Choosing a Range Cooker

Choosing your range cooker 
OK - you're refitting your kitchen. You know roughly what the aesthetic will be. You have an idea of the carpentry style, the materials and the finish. Furniture is roughly decided on and you even know the lighting style you want to aim for. That just leaves what you're hoping will be the centrepiece of the room - the pressure cooker price So where do you start? Range cookers come in an array of styles, shapes and sizes, and are available to suit a variety of budgets. Fuel types vary from traditional gas through to modern induction models. So, first things first...

The budget 
The cost of a range cooker varies dramatically from an entry level model by Flavel at around £600, through to a mammoth cooking unit from high end French manufacturer Lacanche weighing in at a hefty £12000. Generally though, £2000 will buy you an excellent range cooker that will be of a high build quality and offer enough cooking features to keep the most demanding home chef satisfied. Rangemaster or Stoves, both UK manufacturers, fall into this category and produce well renowned cookers that are extremely serviceable, well built and look good.

Slightly higher end cooker manufacturers such as Falcon and Britannia span the gap between domestic and commercial, and offer cooking features usually found in restaurant kitchens such as rotisseries and chef top griddles. Build quality steps up a notch too, with thickness of materials and quality of finish being paramount.

At the upper end of the scale reside monolithic cookers from GE Monogram and Lacanche. These are generally hand built using the highest quality materials - heavy gauge steel, cast iron and solid brass - and offer a comprehensive array of useful high end cooking features. Cookers at this level offer the same cooking power as commercial models and indeed can be found in the homes of many famous chefs.