There are major differences to standalone and fitted electric cookers. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Careful consideration of these will help the consumer to make the best purchase for his or her kitchen.
Stand alone cookers
Standalone electric cookers have the obvious advantage of having an oven as well as three or four burners. Some models have interchangeable parts, such as a griddle, grill or regular burners. This allows great versatility in the kitchen.
Slow cooking ovens, induction ovens and fast cooking ovens are all available choices for the consumer. Some models incorporate both slow and regular cooking ovens in one model.
The disadvantages of standalone cookers are size and price. The cooker must fit into the allotted space. If the chosen cooker is too large; reorganising the kitchen can prove awkward and be time consuming. If too small a cooker is chosen for a large kitchen and family, a second cooker may be needed at higher expense.
It must work with the existing power. Too little power and the cooker will take forever to work while too much power could melt the wiring and start a fire. Since the cooker and oven(s) are one unit, the price is higher.
Fitted electric cookers cost considerably less than standalone models. However, the advantages allow the customer to choose the right cooker for their kitchen whether it is a flat or a detached house.
Fitted cookers are made in a variety of widths and heights and depths. Nearly any space can be utilized for installation and use.
Cookers come with single or dual ovens, some with slow ovens. Keep in mind however, that the smaller the cooker, the fewer features it will have. That won’t make a difference in a small flat, where cooking a meal is the main goal.
Fitted countertop cookers are special. Ovens must be purchased separately, but fitted ovens abound on the market. These cookers have the advantage of having storage cabinets installed underneath them. They make a great choice for small flats, where available space in the kitchen must be utilised.
Many caravans have fitted cookers and fitted countertop cookers. Standalone cookers will not work in a caravan.
First, measure the space for the fitted or standalone cooker. Next, note the power source and the features you would like to have. Take your list shopping with you. The sales person will be happy to help you find the right model for your needs. If several models fit your description, choose the one that uses the least electricity to save money. It may cost more when purchased, but over time the energy savings will pay for the difference. Fitted or standalone, your cooker will last for decades.
James Robertshaw is a qualified electrician who who regualry installs a viarety of electric cookers as part of his job.