Best cooker brands Belling cookers
British brand Belling offers a variety of cookers, including built-in ovens, and freestanding and range cookers.
This guide focuses on Belling freestanding cookers, but you can also find out about Belling range cookers on our best range cooker brands guide webpage, along with information about Belling built-in ovens.
Belling sells electric, gas and dual fuel cookers - we've tested both gas and electric Belling cookers. Most of the Belling cookers we have tested are single ovens, which are quite roomy but can limit your cooking options, and aren't multi-functional.
Some of Belling's freestanding cookers have covers over the hob, such as the Belling G552 Enfield, which can be lifted to work as a splashback whilst cooking.
How much do Belling cookers cost?
The Belling cookers we’ve tested typically cost between around £300 and £600, unlike the Belling range cookers that cost from around £700 to £1,600.
Our video guide to choosing a cooker will help you decide what type of cooker is best for you, and you can use our compare cookers tool to find a cooker that suits your budget.
Which? verdict on Belling cookers
We've taken a look at all the Belling cookers we have tested since 2008 so we can give you definitive advice on whether you should buy a Belling freestanding cooker.
In our table, you can see the typical score Belling cookers have been given after being tested in our labs, plus how many have become Best Buys and Don't Buys. As well as being able to see the brand's overall performance, you can see our expert verdict on buying a cooker from Belling.
We’ve tested cookers ranging in price from around £150 to just over £1,000, but our Best Buy freestanding cookers start at around £300.
When rating cookers we look at a number of elements:
- Oven - we use probes to test the accuracy of the temperature controls and bake cakes to check the evenness of baking at different levels in the oven. A good oven will produce evenly raised golden cakes no matter where they are placed in the oven.
- Hob - we heat a frying pan to 200°C then take a thermal image photograph to show the spread of heat across the hob. The best models will show even-heat distribution - meaning food will be cooked more evenly. We also see how quickly each model can heat a pan of boiling water and test the hob’s simmering ability by cooking rice pudding.
- Grill - we cover the grill tray with crustless white bread, place it under a hot grill and assess the size and evenness of the toasted area. Some poorly performing grills only manage to toast about 50% of the bread.
- Cleaning - we let a pan of rice water boiler over and heat a frying pan of oil so fat splatters on the hob. We also use chicken fat to dirty the inside of the oven and leave all these soils overnight. We then attempt to clean the oven using warm water, washing up liquid and a heavy duty scrub sponge. The best models can be cleaned up in a jiffy, while the worst will leave you scrubbing.
Read full reviews of cookers to find out how many in total have been awarded Best Buy or Don’t Buy status, in the Which? cooker reviews.
As well as Best Buy freestanding cookers, we’ve also got Best Buys if you’re looking for a range cooker or built-in oven.
- Discover which are the Best Buy cookers
- See our video guide to choosing a cooker
- Find out more about cooker features
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