The holiday season is coming up and along with baking your ham or turkey, families are considering roasting their holiday meal. This, however, necessitates a choice. Which would be better, an electric or a gas grill?
In this blog post, we compare gas grills vs electric grills and go through pros and cons on which would be better to use for you and your family.
Electric vs Gas Grill Comparisons
Cost and Maintenance Consideration
In terms of initial costs, electric grills generally are cheaper than gas grills. However, though gas grills cost a little more up front than electric grills, there are far more choices available with gas grills.
In terms of maintenance costs, electric grills are much easier to care for. Many electric grills have non stick coatings that make clean up as easy as wiping down the cooking surface and throwing away debris. Some electric grills will even allow you to remove the grate completely for cleaning and there are other models that are dishwasher safe making clean up easy. Gas grills involve a bit more effort when it comes to clean up. Caked on foods need to be burned off or scraped off. Gas grill owners also have to make sure that moisture is wiped away and gas connections and burners are intact. It isn’t hard to clean and maintain a gas grill but it simply is more effort to own a gas grill.
Ease of Use and Reliability
For a lot of people, electric grills are easy and convenient. Simply plug the electric grill into a wall socket and get started. There are now smokeless electric grills available so grilling indoors is also easy and convenient. However, electric grills are dependent on an electric source. This means that electric grills are not portable.
Gas grills, on the other hand, has a built in ignition system or can be lit with a match that allows it to be taken on camping trips, road trips, picnics, and anywhere else.
Versatility in cooking is also very limited on electric grills. You can grill and sear foods on an electric grill but that’s all you can do. Gas grills, on the other hand, provide more options. Gas grills have two or more burners available and owners can utilize the two-zone cooking technique of searing in the hot zone and finishing off in the cooler zone. This expanded option for cooking makes holiday meal planning much more interesting in terms of the variety of foods that can be made. Gas grills can also be set up for roasting and a smoke box can be added to smoke meat underneath the lid.
When considering repairs, gas grills are far easier to fix when it breaks. Parts are generally very easy to find and easy to replace by owners. Electric grills are far tougher especially when it’s the thermostat or internal electrical components that have broken.
Temperature and Grill Size Range
Electric grills are adept at reaching lower temperatures and are able to maintain it due to internal thermostats. Gas grills, on the other hand, can reach higher temperatures with absolutely no problem. The time it takes for a grill to reach the desired temperature is also faster with a natural gas grill.
Electric and gas grills also differ in terms of size availability. Electric grills are very small. Some of the smaller gas grills are still bigger than the electric grills available. This is fine for a small family or if you’re going with an indoor smokeless grill for an apartment. However, electric grills are not suited for holiday cooking like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Gas grills are better if you’re planning to roast a whole turkey, for example, or host a giant cookout.
Electric Grill Pros and Cons
Electric grills may be better for you if you don’t need your grill for large family cookouts or big holiday meal plans. Here are a few pros and cons of electric grills:
- Easy to operate
- Easy to clean
- Can be used indoors
- Inexpensive to use
- Reliant on electricity to power
- Smaller cooking area
- Two-zone grilling, roasting, or smoking not possible
- No smoky or charred flavor
Gas Grill Pros and Cons
If you’re looking for a grill to roast your turkey for the holidays or if you’re looking to have a large amount of burgers on at once, then a gas grill is for you. Here are some pros and cons of a gas grill:
- Heats up quickly
- More cooking options
- Ability to cook outside in any weather
- Adds smoky or char-grilled flavor
- Larger grill space
- More maintenance required
- Natural gas expensive to connect
At the end of the day, which grill you choose depends on what you need it for and your circumstances. If you live in an apartment or somewhere that restricts the use of open flames, an electric grill may be better for you. If you need more cooking options and more room to cook your food, a gas grill is a good option.
Whether you need to power your electric or natural gas grill, Santanna Energy has you covered. Call us today to speak with our reps on pricing and how you can take advantage of our customer rewards program!