Range Cooker Buying Guide
Range cookers have been at the heart of homes for hundreds of years and are the largest domestic cookers available with more cooking hobs, zones and cavities than a standard cooker. Modern versions combine cutting-edge technology with intelligent design and user-friendly features.
A great choice for larger families as well as gourmets, range cookers give you the space to achieve professional results at home. Get creative with your cooking thanks to their larger cooking area, spacious cavities and a variety of finishes.
Available as gas, electric, dual fuel and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) options, range cookers represent the pinnacle of luxurious home cooking, blending technology and usability in one stylish package. Just don't forget that range cookers often need to be professionally installed by a registered engineer.
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Fuel type including hobs
Range cookers are available in a variety of different fuel options. Choose between LPG or natural gas, electric and dual fuel to pick the cooker that best suits your home and cooking.
Help the environment as well as your monthly bills with an energy efficient range. Our cookers are rated from the most efficient starting at A+, depending on their consumption and usage. This information is included in the product details of all our cookers.
The three types of range cooker:
Can be either LPG or Natural gas and provide fast and responsive heat on the hob and succulent roasts in the oven.
Come with either ceramic or induction hobs. Induction hobs use electromagnets to agitate the metal in the pans for an incredibly efficient and responsive way to heat food. Basic electric ovens can take longer to heat up than gas, but some are fan-assisted, giving them a reliable and even heat with much faster preheating and cooking times. Multifunction ovens give further versatility.
Provide the best of both worlds with the heat and flexibility of a gas hob with a more even electric oven.
Your home's existing fuel type will influence your options for fuel type unless you are prepared for potentially expensive conversions to a different fuel.View our range of gas range cookers
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Although traditionally only an option if you had a large kitchen, today freestanding range cookers are available in smaller sizes to fit in modern homes.
Most modern ranges are available in a variety of different widths. Our collection spans from mini ranges measuring just 55 cm, to give you the essence of a range cooker in a compact frame, right the way up to full size 120 cm cookers, letting you choose the right model for your kitchen. Wider ranges benefit from more cooking zones and space for more cavities, with larger cookers having up to eight hobs and four ovens.
Manufacturers generally recommend an additional 5 mm, known as the recess dimension, around the cooker to allow for ventilation. Please check the product specifications to be sure the cooker will fit in your kitchen.View our collection of 90 cm range cookers
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Number of ovens
Thanks to their size, range cookers offer much more cooking space than standard cookers, many featuring multiple cavities to make it easier to tackle bigger meals.
Extra ovens can be useful when preparing meals for larger families, as well as being ideal for confident chefs who enjoy cooking multiple dishes simultaneously.
Range cookers can have up to four cavities with various handy functions. Some include separate grills, multifunction ovens, slow cooking cavities and built-in storage for added convenience.View our collection of single cavity range cookers
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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.
The three cleaning systems featured on our range cookers are listed below, all you have to do is decide how much hard work you want to put into oven cleaning. But be warned, as the technology increases, so does the price...Easy-clean enamel oven liners
A smooth coating which requires much less effort to wipe down than regular enamel linings, but does 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.
By far the easiest and most effective, so typically the most expensive way to clean your oven, pyrolytic cleaning heats the cavity to 500°C at the touch of a button, reducing all food residue to ash that can be easily wiped away. Sometimes referred to as “self cleaning ovens” don't be put off by the heftier price tag, as the insulation that stops pyrolytic ovens catching fire, also makes them incredibly efficient for every day cooking, using less energy for daily use and potentially saving money in the long run.
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. A rotating fan by the heat source evenly distributes heat, 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
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Other features and accessories
Designed to bring luxury and functionality to the kitchen, range cookers have lots of user-friendly features to make range cooking even easier. We also have a selection of accessories and utensils to put the finishing touches to your kitchen and help you get the most out of your new range cooker.
Complete your kitchen with one of our stylish extraction or recirculating cooker hoods that reduce the smell of cooking and keep your kitchen grease and smoke free.
A great way to brighten up your kitchen and protect the wall behind your cooker, a matching splashback can complement your range and keep your kitchen cleaner at the same time.
Available on some models, hob lids can act as a splashback when raised and as another work surface when the hob is not in use.
Timers vary from a simple minute minder to fully programmable, which allows you to pre-programme cooking times. Return home and find dinner ready to be served.
Range cookers often come with accessories to make things easier for chefs. Built-in roasting racks, griddles, and wok cradles make everyday cooking much easier. We also have a range of utensils and cookware, including induction pans, suitable for use on your new range, to get you cooking straight away.
Any accessory that is included will be listed in the "Accessories included" field of every cooker's product specification, so you can see exactly what each range is supplied with.View our range of cooker hoods
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