Commercial Kitchen Equipment. Which is better, Gas or Electric?

Gas or Electric?  Which is better for your commercial kitchen equipment?

Commercial Kitchen Equipment is one of the largest costs of a commercial kitchen.  Deciding on gas or electric commercial kitchen equipment can have a profound impact on capital and operating expenses for your establishment.

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Gas Deep Fryers are one of the most frequently installed pieces of commercial kitchen equipment

Many operators try to reduce their costs or save money when purchasing their commercial kitchen equipment without fully understanding the long-term impact an uninformed decision may make.

Knowing and understanding the differences in gas versus electric equipment in your commercial kitchen can help you make the correct decision when purchasing your foodservice appliances and commercial kitchen equipment.

The Capital Cost Factor


Commercial Kitchen Equipment Gas Requires Installation

Gas commercial kitchen equipment requires a professional to install the gas supply correctly.   This can be done affordably with FPUA’s licensed contractors available and does have an effect on the cost of gas appliances.

When establishing or updating an operation, initial costs always seem to be higher than planned.   Trying to reduce these by lowering your initial purchase can prove costly over time if you do not consider all aspects of the acquisition.

Electric Appliances are usually purchased at a lower cost and have a lower cost for installation as well.

The electric appliance just needs to be plugged into an outlet to operate.  Depending on the size of the commercial kitchen equipment, you may require an electrician if you need higher voltage or 3-phase wiring to be set up.  This will increase you installation costs for electric appliances potentially and need to be considered.


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A gas stub out from the main gas feed prior to connecting to the commercial kitchen equipment for this location. The large horizontal pipe is the main feed. The stub outs are installed along the gas feed where the equipment will attach. The plastic is just a protective film that has not been peeled off the equipment yet to keep the equipment from being scratched.

Gas appliances always need a gas supply to operate.  This has an effect on your installation costs and must be calculated and planned for in the budget.  FPUA can answer all your questions about gas installation costs and timeframes for installation.  However, the cost to install gas pipelines is not something to factor in electric appliance installation costs.

The bottom line is that electric commercial kitchen equipment is less costly to purchase initially than gas commercial kitchen equipment.

 Gas vs. Electric

Before making a decision, you need to understand the differences between gas and electric in choosing your commercial kitchen equipment.

Typically, gas equipment is more expensive initially to purchase than electric.  Part of this expense is in installation, as discussed above, and part is on the equipment itself.  These initial costs can be offset with rebates and initiatives offered by FPUA Gas.

Gas provides greater heat than electricity while costing far less to operate.  This higher heat output, rated as BTU’s, increases the cost of the equipment slightly.  This coupled with the installation costs is the reason gas is a more expensive initial purchase.

It is advised that you never try and plumb your gas supplied commercial kitchen yourself.  Always hire an experienced professional.  FPUA has several affordable licensed contractors available to help in such cases which we can verify will install it correctly and complete it to code.  You do not want a poor gas installation to become a liability in the future.

Electric equipment is much more portable than gas equipment. If you need to move an electric appliance, all you need is an electrical outlet at the new location.  With gas, you have to make sure a gas source is plumbed to the new location for operation.

Daily Operation Costs


Gas vs Electric Commercial Kitchen Equipment Costs

What is the true cost of gas versus electric when choosing commercial kitchen equipment

Electric is considered less efficient.  It takes more fuel to achieve the same results as gas.  Gas efficiency means more energy is converted to use than with electric appliances and natural gas has the lowest cost per kilowatt-hour in all energy options in the state of Florida.

Gas kitchens are considered hotter than electric kitchens, so keeping them cool will require slightly more energy.

However, gas is always far less costly to operate than electric on a daily basis.  This is a factor which needs to be added to your purchasing consideration to make an informed decision.

A critical factor, often overlooked, is that gas and electric require different BTU requirements to achieve the same results. One must calculate the actual daily BTU requirements of each fuel source against the cost of the fuel to arrive at the actual cost.

Once the real fuel cost is determined, calculate it out over time and see if the operation cost offsets the capital cost of the initial purchase equipment.

Some Questions to ask in Determining Gas or Electric Commercial Kitchen Equipment for your Operation

Here are some questions to ask to help determine if gas or electric is the right fit for your operation.

  • How frequently will you operate your equipment?
  • What time of day will you operate?
  • Where is your operation located: City or Rural?
  • Will I need to move my appliances around frequently?
  • What is the price difference between gas and electric?
  • How long will it take to break even between gas or electric?

What is important is to look at the over operating costs of the equipment you plan to use.  If you consider the capital investment of the initial purchase only, you may lower your purchase price only to lose the savings through higher monthly operating costs.

The advantages of each type of commercial kitchen equipment are different as are the initial and installation costs. There are benefits to each one.  We are here to help you make the right decision for your commercial kitchen equipment.

Contact our team today to ask these and any other important questions you have before you start the detailed planning and let our free expertise help ensure you make the most cost-effective decision for your new commercial kitchen or business.

To reach us just use the chat button below or call our commercial development service representatives directly at:

 – Billy Dupre, at (772) 466-1600, X-4705

 – Ana Johnson, at (772) 466.1600, X-3012

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