Renovating your home or fitting out a new kitchen? The type of oven that you choose is an important consideration to ensure it suits your style and provides the family dinners you’d hoped for. Since the beginning of the humble gas oven, many improvements have been made, including the addition of a thermostat to help with temperature control and an enamel coating to make cleaning easier. Today, gas ovens offer a wide variety of features and there’s a lot to think about when buying one, so read on for our guide to gas ovens in Australia.
What is a gas oven?
A gas oven, also referred to as a gas underbench oven, requires a gas connection in the kitchen. This can be via mains gas or LPG. For some, this might be the deciding factor in whether or not you purchase one. Gas ovens are typically topped with a gas-powered cooktop, but the two parts can also be installed in separate areas, depending on your kitchen design and personal preference.
Gas ovens generate heat via gas-fuelled burners, which is different to electric models that use an electric coil. There are two ignition types – a pilot flame and an electric ignitor – but most modern gas ovens use electricity to trigger the ignition. The days of putting your head in the oven with a match are over!
Gas Ovens Vs Electric Ovens
How much do gas ovens cost?
On average, most gas ovens sit between $1,000 and $2,000. However, you can also find smaller capacity models around the $800 mark. The premium range of freestanding gas ovens can go up to $9,000 due to additional burners on the stovetop, while the most you can expect to pay for a built-in option is $3,500. Gas ovens are typically more expensive than electric ovens.
Features to look for:
- Fan forced function: to help evenly heat food
- Multiple rack positions: to help make additional room for tall items
- A self-cleaning function: for ease of cleaning
- Thermostat: when the oven reaches the selected temperature, it shuts off the voltage to the ignitor, which then switches off the gas supply to the burner
Gas Wall Ovens
Gas wall ovens are built-in models that can be mounted into a wall recess. As another built-in option, there are also gas underbench ovens that can be fitted under the kitchen bench. The flexibility of oven installation means the built-in options suit a wide range of kitchen layouts and styles. But whether they suit your budget or not is another matter. Read on for a review of leading brands and prices.
Westinghouse Gas Ovens
Westinghouse, a subsidiary of Electrolux, offers a number of gas wall ovens. These models are boasted for their FamilySafe cool to the touch door, which is designed for safety against accidental burns on the external cavity. The Westinghouse White 60cm multifunctional double oven (WVE636W) provides 80L of oven capacity with a separate electric grill. The benefit of having two separate compartments is that it allows you to separate pungent dishes such as seafood from baking desserts, so not exchanging any odours or flavours between the two.
The WVE636W gas oven is also fan forced to help deliver even cooking results, plus it’s equipped with three cooking functions – traditional bake, grill and fan bake. Moreover, the model has a dial control for temperature range and anti-spatter grill inserts, claimed to help keep the grill clean. This Westinghouse wall oven is available in both natural gas and LPG gas variants, plus has an option between a stainless steel and traditional white appearance. Most of the range sits between $1,599 and $2,699. The ovens that don’t feature a separate grill compartment are on the lower end.
ILVE Gas Ovens
An Italian appliance manufacture, ILVE has several options for gas ovens. Expect triple door glazing for safety and concealed grill elements in the full range. Additionally the ovens are boasted for thermostatic precision from 0°C through to 250°C, and the ‘Turbowave’ cooking system, claimed to seal food, prevent shrinkage and promote low energy consumption. The ILVE (600LVGLPG) 60cm LPG Gas Built-In Oven has 70L oven capacity and four programs with a twin fan cavity cooling system. The design features a digital electronic clock and removable oven door and inner door glass.
For a larger model the ILVE (800LVGNG) 80cm Natural Gas Built-In Oven features five cooking modes, an electric rotisserie and 110L of oven capacity. It’s powered by natural gas and delivers a stainless steel appearance. Other features on this model stay the same as the above including the Turbowave system and twin fan cavity cooling system. Smaller capacity models start at $2,349 and for the 80cm built-in ovens expect to go up to $3,359.
Freestanding Gas Ovens
Freestanding ovens come as a complete unit with a cooktop included. These are available in a variety of sizes, including slimline models, which are typically an option to consider for smaller kitchens. However, there are also wide 90cm – 110cm options featuring up to six cooktop burners. Here are some of the standout brands.
Smeg Gas Ovens
Another Italian appliances brand in the kitchen space is Smeg. It covers a large range of ovens from electric to pyrolytic ovens including a line of upright gas ovens. The Smeg 90cm Freestanding Natural Gas Oven (CS9GVXA) features four programs and six cooktop burners. It’s boasted for its triple glazed door and offers 126L of oven capacity. The 90cm Smeg gas oven is also equipped with a fan assisted function as well as an oven light and flame failure protection. While it’s set to cook with natural gas, it can be adapted for ULPG.
Another gas oven in the range is a 90cm wide model (C91GVXA-2) with 110L oven capacity. It has a flip down pan storage beneath the oven for convenience and is designed with a deep base to contain any spillage. For something smaller, there is a 70cm with 79L capacity Smeg gas oven, or a 60cm with 79L capacity oven, both of which feature five cooking levels. While you do add an additional burner on the 70cm wide model, there isn’t any extra volume for the oven capacity. In terms of the outward design, the full range maintains a stainless steel appearance. You can find smaller capacity models for $2,490 and $2,990, while the 90cm models range between $3,790 and $4,890.
Euromaid Gas Ovens
Euromaid ovens are generally a cheap and cheerful option if you’re on a budget. Prices range from $799 for the more compact models and max out $2,299 for the more advanced designs. Euromaid provides a number of options in terms of oven width size ranging from 50cm to the large 90cm wide gas ovens.
The most expensive Euromaid 90cm gas oven is the GG90S 90cm Freestanding Natural Gas Oven. It’s equipped with a 105L oven capacity and five burners, making it a suitable option for a large family or if you enjoy entertaining. It features extra internal widths to fit large roasting trays, a telescopic runner, five shelf positions and a double-glazed door. For a compact gas oven, the 50cm Euromaid GGFW50NG Freestanding Natural Gas Oven features four burners with a 60L oven capacity. It has five oven shelf positions and a storage drawer for any cooking accessories.
LPG Gas Ovens
For those who don’t have a natural (mains) gas connection in the kitchen, LPG gas models might be a worthy consideration. While some gas ovens can be installed to run on either natural gas or LPG, there are models that cook solely using flames fuelled by an LPG bottle.
For a built-in wall option, the Westinghouse WVG613WLPG 600mm/60cm oven ($1,599) provides 80L of oven capacity with three programs, including fan forced. It has similar features to other Westinghouse models such as the Family Safe cool doors and a two hour auto-off oven timer. The Chef CFG503WBLP 54cm oven is a freestanding variant with a stovetop. It features 80L oven capacity with four burners and one oven program. For this simple model you can expect to pay just under $850.
White Gas Ovens
If your kitchen is styled specifically with white appliances, there are a couple of brands that also produce white variants of their gas ovens. These include the Westinghouse 60cm (WVG615W) Built-In Oven and the Chef 54cm (CFG503WBLP) Freestanding LPG Gas Oven.
Should I buy a gas oven?
Gas cooking can be economical and highly efficient. A benefit of having a gas oven in your home is that it will still run even if the power goes out! And as natural gas is generally cheaper than electricity, you will find your cooking costs come down, depending on the specific utility rates you pay, of course. However, gas ovens tend to be more expensive to buy in the first place, so you’ll have to weigh up the short and longer term costs involved. Ultimately though, buying a gas or electric oven will come down to personal preference.
Depending on your cooking needs, gas ovens provide a number of options from large family sized ovens to simple two person freestanding models. Gas ovens should probably be thought of as an investment in your home, so be sure to think carefully about which brand and model is the best fit for you. For further reading, head over to our latest customer satisfaction reviews.