July 21, 2021

Electric Grill vs. Natural Gas Grill

Summer is in full swing, and its likely you’re cooking up some fun outdoors. However, this leaves you with a choice: which is better, an electric or a natural gas grill?

Let’s explore the pros and cons so you can decide.

Cost and Maintenance

In terms of initial cost, electric grills generally are cheaper than natural gas grills. However, though gas grills cost a little more up front, there are far more choices available.

In terms of maintenance, 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. Gas grills involve a bit more effort since caked on foods need to be burned off or scraped off. In addition, gas grill owners need to be sure that moisture is wiped away and that gas connections and burners are intact. It’s simply takes more effort to own a gas grill.

Ease of Use and Reliability

Electric grills are easy and convenient. Simply plug the electric grill into a wall socket outdoors and get started. Or use a smokeless electric grill indoors.

Since electric grills are dependent on an electric source, they are not portable. Natural gas grills, on the other hand, have a built-in ignition system or can be lit with a match, allowing them to be taken on camping trips, road trips, picnics, and anywhere else.

Versatility is very limited on electric grills. You can only grill or sear food on an electric grill, but gas grills provide more options. Gas grills have two or more burners, allowing owners to use a two-zone cooking technique, where they sear food in the hot zone and finish it off in the cool zone. Gas grills can also be set up for roasting and a smoke box can be added to smoke meat underneath the lid. These expanded options makes holiday meal planning much more interesting in terms of the variety of foods that can be made.

When it breaks, gas grills are far easier to fix. Parts are generally very easy to find and easy to replace by owners themselves. Electric grills are far tougher especially when the thermostat or internal electrical components break.

Temperature and Grill Size Range

Electric grills are adept at reaching and maintaining low temperatures due to internal thermostats. Natural gas grills, on the other hand, can reach higher temperatures overall, and do so very quickly.

Electric and gas grills also differ in terms of physical size. Electric grills are very small: even some of the larger ones are smaller than the smallest of the gas grills. This is fine for a small family or an apartment. However, electric grills are not suited for holiday cooking (like a whole turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas) or for large cookouts.

Choose Your Grill!

Choose an electric grill if you have a small family or limited space and the following pros and cons meet your lifestyle:

Pros Cons
Easy to operate Reliant on electricity to power
Easy to clean Smaller cooking area
Can be used indoors Two-zone grilling, roasting, or smoking not possible
Inexpensive to use No smoky or charred flavor

 

Choose a natural gas grill if you need more cooking options, space is not an issue, and the following pros and cons meet your lifestyle:

Pros Cons
Heats up quickly More maintenance required
More cooking options Natural gas expensive to connect
Ability to cook outside in any weather  
Adds smoky or char-grilled flavor  
Larger grill space  

 

Whether you need to power your electric or natural gas grill, Santanna Energy has you covered. Call us today to speak with our energy specialists about special energy plans. Learn how you can take advantage of our customer rewards program!

 

About Santanna Energy Services
Santanna Energy Services located in Austin, TX and Bolingbrook IL, is a Natural Gas and Electricity Provider for Residential, Commercial, Industrial and more. The company was founded in 1988 and has been in business for 32 years and growing!

July 21, 2021

Electric Grill vs. Natural Gas Grill

Summer is in full swing, and its likely you’re cooking up some fun outdoors. However, this leaves you with a choice: which is better, an electric or a natural gas grill?

Let’s explore the pros and cons so you can decide.

Cost and Maintenance

In terms of initial cost, electric grills generally are cheaper than natural gas grills. However, though gas grills cost a little more up front, there are far more choices available.

In terms of maintenance, 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. Gas grills involve a bit more effort since caked on foods need to be burned off or scraped off. In addition, gas grill owners need to be sure that moisture is wiped away and that gas connections and burners are intact. It’s simply takes more effort to own a gas grill.

Ease of Use and Reliability

Electric grills are easy and convenient. Simply plug the electric grill into a wall socket outdoors and get started. Or use a smokeless electric grill indoors.

Since electric grills are dependent on an electric source, they are not portable. Natural gas grills, on the other hand, have a built-in ignition system or can be lit with a match, allowing them to be taken on camping trips, road trips, picnics, and anywhere else.

Versatility is very limited on electric grills. You can only grill or sear food on an electric grill, but gas grills provide more options. Gas grills have two or more burners, allowing owners to use a two-zone cooking technique, where they sear food in the hot zone and finish it off in the cool zone. Gas grills can also be set up for roasting and a smoke box can be added to smoke meat underneath the lid. These expanded options makes holiday meal planning much more interesting in terms of the variety of foods that can be made.

When it breaks, gas grills are far easier to fix. Parts are generally very easy to find and easy to replace by owners themselves. Electric grills are far tougher especially when the thermostat or internal electrical components break.

Temperature and Grill Size Range

Electric grills are adept at reaching and maintaining low temperatures due to internal thermostats. Natural gas grills, on the other hand, can reach higher temperatures overall, and do so very quickly.

Electric and gas grills also differ in terms of physical size. Electric grills are very small: even some of the larger ones are smaller than the smallest of the gas grills. This is fine for a small family or an apartment. However, electric grills are not suited for holiday cooking (like a whole turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas) or for large cookouts.

Choose Your Grill!

Choose an electric grill if you have a small family or limited space and the following pros and cons meet your lifestyle:

Pros Cons
Easy to operate Reliant on electricity to power
Easy to clean Smaller cooking area
Can be used indoors Two-zone grilling, roasting, or smoking not possible
Inexpensive to use No smoky or charred flavor

 

Choose a natural gas grill if you need more cooking options, space is not an issue, and the following pros and cons meet your lifestyle:

Pros Cons
Heats up quickly More maintenance required
More cooking options Natural gas expensive to connect
Ability to cook outside in any weather  
Adds smoky or char-grilled flavor  
Larger grill space  

 

Whether you need to power your electric or natural gas grill, Santanna Energy has you covered. Call us today to speak with our energy specialists about special energy plans. Learn how you can take advantage of our customer rewards program!

 

About Santanna Energy Services
Santanna Energy Services located in Austin, TX and Bolingbrook IL, is a Natural Gas and Electricity Provider for Residential, Commercial, Industrial and more. The company was founded in 1988 and has been in business for 32 years and growing!

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