Cookers: which to buy?

Cookers are one of the most difficult choices to make when comes the time to buy one: how are you supposed to choose between freestanding cooker, integrated ones, induction cooktop, gas ones, electric ones? All the choices you are faced with will make your head spin and bemused, you’ll wander in the alleys of your

Cookers are one of the most difficult choices to make when comes the time to buy one: how are you supposed to choose between freestanding cooker, integrated ones, induction cooktop, gas ones, electric ones?

All the choices you are faced with will make your head spin and bemused, you’ll wander in the alleys of your nearest shop, not daring to buy a model for fear of missing out on a better model.

Ever felt that way? Well, follow our guide that should provide you with more information in order to buy the perfect cooker for your perfect home!

What we design by cookers here are the freestanding cookers which include an oven (or two) and a cooktop.

The electric and gas cookers have a lot to offer with most models, nowadays, having electronic controls and which cooks food quickly.

Those two categories still make almost 90% of the market in 2014: be reassured that electric cooktop need less power to be used, saving you money on electric bills.

Some cookers are designed under the odd name of “Dual-fuel” ranges: odd, because fuel has no part in their working.

This particular range covers the cookers that have a gas or induction cooktop with an electric oven, most of the time.

Finally, the last range of cookers are the range cookers: this is usually a larger model with up to height burners and a double oven, which are powered either by gas or electricity and cost a lot of money.

The Electrolux EK6562AOX falls into the electric range: it has 4 ceramic zones, coming in three different sizes; a double oven, which offer a 74 litre capacity for the main one and 40 litres for the second chamber.

Both oven and Cooktops cook food rapidly and properly and this oven can be yours for the price of £799.

For those of you that don’t have that massive a budget, other freestanding cookers also exist.

Particularly the one produced by Beko, the BDVC563AW, which at £259 is a bargain!

With its 4 zone electric ceramic hob and its two ovens, cooking is a real pleasure and no worries about the awful task of cleaning, thanks to its easy-clean enamel coating.

The main oven has a capacity of 58 litres (good for family meals) whilst there is a second, smaller static oven that doubles as a grill, meaning that you can use the grill and cook a fantastic roast!

Over to the freestanding gas cookers, the same wide range of prices applies: the least expensive one, but who is still working properly prices around £279.

With its 4-burner gas hob and a conventional oven, the Flavel MLB51NDS can easily be overlooked.

It would be a shame though, because the 4-burner is really good and cooks meals in a precise manner, whilst the 51-litre conventional oven will roast any meals for friends and family with ease.

And this oven has an interesting feature: slow cooking for the stews you wish to cook precisely and with full flavours.

At £459, the Leisure GRB6GVK offers two ovens, a 4-burner gas hob and a very sleek and retro design.

At a standard 60cm, this model can easily fit into any kitchen: the main oven offers up to 100 litres of cooking capacity (main oven: 61 litres; secondary oven: 31 litres), which is more than enough to get something ready for a family.

Also, cleaning has been facilitated thanks the addition of the self-clean catalytic liners installed in the oven!

In the Dual-fuel range of freestanding cookers, the same gap in prices applies.

However, the Hotpoint HUD61K is a good starting point if this is the range you would like to invest in.

Ticking all the boxes, this particular oven costs £449.99 and benefits of an A energy rating, a 4-burner gas hob and two ovens to cook even more delicious homemade meals!

The main oven as a capacity of 65 litres whilst the second oven has a 35 litres capacity and the grill option.

And to finish this description on a very good point, this freestanding oven is easy to clean thanks to the catalytic liners.

In the same category of dual-fuel freestanding cookers, the Smeg CC92MX9 is a bit pricier, but has a very modern design that would fit in well with all types of kitchens.

Two ovens, 5-gas burners, a whole lot of function to cook meals in a variety of ways, and quality built, this is signature Smeg all over.

The main oven has a 79 litres capacity whilst the second oven boasts only 39 litres and comes also with a grill function.

The enamel interior and a special vapour clean function make the cleaning very easy to handle and will give you more wanting to cook!

Finally, we are down to our last category, the range cookers; and to start with, we can definitely add to our selection the Belling DB490EI, costing £1,199.

With its 4-zone induction hob and its two oven of good capacity, plus a grill of its own, the Belling has a lot to offer for those of you that tend to cook regularly for many people.

The induction hob is easily cleaned thanks to its ceramic glass surface and the hobs are of different sizes to accommodate pots and pans.

The oven on the left has a 62 litres capacity whilst the one on the right has a 91 litres capacity and the grill has a 35 litres capacity.

Our second range cooker featuring in this guide is the Rangemaster Elite, priced at £2,129.

With its multiple oven function, its modern look, its oven doors that close in a new way compared to the competition and its 6-burner gas hob, the Rangemaster Elite found easily its way on our list.

Its energy rating is A, and the two ovens (one on the right; one on the left) offer the same capacity of 69 litres.

Good luck with your purchase!

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