The results of our latest dual-fuel range cookers tests are in, revealing six new Best Buys which aren’t all as expensive as you might think.
The latest batch of range cookers tested by Which? includes models from Baumatic, Belling, Cannon, Electrolux, Hotpoint, Indesit, John Lewis, Leisure, New World, Rangemaster, Smeg and Stoves – there are now 51 range cooker reviews including 19 Best Buys in our range cookers review.
If you’re not in the market for a large range cooker, there are plenty of other cooking appliance reviews on Which.co.uk, including 72 freestanding cooker reviews, 86 built-in oven reviews and 94 microwave reviews. We’ll also be launching a new review of gas, gas on glass and induction hobs in April 2010.
Buying the best range cooker
The latest models tested include cookers with double ovens, warming drawers and storage compartments. All of the range cookers we’ve reviewed have gas hobs (sometimes featuring a ceramic zone) and electric ovens.
Our latest range cooker reviews include the Leisure CM101FRKP, which comes with two ovens, a separate grill, a warming drawer and has both gas and ceramic hob options. The Electrolux
EKM90460X and the Hotpoint Ultima EG902GX both come with two ovens and a five-ring gas hob. You can read all about these three range cookers and 48 more in our range cookers review, where you can find out which range cookers have been awarded coveted Which? Best Buy status and which ones you should avoid.
The range cookers we’ve tested vary in price from just over £500 to over £3000, but you don’t have to shop at the top end of this price-range to get a Best Buy – there are several Best Buy range cookers costing around £1000 – and one priced under £700.
How we test range cookers
We test how well range cookers distribute heat around their ovens – we test both left and right ovens if they have two. We also test how quickly they heat up, how well they maintain temperatures and record how well the grills spread heat and how quickly the hobs heat up. We also test how easy each range cooker is to use. Finally, we test the accessories that range cookers come with, such as griddles, rotisseries and hot-plates.
The full list of new range cookers we’ve tested is: Baumatic BC392.2SS, Belling Country Chef 100DF, Belling DB490DF black, Cannon Professional 10450G, Electrolux EKM90460X, Hotpoint EG902GX, Indesit KP9508EXG, John Lewis JLRC903, Leisure CM101FRKP, New World NWDF91, Rangemaster Excel 110 Dual Fuel, Smeg CC92MFX6 and the Stoves Sterling 1100DF.