Top 10 Best Electric Cookers (2019 UK)

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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
  • Easy to clean (especially hobs)
  • Heats evenly

Electric Cookers Cons

  • Slightly more expensive to run
  • Don’t offer instant heat
  • More expensive to run

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 freestanding electric cookers on the market right now.

Top 10 Electric Cookers in the UK

1. 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!

 

2. Beko KDC653W 60cm Electric Cooker with Ceramic Hob

Top features

  • 60 cm width
  • 2 ovens, both A rated for energy efficiency
  • Grill in second oven
  • Programmable timer
  • Enamel coating for easy cleaning

This energy-efficient cooker from Beko is very pleasing on the eye and would look great in most kitchens. As well as white, you can also get it in a black or silver finish.

This cooker’s two ovens cook evenly and are nice and quiet. The small oven (which also features a grill) is good for cooking for 1-2 people, while the main oven is good for big family meals.

One issue with this cooker is that it can be tricky to get the trays in and out—they are quite tight so you have to wiggle them a bit.

Pros

  • Ovens cook evenly
  • Ovens are quiet
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Can be tricky to get trays in and out
  • No grill tray included

Summary

Given its build quality, features and stylish finish, this cooker offers good value for money. It heats up quickly and cooks evenly and quietly.

 

3. Hotpoint Ultima HUE61GS 60 cm Electric Ceramic Cooker

Top features

  • 60 cm width
  • 2 ovens, both A rated for energy efficiency
  • Catalytic liners for easy cleaning
  • Timer

This cooker has a main fan oven which cooks things evenly and can reduce cooking times.

The smaller second oven features a handy variable grill.

One downside to this cooker is that the labels under the controls are hard to read, and you might have to bend down to read them until you learn them off by heart.

It’s also a shame that the top oven doesn’t have a light, though this isn’t a problem when grilling as you keep the door open while using the grill.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Labels under controls are small and hard to read
  • Top oven doesn’t have a light
  • Grill handle is short

Summary

There’s a lot to like about this cooker. It’s easy to use, energy efficient and quiet. However, there are a few issues to be aware of as you can see in the list of cons above.

 

4. Beko ADC6M13K 60cm Electric Cooker with Ceramic Hob

Top features

  • 60 cm wide
  • Ceramic hob for easy cleaning
  • Choice of fan or conventional cooking
  • 2 ovens
  • Grill in second oven

This modern-looking cooker from Beko is great for both cooking and baking.

It offers a lot of different functions and options, making it ideal for chefs and bakers who need absolute control.

The hob heats up quickly and is easy to clean thanks to its ceramic finish. However, it can also be easy to scratch if you’re not careful.

Pros

  • Cooks evenly
  • Hob heats up quickly
  • Lots of cooking options

Cons

  • Can be hard to slide shelves in and out
  • Top oven can only be used as a grill

Summary

This oven is a particularly good option for bakers as it offers you lots of control over the settings. The Beko ADC6M13K heats up quickly and cooks evenly.

 

5. Zanussi ZCV66060XE 60 cm 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!

 

6. Hotpoint Newstyle HAE60KS Electric Cooker with Ceramic Hob

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. Beko XTC611S 60 cm Electric Cooker

Top features

  • 60 cm width
  • 4-zone ceramic hob
  • Light in oven

This affordable cooker from Beko offers a single 69-litre oven plus a separate grill compartment. One nice touch is that you can remove the glass panels on the doors for easy cleaning.

This cooker can take a while to heat up. It’s also a shame that the grill pan doesn’t have a handle, so you need to be careful when taking it out.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • 3 oven racks included

Cons

  • No grill pan handle
  • Quite slow to heat up

Summary

This cooker offers good value for money, though it doesn’t have as many features as some of the alternatives.

 

8. 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.

 

9. 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.

 

10. Currys Essentials CFSEWH18 50 cm Electric Solid Plate Cooker

Top features

  • 50 cm width
  • Single oven with built-in electric grill
  • 4-zone hob

This is one of the cheapest electric cookers on the market, so it could be a good choice if you’re on a budget.

It’s fairly small, with a width of 50 centimetres and a capacity of 55 litres. However, it could be a good choice if you’re cooking for one or two people.

One disappointing thing about this cooker is that although it looks like there is a storage area below the oven, there actually isn’t one.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Good value for money
  • Heats up quickly

Cons

  • Only one shelf included
  • No storage area below the oven

Summary

The Currys Essentials CFSEWH18 is a good budget cooker that is perfect for small amounts of oven cooking.

 

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 Hotpoint HARE60K.

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.