Best Buy - Stand alone cookers
Choosing a new cooker is not the most exciting way to spend your day – so it's probably a good thing they don't need replacing too often. Most householders are opting to repair their existing oven and plates – but those ready to make the big buy will spend days, maybe even weeks, pondering over such practicalities as designs and colours.
New World ES50S €220
THE freestanding New World ES50S electric cooker is one of the cheapest on the market, so it's okay if you're on a budget. However it is definitely worth splashing out a bit more if you can afford it. This is a basic all-in-one cooker with a combined oven and grill and a four-ring hob. While everything works – so you can bake, boil or grill – it only has one shelf in the oven, so it will be tricky enough to rustle up a banquet.
HOTPOINT HAE60 €530
WITH a double oven and a ceramic hob, this mid-priced electric cooker promises to be easy to clean with catalytic linings.
Its oven preheats quickly and its grill is placed in the smaller top oven, with the heat spreading evenly across food.
Unfortunately the fan oven can be slow to heat and not quite as energy efficient as some models on the market, but it has plenty of space and boasts a timer that can be pre-set for automatic cooking.
ELECTROLUX EKC6562AOX €800
THIS Electrolux model pre-heats quickly, cooks evenly and has two spacious ovens – again with catalytic cleaning.
While pricer than the rest, it comes with a nifty meat probe to help you cook the perfect Sunday dinner.
It has a ceramic hob, grills well, has accurate temperature control and the main oven can be programmed for automatic cooking.
And you can even switch the oven lights on while cleaning to help you spot the dirt and grease you may otherwise have missed.
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