Freestanding Cooker FAQ’s
If you’re in the market for a new freestanding cooker, but you’re not quite sure what it is you’re looking for or you have some unanswered questions, then our buying guide is here to help.
What is a freestanding cooker?
A freestanding cooker is a cooker that stands on 4 legs and is a complete package; including a hob on the top, an oven and some models have a grill too.
These types of cookers will fit into a space that you already have, so between two pieces of worktop or at the end of one all depending on what size of cooker you buy, or the size of the space you have to fill. Freestanding cookers come in various sizes and Amica offer a great choice, with gas, electric or induction hobs.
A freestanding cooker means that all cooking can be in one place and you don’t have to buy a separate hob and oven which could be costly. They also give you flexibility as you can choose from one or two cookers giving you lots of cooking space.
Gas cookers VS electric cookers
Ultimately the decision is yours and it all depends on which one you prefer, but here is our guide to help you choose.
It is said that on average gas cookers are cheaper than electric cookers but this all depends on how often you use your cooker. But it isn’t all about cost, as you may prefer to use one method of cooking more than the other, based on how well it performs for you.
Pros of gas cookers
Cooking with gas is very responsive and easy to control using dials to turn the required heat up or down. The heat is evenly distributed across the pan when cooking with gas and less heat is wasted. Gas cookers also produce cleaner a cleaner heat so they are more environmentally friendly.
Unlike electric cookers if there was a power cut, a gas cooker could still be used.
Cons of gas cookers
Although cooking with gas is great, like all good things it can have its drawbacks. In a gas oven the heat isn’t distributed as evenly as an electric fan oven, because a gas oven doesn’t have a fan to circulate the air around the entire cavity. Gas ovens are typically hotter at the top than they are at the bottom which some people like and find it easier to work with.
Gas hobs can be more difficult to clean because of the raised burners, control knobs and pans supports. In comparison to simply wiping a seamless surface clean as you would a ceramic hob or induction hob.
Installation is very important with any gas cooker as you will need to ensure that it is installed by a qualified and Gas Safe Registered professional.
Electric typically costs more than gas per unit so it will cost more to run an electric cooker when compared to a gas cooker. However electric cookers tend to provide a more sleek and modern look, with easy to clean surfaces. But electric cookers that have electric plate hobs don’t provide the sleek surface to wipe as they have raised plates.
Pros of electric cookers
Most electric ovens are built with fans that help to circulate the warm air, offering a better heat distribution around the oven cavity. The fans help to circulate the warm air, unlike a gas oven which tends to be hotter at the top an electric oven cavity is heated all the way through.
Ceramic hobs are known for being easy to clean as they have a smooth flat surface, in comparison to gas hobs that have pan supports and control knobs. This is also the same with electric plate hobs as they are not as easy to wipe as induction or ceramic hobs are. Nearly all electric hobs are touch control which makes them easier to clean as there is no room for dirt to hide. If cooking using an electric induction hob you will notice quicker cooking times as induction hobs are more efficient when it comes to heating up the contents of the pan with no residual heat.
Cons of electric cookers
If you have changed from using a gas cooker to an electric cooker, you will notice that the running costs may be slightly higher, this is because electric costs more than gas does.
If you are using a cooker that has an electric ceramic hob, a downside to this type of hob is that they tend to retain the heat after use. After you have turned the power off the hob will still be hot to touch, this is something that you need to be aware of.
Now you know the advantages and disadvantages of both types of cookers it is down to you to decide which is going to suit your lifestyle best.
Why not check out our complete range of freestanding cookers to find out which is best for you.
What are dual fuel cookers?
A dual fuel cooker is simply a freestanding cooker that combines the best of both gas and electric cooking. It has the responsiveness and power of a gas hob with an effective electric fan oven. Dual fuel cookers ensure that you are using different types of fuel to the best of their ability, meaning you are getting the best out of your cooker.
What are catalytic liners?
Catalytic liners are fitted on the sides of your oven walls and are there to absorb grease and food residue. During cooking, liquids and fats are released, dirtying your oven.
The liners protect the walls from becoming dirty and simply soak up the grease ready to be changed when they become saturated. Catalytic liners are great for cutting down on cleaning time, giving you more time to enjoy cooking.
Are all cookers the same size?
When buying a cooker, it is good to pay close attention to the size of the appliance as it needs to be able to fit into the space you are looking at fitting it in to.
There are typically two standard sizes for freestanding cookers they are 50cm and 60cm, but this can vary depending on the brand. The 50cm models are considered slim line and the 60cm are seen as regular. Amica offer two sizes of freestanding cookers they are also 50cm and 60cm.
Are cookers a standard size and height?
Yes cookers are a standard size in height, with a width range that lets you choose between either a 50cm or 60cm wide model. This all depends on the space available in your kitchen, and whether you choose a single or twin cooking cavity.
Freestanding cookers are generally 90cm tall so that they are in line with the standard height of a worktop.
It is useful to bear in mind that range cookers will be a different size to freestanding cookers as they are ordinarily larger and offer more cooking space. They either come in widths of 90cm, 100cm or 110cm dependent on what model you choose. However the height will still be the standard 90cm, again to be in line with your kitchen work tops.
Make sure that when you are buying a freestanding cooker, you measure the space you are planning to fit the cooker into. As it needs to be big enough to fit the cooker, but also have some space around it for ventilation.
To help you decide which cooker you want to buy, read our choosing a cooker buying guide.
Are cookers classed as white goods?
White goods are large home appliances that are typically only available in the colour white. Although now you can buy appliances in a multitude of colours, but they are still known as white goods.
White goods consist of cookers, freezers, fridges, washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers. So yes, cookers are classed as white goods. There are also 2 other categories to describe household appliances:
Brown goods refer to consumer electronics, they are items such as radios, computers, TVs and games consoles.
Small appliances are simply what they say they are, small! They can typically be found in your kitchen on your worktop; such as a toaster, coffee maker, juicer or blender.
It can be difficult to know the difference between the classifications of household appliances, as there are so many! Put simply a household appliance is a machine or device that you have in your home that helps to do jobs such as cooking, washing and heating or cooling.