5 best range cookers

Great for all sorts of culinary styles as well as packing plenty in, a range cooker gives the kitchen a statement centrepiece

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There’s something about a range cooker that turns the kitchen into the heart of the home. Cosy and comforting, these statement appliances will not only give you flexible cooking but can also be used to create a focal point in an open-plan space or compact kitchen-diner.

Appliance expert Hayley Gilbert looks at the top designs to invest in – check out our guide to buying the best range cooker for you.

THINGS TO CONSIDER when buying a range cooker

Think about whether you want a classic or contemporary style. Along with the professional look of stainless steel, there are also a raft of coloured finishes to pick from such as cream, black, slate, cranberry, orange, aubergine, yellow and blue. 

Do you want chunky dials or sleek touch controls? What about the fuel type? Dual fuel offers a combination of electric ovens with gas hob or you can go all-gas or all-electric with some models offering induction surfaces for energy efficient, safer hob top cooking. Measure up the space allotted for the new cooker carefully and check dimensions of any product you have your eye on before you buy.

As well as 90cm and 100cm designs, there are 110cm models and even bigger if you go down the bespoke route. You can also find smaller 60cm slot-in styles if space is really tight. These can offer similar functions and features to a standard sized range but in a smaller footprint. Here’s a round up of the best buys in all fuel types with something for every size and style of kitchen.

LEISURE CHEFMASTER CC90F531S 90cm DUAL FUEL RANGE COOKER

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1. LEISURE CHEFMASTER CC90F531S 90cm DUAL FUEL RANGE COOKER

The Leisure chefmaster combines electric fan cooking with a gas hob

Specifications
Fuel: Dual fuel
Colour: Silver
Capacity: 63 / 79 / 33 litres
Dimensions: H90cm x W90cm x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Three oven cavities+Even cooking+Wok burner
Reasons to avoid
-Tall oven is quite small-Plastic controls

Buyers love this model as it’s easy to use, good value for money, looks good and has excellent build quality. They also like the glass splashback that can be lowered to cover the gas hob when not in use, providing a handy extra workspace. In a stunning silver finish, it gives you three cavities to cook in – a main electric fan oven, second fan oven and a third conventional oven/grill along with a five-burner gas hob complete with wok burner for high heat stir fries and paella. Stay-clean catalytic liners help with cleaning the inside, too.

BEKO KDVi90X 90cm ELECTRIC RANGE COOKER WITH INDUCTION HOB

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2. BEKO KDVI90X 90cm ELECTRIC RANGE COOKER WITH INDUCTION HOB

This range cooker is electric and ultra energy efficient

Specifications
Fuel: Electric
Colour: Stainless steel
Energy rating: A/A
Capacity: 63 / 79 / 30 litres
Dimensions: H90cm x W90cm x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Two ovens and a grill+Even cooking+Five-zone induction hob
Reasons to avoid
-Small touch controls-Door open grill

With two fan assisted ovens and an induction hob, this cooker is a great choice for those looking for an energy efficient design or may not have access to a gas supply. It’s also ideal for families with young children, as it’s the pan that heats up and not the hob, making it a safe option when there are little ones running around. Users like its sleek modern finish as well as the fast heat up of the hob.

RANGEMASTER PROFESSIONAL+ 110cm GAS RANGE COOKER

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3. RANGEMASTER PROFESSIONAL+ 110cm GAS RANGE COOKER

A large cooker with stacks of cooking space

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Colour: Cream/Chrome
Energy rating: A/A
Capacity: 65 / 61 / 69 litres
Dimensions: H93cm x W110cm x D65cm
Reasons to buy
+Four cavities+Six-burner gas hob+Multi temperature cooking
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-Wide design

Also available in black, cranberry or stainless steel, this model creates instant wow factor in any kitchen. There are four cavities as it’s wider than some designs so you get two gas ovens, a grill and storage compartment that you can use for baking trays or keeping food warm. It’s ideal for cooking a Sunday roast or entertaining at Christmas, as there’s space for the turkey, vegetables and all the trimmings, as well as pudding, too. Buyers rave about the speedy heat-up times as well as its build quality and value for money.

STOVES BELMONT 900DFT 90cm DUAL FUEL RANGE COOKER

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4. STOVES BELMONT 900DFT 90cm DUAL FUEL RANGE COOKER

Traditional styling for a classic kitchen, this dual fuel range cooker does the job and more

Specifications
Fuel: Dual fuel
Colour: Cream
Energy rating: A/A
Capacity: 58 / 86 / 33 litres
Dimensions: H90cm x W90cm x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Three ovens and grill+Gas hob+Solid build
Reasons to avoid
-Quite expensive-Some larger baking trays won’t fit

In cream or black for a classic look, this dual fuel cooker comes with two fan ovens with a handy slow cook and defrost function. Users like the tall oven, which is easier to use and is kinder on the knees, as well as the chrome handles and overall quality finish. It has a four-burner gas hob with central wok burner and heavy duty cast iron pan supports. A solid choice with the flexibility of cooking with electric and gas.

BELLING FARMHOUSE 110GT 110cm GAS RANGE COOKER

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5. BELLING FARMHOUSE 110GT 110cm GAS RANGE COOKER

A great all round gas design, perfect for medium-sized households

Specifications
Fuel: Gas
Colour: Silver
Energy rating: A/A
Capacity: 40 / 40 / 27 litres
Dimensions: H92.2cm x W110cm x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Two ovens+Grill+Choice of silver, black or cream
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey

A wider 110cm all-gas model with four cooking cavities, this design is ideal for medium-sized households with its gas ovens and seven-burner gas hob with cast iron pan supports. Users love the storage compartment that can be used to keep baking trays handy as well as the interior light that lets you keep an eye on cooking progress. It’s rated for being easy to use with good build quality and value for money.

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