If you are considering buying a new cooker for your kitchen there are a number of things that you will need to take into account. A quality oven is a vital part of any home and you definitely need to put on your thinking cap before rushing out to make a purchase. After all, a new cooker is not a cheap item, so you need to be certain you buy the right one.
Part of the problem is that there are so many different brands from which to choose. The website Ranker which allows customers to review and vote for a range of different appliances, lists no fewer than 72 brands under cookers! These include all the well-known names such as Miele, Beko, De’Longhi, Bosch, Ariston, Hotpoint, Zanussi, Breville, and more, and also some names you may never have heard of such as Advance Tabco and Traulsen. Then there are names you know, but you may not have known that they make cookers: Black & Decker, for example.
Electric, Gas, Or Dual Fuel?
You may want an electric cooker, or you may want a gas cooker. You can also buy dual fuel cookers with a gas hob and an electric oven. You can buy cookers with self-cleaning ovens which is a very big plus: with some of these you heat the oven up to 480°C which has the effect of turning all the grease into ash and then all you have to do is wipe it out with a damp cloth. What a time saver! You can also buy cookers that have a higher than average wattage, so they can cook faster.
You can get built-in ovens, ovens that go under the counter top, and even smaller ovens that sit on top of the counter. Then there are ranges which are obviously larger as they usually incorporate at least two ovens and as many as seven different hobs. These are ideal for the large family, or for someone who does a lot of entertaining, but of course you need a kitchen large enough to accommodate them. They can often be 100 cm wide.
Then there are the different kinds of hobs. There are five types of hobs – ceramic, solid plate electric, induction, gas, and gas on glass hobs.
Ceramic hobs are electric and they heat up quickly. However, the heat distribution around the bottom of the pan is not as good as gas.
Solid plate electric hobs take some time to heat up and to cool down, so you can’t change the heat quickly as you can with gas. However, they do tend to be lower in price than other types of hob.
Induction hobs work by creating a magnetic field between the element in the hob and the pan. This causes the pan to heat up but not the surface of the hob. These are cheap to run because they only use the precise amount of electricity required, and they are very quick to heat up. However, you may have to change your pans if they are not suitable for an induction hob.
Gas hobs are the easiest to control because you can turn the flame up or down instantly. This is why they are so popular with professional cooks.
Gas on glass hobs have gas burners which are mounted on top of ceramic glass. They are easy to clean, and they look rather stylish.
Then there is the question of cost. If you are like most people you will have a budget which may leave out some of the more expensive cookers. Beko have a black ceramic four burner hob for only £159, while Neff offer an induction hob with five cooking zones, individual timers, a power boost, a keep warm zone, and a child lock. However, at £829 it may be beyond your budget.
Hotpoint cookers are available in a wide choice of styles and colours, and many of them are fitted with self-cleaning ovens, which is always a big benefit. They also produce some very big ranges with two ovens, warming ovens, and several hobs. These big ranges are gas operated and so have the ability to alter the heat at the touch of a knob.