Gas or Electric Oven - Which is Best?

An oven, whichever kind you choose, is an integral part of any kitchen. It's really the heart of any home-cooked meal and if you are a fan of cooking, you'll be wanting an oven you get on with. This decision will depend on the individual - you may already have an electric or gas oven installed in your kitchen or perhaps you've always had one type of oven that you now favour. However, if you still find yourself asking which is best out of a gas or an electric oven we are happy to run you through the pros and cons of each. 

Gas Ovens

In short, gas ovens work by directing a stream of natural gas that is then ignited by a spark generator or a small pilot flame. This lights the burner that allows you to cook your food. For a more in-depth look at how gas oven work you can click here. Or continue reading for the pros and cons. 


  • Cheaper - Generally, gas ovens are cheaper to buy up front and cheaper to run than their electric counterparts.
  • Easier to control boiling and simmering - Gas hobs allow you to instantly control the heat of a pan, so you won't need to wait as long if your hob gets too hot.


  • Uneven heat - Without a fan (which are commonly found in electric ovens) it's harder for heat to evenly distribute around the oven cavity. This means it's trickier to get food evenly baked. 
  • Harder to clean - Pan supports and gas burners can be fiddly to clean, you'll have to take a bit more time to account for the extra places spilt food can hide. 
  • Slower to heat up - Gas tends to heat up a little slower than electric ovens. 


Electric Ovens

Electric ovens work in the same way as other electronic appliances, powered by your main electricity supply it heats up and often uses a fan to push heat evenly around the oven cavity. 


  • Easy to turn on - With a twist of a knob your oven is on, you don't need to ignite a burner meaning you are good to go. They also heat up faster than gas ovens.
  • Easy to clean - Flat, smooth surfaces allow you to clean your hob with little effort. There are very few places for food to hide with a smooth-top hob.
  • Stable Hob - This smooth, flat surface also means that your pots and pans are more stable as they lie flatly. This means your food won't pool towards one side of a pan. 
  • Even Bake - Unlike a gas oven, you are pretty much always guaranteed an even bake with an electric oven which has been designed to distribute heat evenly. 


  • Harder to control hob heat - Gas hobs not only have more options than electric hobs, but you can change the level of heat instantly. Electric hobs can take a while to cool down.
  • More expensive - As previously mentioned, electric ovens do work out as slightly more expensive to run and buy than gas ovens.


If you have any questions about gas or electric ovens that will help you decided which is best for you, we are more than happy to help. Our team of experts are happy to help you whatever your cooker query may be, so get in contact today



Types of Oven

In short, the different types of ovens are electric, gas, conventional and convectional.  Your cooker is an incredibly important appliance. It is of course responsible for cooking your roast dinners and your frozen pizza's; and without it, you're left with your microwave to cook your meals - which would be a real struggle. That's why it's important to know the difference, and we can help. 

Because your cooker is so vitally important, you want to make sure you're purchasing the correct cooker to suit your needs - whether that is an electric or gas cooker, or a conventional, or convectional oven. We're going to help you decide which cooker you need, by creating a handy guide of the different types of oven that are available. 

Electric Ovens

We start this guide with the most popular choice of oven - the electric oven. An electric oven works by using heating elements placed on the walls of your oven cavity, which heat up when an electrical current is passed through them. Electric ovens are cheaper to buy than a gas oven, but because they run off electricity, they're a tad more expensive to run.
Electric ovens are easier to use, and will cook your meals more evenly than a gas cooker. If you're too concerned about your energy bills, and you want a high performing cooker, then an electric cooker is the choice for you. 

Gas Ovens

A gas oven cooks your meals by using burners instead of using heating elements. Gas is sent to your oven burner and a spark electrode will ignite your oven burner, producing heat and cooking your meals. Gas ovens tend to be a little more expensive than electric ovens, but a gas oven is cheaper to run that an electric oven, so you'll make this money back over time. But, it's important to consider that a gas outlet is needed in order for the cooker to function, and installation would be an extra cost on top, if you don't have one already fitted.
Gas ovens tend to be more popular with bakers because they heat and cool quicker than an electric cooker; they allow you to have exact control over the temperature of the oven; and because gas ovens allow for additional moisture which will prevent baked goods from hardening and becoming brittle, before the inside of the baked the treat is cooked.  
As well as choosing how you want your oven fuelled, you also have to decide if you want your oven to be fan assisted.

Convectional or Conventional

Conventional ovens heat the air inside your oven to cook your meals, whereas Convectional ovens use fans to circulate this hot air around the oven cavity, cooking your food faster and more evenly. Convectional oven tend to cost more but provide a better quality of cooking. The choice really depends on how often you use your cooker, and whether or not you'll value the added bit of quality. 
No matter which type of oven you decide to choose, you'll be able to a spare part for it amongst our range of cooker spare parts if your cooker ever becomes faulty.
Your oven has an integral part in the cooking process, and without it, you may find it can be extremely difficult to cook your meals. If your cooker has started to become faulty there's no need to waste money and replace your cooker - instead you can repair the part(s) that are causing your cooking to under-perform.

If you're the proud owner of a Hotpoint EW74X cooker, and it's starting to become faulty, you'll be happy to know that we have an excellent range of replacement parts that will return your cooker to full working order in no time at all. Replacing the part that is causing you issues is a far simpler and cost-effective solution to resolving your cooking issues.

No matter which part of your cooker is faulty, we're confident you'll be able to find the part you need to repair it on our website. Here are just a handful of parts for your Hotpoint EW74X cooker we supply here at Cooker Spare Parts:

Electric Thermostats and Regulators

The thermostat in your cooker ensures that your oven's temperature is regulated at all times. If the current regulator or thermostat that's fitted in your cooker has become faulty, you may find that your food isn't cooked properly. To resolve this issue, check out our selection of Electric Thermostats and Regulators that are compatible with your cooker. 

Oven Door Glass

If the glass in your oven door has chipped or cracked, then you could be losing valuable heat - not to mention giving your cooker a poor appearance. If the main oven glass of your Hotpoint EW74X cooker has become damaged, then you'll be happy to know we have the perfect replacement that looks identical to the original part.

Replacement Cooker Feat

If one of your cooker's feet has broken off, it may be unbalanced. This will make using your cooker difficult to use as everything will be sliding to one side. Luckily for you we have the perfect part to resolve this issue. This adjustable part is exactly what you need to ensure your cooker sits proudly once again!  

Oven Door Seals

Although they may appear to be strips of black liquorice, these oven door seals are vitally important for your cooker. These strips of plastic allow the heat to remain inside your oven, allowing your meals to be cooked a lot quicker! Take a look at our selection of Oven Door Seals here.

To view the rest of our Hotpoint EW74X replacement parts range, please click here.
Are you as miffed as we are that season 7 of The Great British Bake Off has been delayed? It looks like we're going to be waiting a little longer for the next instalment of our baking fix, with the BBC's Olympic coverage pushing our favourite show further back on the calendar. If like us, you're feeling rather impatient about the wait for new episodes, then why not take a look back at some of the baking show's classic moments?

In no particular order, here are out five favourite Bake Off moments: 


We all knew that this was going to make it onto the list, so we thought that we'd get it out of the way first! Back in season 5, viewers were left outraged, after Iain was forced to bin his baked Alaska, resulting in his departure from the competition. While there have been many arguments since the show over the extent of contestant Diana's responsibility for this 'mishap', and claims that the show was poorly edited, we'll leave it up to you to decide:


How can we forget the moment when Cathryn's attempt at whipping up some strudel, didn't exactly go according to plan...

Nadia Wins

There's no doubt that Nadia will probably go down as one of our all-time favourite Bake Off contestants, and it isn't hard to understand why! From her hilarious facial expressions, to her sweet personality, and downright fantastic baking skills, Nadia won us over in ever way. This made it extra special when she was crowned the winner of last season, delivering a tear-inducing speech that had us all welling up.

Hidden Design Cakes

There have been a lot of 'wow' moments on the show over the years, and while these designs may not be the most complex or impressive seen on the show, there was just something extra special about these hidden design cakes. Not only was it fascinating to see the clever designs that everyone had constructed, it was also super exciting to wait and see the results of each bake as Paul cut in...

Salt Instead of Sugar 

This moment is made even better by the fact that it happened to season 3 winner John Whaite. In the first episode, contestants were tasked with making sweet treats called Rum Babas, with emphasis on the word 'sweet'. Somehow, the show's eventual winner got mixed up, using salt instead of sugar in the recipe and rendering the treats completely inedible! It's safe to say that John's baking steadily improved after that early mishap!

What are your favourite Bake Off moments? Let us know over on Twitter, and don't forget to keep an eye out on there for more updates when the show is set to return!
Cooker Spare Parts

Cooker Spare Parts - which now ranks among the UK's leading suppliers of high-quality oven spares - started life as a small local trade counter in Roath, Cardiff. People from all parts of the city came to us for replacement cooker parts, and we still serve people face-to-face at our bricks-and-mortar location, which can be found at the following address:

Cooker Spare Parts
67-69 Broadway
Roath, Cardiff
South Wales
CF24 1QE

However, our reach has extended far beyond the Welsh capital since our trade counter first opened its shutters. We now dispatch orders to every corner of the British Isles, with hundreds of customers flocking to our website every day in search of the parts they need to get their appliances working again.

The main aim of Cooker Spare Parts has always been simplicity. Replacing the inner components of an oven can be an extremely daunting task for the uninitiated, but whether you visit us online or in person, we will always do our best to make finding the right part as simple as possible. If you’re using our website, our straightforward search tools will help you to locate whatever it is you’re after; if you come to our trade counter, our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will happily find the right part for you.

Click here to learn more about Cooker Spare Parts, or return to our homepage to find the parts you need for your appliance.