A cooker is likely to be the most important piece of equipment in your kitchen, maybe your whole house. With the right oven you can develop a real love of cooking, cut your monthly bills, change your dietary habits and add style to your kitchen. Whether you are looking for a range, gas or electric cooker, there are different aspects of ovens that you will need to consider. Here are a few tips and hints on how to choose the cooker that is right for you and your kitchen.
Freestanding or built-in
Built-in or integrated cookers are perfect for people who are looking for a seamless kitchen design and feel freestanding model are not right for their set up. It is possible for integrated ovens to be installed at eye level to make the Sunday Roast that little less strenuous (it also makes it easier to check on a frozen pizza!). If space (or money) is not an issue then you may want to consider a range cooker. Available in gas and electric, ranger cookers a large unit with more cooking compartments making them great for larger families or very serious chefs.
Both gas and electric heaters tend to come in set widths of 50cm, 55cm and 60cm, although there can be slight differences from brand to brand. It is also important to leave a gap of around 5cm around the unit to allow for ventilation.
Hobs are commonly used more frequently than the actual oven therefore a lot of thought has to go into this aspect of your oven. Integrated ovens will not have hobs on top so you will have to choose one separately. If you are looking for an electric hob you will notice that there is plenty of variation. The most basic type of electric hob is the solid plate hob which is usually the cheapest. Ceramic hobs have a smooth easy-to-clean glass surface and look great in a modern style kitchen but do take a while to warm up. Induction hobs are the most efficient of the electric (and gas) hobs as they only use the necessary energy to heat the pan.
The choice of single ovens, twin cavity or double oven cookers and conventional or fan-assisted will depend on how much money you want to spend and how important things like efficiency and the complexity of your regular cooking. Double ovens allow you use both spaces at different temperatures whereas single oven only allow you to adjust the settings on the one space.
There is quite a lot of disparity in the cost of freestanding ovens. Take a look at the range on Electric Shop to see what you can get for your money. If you are willing to splash out or want to cook like a Michelin star chef consider a range cooker.