How to Buy a Cooker on eBay

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How to Buy a Cooker on eBay

There are various types, styles, and sizes of cooker available to buy, but they all heat air to cook food. Ovens are generally gas or electric powered. They usually have grills, but may also have special features and functions. Capacity varies, and double ovens can be a handy option for busy households. They may be freestanding or built in. Cookers usually come with hobs, though some built in cookers may not.

Buying a Cooker on eBay

A cooker is an important and expensive purchase, and one that is worth taking the time to consider. There are many listings on eBay and these can be searched in various ways to find the most relevant results. Research product descriptions carefully and compare the sizes and features of different cookers to get an idea of the type of oven required and a good price to pay for it. Items should be thoroughly described and photos are generally provided for further information. New items are brand new and used items should still be fully functional with any damage clearly stated. Buying on eBay is an easy and streamlined process. It is also safe, with sellers offering a choice of secure payment methods as well as returns policies and warranties. Warranties may be included in the price or offered at a further cost. With so many listings and cheap prices, it is possible to find high quality cookers at excellent value. One of the useful features of eBay is the feedback process. This enables comments to be left on the seller, purchasing experience, and item itself. Always read the seller feedback and remember to leave feedback after purchases.

Gas or Electric

There may not be a choice of whether to have a gas or electric oven. If there is a choice, both offer their own advantages and disadvantages. Electric ovens have heating elements at the top and bottom of the oven. The middle of the oven will generally be the best place to cook food. Fan assisted electric ovens have the heating element placed around a fan and are capable of spreading heat evenly around the interior, which reduces the time needed to cook food. All this means that electric cookers have better heat circulation than gas ovens. The even temperature is good news for bakers. There is also more control over temperature with electric cookers. They may have multiple controls to allow the oven to be heated in a combination of ways, for example, from the top and bottom and from the grill. This makes electric cookers more versatile and more suitable for cooking a range of different foods. Gas cookers have their source of heat towards the base of the interior. Heat rises and the top of the oven will be hotter than the base, with the middle in between. Though there is less control over temperature, this does mean that different foods can be cooked at the same time. Another advantage of gas cookers is that they provide instant heat without any need to warm up. Gas hobs are especially popular for this reason. The flames can circulate fully around the base of the pan. Gas cookers are also cheaper to run. They do, however, need to be professionally installed by a GasSafe registered engineer. Most gas cookers run on natural gas and professional advice should be sought if liquid petroleum gas (LPG) is used. Gas hobs are also more difficult to clean than electric hobs. Some cookers are dual fuel, offering the advantages of both electric and gas. Electric, gas, and, dual fuel cookers of various brands can be found on eBay, including well known and high quality brands. By searching by brand it is possible to compare the prices of specific models.

Freestanding or Built-In

Freestanding ovens offer more versatility over placement than built-in ovens and can also work out far cheaper. They come in both gas and electric versions, as well as dual fuel cookers with electric ovens and gas hobs. The basic design is a conventional oven underneath, another oven which can also function as a grill above, and the hob on top. A range cooker is a type of large freestanding oven with multiple compartments. They tend to be expensive, but can look superb in large family kitchens, as well as providing several options for cooking various dishes at the same time. Range cookers come in gas, electric, and dual fuel versions, and some of the more expensive models have induction hobs. Built in cookers are usually electric, but gas versions are also available. They are placed within kitchen units so that they match the other units and integrated appliances. The hob can be placed nearby where there is counter space. This layout gives them a neat appearance. They can, however, be more expensive than conventional freestanding cookers. Sellers on eBay offer a wide range of freestanding and built-in cookers. Most sellers will be able to provide advice on installation for both freestanding and built-in models, including the materials and wiring required and any additional fixtures that need to be separately purchased. Read the product description and if there are any queries or uncertainties, message the seller or ask a question on the listing. Sellers generally provide all the technical specifications and information that would be expected when purchasing any large appliance new.

Size and Capacity – Single, Double, or Range

Both single and double cookers come in gas and electric models. The following table gives standard sizes, but the available space should be checked against dimensions stated in the product description to make sure the cooker fits neatly.

Built in single cooker

  • Around 60 cm high and 60 cm wide
  • Can be installed under a counter or higher up
  • Only one compartment, so oven and grill or two ovens cannot be used at same time

Built in double cooker

  • Around 72 cm to 90 cm high and 60 cm wide
  • Will generally need to be installed at a higher level than the counter
  • Two compartments give more flexibility over cooking options

Freestanding single cooker

  • Around 90 cm high and 50 cm to 60 cm wide
  • Only one compartment

Freestanding double cooker

  • Around 90 cm high and 50 cm to 60 cm wide
  • Freestanding cookers with eye level grills are around 150 cm high
  • Two ovens or one oven with a separate grill

Range cookers

  • Usually around 90 cm to 150 cm wide, but smaller models are available at around 60 cm to 70 cm wide
  • Usually two ovens, one grill, and a warming draw

Special Features

Both built-in and freestanding cookers, and both gas and electric cookers, have a number of special features to offer more versatility and to make cooking easier and more enjoyable. They can be broadly categorised into cooking functions, timing functions, and cleaning functions.

Cooking Functions

Description

Defrost

Circulates warm air to gently defrost foods, especially useful for meat

Rotisserie

Cooks and grills at the same time, especially good for crisping skin

Turnspit

Cooks food in a rotisserie style on a spit

Pizza function

Concentrates heat from the base of the oven to crisp the pizza base

Steam oven

A built in water tank that vaporises water to steam food

Griddle

A cast iron slab that is ridged for searing meat, fish, and vegetables

Hotplate

A stainless steel plate that can sizzle meat, fish, and vegetables as well as cooking eggs

Fish burner

A double sized hob burner designed for use when steaming fish in a large pan. Often on range cookers

Meat probe

A thermometer that indicates when a meat joint is cooked

Timing Functions

Description

Programme timers

Allow start and stop times to be pre-set and turn the cooker on and off automatically

Timing indicator

Timers that beep to indicate when food is ready

Thermostat indicator

A light that turns off when the required temperature is reached. Usually on electric cookers

Cleaning Functions

Description

Pyrolytic cleaning

A cleaning cycle where any debris is converted to ash

Catalytic oven liners

Liners that protect the base of the oven from food spillage by breaking down the grease in it

 

Timing Functions

Description

Programme timers

Allow start and stop times to be pre-set and turn the cooker on and off automatically

Timing indicator

Timers that beep to indicate when food is ready

Thermostat indicator

A light that turns off when the required temperature is reached. Usually on electric cookers

 

Cleaning Functions

Description

Pyrolytic cleaning

A cleaning cycle where any debris is converted to ash

Catalytic oven liners

Liners that pro


If a particular feature is required, it can be searched for directly in the search bar at the top of any eBay page. Set the Categories tab to Ovens/Cookers/Hobs and type the feature required into the search bar. The listings can also be browsed. If a particular feature is included, the seller will sometimes state this in the listing title.

Find a Cooker on eBay

There are cookers of all types available on eBay. To find listings, navigate through the left hand side tabs of the eBay homepage. Go first to the Home & Garden page. Select Ovens/Cookers/Hobs from the Major Appliances tab. There are then options to select Cookers & Ranges or Ovens. After selecting one option, listings may then be refined by criteria such as fuel type, type of installation, and number of ovens. Cookers can also be searched for using the search facility at the top of any eBay page. Type in keywords such as “electric cooker”, “freestanding oven”, or “stainless steel cooker”.

Conclusion

The two basic types of fuel used for cookers are gas and electric, and both have advantages and disadvantages. Both are available in built in and freestanding versions, and in single and double ovens. Range cookers are a type of larger freestanding oven and are often dual fuel with electric ovens and gas hobs. There are many different special features available in some ovens, including cooking functions such as defrost and steam functions, timing functions such as programmable timers and thermostat indicators, and cleaning functions to make cleaning easier. Research product descriptions carefully and compare the features available in different models and types of cooker. Also check returns policies and warranty information. The perfect cooker will blend in with and complement the kitchen as well as being an essential appliance for preparing and cooking superb meals.

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