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Range cooker or a couple of fan ovens with sep hob?

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I have tried both but I am currently on a range cooker, which I quite like.  I don't like the bank of tall units fashion much.

 

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I agree that high ovens are not comfortable to use. Hot dishes are best dealt with closer to the ground :) We are very happy with our Smeg range cooker with induction hob.

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Range cooker is not a bad alternative if its a good quality product. In my experience very few products are well made and delivery the same quality & performance a built in ovens from a mainstream brand. Typically Mercury, Falcon, Lacanche, Bertazzoni are the better product. Most of the lower priced options are built to a price tag and not really great products.

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Personally I hate range cookers (grew up with an aga)  but it should be the choice of the person who is going to be using the equipment not what fashion dictates.

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53 minutes ago, Lucy Murray said:

Hi,

 

Range cooker or a couple of fan ovens with sep hob?

 

I would say either can work.

 

In a range cooker you may get more bang for the buck if it does what you want.

 

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1 hour ago, lizzie said:

Personally I hate range cookers (grew up with an aga)  but it should be the choice of the person who is going to be using the equipment not what fashion dictates.

 

1 hour ago, lizzie said:

Personally I hate range cookers (grew up with an aga)  but it should be the choice of the person who is going to be using the equipment not what fashion dictates.

 

1 hour ago, lizzie said:

Personally I hate range cookers (grew up with an aga)  but it should be the choice of the person who is going to be using the equipment not what fashion dictates.

 

1 hour ago, lizzie said:

Personally I hate range cookers (grew up with an aga)  but it should be the choice of the person who is going to be using the equipment not what fashion dictates.

With you there Lizzie Grew up with Range so seem very old fashioned 

My wife was quite specific 

Two high level Neff ovens 

Induction hob

I quite like the ovens up high in a bank 

At 6”4 I don’t have kneel on the floor to get at the oven Like I did at our previous home 

  

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2 hours ago, ryder72 said:

Typically Mercury, Falcon, Lacanche, Bertazzoni are the better product

 

We have Mercury - very expensive but it cooks fairly evenly.  My brother has Lacanche and it does not cook evenly, the control knobs get really hot and cannot be read and the auto ignite is either missing or broken.

 

Bertazzoni look fab but are poorly reviewed.

 

We used to have an Aga in a previous house. It was just crap to cook with - no control at all over the temperature, but at the time they were on trend.

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Mercury/Falcon are part of the Rangemaster group and I rate them highly.

 

I am surprised to hear of Lacanche as they are generally highly rated. Same with Bertazonni. As a retailer we dont generally deal with range cookers but if I had to supply one I would only deal with Mercury and Falcon. Too much headache with the other brands.

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I had a range in my last self build, went to eye level and a hob in the cottage which I hated so now back to a range again, both have been belling, last one was still in excellent order when I left it after 9 years so hopefully this one will be as good 

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Purely practical response:

 

1. Separate devices give you an option to upgrade or replace when you like. I understand good quality range cooker will last but will you be happy not having the latest bells and whistles features? Or replace the whole appliance if say an oven breaks down? 

 

2. I am happy to be corrected but I believe a modern electric hob is very easy to clean. A range cooker will inevitably have tiny gaps on the sides (unless sealed) and regardless the gas hob is always more hassle to clean. 

 

3. A choice of positions for your ovens: if you do want to put one reasonably high so that you don't need to kneel you can. Not so with a range cooker. 

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We have a Britannia dual fuel range (two electric ovens and six LPG rings). Now about 12 years old.

 

Had two elements warp/break, door seals come loose and a door hinge fail. However all the parts were readily available on the web and not too expensive. So yes I would buy one again.

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in the last house we had a nat gas rangemaster, it was 20yrs old when we moved out in january. was as good as the day it was bought and nothing went wrong in that time. don't know whether the quality is the same now though.

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As I want all-gas and it has to be LPG I get a very limited range of choices...

But I'm sure that Rangemaster/ Leisure/ Belling will all be just fine for us, the current Cannon LPG cooker didn't break the bank and still performs well twenty years on.

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