When it’s time to look into buying the perfect oven for your kitchen, there are two main options people typically look at: gas and electric ovens. To ensure that you select the right appliance for your kitchen, take a look at our pros and cons list below.
Electric Oven Pros
Easy to Clean
A great feature with electrical ovens is that the flat-surface is easy to wipe down when it’s time to clean. This is good news for those who spend hours on cooking a big meal and don’t want to spend even more time cleaning. Also, to properly clean other ovens, namely gas ovens, you have to take off sections to really get in the crevices. With an electric oven, this is not a concern because of the smooth, flat surface. By not having to rearrange everything, you don’t have to worry about potentially breaking your oven when trying to clean it.
Has More Features
An electric oven, like many other electric appliances, includes several features that are not available to other appliances such as wireless connectivity, convection fans, and more. It also includes different settings that cater to the food you are making so you know it will be cooked at its optimal best. If you are concerned that all the fancy features may be too much for you, don’t worry. They are actually very simple to use which for many is an additional bonus. Especially to those who are not cooking/baking experts.
Electrical ovens are a very common appliance because they are so inexpensive. They are easy to install (they just plug into an outlet) and they don’t require any tricky wiring like gas ovens do. Not to mention if the oven ever needed a repair, it wouldn’t cost nearly as much as you might think and is typically a simple fix.
Electric Oven Cons
Relies on Electricity
The last thing you want to happen while cooking something in your oven is for your electricity to go out. Once that happens, your oven is no longer in commission. So you may have to think of another way to make your meals.
Takes Longer to Heat Up
Because electrical ovens do not rely on flames like a gas oven would (which is instant heat), an electric oven could take a little longer to heat up. Although it does distribute heat well, the wait time is seen as a definite con.
Waiting for the oven to heat up could cut into your cooking time. If this happens during the holidays, nobody is happy about it.
Gas Oven Pros
More Energy Efficient
A great benefit of having a gas oven is that it uses a lot less energy than an electric oven. The time it takes to heat up and cool down is significantly quicker than with an electric oven because once the flames are on, it’s ready, and once the flames are gone, cooking is over. Therefore, gas ovens consume less energy than electric ovens that take a while to both start and stop cooking.
Gas ovens, contrary to popular belief, are very low maintenance when compared to electrical ovens. You may have to change out a few parts here or there, but nothing strenuous like with electrical ovens. And the best part about it? The parts you typically replace are inexpensive.
Heats Up Quickly
A gas oven does not have a preheat setting like an electric oven because the second the gas is turned on and the flame is lit, you are ready to go. You don’t have to wait around, which for those who are making an important meal is a great benefit.
Gas Oven Cons
Gas ovens, unlike electrical ovens, typically have a higher price tag for a number of reasons. A main issue is that connecting all the lines together can be a hassle. Gas ovens also have a longer lifespan which is not a con, but when it is the reason for making the price on a gas oven go up, can be.
Difficult to Clean
As stated above, to properly clean a gas oven you may have to move around a few things. If you accidentally knock something out of place when doing this, you could notice your flame is uneven the next time you cook.
Potential Health Risks
Because your gas oven works on gas wires, you could face serious health issues if your line were to leak. If this happens, having it repaired is not going to be cheap but neither would your health bill.
When you decide on the right oven for your kitchen, give Advanced Appliance Service, Inc. a call at 615-884-8428 to have it professionally installed. And if for any reason you need repairs or maintenance on your appliance, our friendly, professional staff is ready to help! Let us know how we can help today.