As with many eco decisions, the right choice depends on your situation - if you're out at work all day and seldom cook but just like the range cooker style, an A-rated dual fuel range-style cooker could be ideal; if you would make use of the 24/7 warmth and cooking potential of a traditional heat storage range then choose the most economical fuel option that you can, and make full use of it to slow-cook stews, dry tea towels, comfort damp dogs and warm-up newborn lambs!.
So which cookers are worth considering? We picked out the ones below - images of some of these products are in Part One of this epic Buyer's Guide
1/ AGA City 60 (Electric)
For some people, a range cooker is more about style and the taste of food than any need for lots of cooking space. With this in mind, AGA recently launched the City60 – all the traditional AGA style and function squeezed into a 60cm wide package. The cast iron heat storage City60 works in the same way as a larger model – it can be run all the time to provide gentle room heat and ensure the ovens are always ready to use, or it can be turned on and off, with around an hour warm-up time. The main 41-litre roasting and baking oven can be pre-programmed to come on up to three times a day, meaning it can be ready for mealtimes without wasting heat if no one is at home. There's also a 41-litre simmering oven and split, dishwashable hotplate. Available in 14 colours, from £4,995. agaliving.com
2/ Baumatic BCD10255SS (Dual fuel)
The 100cm stainless steel BCD1025SS from Baumatic has two ovens that are both A-rated for energy efficiency. The 50 litre main oven boasts quicker, energy-saving fan convection cooking as well as five other functions, the smaller 35 litre oven has conventional cooking or grilling and is ideal for smaller meals as it is more economical than heating the large oven. The top has five gas burners of up to 3.8kW. The range comes with a five-year parts guarantee and is available in easily recyclable stainless steel. From £1,350 baumatic.co.uk