Built-In Cookers

Built-In Cookers Buying Guide

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Built-In Cookers Introduction

Built-In cooking appliances allow you to create the perfect combination of hob and oven for you and your kitchen.

Whether you are buying for a new kitchen, or replacing existing appliances, there is a wide range of sizes, styles and colours to choose from - from professional stainless steel to fashionable metallic silver, or traditional colours.

Built-In cooking appliances are available separately as:

  • Hobs

  • Ovens

  • Cooker Hoods

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Hobs

There are several types of hob and hob features to choose from:

  • Gas hobs

  • Electric sealed plates

  • Ceramic electric hobs

Gas Hobs

Gas is still popular because the heat is visible and is fast and easy to control. Gas hobs with a glass lid neatly hide the burners after use and have a cut-out switch which turns the gas valve off when the lid is closed. Some built-in hobs have a specialised wok burner, ideal for stir frying, while wider models offer more pan space, or extra burners.

Electric Sealed Plates

Provide excellent heat distribution across the base of the saucepan - and are cost effective to run. Any type of flat base saucepan can be used.

Ceramic Hobs

Stylish and easy to clean, ceramic hobs have a tough glass surface with the heating elements placed beneath. The heat then transferred through the glass into the pan. All hobs have 'hot hob' indicator lights.

The heating elements in ceramic hobs are available in:

  • Standard radiant

  • Fast response

  • Halogen, the closest equivalent to gas in control of heat

Ceramic Induction

Induction is very effective and safe with instant, precise and even heat. Induction is cheaper to run than other electric hobs, but more expensive to buy. You will also need to use special saucepans with ferrous iron content for the induction system to operate.

Other Hob features to look for:

Gas Hobs - Flame Supervision Device (FSD)

Detects when flame has blown out and automatically shut-off the gas valve. From January 2008 it's a requirement that consumers living in shared accommodation must purchase models which incorporate a Flame Supervision Device (FSD).

Ceramic Hobs - Finger Touch Controls

Stylish, easy to use and easy to clean as no cracks or crevices for food to accumulate.

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Ovens

Built-In ovens are available as:

  • Single Oven

  • Double Oven

Single Oven

These can be built-in under the worktop or at a more convenient height in a kitchen unit. Most are available with a full-sized multi-function or fan oven with an integrated grill.

Double Oven

Offering the flexibility of two ovens and greater capacity, most double ovens are built-in with a full-sized multifunction or fan oven below a smaller conventional oven with integrated grill, very useful if when preparing different food types at the same time.

If you want a built-under double oven you will retain the same flexibility, but will lose some capacity, as the main oven is about 75% of the size of a standard built-in oven.

Single and Double electric ovens are available in the following choices:

Conventional

In a conventional electric oven the thermostat controls the heat in the middle of the oven. This creates 'heat zones' so that the oven will be hotter at the top and cooler at the bottom. A conventional electric oven needs pre-heating before you start cooking to reach cooking temperature.

Fan-Assisted

A fan mounted in the rear of the oven circulates air through a heating element for rapid heat up and uniform cooking performance on all shelves, a fan-assisted oven will also cook faster than a conventional oven, and use less energy!

Multi-Function

A multi-function oven uses different combinations of fan, heating elements and grill to create different cooking environments for different types of cooking.

Common cooking modes include: Conventional; Fan-Assisted; Grill; Grill & Fan (grilling with the door closed); Bottom heat (for crisping pies, pizza bases etc.); Top heat only (for browning); Defrost (ideal for meat or delicate foods such as gateaux).

Other oven features to look for:

Timers

There are two general types of timer available:

  • Minute minder, simply set the cooking time and an alarm sounds once the time is up.

  • Programmable timer, which allows you to pre-set the oven start and finish times.

Easy-Cleaning

Most ovens are coated in smooth enamel, which resistant to the burning-on of grease and food. Some ovens are supplied with self-cleaning Catalytic liners which become self-cleaning at higher temperatures.

Top of the range ovens may use a Pyrolytic cleaning system that operates at very high temperatures. This cleans every part of the oven interior by raising the temperature to 500 degrees C, and turning all deposits into ash.

Grills

Grills fall into 3 main types:

  • Fixed - raise or lower the grill pan to control cooking.

  • Variable - allows you to set the cooking temperature.

  • Twin Grill - gives you the option of using the full grill or half the grill for cooking items.

Glass Doors

Offer visibility of cooking progress but also have a safer cool touch surface.

Air-Cooled Oven Doors

Some ovens have a fan system which pulls air between the inner and outer glass on the oven door. This keeps the outer surface of the oven door cool enough to touch.

Oven Capacity

All our ovens have their cooking capacity listed in litres for easy comparison.

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Built-In Cooker Hoods

To minimise condensation and make cooking on the hob a greater pleasure, two types of Cooker Hood are available:

Filter

In this case, air can be re-circulated through the cooker hood and this is done through a washable grease filter, then a replaceable charcoal filter.

Extraction

This type of hood removes the air from your kitchen via ducting through an outside wall.

Cooker Hoods are available in a variety of styles; Chimney Hood, Built-In or Integrated, and widths, so choose the hood that best fits your hob and the style of your kitchen.

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Energy Efficiency

Only Electric Ovens are issued with a performance class rating for Energy. Each of these is graded from 'A - G', with 'A' being the most efficient in terms of energy consumption.

Energy Table

Energy efficiency gradings

Energy efficiency gradings for electric ovens are the responsibility of the appliance manufacturers and their work is monitored by Trading Standards. Standard tests are carried out by heating a brick, and efficiency gradings of A-G applied, with A being the most efficient. Gas ovens and cookers are excluded from this testing, as are grill compartments or ovens incorporating a microwave.

Energy Saving Tips

Save Energy & Money by following these simple steps:

  • Look for an oven with a see-through door so you can check cooking progress without opening the oven door.

  • Consider a fan-assisted oven, this requires less or no pre-heating and saves energy on cooking.

  • Look for 'A' rated oven performance.

  • Switch the oven off after use to prevent wasting energy.

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Helplines

Supplier Helpline
AEG Electrolux 08705 350 350
Beko 08707 741 050
Belling 08712 222 503
Cannon 08701 50 60 70
Electrolux 08705 950 950
Hotpoint 08701 506 070
Indesit 08701 506 070
New World 08712 222 504
Servis 08705 168 299
Siemens 08705 678 910
Stoves 08712 222 502
Tricity Bendix 08705 950 950
Zanussi Electrolux 08705 727 727

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