Electric vs. Gas ovens

Gas or electric oven / hob? Which one is the best choice for you?

An age old debate when it comes to which oven or hob to purchase. Here are a few points to consider when trying to decide to go for a gas or electric oven.

Which is cheaper to run:

If you run an electric oven you will use fewer units of energy, but because electricity costs more than gas per unit, this will cost you more in the long run.

On average (according to Which tests) to run a gas oven for approximately 5 hours per week will cost around £17 per year. Whereas running an electric oven for approximately 5 hours per week will cost around £40 per year.


Although gas ovens are cheaper to run you don’t have fans in gas ovens. Not having a fan in an oven makes it harder for the heat to circulate evenly around the oven. This can make it tricky to get things evenly baked in a gas oven. Electric ovens will distribute heat throughout the oven cavity better making it easier to achieve consistent cooking.

A modern electric oven often has multi-function options. This means specific parts of the oven cavity can be heated. This can be useful when cooking things like a thick piece of meat. These options are not available in a gas oven.

It has been shown that electric is better for grilling. Electric grills do better at browning evenly, where as gas grill struggle from uneven heat distribution.

You will have more choice when purchasing an electric oven. All big stores will have a large range of electric ovens for sale, yet only a few gas ovens for sale. This is not the case with hobs, you will still get plenty of choice when it comes to gas hobs.


Gas hobs heat quickly from the naked flame; it’s pretty much instant heat. Although, induction hobs are quick to heat up too, and do generally simmer at low temperate better than gas. Gas hobs also tend to be slower at heating up large pans of food vs. inductions hobs.

Electric hobs are easy to clean, whether it is a ceramic hob or induction hob. Being that the surface is flat you have no burners or pan supports to worry about. Also, modern electric hobs have touch controls, rather than twist dials, which can also be a pain to clean.

Like with ovens, gas hobs are generally cheaper to run vs. electric. 

Despite the above facts, gas or electric is still a personal preference to many.

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