Are There Standard Heat Settings for an Electric Stove?

Are There Standard Heat Settings for an Electric Stove?

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Q: We have a rental with an electric range and coil burners. It seems to me that the burners are very slow. I have to turn it up a few notches to get the pan up to the temp I want, then turn it back down so it doesn't get too hot.

Are there official standards for what temp a burner should get on the various settings, and how fast? Would replacing the coils help, or is there something else going on?

Sent by Jason

Editor: Unfortunately, electric burners are just not as powerful and quick to respond as gas burners, and there does tend to be a lot of variability among brands and models.

Emma has some good advice here, though, on how she made an electric stove work for her:

Readers, do you know of any official standards for burner temperatures? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the slowness?

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