When considering cooking options in your kitchen, you can either go with a separate hob and built-in oven or buy a free-standing cooker.
The first thing to consider when buying the latter is the size, especially if it has to fit into a certain space amongst your kitchen units. Standard cookers come in widths of 50cm, 55cm or 60cm. Range cookers are found in widths of 90cm, 100cm or 11ocm.
Consider the fuel supply available – gas or electricity or, if your house has both, you may want to consider a dual fuel cooker with a gas hob and an electric cooker. If you are looking for a standard sized cooker, then do you want an eye level grill or one that is incorporated in the top of the oven? For those who are lucky enough to have room to install a range cooker with a double oven, then check out the size of the interior of the ovens. Is there room to cook a Christmas roast turkey plus the trimmings? Do you want your oven to have storage space at the bottom for your baking tins and roasting dishes? This may reduce the size of the oven, so you will need to weigh up the benefits and drawbacks.
An cooker with electric ceramic hobs is very easy to keep clean. You may want a hob with electric induction rings which are easy to control and heat up very quickly though do remember that you will need to make sure that all your pans are iron based or made of stainless steel. Gas rings are quick to react when turned up or down but a hob with gas rings may be more tricky to clean.