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Cooker Buying Guide

    Which cooker should I buy?

    There are many things to consider when asking “which cooker should I buy?” and it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start. However, there are a few basic decisions you can make before delving into the detail, which will help filter your options.

    Which fuel do I use?

    Most cookers are either gas, electric or dual fuel, and which you choose will depend a little on the supply in your area as well as on your personal preference.

    Gas Cookers

    Gas cookers heat up quickly and are super responsive. Each cooking zone is individually controlled, so you can cook a variety of dishes with ease, but you will need to be sure to preheat the oven. Cookers can run on LPG Bottled Gas or Mains Gas. Check manufacturers instructions to make sure your cooker is suitable for the gas you are using.

    Electric Cookers

    Whilst electric cookers take a little more time to heat up, the uniform heat in the oven will give more even cooking, so it’s an ideal option for bakers. If you choose a fan oven preheating is fairly speedy too. You can choose several options for your electric hob.

    Gas Cookers

    Gas cookers heat up quickly and are super responsive. Each cooking zone is individually controlled, so you can cook a variety of dishes with ease, but you will need to be sure to preheat the oven. Cookers can run on LPG Bottled Gas or Mains Gas. Check manufacturers instructions to make sure your cooker is suitable for the gas you are using.

    • Solid plate – simple and often the most economical
    • Ceramic – easy to clean, faster heat up
    • Induction – perfect for those who need precision control

    Dual Fuel Cooking

    These offer the best of both worlds, with the responsiveness of a gas hob, and the stable oven temperature of electric, plus the option to choose a fan oven.

    If gas and electricity aren’t available, then you can choose an oil fired cooker, or perhaps the option of using LPG canisters.

    How will it fit?

    Location works along with fuel type in being a key decider when it comes to considering “which cooker shall I buy” and there are a few factors to bear in mind.

    Slot in cookers

    These are ideal in kitchens with limited space and offer maximum flexibility as well as easy installation.

    Integrated oven and hob

    Built-in ovens and separate hobs offer a sleek look and give you more flexibility with mixing and matching your fuel supply.

    Range Cookers

    Brilliant for bigger families, the choice of cooking zones means range cookers are ideal if you need to have lots of dishes on the go at once. Dual fuel options are available, and you can choose from all the usual types of hob.

    Other things to think about for fitting your cooker

    • Leave space between your cooker and countertop – slot in cookers need at least 5mm all round to allow air to circulate.
    • Be sure there is enough room for the cooker door to fully open
    • Check fuel supplies like gas pipes or wiring aren’t obstructed

    Once you’ve considered these basics, you can delve into the details that will help you find the perfect cooker for your requirements. Features such as self-cleaning ovens, timer delay, grills and rotisseries as well as the wonder of smart cookers are all designed to make your life easier and make cooking even more of a joy.