Range cookers are becoming a popular feature of the modern kitchen. Gone are the days of the difficult to light, old fashioned range cookers that were once a staple in farmhouse kitchens. The range cooker is moving with the times and is becoming a hi-tech part of the kitchen.
There are lots of considerations to be made when thinking about getting a range cooker; it is always a good idea to discuss with your kitchen designer, as they will be able to advise of space requirements and how practical it would be to fit into your kitchen. For example, you need to think about the proposed location of the range versus the location of the fuel supply.
The main consideration is budget, you should allow £1000 for a good model, obviously the more features you are looking for, and the more you can expect to pay. There are many colours and designs to choose from so there should be something to suit your kitchen.
You need to consider the fuel for your range; the majority are dual fuel with a gas hob and electric oven. Some however are completely electric. The choice is yours, in the end it comes down to personal preference and affordability. A dual fuel range is probably the best option in terms of running costs. Energy costs range from £15 up to £60 per year for a dual fuel model but this does depend on the specification of your range and your fuel provider.
Range cookers are considerably larger than standard ones. You need to remember if you are looking to fit a range cooker into your existing kitchen that a standard oven is usually 60cm wide; range cookers are generally 90cm – 110cm in width so a straight swap will not be possible without some work to the layout of your kitchen.
What Makes Range Cookers Special?
Range cookers have a vast amount of available space. The general rule of thumb is the more you pay, the bigger your oven and the more cavities you get. Consider how much cooking space you actually need. There are many different configurations to consider when thinking about your needs; for example – love baking? Choose a warming drawer, it doubles up as a proving drawer for breads and pastries.
Some ranges have up to 9 burners and the standard is 5-7 burners. These will normally correlate with the number of cavities. The burners can be combined with hotplates, griddle plates and many more. If you have specific requirements there is sure to be an option for you. Remember though the further away from the basic model you go, the more you can expect to spend.
Range cookers, like most modern ovens these days are self-cleaning. There are two options, Catalytic or Pyrolytic. Catalytic ovens have liners that absorb the grease and fat from foods to keep your oven looking clean. Pyrolytic, on the other hand, heats the oven to extreme temperatures to completely burn off any food residues. You then just sweep out the ash.
There are lots of things to think about when choosing your range cooker, if you take your time to make the right choice, your range cooker will become an integral part of your kitchen for a very long time.