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Understanding range cookers

Advantages of range cookers over built-in ovens

Range cooker fuel types

Factors to consider when choosing a range cooker

Are range cookers worth it?

Customising your range cooker

Range cooker maintenance and care

Conclusion

Frequently asked questions

Are you on the hunt for the perfect range cooker for your kitchen? In this article, we take a deep dive into the world of this sophisticated appliance.
We will explore all aspects of choosing the perfect range cooker for your home, helping you navigate the decision-making process with ease. So whether you are a seasoned chef or a kitchen enthusiast, by the end of this article, you will have a clear idea of what to look out for when purchasing a range cooker and how to make the most out of its features.
From understanding the different fuel options to maximising cooking capacity and considering customisations, we will cover everything you need to know to ensure that your range cooker perfectly complements your cooking style and kitchen aesthetics. Let’s dive in!

Understanding Range Cookers

What is a range cooker?

A range cooker is a large, freestanding appliance used for cooking food, grilling, baking and much more. It includes a combination of one or more sizeable ovens and hobs, offering a variety of cooking functions. This makes it better equipped for precision cooking advanced recipes from the smallest quantities to large batches.

The functionality of range cookers

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Understanding the functionality of range cookers unveils a world of culinary possibilities. With their generous size, ranging from 60cm to a whopping 150cm in width, range cookers offer ample space for cooking larger dishes or multiple smaller ones simultaneously.
This makes tasks like preparing Christmas dinner a breeze.
Additionally, the array of cooking features available across different models, including grills, tall large capacity ovens and storage drawers, as well as proving drawers, provides unmatched cooking flexibility.
Crafted from durable materials like stainless steel, a quality range cooker can last anywhere from ten to twenty years or even longer with proper care, ensuring reliability for years to come.
Plus, with everything from ovens to hobs consolidated into one appliance, range cookers simplify the cooking process, sparing you the hassle of researching and purchasing separate oven and hob units.

Advantages of range cookers over built-in ovens

It is very common for commercial property developers to install built-in ovens in new-built homes due to their low cost. However, people who are passionate about food and cooking understand that built-in ovens are not always the best solution for their culinary needs. It is little wonder that range cookers are once again seeing an upsurge in popularity among passionate home cooks.
So if you too love to cook, it is worth looking at some of the reasons why a range cooker might be a better option for you over a built-in oven.

Range cookers offer an all-in-one solution

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ILVE Milano Twin 120cm black gloss with a brass finish

Range cookers integrate multiple cooking elements, including ovens, hobs, grills, and bespoke additional features like griddles, wok burners, teppanyaki tops, plate warmers, storage and more.

This consolidation eliminates the need for separate appliances and kitchen cabinetry, offering convenience and saving space in your kitchen.


On the other hand, built-in ovens are designed to mostly just bake and grill. This means that you will need separate appliances and additional storage for all other needs.

Range cookers have a larger capacity

Range cookers often boast larger oven capacities than built-in ovens, making them ideal for cooking larger quantities of food or accommodating oversized dishes. This is particularly advantageous if you have a family, enjoy batch-cooking or love to entertain.
The restricted capacity of built-in ovens makes it a challenge to cater to these needs.

Range cookers save time

Range cookers have multiple cooking zones with individually controlled heat settings. This gives you greater flexibility and freedom to prepare a multitude of meals in one go. You can bake and grill two or even three separate foods at the same time; grill, fry and simmer multiple dishes simultaneously … and even warm up your dishes to serve multi-course meals. In this way, you can save a lot of time while preparing food for any occasion.

Range cookers offer unparalleled aesthetic appeal

A range cooker is more than just an appliance, it is the central focal point of your entire kitchen.
In a world where the pursuit of less has throttled stifled the nuances of kitchen design to little more than conscripted monochromes and lineal austerity, range cookers offer a bedazzling abundance of colour, hues, lustre, contours and, to sum it up, personality.
What’s more, there is no end to the level of design customisations that are possible with modern range cookers, including custom sizes, colours, functions, fixtures and finishes. You can even choose to have a colour-matched range cooker and built-in oven in your kitchen to achieve that perfectly bespoke aesthetic.

Range cookers offer value for money

Despite being a premium appliance, range cookers pay for themselves with their versatility and all-in-one functionality. They also eliminate the need to purchase separate cooking appliances, potentially saving on installation costs as well.

Range cooker fuel types

Unlike traditional cooking appliances, the beauty of range cookers is that they can work with a variety of fuel types, giving you flexibility when you need it the most when cooking.
Combine this with the fact that range cookers cost no more to run than standard built-in ovens, it’s a win-win to incorporate a range cooker into your kitchen.
You can choose between gas, electric or even dual-fuel options to suit your needs. Here is an overview of what to expect with each fuel type.

Electric

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100cm Majestic stainless steel with brass

Electric range cookers offer even heat distribution through fan ovens, ensuring consistent cooking results ideal for baking, roasting, and grilling.

And if you love to follow recipes, their precise temperature control effortlessly allows you to experiment with different cooking techniques.

Dual-fuel

Dual fuel range cookers offer the best of both gas and electric cooking experiences, combining the immediate heat control of a gas hob with the even heat distribution of an electric oven.
With a gas hob, you will have quick access to flame and precise cooking controls, ideal for achieving high-quality results. Meanwhile, the electric oven ensures consistent cooking across dishes, making it perfect for baking and roasting.
This versatility allows for a comprehensive cooking experience. Moreover, the electric induction cook top also saves time and effort when cleaning.

Factors to consider when choosing a range cooker

Size and capacity

Arguably the most important factor to consider when thinking about choosing a range cooker is its size.

Depending upon the amount of space available in your kitchen and your cooking requirements, you should first look into what size of an appliance you need and can realistically accommodate in your kitchen.

You might be thinking that all range cookers are massive, or that it is impossible to own a range cooker in a cosy kitchen. However, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that modern range cookers are available in a wide variety of sizes to suit the needs of most kitchens.

So even if you have limited space, you can find a range cooker to suit your requirements.

Key features and functionality

The quintessential feature of a range cooker is its combination of multifunctional ovens. Typically, a larger oven is paired with a smaller one to enable simultaneous cooking at different temperatures.


Larger ranges can boast three or even four different ovens, offering complete flexibility over the types and quantities of foods you can prepare, perfect if you love to cook and entertain at home.
Range cookers also have the capacity to cook several dishes on the stove tops, with larger ranges having up to seven cooking zones for all your needs.
And if you opt for a dual-fuel model, you have absolute culinary freedom to create any dish you want at home.

Extra features

Investing in a range cooker means having an array of wonderful functions and features at your fingertips that effortlessly enhance your cooking and entertaining experience.

ILVE range cookers offer ergonomic burners for woks and large pots, full-sized fry top plates and gridles, special cooking and self-cleaning functions, warming drawers, storage drawers, built-in rotisserie, colour match facility and much more.
Depending upon the amount and type of cooking that you intend to do every day and for special occasions, you can start thinking about what functions you would like to have incorporated into your range cooker.

Brand reputation and reliability

If you are embarking upon or are in the middle of researching the best range cooker for your needs, remember that this is a long-term investment. What you spend now will pay for itself multiple times over in the years ahead.
And while it may be tempting to purchase the cheapest range that is out there, it does not mean that it is the best decision for your needs.
The best thing is to do your due diligence and opt for a reliable brand with a good reputation and market presence. By the way, did you know that according to an independent research, ILVE range cookers are among the top 10 brands of range cookers around the world? You can take a look at our range cookers at this link.

Safety and environmental features

Though range cookers are classified as advanced cooking appliances, the crux of it is that we use them to prepare and cook foods. And since they are such an integral part of family life, it is important to consider the safety and environmental aspects of having a range cooker.

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Quality range cookers have built-in safety features such as flame failure cut off, fascia cooling fans, child locks, triple glazing for cool-touch glass exteriors as well as eco-cooking modes to conserve energy and minimise your utility bills.
And if you want to coordinate your extraction appliances, range cookers of reputable brands will offer matching cooker hoods too. A high quality range cooker extractor hoods will quickly and efficiently remove cooking fumes, steam and grease from your kitchen, leaving your home smelling fresh and inviting.
So ensure that you research all the safety and environmental features of any range cooker that your are considering before taking a decision.

Are range cookers worth it?

Despite being a premium appliance, range cookers provide value for money due to their versatility and all-in-one functionality. They integrate multiple cooking elements, offering convenience and saving space in the kitchen.
Additionally, their larger oven capacities make them ideal for cooking larger quantities of food or accommodating oversized dishes, which is particularly advantageous for those who enjoy batch cooking or entertaining.
With individually controlled heat settings and multiple cooking zones, range cookers enable efficient meal preparation, saving valuable time.
Furthermore, their aesthetic appeal enhances the overall kitchen design, potentially increasing the resale value of the home.
Based upon all these factors, we would wholeheartedly agree that range cookers are a worthwhile investment for those who value efficiency, versatility, and style in their culinary experience.

Customising your range cooker

Perhaps the most captivating thing about having a range cooker as a central part of your kitchen design is the fact that it can be aesthetically customised to suit any décor. So whether you prefer classical shades, romantic pastels, bold brights, or anything else in between, you can find a range cooker to suit your taste.

Premium brands such as ILVE also offer extreme customisation by colour matching your range cooker to the exact shade you want. We are continually expanding our colour-match catalogue with new shades, ensuring you have an extensive array of hues to choose from for your range cooker.

Besides matching colours, you also have access to an extensive selection of aesthetic and functional accessories and trims, allowing you to personalise your range cooker to reflect your unique style and preferences.

A summer of colour

This summer, we are introducing a beautiful new shade to our RAL colour catalogue that we are sure you will love.

It offers the perfect opportunity to coordinate your range cooker, fitted oven, and any accompanying ILVE hood effortlessly.

Email us at [email protected] to discover more!.

Range cooker maintenance and care

Cleaning and upkeep

Traditionally, cleaning the hob and oven has been one of the least favourite cleaning chores for most people. However, with a bit of prep and regular maintenance, you can keep your range cooker looking brand new for decades.
If there is one tip we can leave you with, it is to give your range cooker a quick clean and wipe after every use. And for more tips on how to clean your range cooker, read our blog post here.

Troubleshooting common issues

Range cookers are considered advanced appliances for good reason: they seamlessly integrate various elements into a highly functional unit. Numerous components and mechanisms work together to maintain the range cooker’s peak performance.
However, if any of these components or mechanisms malfunction, it can impact the entire appliance. We advise routinely inspecting your range cooker for any minor issues and having your appliance regularly serviced by a qualified technician to ensure optimal functionality.

Conclusion

Range cookers offer a wealth of benefits for anyone passionate about cooking. With their versatile functionality, aesthetic appeal and flexible fuel options, they simplify cooking processes, enhance kitchen design, and last for decades with proper care.
So whether you prioritise cooking capacity, customisation options, or energy efficiency, there is a range cooker to cater to your needs and preferences. We encourage you to consider these factors carefully when making your decision.
For more information on ILVE range cookers, explore our website at ilve.com. Or reach out to us for a more personalised experience via [email protected]. Happy cooking!

Frequently asked questions

Do range cookers use a lot of electricity?

No, they don’t. Modern range cookers are designed to be energy-efficient, similar to built-in ovens. For instance, ILVE’s range cookers typically have an energy class of either A or A+, indicating highly efficient energy consumption. This helps lower your electricity bills compared to conventional ovens.

Are range cookers still popular?

Yes, very much so! And their popularity is gaining momentum among passionate home chefs. In fact, an increasing number of under-35s is now purchasing range cookers as an integral part of their modern kitchen.

Are range ovens worth it?

Yes definitely. Range cookers offer incredible value through their versatility, large capacity and efficient meal preparation. Their longevity and aesthetic appeal further enhance their worth, making them a valuable investment for those seeking efficiency and style in their kitchen.