Electric or Gas Oven...Which range is right for you?

by Pete Lader February 17, 2021

Are you in the market for an oven and don't know whether a gas or electric oven is right for you? A quality and professional oven can make or break your kitchen - you and I both know that. Determining the color, material, size and type of oven is important in any kitchen rebuild, remodel or new build. 

After reading this article, you should get a better idea which type of oven might be a good fit for you, your cooking style and your kitchen!

What are the key differences?

Electric Oven Gas Oven
Electrical Requirements Requires 220V Requires 110V
Type of Heat Drier Heat Moist Heat
Temperature Slower to heat up and cool down Faster to heat up and cool down

Pete's Recommendations:

Gas Ovens:

  • ZLINE 30" Gas Range - LINK
  • ZLINE 36" Gas Range -  LINK
  • Thor Kitchen 36" Gas Range - LINK
  • Thor Kitchen 48" Gas Range - LINK

Electric Oven:

  • ZLINE 30" Electric Oven - LINK
  • ZLINE 36" Electric Oven - LINK
  • ZLINE 48" Electric Oven - LINK

Electric Oven:

Electrical Requirements

Electric ovens require a 220V (4-Prong Outlet). Not all kitchens are equipped with this set-up and it will be more costly to fit your kitchen to be compatible to with 220V.

Pete's Pointers: Make sure you have a 220V outlet before buying any range with an electric oven! Check with your licensed contractor or home builder.

Temperature

Electric ovens create a drier heat than gas ovens, which will be beneficial when for crispy or crunchy baked foods and meats. Electric ovens are particularly known for it's roasting and broiling features due to the drier heat. Are you looking to cook anything to get crunch or crispness? An electric will serve you and your family better.

    Preheat

    The heating element for an electric oven is an electric coil. By nature, the coils take longer to heat up and cool down to the desired temperature. But once the oven hits the desired temperature, electric ovens are much better at maintaining the temperature than gas ovens.

      Gas Oven:

      Electrical Requirements

      Electrical requirements are 110V, which all kitchens are generally equipped with. Win!

      Temperature

      Gas ovens create more moist and humid heat, which will be ideal for foods that require moisture. These foods are likely in your daily diet such as meat dishes and food cooked in broth or sauces.

      Preheat

      A gas oven is quicker to both heat up or cool down. Turning your oven to 400, adjusting it to 350, or turning off the oven completely will take less time using a gas oven.

      Conclusion:

      Is one better than the other? Not necessarily. It usually comes down to personal preference and on your budget, what foods you like to cook and electrical requirements. 

      Do you know which oven you want? Head on over to the next article, where I talk about the most important items to consider before purchasing a range. You don't want to miss it!

      Questions?

      Do you have a preference for one or the other? Did I miss anything important? Leave a comment or email us at sales@premiumhomesource.com

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