There are many differences between the dual fuel and gas range, such as the fuel connections and the performance.
Dual Fuel Pro Range
Gas Pro Range
Dual Fuel vs. All Gas Range Differences
Most pro range manufacturers started producing electric and then gas professional ranges because electric pro ranges were used for bakeries. Dual fuel is a combination of a gas cooktop and an electric oven. The goal being better cooking and better baking.
We have created a video explaining the differences. In this video you will learn:
- The performance differences between all gas convection and dual fuel
- Which manufacturers have the best gas convection system
- Which manufacturers have different features between all gas and dual fuel
- What to buy depending on how you cook
There are many differences between the two range types. Dual fuel typically is more expensive and offers more features like self-cleaning, steam, and better controls.
The difference between an all gas and dual fuel professional range can be more than running a 220-volt line for electricity and $1000-2000 dollars in added cost. We will look at the feature behind the fan differences in the most popular brands.
First, technically dual fuel is a gas top over an electric convection stove. Electric convection is more precise and is better for baking. Many brands like Wolf, Jenn-Air, and Miele have twin convection for even more consistent temperature.
Gas convection has its merits. Although it is not as consistent, gas convection is moister and better for roasting. BlueStar is particularly good with a pure or third element gas convection behind the fan.
As I said, dual fuel will cost between $1000-2000, but will typically have added features. Jenn-Air would be the exception as it is exactly the same except for the difference in fuel types.
Thermador looks the same in all gas or dual fuel as well, except it offers self-cleaning in electric, but not in gas for $1,000 more.
Wolf and Miele, however, offer completely different ranges in dual fuel.
The Wolf range has higher BTUs from 15,000 in all gas to a high of 20,000 in dual fuel. The all gas range has no controls like the earlier pro ranges and single convection. The dual fuel, however, has a clock, timer, and light up knobs so you do not have to bend to see the temperature.
Wolf also adds twin convection versus single for their all-gas models. Wolf has the best twin convection system. Because both fans have their own thermostats and turn on independently whereas all the other brands run continuously.
Miele does not add extra output on the top like Wolf, but they introduce technology and steam in the oven. Steam is great for hardening crusts and other foods, especially bread. You can add steam to a cycle or automatically bake bread in the Miele oven.
But Miele, along with Dacor, is the first to add sophisticated controls to their professional range. Their Masterchef control system is completely intuitive. All you have to do is choose the meat or other food, the type of meat and press a button. The oven calculates time and temperature automatically.
So you do have better features in dual fuel. Although, before you add 50 amps to your home to run the electricity, you have to understand how you cook. If you like to broil meats, a gas convection system will be better, because it is a moister heat than electric. Gas is also less expensive to buy and install than electric in most cases.
Even so, if you like more advanced features and love to bake then definitely consider an electric convection oven.