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Oven and Cooker Buying Guide

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Bristol’s Premier Rangemaster Showroom: Gardiner Haskins is Bristol’s Premier Rangemaster showroom with a large selection of range cookers on display for you to have a go and choose the perfect range cooker oven for your kitchen. Our team of experts will be able to advise on everything from fitting and installation to making the most of your range cooker every day. Read more here >>

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Choosing Your Cooker Type

Freestanding Cookers


Zanussi oven ZCK68300w

Freestanding cookers include at least one oven, maybe a grill and a built in hob on top and they are placed in a gap in your kitchen units and worktop as opposed to built in ovens which sit within the frame of your kitchen units. They come in a range of fuels and sizes and again this comes down to your cooking preferences as each fuel type has its pros and cons which we’ll outline below.

Choosing The Size of Your Freestanding Cooker

Freestanding cookers are usually available in three different widths (50cm, 55cm and 60cm wide) so make sure to measure the gap in your kitchen units to make sure it will fit. If you’re designing a new kitchen then you can make sure that your kitchen designer takes into consideration the size of freestanding oven you want. Manufacturers recommend including an additional 5mm around the cooker to prevent overheating so the cooker can ventilate.

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Built In Ovens

A built in oven will sit within your kitchen units to create a more seamless look and have no breaks in your worktop. They can sit within the cavity of the base units of can be placed at eye level in a column kitchen unit to save you bending over. Built in ovens are available in a range of fuels (more details below) and sizes.

Built in ovens are available in heights 60cm, 70cm and 90cm:

  • 60cm high: compact with the grill and oven taking up the same cavity. Good space saver for smaller kitchens or kitchens where you don’t want the oven taking up too much space.
  • 70cm high: one oven with a separate grill so you can cook with both at the same time. You will sacrifice a bit of oven space for this option so consider how much grilling and cooking you will be doing.
  • 90cm: featuring two ovens with the top also doubling as a grill. Great for big families and large meals.


Indesit 4 Zone 60cm Ceramic Hob VRM640MC

If you’re choosing a built in oven then you will need a separate hob. To fit this you will need a carpenter to cut an appropriately sized hole in your worktop, usually above where your oven will be, for the hob to sit. For freestanding cookers you will need to choose a hob fuel type also.

Choosing Hob Fuel Type

  • For the hob there’s solid plate hobs which are simple, affordable and easy to clean but they can be slow to heat up and respond to changing the temperature.
  • Ceramic hobs are faster and reliable, and are also easy to wipe down after use.
  • Gas hobs heat up fast and are quick to respond to selected temperature changes so they give you maximum control over your cooking. Ideal for fast frying and wok-style cooking.

Range Cookers

A favourite for home cooking for hundreds of years, in fact in the 1800s Gardiners made ranges which were the cast iron equivalent to today’s range cookers.

Even in the most contemporary of homes, a Range Cooker can add that traditional country kitchen feel. Choose a cooker that not only cooks like a dream, giving you extra choice, space and power as well as a great aesthetic addition to your kitchen.

Our selection of high powered Range Cookers from big brands such as Rangemaster, Montpelier, Stoves and Falcon offer a hue choice of sizes, colours and designs to suit any kitchen. Freestanding design means you can add your Range Cooker to your existing fitted kitchen or use as a stand- out centrepiece in an eye-catching colour.

Perfect for family homes and for cooking enthusiasts, Range cookers offer extra space and functionality – giving you the chance to take your cooking up a level. Cook multiple dishes or courses at once with no fuss using the extra hob space and multiple oven cavities

Complete the look with our complimentary cooker hoods for extraction of smells, smoke, grease and steam while you cook.

As with all other oven and hob types you’ll need to choose your fuel type for both the oven and hob, you can choose dual fuel to have a responsive gas hob and the even cooking of a fan electric oven.

Our Range Cooker Showroom

As the premier Range Cooker centre in the region we have Bristol’s largest Range Cooker showroom with over 50 cookers on display from top brands including Rangemaster, Stoves, Belling, Leisure, Falcon, Mercury, Britannia and Smeg. As specialists in this field we are able to offer great deals, a complete range of products on display to choose from and excellent service and advice from our experienced staff. We have the largest Rangemaster Design Centre in Bristol and are the only authorised Belling and Stoves Range Cooker Centre in the Bristol area. Our showroom also includes a Leisure Range Cooker Centre and a Smeg Range Cooker Centre.

Choosing Oven Type

  • Fan Ovens
  • Fan ovens have a consistent temperature no matter where the food is placed within it.
  • The fan sits bit the heat source in the oven to even distribute the heat around the oven cavity.
  • Faster preheat times and lowers cooking time overall.
  • Ideal for cooking large meals or multiple meals at once (as long as they all need to be cooked at the same temperature).
  • Multifunction Ovens
  • More functions and controls compared to conventional and fan ovens.
  • Flexible to suit different cooking styles.
  • Offer up to 9 different cooking methods to perfectly cook any dish.
  • Conventional Ovens
  • Different heat zones throughout the cavity so temperature varies.
  • Heat source sits either at the top or the bottom of the cavity with no fan to circulate.
  • Hot air rises to top making the top part of the cavity hotter than the bottom.
  • Ideal for bakers and traditional cooking.
  • Fan Assisted Oven
  • Partway between conventional and fan ovens.
  • Heating elements at the top and bottom of the cavity with a fan to circulate heat more evenly.
  • Heat distribution is not as thorough as a fan oven but more so than a conventional oven.
  • Ideal for meals that need a crisp layer on top.