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This article lists and describes the different types of cookers available in the UK.

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Almost every home will need a cooker of some description. However, the problem lies in what kind of cooker you actually choose for your home. Did you know that there are several different types of cookers available for the home? Let’s take a look.


Freestanding Cookers

Freestanding cookers, though not as popular as they once were, are still a highly popular choice for use in the home. A freestanding cooker is designed to fit in between gaps in the kitchen, usually in between work surfaces. Newer models are more advanced than the older designs and have been specifically engineered to cook food evenly. These types of cookers are usually quite small in order for them to fit into gaps.

Built In Ovens

The built in oven is a very popular choice for the modern kitchen. It offers a sleek look and a modern feel to the room. It is a permanent fixture, which many people seem to prefer to free standing cookers. You can purchase either a double or single built in oven, depending on the size of your kitchen, and you can either get them powered by electric or gas.


When it comes to hobs, it gets a little more complicated. This is because there are a few different types to be considered. For example, you can purchase hobs that are built into the work surface. These can either be sealed plate hobs, radiant rings, ceramic hobs, halogen hobs, or gas hobs. The problem here is that each different type has its own pros and cons. For more modern kitchens many people prefer sealed plate hobs.

Range Cookers

Range cookers are much larger than any of those mentioned above. Surprisingly, these cookers are becoming more popular than they have ever been before. Many people still like the old wood burning range cookers, whereas some people are in favour of the newer electric models. Something that makes range cookers appealing is that there are more cooking options available and different parts of the cooker can be used alongside, sometimes all at one time.

Gas Cookers

Gas cookers are typically very simple. They are not as popular as they once were, but many people still prefer them. When you want to cook something on the hob you simply light the gas and away you go. There are some advantages to cooking on a gas cooker. For example, you are able to heat food evenly due to the fact that the flames will lick the pan. For a lot of people, gas is a preferred method of cooking.

Electric Cookers

Now we come to the most well-known and widely used type of cooker, the electric cooker. Again, there are many good things about this type of cooker. For example, you have a lot more control over the cooking temperature with an electric cooker than you would with a gas one. However, some people find that the hobs are not equipped for even cooking.

Cookers for old people

Any type of cooker can be suitable for older people, but to find the best one there are some things you may want to consider. Are the dials and buttons all well labelled and easy to read? Does the cooker have a timer feature? One problem is that often people can keep cookers for very long periods. If you have had your cooker for more than 5 years you should get it inspected by an electrician or gas expert. If you have had it for more than 15-20 years you may want to think about getting a new cooker, as the current one could be both a health / fire risk and not environmentally friendly.

Cooker Manufacturers / Brands

The following is a list of the different manufacturers of cookers in the UK:

  • Baumatic
  • Beko
  • Belling
  • Bosch
  • Britannia
  • Bush
  • Candy
  • Cannon
  • Cuisinier
  • Flavel
  • Hoover
  • Hotpoint
  • Hygena
  • Indesit
  • Leisure
  • Neff
  • New World
  • Philips
  • Samsung
  • Siemens
  • Smeg
  • Stoves
  • Whirlpool

Useful Websites

A selection of websites that may be useful to someone looking for a cooker:

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