Best cooker brands Stoves cookers


Stoves cookers

Stoves, which is part of the Glen Dimplex Group, offers a variety of cookers including freestanding cookers, range cookers and built-in ovens.

This guide focuses on Stoves freestanding cookers, but you can find out more about Stoves range cookers and built-in ovens by visiting our guides to the best range cooker brands and best built-in oven brands.

Stoves DF550 cooker

Stoves DF550 cooker

The Stoves brand prides its cookers on being manufactured in Britain, and making a statement in your kitchen. Some of its cookers, such as the Stoves DF550 cooker, come in a range of colours, and even a Union Jack print.

Stoves cookers come as electric, gas or dual fuel - we’ve run extensive tests on a range of Stoves cookers in our test lab. To find out how each Stoves model scored, visit the Stoves cooker reviews, and to help decide which type of cooker to get, see our guide to choosing a cooker.

How much do Stoves cookers cost?

The stylish design of Stoves cookers is reflected in the price, as they cost between £400 and £700, although are tested typically around £600.

If these models don’t suit your budget, you can use our compare cookers tool to find one that does.

Which? verdict on Stoves cookers

We've taken a look at all the Stoves cookers we have tested since 2008, and analysed the scores so that we can give you our expert opinion on whether these cookers are worth buying.

In the table below, we show you how many Stoves cookers have become Best Buys or Don't Buys, the pros and cons for the brand, owners reliability scores and our verdict on whether to buy a Stoves cooker. 

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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.

More on this...

  • Find out which models are Best Buy cookers
  • Get all you questions answered with our cooker FAQs
  • Read more about how we test cookers

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