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Is a Gas or Electric Oven Better?

What's the Difference Between Gas and Electric Ovens?


The debate over whether a gas or electric oven is better may not be a new controversy, but this burning question always manages to get people going. Interested in which is more eco-friendly or chef-worthy? Keep reading for a little more information about the difference between gas and electric ovens.

While many cooks prefer gas burners on a stove top, the oven is a different story. With more consistent and even heat, a better ability to broil, and the handy self-cleaning cycle,the benefits of an electric oven essentially speak for themselves. However, the standard electric coils you find in ovens are not the most eco-friendly option for the environment. When you turn on a gas stove, you get a flame right away, requiring less time when it comes to heating and cooling; this makes it the clear winner of the battle for energy efficiency.

If your foodie self just can't say no to electric — and trust me, we feel your pain — do your best to choose electricity from clean, renewable resources. Luckily, the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has put together a comprehensive list of green pricing programs by state to take some of the legwork out of the equation!

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limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
I think gas stoves/ovens just aren't as common on the west coast. I've never had one, and I've lived in lots of different places. Only one of my dogsitting clients has one.  It's hilarious for me to try to cook on it! I'm getting better though!
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