5 Awesome 50cm Gas Cookers
At 50cm in width, cookers of this size are some of the smallest that you can buy. But, with the petite nature of 50cm gas cookers, comes great versatility!
You can’t actually get a cooker smaller than 50cm and with it means that the market can actually feel fairly limited. I’ve seen these types of cookers used in a variety of homes though and whilst you may initially think they are for small flats that are short on room, that’s not always the case.
You’ll see from our line-up below that 50cm gas cookers can look really cool. They’re going to be limited in what you can and can’t do due to their size, but in terms of style, are right up there.
So, aside from small apartments, who are these cookers for? Well, I’ve seen many people include them in modern and even large kitchen before. These people openly admit that they don’t cook much, so what’s the point in wasting a lot of space (which can be expensive) on a cooker that will see very little use.
The gas functionality is another reason why these smaller variants have become so popular. I’ve written plenty on gas cookers already at Cooker Base, but the fact you get instant heat is probably the strongest selling point for me.
50cm Gas Cookers
Beset in stylish stainless steel with a modern, streamlined design, the Belling FS50GDOLm is a handsome gas cooker that will liven up any small kitchen.
Adding to its clean, shiny exterior, this cooker smartly includes a glass lid for the hob. This increases your work area in a small kitchen and keeps the hob clean when you’re not cooking. The combination of stainless steel and smooth glass looks great and makes this cooker easy to keep tidy.
In exchange for its fashionable and functional appearance, this cooker’s two oven are a bit smaller than usual. The main conventional oven measures just 35L, while the secondary oven and variable grill measures just 15L. While not much smaller than the competition, these cavities are small enough that your baking sheets may not fit. This is a good excuse to buy new pans but is obviously also a major inconvenience.
Though small, the main oven does have commendable features. First, it includes an ultra-bright interior light that keeps your dish visible throughout cooking. Next, its double-glazed viewing window stays cool and helps insulate the oven for better efficiency and safer operation. I’m also pleased to announce that the oven door opens to the side, which is a real perk in cramped kitchens.
With such small ovens, the Belling FS50GDOLm may not be suitable for families, but is instead the perfect size for singles and couples. If you’re more concerned with how your cooker looks than how much food you can fit inside, the be sure the check out the Belling FS50GDOLm.
Energy efficiency is often a big consideration when choosing a new cooker. Efficient cookers save you money and spare the environment, making them a wise purchase for everyone. Proudly sporting two ovens with A+ and A energy ratings, the Hotpoint HUG52P is one of the most efficient 50cm gas cookers available today, but that’s not the only reason to buy it.
Coming complete with a four-burner gas hob and glass lid, this cooker gives you ample cooking space with the choice of one small, and one large, and two medium burners. Grant yourself more work area by lowering the glass hob lid, and rest easy knowing that no gas can leak from the pilots while the lid is down.
Automatic ignition is a nice touch, but could be faster and more reliable. Unfortunately, setting the hob is also somewhat of a chore as the knobs are labelled with words (Front Left, Rear Left, etc.) instead of graphic indicators. Lettering is cramped and located under the knobs, making them difficult to read. Worse, the lettering is painted on and may be wiped away over time.
Looking on the bright side, the aforementioned energy-efficient ovens come with gorgeous catalytic liners and removable double-glazed windows. Generously-sized viewing windows keep your meals well in view and help keep both the interior and exterior of this cooker easy to clean.
The Hotpoint HUG52P offers excellent efficiency, luxurious catalytic oven liners, and convenient additional features like glass hob lid and digital minute minder. With the exception of the finicky electric ignition, this is a fine cooker for any home.
Small cookers generally have small ovens, but the Flavel MLB51NDS offers users substantial oven capacity in a compact 50cm frame. That’s great news for families who need to cook large meals in a small kitchen, especially considering this 50cm gas cooker’s affordable price.
The main oven of the Flavel MLB51NDS measures 51L and includes two sturdy shelves and five total shelf positions. This lets you take full advantage of the relatively roomy interior. This conventional oven even comes with a handy Slow Cook function which is ideal for making tender roasts or flavourful stews.
A separate grill measures 21L, meaning it’s also a bit larger than the competition. One problem with this cooker is that the cheap, plastic knobs get uncomfortably warm when the grill is in use. Additionally, since the knobs are plastic, their shiny finish is as easy to scuff as it is to clean. It would have been nice for Flavel to spend a couple extra pounds on these knobs, which would fix both problems.
Another issue I have is that the enamel pan supports are flimsy. They are thin enough that large cookware has difficulty balancing and may clang around as you cook. On the upside, the Flavel MLB51NDS’s four-burner gas hob offers automatic ignition with quick, reliable performance.
This cooker is a tremendous value when you consider its spacious oven/grill cavities and dependable gas hob. Choose this cooker if you spend a lot of time cooking in your small kitchen and need a cooker to keep up with your lifestyle.
If the first cooker on this list intrigued you, perhaps you would prefer the more affordable version. This cooker is almost identical to the Belling FS50GDOLm save for a couple small details, yet costs quite a bit less. Enjoy the same attractive design and user-friendly features without paying full price – who doesn’t love that!
Just like its more expensive twin, the Belling FS50GDOL comes with two oven cavities, both conventional. The secondary oven doubles as a grill and is meant for use with small meals or your morning toast. Use the 35L main oven for cooking dinner or baking desserts using any of the five available shelving positions.
Continuing the similarities, this 50cm gas cooker features a glass hob lid to expand your work space and protect the burners. Sturdy, removable enamel pan supports are easy to wipe clean, as are the wall-to-wall hob wells. All messes are neatly contained until you’re ready to clean them.
You may rightfully be wondering what the difference between these two cookers is exactly. Most notably, the Belling FS50GDOL’s exterior is not stainless steel, nor does it include a minute minder. That means the exterior is less robust, and that you may need to purchase a separate timer. Can you live with these omissions? If yes, the Belling FS50GDOL is a no-brainer alternative to the Belling FS50GDOLm.
NEW WORLD 500TSIDL
Grilling can be frustrating with a 50cm gas cooker. The cavity is usually so small you can barely slip in a piece of toast, and gas grills are notorious for cooking unevenly. If you can relate, the New World 500TSIDL may be just the cooker you’ve been looking for.
Featuring both a main oven and separate grill, the New World 500TSIDL gives you plenty of room in each. Easily fit whole casseroles or thick joints in the spacious 27L variable grill, while the 42L main oven offers five total shelving options to cook multiple dishes at once. One of the best things about this cooker is that the grill heats up quickly, cook’s food evenly, and the variable settings are intuitive. This is in stark contrast to most other cookers, where the grill seems more like afterthought.
Not everything about this cooker is perfect, of course. First, main oven comes with a disappointing B energy rating that may turn off eco-conscious shoppers. The grill’s viewing window is only single-glazed, toom meaning it gets hot during operation and is weaker than the main oven’s double-glazed window.
Moving on to the gas hob, the New World 500TSIDL includes one small, one large, and two medium burners. Close the sturdy glass lid to engage the automatic gas shutoff feature and be safe knowing this cooker features FSD so that gas is never left leaking into your home. I like the robust enamel pan supports too, despite their unique design. They may look strange, but cookware sits securely balanced on these pan supports.
Have you been dreaming of a 50cm gas cooker that takes grilling as seriously as you do? The New World 500TSIDL is that cooker and much more.
When setting out on writing this article about the best 50cm gas cookers, I wasn’t sure what I was going to find. I knew that there would be some good and some bad, as there are with all cooker types, but to see such a strong range took me by surprise.
There are 5 strong contenders here for the “best” of the bunch and I liked that all 5 were similar(ish) price points.
If I were forced to pick one, it would be the New World 500TSIDL. It’s a little more expensive than the others, but you do get a little more in terms of cavity size and design in my opinion.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve any questions and if you think that there are any cookers that I’ve missed out.