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You Chose Granite Countertops and Now Have to Decide Between a Gas or Electric Range

Choices: There are just so many to make in life.

Take, for example, deciding what to eat for breakfast or whether go with the venti or grande Caramel Macchiato. These are fine examples of everyday decisions you have to make. And then there are other decisions that aren’t so easy and may need careful consideration. For example, you might wonder if you should have A Polished Finish, your Atlanta countertops specialists, install granite countertops or quartz countertops in your kitchen.

Another decision you might have to make when remodeling your kitchen is whether to go with a gas or electric range. That is a tough decision as both have pros and cons. Here, take a closer look.


As with any home appliance, the investment you make calls for an upfront cost as well as long-term operating costs. Electric ranges tend to carry a higher price tag, but not by a whole lot so you can go either way.

The big difference comes in the operating costs. There are many factors to consider, like utility rates for example, but you can expect a gas range to cost anywhere from 10 to 30 percent less to operate on an ongoing basis.

Gas Ranges

The flame on a gas range lights up immediately, giving you instant heat. In addition, you can control the level of heat with precision, reducing the chances of water boiling over. Gas ranges operate on natural gas or propane, which are both inexpensive and clean burning. If you spend a lot of time cooking and baking, a gas range saves you money.

The heat distribution in a gas oven isn’t ideal, so baking often requires ration of the food. Gas also gives off moisture, so you are baking with humid heat rather than dry heat.

Gas ranges are difficult to clean and have heavy grates that need to be removed when wiping it down.

Electric Ranges

Electric ranges have a lot going for them. For example, they are easier to clean than gas ranges. They also have an even surface, which means electric ranges are more stable for pots and pans. The smooth surface also means liquids won’t pool up in one spot. Electric ranges are quite easy to use, you simply turn the knob and the heating element comes right on. There is no need for a match to light the burner.The oven of an electric range heats up faster than a gas range as well.

Electric ranges also come with more options than gas ranges. Some even have a fifth element that heats up only enough to keep cooked food warm.

There are some drawbacks in owning an electric stove. For example, if the electricity happens to go out, you can’t heat up the kettle of water for a cup of tea. And as we stated earlier, it costs more to operate an electric range, something to keep in mind if you do a lot of cooking and baking.

Whichever type of range you choose, let A Polished Finish install your countertops. Give us a call today.