Best cooker brands Best brands overview
Sharing our cooker expertise
We’ve tested dozens of cookers in the Which? lab to discover which perform the best, and over the years we’ve developed an unrivalled understanding of what each brand tends to do well and not so well.
In this guide, our experts share what they’ve learnt about each of the biggest cooker brands - Beko, Belling, Cannon, Electrolux, Hotpoint, Indesit, New World, Stoves and Zanussi - and reveal the strengths and weaknesses of each, to help you decide which might best suit you.
Bear in mind that this guide only offers brand overviews, so for full reviews of each of the cookers we’ve tested, make sure you check out our individual cooker reviews.
Best cooker brands - at a glance
As well as rounding up how each cooker brand has done individually, we have collected all those results together below, so that at a glance, you can see which brands do better than others.
|Cooker brands - overview|
|Brand||Number tested since 2008||Average test score||Range of test scores||Number of Best Buys||Number of Don't Buys||Brand reliability rating|
Table notes: Table includes all models tested since 2008, the range of scores throughout the years, as well as the cookers that have been and currently are Best Buys and Don't Buys.
Although we introduced new cooker tests in 2012, which include additional assessments of performance, energy and convenience, this is a brand level assessment looking at the brand overall, as opposed to comparing specific models.
Table is correct as of March 2014.
Best cooker brands
In this guide, you can find out:
- how many cookers Which? has tested for each brand
- how well each brand generally scores on a range of criteria
- how much cookers from each brand tend to cost.
And subscribers can also find out:
- the average score each cooker brand gets in Which? tests
- how many models of each brand have been awarded Best Buy or Don’t Buy status
- the pros and cons of each cooker brand.
Click on the brand links in the left-hand panel to find out all this information for each of the leading cooker brands.
How Which? tests cookers
In the Which? lab we test cookers on a wide range of criteria, all based on how you use your cooker, so you can be assured that a Best Buy will make cooking a breeze. When testing freestanding cookers in the lab we look at:
- Usable capacity - we use fake turkeys, chickens and roast beef joints to see how much of the oven you can actually use, compared to what the manufacturers claim.
- Heat distribution - we bake shortbread and a sponge cake to reveal how effective the cookers are at spreading heat right around the oven. The worst cookers burn food or leave it underdone.
- Pre-heating and accuracy - setting the ovens to high and low temperatures, we measure how long they take to reach the target and how accurate they are.
- Grill and hob - Using white crustless bread, we see how evenly the grill cooks. And, we measure how quickly the hob heats up a pan of water from 15°C to 90°C. The best cookers spread the heat to almost all of the grill pan, while the worst only heat about 30% and take around five minutes longer to heat a pan of water on the hob.
- Energy use - so you won't inadvertently buy a cooker that costs a lot to run, we check how much energy each cooker uses.
We award each model one to five stars for each of these criteria, and award the best performing models Best Buy status. Find out which ones we've named Best Buy cookers.
- Find out how to buy the best cooker
- See which are the most reliable cooker brands
- Discover which are the best range cooker brands
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