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RANGE COOKER BUYERS GUIDE – CHOOSING THE PERFECT MODEL

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This guide will simplify the buying process by steering you through the ranges, features and technologies from Smeg

11/05/2017

The kitchen is the heart of the home – and cooking is at the heart of what we do here at Smeg. A passion for cooking deserves an outstanding cooker that will enable you to create great dishes whilst adding character and style to your home.

Our collection of range cookers are award winning, recently recognised for Which Best Buys and Red Dot Design awards, thanks to Smeg’s solid build quality, design and technology. With this in mind, we have put together this buying guide to help you select the most suitable range cooker for your needs! Regardless of whether you’re conducting a full kitchen redesign or replacing an old cooker, this guide will simplify the buying process by steering you through the various ranges, features and technologies available from Smeg.

Fuel type

Gas, electric or dual fuel? The first step to finding the perfect range cooker for you is deciding which type of fuel to be used. In the UK, many prefer an electric oven cavity as the heat is easier to control, especially in a Smeg oven which utilises our Circulaire technology. It also allows for multi-function cooking where by users can use a combination of heat from the top and the bottom, the grill and the fan. However, for those used to cooking with gas, we also supply a gas cavity cooker which tends to have a graduated temperature which some prefer for versatility.

Once the cavity fuel has been chosen, the hob is just as important. Some cooking enthusiasts prefer the visual element to cooking with gas and the instant heat is perfect for intense Asian cooking. However, improvements in induction technology now make it one of the most popular choices, due to the instant heat, low controllable simmer and cool to touch glass.

The choice is yours; combine a gas hob with an electric cavity like the impressive A3-7 120cm Opera, have all electric with traditional styling found with the beautiful TR4110 110cm Victoria, or enjoy an all gas option with our modern take on traditional cooking.

Space, size and fit

Selecting a cooker that will fit comfortably in your kitchen is also a factor to consider. Whether freestanding or built-in, we have models ranging from a small 35-litre capacity (60cm wide) to an ample 115 litres (150cm wide – the largest in the industry), many of which have finished side panels for complete flexibility if installed away from furniture. If you have limited space, then perhaps a model such as the neat SUK62MBL8 ‘concert’ 60cm cooker is for you, as it will fit snugly into your kitchen units. However, if you have more space available to play with, then a large centre piece cooker such as the impressive A5-8 with gas hob might be preferable.

Cavity layout

The size of your cooker will begin to narrow your cavity layout options however it is worth giving layout some consideration. For example, our 90cm cookers are available not only in various aesthetics but also with a single, dual or triple cavity layout. For those who like the flexibility of a separate grill, the stainless steel SY93I cooker is a good choice, allowing ultimate versatility with three spacious cavities to choose from. However, if you would rather two more spacious cavities, then the dual cavity SY92PX8 cooker might be a better option. Across the collections, Smeg provides a wide selection of options with anything from one to four cavities available, allowing you to choose the perfect layout for your cooking needs.

Style

Italian style and design detail is at the heart of Smeg’s ethos, therefore it comes as no surprise that our range cooker collections are available in a wide choice of finishes and styles – industrial, traditional or bright. Spanning 13 colours, from pastel green to bright yellow, stainless steel and gloss black, there’s a Smeg range cooker to suit your kitchen.

If you’re looking for a contemporary design, one of the sleek models in the Symphony range is one to consider, such as the SY93BL in a striking black. If a traditional kitchen is more your taste, the iconic ‘Victoria’ range (inspired by Smeg’s original 1948 ‘Elisabeth’ collection) is guaranteed to add heart and soul to the room. Particularly popular is the TR93 model, featuring a 68 litre main oven, grill and a 9-levelled side oven, perfect for cooking multiple dishes at once.

Cleaning preferences

Buying a beautiful appliance is important but keeping it looking that way shouldn’t be difficult. With Smeg it doesn’t need to be.

The entire collection of Smeg range cookers have been designed and built to ensure cleaning is as quick and simple as possible. Easy clean enamel features in every cavity making it difficult for dirt to stick however when it does, labour-saving technologies such as pyrolytic and vapour clean are available across the range. Some models, such as the 110cm TR4110AZ Victoria cooker, include vapour clean, a preset programme which heats a small amount of water within the cavity to soften grease dirt, making it far quicker to remove. Other models, such as the 90cm SY92IPX8 Symphony cooker, the pyrolytic function heats the interior cavity to 500⁰C, turning grime to ash which is then easily wiped away with a damp cloth. As part of the programme the oven door is locked for safety and the glass is quadruple glazed making it touchable and cool on the outside for total peace of mind. 

Hoods and splashbacks

Each range cooker on offer at Smeg can be completed with a complementing hood and splashback. Available in coloured glass or stainless steel, splashbacks are a cost effective alternative to tiles and improve hygiene as there is no grout line to collect dirt and grease. When it comes to a choosing a hood, Smeg supply various types and aesthetics to match the cooker. Whether it’s a chimney, integrated, island or retro 50s style you require, there’s one to match your oven.

Additional extras

If you are a keen cook or budding baker there are a number of additional accessories available to enhance your cooking experience. For example, the recently introduced Teppanyaki Grill Plate TPKTR9 for Opera cookers is especially designed for cooking exotic dishes that many have never explored. A number of models such as the 90cm TR90X9 come with a special pizza stone accessory in the base of the oven, enabling users to make authentic stone baked pizzas in a matter of minutes. A particularly special extra featured in the Opera dual cavity A2BL-8 is an in-oven rotisserie kit.

Introducing the Portofino

For a dash of added personality, then perhaps the Italian Riviera inspired Portofino range is for you? These brightly coloured cookers, such as the CPF9GPYW in vibrant yellow, are sure to make a statement in your kitchen and, due to the coloured sides, you can choose for it to be free standing or built in with your units. Alongside novel colour-ways, the Portofino range is Smeg’s most technically advanced cooker yet; the 126 litre cavity has three fans and five cooking levels. The cookers also benefit from a LCD displays, 12 function and 20 automatic programmes including pyrolytic cleaning.

Now you have the essential information, click here to view our entire Range Cooker collection and pick the best Smeg cooker for you!