Electric or gas oven? What would be better to choose in the era of advanced technology, between the lower costs of use, offered by the classic baking system, and the cleaner and easier to control preparation, provided by the modern alternative? Find out in this article what arguments each of the variants supports.
Have you just moved and have to buy a stove or is it time to replace the old one? If you do not know very clearly how to choose between the options that include gas oven and electric oven, stay with us and find out what advantages and disadvantages each of them offers you.
Gas oven versions are still cheaper than electric versions
It is true that, with the passage of time and the decrease of the novelty factor that accompanies the electric models, the prices of the stoves that include the electric oven have started to decrease, especially if we talk about the mixed versions, with gas hob. However, they continue to be significantly more expensive than those provided with a classic oven, especially if we are talking about high-performance variants, with lower energy consumption and functions that help you use them more easily.
With an electric version you have more control
If you've ever baked recipes from the Internet or from specialty books, you know how hard it can be to follow the temperature indications in a gas oven. Many dishes (cakes, cakes, steaks, etc.) are sometimes more intuitive, and come out well when you have enough experience with the device to know how the oven works.
With an electric variant, however, things change. You can set the exact temperature you want to cook and, thanks to the integrated thermostat, it is kept constant easier than in the case of gas options. In addition, most electric models are equipped with a preheating function, which brings the oven to the desired temperature while you are preparing and announces by sound or visual signal that the inside is ready to receive the dough.
The gas oven heats up faster
Yes, despite the better control offered by the electrical ones and the ability to maintain a constant and uniform temperature, most of the time you will have to wait extra minutes until the inside of the batch reaches the required number of degrees.
In addition, they have a higher thermal inertia, which means that changing the temperature to plus or minus is a bit more difficult. The gas oven allows you, on the other hand, to raise or raise the temperature quickly, depending on your needs, if you need, for example, to give a pleasant crust to the steak or cake for the last hundred meters.
Electric models are safer
As you well know, the gas that feeds the oven is flammable and toxic, affecting the nervous system, if inhaled, and can cause explosions, in case of accumulations exposed to a spark from any source.
From this point of view, a stove that includes an electric oven is much safer. There are no gas leaks, the risk of extinguishing the flame, cracks in the supply network, etc.
Gas costs less
On the other hand, if you cook frequently in the oven, for a large family, and you can't afford to pay hundreds of lei a month for electricity, a gas oven stove with well-implemented safety functions will be more suitable for you. Currently, the price of electricity is still more expensive than gas, which makes the electric versions to be recommended mainly to those who use the oven occasionally.
The electrical design includes several work programs
The classic gas oven offers you a single cooking option, which means the heat released from the bottom, without ventilation. Enough for traditional dishes and often enough for those who do not want to become professional chefs, but this limitation can be annoying for people who want more control over the preparation.
An electric oven stove generally involves two heating zones, top and bottom, which can be used alternately or together, with or without ventilation system and grill function. Some models include predefined programs for popular dishes (steak, vegetables, pizza, etc.) that have already established temperature and baking conditions and make cooking easier.
The gas is not affected by power outages
If you live in an area where, when it snows heavily or the wind blows hard enough, the power goes out, and this happens frequently, an electric oven might confuse you more than help you. It is advisable, in such cases, to focus on variants that use alternative power supplies, so, for example, to a classic gas version.
Equally relevant is the reverse situation. For those who live in areas where the gas pressure is so low that sometimes they even have problems with the boiler, it is wiser to complete a gas hob with an electric oven, in order to have a backup solution in problematic periods.
Some electric ovens clean themselves
For those who have worked at least once to clean the inside of an oven, after preparing a steak, such a function will certainly be extremely attractive. Self-cleaning can be hydrolytic, with the help of steam, or pyrolytic, the latter involving the strong heating of the oven and the transformation of all food scraps into ash, then easy to remove. Another cleaning technology is one that includes panels made of a special ceramic, which absorbs grease even while cooking.
However, it is good to know that not all electric ovens include a self-cleaning function, and those provided with ceramic panels are more expensive. Also, pyrolytic cleaning consumes a lot of current, means an unpleasant smell in the kitchen and involves the release of less healthy gas for the lungs. So, carefully analyze each advantage to know if it is definitely something you need.