7 Awesome Freestanding Electric Cookers
One of the main issues that people face when choosing a new cooker comes down to space and more importantly, what type of cooker will fit into that space. Freestanding electric cookers allow us to not only tap into one of the most efficient cooker types on the market, but also offers us valuable flexibility when choosing our products.
When I mention the term “freestanding”, basically I mean something that doesn’t need to be fitted to anything. This might be cabinets, worktops, walls and so on.
But, it often doesn’t mean it can’t be fitted if you’d rather. It also means that it’s limited in size, often up to 60cm in total width, ranging from 50cm and even smaller if you like.
The beauty of electric cookers is that it’s a fuel type that we can all enjoy. We all have electricity running in our houses, whereas with the likes of gas, this isn’t always the case.
I’ve also included a couple of induction hobs in there as well, just to give you a bit of a comparison. Essentially, they are electric cookers, but many companies don’t always tag them as this and like to keep them in the ‘induction’ bracket for their users.
As you’ll see from the list below, the cookers I’ve included cover a pretty wide blanket when it comes to cost. Again, this is intentional, so you can see what you get extra for your money.
Without giving the game away too much, the most expensive freestanding electric cooker didn’t necessarily offer the best value for money.
Freestanding Electric cookers
Not everyone has the extra cash to spend big on a new cooker. When you need a cooker on a tight budget, the Essentials CFSEWH18 is one of the best deals around. Measuring a mere 50cm, this freestanding electric cooker fits comfortable in even the smallest kitchens.
Compact enough for the coziest of flats, this cooker compensates for its size by featuring just one 67L main oven. This basic oven doubles as a high-powered grill when needed, though you may only grill with the oven door closed. This is undoubtedly a disappointment for open-grill purists. Thankfully, the oven at least includes two shelves and five total levels so you can achieve precise results.
The best part about this cooker is its near silent operation despite being electric. Even though this cooker’s four electric plate burners and main oven take a while to reach temperature, I’m still willing to recommend this cooker due to its ludicrously low price.
FLAVEL Milano ML61CDS
Still well within most people’s budget and conveniently sized for most kitchens, the Flavel Milano ML61CDS offers a significant upgrade to this list’s first entry. The most notable upgrade is to the electric hob, as this freestanding electric cooker features a low-maintenance ceramic surface. Ceramic surfaces are of course easier to clean, heat up more quickly, and look smarter than traditional plate burners.
The next big improvement is a fan-assisted 65L main oven, which cooks your food faster and more efficiently. A separate grill allows you to do two jobs at once and of course accommodates open-door grilling.
Forgivably, Milano ML61CDS is a rather plain cooker. The faux stainless steel exterior isn’t fooling anyone but still matches with the other metal finishes in your kitchen. Be sure to use a gentle hand when moving pots and pans around the hob, too, as the ceramic is prone to scratching.
The BEKO XDC653W is an awesome entry-level cooker for those who need the flexibility to cook multi-course meals. Since this kind of cooking gets messy, the BEKO XDC653W is also designed to be low-maintenance and easy to clean.
As one of the most user-friendly cookers on this list, the BEKO XDC653W’s features are all about you. Enjoy two sizable ovens, including 69L fan-assisted main oven and 36L conventional oven. Both ovens use easy-clean enamel lining and feature triple-glazed, removable viewing windows. The secondary oven doubles as a grill as well for ultimate versatility in a 60cm frame.
Simple to use and easy to read, this cooker’s knobs provide pinpoint accuracy when setting burners or ovens. My biggest gripe is that the large burners don’t heat evenly and are often hotter at the center. That means that tasks like boiling large pots of water take even longer. The BEKO XDC653W is still a fine choice for families who want to stretch a pound.
If the BEKO XDC653W doesn’t strike your fancy, the Logik LDOC60X17 may be more your speed. Another entry-level freestanding electric cooker, the Logik LDOC60X17 features slightly less capacity in exchange for faster, more reliable heating.
Coming complete with two ovens, this cooker’s 58L main oven is fan-assisted while its 36L secondary conventional oven doubles as a grill. Anti-tilt shelving is a nice touch, ensuring your dishes stay in place when you pull out the racks. The secondary oven’s viewing window is conveniently removable, yet disappointingly the main oven window is not.
The main advantage of this cooker is how quickly the ovens, grill, and hob all reach temperature. Some people avoid electric cookers altogether because they’re famously slow. Not the Logik LDOC60X17! Unfortunately, such powerful performance comes at expense of this cooker’s scant B energy rating. Efficiency isn’t everything, though. That’s especially if you want a responsive, dependable cooker like the Logik LDOC60X17.
SMEG Symphony Electric Ceramic Cooker
Most 60cm cookers just can’t compete with larger ovens or ranges when it comes to making a statement. The Smeg Symphony Electric Ceramic Cooker, however, demands attention and creates a stunning centerpiece to any kitchen.
You’ll be happy to know that this freestanding electric cooker performs as well as it looks. My favorite part of the Symphony Electric Cooker is the ceramic hob, which features twodual-zone burners. Dual-zone cooking gives you much more control over the size and temperature of your burners for professional results.
This stainless steel cooker features just one large 72L multifunction oven, resplendent in pyrolytic liners and insulated by a quadruple-glazed viewing window. This single oven is roomy enough to cook multiple dishes at once, and includes all the functions you need whether baking or roasting. Functions include Smeg’s proprietary Circulair fan-assisted cooking mode, which ensures the even, consistent heating throughout the large cavity. Use this technology with the integrated electric grill for perfect searing and crisping of your favorite foods.
Perfection comes at a premium price, however. That’s to be expected, but makes this cooker’s meager 2-year warranty rather insulting.
With a multifunction oven, integrated grill and a ceramic hob, the stylish stainless steel Smeg Symphony Electric Ceramic Cooker offers everything you need to get cooking in your ...
Minimally designed, yet capable of complex functionality and versatility, the AEG CIS6741ECM is a top-end cooker for serious home chefs. Thanks to its induction hob, this cooker is able to achieve maximum capacity in its two electric ovens. The large 72L multifunction main oven offers a glut of cooking options while the 39L conventional oven provides space to cook large meals with ease.
One feature I really appreciate is that AEG included interior lights for both ovens, where even brands like Rangemaster only offer main oven lights. The second oven doubles as an over-sized grill, large enough to crisp entire roasts. Grill your toast, sausage, and bacon all at once so you can sit down to a proper breakfast in no time.
The AEG CIS6741ECM’s beautiful induction hob is also home to the control panel. Controls here are well-placed so that buttons are obscured while cooking. This cookers major downside is that these controls are less than intuitive and oddly labeled. Combined with the unclear instructions, it may take some trial and error to get the most out of this cooker.
NEW WORLD 551ETC
The market isn’t exactly overflowing with awesome 55cm cookers, but the New World 551ETC is here to fill the void. The ideal mid-range cooker for the modern home, the 551ETC will fit into both your kitchen and your lifestyle beautifully.
Let’s be honest, not everyone likes to cook or makes home-cooked meals every day. If that’s the case for you, there’s no need for a cooker with huge capacity or a million functions. The New World 551ETC features a single 59L fan-assisted oven and separate grill. Use both at once, or just the grill to get your toast going in the morning. Both grill and oven use easy-clean enamel lining for quick cleanup.
Sensible and easy-to-read knobs control the oven, grill, and four electric burners. Each burner heats up fast and all the way to the edges for even heat distribution. When you need a basic, reliable cooker that doesn’t require a degree to operate, look no further than the New World 551ETC.
As you can see from this range, there are a lot of freestanding electric cookers to choose from. In fact, whilst I may have included 7 variations, there are dozens more I could have included.
But, these are the best in my opinion, so that’s why they are included!
I just wanted to finish up with a little bit of advice when looking to buy your first cooker or even upgrading your cooker.
I’ve stated many times in many different articles that choosing the most expensive or even the cheapest isn’t always the best route. In fact, I recently completed a ‘best cookers for under £1,000’ where I stated that I wouldn’t do a follow up with a bigger budget as I didn’t think you needed to spend more than that.
I am actually going to make this article as it’s been widely requested, but it should offer a good comparison of what you get for £1,000 and what you get for £2,000.
Freestanding electric cookers are no different. Yes, you get small increases like slightly larger oven sizes, better efficiency, increased heat sources for the hob, but are these worth 1.5x or even 2x the price of the model down?
The sheer number of freestanding electric cookers in the market at the minute states how popular they are. Every manufacturer offers them.
I’m hoping that this article has at least given you some food for thought and given you a look at how these cookers work. If you want more info or think I’ve missed a product that needs to be included, please drop a comment below and I’d happily get back to you.