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Buying a Range Cooker?

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Imagine the disappointment of purchasing a cooker for your new kitchen, getting it delivered to your house, unwrapping it – only to find it doesn’t fit or isn’t the right shade to match your cabinets.

A good, high quality range cooker could last you many years and should be seen as an investment. Therefore, you need to make sure that it is the right appliance for your home. Here are 6 common mistakes that you should avoid in order to make the perfect purchase.

1.      It doesn’t fit

You’ve bought a 100cm range cooker, when you actually only have enough space for a 90cm. Make sure you measure your kitchen properly before ordering the size – and check with the manufacturer, as many will require you to leave space between your cooker and cabinets.

2.      It sticks out beyond your work surfaces

Measuring the depth of the range cooker is just as important as considering the size. Some cookers are quite deep, so they may stick out if you do not have adequate space. The average range cooker is 60cm in depth.

3. The colour clashes with the cabinets

A cream-coloured cooker should automatically match cream-coloured cabinets, right? Wrong. One company’s shade spectrum may be completely different to other firms, so get a colour swatch for certainty. The colour may also clash; so choose complementing colours- like red/black and green/cream.

4.    It costs too much to run

Different range cookers have varying running costs and the difference can be considerable. You can calculate the efficiency beforehand, to estimate the costs of your energy bills.

5.      I don’t have enough power supply

It is worth checking your electricity supply to make sure it can cater to your range cooker’s power needs. Different brands and types of cookers may have different power requirements. Check before you buy in case you need to make arrangements to re-wire the power outlet. Note: this should be done by a qualified engineer.

6.      It doesn’t cater to my cooking habits

All range cookers have different features that can accommodate various cooking methods. If you do a lot of grilling, consider a cooker with a separate grill compartment. A pint of water will boil in 1.5 minutes, compared to three minutes by gas.

Have you found yourself in the problematic scenario in which you have purchased a range cooker but found it to just not quite be right? Has it been unsatisfactory for some reason? What mistake have you experienced? Let us know your stories below!

This article was provided by Britannia Living, specialists in premium kitchen appliances. Visit the website for more information and guidance on choosing a range cooker.

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 12:06 am

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