John Lewis says sales of range cookers and fitted kitchens in its stores have continued to grow over the past six months – as homeowners stay put in their properties and look to improve their kitchens.
The department store reports that sales of luxury range cookers are up 40% year-on-year over the past six months, while fitted kitchen sales are up by 35% over the same period.
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Range cooker popularity
John Lewis cites homeowners looking to personalise their kitchens and entertaining more at home as possible reasons behind the boost, with range cookers making an attractive and practical kitchen focal point.
John Lewis’ large electrical appliances buyer Vic Sinclair told Which?: ‘Range cookers allow you to enjoy a greater range of cooking facilities and flexibility, which makes it easier for entertaining guests at home.’
The department store stocks range cookers from brands including Smeg, Rangemaster and Stoves, as well as four own-brand models. Prices range from around £700 to more than £4,000. We’ve tested two John Lewis range cookers: the JLRC902 and JLRC903.
Range cooker pros and cons
Range cookers are bigger than standard cookers and come with more hob burners and larger main ovens.
Which? range cookers expert Matt Stevens says: ‘Whether you go for a contemporary or traditional style, range cookers look great. And with wok burners, griddles and hot-plates they usually offer more cooking options than a standard four-ring freestanding cooker.
‘On the downside, range cookers won’t suit every kitchen because of their size, and you should expect to pay a premium for this sort of cooking appliance. Make sure you’re getting good value for money with one of our top-rated range cooker Best Buys.’
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