My wife and I are interested in buying a new range. We want to donate our gas range and purchase a dual fuel. We are beginning to research dual fuel. What are the advantages and disadvantages? – Pete
A range is a kitchen appliance with both a cooktop and an oven. In the past, homeowners could only choose between all gas or all electric. Today there more choices: gas, electric, induction, and dual fuel. Typically, dual fuel ranges offer a gas cooktop and an electric oven.
Dual fuel is preferred among professional chefs because gas cooktops allow for a quick response and heat control accruacy along with the visual confirmation of a flame. An electric oven is favored because it gives better heat distribution, particularly when combined with a convection fan which circulates the oven air evenly and reduces bake time (although a convection fan is not exclusive to electric ovens).
The appliances in your kitchen must conveniently satisfy your culinary needs. If you want a stunning, high-level performing range that is precise and consistent, then dual fuel may be the right fit. There are many brands to choose from depending on your preferences and budget. Here is a list of some (but not all) manufacturers that offer dual fuel ranges: Aga, American Range, Bertazzoni, Bosch, Dacor, DCS, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Frigidaire, GE, Jenn-Air, Kenmore, KitchenAid, LaCornue, Thermador, Verona, Viking, Wolf. Check out these sites and more to continue your research.