After moving into your new home, you’re probably going to have a housewarming party. Why not have a cookout? It’s nice to dine outdoors while enjoying the Florida sun.
Before you head to a store or buy a barbecue grill online, you should first determine which type is better suited for your home. When I was buying my grill, I made sure to research and locate the right model for me since this appliance is expensive.
It’s a tedious process and I know how you can be preoccupied, or maybe even worn out, after moving into a new home - I’ve been there as well. To help you out, I will share with you what I’ve found out when I was trying to choose between a gas grill and an electric grill.
Continue reading to find out the pros and cons of each one and see recommendations on a top-of-the-line grill and an economical model for each type. I suggest you choose a grill based on your preferred effect on flavor, your storage space, the maintenance level, the average number of people who will join you in cookouts, and the style. You can find out more about these factors in the last section.
This grill is the most common and popular type because of how easy it is to use. It works similarly to a stove, you turn the dial or press a button and then light it. Once you’re done, you can just turn off the burners and the fire will be put out.
With gas grills, you can also just place the food and leave it to cook. You don’t have to watch over the meat every second of the cooking time. This type also instantly heats up so you can start cooking a few minutes after turning it on.
Gas grills are more expensive than electric grills. You would also have to spend more to run it because you will have to constantly refill the tank. It usually costs around $20 and would last for a few cookouts. Another option is to get a gas line installed, which is not cheap as well.
Recommended Gas Grills
If you prefer a grill that is safer to use and environmentally-friendly, then an electric type is less of a fire hazard. Compared to gas grills, which are more prone to uncontrolled flare-ups, electric grills won’t have any gas leak and don’t need a light to start. This makes it less prone to start any fire accidents.
Most models are portable so you can use it indoors and outdoors. It can also be used indoors because it doesn’t produce a lot of smoke so it won’t trigger your smoke alarms.
This grill is easy to maintain and there are even some dishwasher-safe models. But the flavor and quality of the meat won’t be as good as a gas grill. Since it has a more limited heat range, the quality of the grilled meat will also be different. On the other hand, electric grills distribute heat more evenly on their cooking surface, making it easier for you to cook and not burn your food.
Recommended Electric Grills
Comparing Grills: Gas vs. Electric
To summarize, here is what grill type I will choose based on the factor. Determine which factors are important to you and check which type of grills is suggested more - gas or electric.
Effect on Flavor
Maintains the quality and flavor
Most models can cook for more people
Most models are smaller
Easier to control
Wider and higher heat range
Instantly ignites and heat up
Just plug it in and it’s good to go
Cheaper to run
Easier to clean
Have more portable models
Less prone to uncontrolled flare-ups
Less carbon footprint
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