Cooker Buying Guide: Home Cooker Types Explained

If you’ve just moved into a new home, you’ve probably spend a fair amount of time searching online to find the perfect cooker. Depending on the type of fuel lines you have running to your home, your options may be slightly limited, but no matter whether you’re looking for a gas or electric model, this guide will fill you in on everything you need to know.

A cooker is definitely the most important element to any kitchen, so I’m sure you’ll want to pick out the coolest product available. With that in mind, have a quick read down this page and i’ll do my best to explain some of the most popular options.

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Electric Cookers

Almost certainly the most common choice in the UK, electric cookers are fantastic if you don’t have a gas line running to your home. They can take a little longer to heat up than their gas counterparts, but if you opt for an electric fan oven, you should find that heating and cooking times are far increased.

Gas Cookers

This type of cooker provides a really quick way of heating food on the hob and within the main compartment. Although you still need to preheat the oven, cooking on the hob is instantaneous, so you’ll probably save yourself a lot of time. The only downside to gas models is that they will need to be fitted by a trained gas engineer – do not mess around with gas yourself, no matter what!

Range Cookers

Powered by either gas or electric (depending on the model), a range cooker is far bigger than the other solutions on this list. Usually equipped with around eight gas burners and sometimes even a double oven, they are perfect for those amongst you who may have large families or who may often cook meals for groups of friends.

Dual Fuel Cookers

This option utilises the best features from both gas and electric cookers. Generally, most will have a gas hob for speedy results, and an electric oven for more precise temperatures and timing. Just remember that you’ll need both gas and electric in your home to make use of these models, and although you might think they’d use more fuel, in truth, they probably use less than solely electric or gas ovens.

Integrated Cookers

These are perfect for people who don’t have a lot of space or those who like to keep things very neat and tidy. Most integrated cookers will include a hob that’s fitted to the top of your kitchen work surface, whilst the oven can be hidden away underneath.

So there you have it my home-owning friends. I sincerely hope the information i’ve provided will help you to make the right decision when it comes to buying your new cooker. In addition, space will also be a major factor in your choice, so ensure you’ve measured up before you start looking for cookers, as delivery drivers can sometimes get a little upset when they have to wheel it back to their van because the cooker doesn’t fit.

Have fun!



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