Gas versus electric ovens

tea-601863_1280If you are in the market for a new oven then an important choice before you is whether you should go for a gas or an electric oven.

Which is better? There are many factors to take into account so let’s settle this matter once and for all.

Gas

For professional chefs or homeowners that really enjoy cooking, the gas stove is a good choice.

As you turn the stove on you have instant, constant heat in the form of a flame. The flames spread out in the oven which cooks food more quickly and evenly. It’s also easy to control the temperature and the visual marker of a flame also makes it easier to know at a glance to whether the oven is on or how hot it is.

Another major advantage is the cost factor. Your operating and energy costs will be lower with a gas stove than with electric.

Then of course there’s a particular advantage for South Africans, which is that load shedding will no longer stop you from cooking.

Unfortunately we do have to mention the cons as well. While a gas oven is cheaper to operate, it is more expensive to buy and set up initially.

The other serious disadvantage is the gas itself. If a burner doesn’t turn on immediately, the stove still releases gas, which is a big problem if a burner gets left on, but isn’t lit.

Electric

Electric stoves are simple to use, and less expensive to buy and set up, making them preferable for people who don’t plan to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Electric stoves have a smooth stovetop that makes for a more stable work surface and is easier to clean than a gas stove.

While electric stoves are cheaper, they are more expensive to operate as they drive up your energy bills. They also cook more slowly than gas.

The major con is of course that your cooking is dependent on there actually being electricity. In South Africa, where load shedding is a persistent issue, this can be very annoying. If you’re a homeowner this isn’t a huge problem, but if you are buying an oven for a restaurant it’s definitely a serious factor to think about. Of course, with generator financing you could buy a generator and this would no longer be a problem for you.

There isn’t a clear winner between gas and electric. Professional chefs prefer gas stoves because of its immediate effect, even heat and precise temperature control. However, because they are less convenient to buy and install, homeowners who don’t cook a lot generally prefer electric.

It’s really about what works best for you and your needs.

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