Cookers are essential in any household. Whether you’re remodeling your entire kitchen or simply shopping for a replacement, you’ll be spoiled for choice. With such a wide range of options to choose from, you’ll have to do some research on which cooker best suits your needs. So in this article, we’ll be sharing some considerations for choosing the right cooker.
You’ve probably already heard the terms “oven,” “stove,” and “range.” But did you know that these refer to different kinds of cookers? A lot of people use these terms interchangeably, but there are subtle distinctions that are often overlooked.
An oven is simply a box that heats up to cook food. A stove is an enclosed space that uses fuel to provide heat. You don’t cook in it like you would with an oven. Instead, you make use of the stovetop or cooktop. Lastly, a range is a combination of both.
When choosing what cooker type to purchase, it’s best to consider your cooking habits. If you cook multiple things simultaneously, it might be a good idea to invest in a stove or range with plenty of stovetops. If you enjoy baking, you could opt to get double wall ovens.
Space and Aesthetics
Once you know what type of cooker you want, it’s time to measure the space available in your kitchen. It would be far from ideal to buy a cooker, only to find that it doesn’t fit in your home correctly. For a more efficient use of space, The Spruce recommends the kitchen work triangle design, which places your sink, refrigerator, and cooker in a triangular fashion. This design ensures that your three most important kitchen appliances are close (but not too close) together.
It would also be worth getting a cooker that matches the style of your kitchen. Here at Lucciare we recommend that you accompany your new cooker with a kitchen countertop made from engineered stone. Not only are they visually pleasing, but they’re also easy to clean. Quartz countertops are an excellent choice for their smooth surfaces and sleek designs.
Your cooker could be fueled by gas, electricity, induction technology, or a combination of any of the three.
One important issue to note concerns home safety and gas-powered cookers. An article on HomeServe Living states there’s a risk of gas leaks with gas appliances that are poorly fitted, not maintained properly, or just downright faulty. Having it inspected regularly is the best course of action in this case, but even so, gas appliances can be a headache to maintain.
Meanwhile, induction cookers are the most efficient option. The BBC explains that they produce heat using copper wire coils, and this generates heat inside of the magnetizable pans, not on the surface of the cooktop. They’re a favorite among homeowners as they heat up fairly quickly. Plus, they use fewer fossil fuels than gas cookers, making them the more environmentally friendly choice.
Finally, your choice of cooker needs to adhere to your budget. Decide on how much you’re willing to spend, and then make a decision based on that.
The bigger and more advanced the cooker, the more expensive it’s going to be. The average cost of a new oven with standard controls is $2,000, while induction ranges start at $1,000 to $3,500 for high-end models like Bosch’s induction slide-in range. Meanwhile, gas and electric stoves don’t have a huge difference in price ranges. Gas stovetops are on the higher price range at $760 for a low-end model, while an electric stove can set you back $660. Quality cookers might cost more, but they’re a worthy long-term investment.
These are all important considerations when shopping for your new cooker. Make sure to study your options carefully before making your purchase, because you’re going to be using them a lot. Happy cooking!