Looking for a New Gas Cooker


Gas-Cooker_cAre you in the market for a new gas cooker? There are plenty of advantages to using a gas cooker instead of an electric model, and with the new and improved features today, you can tailor your cooker to your unique needs and preferences. But before you run down to appliance alley, it will be worth your while to determine the exact type of cooker that you want to make your search a bit less confusing.


Cooking Capacity

Like many major appliances today, cookers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. One of the first decisions you will need to make is how big you want your oven to be. A general rule of thumb is that a 2-3 cubic foot oven is the right size for one to two people, 3-4 cubic feet will be suitable for a small family, and larger families of four or more will probably want an oven capacity greater than 4 cubic feet. It is also important to measure the space available in your kitchen, to ensure that you get a unit that will fit.


There are many reasons to choose a gas cooker over an electric model. First, gas is known to heat up quickly, allowing for less cook time and greater fuel efficiency. It is easier to control the burner temperature as well, and you can get the option of two quick heat burners for boiling and two slower burners for simmering. Gas cookers are ideal for dishes like roasts or casseroles, because they will not dry out your food as they cook. Gas is generally cheaper to run, and because of this, you don't need to worry about shopping for the best energy rating for your gas cooker.


There are also some disadvantages to a gas cooker. First, gas ovens do not tend to heat as evenly inside, so rotating dishes becomes essential - particularly when you are cooking on multiple racks. There are not as many models of gas cookers to choose from, and those that are available do not tend to have as many features as electric cookers. Gas cookers are generally on the pricier side, although they do cost less to run overall.

Dual-Fuel Cookers: The Best of Both Worlds

There is another option that will give you the best of both worlds, and this is the dual-fuel cooker. This unit will offer the versatility and control of a gas powered range with the even cooking action of an electric oven. These models generally fall into the moderate to high price range, and come in a variety of brands. Keep in mind that a dual-fuel cooker will require installing for both gas and electricity to run.

Clean-up Features

In the past, gas cookers have been the harder models to keep clean, since the burners allowed for food to fall underneath and did not lend themselves well to a quick wipe. Today, you can find gas cookers with sealed burners that will make those quick clean-ups a snap. This is a feature to look for if you like to save time and energy in your housekeeping routine as well as your cooking.

A gas cooker is an exciting purchase for those who spend plenty of time creating yummy concoctions for their families. Take your time to find the cooker that will best meet your needs and you are guaranteed to be satisfied with your purchase for many years to come.



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