Gas vs electric for your commercial kitchen appliances

When it comes to starting your catering business, fitting out your kitchen could be one of the biggest expenditures so it is worth spending the time and effort into research and making sure you get it right when you part with your cash.

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There will be lots of big decisions to make, not least whether to choose gas or electricity when it comes to your appliances. Of course, there is a financial cost in the initial outlay, but then running costs to consider, too. Understanding the differences will help you make the decision for your business.

Initial outlay

People often look at the initial list price and make a decision just on that single piece of information. That doesn’t take into account the running costs. Electrical appliances are often lower priced to start with, often because it is easier to get them up and running – just unwrap them and plug them in! Gas, on the other hand, requires a special line to be installed, and of course, a supply of gas, whether that is bottled or mains. That makes appliances a little pricier initially.  Also when you have these items this will mean you will have to record the usage for instance on a meter. If yours is inside or outside you will need to keep it undercover so a Gas Meter Box would be a good idea. sell gas meter boxes so why not pop on to the site to check it out.

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Once the initial outlay is considered, check the rates you can get on electricity and gas supplies. There might not seem to be much in it per unit, but when you start multiplying costs per month, or year, over the anticipated life of the appliance and you’ll start to notice a difference. It might be big enough to sway your purchase decision.


When we buy a domestic appliance, we check the energy efficiency rating, and there’s no reason the same logic shouldn’t apply to a commercial decision. Electric appliances do not lose any energy to vapours, so all its energy is converted to heat. Escaped heat can lead to a hotter kitchen which might not necessarily be a good thing.

If you need more help deciding whether a gas or electric oven is right for your commercial kitchen, read the guide by Which. Once you have done your research, speak to a specialist retailer of commercial catering suppliers.

As you’re researching, you’ll notice that there are lots of differences. Work through a list of pros and cons for each for your business, because what is right for your business won’t necessarily be the same for another.


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