Your kitchen stove is among the most useful appliances in your home. There are a couple different options when it comes to kitchen stoves. While there may be many bells and whistles attached to various models of kitchen stoves, it comes down to two basic types: gas and electric. Electric kicthen stoves or stand-alone ranges require hookup to an electric outlet to heat both the top elements and the bottom oven or separate wall oven. Electric elements tend to get hot faster and keep a more consistent heat than gas models, but they also cool down more slowly when you switch to lower heat while cooking. Then, gas kitchen stoves, oven or range needs a natural gas or propane connection to provide heat for cooking, along with proper ventilation to avoid dangerous fumes. Favored by professional chefs for easier heat control, gas stoves typically include burners offering differing amounts of heating power. The adjustable flame also allows cooks to place any size pan on a burner. Cooking with gas costs less than using electricity almost everywhere in the United States, especially if the stove uses an electric ignition system, instead of requiring a constantly burning pilot light.