Buying a range cooker is a decision made as much with the heart as with the head. This is an appliance to build your kitchen around, creating a stunning focal point and offering unbeatable functionality for the keen cook and busy family home. Their large size – from 90-150cm wide or more – makes them ideal for feeding a crowd as they can incorporate two to four generous ovens, with warming drawers and a separate high-powered grill.
Heat storage ranges, like the Aga, are the traditional models, made from cast iron and using their ‘stored heat’ to warm the kitchen. They can run on electricity, gas, oil or solid fuel, and some versions also heat water.
Modern range cookers are built and operate more like a conventional cooker. The cordon-bleu extras might include multifunction ovens or gas hobs with griddles or wok burners. ‘A range with an induction hob is an efficient choice, and some models now offer self-clean pyrolytic liners,’ says Wai San Hon, Assistant Brand Manager, Rangemaster. The newest models fire up only when needed, and can even be controlled from a smart phone.
Classic, country and modern – there’s a range cooker design for every scheme, in a wide choice of colours and finishes. Take a look at our pick of the best range cookers to help you cook like a professional, while adding character and soul to your home.
Make your cooker the focus of your kitchen with the stylish black Stoves Richmond 900DFT Dual Fuel Range Cooker. With a large oven capacity and fantastic features, you’ll be creating fantastic meals in no time. 5-burner gas hob including wok burner; One multifunction oven and one fan oven with separate grill; Programmable main oven. Easy-clean enamel. H90 W90 D60cm.
Admired for its iconic looks and durable build, this stunning range cooker will sit at the heart of your kitchen, providing a striking focal point. The classic Victoria design has a modern edge thanks to the induction hob. A bonus feature on this model is the Circulaire fan heating feature on the main oven which cooks food quicker, saving both time and energy. 63 Litre capacity. H88.5 W110 D60cm.
This stylish multifunctional cooker offers the best of both worlds with an electric oven and a gas stove-top burner for instant heat. A great safety feature, should the flame on your hob ever go out, the gas supply will automatically be cut. The main oven offers a 52L capacity. H87 W99.5 D60cm.
This wide-format dual-fuel range cooker is a true masterpiece of culinary creativity. In a striking red finish with chrome trim, the Bertazzoni Professional Series hosts a range of features and functions for the aspiring chef. This stunning modern design features a cooktop with six gas burners, two ovens and an A rating for energy efficiency. H89 W99.5 D60cm.
This sleek stainless silver range cooker looks fresh from a professional chef’s kitchen but at a fraction of the price. The generous single oven capacity is as practical as it is stylish. This multifunctional Hotpoint range cooker has a 68-litre usable capacity, five gas burners, electronic clock, variable grill and combined oven – our verdict, great value for money. Cast iron. H90 W90 D60cm.
If you live for a Sunday roast with extended family, then this oven could be the one for you! Talk about colossal capacity, the main oven compartment hosts a large capacity of 80L ideal for meat joints, with the second conventional oven offering 67L for all your roast pots and vegetables. In addition to its great energy A rating and outstanding size this oven is a visual delight in an on-trend kitchen shade of Blueberry. H94.5 W99 D70cm.
Whether you want a modern marvel or a traditional workhorse, nothing turns a house into a home more than a range cooker. This Rangemaster oven’s impressive width will accommodate the largest of baking dishes. This design boasts five gas hobs, a glide-out grill, multifunctional left and right ovens and is A-rated for energy efficiency. Cranberry colour way. H93 W100 D61.1cm.
This stylish range cooker features a 108-litre multifunction maxi oven with variable grill, 35-litre conventional second oven with grill, triple ring wok burner and five cast-iron pan supports. H85.7 W90 D60cm.
This smart stainless steel 100cm wide cooker has seven burners including wok burner, two gas conventional ovens, separate grill, plus storage compartments. The cost is low for an oven with this spec, a great option for those wanting style and excellence without blowing the budget. H90 W99.6 D60cm.
This slimline design is perfect for those short on space, not wanting to compromise on the dream of cooking with a classic range cooker. Compact in size but mighty this Leisure electric cooker has 2 ovens. The main is a fan-assisted oven offering a 56 litre capacity, the smaller has an integrated grill with a 35 litre capacity. The power supply’s electric, so no gas mains required – making it an easier installation option. Energy efficiency rating A. H90 W60 D60cm.