Both electric grills and gas grills have become mainstays in the grill industry. These grills make grilling and cleaning a whole lot easier as compared to charcoal grills but they too have their own sets of pros and cons and the buying decision is more a personal choice.
So let’s take a look at the major differences between the two so you can make the right decision.
For any buyer, an important aspect is a price so if you’re looking for cheaper and durable grill I’d recommend going with a gas grill. High-end electric grills can cost above $1000 whereas you could get a top notch gas grill for $700-$800.
Also, gas grills prove cheaper in the long run as they require less maintenance and repair cost is quite low as compared to electric grills.
Since gas grills provide better flavor they are more popular amongst buyers and thus have a wider range of options available.
Temperature is what grilling comes down to. To get the perfectly tender meat along with the right amount of smokiness and char marks learning how to maintain temperature is important. With electric grills, it’s easier to maintain temperature consistently but they not reach high temperatures thus searing isn’t their strong suit.
With gas grills maintaining a low temperature is tougher for a longer period but they can reach searing temperatures with great ease.
Cooking space and size
Both grills come in a variety of sizes. If you’re looking for a restaurant-quality grill that can cook for large gatherings than a gas grill is the ideal option as they tend to have a bigger cooking space but keep in mind the gas grills also tend to be bigger in size so ensure you have enough storage space.
Electric grills can range from small countertop models to patio models for larger crowds but offer less portability as they need to be close to a power source.
Maintenance and repair
Maintaining and cleaning a grill after a long cook can be really tiring so if you want to go easy on that a gas grill is the better alternative. Most of its parts such as the grates, plates, drip trays etc. can be removed and cleaned using hot water unless stated otherwise.
With electric models, the heating elements will first need to be unplugged and cleaned with a damp cloth and dried well before switching it back on. For other removable parts, a hot water soak is ideal.
Tip: Do check the manual for tips and tricks to clean the grill and its parts.
Repairing cost of an electric grill is higher as compared to gas grills. Also, with electric grills, your electricity bills can skyrocket if not used with care.