4 Reasons You May Not Want a Gas Oven, According to Real Estate Experts

published Jan 4, 2021
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When hunting for a new place to call home, the kitchen is often a top priority. It’s where you’ll prepare all your meals—and it’s a popular hangout spot, too. You probably have a few requests on your kitchen wishlist, like modern appliances, room for seating, or maybe an island and a lot of storage space. If you fancy yourself a decent home cook, a gas stove may be among your musts. 

Although many homebuyers and renters consider a gas stove the holy grail of kitchen appliances, there are actually some drawbacks. What are some reasons that gas stoves aren’t all they’re cracked up to be? Real estate and home professionals offered up their input. Here’s what they had to say about why you might want to consider an electric stove instead. 

They’re not the best for baking.

If you’re more of a baker than a cook, an electric oven may be your best bet. According to Shirley Langridge of Maggie’s Oven Services, the insides of gas ovens are more humid than electric models, which can result in overcooked baked goods. Electric is the way to go if you want to turn out some treats worthy of “The Great British Bake Off.” No more burnt cookies!

Delicate cooking can be a challenge, too. 

OK, so an electric oven may be better, but what about stovetop cooking? When it comes to anything other than boiling, electric is the better choice here, too.

“When you’re doing any type of delicate cooking, the flames on a gas stove start to heat your cookware instantly. With an electric stove, you can more easily maintain the required temperature,” says Langridge. 

They pose safety hazards. 

Broker Robert Van Rhijn of Toronto-based Strata says that while most of his clients do prefer gas ovens, he’s seeing more and more people who have reservations about them.

“It seems that over the past year or so, many buyers are concerned about the fumes gas stoves emit—nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide,” he says. “If this trend continues, I suspect we’ll see more upscale alternatives that don’t use gas.”

Protecting against this safety hazard may also require an extra expense. 

“Gas line inspections cost about $50 to $75 per year, which could be $750 more to spend if your range lasts 15 years,” says Ben Reynolds, CEO and founder of Sure Dividend. “This doesn’t include the cost for any issues that could occur, such as repairs.”

There’s even evidence that gas stoves are linked with a higher risk of a variety of respiratory problems and illnesses, even if a leak does not occur. If you have asthma or allergies, you’ll especially want to steer clear.

At the very least, you’ll want to get a carbon monoxide detector to monitor the problem. Your homeowners’ insurance may even require one, and your premiums can go up if you don’t comply.

They’re more difficult to clean. 

“Gas cooktops are pretty hard to clean due the raised burners and pan supporters, which accumulate more spills and grime,” Langridge says.

If you’re not diligent about keeping up with cleaning, grease can become caked on to the point that it’s nearly impossible to remove. Once you experience the ease of wiping down an electric stove, you may never want to go back to gas.