How to buy a range cooker to enhance your dream kitchen?
Range cookers are usually larger than freestanding 60cm cookers. They are mostly 90cm, 100cm or 110cm wide and come with between 5 to 8 hob burners, 1 or 2 ovens, a grill. The best range range cookers often come with a warming or storage drawer.
Large range cookers may have up to four separate compartments; two ovens, a grill and a warming drawer and/or a storage drawer for pots and pans. They generally have at least 5 burners.
Standard range cookers still have many of the larger range cooker features but they obviously need to fit them into a smaller space. They generally have one very large oven, a smaller grill but no extra storage for pots and pans. The best range cookers of this type can have 2 ovens and a maximum of 6 burners.
Small range style cookers are range cookers that are the same size as a standard 60cm freestanding cooker. They have the looks of a range cooker but do not offer the same range-cooking experience.
When you visit an electrical appliances retailer, see how much space there is inside a cooker by taking a good look inside. Manufacturers often include the space underneath the lowest shelf, which can't be used to cook with in reality. So stated oven volumes can be deceptive as the usable volume can be less.
It goes without saying that the best range cookers have the highest volume of usable space for that all important family Sunday roast dinner.
According to the Consumers' Association Which? - gas is cheaper to cook with than electricity with the cheapest gas range cooker costing about £14 per year to run. The most expensive range cooker is dual fuel which costs about £58 per year to run.
Most people are prepared to pay the extra cost of dual fuel range cookers for the extra convenience and controllability of an electric oven over a gas oven.
You can expect to find the following functions with the best range cookers.