Range cookers are big and beautiful but can burn a whole in your pocket without you realising. This article gives you a list of top tips to follow on how to choose the right range cooker.
Before lunching into the first range cooker you come across its worth shopping about for the best price and make sure you take out the vital checks listed below.
When choosing your perfect range cooker you will need to measure up carefully as range cookers can come in a large range of sizes from 90cm, 100cm and 110cm and its even possible for them to come in sizes of up to 140 and 150cm and even as small as 70cm with gas and dual-fuel models needing a 50mm safety gap each side. You will need a gap between the range cooker and extractor fan so be sure to measure a 750mm gap. Standard hobs and free-standing range cookers need only a 430mm to 650mm gap, so make sure you have enough height to fit a range cooker otherwise its money wasted. Obviously you measure the area of where you would want to place this beastly appliance, but you also want to make sure you measure the areas where the appliance has to pass through as failing to measure these areas means you may not be getting the range cooker into your home.
Checking the Many Functions Work:
If buying a range cooker from a store, it's worth doing some basic checks before you buy such as making sure the doors are solid? Do the grill trays slide out easily? Are the pan supports easy to remove? etcetera. If buying a range cooker from an online store its best to check if you can reserve and collect so you can examine the product before you take it away. When your viewing a range cooker you should also make sure it has the features and functions you will require as if you cook for a crowd you'll need a double oven plus separate grill for maximum cooking space. The extra oven capacity is vital, and you can grill and bake or cook at different temperatures, all at the same time.
Range Cookers Don't Come Cheap:
Remember before you go and purchase a range cooker, they don't come cheap. So make sure you either have the money to buy one or get a loan or borrow money as you might be surprised by the burning whole in your wallet. Ranges don't come cheap so remember that in terms of performance, there's little advantage over a double oven cooker with 6 burners if you only use one oven and 2 burners.