Which? reveals new Best Buy freestanding cookerElectric and gas freestanding cookers tested

21 April 2014


Which? reveals new Best Buy freestanding cooker

We’ve rigorously tested 10 new freestanding cookers across 10 different brands. Only one is good enough to be a Which? Best Buy, while two crash to the bottom of our full list of 60 models tested.

There are hundreds of freestanding cookers on the market. Excellent ones have an oven that heats up quickly and accurately, a grill that spreads heat widely and evenly and a hob that is easy to control.

But we’ve found two that fail to achieve even the basics you would expect, such as accurately reaching the oven temperature indicated on the dial. The one model that has achieved Best Buy status took a mere four minutes to reach 180°C and the dial accurately reflected the temperature in the oven. The models we tested ranged from £220 to £799, but is priciest the best?

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Best cooker in our tests

As well as heating up quickly and accurately, our Best Buy freestanding cooker has ample space in its oven, so whether it’s the Sunday roast or Christmas turkey, you will get evenly cooked food in good time.

The hob too spreads heat evenly across the pan’s base and is easy to control. This cooker joins the 10 other Best Buys – starting from just £290 - that we rate as the very best freestanding cookers you can buy.

Worst cookers in our tests

The two poorest models came in at the very bottom of our list of 60, scoring only 50% apiece. One is almost the worst we’ve come across for temperature accuracy: when the dial is set to 180°C our probes show that the temperature inside the oven is actually 211°C – perfect for burning your dinner!

The other model in joint last place was far pricier and, while the oven’s control dial was a closer match to the actual temperature, the grill heated less than half of the pan – so you’d have to shift your bread around to get even toasting.

Freestanding cooker reviews

Below is a full list of the freestanding cookers we’ve just tested. Click on the links to read the reviews (prices typical as of 10 April).

Electric freestanding cookers

  • Beko BDVC563AW - £289
  • Belling FSEC50FDO - £354
  • Electrolux EKC6562AOX - £799
  • Hotpoint DSD60SS - £450
  • Indesit ID60C2 - £400
  • Stoves Richmond Mini 550E - £685

Gas freestanding cookers

  • Flavel MLB51ND - £299
  • Leisure GRB6GVK  - £466
  • Logik  LFSTG50W - £220
  • New World NW550TSIDLM - £389

More on this…

  • How to choose a cooker - read our advice on how to buy the best
  • Best Buy range cookers - discover our expert verdicts on the big brands
  • Best Buy built-in ovens - find out how to choose the best for you