Cooker Buying Guide

Explore our Cooker Buying Guide to make informed decisions when choosing the perfect cooker for your needs. Whether you're upgrading or purchasing for the first time, we cover different types of Cookers, essential features, energy efficiency tips, and maintenance insights to ensure a long-lasting and convenient appliance.

Different Cooker Types

Electric Cookers

An electric cooker is a kitchen appliance that operates solely on electricity, featuring one or more electric-powered ovens and cooking hobs. The ovens are heated by electric heating elements, with some models also utilizing convection technology for even cooking. Cooking hobs are heated by electric elements beneath the surface, available in configurations like solid plates or ceramic glass, with induction hobs offering faster heating and precise control.  Electric cookers are popular for their consistent heating, precise control, and ease of installation and maintenance, making them suitable for kitchens without gas connections or preferences.

Gas Cookers

 A gas cooker is a kitchen appliance powered by natural gas or propane, featuring gas-powered ovens and cooking hobs. The ovens are heated by gas burners for even cooking, while the hobs offer precise temperature control. Controls typically consist of knobs for adjusting flame intensity. Safety features include flame failure devices and gas leak detectors. Gas cookers are valued for their precise temperature control and quick heat adjustment, making them popular where gas connections are available or preferred. Professional installation and maintenance may be required due to gas connections.

Dual Fuel Cookers

A dual fuel cooker combines gas and electric cooking elements, featuring both gas-powered ovens and hobs alongside electric-powered ones. Gas components offer precise temperature control and quick heat adjustment, while electric elements ensure consistent baking and cooking. Controls allow for flexible cooking methods, and safety features like flame failure devices ensure safe operation. Dual fuel cookers are valued for their versatility and are suitable for households with both gas and electric connections. Professional installation and maintenance may be necessary due to the combination of gas and electric components.

Eye Level Gas Cookers

 Eye-level gas cookers are kitchen appliances featuring gas-powered ovens and cooking hobs, with the oven positioned at eye level for convenience. They offer precise temperature control for both oven and hob cooking. Controls are typically located at eye level for easy access. Safety features include flame failure devices and gas leak detectors. Eye-level design saves space and provides accessibility, making them suitable for various kitchen setups. Professional installation may be needed due to gas connections.

Range Cooker Types

Range Gas Cookers

Range gas cookers are versatile kitchen appliances that combine gas-powered ovens and cooking hobs into a single unit. They offer precise temperature control and quick heat adjustment for efficient cooking. Equipped with control knobs or panels, they provide easy access to adjust settings. Safety features like flame failure devices ensure safe operation. Range gas cookers save space and offer versatility in cooking options, making them suitable for various kitchen setups. Professional installation may be recommended for proper gas connections. 

Range Dual Fuel Cookers

 Range dual fuel cookers combine gas-powered ovens and cooking hobs with electric-powered counterparts in one appliance. They offer precise temperature control, versatility in cooking methods, and safety features such as flame failure devices. Controls allow users to adjust settings for both gas and electric components. These cookers save space and provide flexibility in cooking options, making them suitable for various kitchen setups. Professional installation may be recommended for proper gas and electric connections.

Range Electric Cookers

Range electric cookers are kitchen appliances that integrate electric-powered ovens and cooking hobs into a single unit. They provide precise temperature control, safety features, and versatility in cooking options. Controls are accessible, and the freestanding design saves space. Professional installation may be recommended for proper electrical connections.

Key Features

Energy Efficiency

Cooker energy efficiency is a multifaceted concept influenced by various factors. Adequate insulation within the appliance helps to retain heat, ensuring that energy is utilized efficiently and not lost to the surroundings. The choice of heating mechanisms, whether electric or gas, plays a crucial role in determining efficiency. High-quality heating elements or burners are essential for converting energy into heat effectively. Moreover, the size and capacity of the cooker should align with the user's needs to avoid unnecessary energy consumption. Energy-saving features such as programmable timers and auto-shutoff functions contribute significantly to optimizing energy usage. Additionally, energy labels and ratings provide consumers with valuable insights into the appliance's energy performance, aiding them in making informed decisions. Regular maintenance, including cleaning and servicing, is essential to uphold efficiency over time. 
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Cooker Sizes 

All cookers have roughly the same heights and depths at around 90cm tall and 60cm deep. These standardised cooker sizes ensure that your new appliance will fit in neatly with standard kitchen cabinets, and also make it simpler to replace an old one.

There are three different widths to choose from when it comes to the size of your new cooker. Most cookers are 60cm wide. There are also more compact 50cm and 55cm options available if you want to save space.

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Range Cooker Sizes 

The great thing about range cookers is they've come a long way from the large one size models of the past. We have range cookers available in a variety of different widths. Smaller range cookers will fit into less spacious kitchens, while wider ones will provide better oven and hob capacity for those larger, elaborate meals. When considering what size you want for your preferences and available space, it's also worth remembering that the range cooker makers advise a 5mm 'recess dimension' to provide important ventilation for the cooker.

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     How to measure for a new Cooker

  1. Width: Measure the width of the space where the cooker will be installed. This measurement is crucial for ensuring that the cooker fits within the allocated space in your kitchen.
  2. Height: Measure the height of the space from the floor to the underside of any overhead cabinets or ventilation hoods. This measurement helps determine if there is enough clearance for the cooker to be installed comfortably.
  3. Depth: Measure the depth of the space from the back wall to the front edge of any countertops or cabinets. This measurement ensures that the cooker will not protrude too far into the kitchen space.
  4. Clearance: Check for any obstructions such as pipes, electrical outlets, or ventilation ducts that may interfere with the installation of the cooker. Ensure that there is enough clearance around the cooker for proper ventilation and safe operation.
  5. Connections: Consider the location of gas or electrical connections required for the cooker. Ensure that there are suitable connections nearby and that they are easily accessible for installation.
  6. Door Swing: If the cooker has oven doors that open outward, consider the space needed for the doors to swing open fully without obstruction.
  7. Delivery Access: Assess the pathway from the entrance of your home to the kitchen to ensure that the new cooker can be delivered and installed without any obstacles.

Different Cooker Features

Multiple Cooking Zones

Multiple cooking zones on cookers refer to separate areas on the hob with their own heating elements or burners, allowing simultaneous cooking of different dishes at various heat levels. They offer versatility, efficiency, flexibility, and space optimization in meal preparation. It's essential to consider cookware compatibility and size when utilizing multiple cooking zones.

Touch Controls

Touch control in cookers replaces traditional knobs and buttons with a smooth surface that users interact with by touch. It offers precision, a sleek design, ease of use, and safety features like child lock. Touch control panels are intuitive and may include advanced features such as programmable cooking modes and timers.  

Self Cleaning

Self-cleaning in cookers automates the process of cleaning the oven cavity through either pyrolytic or steam cleaning methods. Pyrolytic cleaning incinerates food residue at high temperatures, while steam cleaning uses steam to loosen grime. Both methods offer convenience, efficiency, and safety, reducing the need for manual scrubbing and harsh chemicals. Regular maintenance is still necessary for optimal performance.

Variable Power Levels

Variable power levels in cookers allow users to adjust the intensity of heat output on cooking hobs, providing flexibility for different cooking tasks. This feature enables precise temperature control, versatility in cooking methods, and energy efficiency. Users can prevent overcooking by adjusting the power level to suit the specific requirements of the dish being prepared. Overall, variable power levels enhance cooking control and performance in cookers.

Induction Technology

Induction technology in cookers uses electromagnetic energy to heat cookware directly, providing fast, precise, and energy-efficient cooking. It offers instant heat, precise temperature control, and energy efficiency by heating only the cookware. Induction cookers are safe, with cool cooking surfaces, and easy to clean. They require compatible cookware with ferrous materials. Overall, induction technology provides convenient and high-performance cooking for modern kitchens.

LPG Convertible

LPG convertible cookers are designed to work with both natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), offering flexibility for households with different gas connections. They come with a conversion kit allowing users to switch between gas types, adjustable burners for optimal performance, and safety features like flame failure devices. This versatility ensures convenient installation and operation, making them suitable for various households.

Picking Your Colour

After finalizing the features you desire in your Cooker, the next step is to contemplate the colour selection. Here, we elaborate on the advantages of the most commonly chosen colours.


Choosing a black cooker can be based on several factors: aesthetic appeal, versatility, timeless elegance, stain resistance, trendiness, and integration with existing appliances. Black cookers offer a sleek, modern look that complements various kitchen styles, reflecting personal preference and enhancing overall kitchen design.


Opting for a white cooker provides a classic, timeless aesthetic that brightens up the kitchen space. White appliances offer versatility, easy coordination with various kitchen styles, and a clean appearance. Despite potentially requiring more frequent cleaning, white cookers remain a popular choice for their enduring appeal and ability to complement any kitchen decor.

Stainless Steel

Opting for a stainless steel cooker provides a modern, durable, and easy-to-maintain option that enhances the kitchen's overall aesthetic. Stainless steel cookers offer versatility, durability, and coordination with various kitchen styles. They are easy to clean, resist stains and corrosion, and provide a professional appearance. 

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Range Cooker Colours :


Opting for a black range cooker offers a sleek, modern aesthetic that can complement various kitchen styles. It provides a timeless appeal, conceals fingerprints and smudges, and creates contrast in the kitchen. Additionally, black range cookers enhance the atmosphere and can serve as a focal point, making cooking more enjoyable.


Choosing a cream range cooker offers a classic, warm aesthetic that complements various kitchen styles. Cream appliances provide timeless appeal, versatility in design, and a brightening effect in the kitchen. They exude classic elegance, conceal dirt and smudges, and create a cozy atmosphere. Overall, cream range cookers offer both aesthetic charm and practical benefits for the kitchen space.

Stainless Steel

Opting for a stainless steel range cooker offers a modern, durable, and easy-to-maintain option for the kitchen. Stainless steel provides a sleek and contemporary aesthetic, complementing various kitchen styles. Its durability, versatility, and professional appearance make it a practical choice for long-term use. Additionally, stainless steel is easy to clean and reflects light, brightening up the kitchen space.

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Cooker / Range Cooker FAQs

What is the difference between a cooker and a range cooker?
A cooker typically refers to a standalone appliance that includes a hob (cooking surface) and an oven, while a range cooker is a larger appliance that often includes multiple cooking zones, ovens, and sometimes additional features like grills or warming drawers.
What are the advantages of choosing a gas cooker over an electric cooker, and vice versa?
Gas cookers offer instant heat control, precise temperature adjustment, and are often preferred by professional chefs for their responsiveness. Electric cookers typically provide even heat distribution, easier cleanup, and may offer additional features like convection cooking.
How do I clean and maintain my cooker or range cooker?
Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for specific cleaning and maintenance guidelines. Generally, regular cleaning of the hob, oven, and exterior surfaces with mild detergent and a soft cloth is recommended.
Can I convert a cooker or range cooker from natural gas to LPG, or vice versa? 
Some cookers and range cookers are convertible between natural gas and LPG with the use of a conversion kit provided by the manufacturer. Professional installation may be required.
Are there any energy efficiency considerations I should keep in mind when choosing a cooker or range cooker?
Look for appliances with high energy efficiency ratings, indicated by energy labels. Features like programmable timers, insulation, and efficient heating mechanisms can help minimize energy consumption.
What are the differences between freestanding and built-in cookers or range cookers?
Freestanding cookers are standalone units that can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, while built-in cookers or range cookers are designed to be integrated into cabinetry or kitchen units for a seamless look. Built-in models may offer a more customized appearance but require professional installation. 

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