A range cooker is a cooker that includes a hob and an oven. It can be a handy addition to any kitchen and often makes an attractive centrepiece.
If a range cooker is electric, it means that both the hob and cooker are powered by electricity. You can also get gas-powered range cookers and dual-fuel ranges.
If you’re considering getting an electric range cooker, there are several things you need to consider before you buy and install it.
Read on to find out the answers to 8 top electric range cooker FAQs.
1. Who can install an electric range cooker?
An electric range cooker should be installed by a registered electrician. They will be aware of wiring regulations and make sure that your cooker is installed safely and correctly.
2. Where can I install an electric range cooker?
You can technically install an electric range cooker anywhere, as long as it’s not in a room containing a bath or shower. Wherever the cooker is, it should be in area with:
- Good light
- No draughts
- Sufficient air supply
3. How much space should I leave on either side of my range cooker?
You can install most cookers flush to the sides of your kitchen cabinets. However, it’s a good idea to leave a gap between them anyway so that your cooker can be serviced, cleaned and moved if necessary. The commonly recommended space is about 2.5mm on each side of your cooker.
Some cookers need even more than this, otherwise they can damage your kitchen cabinets. If you’re not sure about what your electric range cooker needs, it’s best to ask your installer or get in touch with the manufacturer.
4. How much space should I leave between my range cooker and the cooker hood?
Range cooker hoods should be installed between 65 -75cm above the hob. However, you should check installation instructions, as some cooker hood styles need to be installed slightly lower. If you fit your cooker hood too high, it will reduce extraction performance.
5. How high should I install my cooker?
Cookers usually look best if they’re installed at the same height as the work surfaces they’re next to. Most range cookers have adjustable legs so that they match a range of work surface heights.
If you want your range cooker to match your work surface height, make sure that your installer knows this before they get started.
6. What depth should my cooker be?
Most cookers have a depth of 60cm. This matches the standard depth of kitchen cabinets. However, you can get cookers and work surfaces that are shallower or deeper.
Range cookers usually look best if they match the surfaces next to them. If you want your electric range cooker to do this, make sure you measure your work surfaces before you go looking for a cooker.
7. Does my range cooker need a safety bracket?
A safety bracket or anti-tip device is a piece of metal with a u-shaped slot. It attaches to your cooker and either a wall or the floor to prevent your cooker from tipping over.
It depends on how heavy your range cooker is as to whether you need a safety bracket. A very heavy cooker should stay in place without one whereas a lighter one will probably need one. If your electric range cooker needs a safety bracket, this will probably come with it.
8. Does my cooker need a plinth?
A plinth is a solid base that your cooker can sit on. Many cookers come with a plinth as standard. It raises your cooker up from the ground and makes it easier to use. It will also make your cooker look in-keeping with your kitchen units if they sit on plinths too.
However, a range cooker can also work effectively and look good without a plinth. If you don’t want one, make sure you check that the cooker you want doesn’t come with or need a plinth before you buy it.
So now you should know more about electric range cookers and installing them. If you want to fit one in your home and are looking for an installer, we can help. Fill in our online form and we’ll put you in touch with up to 4 electricians in your local area.