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    Gas or Electric Oven? Find Out Which is Best

February 2018

Things to consider when you need to buy a new oven

An oven is arguably one of the biggest investments one can make in the kitchen, so it’s important to make the right decision. But you might be wondering whether there are some hidden differences between gas and electric ovens. Naturally, they use different energy sources, but is there something else you should consider?

In this article, we’ll look at what you need to know.

The difference between gas and electric ovens

An electric oven is wired into your home’s main electricity supply or is plugged into a power socket.

But when it comes to gas you have two choices: 1

  • Natural gas - supplied on a similar network grid as electricity.
  • Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) - supplied in a large tank you need to swap or refill whenever it runs out.

Not all areas are serviced by the natural gas grid. But if you do have access it may be worth considering it rather than LP gas because it’s more convenient.

Gas or electric oven: which costs more?

When it comes to choosing between ovens, two factors play a role in most people’s decisions:

  • Up-front costs (purchase price and installation)
  • Gas oven vs electric oven efficiency

Electric ovens tend to be cheaper upfront, and installation is much simpler than natural gas ovens. However, gas ovens tend to have cheaper long-term operating costs, since gas is usually cheaper than electricity.

Also remember, gas and electric ovens wired into mains connections must be installed by licensed gas fitters or electricians. They have to provide a compliance certificate to certify that the installation conforms to all the various regulations and that it was tested. 2

Gas versus electric oven: What are the pros and cons of each? 3

Gas ovens tend to use little fuel to operate and provide instant heat and temperature control. Since gas ovens have fewer parts, they are easier to maintain.

Modern electric ovens tend to heat up quickly, which reduces the need for preheating. People new to cooking tend to prefer electric ovens, because they are easier to use. Modern electric stovetops are also easier to clean, as there are no coil burners, or grates and drip pans.

Gas oven vs electric oven efficiency: What cooks better? 4

Professional chefs tend to prefer gas stovetops. That’s because it provides faster, more evenly distributed heat than electric stovetops.

Bakers tend to prefer electric ovens because they often distribute heat more evenly. Baking with gas can be tricky due to the intense heat at the bottom 5. With elements at the top and bottom - and a fan - you can customise the settings to suit your cooking needs with some new models.

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal preference.

The final word

Whether you choose between a gas versus electric oven, you may still wish to save money by using it in the most energy-efficient ways. Here are some great energy-efficient cooking tips: 6

  • Ensure that your oven door is properly sealed
  • Cook several food items at the same time
  • Cook in bulk and freeze leftovers
  • Avoid opening the oven door while cooking

If possible, use a fan-assisted oven to allow food to cook at a lower heat.

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