Thursday, 1 March 2012

Four of the best freestanding cookers

If your old cooker is looking a little rusty, there are plenty of alternatives on the market nowadays that provide ease of use and energy efficiency without costing the earth. The best freestanding cookers also offer a plethora of features, from electric fans to electronic timers. We’ve been browsing the range at to bring you are few of our picks of freestanding cookers…
Zanussi ZCV550MXC Electric Cooker: This stylish freestanding cooker not only looks attractive, it is also fantastically user-friendly. Featuring a fast-action ceramic hob with four rings and a double cavity oven with separate variable grill, it’s ideal for families, dinner parties and Christmas dinner. Thermaflow fan technology maintains an even temperature in the ovens, and the catalytic liners ensure easy maintenance. The ZCV550MXC could also help you get your energy bills – it’s been awarded an A rating for efficiency. Price: £466

Logik LFSTC50W Electric Cooker: If you’re looking for a budget oven which won’t force you to compromise on features, then this is a great choice. It boasts a main oven with a 48-litre capacity, a separate grill and a four-burner ceramic hob for added flexibility. Extra features include an enameled oven for easy cleaning, glass doors and an interior light. The compact size of the LFSTC50W means that it’s perfect for small spaces such as flats and annexes. Price: £250

New World ET50W Electric Cooker: The cheapest of the free-standing cookers here, the ET50W offers excellent value for money. At a mere 50cm it can fit into the smallest space, and yet offered a main oven with 48 litres of capacity. It boasts an A-rating efficiency – good news for both the environment and your wallet – and features wipe-clean enamel interiors for easy cleaning. Sturdy and reliable, this is a great option for those to whom an all-singing, all-dancing cooker doesn’t appeal. Price: £208

AEG 49002VMN Electric Cooker: This feature-full freestanding cooker oozes style, and lends itself to entertaining. The main oven has a capacity of 74-litres – enough to fit a Christmas turkey with all the trimmings – yet the 49002VMN’s efficiency A-rating means you can economically use it to cook smaller meals as well. The second oven doubles as a variable grill, and holds 40 litres, and there are four Hilight ceramic hobs for flexibility and convenience. Extra features include intuitive touch controls, an electronic timer and catalytic coating for ease of cleaning. The modern design includes intuitive touch controls and an electronic timer to track the progression of your food. £885
What's cookin'? The AEG 49002VMN 

For more information on electric cookers, including an analysis of the relative merits of each, take a look at this cooker guide.