Home on the Range: The Best Range Style Cookers

What with the amount of cookery programmes on the TV at present, many of us fancy ourselves as the next Master Chef winner, or at least a pretty decent cook. But if you have a larger than normal family, buying a range style cooker is a must. Range cookers come in different widths and sizes and obviously you must always check to make sure that it will fit into the right space. They use different fuels and this is an important consideration when you are choosing one. It will also depend on whether you already have a gas supply to your home, and if you prefer to cook with gas or electricity. Gas ovens heat up quite quickly, as compared to electric ones, and are great for baking and roasting. You may need a flue for ventilation however. Electric ranges typically have a main multifunctional oven, plus one or two single function ovens. Dual fuel obviously offers the best of both, with all the benefits of an electric oven and a gas hob. We have taken a look at gas, electric and dual fuel model ranges to give you an idea of what is out there.

Gas Ranges

Hotpoint – Cannon CH10750GF S/Steel Gas Range Cooker – £1599.99

Features include: Double oven. FSD compliant. LED clock. Minute minder timer. Easy clean interior. Double glazed viewing windows. Oven lights. Warming compartment. Storage compartment. First oven: Conventional. Capacity 42 litres. 2 shelves. Second oven: Capacity 42 litres. 2 shelves. Hob: 6 gas burners. Electric push button ignition. Conventional gas grill. Combined with oven. Grill pan included. General information: Size H90, W100, D60cm.

Belling Bel Classic 100GT Gas Range Cooker in Black – £984

The Belling Bel Classic 100GT Gas Range Cooker in Black is a stylish, contemporary model benefitting from two separate double oven units and a separate grill. This design feature allows you versatility in cooking, added to by the presence of 7 hob elements. An impressive 3.5 kW wok burner permits an easily controlled cooking experience, whilst cast iron pan supports and a storage compartment ensures you always have somewhere to keep pots and utensils. The main oven on the Bel Classic 100GT is fully programmable and both benefit from an enamel coating that allows for greater cleaning convenience. The Bel Classic 100GT Gas Cooker also has a variety of safety features including heat reflective, double glazed glass for reduced convection and a Flame Supervision Device (FSD) automatically cut off the gas supply should the flame go out.

Electric Ranges

Stoves Richmond 1100Ei Electric Range – £1340

Induction hob with 5 zones. Main multifunction electric oven- fan, intensive bake, conventional, browning element & fanned grill. Fanned electric oven. Separate dual circuit electric grill & conventional electric oven. Slow cook oven. Telescopic shelves. Internal oven lights. Programmable main oven. AA Energy Rating. Easy clean enamel interior. Touch control hotplate. Digital power display. Hot zone light. Height : 930mm, Width : 1096mm, Depth : 600mm.

Belling Classic 90E Ceramic Colour Boutique – £1255

Five-burner ceramic hob including one 2.2kW dual-zone burner • LED Clock/Programmer (main oven programmable) • Fanned main oven • Fanned second oven • AA energy-rated • Variable electric grill • Easy-clean enamel oven interiors. The Belling Classic 90E is a reminder that Belling know what they are doing when it comes to traditional range cookers. Its classic good looks will harmonise perfectly with traditional kitchens, with enough of a modern twist to work well in a more contemporary setting. It features an A-rated fanned and programmable main oven and a second, cavernous A-rated fanned oven, plus a separate variable dual-circuit grill. Its ceramic hotplate features four cooking zones and a warming zone, and a rear splashback adds character but is removable if you prefer your range without it. These ranges are available in all colours of the rainbow.

Dual Fuel Ranges

Classic XG 100CM Ceramic Dual Fuel Induction LPG – from £3800

QUICKSTART fast pre-heat system (left oven). 9 function (left) and 4 function (right) electric ovens. Rotisserie for spit-roasting (right oven). Powerful adjustable grill in separate compartment (top left). Grill elements in both ovens. Fully automatic programmer and minute minder (left oven). Energy rating. Both ovens are A rated. Safety features: Thermostatically controlled fan to prevent fascia from overheating, Oven lights for good visibility, Triple-glazed doors to prevent doors from overheating, Flame failure devices to shut-off gas supply (gas hob only). Cleaning features: Stay-clean liners for oven sides, back and roof, Stay-clean roof liner in separate grill compartment, Removable oven door and inner glass panel, Separate spillage wells to contain spills.

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