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So, you’re thinking about buying a range cooker. They’re a great investment, but choosing a range cooker isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Read on for practical advice that will help you decide which range cooker to buy, including recommended range cookers, and details on what makes a quality range cooker. 

But what is a range cooker?

A range cooker is an all-in-one freestanding appliance that typically features two oven chambers, a grill, and a hob. Other features often include induction hobs, warming drawers and storage compartments. 

What Does a Range Cooker Cost?

The price of range cookers varies a lot. Expect to pay around £500 for the most basic models. These will often consist of just one oven chamber and no separate grill. 

Although the low price is enticing, make sure to read reviews of the model in question. Quality range cookers at that price point are few and far between, and a cheap range cooker may well end up costing you more in the long run.

Spend between £750 and £1,500 and you can expect the quality of cookers on offer to increase substantially. As well as better materials and a better build quality, the number of functions and compartments will increase. Some models may even boast smart features.

£1,500 or more generally gets you a top-of-the-line range cooker. 

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How Much Should You Spend On a Range Cooker?

Like most products, you get what you pay for, so when shopping for a range cooker you should spend as much as you can afford. 

It’s easy to think on the surface that Cooker X is cheaper than Cooker Y and has the same number of ovens, a hob and a grill – let’s buy that one! 

What that doesn’t factor in is that Cooker Y probably has higher-quality materials, superior build quality, and so on. 

Range Cooker Sizes: Which One Should You Buy?

Standard sizes for range cookers are:

  • 90 cm 
  • 100 cm
  • 110 cm

These are the most common sizes on the market, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only sizes. It is possible to get yourself a mini range cooker that’s just 60 cm wide.

When it comes to size, a small range cooker can save on space and cut down costs. A mini range cooker is easy to accommodate, and you should be able to find or make the space for one easily enough. This will however mean making a trade off in terms of capacity and features.

90-110 cm range cookers make cooking for a big family or a dinner party really easy, thanks to the multiple hobs, two ovens and a grill, that can all be used at once. 

Range Cooker Fuel Types 

A big thing to consider when deciding which range cooker to buy is the fuel type. You will find range cookers with the following fuel types:

  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  • Dual-fuel

The most common fuel type you’ll encounter is dual-fuel. Generally speaking, the preferred fuel type for hobs tends to be gas with most ovens now being electric. This means range cookers are likely to be a mixture of the two – gas-fuelled hobs and electric, fan-assisted ovens.

Electric ovens (specifically those with a fan) are preferred by most since they cook more evenly than gas ovens. 

Gas hobs are more powerful and responsive than most electric hobs (induction hobs not included).

An electric range cooker will have electric ovens accompanied by either a ceramic hob or an induction hob. Ceramic hobs certainly have their merits, but if you’re going to get an electric hob, the best you can get is an induction hob.

Electric hobs use electricity to heat up a coil or plate which then heats your food. Induction hobs use electromagnetic energy to heat a conductive pan only, which then heats your food. This form of cooking is the closest to gas cooking you’ll get in terms of response and power.

Where to Buy a Range Cooker?

The best place to buy a range cooker? You’re already there. At Ship It Appliances, we carry top quality range cookers from market-leading brands. Find them in our ovens section alongside our single ovens and double ovens. Don’t miss our matching cooker hoods or pack deals, where you can buy appliances together as a bundle, and save at the same time. 

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