Gas or Electric

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Gas or Electric
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Wed, 08-13-2014 - 4:46pm

As everyone knows-we are about to begin the new adventure of a smaller house, not totally new, but newer. Smaller yard-plus new-totally new-appliances. So I'm looking for opinions please. Do you have a Natural Gas stove or Electric? And what is your Dryer? I will (of course)have a clothesline where we move-but I will have a dryer as well. (I actually have one here-I just don't use it much)

If you've used both, I'd like to know which you prefer & why. I've never used Natural Gas at all-seems to me it was only ever available in the very first house we lived in, a very small rental the year DD#1 was born (& she is about to turn 44 this fall). I've talked to several people. DD#1 loves her Gas stove & dryer, DD#2 loves her ceramic top (electric) stove & electric dryer. I forgot to ask DS#1-he was too busy lecturing me on which colour to get (or not get) for my appliances. (How did I get to be so old & still be so dumb??)

Thanks for your opinions

Nora-the lady with boxes EVERY-where. I'm thinking we may just put tablcloths & cushions on them-decorate the place for Shirley & Ray's visit! Oh well-if it is half-decent, we can sit on the deck!

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Avatar for suzyk2118
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Wed, 08-13-2014 - 5:07pm

Very partial to a gas stove. I know some folks like gas burners but electric oven; I have gas both (Viking) and love it.  Only issue is it's a pain to clean.

I believe we have an electric dryer as there's no gas in that part of the basement (dh did run the gas for the stove though!). Not sure that one matters as much to me as long as it dries well! (had gas at the prior 2 houses)

Avatar for elc11
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 08-13-2014 - 5:20pm

Gas stove for me please! I've had both gas and electric ranges and I prefer gas by far because you have much more control over the heat, both in volume and speed with which the heat increases or decreases. As for the oven, I don't mind an electric oven but usually if you get a gas stove the oven will be the same fuel--you can pay more for dual fuel appliances but we didn't. Back in the olden days when gas ovens had a pilot light that was always on, I liked that for rising bread. The electronic ignitions did away with that. Another plus to a gas stove is that if the electricity goes out you can still cook with the range but you'd need to light the burner with a match or lighter. I guess you'll have a generator handy but still.

For dryers, I don't really have a preference. We had an electric dryer for years and it worked fine. When it died we replaced it with a gas dryer (the laundry room was already plumbed for gas) and it works fine too. We are now committed to gas because when we installed the new HVAC they needed 220 for the AC so we let him use the circuit that had been for the dryer. Folk wisdom was that gas dryers were more economical, I think because gas was cheaper than electricity. These days, I don't know which type is more economical....the utility company might  be able to answer that. Does your laundry room already accomodate both or would you need to have plumbing or wiring done?

What color/finish are you planning to get Nora? What does the dishwasher look like, do you hope to match it? We got basic white. I prefer that classic look for our old house, and I think that stainless shows smudges too easily--I'm not one to be rubbing fingerprints off the fridge everyday LOL. Are you planning on getting in-door ice and water? French doors or double doors or classic freezer on top, fridge on the bottom?

Avatar for sabrtooth
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Registered: 12-03-1999
Wed, 08-13-2014 - 8:13pm

Gas for us, too, for everything applicable.  We have 2 gas stoves & ovens, gas dryer, gas dishwasher, even gas heat, since we have hot water baseboard and radient heat, from a gas boiler.  Even our central AC has a heating element which burns gas. 

As Elc said, a gas stove is infinatly more controllable.  Heat is instant, and disappears in an instant.  The only residual heat is in the grate, which is minimal, and the pan itself.  I use mostly cast iron and carbon steel pans now.  They heat fast, and retain heat longer, so I can turn down, or turn OFF the burner for most of my stovetop cooking.  Oh, and get a stove that has continuous grates across the top.  It's a lifesaver when moving heavy pots.  We also have a long burner in the center, for use with a roasting pan, or we can change the grate for a griddle.  Love it. 

It's the same principal with hot water heat.  The water heats quickly, and holds the heat much longer than air does.  When the water reacher temp, the gas cuts off.  The hot water heats the copper coils, and they radiate the heat to the room.  This is more efficent that forced air, since heat naturally rises, so the air heated by the floor rises and heats the entire room.  Baseboard or radient heat is also much cleaner in your house.  No dirty air blowing out of vents.

And at least here in the US, which has vast reserves of natural gas, gas IS cheaper to produce than electric.  It's also cleaner to burn.   And you use less, since you reach temp faster, so it is cheaper that way, too.  And in places where natural gas is not available, we'd burn LP over electric.  Even in your backyard grill, LP is more ecomonical because it burns at a higher temp than natural gas, so you don't have to turn the burner as high, and you don't have to cook as long. 

As for appliances, I have all white also.  Stainless steel is a misnomer.  It stains TERRIBLY, and it scratches and dents.  Had it once--got rid of it all.  Even got rid of the stainless steel sinks and faucets!   For fridge, I have a side-by-side now, and hate it.  A pan of lasagna, a full sheet cake, or a 20lb turkey will NOT fit.  And with narrow, deep shelves, everything gets lost in the back, in the fridge AND the freezer.  French doors with the freezer on the bottom is the next one for me.  I have water and ice thru the door, and even tho it leaked once, I would NOT give it up. 

I have front load washer and dryer.  Be advised--you only should use about 2 TABLESPOONS of liquid soap per load, or your clothes will develope holes and a smell from soap that is never completely rinsed out.  The manufactureres' recommendations are designed to get you to BUY more soap, and buy appliances more often, thinking the holes and smells are from aging appliances.  And leave the washer door open when not it use.

Avatar for elc11
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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 08-13-2014 - 9:47pm

About the french door fridge---the shallow doors are great in a galley kitchen because they don't block the entire passage when open. And it has nice lines. The "deli drawer" for meats and cheeses allows you to easily view what's in there. Unfortunately that is the best I can say for it. BTW we got a GE Profile but I know that some of my issues occur with other brands too.

Ours is counter depth which is part of the problem. It doesn't really have much space. That shallow deli drawer will not fit a rolled roast or whole chicken. The crisper drawers are too shallow to fit a head of cabbage or iceberg lettuce or large head of cauliflower or broccoli. So those larger items have to go on the regular shelves, taking away space from other things. Its one continuous shelf atop the crisper drawers and theoretically you can fit a party tray there....but if you're having a party do you want to give up half the shelf space for a tray? Ours has a temperature control problem, its so cold along the back wall that anything with high water content that touches it will freeze. Similar problem atop the crisper drawers. So I have to be very careful about where I place things. (if I raise the temp at few degrees then the milk goes sour fast) The freezer drawer is okay, I like the various pull out trays but the bottom basket is just a big basket, but not big enough to fit a 16# frozen turkey. I ended up buying a 5cf chest freezer for all of the stuff that won't fit in the drawer freezer. Because its usually just the two of us the lack of space is often not a problem. For a family that shops most every day for fresh foods it would be fine. But at the holidays or when we're entertaining more than another couple, I end up using ice chests to hold the overflow.

My friend has the same fridge in full size. She got in-door ice and water and it takes up most of the inside of one of the doors. She has more shelf space obviously. I'll have to ask her if her's freezes the produce. if you don't need counter depth you will have a slightly larger freezer basket and more fridge space overall, but still encounter the shallow produce drawers and meat drawer...whoever designed it apparently didn't store those items.

That's my little rant for the day LOL, buyer beware!! 

Avatar for nora_mcl
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Registered: 10-30-2011
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 8:17am

Wow-the votes are unanimously for gas! I guess I'll give it a try.

There is a new type of stainless steel front on the appliances that does not show fingerprints as much. We were shown the "old" version & the "new"-& I think I'll try that. I found the white isn't as hard to keep clean as I thought it might be. But it did rust on us-terribly-& I spent a lot of time painting that with the Tremclad Rust paint-especially meant for appliances. Black is definitely out for the very small kitchen. VERY small-think galley sized except the one end is closed!

Nora

Avatar for suzyk2118
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 9:35am

We had stainless panels put in our Sub Zero refrigerator (came with the house, vintage mid 70s - workhorse, will probably outlast us) - it had nasty wood panels with trim that matched the cabinets at the time, in kinda a whitewashed color.  I'll take stainless over white ANY day.  White shows everything and seemed harder to clean (the paint) than just a quick wipe on the stainless. Used to have 2 stainless 'countertops' on each side of the stove; those went away when we got the Silestone (love it); miss them a TON but just too cost-prohibitive when we redid things (cabinet faces (insides are still ancient yellow metal!) and countertops)

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 11:02am

We have electric stove now but converting to gas in the new kitchen. The dyer will stay electric. I have a top loading washer; only  2 years old. I didn't think the added cost of a front-loading one was worth it. The sales person was trying to get me to buy a high efficiency one telling me that it automatically controls the amount of water used. Gee, I told her, I think I am smart enough to set the size of the load on my machine. Seems a lot of money to waste.

I have a clothes tree outside; no clothes lines in this area. It's not very convenient unfortunately.

All the appliances are white. Our frig is new; it is one of those with the freezer on the bottom and one door. When we were looking, it was the one with the most storage. I didn't like the French door types because lack of continguous door storage. And ice cube maker-we don't need that.

I also don't like stainless steel too; it seemed to me not worth the cost. My new kitchen will have white cabinets (some with glass doors) and expanded counter space (granite counters but haven't pick that out yet). I haven't picked out the sink yet. The cabinet doors wil be easy to clean (no sharp corners) and long-lasting.

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 3:56pm

Electric here. I think we had a gas stove in our very first apartment but my folks had electric from as far back as I can remember and we've had electric after that first year. It's probably just what I'm used to!

Pam
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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 9:48pm

  I have all electric.   I have only had electric dryers.   I have had both gas and electric stoves.  I prefer gas because it is easier to regulate the heat, to put the flame exacting where you like it. 

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 08-14-2014 - 10:05pm

 My color preference is white.  Stainless reminds me too much of working in a commercial kitchen.  Just do not like the look of black,

 I have a freezer on the bottom with french doors for the fridge.  It was DH who first suggested it and I was a little leary but I love it.   Just cannot break the habit of saying,  "I got something down from the freezer''

We do have an ice maker in the freezer.  Once I got one I would never go back because no one else in the family seems to know the recipe for ice.   But we purposely chose not to get the ice dispenser in the door.   We have a lot of troubles with the one in our prevous frig and the repairman told us that he gets called out for door ice maker problems more than for any other frig problems. 

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