Which is Better – Gas Ovens or Electric Ovens?
Everyone has an oven in their kitchen, but not all ovens are the same. The heating element inside an oven is either powered by natural gas or electricity. Both are fully capable of using air conduction and convection to cook the surface of food and produce the right kind of chemical reactions that result in delicious meals. But there are some differences between a gas convection oven and an electric model. Though there are benefits and drawbacks to both, some might prefer one of the other if they are informed how truly different they are. With this in mind, here’s a side-by-side comparison between gas and electric ovens and which might be better for you.
Benefits of a Gas Oven
Gas ovens often result in better cooking quality and are much more energy-efficient (and therefore cheaper) than their electric counterparts. Food gets renders faster in a gas oven and a gas oven provides a more consistent flame that you can adjust. Food gets cooked faster and with greater efficiency than you would with a gas oven. Gas ovens do burn at hotter temperatures, so this might result in moisture getting released that isn’t necessarily great for items such as roasts. You may have to rotate or move a food item around or cover parts of it up to prevent burning it , but these are the types of things a good cook does anyways, so this is no big hardship. Finally, a gas oven in a home with a gas can still operate even if the power goes out. This is extremely useful for preparing hot water when you need it. You may need to light the pilot light manually, but you won’t have to rely on electricity to keep a gas’ oven’s heating element ignited.
Benefits of an Electric Oven
This doesn’t however mean there are no benefits of an electric oven, though. An electric oven often is less expensive to purchase and is also much easier to operate. Instead of having to wait for the gas oven to pre-heat slowly to the desired temperature, an electric oven needs significantly less pre-heating time. But even more important is the cooking quality an electric oven provides.
Though a gas oven is easier to adjust the level of heat, overall an electric oven is much easier to operate. Most use push button programming rather than dials and you won’t have to keep an eye on your food as often since many electric ovens come with programmable features that just aren’t available or even possible with a gas model.
Thought they don’t burn as hot as a gas oven, they are much better at distributing heat when baking than a gas oven. Additional, the manner in which they don’t release a lot of moisture when cooking meats makes an electric oven ideal for roasting food. Finally electric ovens tend to be a lot more stylish and modern than gas units and require a lot less installation set-up than a gas oven since you don’t have to worry about hooking up the gas line – you just plug an electric oven in and start cooking.
Drawbacks of Gas Ovens
As to the drawbacks of these ovens, let’s start with a gas oven. First of all, gas models tend to be significantly more expensive than their electric counterparts. You also often have to buy an appropriate enough gas line and worry about leaks and proper installation of a gas unit. This leads to a major drawback to a gas oven: fire or gas poisoning risks. It’s so east to leave the stove gas on or for an improperly installed gas line to leak. This not only can cause explosions, but the leaking gas from a gas oven can cause physical harm when inhaled as well.
Drawbacks of Electric Ovens
As for electric ovens, we’ve already established how useless they tend to be in the event of a power outage. But another major drawback to using an electric oven is the actual cooking quality itself. Though excellent with baking and roast, for the most part an electric oven cooks significantly slower than a gas unit. This means that you might be lulled into a false sense of security and overcook your food thinking there’ still plenty of time left. Since gas units rarely leak and often provide a quicker and more consistent cooking experience, and still work during power outages, the choice is clear.
Final Verdict: Gas Oven