Freestanding cookers: How to choose a cooker Gas cookers vs electric cookers

Running costs for gas and electric cookers

Your choice of gas or electric cooker is likely to be influenced by your previous experience of cookers and your personal cooking preferences.

But there are significant differences in the costs of cooking with gas and electricity. If you use an electric cooker you’ll use fewer units of energy but, because electricity costs more than gas per unit, this will end up costing you more.

If you use your cooker’s oven, grill and hob for about one hour and 20 minutes a day for a year, an electric cooker will cost about £53 to run. 

A gas cooker will only cost £16, giving you an annual saving of £37, or £222 over the lifetime of your cooker.

Gas vs electric cookers: pros and cons

Gas hob

Gas hobs offer instant heat

Gas cooker pros

  • Gas hobs These offer offer instant heat, and flames licking and spreading round the bottom of pans means that heat spreads right across the hob-ring.
  • Cost Gas is cheaper than electricity so you’re likely to save yourself some money if you cook with this fuel.

Gas cooker cons

  • Uneven oven temperature You don’t usually find fans in gas ovens, which makes it harder for the heat to circulate. This means that a gas oven will usually be hotter at the top than at the bottom.
  • Installation Gas cookers need to be professionally installed by a GasSafe registered engineer. Log on to Which? Local to find a qualified installer in your local area.
Electric hob

Electric hobs are easy to clean

Electric cooker pros

  • Even oven temperature Electric ovens offer you more control over the oven temperature, and most have fans to spread the heat right around the cavity.
  • Multi-function ovens You can cook with a combination of heat from the top and the bottom of the oven, the grill and fan in an electric multi-function oven.
  • Easy-to-clean hobs An electric cooker’s ceramic hobs are easier to wipe clean than the hobs and metal risers on a gas cooker.

Electric cooker cons

  • Cost Electric cookers cost more to run than gas cookers.
  • Slow hobs If your pan is bigger than the hob ring, it will take longer to heat up with electricity than with gas.

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