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Aug 21, 2013 12:13 PM

Worth the extra money for electric oven?


We're beginning a kitchen remodel and are trying to make a range decision. I was sold on the 36" Capital Culinarian until i read the benefits of electric ovens. Now i'm torn. The CC is ~$5600 while any duel fuel is more like $8k - $9k. My question is whether it's worth the extra money for the electric oven or does a new professional gas oven like that have most of the issues worked out?

(i'm not talking about the stove top. that will definitely be gas)

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  1. Can you get a cooktop and separate electric ovens for cheaper?

    Gas ovens are not as accurate as electric. They are fine for savory foods but if you do a lot of baking then you'll want the electric ovens.

    1. I love my gas oven. It works better than my old electric ones. Way better. They are all cheap ovens too.

      The gas broiler on the other hand is terrible.

      1. I've been fine with both types of ovens.

        Unlike Kelli2006, I've found gas can bake very evenly. Let's not forget that the newest (oldest) baking rage is all about wood-fired, which equals flame. Gas ranges are better at quick heat changes, the advantage in savory foods Kelli mentioned. Technology advances have mostly leveled the playing field between gas and electric ovens.

        Unlike Becca, I prefer the gas broiler over electric.

        All that said, IME both heat sources do a fine job, and my last 2 ranges had electric ovens which have been great. Another option, space permitting, is to go with the Capital and install a steam oven in a wall. You might be able to have both for the same or less than the price of the dual-fuel ranges you're considering.

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        1. re: DuffyH

          Mine may well be unusually weak. It's low end. The oven bakes very evenly though! I don't even have to rotate.

        2. I would go with the budget friendly option, and just learn its temperament. Think of all the yummy stuff you could cook with 3K worth of savings.

          I say this as I've worked with 5 different ovens in 10 years, so learning each one's "personality" really matters. My test is the standard nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe, and watch closely what happens, I find this lets me know how an oven functions better than a thermometer.

          1. My .02 - if electric ovens are so great why don't you find them in restaurants and bakeries? I have used both and I bake on a daily basis and actually prefer gas because of the increased humidity in it. I would suggest you save the money but whatever you do make sure that your oven is a convection model and then learn the ins and outs of your model. Ovens are like kids, they are all different.