What is a Range Cooker?

When people mention "range cooker", you start imagining a significantly sized cooker, like a traditional cast iron AGA. You might also think they are overly difficult to use, but this isn't the case. This range cooker guide will provide all the information you need about range cookers.

A typical range cooker is made from cast iron, has a classic aesthetic, has at least five hob burners, and offers more oven space and features than conventional cookers. Additionally, many ranges have the unique 'radiant feature' where the hotplates and oven are always on, so no preheating is needed.

However, Range cookers have now been modernised; they now come in various types, sizes and colours whilst still offering plenty of different functions and features. Range cookers also allow you to choose from multiple cooking methods, including Gas Range Cookers, LPG, Dual Fuel Range Cookers and Induction Range Cookers.

Why Buy a Range Cooker?

Design

When it comes to design, range cookers are a great option for making a statement in the kitchen. Many models have a wider design choice and various colour options, from bold reds, traditional cream to professional stainless steel; there will be a range cooker that suits you. So whether you're opting for a freestanding or a built-in model, a range cooker will look beautiful in any kitchen.

Size

Range cookers provide you more space than any standard oven and are typically built 20% bigger than an average 60cm built-in oven. A traditional range cooker design comprises the main oven, a secondary oven and a separate grill so that you can cook multiple dishes at once.

However, range cookers now come in many different configurations of ovens, warming drawers, and grills, so make sure to choose one that suits your needs. 

 

Fuel Options

Fuel options include all gas, ceramic, induction and dual fuel. Also, specific gas range cookers can often be used with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) if you don't have access to a gas main.

Typically ceramic, induction and dual-range cooker come with electric ovens, but the dual fuel model will include a gas hob. We advise you to check your fuel source, correct clearances and appropriate ventilation when installing a range cooker in your kitchen.

Running Costs

When you think range cooker, you might think of expensive running costs, but the actual fact is that range cookers can be a more cost-effective choice. This is the case for range cookers used for cooking only as they are usually not more costly to run than a standard built-in oven, and you can find many range cookers have an A-rated energy efficiency rating.

Heat Storage

A standard heat storage range cooker is always on, providing a constant source of heat which makes it perfect for those cold winter seasons. This type of range cooker will help heat up the home and provide an alternative cooking experience. With your food not being blasted by heat but rather cooked using heat from every surface of the oven, you will achieve a much more flavoursome results.

Storage Space

Some range cookers are cost-effective with everything built-in and a provided storage space, so you don't have to purchase additional pieces such as the worktop, cabinets and separate hob. Equipped with a handy storage draw, you can have your baking trays, roasting tools and more at an easy reach whilst keeping them out of sight.

Wok Burners

If you love Asian inspired dishes such as stir-fries, then a gas range cooker is ideal for you. Most range cookers have a wok burner that provides powerful and quick heating, which helps produce the authentic taste of Asian cuisine on a wok that an ordinary hob cannot.

Induction Technology

Just because it's a range cooker doesn't necessarily mean it's made with traditional features. You can now purchase range cookers fitted with induction technology. Induction cooking is fast, saves energy, and is safer to use as it heats the pan and not the hob's surface.

Where to Buy a Range Cooker?

You can purchase a range cooker in-store or online at today Kitchen Economy! Click here to browse our wide selection of range cookers or if you have any questions about us or our range, feel free to contact us today. 

FAQs

With range cookers being increasingly popular with homeowners thanks to their brilliant design and range of favourable features, you might have a few questions in mind before purchasing one. Here are just a few common questions answered.

How much do range cookers cost to run?

If you're worried about the cost of running a range cooker, then we're here to reassure you. Modern range cooker shouldn't cost any more to run than the equivalent element on another cooker. Also, make sure to look at energy ratings and any additional features that might add extra cost to your utility bills.

How long should a range cooker last?

Range cookers can seem a bit pricey, but they are built to last. A modern range cooker is an excellent investment as they are designed to last a minimum of 10 years. Additionally, you can purchase spare parts for range cookers and other cookers here when certain areas of your cooker become worn out or have broken.

How to clean range cookers?

With such a wide design and many different zones, figuring out where to start cleaning your range cooker can be confusing. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep the hob clean by wiping any spillages as soon as possible.
  • Hot, soapy water is enough, so you don't use any extra chemicals.
  • Make sure not to use any abrasive materials that might damage or scratch your cooker. 
  • You can clean your oven walls easily by steaming your oven walls with lemon juice or washing up liquid to some cold water and turning the oven to 100 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Coffee machines come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and styles so you must make an informed decision before you purchase one. So whether you’re just tired of the same old instant coffee or you’re a beginner barista or a coffee enthusiast, there’s a wide range of coffee machines available to choose from.

COFFEE MACHINE TYPES

Before you think about the features you want, the first thing you should consider is the type of coffee machine you want. The main types are capsule or pod coffee machines, bean to cup coffee machines, ground coffee machines and filter coffee machines.

Capsule or Pod Coffee Machines

If you want quick and easy hassle-free coffee then capsule or pod coffee machines are ideal for you. They are easy to use, simply press the button and let the coffee machine filter water through ground coffee in the pod, pouring you a perfect cup.

Advantages of Pod Coffee Machines

Capsule or pod coffee machines are excellent if you have limited space in your home as they usually come in small and compact sizes to fit on your kitchen countertop.

Additionally, they are also really good value for money and only require little maintenance so if you’re a beginner coffee drinker then this coffee machine type is perfect for you.

Disadvantages of Pod Coffee Machines

Though capsule or pod coffee machines are practical and easy to use they also have a downside. This type of coffee machine are limited to the types of pods available and most of the time you can only use the brand’s own type of pods in the machine.

Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

For those that fancy recreating their café favourites then bean to cup coffee machine is for you. This type of coffee machine is fully automated to grind coffee beans for every cup so you can enjoy quality coffee all the time.

Advantages of Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

Bean to cup coffee machine is the choice for coffee aficionados out there with its built-in coffee bean grinder providing you with fresh brewed coffee all the time.

They are convenient to use as most have customisable settings for tailored drinks. What’s more, is that most can automate the coffee-making process and can make two drinks at once.

Disadvantages of Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

Before you buy a bean to cup coffee machine you might need to consider your budget as they tend to be much more expensive. Additionally, you’ll have to make sure you have enough space to fit one in as they are usually very large and bulky.

Ground Coffee Machines

Ground coffee machines will suit those that are looking to be more practical when making their coffee. You’ll be able to craft your drinks like your local barista as they come with a range of features such as a steam arm or milk frother to make cappuccinos.

Advantages of Ground Coffee Machines

The best thing about a ground coffee machine is that they can use any ground coffee and some can also use ESE pods for a mess-free drink preparation.

Furthermore, you will be able to make two drinks at once whilst also having more control over the strength and size of your drink.

Disadvantages of Ground Coffee Machines

If you’re not the hands-on type and just want your coffee without any effort required then this type of coffee machine is not for you. There’s a learning curve involved to get the hang of making your coffee as there is more room for error, and it also requires more manual prep and cleaning than the other types.

Filter Coffee Machines

Filter coffee machines are easy to use and come in different cup volumes. Water simply drips slowly through a basket of ground coffee to infuse a pot or carafe. They are straightforward and there is no needs to boil the water first as filter coffee machines usually have thermos pots and hotplates to keep the coffee warm.

Advantages of Filter Coffee Machines

The key benefit of having a filter coffee machine is that it is perfect for people that like to have guests around. They are convenient because they can keep the coffee warm for long periods of time so you don’t have to wait around for another brew.

Disadvantages of Filter Coffee Machines

If you’re looking to try various coffees then a filter coffee machine isn’t for you as it is only able to make black filter coffee, so there are no espresso, latte or cappuccinos. They also need filters and take some time to clean.

FEATURES TO LOOK FOR

Depending on the type of coffee machine you purchase, there are few features to look for and you should consider these before you buy.

Capacity

If you’re regularly making coffee, you should look for a coffee machine with a large water tank of around 1.5 litres, otherwise, you’ll have to constantly keep refilling. For example pod coffee machines have very small tanks.

Milk Frothing

If you’re a fan of milk drinks, such as cappuccinos and lattes then you should choose a coffee machine with a milk frothing function.

Bar Pressure

If you don’t want a bitter espresso then you should look for a coffee machine with a 15-19 bar as the optimum bar pressure. An essential feature as it allows the steam to meet the coffee granules at the right speed.

Personalisation

A nice feature to have is when your coffee machine lets you adjust pre-set drink settings to accommodate your preferences. This means the appliance will automatically provide the right amount of coffee, at the perfect strength, every time.

Automatic Cleaning

You don’t want to add another chore to your household, that’s why you should look for coffee machines with automatic cleaning program that regularly cleans and descales your machine. If you do purchase a machine without this feature, check to see if parts can be removed for an easier cleaning experience.

Smart Technology

If you enjoy hands-free operation then you should lookout for a coffee machine that is equipped with smart technology. The smart system allows you to connect to an app on your smartphone or tablet, so you can brew your coffee from bed or on the way home from work.

Thermoblock

Coffee machines with a thermoblock heating system are very fast and efficient in heating water to the optimum temperature for making coffee. With coffee best brewed at around 93°C, you’ll be able to achieve flawless flavour every time without a fail.

FAQs

Coffee machines have been around for lots of years and they are always changing with more features. That’s why it can get a bit overwhelming on which one to choose and you might have some questions. Here are just a few common questions answered.

How often do I need to clean a coffee machine?

If you’re not in a rush, we recommend giving your machine a quick clean after each use but the amount of thorough cleaning needed will depend on the type of coffee machine you have. Pod machines are stress-free to clean as they can be flushed out with water and sometimes needs descaling.

How long do coffee machines last?

Research published by Statista Research Department, tells us that the typical machine will last between 6 and 10 years when cleaned and maintained properly. So make sure you choose the ideal coffee machine for you!

How much does coffee capsules cost?

If you’re thinking of purchasing a pod or capsule coffee machine you’re probably wondering how much they cost. Capsules can cost anywhere between 24 – 46p dependent on the machine.

Why do I need filter paper for my filter coffee machine?

Filters are used to provide you with easy maintenance, as well as helping to keep the coffee fresh. There are reusable filters available if you don’t want to keep buying filters and want to save on long term costs.

If you’re a wine enthusiast then a wine cooler is a worthy investment to make. Wine coolers are specially designed appliance used to keep wine stored at perfect temperatures but there are several factors to consider before choosing the best one for you.

This handy guide will provide useful information about wine coolers, so you can make a confident purchase decision.

WINE COOLER TYPES

Before making the final decision, you’ll need to consider whether you want a freestanding, built-in or an integrated model. This will depend on where you want to put your wine cooler and how much space you have.

Freestanding

This type of wine cooler is widely available and the cheapest type and you can put them anywhere in your house. This design is capable of having a taller and wider dimension than built-in model so they are able to offer more capacity.

Built-in

These have the upper hand of providing a seamless and stylish finished to a kitchen. They are generally more expensive than freestanding models. Their standardised design does mean that its bottle capacity can be limited. Therefore, if you love to collect wine, a built-in wine cooler probably isn’t for you.

Integrated

These types of wine coolers are usually fitted into a unit at around chest height. Integrated models tend to not have the largest bottle capacity and you might also need a kitchen refurb to fit one in.

SIZE

Wine Coolers vary in size and can fit anywhere between 6 and 140 bottles. Upright freestanding models are perfect for larger kitchens while under counter or built-in models fit in smaller spaces. The size and capacity solely depends on how much wine you’re planning on storing and how much you space have available.

TEMPERATURE ZONES

If you like to drink both reds and whites equally then you need to consider whether you want a single or dual temperature zone wine cooler. This also depends on what you’re using your wine cooler for: storage, serving or both.

Single-temperature zone

For those who just enjoy one type of wine (just reds or just whites) and want to store your bottles at perfect serving temperature, then a single zone wine cooler is the choice for you. This type is also ideal if you are just using your wine cooler as storage.

Dual-temperature zone

Alternatively, for those who like to drink reds and whites, then you will want a dual-temperature zone wine cooler. These are generally more expensive however its dual-temperature zone gives you greater flexibility for storing both red and white wines.

EXTRA FEATURES

UV-resistant glass doors

A must have feature if you want to protect your wines. The protective glass on the cooler limits the damaging effects of UV rays on your wine. Glass doors are also more stylish than a solid door and they allow you show off your wine collection.

Humidity controls

Wine is very sensitive to low levels of humidity and it can lead to drying out the cork if exposed for an extended period. This can result in air going into the bottle and ruin your precious wine. Having humidity controls allows you to manage the amount of moisture in the air inside your cooler to prevent this from happening.

Anti-vibration system

Wines have small amount of sediment in each bottle and if your wine is moved too often, that sediment can become agitated. An Anti-vibration system ensures that your wines are stored correctly with minimal to no vibrations which could possible affect the taste of the wine.

Reversible door

Just like your standard refrigerator, reversible doors provide you with more choice when positioning your wine cooler around your home.

Charcoal air filter

The charcoal air filter prevents odour from affecting the taste of your wine by filtering the air that enters your appliance. This also helps reduce the build of up dust in the interior. It is recommended that these filters are replaced every 6-12 months.

Energy rating

Wine coolers have an energy rating from A – G, with an A rating being the highest and most efficient. So the less you spend on operating your wine cooler, the more wine you can enjoy. Check out our blog for a guide to new energy ratings.

 

FAQs

Wine Coolers have been around for many numbers of years and they are constantly changing with more features. That’s why it can get quite confusing and you might have some questions. Here are just a few common questions answered.

Why it is important to serve wine at the correct temperature?

Serving wine at the correct temperature can greatly improve its flavour. A wine cooler will allow you to have your wine at the right serving temperature 24/7 so you can simply just take them off the shelf and drink immediately.

Can I move the shelves around?

Most wine coolers are made to fit the standard Bordeaux bottles however; some wine coolers are equipped with adjustable shelves so you can fit unconventional sized bottles like a Burgundy or Champagne for those special occasions.

Where shall I put my wine cooler?

The answer totally depends on which type of wine cooler you’re going for and how much space there is available. For a rule of thumb, your wine cooler should be placed on a hard, flat and stable surface for the best results. Keep your wine cooler out of direct sunlight and in a room where the temperature is table in order for it to run efficiently.

  

A cooker hood will help in providing the ideal cooking environment but there are several factors to consider when choosing a hood.

This guide will provide useful information about cooker hoods, so you can make a confident decision when purchasing.

COOKER HOOD TYPES

Built-in

Built-in cooker hoods are designed to be small, compact and are ideal for smaller kitchens. Typically built-in behind a kitchen wall cabinet so they can be tucked away when not use. They are usually not ideal for bigger kitchen due to their small design and slow extraction rates.

Canopy

Canopy hoods are ideal for smaller kitchens and for those who don’t want a cooker that’s going to conflict with the design theme of the kitchen. These are a positioned directly under your kitchen cabinet, similar to built-ins they blend seamlessly into the rest of the kitchen.

Chimney

Chimney cooker hoods are designed to be wall mounted and provides that classic traditional look. They come various sizes so you can get the perfect fit to match your kitchen décor. As a rule of thumb, always make sure that the hood is the same size or larger than your hob or larger than your hob.

Visor

Visor Cooker is the ideal option for those kitchens where space is very limited. Not only they’re one of the cheaper types of cooking hoods, they will also easily fit at a right angle on your kitchen for a discreet and orderly finish.

Island

Island cooker hoods are for those who have their hob fitted on a kitchen island. They type of cooker hoods are usually made premium due to their position in the kitchen standing out. They are usually designed to be quite large so that they can take care of big open-plan kitchens.

Downdraft

Downdraft extractor hoods are one of the more expensive types of cooker hoods due to their minimalistic design. These hoods are made to be hidden beneath your worktop when not in use and rise at the touch of a button.

Ceiling

If you want to preserve space in your kitchen then Ceiling Hoods are for you. Ceiling hoods come in various sizes are installed to be flush with your ceiling so you can achieve a minimalistic look at an affordable price.

HOW TO MEASURE

Now that you know all the types of cooker hoods to choose from, it is important that purchase the correct size that fits your kitchen hob layout. It is recommended that you match the size of your hood with the size of your hob.

To make sure that your cooker fits, you’ll need to measure from the top of your cooker or worktop upwards to the bottom of the cabinet or ceiling to make sure your cooker hood will fit. It is critical that you take into consideration the hot zone, which is 75cm. Lastly, it is important to make sure you pick a cooker hood with an extraction rate that will match the size of your kitchen.

VENTING TYPES

One of the key features to look for when purchasing a cooker is the type of venting you want with your cooker hood. This will depend on your current installation, if you’ve never had a cooker hood before you can choose what you prefer.

External

External or vented hoods, extract smoke and grease from the kitchen via pipe which leads outside. This is the most long lasting and efficient option and is usually altogether less noisy.

Recirculate

Recirculation hood simply filters usually filters the air through a charcoal or carbon filter and there’s no external vent needed. However, these filters will only partially remove odours for a short time and will need to be cleaned or replaced.

KEY FEATURES

Extraction Rate

This is the speed at which the cooker hood can extract air. Most hoods are designed to have at least three set of speeds that range from a slow extraction to an intense speed to keep up with stubborn odours.

Noise

Cooker hoods will no doubt make noise so look out for the decibel rating as some are louder than others. To help you out, the decibel level of normal speech is between 60-65 dB so you can keep the conversations going when the cooker hood is in operation.

Lighting

Most hoods are made with an LED light that will help brighten up your cooking space so you can easily keep on track of your dishes. There are usually two or more lights and that more energy efficient and can last 10 times longer than halogen bulbs.

Power Boost

If you’re always cooking up a storm and need an extra bit extraction power, look for cooker hoods with a power boost feature. This will add a more powerful extraction power for a few minutes, during which it extracts up to an extra 100 m3 of air.

Auto timer

Some dishes provide stubborn lingering odours that take extra time to air out. This is where cooker hoods with an auto timer comes in handy by letting you set how long you want your hood to stay on for so you can get on with your day.

FAQs

Cooker hoods are constantly changing in size and features and with a wide a variety of types to choose from it can get very confusing and you might have some questions. Here are just a few of the most common questions you have answered.

What extraction rate do I need for the size of my kitchen?

For an ideal extraction rate simply look at the width of your hob and cooker first. Then measure your kitchen and multiply it by 10 to get your perfect extraction rate. It’s perfectly fine to get a cooker hood less than your calculation, this just means it’ll take a little longer to clear the room.

What if I have a range cooker - what size hood do I need?

Whatever cooker you have the cooker hood you choose should always be the same width as your hob or cooker. Any smaller will provide inefficient performance and might look off in terms of kitchen design.

Is recirculation more beneficial than extraction?

There’s no big advantage of recirculation, it’s just as good as if you vent out. Recirculation is just an option if you’re not able to duct outside.

Which grease filter do I need?

Whether you’re extracting or recirculating air, both need a grease filter. A carbon filter is only needed when your cooker hood is designed to recirculate air as this will remove any smoke and odour.

How often should I clean my grease filter?

If you’re a regular cook, you should aim to clean the grease filter once a month. The more grease you generate the more often you’ll need to maintain cleaning them.

How do I clean my cooker hood?

If your cooker hood surface is greasy you can use a clean cloth, warm water and washing up liquid. Don’t use solvents or aggressive cleaners as you could damage the finish on your hood.

There are various decisions to consider before purchasing a new appliance, such as price, brand, size and colour. However, energy efficiency is on the trend and it has become an important factor. Not only you will gain significant cost savings in the long run but it will also help reduce your carbon footprint.

As of 1st March 2021, the energy label rating system will use A to G rankings only instead of A+++ to D ratings as before. This new rating system applies to the following product groups:

Why Is This Change Happening?

Due to the development of more and more energy efficient products in the market which has resulted in making labels such as A++ and A+++ less obvious to the consumer, the EU energy label will enable consumers to distinguish clearly between the most energy efficient products.

What’s New?

  • QR Code - Providing instant access to product information
  • New Energy Classes - A simple A-G energy classification system
  • Simpler Consumption Usage - An easier way to understand energy consumption measurements

Category Specific Labels

Fridges & Freezers

Half of domestic refrigeration appliances placed on the market in 2014 could claim one of the top two energy ratings (A++ or A+++).

How will the changes help?

  • Fairer Rules - Which will be enforced through more realistic calculations.
  • Energy Saving - 10TWh of electricity per year by 2030.
  • Household Savings - European households will save an average of €100 in electricity over the lifetime of their new fridge or freezer.

Washing Machines & Washer Dryers

More than 55% of washing machines placed on the EU market are ranked A+++ on the label, hindering product differentiation.

How the changes will help?

  • Fairer Rules - Will be enforced through more realistic calculations.
  • Water Saving - 711 million m3 of water saved by 2030
  • Energy Saving - 2.5 TWh of electricity savings per year by 2030.
  • Household Savings - European households will avoid an average of €130 of electricity expenditure over the lifetime of their new washing machine.

Dishwashers

More than 60% of dishwashers placed on the EU market ranked A+++ or A++ on the label, making it difficult to differentiate between products.

How will the changes help?

  • Fairer Rules - Which will be enforced through more realistic calculations.
  • Water Saving - 16 million m3 of water by 2030.
  • Energy Saving - 2.1TWh of electricity per year by 2030.
  • Household Savings - European households will save an average of €60 in electricity over the lifetime of their new dishwasher.