I'm choosing a cooker for our new house, and since I have never bought a cooker before I would really appreciate some MN wisdom.
Although I would have loved to have gas, circumstances are such that we need to get an electric cooker. I've always had those solid-ring ones in rented houses, but presumably a ceramic hob will be more responsive? I will also definitely want a fan oven. The slot is only 50cm wide so our options will be significantly limited by that.
I've read the online buying guides in various places so I think I have the basic knowledge sorted, but does anyone have any tips on features/brands to look out for or to avoid?
I'm in a rented house at the moment with crap oven that only heats up if you turn the timer dial on first. A friend says this is a feature of some of the cheaper electric ovens - complete pain as the timer is only 90 minutes long meaning I have to keep resetting it if I'm cooking a casserole or several things in sequence. Conversely, I'd definitely look for an oven with an electronic timer so you can set it to come on/go off when you're not around.
Am considering buying an elec built-in oven from John Lewis (their own make). Does anyone have any comments regarding effectiveness before I make the purchase please? Looking at customer reviews, they seem to be OK but would like re-assurance from mums used to cooking for family of 4+. Thanks.