Types of Standard Cookers

Shopping for a new cooker and looking for a standard variety? The information below will help answer some of the most commonly asked questions that come to mind when you’re in the market for a new cooker – namely “what cooker should I buy?” and “which cooker is best, gas or electric?”

Natural Gas Cookers

The natural gas cooker gets its name from the fact it uses gas to create the flame that cooks your food. Your cooker feeds gas through to the surface and once the ignition is pressed it will create a spark which will meet the gas and create a flame.

One of the main benefits to using a gas cooker is the fact they cook faster than electric ovens. This is because electric ovens take time to reach temperature, but a flame generates heat almost immediately.

How Do Natural Gas Cookers Work?

Now that you know what a gas cooker is, let’s look at how they work. A gas cooker will typically feature both a gas powered oven, and a gas powered hob. When your appliance is installed, a connection will be made from your gas mains through to your cooker. When you turn your control knob on the appliance, you’re also opening a valve which will allow gas to flow into the cooker’s pipes.

When the ignition is pressed (or when the appliance automatically triggers an ignition) a spark is produced. This spark will meet the gas and produce a flame.

Dual Fuel Cooker

A dual fuel cooker is often considered to be the best of both worlds. This style of cooker is comprised of a gas hob, similar to the style noted above, and an electric oven.

They’re so popular because the gas hob offers instant heat and quick cooking, while the electric oven provides fast cooking and an even temperature throughout.

How Do Dual Fuel Cookers Work?

The hob of a dual fuel cooker operates in the same way as a hob on a full gas cooker. The appliance connects to your gas mains, and an ignition is used to create the flame used for cooking.

The oven element of a dual fuel cooker operates like any other electric oven.

The oven is turned on and using the dials on the outside of the oven, the temperature is chosen. Then, the heating elements within your electric cooker will begin to warm, until they have reached the desired temperature.

Electric Ceramic Cooker

An electric ceramic cooker combines an electric cooker, as described above, with a ceramic hob. Ceramic hobs feature a glass surface with electric heating elements underneath. This style is popular on account of its stylish appearance and ease of use.

How Do Electric Ceramic Cookers Work?

The oven within this type of cooker operates in the same way as outlined above for dual fuel cookers. The ceramic hob utilises heating elements underneath the glass surface. The heat that is generated through the heating elements then heats the hob, the cooking equipment, and the food.

Induction Cooker

Most electric induction cookers feature an electric oven, and an induction hob.

How Do Induction Cookers Work?

An induction cooker with an induction hob generates an electric current that runs through the coil under the glass surface to create a fluctuating magnetic field. Heat is only produced once a pan is placed on the hob. The surface of the hob itself is not heated.

The main difference between an induction hob and the gas and electric hobs described above is that induction hobs don’t generate heat which then transfers to your cooking equipment; it uses electromagnetism to heat your cooking equipment directly.

Now that you are armed with all of the information above, you will be able to decide which style of cooker suits your needs the best. Each option presents its own benefits, so to make sure that you find the perfect model for you it’s important to review each one carefully and consider what model will be the most effective for you. If you’re preparing to buy a new cooker and need more research before you begin then read our Buying Guide to Cookers for more information. If you would like to discuss our range any further then do not hesitate to contact us .