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Don't Buy freestanding cookers

by Hannah Fox
Don't Buy cookers are the models that fared so badly in our independent tests, that we recommend you avoid them altogether.

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The image below shows what makes a cooker a Best Buy or Don't Buy, based on key tests on the oven, hob and grill. We also consider things such as useable oven volume and hob space, how easy it is to clean and whether it's straightforward to use.

Freestanding cookers to avoid

Which? has reviewed the latest freestanding cookers, including models by AEG, Belling, Hotpoint, Indesit and Zanussi. Our test results reveal which combine a great oven, grill and hob, as well as being easy to use. We use the same tests that we put separate hobs and ovens through when testing cookers. This means a Don't Buy cooker could have an inaccurate oven that's slow to heat, inefficient hob with poor heat distribution when heating up a frying pan or saucepan, and grill that only manages to cook half of the food placed under it. 

  • The Which? test lab puts all freestanding cookers through rigorous tests, including recording how quickly and accurately the oven heats up, whether the hob can boil water quickly but also simmer gently, and if the grill spreads heat evenly.
  • Each freestanding cooker gets awarded a Which? test score so you can see the best and worst cookers at a glance, and how they compare on features and specifications.
  • Our Which? freestanding cooker tests cover many brands, and a range of prices and types, including those with single and double ovens, and gas, electric and dual fuel models.

Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We're not influenced by third parties and we don't accept freebies from product manufacturers or retailers. We buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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