Traditional-style range cookers: Classic, colourful & full of charm

Do you love that classic style of a range cooker? There’s just something so homely about it, isn’t there? I have heard many a tale about kitchens that have taken shape with a decades-old Aga or fab colourful design as the starting point – and I always think it’s a great idea. A range cooker is definitely an investment, so having it as the star of the show makes perfect sense.

Range cookers come is SO MANY sizes, colours and fuel types these days, so you can really make a design statement with a colourful design, a super-sized one or match the colour to your cabinetry for a colour-matched look. Some manufacturers like Ilve and Britannia can even colour match your range cooker to any shade you desire – which colour would you pick?

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You’ll also need to think about the fuel type before buying a range cooker: do you want oil like a traditional Aga; a mains gas range cooker, solid fuel (i.e wood) or an electric range cooker? I know, lots of choice!

The benefit of a range cooker (except it’s everlasting charm, of course), is the cooking capacity and flexibility of having different compartments – including ovens, grills and warming areas. Plus, if you go for an ambient design, it’ll act as a heating source for your home too.

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You can get the lowdown on everything you need to know about buying a range cooker with Stef’s handy guide here.

Ready to shop for your range cooker? Moodboard at the ready…

Start with a classic: The ER3 150 range cooker in Classic Green is from Aga and costs from £5925. It features the traditional-style cook plates on top plus a grill plate and four generous cooking compartments. This is the first Aga collection to feature models that combine both cast-iron radiant heat cooking and conventional cooking. Nifty.
This solid-fuel range cooker is the Rayburn 300 Series 355M range cooker from Aga. Cast iron, it’ll act as a heating source for your home, too. It costs £6635. A generous hotplate takes up to five saucepans and is delightfully simple to use, offering gentle simmering at one end and rapid boiling at the other. It can also be used for toast, drop scones, pancakes, scallops – yum!
Want a statement range cooker? You’ve found it. Everhot’s 120 range cooker in Pillarbox Red costs £9530. Choose from a range of sizes and cooking capabilities to really tailor your cooker to your needs. Need help on how to decide on the best range cooker for your kitchen?
Vintage by name, vintage by style. De’Longhi Vintage 90DF range cooker in Twin Olive is a lower-cost option at £975, available at Rangecookers.co.uk.
How’s this for a cosy colour? Namely Lavender – how lovely. It’s the 990 EL electric range cooker from Esse and costs £7695. It’s cast iron for that classic look, but has modern cooking technology for speedy cooking.
The Falcon dual-fuel 1092 Deluxe F1092DXDFCR/CM range cooker comes in cream and a whole host of tasty colours. Of course, cream has that lovely country classic look that will never date, IMO.
Love blue? How about the Richmond Deluxe S900G gas range cooker in Days Breal, £2099, by Stoves? It features five gas burners on the hob, three oven compartments and comes in a host of lovely colours from Thunder Blue and Mojito Mint.
Smeg’s Victoria range cooker in Pastel Blue is a popular option thanks to it’s gas hob (induction available), range of sizes (this one is 110cm) and choice of oven configurations – plus a nice selection of colours. This one costs £1500.
If you’re in the market for a classic range cooker for your forever home, enter the OGS188 cooking range from Officine Gullo. Made in Italy and available to fully customise to your exact space and cooking requirements, it costs £40,310.
Marry classic range cooker style with a modern hob like this Belling Farmhouse 100E electric range cooker with ceramic hob in Silver. It’s available in three colours at John Lewis & Partners for £1029.

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