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Gas or Electric for Ovens and Hobs

gas hobIf you are thinking of buying a new oven and hob you may well be overwhelmed by the many options available to you. Should you go for a gas hob and an electric oven, gas for both or electric for both? Then there are grill ovens of both types. What are the advantages of each type and will it suit both your cooking style and your kitchen? Our quick and easy guide should help you to make the best choice for you.

Gas Ovens

  • Offer a moist heat which is great for cooking roast meat as it will prevent it from drying out.
  • You will need an oven with a fan to keep the heat even. Gas ovens are usually hotter at the top and cooler at the bottom but will get hotter more quickly.
  • Gas supply can sometimes be hit and miss around peak usage times. This may mean that your oven may have trouble reaching the correct temperature.

Electric Ovens

  • More versatile and easier to obtain the correct temperature.
  • Can be programmed to come on when required, but will need pre-heating to reach the temperature which is needed, but once there it will maintain it.
  • Can be installed in any location as long as there is an electrical supply.
  • Great for baking as the heat is evenly distributed and stays steady.

Gas grills

  • Offer instant heat, but this can sometimes be uneven.
  • Harder to regulate the heat – a low setting can mean that the gas doesn't fire properly.

Electric Grills

  • Can usually be used independently of the oven and are quite economical to run.
  • Take longer to heat up but can be turned to different setting to get the required level of heat.

Gas Hobs

  • Instant heat and easy to control.
  • A diffuser can be used to lower the heat or to spread it across a larger surface.
  • Can be used in areas where there is no electrical source.
  • Tends to be cheaper to run than electric.

Electric Hobs

  • Ceramic hobs can be much easier to keep clean and will heat up quickly.
  • Those with elements take longer to heat and can be expensive to run.
  • Elements can be replaced if they become damaged.

Most people now opt for a gas hob and an electric oven as this offers the best of both worlds. A hob which can be easily controlled and an oven which maintains its temperature.

A word of warning; Only Gas Safe Registered Installers may install gas appliances and a suitably qualified Electrician should be employed to install Electrical Appliances