Best Dual Fuel Range Cookers
Choosing the best dual fuel range cookers for your home kitchen is no easy task.
For one, they are generally more expensive than your standard freestanding cookers. Two, there is an increasing range of these cookers hitting the market.
But, as a buyer, a larger selection to choose from means that companies have to work harder to earn your money. This means that prices are dropping and the quality of machines that you can get for your money is starting to increase.
What’s definitely become more apparent after conducting my research for this article is that companies such as Rangemaster, Smeg and Belling are offering up quality products at affordable prices.
It wasn’t all that long ago that these were very much seen as elitist cookers, but as you’ll soon find out, they are very much made for the masses and priced accordingly, without losing the quality they have built their reputation on.
The dual fuel aspect of a range cooker, in my opinion at least, is the best combination you can get. The ability to have the instant heat of the gas hob and the consistent temperature of the electric (often fan assisted) cookers, is a match made in heaven.
So, sit tight and let me guide you through what I think that the best Dual Fuel Range cookers on the market at the minute.
Best Dual Fuel Range Cookers
RANGEMASTER Kitchener 90
Thoughtfully designed and ultimately practical, the Rangemaster Kitchener 90 is ideal for sensible home cooks who value craftsmanship. The quality of this cooker is evident from top to bottom, starting with its full-length chrome handles and attractive glossy finish. Whether you choose this cooker in Black, Cream, or Stainless Steel, the exterior is easy to keep looking new.
The hob is a different story, sadly. While well-balanced and heavy, the cast-iron pan supports are pretty thin and difficult to clean. Burner caps and wells are also difficult to get spotless. On the upside, all five gas burners use automatic ignition. The variety of burners is great, too. The Rangemaster Kitchener 90 features one small, two medium, one large, and one wok burner.
Enjoy two roomy fan-assisted ovens and separate electric grill. Neither oven offers multifunctions, but offer even, efficient fan cooking. Ovens measure 69L and 66L, leaving less room for the grill, but it heats up quickly and crisps food evenly on both sides. Count on this cooker for lasting, reliable performance without any unnecessary extras.
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Frugal shoppers rejoice, have I got a deal for you! The Kenwood CK305-1 exceeds all expectations with its extra-large oven, quality gas hob, and low-maintenance design.
This 90cm dual fuel range cooker features just one oven with an enormous 118L capacity. Cook 25lb turkeys or fully dressed hams with room to spare in this spacious fan-assisted oven. Use this oven as a grill, too, or set it to Defrost to make quick work of frozen meat. Even with a double-glazed viewing window, however, this oven isn’t very eco-friendly with its B energy rating.
Moving on to the automatic gas hob, the Kenwood CK305-1 features some of my favorite cast-iron pan supports. These supports are easy to clean and keep your cookware a smart distance away from the flame. Stainless steel hob wells catch spills brilliantly and are easy to wipe clean after cooking.
Big families (and everyone else!) on a budget need look no further for the best value in dual-fuel range cookers.
The difference between the best dual fuel range cookers comes down to the small details, which is exactly where the Smeg BM93BL shines.
This cooker provides enough cooking space for large family meals or holiday feasts with two ovens and one over-sized grill. Both main and secondary ovens measure about 62L, while the 41L electric grill is roomy enough for large or multiple dishes. While most range cookers with this configuration only include one viewing window, the Smeg BM93BL features two for greater visibility and easier cleaning.
At this price point, I’m disappointed to see enamel lining in all ovens. I’d expect at least catalytic lining, but thankfully Smeg doesn’t cut corners everywhere. Knobs have a nice weight and are clearly marked and easy to read. Additionally, the enamel pan supports offer superior stability for cookware of all sizes. Enjoy quick automatic ignition for all five of the Smeg BM93ML’s variably sized gas burners.
It’s a shame that this cooker’s main oven lacks some of the additional functions that other premier cookers do. Instead, both ovens are simply fan-assisted. If you don’t mind this restriction, the Smeg BM93BL is a fine choice.
LEISURE Cuisinemaster CS110F722X
This beast of a cooker features cutting-edge cooking facilities for serious home cooks and master bakers alike. Get ready for unlimited freedom in the kitchen with 168L of total oven capacity, a separate grill, and dual fuel hob with the 110cm Leisure Cuisinemaster CS110F722X.
Jumping right in, each of this cooker’s three ovens serves different functions, allowing you to cook multiple dishes at once, all at different temperatures and with different cooking modes. The large 71L multifunction main oven offers plenty of useful modes, but my favorite is 3D Cooking. This ensures that even the thickest roasts and richest deserts cook thoroughly and completely.
The 63L fan-assisted oven is ideal for batch baking or preparing sides to complement the main dish. Finally, the third 33L conventional oven is great for making baked potatoes or other simple snacks. A separate electric grill measures 38L, with all cavities sporting big, bright viewing windows.
Like the ovens, this cooker’s hob provides for your every need with five gas burners and electric grill element. The gas burners come in all different sizes so you can achieve ultimate control over the temperature of your dishes. Enough can’t be said for the electric grill, either, which heats up in seconds to cook eggs, meat, or fish to perfection.
Before investing in this stellar dual fuel range cooker, be sure that you actually need all four cooking cavities. You may be better suited with a cooker that features storage space instead of three full ovens. Also, be sure to note that the Cuisinemaster CS110F722X comes with a paltry 1-year warranty, which is reflected by its relatively affordable price.
I spoke at the start of the article about how affordable these types of cookers have become. I certainly wouldn’t state that these cookers are cheap, but I think for what you get, offer great value for money.
Also, I wanted to highlight that I’ve also written a buyer’s guide on buying your range cooker. It’s basically a set of questions that you need to ask yourself to determine first off what you want from your cooker, but probably most importantly, what you need from your cooker.
A dual fuel range cooker is the most complete cooker that you’re going to buy. Yes, they may seem pricey, but I reckon that if you maintain them and look after them, they’ll easily last you 10 years plus. Given how much they’re going to be used, it offers good value.
In fact, let’s break it down a little more. Let’s say that your dual fuel range cooker costs you £2,000 and you have it for 10 years (the minimum I think these things will keep going for, even with daily use).
10 x 365 days = 3650 days total. £2,000 / 3650 = 54p a day.
That’s right, your big ol’ range cooker is going to cost you 54p a day, and that’s assuming you get spec’d probably the most you’ll need to spend on a cooker. Realistically, you can get a great cooker for half this amount.
The size of a range cooker is something that is going be a huge plus point. Unless you’ve owned a range cooker, having two or even three compartments to cooker food comes in handy more often than you might think. If you’ve got a range cooker currently, then going back is going to be so painful… trust me, I’ve been there!
That’s a wrap on my best dual fuel range cookers article. If you think I’ve missed anything out or you have questions that you want to ask regarding these cookers or subject matter, please drop me a message in the comments and I’ll be happy to help.