The In-Stock Appliance Superstore

We're still delivering as usual! Our delivery drivers will only deliver into your property if they consider it is safe to do so. We would prefer you to accept your delivery to your doorstep whenever possible.

If you purchase a large appliance such as a range cooker or American fridge freezer we will contact you to offer our two man delivery service. The two man team can deliver into your property using all available safety precautions.

We are still accepting online and telephone orders, however our showroom is closed until further notice.

Cookers

Freestanding cookers are the most common form of cookers and are available in a variety of widths, colours, fuel types. Designed to fit into a space between your kitchen units, freestanding cookers are not built into the kitchen so can be easier to move and install.

 

Product Size

All freestanding cookers are roughly the same height and depth and they come in three standard widths - 50cm, 55cm and 60cm - so check what space you have available in your kitchen.

All cookers on our website have the dimensions (H) x (W) x (D) displayed with them.  These measurements refer to the overall exterior of the appliance.  The height is how tall the appliance is, the width is the measurement from side to side, and the depth is the measurement from front to back.

Manufacturers generally recommend an additional 5 mm, known as the recess dimensions, around the cooker to allow for ventilation and to prevent overheating.

 

Dual Fuel, Electric or Gas?

There are three kinds of cookers; gas, electric and dual fuel which uses both gas and electric. Although all three kinds will get your food cooked they go about it in very different ways, each with their own advantages.

Dual Fuel cookers normally have a gas hob with an electric oven giving you the best of both worlds and are generally the most popular choice of fuel types.

Electric cookers have the advantage of oven fans, which help to spread the heat around the oven cavity.

Models with an induction hob heat quickly and efficiently, but you’ll need iron-based pans, such as stainless steel, if you’re cooking on an induction hob. If a fridge magnet sticks to a pan, then it will work on an induction hob.

Gas cookers are the cheapest to cook with and the hobs on gas cookers are easy to control and provide instant heat when you need it.

 

Single or Double Oven?

Some cookers are available with a single oven or a double oven, so depending on your needs this is something else you should consider, before making your purchase.

Single ovens only have one oven to bake, roast and grill in, but there’s usually enough space to cook most things. Only having one oven to cook with will be a limitation for some, particularly if you’re looking to bake and grill at the same time, or if you’ve got a lot of cooking to do.

Double ovens offer more cooking options than a single and there are two types: double built-in and the smaller double built-under. The main difference is how tall they are, so choose the right type for your kitchen based on the space you have available.

 

Capacity

The capacity is the size of cavity inside your oven as measured in litres which gives a good indication of how much food it can cook but you should also consider the shape of the oven and the number of shelves. For example a 50 litre oven with three shelves can cook three times the amount of Yorkshire puddings as a 35 litre oven with one shelf.

 

Special Features

Automatic ignition - Most gas burners ignite automatically when the burner knob is pushed. These are more convenient to use than a separate ignition.

Fan oven - Most electric cookers come with a fan to distribute the heat evenly around the oven. On cookers with two electric ovens, one usually has a fan and the other is conventionally heated by upper and lower heating elements.

Multi-function oven - Many freestanding cookers come with multifunction ovens, which allow you to cook with a variety of heat sources independently or in combination, such as the grill and fan together.

Programmable ovens - These turn the cooker on, time your cooking and will turn the cooker off when the food is done.


Hot Zone


It's important for your appliance to be installed safely. Before purchasing a new hob or cooker you must take the 'Hot Zone' into consideration. This applies to both gas and electric models.

The 'Hot Zone' is the area directly above your cooker or hob. No gas or electric hob or cooker can be installed if there are fixtures and fittings which are not heat resistant within the 'Hot Zone'. This includes but is not limited to; any plug sockets - including the cooker switch, shelves and cupboards, boilers and wallpaper. 

Please see our diagram illustrating the 'Hot Zone' to help you determine whether or not you have anything which may need to be adjusted for safety prior to installation.


Ventilation

If you have chosen a gas appliance please keep in mind that gas safety regulations state that you must install a gas appliance in a room which has adequate ventilation. This means that you must have either a window or a door leading to the outside. 

If you don't have a window or a door leading to the outside you should opt for an electric model instead.

 

Existing Gas and/or Electric Supplies


Please check that your current gas and/or electrc supplies are within 1.5 metres of the location you intend to have your appliance installed.

If we are installing your appliance for you we can provide up to 1.5 metres of gas hose and/or electric cable to connect your new appliance to your existing supplies. Gas appliances do not come with the gas hose or and electrical models which require hardwiring do not come with the wire.

Please be aware that gas models also require a 13A electrical supply.


Electrical Connection 

Before buying a new cooker it's important to take into consideration whether you need a hardwired or plug in model. Some cookers require more power than others. 

If you have a 13A plug socket then you need to purchase a model with a 13A plug connection.

If you have a 32A wall socket then you may purchase a hardwired model or you may hardwire a 13A plug in model.

If you're unsure what type of connection you have please refer to our diagram.

Please be aware that gas models also require a 13A electrical supply.

   

 

 

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