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WHAT IS A DUAL FUEL RANGE?

Dual fuel stoves are ranges that feature a gas cooktop and an electric oven, combining the strengths of both. Gas cooktops offer quick heating and ample temperature control. Electric oven elements cycle in patterns that allow for optimal management of temperatures, making them ideal for baking.

Many cooks will tell you that they prefer gas cooktops: in addition to their highly responsive temperature control, gas cooktops also allow you to use more cooking techniques, like roasting or charring peppers. In contrast, bakers are more likely to prefer electric ovens due to features on select models that offer a steam bread cycle, which releases steam at the beginning of the cycle, allowing bread to gain optimal rise. The steam then tapers off as the cycle progresses. Learn more about the differences of gas vs. electric ranges

But what do you do if you’re a fan of both? That’s where dual fuel ranges (also called stoves) come in. 

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I’m Thinking of Buying a Dual Fuel Range. What are the Advantages?

A dual fuel stove can provide a number of advantages based on your cooking preferences.

BENEFITS OF AN ELECTRIC OVEN

  • Fast pre-heating. 
  • Controlled heat, thanks to multiple elements that deliver and distribute heat throughout the oven cavity. 
  • Precise temperature management due to heat cycling.
  • Ideal conditions for exceptional baked goods. 
  • More familiarity for most people (electric ovens are common in residential and professional kitchens).

BENEFITS OF A GAS COOKTOP

  • Direct heat from gas flames. 
  • Highly responsive temperature control. 
  • Fast cooling burners. 
  • Potential cost savings (if natural gas is cheaper than electricity in your area).
  • You can also employ more advanced cooking techniques like charring.
The top portion of a dual fuel range featuring a gas cooktop.

Are There Disadvantages to Owning a Dual Fuel Stove?

Generally speaking, the main downsides of a dual fuel range are their cost and installation. These types of stoves tend to be more expensive than their all-gas or all-electric counterparts, so it’s important to consider this and compare ranges before making a purchase. Also, keep in mind that a dual fuel range will require a gas hook-up – if you don’t have a gas line running to your home already, you’ll need to take this cost into account as well.

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Is a Dual Fuel Range Right for Your Home?

As with any appliance, the decision to buy a dual fuel stove ultimately comes down to your personal preferences. If you have gas and electric hook-ups in your kitchen, are interested in investing in a dual fuel option and want a range that lets you maximize your cooking skills, a dual fuel range may be the right choice.

If you’re interested in the benefits of a dual fuel range but don’t know if your kitchen can accommodate one, there is another option. Consider installing a gas cooktop and an electric wall oven – that way, you’ll be able to enjoy both options and make the most of your favorite recipes.

Still can’t decide which range is the best fit for your kitchen? Check out our range buying guide to learn more about different options.

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