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Buying Guides 2015 – Cooking Range Cookers

Range cookers

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.

Available in 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 such as one of our Knowhow experts.

Step 1: Choose the fuel

Our range includes cookers that can be used with gas, LPG, electric and duel fuel sources. Each different fuel has its advantages so it is definitely worth taking the time to choose the fuel that will best suit your home and the type of cooking you want to do.

When replacing a cooker it is often easier to continue using the existing fuel supply for your new appliance unless you are prepared for a potentially expensive conversion to a new fuel.


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Electric

Electric cookers come in three different hob types, ranging from the uncomplicated and affordable solid plate cookers, fast and reliable ceramic cookers, to state-of-the art induction cookers.

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 more even.


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Gas

Gas cookers provide fast and responsive heat that cooks quickly on the hob and in the oven. Cooking with gas provides a manageable, instantly adjustable heat and helps to give roasts a crisp outside whilst keeping the inside succulent.

Gas cookers can have high speed wok-burners that let you heat cookware quickly and evenly, perfect for Asian style cooking and larger pots and pans.

Cheaper to run than electric cookers, when it comes to gas there are two options: natural gas and LPG. Natural gas cookers are more common than LPG but both need to be installed by a professional Gas Safe Registered fitter to ensure that they work efficiently and safely. Many natural gas cookers can be converted to LPG with a kit, however this needs to be carried out at the time of installation by a registered fitter.


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Dual Fuel

Dual fuel cookers bring together the best of electric and gas; the responsiveness of a gas hob with the even and uniform heat of an electric oven. Letting you cook with precision on the hob and consistency in the oven, dual fuel hobs lend themselves to professional cooking at home.

Dual fuel cookers will need to be fitted by a professional Gas Safe Registered fitter and the electric oven may also need to be hardwired by a qualified electrician.


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Step 2: Choose the width

Although traditionally only an option if you had a large kitchen, today, freestanding range cookers are available in different widths to fit into modern homes.

Our collection spans from 90 cm range cookers, right the way up to full size 120 cm cookers and above, although generally, manufacturers produce ranges in three different widths: 90 cm, 100 cm and 110 cm wide.

Wider range cookers benefit from more hob space and cavities, with larger cookers having up to eight burners and four ovens.

Manufacturers usually recommend an additional 5 mm, known as the recess dimension, around the cooker to allow for ventilation and to prevent overheating. Please check the dimensions listed in the product specifications to be sure the cooker will fit comfortably in your kitchen.




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Step 3: Choose how to clean your cooker's 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 cavity. The two main cleaning systems featured in our freestanding cookers are catalytic & easy-clean enamel, all you have to do is decide how much hard work you want to put into oven cleaning.

Enamel liners

Easy-clean enamel lined ovens have a smooth coating and are easy to wipe down but you do still have to do most of the work yourself.

Catalytic liners

Catalytic liners are specially treated with a coating that absorbs grease and food residue. Once absorbed the food waste is oxidised when the oven reaches 200°C, making it much easier to wipe down.

Pyrolytic

Pyrolytic ovens burn all residues within the cavity into ash at the push of a button. The door locks and the cavity heats up to around 500°C reducing everything to a fine ash that you can easily wipe away with a cloth.

Step 4: Choose the oven type

Multifunction ovens

Multifunction ovens combine a host of different settings with additional heating controls that give you greater versatility compared to conventional and fan ovens. This makes them the most adaptable ovens on the market as they can offer up to nine different cooking methods so you can cook virtually any dish. Learn more about multifunction ovens with the short video below.


Fan ovens

Fan ovens cook with a uniform temperature no matter where you position your food within them. A rotating fan by the heat source evenly distributes heat throughout the cavity, helping to reduce preheating times and lower overall cooking times by up to 30%. This makes them ideal if you do a lot of batch baking or want to cook different foods at the same temperature. Watch the short video below to learn more.


Fan-assisted oven

A small number of range cookers have fan-assisted ovens which should not be confused with fan ovens. Blending features of 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 making them ideal for recipes that require a crisp and brown top and bottom as well as toad-in-the-hole, quiche and roast pork.

Conventional ovens

Conventional ovens let you cook with slightly different heat zones depending on where the food is within the cavity. The heat source is positioned at the top or bottom of the oven without a fan circulating it. Hot air rises to the top of the oven meaning you can cook at different temperatures simultaneously - making them ideal for traditional cooking and baking.

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