Recommended Posts

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.

 

49._Falcon_Wharf.thumb.jpg.2f755f2c6f3eba4a679f018b30c06d9a.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

 

F

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

On 20/05/2019 at 14:57, 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 

  

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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 

Edited by Christine Walker
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We have a range cooker (gas hob / electric oven) at the moment. It has been a trusty workhorse which has done us well for 15 years but have gone for fan ovens and an induction hob in our new house. In terms of responsiveness, temperature control, features the latter seemed to win on an every score. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We both wanted a range cooker (rangemaster) but I wanted induction hob and she wanted gas, guess what we ended up with!!!!, and yes I do at least 50% of the cooking 🤔.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, joe90 said:

We both wanted a range cooker (rangemaster) but I wanted induction hob and she wanted gas, guess what we ended up with!!!!, and yes I do at least 50% of the cooking 🤔.

 

I know several die hard gas hob fans who've converted to induction and wouldn't go back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
21 minutes ago, Onoff said:

 

I know several die hard gas hob fans who've converted to induction and wouldn't go back.

 

I was converted when I went on a cookery course (not very successful), set the temp and it stayed exactly the temp you set it, no boiling over etc and it’s easy to clean the flat surface.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, joe90 said:

 

I was converted when I went on a cookery course (not very successful), set the temp and it stayed exactly the temp you set it, no boiling over etc and it’s easy to clean the flat surface.  

 

Pause function when the phone rings, pulse function to simmer, boost function. I'd say they're MORE controllable than gas.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to do repairs on behalf of the rangemaater group... I done pretty well out of it! 

On a plus side They where pretty efficient with sending the part out to us before 1st visit. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Onoff said:

 

I know several die hard gas hob fans who've converted to induction and wouldn't go back.

Thats me....never thought I would convert but totally won over by induction

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have always had gas, but after a visiting a cook school I was very impressed. I am seriously thinking about adding a domino gas job in utility or garage for some cooking .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Had a chat with the head chef of a large local tourist attraction.  His argument about not getting induction hobs was that they would have to buy new pots and pans.

I pointed out that you don't need to buy 'heavy' stuff with an induction hob as energy is spread across the base automatically.

One advantage in commercial catering is that the kitchen temperature is lower when using induction hobs.  This saves a lot of cash on calling out the fridge man.

As for eye level ovens, they are a good way to get burnt.  Top shelf no higher than your waist is the safest.

(I hate health and safety generally, but at work I am a real pain about it, have seen what a hand looks like after it has been in a fryer.  I was commended on my first aid skills though)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My wife hated our induction job for about 3 months Had we not of set it in a very large quarts Island We would have swapped the worktop and gone back to gas 

Six months on she loves it 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now