We all spend a lot of time cooking, often using our cookers up to three times a day if we’re eating all your meals at home. Choosing the right cooker is an important decision (especially when you have a hungry family to feed!). The choice you make is one you’ll live with for many years to come. This means you have to ask yourself what you’re looking for and what would suit your meals, your life and your home best: electric cookers, gas one or something else.
Here are a few tips and options for you to consider and make that decision much easier:
First things first: work out where your cooker will be going. Measure the space, including height, width and depth. Write down these numbers and then measure again to double-check. Don’t forget to take into account the space around the cooker. Ensure that the cooker you choose will sit flush with the surface and with the cupboards it’s standing next to so your kitchen retains its flow and there are no sharp edges.
Next, look at your décor: ensure that the style of cooker you’re buying matches the style of your kitchen, or the style of kitchen you’re planning to install in the future.
Before you start shopping, you’ll need to consider what fuel you wish to use. If there are no plans to change, your existing fuel supply will influence your choice.
– Range cookers are large and available for a large variety of fuels. These are traditional in style and often very large, with more cooking capability than standard cooking. They’re a great choice if you have a large family, and you can use them as gas, electric, LPG and dual fuel options.
– Gas cookers are quick and responsive both in the oven and on the hob. A gas cooker is instantly adjustable and instantly hot as soon as you wish to use it. They’re also often cheaper to run than electric cookers.
– Electric cookers and predictable and consistent in their heating (sweet!), and are often designed to be easier to clean (better still!). If you’re looking for simple but very effective cooking, an electric oven could be best for you.
– If you can’t choose between gas and electric (decisions, decisions!), a dual fuel cooker might be the best choice for you: you can combine a gas hob and an electric oven to reap the benefits of both options.
Finally, think about installation fees, delivery fees and the guarantee offered by the company you’re buying from. Make sure that they’re offering a deal that’s best for you, and then happy cooking!