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Choose the right freestanding cooker for your home

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This 50cm cooker is compact enough to fit in any kitchenFor maximum versatility and efficiency when cooking for large groups, this 90cm cooker shines with its 5 gas burners and two ovens, which can cook different foods at varying temperatures at the same time.This dual-fuel freestanding cooker contains 3 gas burners and an electric hotplate on its cooktop.

If you like appliances that can do it all, consider a freestanding cooker for your kitchen.  These versatile cookers are characterised by a combination of a cooktop and oven in a unit that can be moved anywhere in your house, as it does not require mounting to a wall.

Freestanding cookers come in a variety of sizes, with smaller ones suited to compact living spaces while larger cookers can come with a range of hobs, ovens and features that can even rival a professional kitchen’s.

Here are some factors to consider in choosing the right freestanding cooker for your kitchen:

Size of the cooker

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This 50cm cooker is compact enough to fit in any kitchen

Check that your kitchen can accommodate the freestanding cooker. Most freestanding cookers come with standard widths of 50cm and 60cm, and are well-suited to small kitchens in compact apartments. The 50-cm Electrolux EKM5542X, for example, can fit in most kitchens while containing three gas burners and one electric hotplate on its cooktop, as well as a gas oven and grill.

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For maximum versatility and efficiency when cooking for large groups, this 90cm cooker shines with its 5 gas burners and two ovens, which can cook different foods at varying temperatures at the same time.

For people with more space, larger families and want more features, the 90cm Electrolux EKG9656X, which contains 5 gas burners, two gas ovens and grills is the perfect choice . This allows more food to be cooked at once, saving you time and effort when hosting large dinner parties for friends and family.

Cooking hobs and burners

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This dual-fuel freestanding cooker contains 3 gas burners and an electric hotplate on its cooktop.

Depending on your preferences, take a look at the number and types of burners the cooker has. Most families generally find four burners adequate. Hobs on freestanding cookers typically consist of gas burners or electric hotplates, or both, in the case of the Electrolux EKM6645X.

It also depends on the type of cooking you do. Gas burners spread the heat well on the bottom of pans and woks, and are better for stir frying. Electric hot plates are usually made of materials like ceramic which are easier to clean.

Do take a look at the spacing of the burners, and ensure there is enough room to fit your pots and pans on each burner at the same time.

Ovens

Look at the cavity size of the oven to ensure it’s large enough for your needs. The internal height is important as you’ll want to ensure it can fit the large roasts you have planned. Also check what the useable space is with the shelving, and whether the shelving can be adjusted to fit different types of food.

Large freestanding cookers like the EKG9656X contain two ovens that allow you to cook different foods at different temperatures simultaneously for larger groups.

Features

Modern freestanding cookers come with a variety of features that make it convenient and safe to use. Electrolux cookers  are equipped with  auto-ignition features that make turning on the cooking flame a quick, one-step process. They are also designed and made of materials that facilitate fuss-free cleaning.

Safety features such as Sealed Burner Technology on gas burners, a safety flame device in the gas ovens and an anti-tilt device to prevent the appliance from tipping are just some of the thoughtful design features that come with every Electrolux cooker. This is important in ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience while cooking.

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