Top five best range cookers for 2020
By Oli McKean
Our pick of the best range cookers we've tested. Brilliant dual-fuel, gas and induction cookers, plus our cheapest Best Buy
A great range cooker will not only look impressive but also turn out tasty, perfectly cooked meals for years to come.
You might want one with a traditional Aga-style look, but it's worth making sure you can trust it to do justice to your culinary efforts.
We've picked out five of our favourite range cookers to help take the guesswork out of choosing which one to buy.
See below for top-choice gas, electric and dual-fuel models. Only logged-in Which? members can view our recommendations in the table below. If you're not yet a member, you can get instant access by joining Which?.
A top range cooker
Our best cooker overall, this dual-fuel model is very impressive. The gas hob cooks very well and has five burners, including a large wok burner. Both ovens are very quick to heat up - the right oven takes just over six minutes to get to 180°C - and they cook evenly, too.
Great dual-fuel range cooker
This excellent dual-fuel range cooker bursts with features but does the basics well too. Both ovens heat up quickly and accurately, staying at the temperature you set on the dial, and they have catalytic linings, which make cleaning less of a chore. The gas hob works well, and it has a griddle plate and a large wok burner.
Excellent gas range cooker
This gas range cooker is super-quick to heat up - you'll wait just four and a half minutes for the main oven to reach 180°C, and it stays pretty much spot on this temperature all the time, which is a great result. The large hob has seven burners, including a wok burner.
Best induction range cooker
Cheap dual-fuel range cooker
With two fan ovens, grill and gas hob, this dual-fuel range cooker offers versatile cooking options for a relatively small price. It's only 90cm wide, but you can bake four trays of muffins in one oven while making your roast dinner in the other. What else is this range cooker capable of? Read our expert review to find out more.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of July 2019.
Not found the product for you? Browse all of our range cooker reviews.
And here are three range cookers to avoid
Range cookers are pricey, so you might expect them to all be good. Unfortunately, this isn't the case.
We've found some with inaccurate ovens, awful grills and sluggish hobs. One of our worst models costs around £1,000 more than our cheapest Best Buy, so it's definitely worth doing your research.
See below for three models to steer clear of.
This is the lowest-scoring range cooker on test. While the hob is speedy and good at simmering, the temperature accuracy of the right-hand oven is appalling. The grill in the left-hand oven is also poor. The heat is concentrated around the centre of the griddle pan, so the toast we placed across the pan only browned in the middle.
Top five things to consider when choosing a range cooker
If you're in the market for a new range cooker but don't quite know what you're looking for, start with these five considerations:
- Type: choose from gas, electric, dual-fuel (gas hob and electric ovens) or electric induction. What you go for may be influenced by the fuel supply you have available to your home, as switching will mean extra expense.
- Price: while you can pick up some decent range cookers for less than £1,000, the best we've tested cost more than this.
- Size: most are 90cm, 100cm or 110cm wide. Small range cookers generally have two ovens, a grill and a five or six-burner hob, while larger ones tend to have four separate compartments, comprising two ovens, a large grill compartment, and a heated warming drawer.
- Capacity: bear in mind that stated capacity usually includes areas you can't use, such as the space beneath the lowest shelf. You can find out how space you can actually cook with by reading our reviews.
- Features: think about which features you need or want most. For example, you might want a cooker with a self-cleaning programme, or telescopic runners that support the oven shelves and help them to glide out smoothly.
Make more sense of what you're looking for with our full advice on how to buy the best range cooker.