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Are cheap cookers any good?

See how budget cookers fared against pricier models

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You don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune to get a decent cooker

A new cooker could cost you anything from £150 to over £1000, but how much do you need to spend to get a decent one? And are the pricey models really worth it? 

We’ve just tested 20 popular freestanding cookers, including budget models from the likes of Beko, Indesit and Swan, and top-of-the-range induction cookers, from AEG, Hotpoint, Zanussi and more, to find out.

A good cooker will bake, roast and grill your food to perfection, while providing flexible cooking space and being easy to use and clean.

You shouldn’t need to spend more than £500 to get a decent model, but it pays to choose wisely. Only four of the 20 cookers tested for 2016 won coveted Best Buy status. 

Jump straight to our round-up of Best Buy cookers to see the freestanding cookers that excelled in our tough tests.

Cheap cookers

Buying a freestanding cooker – which combines an oven, grill and hob in one freestanding appliance – can be more cost-effective than buying an oven and hob separately. For example the Indesit I5GGW gas cooker costs just £179 – less than the price of many standalone hobs.

Six of the cookers we just tested cost less than £300. But while one out-performed some pricier rivals, another cooker scored just 44%. With an inaccurate oven, poor grill and erratic hob, it might be cheap to buy, but it will cost you in spoiled dinners and frustrating cooking experiences.

To find the best cheap cooker we’ve tested – and the models to avoid – head to our freestanding cooker reviews.

Induction hobs, self-cleaning and premium cooker features

Freestanding cookers have traditionally been quite simple products, with less of the bells and whistles found on premium built-in ovens and range cookers. But in recent years we’ve seen more fancy features creeping onto cookers, including induction hobs, temperature probes and self-cleaning catalytic linings. 

The just-tested AEG 49176IW-MN has two ovens, one of which is multifunctional, as well as an induction hob and self-cleaning liners, but you’ll have to dig deep as it costs nearly £1,200 – more than some full-sized range cookers.

Which? cooker reviews

Whether you want a cheap cooker or a high-end model, you’ll find in-depth reviews to help you choose the best for your budget if you visit our freestanding cooker reviews.

To get straight to the latest cheap cooker reviews, or see models with premium features, follow the links below.

Cookers that cost less than £300

Beko BS530W – £189 (electric)

Beko BDC5422AS – £240 (electric)

Bush AG56TW – £200 (gas)

Bush BDF60B – £290 (dual fuel)

Indesit I5GGW – £179 (gas)

Swan SX1011W – £180 (electric)

Electric cookers with double ovens and induction hobs

AEG 4976IW-MN– £1199

Beko BDVI675NTS – £500

Belling FSE60DOTi – £450

Zanussi ZCV66030XA – £599

Hotpoint HUI612P – £513

Prices correct as of 23 May 2016

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