The Great Oven Debate: Gas Vs Electric
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That every kitchen needs an oven is undebatable. But the type of oven that's most suitable for your kitchen most definitely is.
We all need this most beloved of food-heating facilities to warm up a plate of nourishment after a hard day's graft. We can't always rely on the immediate convenience and omnipresent 'ping' of the microwave. And let's face it, food cooked in an oven just tastes better.
So which to choose – gas or electric?
If you've been plunged in a quagmire of oven-ridden self-doubt, look no further. Here's a fair and reasonable analysis of the good and bad factors of gas and electric in-built ovens.
Oven cooking costs – Gas vs Electric
The reality is that it will always be cheaper to cook with gas than electricity. Based on an oven being used five times a week, gas ovens cost around £20 a year to run while electric ovens run at double that at £40.
That might not seem such a dramatic or significant increase annually, but over the average lifetime of an oven, those costs will rack up an accumulative total of around £120.
Oven heat distribution – Gas vs Electric
The majority –bar the cheapest – of electric ovens come with fans to evenly circulate the heat. Fans are particularly useful as you can reduce both the temperature you cook at and the cooking time. Additionally, they make baking on two levels easier and more practical because they distribute the heat.
Most built-in gas ovens don't have fans and generally, the distribution of heat suffers as a result. If you're familiar with how your gas oven works, however, you'll know how to adjust the heat best to get the most efficient heating and cooking results.
Oven temperature control – Gas vs Electric
Generally, it's easier to get an even temperature in an electric oven through a combination of fans and digital thermostats that can be adjusted and set as required.
For gas ovens that don't have fans, it's more difficult to maintain an even temperature, and they're usually noticeably hotter at the top than the bottom.
It can be technically tricky to install a built-in oven, especially if you're fitting a gas oven. The best advice for installing any kind of oven is to hire a professional engineer to do it.
Electric built-in oven installation
One of the best options is to pay for installation of the new oven and disposal of the old one at the same time you purchase your new built-in oven. This service is offered by the majority of retailers, with the installation cost for built-in ovens usually clocking in at around the £90 mark.
Gas built-in oven installation
All gas cooking appliances need to be installed professionally by a Gas Safe-registered engineer, and most retailers can arrange this for you.
Nevertheless, despite all this, the reality is that any kind of oven – gas or electric- will develop a fault or break down at some point during its otherwise long and dependable life.