The new range cookers are cleverer and more colourful than ever before…
Words: Sally Norton
If you thought built-in ovens were the only choice for modern, sleek kitchens, then think again. The latest breed of range cookers will make a real style statement in your home – and will be loved by keen chefs, too.
According to a 2014 survey by market research company Mintel, sales of freestanding appliances has started to grow, especially amongst the wealthier parts of society. The company’s experts reckon this is probably due to the popularity of the new on-trend range cookers. Visit mintel.com.
The first thing you’ll notice is that many of the new models are shunning the traditional stainless steel finish. ‘We are seeing a lot more colour coming through,’ says Vic Sinclair, buyer for large electrical appliances at John Lewis. ‘This is proving popular with fashion conscious customers who want the cooking capacity and features that the traditional range cooker is well known for, but with a design that fits into their modern kitchen.’
There’s a whole rainbow of colours to choose from, including red, blue, yellow and green. If you’re not feeling very brave, you can still create an impact with a cream, black or white model. Even some of the more conventional stainless-steel finishes are brightened by coloured accents. A great place to start your research is John Lewis. Visit johnlewis.com.
‘Technology from built-in ovens is also making its way over to range cookers,’ says Vic Sinclair. ‘This includes super-quick heat-up times, easier cleaning and safer cooking methods.’
Here’s our round up of some of the top five trends…
Main image: Steel Cocaine Genesi Range Cooker, from £3500.
These offer a dual-fuel option in the same oven so you can always select the right fuel and settings to exactly suit the dish you’re cooking. Choose gas mode for cooking fish and meat because it reaches a high temperature in a short time, sealing food while keeping it juicy inside. Choose electric for mid-to-low temperatures needed for baking and casserole making. Check out Bertazzoni X906DUALRO Dual Energy Range Cooker, £2,995. Available from johnlewis.com. For more information on Bertazzoni, visit bertazzoni.com.
Forget time-consuming and costly cleaning after cooking. The Smeg TR4110 Dual Fuel Range Cooker, £1,999, offers a Vapour Clean option, using steam to loosen the deposits found on the oven interior, so that the cavity can be wiped clean after cooking. Visit smeguk.com.
THE PERFECT VIEW
Opt for a cooker with an extra large viewing window and brighter-than-usual interior lights to keep a closer eye on your cooking. The Wolf ICBDF366 Dual Fuel Range Cooker, £12,250, is the ultimate in luxury. We love its trademark red knobs and cobalt blue interior. The drop-down door is hydraulically dampened for an extra-refined touch. Visit subzero-wolf.com.
It’s the little details that really make the difference when it comes to safety. For instance, the Lacanche Cluny LG1052GCT Dual Fuel Range Cooker, £4,050, offers a non-slip coating on the cast iron pan stands and has gas flame failure sensors to make it child-safe. Lacanche cookers are handcrafted in the small village of Lacanche in the Burgundy region of France and are famously used by some of the most respected chefs, cookers and cookery writers in their own homes. Available from johnlewis.com. For more information, visit lacanche.com.
Some range cookers are offering induction hob tops this year, allowing super-quick heat-up times and easier cleaning. The Italian Steel Cucine Genesi Range Cooker, from £3,500, offers a mix of gas burners and induction plates to give you the ultimate in cooking choice. Available in the UK from Bradshaw. Visit bradshaw.co.uk or call 01275 343 000. For more information about the Steel Cucine, visit steel-cucine.com.