Electric Cooker Buying Guide
Electric cookers come in three different hob types, ranging from the uncomplicated and affordable solid plate cookers, to state-of-the art induction cookers that bring the wow factor into any kitchen.
Some electric cooker ovens can take longer to heat up than their gas counterparts, however those with a fanned oven have much faster preheating and cooking times and the temperature is often more even.
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Freestanding electric cookers are generally available in 50 cm, 55 cm and 60 cm options, although no matter what size you select, remember that all freestanding cookers will require space around them for ventilation.
These measurements can vary from brand to brand, so please check the product information carefully for each model to make sure you have enough space.View our range of 50 cm wide electric cookers
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Unlike gas hobs that are all pretty similar, electric hobs vary quite a lot. The introduction of new technologies in recent years, including induction hobs, mean that the idea of electric hobs have come a long way from the old fashioned coil elements of the 1970s.Solid plate hobs
The most basic electric hob you can buy with a price to match. Although unlikely to win any style awards, these hobs are uncomplicated and incredibly straight forward to use making them a wise, if unadventurous, choice for cooks working to a budget.
Ceramic hobs are the next step up the ladder and are easy to clean with a smooth glass surface which blends perfectly into contemporary kitchens. Much more efficient than gas, ceramic hobs heat the glass top which transfers the heat to the pans heating your food. They are slower to heat but for added safety often feature hot hob indicators to let you know when they're cool enough to touch.
Harnessing science to heat your baked beans has never been more satisfying. Instead of heating the hob, Induction technology uses magnetic fields to agitate the metal in the pan, turning your cookware into the heat source. The positives are: induction hobs are just as responsive as gas but are far more efficient, only using the energy they need to heat the pans. They are safe to touch even during cooking and you can leave utensils on them without fear of melting. Spills onto induction hobs can be wiped away in seconds for the easiest cleaning option on the market. The downsides are, they're slightly more expensive to buy, you do need pans with high iron content and they're not recommended for anyone with pacemakers but, all in all, they're a supremely cool way to cook.
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The size of your kitchen and the kind of cooking you want to do will dictate the kind of oven that is best for you.
In our range of freestanding electric cookers we have three different options to choose from:
Ideal for chefs who want an uncomplicated way to cook. All grilling and cooking occurs in the same cavity without sacrificing oven space to a separate grill. Usually the capacity of a single oven will be larger than double cavities.
One oven with a separate grill which means you can cook with both cavities at the same time. Typically the oven will be slightly smaller than a single cavity but you can use the oven and grill simultaneously for more complicated recipes.
Two ovens with the top doubling up as a grill to help you tackle more elaborate recipes. Use both ovens to cook at different temperatures simultaneously or put the finishing touches on a meal with the top oven grilling away while the main oven is roasting.
We also have cookers in the range with high level grills that let you check your food without stooping or bending over for an easier way to grill.View our range of single oven electric cookers
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Electric ovens work in different ways and some are more suited to certain styles of cooking than others. We've broken down the functions and explained what they do.Conventional ovens
Conventional ovens are the most straightforward to use and are great for uncomplicated recipes. Cook with slightly different heat zones depending on where the food is positioned with conventional ovens being hotter at the top and cooler at the bottom.
Ideal for: Roast beef, traditional baking, soufflés
Partway between conventional and fan ovens, fan-assisted ovens have heating elements at the top and bottom of the cavity. A rotating fan gently circulates the heat to almost eliminate uneven heating zones, although not as thoroughly as a fully fanned oven. The oven temperature is more even than conventional ovens but the top is still slightly hotter than the bottom.
Ideal for: Crisp and brown top and bottom, toad-in-the-hole, quiche, roast pork
Fan ovens cook with a uniform temperature whatever the position of the food within them. By rotating a fan by the heat source, heat is evenly distributed, helping to cut preheating time and reduce overall cooking times by up to 30%.
Ideal for: Batch baking, different foods at the same temperature
Multifunction ovens combine a host of different settings with an additional heating control for supreme versatility. This makes them the most adaptable ovens as they can offer up to nine different cooking methods to cook virtually any dish.
Ideal for: virtually any dish
View our range of electric cookers with fan ovens
View our range of electric cookers with multifunction ovens
Keeping your oven clean and hygienic after use is important but can be time consuming.
Manufacturers include various labour-saving ways to reduce the time you have to spend cleaning the inside of your cooker.
Both of the cleaning systems of our electric cookers are listed below, all you have to do is decide how much hard work you want to put in.Easy-clean enamel oven liners
Easy-clean enamel lined ovens have a smooth coating and require much less effort to wipe down than regular enamel linings, however they still need manual cleaning. Easy-clean enamel is the cheapest on the list because although it makes it harder for food waste to stick to the oven wall, you do have to do most of the work yourself.
Specially treated with a coating that absorbs any grease and food residue. Once absorbed the food waste is oxidised when the oven reaches 200°C, making it much easier to wipe down. If you don't cook at temperatures over 200°C, most manufacturers recommend systematically turning your oven up for an hour every few months to keep the catalytic liners in tip-top shape.
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Other features and accessories
Many of the freestanding electric cookers in our range have user-friendly features to make cooking even easier. We also have a selection of accessories and utensils to put the finishing touches on your kitchen and complement your new cooker.
Reduce the smell of cooking and keep your kitchen cooler and grease free with our range of extraction and recirculating cooker hoods.
Whether you have a standard solid plate, ceramic or induction hob, we have cookware to suit. Get everything you need to start cooking with our range of pots, pans and trays including some specially formulated with a high iron content for induction cooking.
Ideal for safe grilling and toasting in grill fitted electric ovens.
Any accessory that is included with a cooker will be listed in the "Accessories included" field of each cooker's product details so you can easily see exactly what each model is supplied with.View our range of cooker hoods
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