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Buying a double-oven dual-fuel range cooker was on my list of must-haves, so you can imagine how disappointed I was to discover that I had moved into a house with a dodgy gas supply that meant we could not have a gas hob! I was very reluctant to resort to an electric hob having spent years trying to control hob-heat on the older-style coil or plate-type hobs, but after reading reviews for the Rangemaster 90 electric range cooker, I decided to give it a go.
This cooker is 90cm wide, which means it gives you the benefits of a double oven but without being the size of two cookers, perfect for a smaller kitchen. It was well packaged when it arrived, and took a fair amount of time to unpack, not helped by its weight - getting it into place is definitely a two-person job! As well as being slim, it is also height adjustable with a winding mechanism at the back - this was essential for our kitchen as we have higher-than-standard workbenches, but it was quite fiddly to operate the mechanism.
In place, the cooker looks stunning. It is matt black with shiny silver knobs and door handles, and even after two years, they still look as good as new, a function of the ease with which the knobs can be removed for cleaning. A couple of the front plates of the knobs have come loose, but they are easily re-fixed.
There are two ovens: one full-size fan-assisted with a glass door and light and the other half-sized not fan-assisted. The fan-assisted oven has two shelves and a third that attaches to the door so it swings into the over. This is excellent for things that need frequent turning or basting (it has its own roasting pan). The half-oven has five shelves, all fully height adjustable, and a muffin rack at the bottom. We use this oven for cooking lower temperature things when we have a joint in the main oven. One word of warning is that because the half-oven is half the width of a normal oven, we found that we needed to buy new trays etc., as our old ones were too wide.
The star of this cooker is the ceramic hob. It heats up almost as quickly as gas, and is very responsive, unlike the older coil/plate electric hobs. It does not cool quite as quickly as gas, but is pretty close. A tip is to clean the hob after each use to keep it as shiny as new. You can buy a special non-scratch cleaner called Hob-Bright that works really well. After use, there are little lights that stay on to let you know which bits of the hob are still hot. The hob has five plates, two of which have dual settings so they can be small or large to fit your pans, which is another good feature.
There is a separate grill, with three heat settings. To be honest, the grill does let the cooker down a little as it is a bit slow to heat up, but it is fine for a bit of cheese-on-toast, which is what we tend to use it for. There is also a variety of timer settings, but we tend not to use these. They include a standard countdown timer, which is really easy to set up, plus a delayed start timer.
Yes, it is quite expensive, but if you are thinking of spending this amount of money on a range cooker, you cannot or do not want to have gas, and you need something that fits into a smaller kitchen, then this is a good option.
Rangemaster 90 matt black electric range cooker with a unique configuration of two spacious ovens / including a tall electric fan oven / and separate grill compartment / it is large enough to comfortably cook a complete family meal / Short name: Rangemaster RMS90ECBL/PDC