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. 

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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. 

Pros

  • 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. 

 Cons 

  • 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