Buyer's Guide: 20 eco friendly range cookers

Buyer's Guide: 20 eco friendly range cookers

Get the low down on range cookers from an energy efficiency point of view. Kay Hill chooses 20 models, both cast iron heat storage and freestanding range cookers

Ilve Roma 150cm range cooker is made in Italy
For cast iron heat storage ranges look at manufacturers including AGA, Rayburn, Everhot, Esse, Redfyre and Stanley. For a cook and heat model, see UK brand Firebelly. And for stylish freestanding range cookers that just cook, and which you can with you should you move house, there are plenty of great brands to choose from including Britannia, RangemasterStoves, Smeg and Baumatic. Pictured above: ILVE A-rated dual fuel Roma 150cm model uses the company's own burner design in which the air to gas ratio is optimised, leading to much lower emissions of carbon monoxide gas. Click here for Part One of our Buyer's Guide.
 
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
 

 

British manufacturer Stoves' Richmond 110cm range in hot jalapeño
AGA City60 electric range can be turned on and off, 14 colours, from £4,995
Oil fired Firebird range cooker is a good buy if you are off-grid as it cooks and can provide heating. From £6,795
Made in Italy, Britannia Delphi 90/100 can be dual fuel or electric
Esse CAT gas-powered cast iron range in a kitchen by deVOL. From £5,458
Bertazzoni X90 freestanding range cooker in vibrant yellow has specially designed gas burners. From £2,200
3. Bertazzoni Professional X90 (Dual Fuel)
 
The Professional X90 range cooker from Italy's Bertazzoni is fitted with specially designed gas burners which offer very clean combustion. The design allows the pot to be placed closer to the flame – meaning shorter boiling times, increased efficiency and reduced gas consumption. The convection ovens also cook at reduced temperatures to save fuel. Doors are triple-glazed for energy efficiency and the whole cooker is 99 per cent recyclable. The X90 90cm range has a single 108 litre electric 9-function oven and six brass gas burners going up to 5kW. Available in stainless steel and eight colours, from £2,200
 
4. Britannia Delphi (Dual fuel or electric, made in Italy)
 
The new Delphi 100cm range from Britannia is A-rated for energy efficiency and features a 52-litre and a 42-litre electric oven and up to nine functions. Choose either six brass gas burners, ranging from 1.75kW to 5kW each, or a five-zone induction cooktop giving out as much as 3kW of power. Triple glazed doors keep the heat in, and ovens are thermostatically-controlled and one is programmable. The range comes with a rotisserie and meat probe and has grill elements in both ovens. Available in stainless steel, black, cream or red, from £2,900
 
 
Wood pellets provide an easy alternative to cutting and storing large quantities of logs, and Eco Range Cooker claims that its pellet-fired range creates just 80 tonnes of carbon a year compared with nearly 4,000 tonnes for other ranges. The 150cm range has three cavities, the temperature can be set in the top oven, then the other two ovens are cooler in ratio. It has a large dogbone shaped graduated hot plate plus induction ring option. The range can provide room heating in winter, but can be turned on and off as necessary as it takes just 30 minutes to heat and is programmable. It stores enough pellets internally for up to three days’ of use. Available in eight standard colours, others on request, from £8,750
 
6. ESSE 990 (Woodburning)
 
Long established British range cooker builder Esse claim its wood-burning 990 range is the cleanest-burning cooker of its type in the world. Twin catalytic combustors below the hotplate ‘reburn’ any smoke particles which escape from the fire resulting in miniscule CO emissions of just 0.01 per cent, and its efficiency has been independently measured at more than 85 per cent. The 990 is so clean that it has a Government exemption allowing it to be used in smoke control zones. The enamelled cast iron range has three large ovens (1x48-litre, 2x32-litre), each operating at a different temperature, a cast iron hotplate, and will also provide up to 5kW of heat into the room.The 99cm range, also available in a two-oven version that runs central heating and hot water, comes in a choice of 20 colours, from £6,360 or £6,551 with domestic hot water. 
 
7. ESSE CAT (Gas)
 
The Esse CAT gas-powered cast iron range, in use at River Cottage, has no flue, which means very little wasted heat going up a chimney – instead it cleans up the gases so they can be safely vented into the room, meaning the range can be installed almost anywhere. It uses a single gas burner to heat a hotplate capable of taking up to six pans and two ovens (48 litre/32 litre). The CAT can be programmed to come up to temperature up to three times a day via its seven day timer, or controlled manually, so it doesn’t waste energy by running when no one is around. Shown here in a kitchen by DeVol, the 90.5cm range is available in 20 enamel colours, from £5,458. 
 
8. Everhot 90i
 
Every Everhot is manufactured in Gloucestershire, using 95 per cent UK components and made almost entirely using green energy from the company’s water and wind turbines and solar array. The ranges are designed to be a lifetime purchase, but Everhot will remove and recycle unwanted units free. Everhots are electrical heat storage cookers, so produce heat for the room – the compact 90i has the added bonus of a separately run induction cooktop which can be used quickly in summer if the unit is turned off, along with two ovens (56 litres/54 litres), two hotplates and a grill. Available in seven colours, from £6,250. 
 

 

Rangemaster Pro Plus 90X oven can be divided into two ovens to save energy
UK made Firebelly Razen will heat your room and cook
Wood pellet-burning range from Eco Range Cooker. The company says its pellet-fired range creates just 80 tonnes of carbon a year. From £8,750
Small and sweet, Everhot 60 heat storage model with eco control to cut energy usage. www.everhot.co.uk
9. Firebelly Razen Cook Stove (woodburning)
 
The British-made wood-fired Firebelly Razen Cook Stove will tackle logs up to 49cm long and offers a combination of a single large oven and powerful room heating. It has a full top hotplate with graduated temperatures plus rapid response hot spot. The 90cm stove, which boasts a high efficiency rating of 75.2 per cent, has a smart, contemporary satin stainless steel design as well as 17 coloured finishes. A heat ratio selector directs the heat either more to the cooker or more to the hotplate for the most economic use. From £4,180firebellystoves.com
 
10. Firebird Oil-fired Range Cooker
 
If you live off-grid and are reliant on oil, then it's possible to make big savings by running your cooker and heating from a single unit. The 93 per cent efficient oil-fired Firebird Range not only cooks superbly, it also offers the option of a boiler to heat hot water and your home, saving up to 30 per cent on fuel costs of running two separate oil-fired appliances – better for your pocket and the planet. The 102cm cast iron range, which can be turned on and off easily, is available in six colours and has two 43-litre ovens (for cooking and warming) and two cast iron cooktops with lids. The optional high efficiency condensing boiler is rated A for efficiency. From £6,795 firebird.ie
 
11. Haas+Sohn DH85.5 (multi fuel)
 
The DH85.5 from Haas+Sohn is a multi-fuel range that will run on either solid fuels like coal and briquettes, or on logs up to 40cm long. It has a single large oven plus warming drawer and a large variable heat hotplate with fast boil ring. The 85cm stove has a modern look and comes in white or grey with a choice of having the oven on the left or the right. At the bottom of the unit is a storage drawer for logs or coal. The range will run for up to 12 continuous hours on a single firing of coal.  From around £1,500 .haassohn.com
 
12. ILVE Roma
 
The Roma 150cm dual fuel range is A-rated for energy efficiency and has triple glazed cool touch doors. It has a main 78.6 litre oven with nine functions and a rotisserie and a smaller 53.4 litre one, six gas burners and fry top. Available in stainless steel, black, graphite, white or cream, from £8,499. ilveappliances.co.uk 
 
13. Klover Smart 120
 
Klover’s Smart 120 stove lives up to its name – using nearly carbon neutral wood pellets it will cook your dinner, heat water, heat radiators and provide ambient heat to the room, at an amazing 90 per cent efficiency. The single oven can be varied in temperature and heat can be prioritised to the stove or for heating water. The Smart 120 has a large cooktop with graduated heat and single ring for fast boiling. It has an automatic ignition and timer, and holds 32kg of pellets, enough for up to 2 days’ use. £6,353. stovesonline.co.uk
 
14. La Nordica Thermo Suprema (woodburning)
 
Italian stove maker La Nordica has created a green wood burning range that is 83 per cent efficient (good enough to use in smoke control areas) and will also run your domestic hot water and heat up to 10 radiators. The 99cm range will tackle logs up to 35cm and has a single 55-litre oven with temperature gauge, two hotplates and a handy storage drawer for pans. Unusually, it will also work happily in conjunction with solar-powered heating • Available in cream or anthracite, from £2,449. fireplaceproducts.co.uk  
 
15. Officine Gullo 188 (dual fuel)
 
An Officine Gullo Cooking Machine is a serious investment intended to last a lifetime. They are made from only copper, brass and stainless steel, so every millimetre is recyclable. It's a green company whose factories produce almost zero waste as any scraps of metal are melted down and used again. Available in 22 standard colours, plus any RAL colour on request, with three metal finishes and a huge variety of oven and high-efficiency gas burner configurations. Prices on request  officinegullo.com
 
16. Rangemaster Pro Plus 90FX (dual fuel)
 
It’s great to have a really big oven cavity when it comes to a big party or a Christmas turkey, but if you only want to bake a couple of jacket potatoes it can be a waste of energy to heat a huge space. The Professional Plus 90FX range from Rangemaster addresses just that problem by enabling the cavity and grill to be divided in two. The Energy Saving Panel is inserted vertically, transforming a single 108-litre C-rated oven into a 49-litre A-rated one and a plate warming compartment. A 40-litre storage drawer sits below. The 90cm range has five gas burners of up to 3.5kW and removable teppanyaki plate. Six colour options, from £1,575. rangecookers.co.uk 
 
17. Rayburn Heatranger 370SFW (multi fuel)
 
The solid fuel cast iron Rayburn Heatranger 370SFW will run on smokeless coals, peat briquettes or seasoned wood and provides cooking, hot water and central heating with up to 70.9 per cent efficiency. It requires no electricity supply so can be used completely off-grid and will heat up to 12 radiators. The range has a 49.1-litre cooking oven and a 34.8 litre warming oven and a large hotplate under two lids. It comes in eight enamel colours, £5,295.  rayburn-web.co.uk
 
18. Smeg TR4110AZ Victoria (dual fuel)
 
Smeg’s TR4110AZ Victoria range is A-rated for energy efficiency and also received a Which? Best Buy which takes into account performance and reliability. The 100cm cooker includes a multifunctional main oven and an auxiliary oven, both with a capacity of 63 litres, A-rating and side opening doors for easy access. The separate grill offers two grilling levels and has a 36-litre capacity. Doors are triple glazed. It has seven gas burners, including an ultra-rapid burner ideal for wok cooking. Available in six colours, from £1,999. smeguk.com 
 
19. Stoves Richmond 1100DFT (British company, dual fuel, A rated ovens)
 
With Stoves' Richmond 1100DFT 110cm dual fuel range you cook in the much smaller grill cavity or the slow-cooker. There are two main 54-litre ovens - one a fan oven, the other a nine-function oven - a 35-litre slow cooker oven and a 35-litre grill and mini-oven. The hob has seven gas burners up to 3.5kW. The two main ovens are A-rated for energy efficiency. Available in black/chrome or champagne/chrome. Well priced, from £1495
 
20. Wamsler 1100 Central Heating Range Cooker (woodburning or solid fuel)
 
There are savings to be made in terms of energy and cost if you use a single appliance to cook, heat the room it's in, heat your water and run radiators around the house. Wamsler’s 1100 Central Range Cooker does all of that while running on wood or solid fuel. It has a single generous 70-litre oven and its whole top is a hotplate – but with a three-part insulated cover so you only expose the part you need. The 110cm range has a control system that will prioritise oven or water heating and a larger drawer for fuel or pans. Available in white, black or burnt Sienna, from £4,464. wamsler.co.uk 
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