Classic Deluxe 90 Induction
A range cooker can be the focal point of a kitchen, so you'll want to choose one that will enhance your kitchen's appeal.
But pick a model that values style over substance at your peril as you could end up lumbered with inaccurate ovens, a tiny grill or a hob that's a horror to clean.
Range cookers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours and can be all-electric, all-gas or – the most popular option – dual-fuel. You can even find traditional-looking ranges that feature an ultra-modern induction hob.
Watch our video to help you decide which type of range cooker is right for you.
Our interactive tool will guide you through the key features you'll need to think about when choosing a range cooker.
You've got four main options to choose from, although this may be influenced by the fuel supply you have available to your home, as switching will mean extra expense.
You'll usually need to part with at least £1,000 for a good range cooker. We occasionally find decent ranges cheaper than this, but you'll need to choose wisely as not all range cookers available for around this price do a good job.
Cheaper range cookers may lack some of the trademark cooking accessories, such as griddles, hotplates and roasting trays, that you might normally expect to find.
More expensive range cookers may have a multifunction oven, which gives extra cooking options. Electric models will usually have quicker-to-heat induction hobs and accessories such as griddles, wok rings and roasting trays attached to the inside of the doors.
The cheapest option is to stick with the fuel type that your current cooker runs on. Although gas is cheaper to cook with, if your current cooker runs on electricity, it will take a long time to recoup the outlay of swapping over to a gas connection.
Running a gas range cooker can cost as little as £14 a year, while dual-fuel or electric is typically closer to £50.
As electricity costs more than gas, you'll pay less on your energy bills if you opt for an all-gas range cooker. However, you'll also have the lowest choice of models if you go for this option.
Dual-fuel is the most popular kind of range cooker – these have electric ovens and a gas hob – and you'll have plenty of choices here. The lower running costs on the gas hob will mean they add a little less to your annual energy bill than all-electric cookers.
All-electric ranges may have an electric ceramic or induction hob. Induction hobs are very energy efficient.
The contribution of cooking to household energy bills is relatively small, but opting for electricity gives the possibility of sourcing this energy from renewable resources.
Here are some of the main range cooker features:
Most range cookers are 90cm, 100cm or 110cm wide, and come with between five and eight hob rings or burners, two ovens, a grill and a warming or storage drawer. What size you go for depends on what you can fit in your kitchen and how much cooking space you need.
Manufacturers' stated capacities don't tell the whole story either – often they quote the total internal volume, which includes areas such as the space beneath the lowest shelf, rather than the actual usable space you can cook with.
When we test range cookers, we measure how much space there is to cook with, and we use a variety of different food templates to see what you can actually fit in, including a family-sized plastic turkey and a tray of roast potatoes.
Some cookers may have an awkwardly configured space, which means that you'll need to cook with two ovens at once when one might have done, therefore wasting energy. Or you might find you're getting less cooking space than you bargained for.
It's worth thinking about how often you'll need to cook for a large gathering, or have several things on the go at once, as this can help you to figure out what size and shape of range cooker you'll need.
Aga cookers work differently to conventional range cookers, using radiant heat from a steel core to provide heat to the ovens and hob. Traditional Agas stay on all the time, although more modern options include the option of switching to heat on demand when needed.