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The Different Types of Range Cookers, Explained

The range cooker sits at the heart of the kitchen, helping you prepare everything from roasted and baked dishes to boiled, sautéed and grilled stovetop meals.

Like other kitchen appliances, range cookers come in a wide range of designs and types, from classic gas ranges to modern induction hobs. Below, we’ve explained how these range cooker designs differ, as well as the key advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Electric

Electric range cookers are made up of an electric oven — or, in the case of a large range cooker, several electric ovens — as well as several electric hobs on for boiling water and cooking dishes in a pan.

Quick to heat up, the ovens used in electric ranges are great for preparing meals that require a consistent, steady supply of heat. The downside of electric ranges it that their hobs tend to use more energy than gas models — by some estimates, as much as three times the total amount.

Electric hobs can also take slightly longer to heat up than gas or induction models, meaning it’s often better to opt for a range cooker with a gas stovetop if you prepare lots of dishes using the stovetop.

Gas

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Gas range cookers are common, efficient and effective, offering the same design as an electric range cooker but with gas as an energy source. This gives them a range of unique advantages that aren’t available in other types of range cooker.

First, gas range cookers heat up quickly, whether you’re using the oven or stovetop. They tend to produce a slightly more moist form of heat than electric ovens, making a gas range cooker a good option if you prepare lots of roasted food.

Gas range cookers are also extremely efficient and cost effective, meaning you’ll spend less to run your kitchen than you would with a similar electric model. The only problem is reliability — as a result of having more moving parts, these model tends to require more range cooker repairs.

Dual Fuel

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Dual fuel range cookers combine the convenience of an electric oven with the precise, fast heat of a gas stovetop. This combination makes dual fuel a good option if you need the fast heat of a gas stovetop with the predictability and low maintenance needs of an electric oven.

Like electric and gas range cookers, dual fuel range cookers are highly popular. Easy to use yet ideal for experienced chefs, range cookers of this type are a good alternative to the two options listed above if you’re a cooking enthusiast looking for the best of both worlds.

Induction

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Induction range cookers combine a conventional gas or electric oven — or, for larger units, two or more separate ovens — with an stovetop that’s equipped with magnet-based induction hobs for fast, efficient heating.

Using a magnetic connection, the induction hobs on this type of range cooker can heat the pan, pot or other metal cookware without producing any indirect heat. This means you won’t feel any indirect heat when you cook using the stovetop.

Induction hobs are extremely fast to heat, meaning you’ll be able to boil water, cook food and do other tasks in less time than with a gas or electric stovetop. Finally, induction stovetops are very efficient, meaning you’ll spend less to run your kitchen than you would with an electric model.

Which type of range cooker is best?

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As any cooking enthusiast will know, no two chefs have the same preferences when it comes to equipment. This means there’s no “best” type of range cooker for everyone — instead, there are several different options to suit every chef’s cooking style and needs.

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3 Key Home Maintenance Jobs You Don’t Want to Forget

Nationwide, the average home maintenance spending is around $16,000 every year, which is significantly higher than what many experts recommend, but this spending is essential to keep your home in top condition. Decorating and making your home stylish is important in order to make your house feel like a home; but maintaining your home is just as important. Neglecting maintenance tasks can leave your home vulnerable to damage that will cost a lot to repair in the long run.

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Cleaning your guttering 

Your gutters need to be cleaned out at least twice a year to prevent debris from building up and blocking them, which can lead to water damage that costs an average of $681 to repair. There’s also the risk of the guttering becoming heavy and breaking away from your home altogether. It’s a messy job that needs to be done right, which professionals can help with. They’re also likely to spot and clean problematic areas and prevent them from becoming an expensive repair job down the line. Arrange for professionals to clean your guttering every six months to stay on top of it.

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Have a deep clean

It’s easy to do lots of small cleaning chores around the home, like laundry, washing up and cleaning the bathroom, but doing a deep clean once or twice a year is essential for keeping your home clean and hygienic. This includes jobs like taking everything out of cupboards and closets to clean inside, cleaning windows and curtains, and dusting and removing cobwebs in every nook and cranny. You may not even realize that these things are dirty until you start to clean them, but the end result will be worth it. Your home will smell and look fresher, as well as being spotless.

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Maintain your kitchen and bathroom

Kitchens and bathrooms are usually the most expensive and most used rooms in the home, so they deserve a little extra attention to keep them looking and working their best. Regularly inspect the grouting around tiles and clean or repair as required. There’s no point having a beautiful bathroom or kitchen that you’ve decorated exactly how you want for it to be poorly maintained and start to look neglected after just a year or two. You should also check for any small leaks that could easily go unnoticed, anything from a dripping tap to a hole in a pipe will be wasting water and your money, as well as having the potential to damage your property.

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Keeping up with regular maintenance jobs throughout the year will keep your home looking it’s best, as well as helping to save you money on big repair jobs.

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