Top 10 Electric Cookers (2018 UK)

Electric cookers offer easily controllable even heat distribution and quick cleaning for a busy family home. They are excellent to cook with, especially when cooking something like a roast where you need every shelf in the oven to be at the same temperature at the same time.

However, many people opt for gas cookers over an electric cooker. So, before we get to the best electric cookers in the UK, let’s first throw our hat into the ring and put electric and gas cookers head to head.

Electric Cookers vs. Gas Cookers

Everyone has a preference when it comes to the type of cooker they like using. Your preference is typically influenced by which cooker you have used in the past. For example, if you have an electric cooker already, you’ll likely stick to what you know as your kitchen is already set up for an electric cooker and you know how to cook with an electric cooker.

However, exploring your options when buying a cooker is never a bad thing. So, here are some pros and cons of electric and gas cookers.

Electric Cookers Pros

  • Quick to cook with and easy to clean
  • Grill spreads heat evenly, but is slow to warm up

Electric Cookers Cons

  • Slightly more expensive to run

Gas Cookers Pros

  • Hob offers instant heat
  • Grill heats up instantly
  • Cheaper to run

Gas Cookers Cons

  • Hobs can be tricky to clean
  • Grill spreads heat poorly
  • Provides uneven heat

So, an electric cooker offers easy cleaning and the way it distributes heat offers easy cooking. While a gas cooker is cheaper to run, it doesn’t offer the heat control of an electric cooker.

On average, you are looking at spending about £20 a year to use a gas cooker compared to £40 a year for an electric cooker. So, depending on your yearly budget and how easy you want cooking to be, you should choose the cooker that offers the most for your home and family. Which is more important to you, cheaper running costs or being able to cook meals more easily?

Unfortunately, there’s no definite answer to the question of which type of cooker is best—electric or gas. However, if you’ve decided to buy a new electric cooker, here are some of the best electric cookers on the market right now.

Top 10 Electric Cookers in the UK

1. Zanussi ZCV66030XA Electric Ceramic Cooker

Zanussi ZCV66030XA Electric Ceramic Cooker

Top features

  • Easy to clean oven liners
  • Double oven with grill
  • Fan oven

This electric cooker boasts two large ovens suitable for cooking even the largest family meal. The bottom oven has a fan that offers perfect heat distribution throughout the oven so no matter where the food placed, it cooks evenly. The top oven plays host to the grill and a more conventional heating system making it perfect for baking and roasting.

On top, you have a four-zone ceramic hob that provides reliable and responsive heat for boiling, frying and simmering. Every part of this electric cooker is designed with easy cleaning in mind. From the ceramic hob to the enamel interior, cleaning is as easy as making the mess in the first place!

Pros

  • Heats up quickly
  • Easy to install
  • Excellent oven light
  • Great build quality

Cons

  • Doesn’t have a timer
  • Oven dial markings could be better

Summary

This is a fantastic cooker. It provides exceptional heat distribution even in the conventional top oven and has plenty of space. Even when it comes time to cook Christmas dinner, you’ll have room to spare!

 

2. Indesit ID60C2KS 60 cm Electric Ceramic Cooker

Indesit ID60C2KS 60 cm Electric Ceramic Cooker

Top features

  • Easy to clean
  • 60 cm width
  • Fan oven
  • Countdown timer

The bottom oven of this electric cooker provides perfect heat distribution using a fan to keep every corner of the oven at the same temperature. This allows you to cook food perfectly before serving.

The countdown timer and minute minder also mean that you will never over-cook food again. The minute minder is a loud alarm that can be heard from just about anywhere in the home so you can go about your business and when your food is ready, your oven will let you know.

This Indesit electric cooker is also great from a cleaning standpoint. As the surfaces in the oven are enamel, food can’t stick to them. So if you have any spills, just wipe them away and keep your oven shining.

The induction hobs above are also easy to clean and provide quick heat for frying, boiling and any other tasks you made need them for.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use
  • Heats up quickly
  • Overall performance is excellent

Cons

  • The fan is a little loud
  • No light in the top oven

Summary

This cooker is easy to clean, fairly priced and looks great. The countdown timer makes it a good alternative to the Zanussi ZCV66030XA reviewed above.

 

3. Hotpoint HARE60K Electric Cooker with Ceramic Hob

Hotpoint HARE60K Free Standing Cooker

Top features

  • Ceramic hob
  • 60 cm width
  • Fan oven

This Hotpoint electric cooker offers over 100 litres of cooking space, a vast amount of space fit for any large family meal. Baking, roasting and grilling is taken care of in the conventional top oven, while the fan-assisted bottom oven provides a perfectly heated space for any dishes that need even cooking.

Up top, you have a four-zone electric hob that is spacious enough for even the largest saucepan or wok. Thanks to the easy-to-use controls, this hob offers one of the most controllable heats on the market currently.

Pros

  • Great build quality
  • Looks great
  • Excellent value for money
  • Quiet

Cons

Some have found it complicated to use

Summary

Overall, this Hotpoint electric cooker works great.  It’s easy to clean, it’s quiet (even with the fan-assisted oven on) and heats up very quickly. This electric cooker is perfect for a busy family home where meals and cleaning need to happen fast!

 

4. Beko BDVC674MS 60 cm Electric Ceramic Cooker

Beko BDVC674MS 60 cm Electric Ceramic Cooker

Top features

  • 60 cm width
  • Double oven with grill
  • Programmable main oven
  • Easy-clean

This Beko electric cooker is the perfect choice for those who love flexibility while cooking. It boasts a ceramic hob, grill and double oven with a combined cooking area of over 100 litres. The ceramic hob has four Rapidlite heat zones. These provide fast but highly controllable heat for any boiling and frying tasks.

However, it is the programmable bottom oven that people seem really taken by in this Beko cooker. This oven makes cooking so much more efficient. You can set a time for the cooker to begin cooking and it will have your meal ready at the perfect time for you. This means that you can get your meal ready in the morning, and by the time you get home from work, it is ready and waiting for you.

Pros

  • Great internal space
  • Very quiet
  • Excellent control layout
  • Easy to use functions

Cons

  • The controls are a little less sensitive than other cookers

Summary

Overall, this is a fantastic electric cooker. It heats quickly and controllably, cleans really easy and makes cooking easy, but it still provides enough cooking power to suit even the most passionate chef.

 

5. AEG 49106IU-MN Electric Induction Cooker

AEG 49106IU-MN Electric Induction Cooker

Top features

  • Catalytic oven liners
  • Fully programmable
  • Multifunction main oven
  • Double oven with grill

With a total of 114 litres of space in the double oven, this is one of the largest capacity electric cookers on this list. However, it is still only 60 cm wide, so it will still fit in the space left from your older cooker. One of these ovens is a conventional oven with a grill to provide you with the space for roasting, baking and, of course, grilling. The bottom oven is multifunctional and provides a place that is perfectly heated throughout.

The controls of this electric cooker are what people love the most, though. The bright LED touch display provides you with every control you may need to create something delicious. From the timer and temperature settings to the cooking, the LED touch display has everything you need to make cooking your family meals quick and easy.

Pros

  • Instant heat on the hob and the ovens are quick to heat up
  • Great styling
  • Very easy to control
  • Intelligent functions know when a pan has been removed from the hob and the cooker will stop heating that hob plate

Cons

  • The timer is a little quiet and can be fiddly

Summary

This is a large-capacity cooker with a great LED touch display. It’s ideal for people who want a lot of cooking capacity and control.

 

6. Hotpoint Newstyle HAE60KS Electric Cooker with Ceramic Hob

Hotpoint Newstyle Hae60Ks 60Cm Double Oven Electric Cooker

Top features

  • Main oven is fan assisted
  • Slow cook function
  • 60 cm width
  • Residual heat indicator

This Hotpoint comes with some excellent features like a wipe-clean ceramic hob, fan-assisted main oven and conventional top oven. The four heating zones on top combined with the over 100-litre capacity below, means that you can cook Christmas dinner and still have space spare! This cooker will be the life and soul of your kitchen every day of the week.

However, it is on the colder days where this cooker comes into its own. For a hearty meal on a winter evening, you can take advantage of the slow cook feature. You can make amazing casseroles, pulled pork and tagine easily.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Looks stylish
  • Great build quality
  • Excellent features that people really use

Cons

  • Some find it noisy, but may not be used to an electric cooker

Summary

The slow cooker feature is what separates this cooker from the rest. The ease of cooking this feature provides (not to mention the counter space it saves as it replaces your slow cooker) is a dream come true for every busy household.

 

7. Zanussi Avanti ZCV680TCXA Electric Cooker with Ceramic Hob

Zanussi Avanti ZCV680TCXA Free Standing Cooker

Top features

  • Large capacity, twin oven
  • Separate fan oven and electric grill
  • 60 cm width
  • Easy to clean hob and enamel oven liners

This is a large capacity electric cooker is perfect for even the biggest of family meals. It has an impressive 72 litre capacity in the fan-assisted bottom oven alone. While the top oven and grill is slightly smaller for the trimmings of a dinner.

Perhaps our favourite feature of this electric cooker is that the hob is warm in 5 seconds. This makes boiling, frying and anything else you need to do with the hob extremely quick. Plus, every surface of this cooker is easy to clean with the oven having enamel liners and removable double-glazed glass to allow for quick, no-fuss cleaning.

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Great for baking
  • Heats up and cools down quickly
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Limited placements for shelves in oven
  • The hob can mark easily

Summary

Overall, this is a great oven for a family home. It is simple to use and provides everything that you could possibly need an oven to provide.

 

8. Flavel Milano ML61CDS Electric Ceramic Cooker

Flavel Milano ML61CDS Electric Ceramic Cooker

Top features

  • 60 cm width
  • Single fan-assisted oven with separate grill
  • Easy clean

This Flavel electric cooker provides everything a small family or couple may need for all their cooking needs. It has one fan-assisted oven and one separate grill. The fan-assisted oven is large enough for most meals, while the grill provides the perfect way of making a full-English breakfast on a Sunday.

Although this electric cooker is smaller than others on this list, it does boast four electric rings on top. So, even if you are lacking slightly in the oven department, you still have enough rings to cook up a stir-fry or a storm!

This electric cooker also has one of the best energy ratings on this list and is just as easy to clean as the rest.

Pros

  • Heats up quickly and cooks evenly
  • Simple yet functional
  • Looks great

Cons

  • No timer
  • Not very tall oven space

Summary

If you are after a small, but efficient electric cooker, this Flavel could be just what you’re looking for.

 

9. Belling Enfield E552 55 cm Electric Ceramic Cooker

Belling Enfield E552 55 cm Electric Ceramic Cooker

Top features

  • 55 cm width
  • Fan-assisted main oven
  • Easy to clean
  • Double oven with grill

This electric cooker is smaller than most on this list, but that can help in a smaller kitchen. Where space is an issue, this electric cooker will be your best friend. Its stylish, yet simple design would look great in any modern flat or small home and its fairly spacious interior will provide you with everything you need to cook a meal for you and your partner or small family.

This electric cooker has an A energy rating, one of the highest on this list. It is also a breeze to clean with removable glass and enamel linings.

The fan-assisted bottom oven can help you create evenly cook meals while the grill and top oven can help you concentrate the heat and get some crispy bacon and toppings on your crumble.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Heats quickly and evenly
  • Stylish and modern

Cons

  • The numbers on the oven dials can be hard to see
  • The dials turn anti-clockwise which can be a pain if you are used to the dials operating the other way

Summary

This is a simple yet very functional electric cooker, perfect for a small family home.

 

10. Logik LFTC50W16 Electric Ceramic Cooker

LOGIK LFTC50W16 Electric Ceramic Cooker

Top features

  • 50 cm width
  • Single, fan-assisted oven with separate grill
  • Easy to clean

This electric cooker from Logik is the smallest on our list coming in at only 50 cm wide. However, this is perfect for a small kitchen in a flat or small home. Plus, overall it has about 85 litres of capacity in both ovens plus four hob plates on top, so, it isn’t exactly tiny! You may not be able to cook a Tudor feast in this electric cooker, but you will certainly be able to cook for two or three easily.

The electric grill on top is full width so no matter the size of the meal you want to grill, you’ll get total coverage. Plus, the fan-assisted bottom oven provides all the heat your meat and veg could need before it’s ready to eat.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Heats up quickly
  • Great electric cooker for small homes
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Only has one oven rack
  • Fan oven is a little noisy if you aren’t used to fan-assisted ovens

Summary

Overall, this is a basic electric cooker, but it’s affordable, built well and will serve a small family well for years.

 

Conclusion

We hope this look at the best electric cookers in the UK has helped you choose your next cooker. If we had to pick just one to recommend it would be the Zanussi ZCV66030XA. It’s one of the most highly rated and popular electric cookers in the UK right now, and offers all the essential features the average home chef needs.