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19 October 2021

Top five best range cookers for 2021

Our pick of the best range cookers we've tested, including dual-fuel, gas and induction cookers, plus our cheapest Best Buy
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Jane Darling
Range cooker with kettle used

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 induction, gas, electric and dual-fuel models.

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Best induction range cooker

  • 71%
    £2949.00

    We tested this range cooker several years ago, and it's still up there with the best. Both of the ovens are accurate and the two grills also impress. The induction hob is excellent at low temperatures and spreads heat evenly, so simmering and frying are a breeze.

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Best dual-fuel range cooker

  • 66%
    £2589.00

    If you like cooking on a gas hob, but appreciate the even heat distribution of an electric oven, this large dual-fuel cooker could be the one for you. The hob also has a useful griddle plate, and the two main ovens have catalytic liners to help with cleaning.

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Top-scoring gas range cooker

  • 66%
    £1307.98

    We think this range cooker is pretty good. While it doesn't impress at everything - for example, you may need to experiment to get a perfect sponge cake - it's a decent cooker that's standing the test of time.

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Best all-electric range cooker

  • 65%
    £1879.00

    This is a pretty decent range that misses out by just one mark on being a Best Buy. Both ovens heat up quickly and are accurate and easy to clean. The grill is good, and the ceramic hob isn't bad either.

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Best cheap range cooker

  • 62%
    £730.00

    This range cooker is brilliant at grilling, while its ovens reach the right temperature and cook evenly. The hob isn’t bad, either. But like many of the cookers we’ve seen, the fan oven struggles to bake a well-risen sponge cake.

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Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of October 2021.

Not found the product for you? Browse all of our range cooker reviews.

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 a lot more than some of our Best Buys, so it's definitely worth doing your research.

See below for three models to steer clear of.

  • 49%
    £2899.00

    An expensive disappointment. We had high hopes about this one, but were let down by its inaccurate ovens. When we set it at 180°C, it heated up to around 210°C. Unless you're a fan of overcooked or burnt food, we'd advise you to pick another model.

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  • 48%
    £1045.00

    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.

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  • 47%
    £1999.00

    Lacklustre ovens and a hob that’s slow to heat and tricky to clean are just some of the things that make this range cooker a damp squib. It’s not a patch on our Best Buys.

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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.
  • Oven capacity: bear in mind that stated oven 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 program, 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.