Most homeowners are familiar with gas and electric ranges but there is a third option, dual-fuel. Dual-fuel ranges are lesser known but preferred by consumers and professional chefs for their superior cooking. Simply put, a dual-fuel range is a range with a gas rangetop and an electric oven. It gets its name because the range is powered by two fuels; gas and electricity. In contrast, a gas range heats food with a gas rangetop and oven. An electric range has, you guessed it, an electric rangetop and oven.
The Benefits of Dual-Fuel Ranges
You’ll get the best of both worlds with a dual-fuel range; a precise electric oven and a responsive gas rangetop. Avid home cooks and professional chefs can’t live without the responsiveness of gas cooking. With a simple turn of the knob, you can increase or decrease your cooking temperature instantly. With electric cooktops, this temperature change is more gradual and more than likely, you’re better off changing burners to get your desired temperature change.
Electric ovens on a dual-fuel range create a consistent heat and give you precise control over the temperature. This is especially important for bakers who know baking is a science with exact formulas. In gas ovens, the temperature fluctuates as the oven turns itself on and off to try to maintain a specific heat. For the average cook, the temperature fluctuation is fine. For precise recipes and baked goods, you’ll want an electric oven for consistent results.
Homeowners are faced with a tough decision when shopping for a new range. One thing to consider is your current fuel configuration. If your kitchen is not set up with a gas and electric line to support a dual-fuel range, these additions can add a significant cost. You should also purchase a range based on your cooking habits. If you rarely bake or cook in general, an all gas range or electric range will be less expensive than a dual-fuel range.
The Best Dual-Fuel Ranges
Dual-fuel ranges come in a various price points, configurations and sizes. Here are some of the best dual-fuel ranges on the market:
Wolf Dual-Fuel Range (DF364G)
The Wolf dual-fuel is continually Wolf’s most popular range. The gas cooktop has a wide range of temperature settings from a high flame to a gentle simmer. The electric oven has dual convection and four heating elements to create 10 cooking modes. You can’t get any better than a Wolf range.
Monogram Dual-Fuel Range (ZDP364NDPSS)
Monogram is GE’s luxury line. Like the Wolf, the Monogram dual-fuel range offers a wide range of temperature settings on its gas rangetop. You can easily achieve a low simmer or a high boil without changing burners. Monogram’s electric oven has full-extension racks which makes your oven more accessible than ever.
Fisher & Paykel Dual-Fuel Range (OR36SCG6X1)
For the best value look no further than Fisher & Paykel’s dual-fuel range. Their gas rangetop includes a wok burner and can handle any temperature. The electric oven on the Fisher & Paykel range features 9 oven functions, convection and a self-clean mode. As an added bonus, this model has a warming drawer below the oven.
Bosch Dual-Fuel Range (HDI8054U)
Bosch’s 30” Dual-Fuel range is one of our favorite 30” ranges. Despite its small footprint, the gas rangetop has 5 burners including a center power burner. The range is packed with features such as European convection, a meat probe and a warming drawer.
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