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Updated: 1 Jul 2022

Best freestanding cookers 2022: Which? Best Buys and expert buying advice

Searching for a new gas or electric cooker? We reveal what you should look for and how much to spend to get the best cooker
Jane Darling
Best freestanding cooker

Freestanding cookers that slot into a space in your kitchen can be a cost-effective cooking solution, as they wrap up an oven, grill and hob in one product. 

A good one will have plenty of space, cook quickly and evenly, and be easy to use and clean. Pick a dud and you could be left with badly cooked food and a hob that takes ages to heat up your food. 

Read on for our expert buying advice and Best Buy recommendations, which are based on our rigorous and independent tests. 

To browse all the freestanding cookers we've tested, see our freestanding cooker reviews.

Best freestanding cookers for 2022

The following freestanding cookers are some of the best we've tested.

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  • 74%
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    This freestanding cooker is up there with the best of them. The manufacturer claims the ovens in this cooker will leave your food golden, crispy and well risen, and they really do. The hob is quick and the grill is extremely effective.

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  • 69%
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    The high points for this cooker are the grill and the excellent heat distribution in the main oven - you'll not struggle for even colour when grilling or baking. Just be mindful of the hob: as with many ceramic hobs, it's rather slow to get going.

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    It's rather pricey, but this Best Buy cooker has an accurate, speedy oven and a very good grill. The main oven fits in a decent amount of food, and has some useful features such as programmable cooking timers. Just be aware that the hob is a bit slow.

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  • One of the better gas cookers we've found. The main oven heats up really quickly, and the catalytic liners on the side walls of both the main and top oven save on cleaning time. The hob isn't too slow compared with other gas hobs taking around nine minutes to heat up 1.5 litres of water in our tests.

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  • This cooker has an impressively accurate main oven which gives good results. The hob is decent, too, although the grill is somewhat mediocre. This cooker has been available for a few years now, but still holds its own alongside modern competition.

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Not found the freestanding cooker for you? See all of our freestanding cooker reviews.

Video: how to buy the best freestanding cooker

Watch our video to get the lowdown on how to choose a new cooker that's right for you. 

Freestanding cooker types explained

Unless you have a strong preference for gas or electric, it makes sense to stick with the fuel type you already have to avoid the extra expense that changing fuels usually entails. 

There are a couple of different combinations of fuel type and technology. You can have all-gas, all-electric or a dual-fuel cooker; the latter has an electric oven and gas hob. With all-electric models you also have the choice of either a ceramic or induction hob. 

Electric cookers

These have an electric oven and electric ceramic hob. Most have true fan or fan-assisted ovens, which should help to spread heat evenly around the oven cavity.

There are occasions when conventional heat – top and bottom heat without a fan – is an advantage, and if you get a cooker with a double oven, you'll usually get one conventional oven and one with a fan.

Electric induction cookers

These have an electric oven and electric induction hob. Induction hobs heat food quickly, and the hob zones themselves don’t get hot during cooking, which makes them more efficient. But you’ll need iron-based pans, such as stainless steel, which can be an extra expense. As a rule of thumb, if a fridge magnet sticks to your pan, the pan will work on an induction hob.

Gas cookers

All-gas cookers are the cheapest to cook with, and gas hobs are usually more responsive than electric ceramic hobs. However, oven cooking results are often less uniform than electric.

Dual-fuel cookers

These have a gas hob and an electric oven. This provides the best of both worlds for some people, with an easy-to-control gas hob, and an electric oven that heats evenly. 

Gas and dual-fuel cookers will need to be installed by a Gas Safe-registered engineer. 

If you aren't sure what you want yet, find out more about the differences with our guide to gas cookers vs electric cookers.

Best freestanding cooker features to look for

If you're choosing a new freestanding cooker, some of the following features might be useful:

  • Timer If you're looking at cheaper models, it's worth checking if you can trade up to a model with a timer, as this can be handy for keeping track of cooking times.
  • Controls Touch controls offer a sleeker look and can be easier to clean. They may also have handy options such as a child lock.
  • Automatic gas ignition These are more convenient to use than a separate ignition button as you don't need both hands.
  • Catalytic self-cleaning Catalytic liners absorb fat spills and splashes, then break them down and burn them off during high-temperature cooking.
  • Flame supervision devices (FSD) This is a safety feature that will shut off the supply of gas should a burner fail to ignite or get blown out. 
  • Multi-function oven This allows you to cook with more than one heat source at time – such as the grill and fan together – which is great for cooking through thick cuts of meat or fish.
  • Programmable ovens These turn the cooker on, time your cooking and will turn the cooker off when the food is done.
  • Pyrolytic self-cleaning program The oven heats to around 500°C and incinerates oven spillages that may have solidified on the oven walls. All you need to do afterwards is sweep away the ash. 
  • Thermostat indicator On electric cookers, there is usually a light that turns off when the oven reaches the desired temperature.

Confused about a freestanding cooker term? See our Freestanding cookers jargon buster.

How much should I pay for a freestanding cooker?

Baking in a freestanding cooker
All-gas cookers are typically the cheapest and most basic option (provided you already have access to gas), and start at around £200. Electric cookers with a ceramic hob and dual-fuel cookers will cost a little more, with cheaper models available from about £250.

If you're keen to have an induction hob on your freestanding cooker, you should expect to pay at least £500. Some can cost up to £1,000. If you're looking in this price bracket, you may want to consider buying a double built-in oven and induction hob separately. Our top Best Buy cooker is an electric induction model.

The cheapest cookers usually have just one oven, plus a storage drawer. But if you're willing to pay a little more you will get more features and more stylish designs.

However, paying more doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a decent cooker. We've found pricey models that fail to impress as well as some cheap-and-cheerful options. 

Looking for the perfect cookware for your cooker? Read our expert guide on the best non-stick frying pans.

Is a gas cooker or electric cooker cheaper to run?

Gas cookers are cheaper to run than electric cookers because gas costs less than electricity, rather than any superior efficiency credentials. Gas cookers also tend to be cheaper to buy.

Gas cookers can cost as little as £14 a year to run. Electric cookers have higher running costs – we came across one recently that ate up fuel and would work out at just under £90 a year – but generally you'd expect to pay around half this for standard family use.

In fact, electric cookers use energy more efficiently than gas cookers, especially if you go for one with an induction hob. An induction hob heats only the metal of the pans, so no heat is lost from the zone directly into the air.

Also, while electricity has the potential to come from renewable sources, this is not the case for gas.

Find a good cooker that is also cost effective to run by using our cooker reviews to compare models.

Are freestanding cookers a standard size?

Buying a freestanding cooker

Most freestanding cookers are 60cm wide, but if you're squeezed for space, you can also find 50cm and 55cm-wide models. 

All are roughly the same height (80cm) and depth (60-65cm) to fit a standard kitchen and line up with your worktops. 

Oven capacity

Manufacturers state capacity in litres, but this includes space you can't actually use for cooking, such as the area under the lowest shelf.

We only measure the space you can actually use to cook with. You'll find the figure for each cooker we've tested in the specifications tab in our reviews. 

Our tests show that the average usable oven capacity of a cooker's main oven is 43 litres, but there is quite a large range in volumes: the smallest main oven we've tested has a volume of just 38 litres, while the largest is a roomy 58 litres, giving you nearly a third more space to cook with.

It's worth checking inside the oven to see how many oven racks are supplied, and how many shelf positions you have to play with – as this affects how much you can fit in too.

Looking for something smaller just for grilling? See our electric grills reviews.

How much does it cost to install a cooker? 

If you opt for the same fuel, prices start from around £75.

  • John Lewis – offers a cooker installation service for between £75 and £100. It charges you another £20 to dispose of your old one responsibly. 
  • Currys – prices are between £75 and £100 for installation and from £15 for removal and recycling. 

If you'd prefer to give your business to a local trader endorsed by us, then go to Which? Trusted Traders to find companies who may be able to offer you a cheaper deal.