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Gas vs Dual Fuel Ranges
While most people are familiar with gas and electric ranges, consumers often get confused by the third option, a dual fuel range, how its different from gas ranges and if its worth the extra money. We are going to guide you through the differences between gas and dual fuel ranges to help you choose the right type of range that best fits your cooking habits.
What is the difference between Gas and Dual fuel ranges?
The difference between the gas and dual fuel ranges is that gas ranges heat the cooktop and oven with gas, while dual fuel ranges offer an electric oven and a cooktop with gas burners.
To better understand the difference between gas and dual fuel ranges, you should know the difference between electric and gas cooktops, as well as the difference between gas and electric ovens. Gas cooktops are considered faster and more efficient than electric cooktops, while electric ovens cook more evenly than gas ovens.
Gas burners on the cooktop are best for fast heating because they give an immediate heat once you turn it on, while electric cooktops need time to warm up. Additionally, gas burners have more precise heat control because it lets you change the temperature immediately when you adjust the flame, while electric cooktops dont have the same level of temperature control.
Electric ovens distribute the heat evenly and have more precise temperature control. As a result, electric ovens bake more evenly. On the other hand, the heat in the gas ovens is unevenly distributed. The temperature is higher at the top of the oven, so baking requires rotation in the gas ovens.
Dual fuel combines the speed of the gas cooktop and the evenness of the electric baking which makes it the most efficient type of range.
Advantages of dual fuel ranges vs gas ranges
The advantage of the dual fuel range is the electric convection oven. It has more precise temperature control compared to gas range ovens. Dual Fuel ranges usually offer true convection. Convection ovens are equipped with a fan which circulates the heated air around the food and spreads the heat equally throughout the oven cavity. So, it allows you to bake faster and more evenly, while gas range ovens often have temperature fluctuations resulting in uneven baking. With convection oven theres no need to rotate your cookie to bake it evenly and if you are baking a cake, the edge of the cake is just as well cooked as the middle.
Another advantage of the dual fuel range is that electric ovens usually offer self-cleaning. Its another feature that saves you time and effort. (For additional information about self-cleaning feature check out our Self-clean vs. Manual Clean Guide.)
When you compare the prices of gas vs. dual fuel ranges, youll see that dual fuel ranges are significantly more expensive. The difference may be from $1000 to $2000. This is because duel fuel ranges usually have more enhanced features, like that electric oven, than gas ranges do. Dual fuel ranges will be a right choice if you are a professional cook who loves the heat efficiency of the gas cooktop combined with the precise temperature control of an electric oven. Although, gas ranges might work just fine for home cooks who dont want a precision temperature control of an electric oven or dont bake that often.