An Essential Guide to Purchasing a New Stove

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Whether you just bought your first house or are deciding to upgrade again, buying a new stove requires a little research. At Friedmans Appliance in Concord, there is a large variety of ranges and cooktops to choose from. So, the question remains: How can you make an informed decision on choosing the correct stove for your home?

Food Preparation and Cleanup
Most experts and professionals prefer gas-powered stoves for cooking, and the reason is simple: control. Using gas means being able to quickly control for very high and very low temperatures. That said, many families still prefer electric ovens because they look sleeker and are easier to clean. Ultimately, this decision hinges on your personal preference: Would you rather have a lot of control over how your meals are prepared or do you not mind having less control for an easier-to-manage kitchen?

Operating Costs
Be sure to also consider operating costs. Gas stoves with electric ignitors tend to cost less to use than electric stoves. On the other hand, pilot light stoves continuously use a small amount of gas, so their energy costs can be higher than electric models’. A gas stove will also ultimately cost more if gas lines are not already installed in the kitchen.

Additional Options
A stove’s specific options may further influence your decision to go gas or electric. For example, only electric stoves have expandable elements to fit a variety of pots and pans, but very high- or low-heat burners can only easily be found on gas stoves. You must then consider other options such as sealed gas burners, which make cleaning gas stoves more convenient; ceramic glass tops for electric stoves, which make the appliance easier to clean but limit your cooking options; dual-fuel stoves, which allow you to have the best of both worlds with a gas stove and an electric oven; and more.

Buying any appliance can be a complex decision, and here at Friedmans Appliance, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a new stove or any other kind of home appliance, we have hundreds of models to choose from, all from trusted brands. We’re here to help, so if you have any questions, please call us at (925) 265-8402.