What is a Dual Fuel Range?

dual-fuel-range-coverDual fuel ranges are still a relatively new concept in the world of cooking. Viking only added dual fuel ranges to their product line in the mid 1990s, so their advantages and features aren’t quite universal knowledge yet.

So, what is a dual fuel range exactly? Simply put, a dual fuel range is an appliance that utilizes both gas and electric fuel elements. A dual fuel range will have a gas cooktop and an electric oven.

What are the advantages of a dual fuel range?

AGA-dual-fuelMost home chefs enjoy the best of both worlds with dual fuel ranges. A gas cooktop provides higher temperature reach and more versatility with the flame. Another upside of gas fuel is that in the event of a blackout, the gas is still flowing so still the cooktop will still work.

An electric oven will reap more even cooking results, and may not experience the temperature fluctuations a gas oven can exhibit.  Most dual fuel ovens also feature a self-cleaning option that is not available in all gas or electric models.

Some home chefs prefer a separate gas rangetop and electric wall ovens, which are a formidable solution if you have the available space for it, however not all home chefs do. If you wish to keep your cooking space limited to your kitchen range, a dual fuel range would be the right investment for you.

What are the disadvantages of a dual fuel range?

Not all houses will come equipped with both a gas line and the right voltage plug for a dual fuel range. This could be an unforeseeable cost for chefs that do not have both fuel lines readily available.

Also, dual fuel ranges can cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars more than an all-electric or gas range. If you won’t use both cooktop and oven on a regular basis, a dual fuel range may not be for you.

How to know if a dual fuel range is right for me?

Understanding yourself and your cooking habits is the most important part of shopping for a kitchen range. Based off your needs and preferences, figure out which range is right for you and start from there. Happy cooking!

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