Gas vs Electric Oven: Making the Right Choice for Your Home

Researched & Written by Craig

Has choosing between a gas and electric oven got you feeling all hot and bothered? Then check out the comparisons in this article that will help you decide and leave the heat in the oven!

Here are the differences between gas and electric ovens:

 GasElectric
PriceMore expensiveCheaper
Running CostsLowerHigher
Heat DistributionUnevenEven
Cooking StyleMoist heatDry heat
PreheatingFastFast
Safety7/108/10
InstallationNeeds a professionalQuick and easy

Are you choosing between a gas and an electric oven?

Ovens are pricey appliances, so you are no doubt keen to find out as much about the two as possible.

That’s why the rest of this article will go into more detail about gas and electric ovens.

It will discuss the differences between them and this will help you make the best choice for your home. Make sure you check it out!

Open Oven
Knowing the differences between gas and electric makes the choice much easier

Gas vs Electric Oven: Making the Right Choice for Your Home

The oven is an essential feature in every kitchen. There’s nothing better than coming home from a long day at work, shoving something tasty in the oven, and… Voila! 40 minutes later you’re dishing up a hassle-free dinner.

But choosing a new oven for the home can be a little stressful. There are so many options out there. And that’s why we’re here.

After some research, we’ve compared gas to electrics oven on just about every category there is. Think about which of the following are the most important to you, and see which option comes out on top.

Price

When buying appliances, price is important. A new oven isn’t exactly cheap! There is a massive price difference between gas and electric ovens.

GasElectric
– Upfront cost between $550 and $3,200– Upfront cost between $700 and $1,500

Are you basing your choice mainly on price? Then you should opt for an electric oven as they usually work out cheaper. But, if you look for a basic model, you should also be able to find a reliable gas oven for under $800.

Running Costs

Of course, the initial cost of the oven is just the start. It is also really handy to know how much your new appliance is going to cost you in the long run. There isn’t a big difference between the cost of running a gas or electric oven. But every penny counts!

So what are the running costs for gas and electric ovens?

GasElectric
– Average running cost of $14* a year– Average running cost of $44* a year

*Costs are based on 30 minutes of oven use per day.

Looking at the running costs alone, a gas oven is cheaper. So if you are basing your decision on running costs only, a gas oven is best.  But, it is also good to remember that gas ovens have a higher initial price. So it’s swings and roundabouts.

Heat Distribution

Gas and electric ovens distribute heat differently. Even heat distribution is really important when cooking. It stops the oven from cooking food too well on one side and not so much on the other. It also makes cooking a lot easier. Why? Well, it gets rid of the need to turn things around in the oven halfway through cooking.

Here’s everything you need to know about heat distribution in gas and electric ovens.

GasElectric
– Heat distributes less evenly.
– Most ovens do not contain a fan to push the hot air around.
– Hot spots often form, making it tricky to get consistent results. This is especially true when cooking in batches.
– The top of the oven is normally hotter than the bottom.
– Provides more even heat distribution.
– Most ovens have a fan to help circulate the hot air around.
– It is easier to get consistent results.  

Are you basing your choice of oven around even heat distribution alone? If you are an avid baker and are constantly using the oven, then you might be. If so, then an electric oven will be the best option for you.

A middle-of-the-range electric oven should come with fans that will help circulate the hot air. This should keep the oven at a consistent temperature top and bottom, front and back.

Cooking Style

What do you mainly use your oven for?

  • Baking?
  • Roasting?
  • Broiling?

Gas and electric ovens produce very different results when cooking. Here’s what you can expect.

GasElectric
– Heat contains more moisture
– Heat is less evenly distributed
– The moist heat prevents food from drying out
– Great for roasts
– Turn food regularly to prevent uneven cooking
– Heat is drier
– Heat is more evenly distributed
– The dry heat is great for adding a crispy top layer to your food
– Perfect for cookies, fries, and peanut brittle
– To stop food from drying out place foil on top

Whether a gas or an electric oven will be best for you really depends on what you spend most of your time cooking.

Do you use your oven mainly for baking? If so, then an electric oven will be best for you. What if you use your oven mainly for roasting meals that should be juicy and moist? Then a gas oven will help you get the best results.

But what if you use your oven to cook a little bit of everything?

Now, we both know that buying two ovens is really not an option. But, some high-end gas ovens come with a fan option. This fan option mimics the dry heat of an electric oven. This option will help you get the crispy finish to your cookies and fries that everyone desires with a gas oven! With the fan turned off it will give you moist heat to cook the perfect Sunday roast. Talk about the best of both worlds!

Turkey inside an oven
Some gas ovens come with a fan option: giving you more versatile cooking!

Preheating

Preheating the oven is one of those annoying things about cooking. Why? We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve forgotten to preheat the oven. Because of this, you end up delaying cooking because you’re waiting for the cold oven to warm up.

So, an important question arises. What will get things heated up quicker? A gas oven or an electric oven? And which retains its heat better?

GasElectric
– Takes less time to preheat
– Can reach a higher temperature faster
– Doesn’t hold its temperature for as long
– Doesn’t hold its temperature well when you open the oven door
– Takes a little longer to preheat
– Takes longer to reach high temperatures.
– Does not get as hot as a gas oven
– Retains its temperature for longer
– Holds its temperature better after the door has been opened

When it’s almost dinner time and hungry bellies are rumbling, there’s no time to wait around on a slow oven! Are you choosing an oven based on its ability to preheat quickly? If so, then a gas oven will be the best option for you. This is because gas ovens heat up quicker than electric ovens.

But, it is also good to remember that electric ovens hold their heat better than gas ovens. Are you constantly opening and closing the oven door to check on your food? Then an electric oven may be best as it will hold its temperature better.

Safety

When it comes to electrical appliances that heat up, there is always a danger. But that said, there is a slight difference between the safety of gas and electric ovens.

GasElectric
– Considered quite safe
– Need a gas line. The line could be dangerous if there is a separation or leak from it.
– Could cause a fire
– Considered very safe
– The small possibility of electrical failures poses a safety threat

Both gas and electric ovens come with small safety risks. But most people consider electric ovens the safest type of oven. If you have a family home, you might feel more at ease with an electric oven.

Installation

When it comes to installation, there’s a big difference between gas and electric ovens. Here’s what installation entails for both.

GasElectric
– Needs a professional to install
– Must be connected securely to a gas line
– If you don’t have a gas hook up, you’ll have to have one installed
– If your kitchen has a gas line, determine whether it is natural gas or propane. If it is propane you may need a conversion kit.
– Easier to install
– Simply needs connected to your circuit

So what’s the verdict? Electric ovens are far easier to install. Are you basing your decision mainly around easy installation? Then an electric oven is the one for you.

Conclusion

Choosing between a gas or electric oven is a tough decision. They both have different features and excel at different types of cooking. They also have varying prices and total costs. I hope that this article has helped you to see which type of oven would be best for your family.

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Have a great day!

-Craig