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05 May 2016

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Range cookers can cost thousands, but we've found some have very inaccurate ovens

Range cookers don't come cheap. So whether you're planning to create that country-kitchen look, or you're after a  clean-lined, contemporary style, you'll want your range to be a reliable kitchen companion for cooking up delicious dinners.

We've just reviewed twenty popular range cookers from brands such as Belling, Leisure, Rangemaster and Stoves, ranging in price from less than £500 to a budget-busting £2599. 

And while the best range cookers impressed us with their accurate ovens, great grills and high-class hobs, three models scored below 50% in our tests - meaning that their cooking skills are less than satisfactory.

To find out which range cookers you can rely on for great cooking results - and the ones to avoid - head to our range cooker reviews.

Inaccurate temperature controls

We've found big differences between the best and worst range cookers, including models with ovens that deviate from the temperature you set by more than 40°C - a difference that's likely to leave you with a scorched dinner if you don't keep tabs on your food. 

Over 40°C - the amount one range cooker overshot the set temperature by in our tests

The best cookers have accurate ovens that hover around the correct temperature, drifting away by no more than a degree or two, so that you know the temperature you set is what you'll get.

And it's not just the oven controls that can be erratic. Some range cookers have superb grills that evenly brown food across the whole grill pan, while others will leave more than half of it untouched, so you'll be forever shuffling your food around to get it properly cooked.

Our Best Buy range cookers excel at the essentials, so you can relax knowing your bakes, meals, and those all important festive feasts will turn out just so.

Are cheap range cookers any good?

Paying top dollar doesn't necessarily guarantee a happy cooking experience - we've tested cookers costing well over £1000 that failed to impress, and found some great budget buys.

Two of our recently tested cookers cost less than £700 but still offer serious cooking space. The all-gas Baumatic BC190.2TCSS 90cm cooker has a single large oven, big enough to fit even the most substantial roast dinner - and is a relative snip at £499. Meanwhile, the £679 Beko BDVC100X 100cm cooker is a smart all-electric model with two fan ovens, a separate grill and an extra storage drawer - perfect for stashing baking trays. 

To see how these cheap cookers fared in our tough tests, head to our range cooker reviews.

Range cookers reviewed

The full list of cookers we've just tested is below. Follow the links to read the full review for each model..

Baumatic BC190.2TCSS  - £499
Beko BDVC100X - £679
Belling CLASSIC 100DFT - £899
Bertazzoni MAS100 6 MFETETXE - £2499
Britannia RC-9SG-QL-K - £1999
Cannon CH10456GF S - £1400
John Lewis JLRCSS114 - £989
Leisure CK90F232C - £780
Leisure CS110F722K - £1280
Leisure CS100D510X - £1449
Rangemaster Elise 90 DF - £2599
Rangemaster PROP90DFFCY/C - £1455
Rangemaster CLAS90NGFCR/C - £1460
Rangemaster NEX90DFFBL/C 104680 - £1885
Rangemaster ELAN 110CM DF (ELAS110DFFBL) - £1946
Rangemaster HI-LITE 100 104700 HLT100EIBL/C - £1960
Smeg C92DX8 - £899
Smeg SYD4110 - £1699
Stoves Richmond 1100EI - £1629
Stoves Sterling R1000GT_BK - £1220

Prices correct as of Wednesday 4 May 2016.

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