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Hoods, Cooking, Built in Hobs, Cookers / Ovens - Chimney/Decorative Hood - 1 motor - Fleece Filter - Width: 90

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Review of "Rangemaster Classic 90"

published 27/10/2016 | cr01
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Rangemaster Classic 90

Rangemaster Classic 90

Big Cooker for a Big Cook

I wouldn’t put myself anywhere near MasterChef territory but I am nevertheless an enthusiastic cook. We often cook for friends and I always beam from ear to ear when everything works (I am a bit of a hit and miss Chef).

I particularly enjoy Middle East cookery (without the sheep’s eyes and gonads, dear reader) and have any number of specialist Middle Eastern country cookbooks; from countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. A commonality about food from the area is there is often a display of different dishes to go down on the table. On the bright side if you have six different dishes to cook at least some of them will turn out well (and you can consider tipping the one that came out really badly straight into the bin), but on the bad there’s often quite a lot of juggling of pan and cooker space in the making.

Therefore when my beloved finally put her foot down and concluded that instead of another exotic holiday we would save up and buy a new kitchen, one of my only serious specifications was for a fancy-dan cooker (I didn’t actually use the term “fancy-dan” but let’s not forget this is a family orientated website). There’s probably little more “fancy-dan” than the Rangemaster series of gas mock Aga stoves.

We know from a little sign scrawled on the internal side of our old kitchen that it dated from 1981. The cooker that was integral to the kitchen units also obviously dated to that era. While of late its flame controllability was becoming a little suspect (it slowly melted its own control knobs over a 6 month period, so in the end it looked like a Gaudi designed cooker), the experience made us appreciate the value of a reliable and long running cooker. While I’ll be most surprised that the Rangemaster will last 35 years (like our last cooker), I’m hoping it has a fighting chance. To be honest, if I’m able to stand on my feet long enough to do a bit of cooking in 35 years time then I’ll be quite happy.

While I’m hoping we have bought a long lasting quality cooker at towards £1500, I was a little disappointed to discover that the manufacturers have placed a scant 2 year guarantee on the product. Take a tip: there’s nothing like a bit of faith in your own ability Rangemaster!

The Rangemaster Group

In this rather scary post-Brexit world I thought I’d make the effort and buy British. Rangemaster is rather famously part of the AGA group, that quintessential British Group well beloved of the AGA louts of the shires. Or, that is what I thought.

A little research for this review determines that the AGA was actually invented and developed by a blind Swedish industrialist who realised his wife was doing a lot of work in the house and wanted to design something a little more user friendly. He came up with the AGA in 1922. I bet his missus was thrilled. While my Rangemaster cooker is indeed made in Leamington Spa, the AGA Rangemaster business was sold to a group of American investors in 2015.

OK so I just bought a Swedish designed American owned cooker made in the UK. I guess that’s about as good as I can get pending the new “industrial revolution” that the countless opportunities of Brexit will provide the country in due course.

Cough....was that a pig I just saw fly by?

Our Cooker

The Classic 90 is about the smallest of the “range” style cookers made by Rangemaster and they are about a cooker and a half in width. There’s your traditional four gas rings on top and a grill and gas over on the bottom. Something slightly quirky in the main oven is a solid wire tray which rather than being attached to grooves inside the oven is attached to the door. Pop your meat joint on a tray and pop it in there and it’s easily accessible to turn and check when you open the door, rather than having to bend into the oven. It’s a great idea, but to be honest moving the height of the other two shelves in the oven is a bit fiddly as it gets in the way. It’s something of a swings and roundabouts addition.

On the extra half oven space, is a big all singing and dancing burner which looks like it will suck up about a £1 a minute in gas to maintain. I like cooking big pans of rice and I’m already a fan of the “big beast” burner, although the concept of “simmer” is a little alien to it. “Rolling simmer” is about the lowest it goes, I can also imagine it being great for hand cooking Indian breads on it.

On the bottom of the “extra half” is a long skinny electric oven which has a plate warmer and an array of shelves to keep things warm in the oven, but which at a push can be used as a little cooker. I will have to pick up some skinny sized roasting and cake tins for this side (I like electric better for cake cooking, so that will be a fun trial if it gets hot enough).

A couple of little extras include an iron skillet which attaches to two of the burners so you can flash fry steak and the like if you wish. I just keep on thinking of flying fat splattering all over the hob so I’ve not troubled to try this out yet, and there’s also a wok attachment which you can use. Unfortunately I’m rubbish at wok cooking.
In terms of cooking ability I do have to say that it’s a gentle but insistent and even heat. Perhaps after a somewhat flaky 35 year old cooker things have moved on, but I’m very comfortable with the cooking abilities of this Rangemaster cooker.

A little quirk with this product is that the oven only works if the clock is set. This strikes me as a little bit of British high standards for you; how could you possibly cook if you don’t know the time? There’s a rather comprehensive timer on the clock which I will never trouble to use as I like to be in the kitchen as I cook.

Which one for me?

There is a rather bewildering array of specification numbers with the Classic 90. It appears that most of them are there so specific businesses (John Lewis et al) can claim to have their own specialist version of the Rangemaster cooker which has the bonus of allowing them to call it “exclusive” and to get around their “price match” promises. Cynical moi?

There are a variety of colours and we were quite taken with the burgundy coloured one. Of course, there is a choice of electric or gas for your oven and note there is only a very limited range of gas oven options (we only spotted black or cream coloured ones). We chose the black coloured oven, and the product is nicely enamelled and while most of the cooker isn’t made from iron (like an AGA would be); it does have a pleasing solidity to it.

Unfortunately, our tiny cottage is solid floor, stone walls and no cavity ceilings so the thought of an extra strong electricity cable being threaded through the house for an electric cooker hook-up turned us to jelly.
Summing Up

We haven’t had our new Rangemaster for too long, but at present I’m happy with my purchase. The gas controllability is very good, it looks the biz, and I’m very happy with the different compartments of the cooker and its functionality. Rest assured should this £1500 beast let me down; I’ll be back in a heartbeat to offer an update on its reliability.

Of course at that price, the rangemaster is hardly a bargain or essential purchase, but if you are splashing the cash then it does make for a good focal point for the kitchen, and if you enjoy cooking then the extra space will be welcome.


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  • Digbycat published 05/02/2017
    I'd love one of these x
  • LiveMusicLoverLyn published 27/11/2016
    I love an Aga or Rayburn and I'd not wish to compromise!
  • euphie published 04/11/2016
    e :o)
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Manufacturer's product description

Hoods, Cooking, Built in Hobs, Cookers / Ovens - Chimney/Decorative Hood - 1 motor - Fleece Filter - Width: 90

Product Details

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Manufacturer: Rangemaster

Type of Hood: Chimney/Decorative

Extraction System: Ducted + Recirculated Air

Filter System: Fleece Filter

Chimney/Decorative Type: Wall

Maximum Air Flow Rate in m³ per Hour: 460

Number of Fanspeed Settings: 3

Number of Motors: 1 motor

Width in cm: 90, 60

Light: Yes

Self Cleaning: Catalytic, No

Microwave Integrated: No

Oven Cavity: Double, Triple

Clock: Yes

Height in cm: 90, 89, 92.5

Hob of Freestanding Cooker: Gas Sealed, Gas, Electric Ceramic, Ceramic /Vitroceramic

Pull System of Oven: No

Gas Cylinder: No, Yes

Front Decoration: Other, Standard, Others, White or Coloured, White/Coloured

Energy Efficiency: B, A

Cooking Program: No, Yes

Steam Function in Main Oven: No

Depth in cm: 60, 52.4

Construction: Freestanding, Built In

Type: Cooker, Oven

Fuel of Oven: Gas, Electric

Heating Type of Main Oven: Convection Oven, Fan Oven, Fan/Convection, Convection + Fan Oven, Top/Bottom Heat + Fan/Convection

Cool Door: Yes, No

Display: Yes

Number of Cooking Zones: 5, 4, 8

Steam Function: No

Heating Type of Second Oven: Top/Bottom Heat, Fan, Convection + Fan + Grill, Top/Bottom Heat + Fan/Convection, Fan/Convection

Colour: CLARET WITH BRASS TRIM, WHITE WITH CHROME TRIM, Green, CLARET WITH BRASS, White/Chrome, BLUE, Black, BLUE WITH BRASS TRIM, Cream, BLACK WITH CHROME TRIM, BLACK WITH BRASS TRIM, CLARET WITH CHROME TRIM, CREAM WITH CHROME TRIM, BLUE WITH CHROME TRIM, Stainless Steel, CRANBERRY WITH BRASS TRIM, CREAM WITH BRASS TRIM, CRANBERRY WITH CHROME TRIM, WHITE WITH BRASS TRIM, CLARET, White, Black/Chrome, BLACK & BRASS, GREEN WITH BRASS TRIM, WHITE WITH BRASS

Flush With Pattern: No

Fuel of Hob: Electric

Frame Material: Other Frame Material

Surface: Sealed

Number of Gas Burners:

Number of Electric Spiral Burners:

Number of Ceramic Induction Burners:

Number of Ceramic Halogen Burners:

Shape of Hob: Square

Knob Control: Yes

Touch Control: No

Number of Electric Radiant Burners: 4

Warmplate: without Warmplate

Oval Zone: No

Integrated Controls: without Integrated Controls

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