Best Cooker 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Your cooker is the centrepiece of your kitchen and your home. Go for an oven model and design that will complement your house, but don’t forget that you’ll also want one that’s easy to use.

You don’t want an annoying oven door or poorly fitted hobs to get in the way of you cooking and having fun in the kitchen.

Whether you decide to go for a gas cooker, an expensive range cooker, or a budget electric one– read our expert reviews for all the top features and oven brands you should be looking out for.

The Best Cookers – Our Top Picks

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AEG CKB6540ACM Dual Fuel Cooker
  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60.9cm
  • Capacity: Main Cavity 79L/Second 40L
  • Fuel Type: Electric oven, Gas hob
  • Energy Rating: A/A
  • Other Features: Automatic safety shut off, Timer
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Zanussi ZCV69068XE Electric Ceramic Cooker
  • Dimensions: 98 x 63.5 x 68cm
  • Capacity: Main Cavity 73L/Second 39L
  • Fuel Type: Electric
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Catalytic liners, Moist fan baking
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Cannon by Hotpoint CH60GCIK
  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60cm
  • Oven Capacity: Main 77L/Second 32L
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Energy Rating: A+/A
  • Other Features: Flame failure safety device, Glass lid
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Best Electric Cookers

Electric models tend to be some of the cheapest appliances around and they offer a simple and streamlined cooking experience. Easy to use and safe to run, electric models compromise of a range of different oven and hob technologies and designs.

You can often get three forms of electric hob with these cookers. Solid plate tops are still commonly found on the budget models, and while they are the least energy efficient and take the longest time to heat, they are still reliable options. Ceramic hobs are popular because they are easy to clean and control and they look streamlined. By heating up the ceramic glass surface efficiently, ceramic hobs tend not to waste energy. Taking ceramic hob technology to the next level are induction hobs that only heat up the pans surface thanks to their magnetic technology. Pricier than other hobs, induction hobs are taking the kitchen appliance world by storm thanks to their precision.

Zanussi ZCV69068XE Electric Ceramic Cooker

A freestanding oven for all of you out there who find that getting an appliance which can handle your baking is essential.

There is a generous amount of settings and functions included, such as the PlusSteam moist fan baking function which can ensure your cakes, bread and muffins all come out of the oven wonderfully soft and just as they should be. It adds the right amount of steam to the chamber before you pop in the goods, so the outer is crisp too.

The main oven is fan controlled and the second is conventional, so whatever your desired results there is a chamber which can help you out. Both have a very good capacity too, so if one of your main concerns is space as you love to make big meals, you’re covered.

You get two shelves included, and there are five positionings in the main oven, so plenty of scope to expand on this. A minute reminder will let you relax while the oven is at work, ticking down until it is all ready.

Catalytic liners make cleaning the oven a lot easier as nothing should stick or burn on; just give it a wipe occasionally. They absorb the grease and splashes, destroying them, so you don’t have to.

For safety, there is a hot hob indicator, so you know not to touch anything with residual heat. These zones are ceramic, so heat much faster than your traditional electric solid hotplates.

We think it is a good price for an appliance which has so many features, is so generous in capacity and room, and is overall very reliable and well-built. Not just one for the Mary Berry wannabes, either.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 98 x 63.5 x 68cm
  • Capacity: Main Cavity 73L/Second 39L
  • Fuel Type: Electric
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Catalytic liners, Moist fan baking

We like

  • Easy to clean
  • Efficient and fast hob

We dislike

  • Control dials are rather bulky and take away from look a bit

Final Verdict

Adapted and packed with features to help you get tasty treats - Bake Off would be proud of this oven

Essentials CFSEWH18 Electric Solid Plate Cooker

A single oven with an integrated grill, which is perfect if you need something plain and simple but which offers reliable results.

The oven is conventional, where heat rises from the bottom, ensuring evenly cooked food. It is particularly great at pizzas, meat and cakes, where you need crisp outers but moist inside. There is also the grill, which opens up the possibilities a little – everyone loves a bit of cheese on toast to tide them over before dinner.

All of the heat stays firmly within the cooking chamber thanks to the double glazed window on the door. This also allows you to watch the progress without opening the door periodically, which we all know results in a drop in temperature, longer cooking times and a faceful of steam.

It is rated A for energy, so won’t make a painful impact on your bills or the planet. Access to the oven is from a door which pulls down, which will appeal to anyone who doesn’t like side doors for space or difficulty.

As there is only one chamber for both the grill and oven, it may not be the best for large families or households where a few foods need to be on the go at the same time. It also doesn’t come with the power lead, which is a little strange but can easily be remedied with the help of a professional installation.

All in all, it is a good price for an item which offers a lot of opportunities and for anyone who wants something which purely does the job.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 50 x 60cm
  • Capacity: 55L
  • Fuel Type: Electric
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Enamel coating

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We like

  • Good for small kitchens
  • Price
  • Dials are easy to turn and figure out

We dislike

  • No power lead

Final Verdict

Very basic, but this will actually appeal to many out there. No frills, just good food

Zanussi ZCV66060XE Electric Ceramic Cooker

Thanks to the two ovens and integrated upper grill, there is plenty of scope to get your meal components cooked at the same time without having to cram it all in. Plus, it’ll be evenly cooked as well which is down to the fan distributing heat across all levels equally.

The main oven is quite a generous capacity, so it should be easy to accommodate anything from a huge casserole to the Christmas Day turkey. To match, there is also a large baking tray included so you won’t struggle to find one which is the perfect fit. In fact, it is 25% larger than your standard ones you’d be able to find elsewhere.

With a triple-glazed window, you’ll be able to view your food as it cooks without continually opening the door and letting the heat escape. No more burnt chips or facefuls of steam.

The control knobs feel a bit plastic-y, but they turn well and smoothly for good control. The overall design is very pleasing and modern, perfect for any kitchen layout or design.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 89.4-91.2 x 60 x 60.9 cm
  • Capacity: Main Cavity 77L/Second 39L
  • Fuel Type: Electric
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Triple-glazed window

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We like

  • Grill pan and deep dripping pan included
  • Good, even cooking
  • Clear viewing window

We dislike

  • Would like some extras for price (e.g. timer or LED screen)

Final Verdict

Double oven cookers are a great addition to any household which is always struggling for oven space, and this particular model has plenty of room for the largest of meals, cooked to perfection. The price is justified.

Swan SX1011W

One of the more cheap and cheerful cookers we have reviewed that are available, but that isn’t to say it is any less impressive.

This Swan number really is a budget must-have. We love how it fits the classic silhouette and doesn’t mess about with any unnecessary extra features which can be a fiddle to work.

There are four hobs, two of which are rapid heat zones so you don’t have to wait around for them to heat just to boil some pasta. One chamber accommodates both the 60L capacity oven and high-performance grill, so while you can’t use both at the same time, they are still fabulous standalone additions.

Enamel interior means it is easy to clean, and the glass door pane is removable when that needs a wipe too. As it is clear glass, you can easily check on the progress of your meal. You get height adjustable feet so it will blend in with your worktops or sit on uneven surfaces, and 3 wire shelves and a grill pan set are included.

Overall, it is straightforward and no fuss. Good if you’re on a budget or want to avoid all the talk of smart ovens/a million features/touch screen operation etc etc.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 50 x 60 cm
  • Capacity: 60L
  • Fuel Type: Electric
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Easy clean enamel interior, 2 rapid heat zones hob

We like

  • Good capacity
  • Adjustable height
  • Large window for great visibility
  • 3 wire shelves and grill pan set included
  • 4 zone hob with 2 rapid heat zones

We dislike

  • You don't get a 'wow' factor
  • Temperature dial is a bit hard to get to grips with

Final Verdict

A fantastic all-rounder, this is cheap and cheerful design at its best.

Beko KDC653W

Beko have given us a great quality electric double cooker for people who don’t care about flashy design.

This oven and hob combo might not be the nicest to look at, but it does what it should. With a good energy efficiency rating and a nice ceramic hob, you can’t go far wrong for this price.

Inside the top oven, you will find a full-width grill. You can use this at the same time as using the bottom oven if you have a full meal on the go. Everything is controlled by touch buttons, and the display makes it simple to see how long you have left, and what time it is set to.

As the main oven is fan assisted, heat is evenly distributed. There is a 69L capacity and two wire shelves, so everything will fit nicely. Cleaning is easy thanks to the internal enamel coating so an occasional wipe will suffice. It may not be the prettiest, but the white/black and stainless steel combination still makes it an attractive fit for any kitchen decor.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60cm
  • Capacity: Main 69L/Second 36L
  • Fuel Type: Electric
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Timer

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We like

  • Generous capacities
  • Minute timer for precise cooking
  • Rapid heating ceramic hob for fast cooking

We dislike

  • Not the prettiest design

Final Verdict

The design is on the basic side for the price, but the functionality makes up for this and we love the flat ceramic hob which makes cleaning a doddle and spills simple to clear.

Best Gas Cookers

Gas appliances are loved by some, hated by others. Gas ovens can sometimes heat up unevenly, but gas hobs hold a certain allure. Gas is seen as a more authentic way of cooking because you can actually see the naked flame, and it’s also still the cheapest fuel.

Cannon by Hotpoint CH60GCIK

A model which will look great in any kitchen. This gas oven is available in both black or white, meaning you can pick the style which suits your decor the best and enjoy the power it gives you.

The main conventional oven is perfect for baking and thoroughly cooking deep-dish foods such as pies or bakes, as the heat rises. This makes it hotter at the top, and also ensures all parts of the dish are cooked. The second chamber is also conventional, but comes equipped with a grill setting too.

Because there are two sections, there is plenty of room to get everything done. You could even use the grill and oven simultaneously. Both doors are double glazed, which keeps the heat in the oven and also makes the glass cooler to touch, to prevent nasty accidents.

If life often gets on top of you and distracts you from the important tasks, there is a minute minder timer which will alert you when the job is done. A handy display screen also tells you how long you have left.

The only negative we would point out is that the hob burners are rather large, so small pans or items such as coffee makers have to be used on the lowest heat, which can cause issues with time. If you usually use large pans for cooking for all the family, it shouldn’t be a problem, but anyone who lives alone or often cooks with small pans may want to consider this.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60cm
  • Oven Capacity: Main 77L/Second 32L
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Energy Rating: A+/A
  • Other Features: Flame failure safety device, Glass lid

We like

  • Two chambers are a large size
  • Looks the part
  • Nice clear controls

We dislike

  • Hob areas are quite large

Final Verdict

Loads of reviews state it has been going for years, works time and time again without any issues or failings and the style is top notch. A great pick for those busy cooks

Hotpoint Newstyle HARG60K

From the Hotpoint and Jamie Oliver partnership comes this double gas oven. With an A+/A energy rating, it will be kind to your bills as well as your meals.

The main conventional gas oven will give you an easy chamber to make dishes such as casseroles and cakes. Because the heat rises from the bottom to the top, they will be thoroughly cooked yet crisped as it is hotter at the top.

There is also a second chamber. This is where the grill is, which will open up your culinary opportunities.

If there are splatters and spills, the catalytic liners will absorb them and then the heat will allow them to be wiped away once cooled. This will keep it looking as good as new. However, the standout in our opinion is the slow cooker function, which allows you to make stews, casseroles and other dishes with ease over a long period yet let you quickly warm plates too.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60cm
  • Capacity: First Cavity 81L/Second Cavity 32L
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Energy Rating: A+/A
  • Other Features: Flame failure safety device, Electronic clock/Minute minder

We like

  • Good price
  • Nice and easy to clean
  • Slow cooker function
  • Great size cavities

We dislike

  • Gas hob can go out if oven door is closed too hard

Final Verdict

The hundreds of glowing reviews out there for this product are a great sign that this is an oven for everyone and every need

Hotpoint HUG61X Ultima Gas

An attractive silver gas model from Hotpoint, this is perfect for anyone who loves the power and ease of gas but finds safety is a key concern. This stainless steel all-in-one offers a compact alternative to more expensive gas range cookers.

Cooking with gas is extremely rewarding thanks to the easy temperature control and fine tuning ability. With the HUG61X, ignition is done with just one hand, by turning and pushing the control knob. Great if you’re stirring something else with the other hand. This also increases safety because it can’t be knocked on accidentally.

The oven has a timer, which not only offers perfect results and precision but also turns it off when done. We have all left the oven on after using it and only realised when we are doing the washing up. Those will be days of the past.

It still has all the basics though – catalytic cleaners break down any fat and grease which has been burnt on. Just wipe it afterwards once it is cool. A capacity of 109L in total will keep even the biggest of families in check, and the variable grill can be set to full or half width. Plus there is high energy ratings. Essentially, you’ll never use more energy than you need to and it is very purse-friendly to run.

 

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90.7 x 59.5 x 62.2cm
  • Capacity: Main 77L/Second 32L
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Energy Rating: A+
  • Other Features: Catalytic liners, Countdown timer

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We like

  • Slow cook setting for juicy stews and roasts
  • Heats quickly
  • Minute minder
  • Heavy glass lid for cleanliness and safety

We dislike

  • Flames can seem strong on lower settings
  • Individual pan supports can move about a bit

Final Verdict

A good solid appliance that will fit in with any kitchen design. There are plenty of features to keep you going, and it makes safety a priority which is pretty priceless.

Electra SG50B Gas Cooker

Our pick for the best budget gas cooker, if you’re looking for this specific energy source yet don’t want to spend the earth.

The main oven is conventional, where the heat rises from the base, which makes it perfect for baking and long roasts. It is also rated A for energy, so you aren’t going to see your bills leap up, no matter how much you use it.

There is a grill function too, for when you need to make some crispy bacon for a BLT or finish off a lasagne with a crispy topping. The hob features four burners, which are all nice and roomy so can be used at the same time if you’re cooking a big meal, and the pan supports are both sturdy and simple to keep clean.

It looks very basic, hence the budget price. There’s no digital display, the knobs are very plastic and it is quite a dull black colour. But it still has all the essentials, such as flame failure safety, an LPG convert kit and the ceramic interior to keep it clean. All of the settings are clearly labelled, and the flame quality of the oven is fab so you probably won’t need it on as high as your previous model.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 50 x 60cm
  • Capacity: 51L
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Flame failure safety device

We like

  • Very easy to use
  • Price
  • Burners are powerful

We dislike

  • Grill only has one power setting
  • Only one cavity

Final Verdict

A brilliant gas cooker for the price. It lacks a few luxuries and is only one chamber, but if you just want something basic and small which does the job without any fuss, you can't go wrong for under £200

Belling FS50GTCL 50cm Gas Cooker

A great traditional pick, yet the stainless steel finish gives it that modern twist needed for today’s cooking spaces.

The conventional main oven allows heat to rise, and it stays at the top to make this section hotter. This is perfect if you want to make dishes such as casseroles or pasta bakes which can struggle getting thoroughly heated yet need to be crisped on the top.

The second section is a grill, which gives you the finishing touches of your dishes but also lets you make cheese on toasts or bacon. You get a grill pan and drip tray included.

Because both chambers are separate, you won’t have to fight for oven space if you need to make several meals at once. The grease-proof enamel coating on the main cavity will protect it from any spills or burns, so you can wipe it clean regularly to keep it clean.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 50 x 60cm
  • Capacity: Main Cavity 35L/Second Cavity 19L
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Automatic safety shut off

We like

  • Light to check on food without opening door
  • Push button ignition
  • Easy to clean

We dislike

  • Grill isn't the strongest

Final Verdict

Good value for money and perfect for anyone who often needs the grill and oven at once

Indesit I6GG1W Single Oven

A dual fuel model that offers you the best of both worlds, this Indesit offers great control and brilliant accuracy.

There are four burners to give you plenty of space when boiling your veg, and the two pan supports fit really nicely to make using the pans comfortable and not risk any movement.

Monitoring your food in the oven is made easy with the glass door pane and interior light. It is a 58L capacity too, which will suit small families or singles perfectly. There is also a minute minder which will tick down and let you know when time is up. No more burnt chips.

Need to grill instead? It is full width, so everything will be done in one batch. A grill pan is included so you don’t have to search high and low to find the perfect fit. The overall energy efficiency is B, which is low compared to the commonly found A/A or A+ ratings of other modern picks. But at the end of the day it won’t add a noticeable amount to your bills and running costs.

It is cheap and easy to control. It is easy to keep clean and the stainless steel will fit into any kitchen. Overall, it isn’t the standout in every category but the sheer amount of functions and quality control certainly makes it a worth addition to our review list.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60 cm
  • Capacity: 59L
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Energy Rating: B
  • Other Features: Countdown timer, Easy-clean enamel

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We like

  • Automatic ignition
  • Large storage drawer
  • Enamel interior for easy cleaning
  • Minute minder

We dislike

  • Small oven capacity
  • Lower end of the energy efficiency scale for modern picks

Final Verdict

Less energy-efficient than other models we’ve featured, but this is still a great dual fuel from Indesit for those who don’t need a lot of cooking space on a daily basis

Best Dual Fuel Cookers

Dual fuel cookers give you the perfect balance between the best cooking fuel for the job. They are often electric cooking chambers, with a gas hob, which is widely seen as the best of both worlds.

AEG CKB6540ACM Dual Fuel Cooker

Modern yet a classic look too, this AEG cooker is not only energy efficient, but makes cooking whatever you fancy ever so easy.

The main oven is conventional, so the heat rises from the bottom. This doesn’t only mean that dishes are thoroughly cooked, but it is also perfect for things such as garlic bread or baking cakes where the base needs to be crispy but the insides moist and softer. It also means those dishes which need to be a bit crispier at the top, such as pasta bakes, are sorted without having to transfer them to the grill.

If you do want to grill anything though, just move it to the second cavity where you will find an electric grill. As the two are split, it makes it a perfect oven for anyone who always has to adjust their timings or keep something warm while another food type cooks if you currently only have one chamber.

Nobody loves cleaning their appliances, which makes the catalytic liner on this model so perfect. No grease or grime will be absorbed, so it is there to wipe away once the unit cools. You get a glass lid for protecting the hob when it isn’t in use, and an electric clock/minute minder will ensure you can remove the dishes without relying on watching the clock. It isn’t LPG convertible, so bear this in mind if you don’t have mains gas as there may be extra costs included.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60.9cm
  • Capacity: Main Cavity 79L/Second 40L
  • Fuel Type: Electric oven, Gas hob
  • Energy Rating: A/A
  • Other Features: Automatic safety shut off, Timer

We like

  • Automatic ignition
  • Isofront glazed doors to keep them cool to touch
  • Extra large baking tray included

We dislike

  • No fan assistance cooking

Final Verdict

The price is a little on the higher side, but the opportunities are endless. It is nice and roomy, and energy efficient to run

Belling Farmhouse60DF 60cm Dual Fuel Cooker

If you want the classic range look but in the handy space-saving form of a standard cooker, then look no further than this dual fuel model.

Not only is it from range masters Belling, but the colours are classic. Choose from black, cream or our personal favourite hot jalapeno to really add a touch of colour and country vibes to your cooking space.

There are two chambers. The first is an electric fan option which circulates the air thoroughly throughout the compartment. This is great for ‘al forno’ dishes such as lasagnes or cottage pies, which have several layers and may need to be placed on a lower or higher shelf.

We love the slow cooker function too. It will cook the oven contents at lower temperatures and for longer times, putting all of the hard work in regarding getting the balance. This would make it a fabulous option for anyone who loves casseroles, stews and other slow cooker classics, but doesn’t have the room for storing all of those separate small appliances.

Oriental cuisine is also possible; one of the hobs is a large PowerWok burner, which is larger than the others and also more powerful and reaches higher temperatures for the quick flash frying required. When you’re done with the meal prep, if there has been any splashes or spills in the oven, they will only be on the surface thanks to the ceramic enamel interior, which is anti-stick so you can just wipe it clean.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60cm
  • Capacity: Main Cavity 65L/Second Cavity 37L
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Energy Rating: A/A
  • Other Features: Automatic fafety shut off

We like

  • Great colours
  • Easy to keep clean and looking like new
  • Defrost and slow cooker features
  • Silent even on fan settings

We dislike

  • No interior light in second grill cavity

Final Verdict

A fabulously stylish mini-range type cooker, which is user-friendly and very simple to keep clean and maintain

SMEG Concert SUK61MX9

A spacious multifunctional cooker with loads of room for all your food, whether you cook for a large family, batch make for the week or love your baking.

There are loads of programmes, so you can really narrow the choice of setting down and perfect your food. Circulaire technology ensures even heat distribution around the whole chamber, for a perfect cook throughout. The temperature should also be more accurate than some rivals.

On top of this, you can cook different dishes at the same time without the flavours and smells transferring. When you’re done, the vapour release function cleans any burnt on grime by releasing it from the surface, where it is then simple to wipe away once cooled.

The clear LED control screen shows the timer and how long your dinner has left, and there is a four burner gas hob which gives quick yet reliable results. One ring is suitable for use with a wok as it reaches high temperatures and is ultra rapid, so you can cook some Oriental dishes too.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 91.5 x 60 x 60cm
  • Capacity: 70L
  • Fuel Type: Gas hob, Electric oven
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Flame failure safety device, Automatic safety shut off

We like

  • Super easy to keep clean
  • Storage drawer at bottom for pans and plates
  • Stylish stainless steel design

We dislike

  • Only comes with one oven shelf

Final Verdict

There is only one shelf and the fan can be a little noisy, but the results are top-notch and it is really easy to get the hang of and use

Cannon by Hotpoint CH60DPXFS Dual Fuel

Offering versatility and the best options for every cooking eventuality, this Hotpoint dual fuel model is great for any households which cook a range of dishes.

The main electric fan oven is great for those larger meals, as it allows the heat to circulate better and results in more thorough cooking. Just what you need if you always find your lasagne to be far too crispy on the top but not done enough in the middle. It also makes it great if you want to cook two dishes at once as the flavours won’t transfer, so your homemade apple pie won’t have a roast beef joint taste to it.

Conventional cooking is great for those quicker cooks, and this can be found in the second smaller chamber. There is also a full-width Solarplus grill. If you’re wondering what that is, simply put it means that it is a little quicker and more energy efficient than your standard grill.

Catalytic liners are in place to reduce the amount you have to scrub the oven every month – a wipe down when cool should do the trick. It is fast to warm up, and the cast iron hob supports are sturdy and give a safe base to all your pots and pans. We love the style, which has hints of a range cooker design, and the fact we can’t find a bad word to say basically says it all!

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60cm
  • Capacity: Main Cavity 65L/Second 35L
  • Fuel Type: Gas hob/Electric chambers
  • Energy Rating: B/B
  • Other Features: Electronic programmable timer, Cooling fan

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We like

  • Good capacity
  • Results of cooking are great
  • Style

We dislike

  • Stainless steel so every little mark shows up - but we are being picky

Final Verdict

High quality and packed with everything cooks need, from easy dials to lights in both oven chambers. If the oven is the central aspect to your kitchen, then this model will slot right in

Hotpoint HUD61K Ultima S Dual Fuel Cooker

If you’re after a freestanding, dual fuel cooker around 60cm in width to fit your kitchen, then this Hotpoint Ultima should be a big consideration.

A roomy 65L oven chamber should be big enough to accommodate your bakes, cakes and roasts, and a separate grill compartment means you can use both at the same time.

The four burner gas hob comes equipped with a glass lid for when it isn’t in use, which can also act as a splashback when it is up against a wall. Moving pans around on the hob means the stands can get a bit wobbly as there are four as opposed to two large ones, so be careful.

The knobs were a bit different in the fact that their function was written underneath, rather than some form of image or drawing. It would be better if it were above each dial for easier viewing. For the grill, getting the hang of which way round you turn for full and half grill is a bit confusing.

They’re also set a bit of an odd way round, not the most intuitive layout so that all takes a little while to get the hang of. But once that part is done, actually turning them is fine and easy.

Despite its downsides, the heat is very generous, and it seems to cook the food well. They are all things you can adapt to, rather than issues which take away the enjoyment of the cooking.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 60cm
  • Capacity: Main Cavity 65L/Second 35L
  • Fuel Type: Gas hob/Electric oven
  • Energy Rating: A
  • Other Features: Automatic ignition

We like

  • Size
  • Handles for doors are good to grip and control
  • Simple to keep clean

We dislike

  • None of the burners can be turned low enough for a simmer
  • Timer bell is not very loud

Final Verdict

Thousands of people have bought it and given it 5* reviews so it is a popular model and will look great in any kitchen.

Cooker Buying Guide

Your stove is the heart of your home. Whether you want an expensive Aga, or are happy with a budget electric option, choosing your oven and hobs is going to be one of your most important home appliance buys.

Cookers generally comprise of an oven (or two), with hobs on top for fast cooking. They can be powered by gas or electric, but they can also be dual fuel (a combination of gas hobs with an electric, fan or multifunction oven). Cookers come with a range of hob technologies, from high-tech induction to traditional gas.

When you are buying an appliance, make sure you invest in a quality appliance that won’t guzzle energy. It’s a good idea to read reviews and see what other people really thought, as there may be hidden usability issues caused by an awkward design (hot oven doors, awkward hob controls etc). Security features like automatic pan recognition and child locks are also well worth investing in.

These days you can also get stylish built-in ovens that sit within kitchen units, fuelling the need for people to buy separate hobs. Dividing the traditional appliance in two gives people a more flexible kitchen design, but all-in-one options are still probably more cost-effective and remain popular.

What Is The Difference Between A Cooker And An Oven?

An oven refers to the cooking chamber part of the appliance – a cooker is made up of of both an oven and the hobs on top. It is a larger unit than an oven.

What Makes For A Good Cooker?

When you are buying a new model, look for the following features:

  • Not only looks good, but has a quality finish and design to it that will stand the test of time
  • Favour energy efficient models (A rated) with good insulation (triple glazing is good)
  • Security features like child locks and flame shut off devices are often needed in a modern hectic kitchen– make sure your model has them
  • Get a model that is easy to clean: catalytic liners or a pyrolytic cleaning function are top features to look out for
  • Easy to use – read reviews to see how other people have got on with this model and design
  • Timers and programmable features can be really helpful in the long run
  • Keep your eyes peeled for an oven that offers you premium functions like rotisseries and slow cooking and that holds an even temperature
  • A good usable volume (measured in litres) – remember that double ovens are great but may also chop your cooking space into two too-small ovens

Before You Buy

  • Make sure that you always measure your cavity correctly. Most single cookers are 60 cm high, whereas double model tend to come up to 90 cm.
  • Decide on which fuel you want and stick to your guns – don’t get sucked in by sales copy if the appliance isn’t right for you. Think about how you and your family are going to use the kitchen.
  • A good design is great, but make sure this is a model you will be proud to look at for a long time – it is a long-term investment, not an impulse-buy.
  • Look out for top brands like Hotpoint, Indesit, Beko, Rangemaster, Smeg, Zanussi and Bosch. Make sure you get a good guarantee period and a good installation deal.

Extra Accessories

Some extras you might need to complete your kitchen design:

  • Hoods and fans
  • Cleaning materials
  • Cast lids to protect your hobs
  • Ferrous pots and pans for induction hobs
  • Roasting dishes and grill pans

Installation, Care & Maintenance

Make sure that you have your new appliance installed by a proper qualified engineer. Undertake regular in-depth cleaning of oven cavities with suitable oven cleaning materials to combat against ingrained dirt. You have to carry out routine hob cleaning & maintenance to keep your hobs looking good.

Did you like any of these cookers? What about going for a built-in oven and hob solution for your kitchen? Read our built-in oven reviews and hob reviews to find out more.