The 10 Best Cookers - June 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every cooker on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 2,060 cookers, 551 reviews and 18,800 prices. Last updated 16 June 2017.
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|Logo||Brand||Number of Cookers||Price Range||Average Rating|
|Rangemaster Cookers||91||£395 - £2,540|
|Belling Cookers||72||£139 - £1,428||81%|
|Smeg Cookers||62||£479 - £2,818||80%|
|Britannia Cookers||47||£1,199 - £4,729|
|Hotpoint Cookers||44||£220 - £1,300||89%|
|New World Cookers||36||£175 - £510||86%|
|Stoves Cookers||33||£400 - £1,999||89%|
|Zanussi Cookers||29||£245 - £1,020||89%|
|Beko Cookers||27||£199 - £390||87%|
|Leisure Cookers||23||£319 - £1,164|
|Indesit Cookers||20||£150 - £566||89%|
|Other Cooker Brands||145||£92 - £3,649|
Choosing The Best Cooker
A cooker is the central componant of many larger kitchens - they are usually made up of a freestanding oven, with a hob comprising of several burners on top. Their size mean that they have a sizable footprint in the kitchen, but can also be used to cook several dishes at once - making them invaluable for large families.
There are several different types and configurations of cooker, and your choice will be dictated largely by how much food you prepare on a regular basis, and whether you need the capacity for both oven cooking (such as baking cakes or pies) and hob cooking (such as boiling and frying).
The oven is the main section of a cooker, and is mainly used for baking, roasting and slow-cooking dishes. Most cookers will have a single oven with the hob placed on top - however some more expensive brands contain 2, 3 or even 4 ovens. In these cases there is usually one oven that is the larger 'main' oven (for cooking large dishes like turkeys or geese) and several smaller ovens.
The capacity of the oven(s) is extremely important since the larger the capacity, the bigger the dishes you can prepare. Oven capacity is measured in litres - we look both at the capacities of the individual ovens and the total capacity of the entire cooker to help you make an informed decision.
The hob is the second section of the cooker - a collection of hot plates or burners which allow several different dishes to be cooked at once. When comparing hobs on a cooker, it's important to look at the number of cooking zones (burners or hot plates) on the hob. Most cookers have 4 burners spaced evenly across the top of the machine - however some models have as few as 2, or as many as 7.
Another important consideration is whether to choose a gas or electric hob for your cooker. Both have advantages and disadvantages:
Gas Hob:Gas burners have no heat-up time, so are far quicker to use, and the heat levels are easier to control than electric. Gas flames tend to spread more evenly across the bottom of pans, meaning quicker heating and more even cooking. They are also cheaper to run than electric hobs, saving you money on daily use.
Electric Hob:Electric hot plates take time to heat up, and tend to have a far more concentrated heat radius, leading to uneven heat distribution with large pans. They are also more expensive to run than gas hobs - however they are easier to clean, and significantly easier to set up and use.
The power level of both the oven(s) and hob is an important consideration - the higher the power level, the faster and more efficiently food can be cooked. All our ovens and cookers are measured in watts (W).
All our cookers are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used during cooking, and the cheaper the cooker will be to run. Look for a cooker graded at A++ or above for the best efficiency in daily use.
Finally, there are a multitude of smaller features and functions to consider when choosing a cooker. These can involve safety features such as child locks and automatic shut-off systems and pre-programmed settings to make cooking popular dishes extremely easy. We also have cookers in a wide range of colours and styles, so you can match it perfectly to the design of your kitchen.
Cooker Retailers, Prices and Features
Cookers range in price from £89 to £5,519 and in total we found prices for 640 cookers. The average price of a new cooker is £1,053 and 80% of cookers are priced between £245 and £2,299. The TriStar OV-1442 is the cheapest cooker at only £90, and Britannia Delphi 120cm twin is the most expensive at £5,519.
Cooker Brands - Price Range
Britannia cookers start at £1,199 and the most expensive Britannia cooker costs £5,519. The average price of Britannia cookers is £3,307 which is the highest average price of all cooker brands.
The average price of Falcon cookers is £3,031 which is the second highest average price of all cooker brands. Falcon cookers start at £2,242 and the most expensive Falcon cooker costs £3,639.
Bertazzoni cookers start at £2,199 and the most expensive Bertazzoni cooker costs £3,299. The third highest average cooker price out of all brands is Bertazzoni cookers with an average price of £2,599.
Cooker Brands - Average Ratings
We have checked 2 expert reviews and 343 user reviews for cookers from across the internet and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of cooker. The top rated cooker brand is Hotpoint with an average rating of 93%. The second best brand is Zanussi with 92% and the third best brand is Cannon with 90%.
Biggest Cooker Retailers
The biggest cooker retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 419 current cooker offers from eBay. The second biggest cooker retailer is ao with 275 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than ao when it comes to cookers. Appliances Direct is the third biggest retailer with 269 current offers.
When Are Most New Cookers Released?
Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear trend in the release month for new cookers. In March 2016 56 new cookers were released making it the biggest month that year for new cooker releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new cooker releases was August, with 327 new cookers released that month. July was the biggest month in 2014 for new cookers, with 208 new cookers released that month.
How Fast Do Cooker Prices Drop After Release?
On average, in the first 6 months after release, cookers drop in price by 3%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £30 on a typical £1,053 new cooker by waiting 6 months before buying.
Total Oven(s) Interior Capacities
The space available inside the oven(s) for cooking food.
Comparing all cookers, the total oven(s) interior capacities range from 0.6L to 216L. The total oven(s) interior capacities of the majority of cookers range from 62L to 81L. The StovesRichmond 1100Ei has the biggest total oven(s) interior capacity. This cooker is a 216L Total oven(s) interior capacity cooker and sells for £979.99. The cooker with the smallest total oven(s) interior capacity is the StovesRichmond 1100Ei, which is an 18L Total oven(s) interior capacity cooker and currently retails for £139.00.
Comparing all cookers, the burners/cooking zones range from 1 to 8. The burners/cooking zones of the majority of cookers range from 4 to 5. The cooker with the most burner/cooking zone is the StovesSterling 1100DFT, which is an 8 burner/cooking zone cooker and is priced at £1,265.99. The StovesSterling 1100DFT has the least burner/cooking zone. This cooker is a 2 burner/cooking zone cooker and currently retails for £319.00.
Biggest Cooker Retailers
We found 419 current offers for cookers from eBay making it the biggest cooker retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, ao for whom we found 275 current offers for cookers. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Direct with 269 current cooker offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Cookers?
eBay most frequently has the cheapest cooker prices (found to be cheapest for 318 cookers).
Proportion of Cookers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
eBay most frequently has the cheapest cooker prices (found to be cheapest for 75.9% of its cookers).