gas oven vs. electric oven. is one better?

my husband and i are in the process of building a house and our builder mentioned today that our thermador ovens can be configured for gas or electric. however, if we want them to run as electric, it would require some serious rewiring and additional cost to us. i've only ever had an electric oven. are there any pitfalls i should be aware of with gas? is it worth considering rewiring for electric? any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!

  • Posted by: lisina
  • September 20, 2014


Pegeen September 21, 2014
There's a general trend toward electric for ovens and gas for stove top.
jmburns September 21, 2014
As a builder and kitchen remodeler. I always bring electric and gas to the cooktop. You may have gas installed to begin with but you may want to switch out at some point in the future and rewiring at that point is a major expenditure. The running of 220 during the construction phase really should not be that great of an expense. Having said all that I prefer electric for tighter temperature control.
lem M. September 21, 2014
The gas ovens I have lived with, were all a bit more difficult to control than your standard electric one – especially rather low temperatures were quite hard to get right (or at all). But they were old models and it’s very possible that a good new gas oven works way better. One huge plus: gas ovens usually get much hotter, so I always was (and so will you be!) in pizza making heaven.
So it all depends on your way of using the oven: if you like to do a lot of very low-temp baking, I would double-check to make sure the model you get will do well at that. Otherwise, I agree that you could spend all the extra money for much nicer things :)
Susan W. September 21, 2014
They are a little different and both have plusses and minuses, but my vote is to go with gas and spend the savings elsewhere. If you google google gas vs electric ovens, you can read all the ins and outs of both.
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