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Belling or Stoves 900 Dual Fuel Range Cooker? Help!

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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2012 20:55:38 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2012 21:40:22 GMT
Within 2 weeks of buying my Belling Kensington gas range cooker the clock broke then within 4 weeks the oven door fell off.
The company did fix these faults very efficiently but for such an expensive cooker they should never have happened . Very disappointing and I would never recommend Belling make again.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 13:17:21 GMT
Ris says:
I also have a Belling cooker which I have not overly used and the knobs have worn and broken so that you don't know if the gas is turned off or not. Very dangerous. I agree I think it must be a design fault.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 20:46:06 GMT
Ed says:
Do you have any idea as to who I should contact re this as there is a potential danger of loss of life with this fault. I have spoken to Trading Standards but it doesn't fall within their remit, and they inform me that the health and safety executive are not concerned with domestic issues only commercial ones.


In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 21:52:41 GMT
Margo says:
I think I would write a stiff letter to Belling, advising them that they should publish details of this fault. I've seen such ads put out by various manufacturers, presumably to avoid possible litigation. I'd also have another go at TS. After all, if someone dies, will there be no investigation of the cause?

Posted on 2 Mar 2012 00:05:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Mar 2012 00:06:14 GMT
Be careful about basing decisions on reviews & comments concerning obsolete models. Current Belling Classic and DB4, and all Stoves ranges are in fact based on exactly the same platform using identical components, they are just built (at the same GDHA factory) to different spec levels - the build quality is exactly the same, which is actually very solid and clunky. Other Belling models (Countrychef, Country Classic and other 100cm "Currys specials") are based on a much older, cheap platform (previously built by Beko in Turkey) and are much like the older Stoves format rightfully derided by some here. The new Stoves products (Richmond/Sterling) are completely different, much better and, in my opinion as a range cooker specialist, an excellent purchase with better specifications and a more "clunky feel" than the nearest equivalent Rangemaster, which are good but will be more expensive. Take Which? reports with a pinch of salt, too, as they are often at odds with anecdotal experience. There will always be the odd bad experience with any brand, but overall Belling and Stoves do very well, with consistent "award-winning" customer service. Like Rangemaster products, they are British-made, which ought to be reassuring.

Posted on 5 Mar 2012 06:44:00 GMT
Careful that a 90cm stove does give you a pair of ovens and neither is the same as you get with a 60cm stove. Some of these range cookers look great but are not so good to use. I'm note sure that a 90cm stove withe an oven like a 50cm stove and a second one that needs narrow, special cookware amd baking trays or can only be used for plate warming if you stack them virtically, is a great move fwd. A 120cm version should be your choice if you can fit it in.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012 11:51:38 GMT
K. upfield says:
I have had a STOVES 110 duel fuel for 4 years now, which has two electric fan ovens and a warming oven. DO NOT BUY! The grill has never worked at all from day one, the timer has had to have been replaced twice as it turns the oven off randomly half way through cooking and times out for 15 mins and one of the oven fans has packed it in. The chrome knobs arent chrome, but are foil wrapped to look like chrome. They crease and wear off within months. I now have no markings for temperature settings on one oven and the replaement knobs are £22 each. The painted black finish has bubbled over the years and you cannot wipe it down with anything except soapy water otherwise it dulls and almost wears off, which makes it hard to keep clean. The hob is gas and the spark thing that ignites three of the burners now doesn't work. I paid over £1200 for this cooker and it is now only fit for the scrap heap.

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 11:56:12 GMT
Yep - there's a whole fashion market out there waiting to get you like that. Look at what a commercial stove costs and then ask yourself what compromises they have made to get it down to domestic prices.

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 12:32:58 GMT
Sounds like an unusually bad experience with a Stoves Richmond, but hopefully some of your issues are covered by the 5 year parts warranty?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012 17:56:42 GMT
Good point, we don't invoke warrantees enough.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012 16:41:00 GMT
H. Goodwin says:
I have a rangemaster 90cm dual fuel, it replaced an oil Stanley, extremely good bit of kit, would recommend to anyone

Posted on 12 Mar 2012 18:00:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Mar 2012 06:36:00 GMT
Just spent the weekend at a house with one of those whopping big French stoves made by Rangemaster. They are £2500 new. Blimey it managed to burn everyones fingers because the knobs basically got as hot as the insides of the oven and the oven was a bit fierce. Not sure I'd spend that much for a french icon. Bit like the french version of an Aga.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 20:41:39 GMT
LeeseLeese says:
I am about to purchase a Rangemaster Toledo Dual Fuel Cooker from Currys, normally £1599, down to £1399 - but if you order online by the end of today/tomorrow there is an extra 10% off making it within the £1200ish budget.

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 14:03:23 GMT
D S says:
I have a great DeLonghi range cooker. It has a single big gas oven which I what I wanted to do baking in one round rather than batches. Not sure if they still make it - it's the one with six burners.
Only negative is the grill, which is so inconvenient, I've never used it.

Posted on 18 Mar 2012 10:43:01 GMT
Anonymous says:
we have a 900 stainless steel stoves as well and had we known that we would not be able to use the grill while the oven was on we would never have bought this model. This has also been featured on WATCH-DOG , as stated in the instruction booklet the grill door should be shut when in use but the grill often goes off and can not be unattended. Ours is about 7 years old will not be sorry when we have to replace it.

Posted on 18 Mar 2012 15:21:57 GMT
B. Matchett says:
Spent a lot of money on a Belling once, never worked properly from the day it was installed, top oven seal was faulty, leaked heat, wheked it out and bought a Zanussi, no problems since.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 00:53:29 GMT
Dizzy-bear says:
Hi I have had a stoves range cooker ( not the duel fuel but all electric ) for the last 10 years and it is still going strong and have had no trouble with it not even a ring has gone so would recommend a stoves. hope this was helpful

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2012 12:08:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jun 2012 12:09:21 BDT
S Millward says:
I had a Rangemaster 90 Classic Deluxe dual fuel put into my new kitchen a few weeks ago, was initially very pleased but then bit by bit became disenchanted. They didn't tell us before purchase that you need 130mm door clearance either side, and we have it next to L return, so cannot open the right-hand oven far enough to use it. The 'glide-out grill' which seems very clever (and I paid extra for) is great until you try to put anything wider than a poppadom on it, and of course the mechanism is fixed so you can't adjust the height. The ovens are not well insulated either - if you have the main oven on there is a significant amount of heat lost into the other cavities, and the door becomes very hot too. The gas hob is excellent, but the finishing of the whole thing (gaps in enamel on splashback, plasticky knobs and so on) is generally not that good considering the £2k price mark. I will be replacing it with something else immediately.

Posted on 1 Sep 2012 08:19:26 BDT
Anyone got any information on Smeg??? They look really good but I can't find any reviews on them?

Posted on 11 Oct 2012 00:26:05 BDT
I have to add on this thread. Just to say i have had a leisure 90cm for only six months and i think they stink! It went bang as soon as it was installed. then just a fortnight ago the element went on the fan oven. As for the build quality it is absolute rubbish. Especially the feet. They are so flimsy that they ended up twisted and bent so it is now resting on a mdf plinth. So no doubt about it get Rangemaster. They are the best.

Posted on 13 Mar 2013 11:48:24 GMT
Werndeg says:
We bought a Stoves double oven 600 SIDO Newhome gas cooker, about 4 years ago. It has been OK

Posted on 17 Mar 2013 10:27:56 GMT
Leaving my aga behind due to house move,looking at range cookers and like the fact the Richmond 1000,EL has four ovens against the belling which has two, any feed back about the Richmond would be welcome.
Many Thanks,

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2013 12:10:44 GMT
Apart from its great spec, the Richmond feels nice and solid to use and looks really elegant. For what you pay you get a superb british made cooker with a really good warranty, too. Order it from and you will get an extra year labour warranty. Belling Classic are the same quality (made on the same chassis in the same factory), but with a lower spec, so lower price.

Posted on 12 Apr 2013 16:49:33 BDT
I have had a Stoves 90cm for 10 years. I have the same burning problem from the oven when cooking roasts that another reader mentions, have had to replace knobs and hate the grill due to the lack of control (apart from moving the grill pan up and down). The griddle is a waste of space and horrible to clean too. Can't wait to get rid of it and will not be buying Stoves again
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