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Gas vs electric cooking appliances

A key decision to make when renovating your kitchen is whether to go gas or electric when it comes to your cooking appliances. Here’s what each of them have to offer, and how to choose the right product for your needs and budget.

Gas appliances

Gas appliances typically cost more to buy and install, but are comparatively cheaper to run. While gas cooktops are more popular than electric because of this, gas powered ovens are notorious for hot spots and uneven cooking – so cooking enthusiasts may prefer to steer away from them.

Electric appliances

While electric ovens are cheaper to purchase and install, do be aware they usually come with higher operating costs. That said, fans of baking and roasting tend to favour their superior cooking abilities.

There is a wide range of electric ovens on the market. Conventional, or ‘traditional’ ovens, rely on the air around the food heating up to cook it. Convection ovens, or fan forced, are a more popular choice as they cook food quicker and more evenly.

If you’re into healthy eating, you may wish to check out one of the latest innovations in electric ovens – the steam oven, which as the name suggests, use steam to cook the food, offering a more nutritious dish.

For the time poor, or those that find themselves constantly cleaning their oven, pyrolytic electric ovens offer a nifty new function; the ability to self clean. Essentially, these ovens heat to over 500 degrees Celsius to incinerate grime and fat stuck on the oven cavity.

In terms of electric cooktops, the induction cooktop is an increasingly popular option. They’re an electricity fuelled, super-fast heating flat cooktop (they do use a higher amperage, so you may need to upgrade your existing power circuit.) They work by creating an electromagnetic reaction between your pots and the induction cooking zone, and because without a pot or pan on the surface, there is no heat, they’re highly energy efficient and safe. That said, you can only use compatible cookware, so you may be up for a new set to get you started.

Dual fuel systems

An innovation in choice for cooking appliances is the duel fuel system- with many choosing to combine a gas cooktop with an electric oven. 

The ASKO Duo Fusion Gas + Induction Cooktop combines gas and induction, giving you the energy efficiency and safety features on induction cooking, with the added option of gas cooking in the same unit. This means you can put your rice on to boil while flash frying a crispy stir fry on your wok burner, for example.

The ASKO Combi Microwave Oven provides a microwave, fan-forced convection cooking, grilling and combined traditional oven cooking with the aid of microwave cooking in the one product – meaning you can defrost, flip to traditional convection, and finish with a short grill.

The ASKO Steam combination ovens provide a way to harness the benefits of steam cooking (professional chefs use steam cooking to bring out more flavour, as well as the nutritional benefits), and traditional convection cooking. You can either use both in one program to cook a dish, or choose to use one method or the other.

How to choose

The sheer volume of choices can make narrowing down your choice confusing, but there are two simple questions you can ask yourself (and share with your ASKO specialist) to make the decision easier.

· What kind of cooking do I do? If you’re into convenience cooking (for example, you like to cook in bulk and freeze for later), then a combi microwave oven is ideal – meaning you can get those multi sized meals cooked with ease, and quickly reheat them throughout the week. If you take your cooking seriously, a convection oven is a great choice – go for a steam combi if you also enjoy healthy cooking (and a pyrolytic model to cut back on your cleaning time!)

· What do I currently have? Asking this question is helpful because what you have either works well for you (which helps you identify what you want in an oven) or it doesn’t, which is just as telling - a kitchen specialist can provide advice on models that will address these issues. Changing the type of fuel you currently use also means factoring in installation costs – but sticking with the same shouldn’t be influenced by this if the functionality and performance of a different fuel source better suits your needs.