Range Buying Guide

Looking for the best kitchen stove or range? CNET editors help you choose between gas stoves, electric stoves, and other kitchen ranges to meet your specific needs.


How much energy does the average range/oven use?

In general, cooking with natural gas is cheaper over the long run than cooking with electricity, especially if the range uses spark ignition over a pilot light, which runs continuously. Choosing an oven with a window is an energy-saver because you won't keep letting heat out to check the progress of your dish. Not using the self-cleaning mode more than once a month is another cost-saving tip. With electric ranges, it also pays to make sure you match the pot size with the burner.

According to the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, here is an energy cost comparison of ovens based on cooking an average casserole. It assumes the cost of gas is 60 cents a therm, and electricity is 8 cents a kWh:

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ApplianceTemperatureTimeEnergyCost
Electric Oven 350 1 hour 2.0 kWh $.16
Electric Convection Oven 325 45 minutes 1.39 kWh $.11
Gas Oven 350 1 hour .112 therm $.07
Electric Frying Pan 420 1 hour .9 kWh $.07
Toaster Oven 425 50 minutes .95 kWh $.08
Electric Crockpot 200 7 hour .7 kWh $.06
Microwave Oven "High" 15 minutes .36 kWh $.03


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