A Buyers Guide to Range Cookers

Range cookers are ideal if you cook for a big family, cook a lot, or just enjoy a greater degree of flexibility that comes with the huge array of cooking options.

Types and Sizes

Before choosing which range cooker to buy there are few things you need to decide on, the first being the size of your range cooker. With a huge variety of quality manufacturers to choose from, including Belling, Rangemaster, AGA, Britannia and Stoves, you can be sure that there’s a range cooker somewhere that will fit in the space in your kitchen.

Most types range from 80cm to 150cm, but you must also consider getting it into your kitchen and manoeuvring it into position, as well as the amount of space you need to keep around it to avoid potential hazards. And don’t forget to check which way and how far the doors open, so you don’t end up with an oven you can’t get into!


One of the biggest benefits of having a range cooker is the wide array of cooking options you can choose from. Larger range cookers usually comprise of at least two ovens and six hob burners, as well as a grill, but depending on the make and model there are usually a whole range of extras you can choose from, such as:

  • Slow cooker
  • Storage drawer
  • Fan oven
  • Wok burner
  • Fish burner
  • Rotisseries
  • Hot plates
  • Griddle

Fuel types

There are many aesthetic styles to choose from, from sleek, stainless steel contemporary range cookers to traditional, cream, farmhouse style range cookers. Another important consideration is the type of fuel you choose for your range cooker. Usually range cookers are dual fuel so you get the best of both worlds with easily controlled electrical and fan ovens and a gas hob for consistent, high temperatures.

There is also the option for fully gas fueled cookers and full electrical cookers with hot plate hobs, so even if you don’t have a gas supply in your kitchen, you can still have a beautiful and functional range cooker.


Installing a range cooker can be a little more complex than a standard cooker. Not only are there different fuel connections to consider, but also the specific spacing requirements to avoid overheating and fire hazards. As such, we always recommend that you have your range cooker professionally installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Still not sure which type of range cooker would be best for you? The Long Eaton Appliance Company has a huge variety, including Ceramic, Induction, Gas and Dual Fuel cookers, and a knowledgeable team who will be happy to offer you impartial advice to help you find your ideal range cooker, from a quality and trusted manufacturer.

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