Gas Oven vs Electric Oven


I'm looking to purchase a new oven and I'm going back and forth
between electric and gas, currently have electric and really don't like it for stove top cooking but baking I have no issues. Just wondering if there are pro's and con's to baking with a gas oven and what I might experience.

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reply by: atrage on May 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

I just switched form having a gas to electric oven. I am having a really difficult time getting used to the range top as I have used a gas oven my entire life. I haven't used the oven yet, but I imagine that the differences between a gas and electric range would be the most significant rather than the ovens.

reply by: sandra Alicante on May 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm
sandra Alicante

Having had both, I'm in a good position to advise. If going for a gas hob, there are two main differences. Gas is easy to control, fast heat, fast cooling. It is the preference in professional kitchens. Cons, compared to a completely flat electric ceramic hob they are awful to keep clean and shiny! (Hence why the chefs usually have someone else to clean them). For the oven itself, I have only had electric. My sister once brought home a pie from a school HE lesson, it tasted of gas. I know not what happened but we knew she had cooked it in a gas oven just by the taste, lol!

My best combo was a gas/electric range. It was great. Can't have gas hob here as there is no mains gas and it is not convenient to have bottled storage.

reply by: MangoChutney - Sandra Too on May 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm
MangoChutney - Sandra Too

Modern gas ovens have electronic controls, so there is now more in common between the two types of oven than there used to be. I do not think you will be disappointed in a gas stove, especially if you dislike the electric stove-top. I grew up with gas stoves and only began using an electric one after I got married. I went back to a gas stove when we moved to this house 20 years ago, and I have never regretted it despite the fact that the first brand we bought reset all the LED displays when it lit a burner. The one we have now does not do that.

reply by: rottiedogs on May 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I have a 6 burner gas cooktop in the kitchen and I love it and I have a wall electric oven and I hate it. I have a gas cooktop/oven in the basement and I prefer that oven for everything. It is ancient but it bakes beautifully so I will repair it when needed until I can no longer get parts - which I hope is never. When the upstairs oven goes it will be replaced with gas. I grew up with a gas cooktop and wall oven and it is what I am most comfortable using. We always had a stove in the basement growing up and that was always gas too. I think it depends on what you are used to. I find it difficult to go back and forth between gas and electric so I stick with the gas unless I have a big party then all ovens get used.

reply by: MattieO on May 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

Having had both, I have found that overall I prefer a gas stove & oven, but there are some nuances that make a difference in how they perform. For the stovetop, gas is fast-heating & easier to control based on what you're cooking. It's much easier to "feather" the controls, especially on the low side, for delicate sauces, etc. With electric, depending on the model, it sometimes takes a bit more to find the "sweet spot."

For the ovens, I find that natural gas is a much more moist form of heat, and have noticed a difference when browning foods, especially roasts & roasted chicken. For example, having moved to a more expensive gas combo 8 years ago, I am still chasing the close-to-perfect roasted chicken that I was able to make in my old, low-end electric oven. That relentless, dry heat from the electric coils just can't be matched in my current set-up. It would crisp things beautifully, and seemed to hold that crisp texture longer after coming out of the oven. To get rid of some of that moisture in the gas oven, I give it a longer pre-heat, and open it up for 15-20 seconds before closing it up again and letting it heat a bit more.

I have only been baking breads for a few months so I'm probably not the best source for the differences on the baking side, but while I miss the electric for roasting, I don't think it would make a significant difference in my baking. But for my dream kitchen remodel, it's going to be a big Viking battleship! All the best & good luck! -Matt

reply by: rricord on May 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I woould NEVER use an electric range or oven, however, I would be very careful in choosing a new gas range/oven. The old fashioned pilot light type are very reliabe, but no longter being made.
I experienced absolute disaster when I purchased a modern digitally controlled gas oven. It never did work right and was repaired (supposedly) 4 times in the first year. After the warranty expired and it still would not work (it would cycle off and not come back on) we took it to the junkyard.
I bought an inexpensive old fashioned pilot light range and have not had one issue with it (that was 7 years ago). When I bought it they told me it was one of few that was left in their warehouse and that they were no longer being made.
Whatever you decide, I do believe that simple is better.

reply by: Julie T. on May 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm
Julie T.

I have used both gas and electric for extended periods of time and I think that the stove you choose depends on the kind of cooking and baking you do. I do mostly slow cooking, braises, stews, casseroles, stir fries and occasional roasting, breads and cakes, mostly set the timer and do something else.
Currently, I use a gas (propane) 6 burner (with pilot lights) that has cast iron grid burner tops that provide a level surface across the entire stove. I love it for using large pots like 9 jar canning kettles or stock pots. That the heat is precisely adjustable is very helpful. As noted above, the oven heat seems gentler than electric. I have had no trouble with browning but less problem with burning compared to an electric oven, perhaps because baking times seem to be longer in the gas oven so my distractions while baking do not become disasters.

In a different house, I would have a cooktop and a separate wall oven. By separating functions, you could have both gas and electric. All that being said, there is nothing like an electric broiler. I have my mother's circa 1960 ( 2 oven, 1 regular size, 1 small) electric Hotpoint in the basement as a backup. The small oven is great for a pan of 8 biscuits in addition to broiling in either oven. Ease of cleaning, for me, is a major selling point. As a safety measure, an emergency gas shut-off lever is installed just to the right of my stove, within easy arm's reach, and is something I would strongly recommend.
Enjoy shopping for a new stove. There are so many possibilities.

reply by: flourgirls on May 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I've had both, so I will share my opinion.
I've grown up with electric. My mother always spoke of the woes of a gas range. So electric was always what I had purchsed. I got used to it. I could tell my baking temp. was off, as I rarely could go by suggested baking times, and NEVER used anything more than 350. When we moved, we moved to an area that gas ranges are about all you see. Our rental townhome had gas oven and range. I was so nervous about it at first,, note the at first. It took only days and I was in love with the consistancy in the heat. If the oven said 350, it was 350. I could finally go by suggested baking times again. It was wonderful!! Well, we bought a house, it came with a gas stove top, and a wall oven. I still like the gas stove top, but do miss the gas oven. While I like the height of the wall oven, I do miss this consistancy of the gas oven. It's back to "by guess and by gosh" for now, until I get the feel of it again. Oh,, and I now I don't use much above 350 again.
Hope this info is helpful!

reply by: natalie22 on October 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

My electric oven just got broken, I've owned it for a few years now and I always was satisfied by it. In fact I am thinking about getting it to appliance repair Fairfax VA and have it fixed, I have no intention to buy a new one and even if did, I would probably go for an electric one once again.

reply by: KitchenBarbarian aka Zen on October 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm
KitchenBarbarian aka Zen

I grew up with electric but I much prefer gas. You can still get non-electric gas ovens, or one with minimal electronics. You want one that will still light and work even if the power goes out. I don't remember what that's called but you can still get them.

Here are some examples:

Brown 30" totally nonelectric with pilot light

Unique 30" instant on powered by 9V battery

A bunch of nonelectric gas ovens, but I can't tell who makes them

You want an oven WITHOUT a glow bar, if you want to be able to use the oven even in a power outage. The glow bar is just a waste of energy anyway, IMNSHO, LOL!

reply by: meghildreth on October 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

We have a gas GE Profile with glow bars in the oven. We have had it for 15 years and never had a problem. It bakes beautifully. We can cook on the burners when there is no electricity and have no desire to bake when the electricity is out, anyway. We have never had to have it repaired. I love it. It heats perfectly and does exactly what I want it to do.