Are you a fan of electric or gas cooking, or both? What if your preference is gas or induction burners, and an electric or convection oven? Is a freestanding range with both cooktop and oven your only option? Many kitchen appliance manufacturers offer a dual fuel range that combines the best of both; Gas or induction on top, electric, and convection below. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options based on your cooking needs and available space. Here are some things to consider.

A close up of a gas burner on a stove top.

Gas VS. Electric Kitchen Appliances

Gas cooking is known for its almost instant control of heat, from high heat to low simmer, where electric appliances can take a little more time for the temperature to adjust. This is why many professional chefs prefer gas cooking appliances over electric; the temperature control makes it more versatile for searing, grilling, and simmering on a cooktop and managing the oven heat. When cooking or baking with electricity, food can also cook a little slower than when cooked with gas.

A woman cooking with gas heat on a cooktop in a remodeled kitchen.

Gas cooking appliances are easier to turn off where electric appliances are known for not being as foolproof. Also, with gas appliances, over time you could experience times where the burner won’t light the first try, the pilot light goes out, a flame could become weak, etc. But if the power goes out, your gas stove/oven/range is likely to still be fully functional where if it is electric it will be out as long as the power is. If you live in an area where you experience frequent or sometimes long power outages, this may be a factor to consider.

An electric cooktop in a Dura Supreme kitchen with Bamboo exotic veneer cabinets.

An electric cooktop in a Dura Supreme kitchen with Bamboo exotic veneer cabinets.

Gas heat can make a kitchen toasty, where electric appliances are known for keeping a kitchen cooler while the chef is at work. If heat is a major concern, electric is the way to go. But if you prefer gas and want to make it more comfortable, make sure you have a good hood fan to help manage the heat (like the Vent-a-Hoods included with the Dura Supreme Wood Hood Program).

A beautiful example of a cottage style kitchen with white painted kitchen cabinets, a wood hood, kitchen island, and white subway tile backsplash. Cottage cabinets by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

A Dura Supreme kitchen with a large wood hood with great built-in ventilation.

When it comes to pots and pans on the cooktop, gas ranges are known for working well with different types of pots and pans while electric is known for having better stability due to the flatter cooking surface.

How to plan a kitchen remodel and new kitchen appliances. A close up photo of a stainless steel pot on a stove top of a remodeled kitchen.

Which is Easier to Clean – Gas or Electric?

Both are easy to clean, it just depends on your preferences. Gas can get greasy and messes are easy to remove, however some parts may need to be removed and there are more crevices to work around. Since electric is a flatter surface with fewer crevices spills can be easier to remove, however, it may take more time if they become baked onto the surface. Before purchasing your kitchen appliance, it’s best to know the information for cleaning and maintaining your appliance. I also advise purchasing the recommended cleaning solutions for your appliance to have on hand, so when you need it, it’s ready and available.

A modern styled Dura Supreme kitchen with an electric cooktop. A modern kitchen with textured foil and white painted cabinets.

A modern styled Dura Supreme kitchen with an electric cooktop.

Which is More Eco-Friendly – Gas or Electric?

If energy consumption is a primary concern, you’ll want to compare your local gas and electric costs. Depending on what state you live in, gas cooking appliances can be a more affordable option than electric. Gas is also the better option if you’re looking to limit carbon emission because burning natural gas produces heat more efficiently then electric, meaning less energy is needed to produce the same heat. On average, electric stoves use about three times more energy than gas. However, an electric fan oven heats up faster than a typical gas oven which is why many homeowners favor a gas stovetop with an electric fan oven.

Dura Supreme kitchen design by Studio M Kitchen & Bath, Minnesota.

Separate Cooktop and Wall Oven Combo VS. Ranges with Dual Ovens

A stand-alone cooktop and single or dual wall ovens provide a lot of cooking options for the homeowner. Having a cooktop separate from the ovens can create a great space for storing pots, pans, and cooking accessories right below the cooking surface for easy access. However, they can take up significantly more space than a freestanding or slide-in range. Most cooktops are 30’-36” in width, wall oven cabinets are usually 30” or 31 ½” wide. That is a minimum of 5 feet of valuable kitchen space.

A modern kitchen design with white cabinets and gray stained wood featuring coordinating white granite countertops.

An example of two ovens and a cooktop.

Dura Supreme kitchen design by Mariotti Building Products, Pennsylvania. Photography by Danielle Coons.

Did you know, today’s appliance manufacturers have added multiple ovens to some of their ranges? If you desire two ovens, but space is limited a single range with dual ovens could be a great option. Dual fuel ranges take up significantly less space than the cooktop and wall oven combination, typically 30”-36”, although there are dual fuel ranges that are up to 60” wide. Therefore, if space is at a premium a range may be the best option.

Dura Supreme kitchen featuring a range with dual ovens. Design by Mariotti Building Products, Pennsylvania. Photography by Danielle Coons.

An advantage of the cooktop and wall oven combination is the oven can be placed at a more user-friendly height. This is a great option for those with mobility issues or aging in place designs. The oven height of a range cannot be varied and will always sit below standard countertop height.

The cabinet for wall ovens is typically large enough to fit double ovens or an oven and microwave, which allows for more cooking capacity as well as oven cooking options.

A modern farmhouse kitchen featuring Graphite painted Dura Supreme cabinets.

A modern farmhouse kitchen featuring Graphite painted Dura Supreme cabinets.

With a dual oven range, the size of ovens are usually cut in half, which saves gas or electricity and allows you to cook multiple items at different temperatures within one kitchen appliance. The half-sized cooking space can cause some limitations; for example, you might not be able to fit that massive thanksgiving turkey into a half-sized oven.

Beautiful slide-in range with double ovens. Dura Supreme kitchen design by Gilmans Kitchen and Bath, California.

With so many cooking options available today there is certainly a combination of fuels and kitchen appliances that will work for everyone.

A drop-gorgeous modern farmhouse kitchen that was remodeled with a lightly stained maple wood hood and stainless steel kitchen appliances. This kitchen features white painted shiplap inspired cabinet doors and solid slab cabinet doors in light stained maple.

Mandi Juskiewicz is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for Dura Supreme Cabinetry with 15+ years of experience in graphic design, web design, multi-media communications, photography, and social media technology.  Her accolades include the distinction of being named Kitchen Cabinetry Marketing Specialist of the Year 2019 in the 2019 Content Creator Awards held by CV Magazine and achiever of the Houzz Influencer Award. Her role at Dura Supreme allows her to curate the “best of the best” designs, cutting edge products and fabulously functional Dura Supreme kitchens across the country and feature them here for inspiration and design ideas!

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