pros and cons
The advantages of electric cookers are that ovens have excellent heat circulation and even distribution. Many electric ovens are multi-function which makes them extremely flexible. Ceramic hobs tend to be easy to clean.
On the negative side, the heat can take a while to kick in with electric hobs and heat isn't distributed evenly.
In conclusion, as you can see there are pros and cons to gas cookers and electric cookers, so there's no clear winner. It will depend on the way you cook and your personal preferences, but think about the points in this blog as you