How to Choose a Cooker for Your Kitchen
Posted 12/05/2014 by BrightHouse Team
Choosing a new cooker for your kitchen can be as important as choosing a bed for your bedroom, or a sofa for your sitting room. It’s worth taking some time to figure out exactly what you want from your new cooker, and how it will complement your kitchen.
But don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start, as we’ve put together a simple guide describing the different features available to make it easier for you to find your perfect cooker.
One of the most important things you need to know before choosing a cooker is what size it must be. Cookers come in a few basic sizes, specifically widths, to suit the available space in a kitchen. Standard cookers usually come in either 50cm or 60cm options, with 60cm being the one you’ll find in most kitchens. There are also larger versions available known as range cookers. These are usually around 100cm wide, and have multiple ovens and a large hob, so are a great stand-out feature if you have the space and do a lot of cooking.
Measure the width of your current cooker, or the space where you want your new one to go, to determine the size you need. Most fitted kitchens will have been designed to accommodate a specific size of cooker, so it should be easy to find out.
Solid – This style of electric hob features traditional solid plates for heating individual pots and pans. They are simple to use and easy to clean, and represent excellent value for money.
Ceramic – This type of hob has a smooth, easy-to-clean surface with electric rings that quickly heat up pans. The controls are often built into the surface itself with touch sensitive buttons and hob hot warning lights. This is a very popular style of hob and is included in a wide choice of cookers.
Induction – An induction hob heats the pans rather than the surface, so the hob itself doesn’t actually get hot. The surface is smooth and easy to clean, and spilled food won’t burn onto it. This type of hob only works with certain pans, however, such as cast iron or stainless steel, but many ovens with induction hobs often come with their own set of pans.
Double oven – This is a common oven arrangement featuring two separate compartments, usually a full size one with a smaller oven and/or grill above. These can work independently so you can cook different things at different temperatures at the same time.
Fan – A fan oven means the heat is more evenly distributed, meaning that everything should cook at the same rate no matter where you place it in the oven compartment. Most modern cookers include this feature in the main oven.
Conventional – This is a more traditional type of oven that doesn’t contain a fan, and will usually form the secondary compartment in a double oven arrangement, often along with a built-in grill.
Most modern cookers include many useful features to make your life easier, such as timers, or self cleaning ovens.
A built-in timer makes it easier to cook things for the correct length of time thanks to a reminder buzzer. A fully programmable timer can even operate the oven, so it comes on and switches off by itself.
A self cleaning oven means it has catalytic liners in the oven compartment, which burn off any spilled or splashed food so it can be easily cleaned off without lots of scrubbing.
Another thing to take into account is the energy rating of the oven, as lower grades will use up more electricity, impacting on your bills if you use it frequently.
You can take a look at the range of cookers available at BrightHouse here: www.brighthouse.co.uk/cookers
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Kim Mellor said:
We went into your store in crewe and wanted to purchase a refurbished range cooker. Thought you should know that we left without making a purchase as the sales assistant refused to sell it to us as she quoted that it is law that we have to pay the store to deliver and install. As we require to take the appliance to our home in France we explained this was not an option and we would just like to purchase outright and collect. The response was we could not purchase the item and why do we not try Currys, alternatively pay and have it installed and then disconnect it to take it with us to France. We have a fitted kitchen and no where to install it in the uk and why would we want to install something we do not need to use here. We walked away shocked and totally bewildered that we had just been in shop and told we could no buy what was on sale. I would appreciate a response as to why you can purchase from every electrical shop new or refurbished without installation apart from yours. We look forward to hearing from you