What is a dual-fuel range? Simply put, it's a range (a.k.a. stove) with a gas flame cooktop coupled with an electric oven. As the name suggests, these ranges use two different fuel types as opposed to an all gas range that powers both the cooktop and the oven with gas. Dual fuel ranges offer flexibility and optimization for specific cooking styles and through the years, have become increasingly popular in kitchens.
In this article, we'll look at dual fuel ranges and gas ranges and why people decide on one over the other. We'll look at the pros and cons of each, and go over the installation requirements you’ll need to consider before making a decision. We'll also mention the exciting innovations such as steam oven and speed oven technologies and warming drawers now incorporated into certain ranges and why these features are such an impressive value add.
What are the components of a range (also referred to as a stove)?
A range is made up of a cooktop, the top cooking surface, and an oven. Most people will use either an all gas range or an all-electric range where there’s only one fuel source. In gas ranges, gas powers both the cooktop and oven. This applies to electric stoves where 240V electricity powers both the stovetop and the oven itself. Dual fuel ranges combine a gas stove top with an electric oven.
Gas vs Dual Fuel Range
Both use gas for the cooktop
Over the last several years, ranges with gas cooktops have become increasingly popular as consumers have become more comfortable using them. As opposed to an electric cooktop that gives no visual indication of how or cold the current setting might be, a gas cooktop offers a visual cue by way of a flame that can be adjusted in size and heat.
Gas is also an extremely efficient fuel source, as the gas is turned directly into heat. Electric cooktops result in some energy loss when converting from electricity to heat. Check out our recent article where we covered gas vs electric stoves.
Additionally, gas is known to react very quickly. As soon as you change your gas setting, the pan immediately begins to react and change its temperature. This is in contrast with electric ranges that take time to cool down to lower temperatures. While induction ranges have been striving to fix these issues, we still believe that gas cooktops are most effective for the average user.
Dual fuel ranges use electric to power the oven
A dual fuel kitchen range aims to combine the best of both worlds. The cooktop is gas while the oven is electric. Because electric ovens tend to create more heat, resulting in more even and consistent results for baking, electric ovens are generally preferred to gas. If you were to set your temperature to 350 degrees in a gas oven, the flame will have to continuously turn off and on to maintain that heat. This is not only inefficient from an energy standpoint, but also results in temperature fluctuations and a less consistent cooking temperature. However, with an electric oven you can all but guarantee that your food will be baked at right around 350 degrees.
Aside from baking, a gas oven will generally work just fine for your needs. We’ve even seen some anecdotal evidence that gas ranges preheat faster than dual fuel ranges (excluding special models with fast preheat options.) So if you don’t bake and you hate waiting for your oven to preheat, a gas range might have a slight advantage over a dual fuel range.
What will I need in my home?
A gas range requires a gas line in your home, while a dual fuel range will require both a gas line and a 208/240-volt power line with at least 30 amps. You should always double-check the manufacturer’s specifications of any machine in order to ensure that you have enough power running through the electrical circuit to the fuel range.
If you’re planning on replacing a preexisting gas range with a dual fuel range, you’ll need to have an electrician add a new circuit to your electrical box and run a line through to your range. On average, we’ve seen the cost of this work run anywhere from $300-$500 depending on the specific conditions of your home.
Our Top Picks for Dual Fuel Ranges
If you’re going to go for a dual fuel range, we’ve compiled this list of some of the best available on the market. Each one has its own unique advantages, but they all represent a high level of quality and feature sets that will almost certainly meet and exceed all of your needs.
Best Value: GE P2B935YPFS Dual Fuel Range
This impressive dual fuel range boasts a relatively low price point and tons of features that you’ll love. The long center burner is perfect for long pans used in fish frying or griddle frying. With WiFi connectability you can keep tabs on your oven even when you’re not at home, especially when it comes to using the included roast probe to keep track of the internal temperature of your cooking items.
2) Best Budget Pro Series: Bertazzoni MAST305DFMXE Dual Fuel Range
With a high-end appearance at a relatively affordable price, this dual fuel Bertazzoni range is an Italian workhorse from a company that’s proven its reliability over the years. At 4.7 cubic feet, the oven cavity is one of the largest in the market. Cooking performance is excellent and the combination of price and style is tough to beat.
3) Best Double Oven: Samsung NY63T8751SS Dual Fuel Range
With their dual door collection, the Samsung range has continued to raise the bar in cooking performance as they tackle the home chef market head-on. This range features two separate oven doors, allowing for two separate temperatures in the top and bottom of the oven. The flexibility this offers is obvious, and this oven also boasts an impressive 23,000 BTU burner which will boil water at lightning speed.
4) Best Pro Range: Wolf DF30450SP Dual Fuel Range
The Wolf range represents the absolute pinnacle of cooking performance, and you’ll find Wolf ranges in many of the finest homes and kitchens around the world. With Wolf, you receive extremely high-end build quality and commercial grade cooking performance. Double stacked burners give you precise control over your cooking surface temperature, and the dual convection oven consistently gives even and dependable baking & cooking results. This is the range that will inspire you to cook dishes you never thought possible.
5) Best Overall: Miele HR19242DFG Dual Fuel Range
Miele range is perhaps most popular for their line of high-end dishwashers. But over the last few years they’ve been introducing their own stoves in the North American market to widespread acclaim. Why? They offer the same high-end design, strikingly elegant good looks and uncompromising performance that have long been hallmarks of Miele machine. Miele also bakes a great deal of technology into their ranges that many other manufacturers neglect, including a touch control panel that gives you automatic setting options for cooking almost any dish to perfection.
If you have any additional questions about dual fuel ranges or the models and manufacturers that you might be interest in, contact Designer Appliances today!