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Belling or Stoves 900 Dual Fuel Range Cooker? Help!

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Initial post: 14 Jan 2012 20:24:45 GMT
Buttercup says:
"Help. I am going round in circles looking for a 90cm dual fuel range cooker. I love the look and oven sizes of the Stoves Richmond 90DFT and the similar, but slightly cheaper Belling 90DFT. But Which Magazine reviews don't like the grill or the oven temperature control on either of these. Can any owners of either of these cookers help me make up my mind.?"

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 20:59:17 GMT
i would advise you to go and try and look at the range cookers in person if possible .I used to work for a white goods company and have a lot of experiance with range cookers .How much is your maximum budget ? if u dont mind me asking . For me the belling is not as sturdy or well built as the stoves ,have you considered leisure ?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 21:18:22 GMT
Buttercup says:
Thanks, yes I have looked - I like the oven sizes of the Stoves and Belling, but on the Leisure the RHS oven is too narrow. My problem is I can't try the grill or the oven, and that is where Which think these fall down. Budget is £1200 tops.

Posted on 14 Jan 2012 23:43:21 GMT
Darren says:
That's a good budget, Rangemaster are also worth a look. As Simon mention, the Belling isn't as sturdy as the Stoves. Leisure are okay, and are under the Beko family tree along with Flavel. It's always going to look at one first in a store, no matter how much advice you get or how many reviews you read it ultimately comes down to personal opinion. Although I would consider either Stoves or Rangemaster

Posted on 15 Jan 2012 23:15:09 GMT
Mr Baker says:
I have been looking at the Stoves model myself. I just looked at the Belling one you mention and it seems to be fan oven only rather than multi-function. That could explain the price difference.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 10:44:04 GMT
G. White says:
i have owned stoves cooker for 10 yrs - worst cooker ever luckily have now replaced it with a Belling!

Posted on 16 Jan 2012 13:11:56 GMT
I have had rangemaster for the last five years - and it is the best cooker I have ever had! My neighbour now has the 90cm version. Like you I thought the small oven was too small but she (cooking for five) tells me that is the oven she uses most! (and it is multifunction)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2012 10:36:52 GMT
Sarah says:
I bought a Stoves Richmond dual fuel range cooker earlier this year. Its lovely to use. easy to clean, solid construction. and the range of colours is lovely. good service from the company (but read the instructions they give about delivery information they need) I think its the best value for the price. I paid about 700 I think but colours vary in price which I dont understand. Why should blue be a hundred pounds more than red? Anyway, no regrets with this model. Would strongly recommend.

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Posted on 17 Jan 2012 14:04:06 GMT
Roma says:
I don't always rely on Which. Have a look at GHI- they have often helped me out and give really good opinions on lots of products Tried & Tested. I do a lot of searching too on others opinions/reviews. Good luck.

Posted on 18 Jan 2012 17:01:51 GMT
Buttercup says:
THANKS EVERYONE For all you helpful comments.
In spite of one warning, I have ordered the Stoves Richmond 900.
We will see!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2012 17:42:15 GMT
RK says:
I had an electric Belling for many years and it was great. When it died I got an all electric Stoves (about 2 years ago) Not a patch on the Belling, despite being more expensive. The grill heat control is non-existent, the only way you can control the heat is by lowering the grill pan down away from the element. On the old Belling you could adjust the grill heat setting - much better.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2012 13:09:17 GMT
K. clarke says:
I have a stoves richmond 1100 love everything about it especially the multi function oven and slow oven I have cooked on aga's and rayburn's and this gives similar results

Posted on 20 Jan 2012 00:07:32 GMT
Richard Jell says:
I would avoid a stoves cooker, we have had one for several years and it is the worse purchase we made in the kitchen. The ovens are particularly bad taking a long time to heat up, poor heat distribution and the fan has been noisy from nearly new. The paint has matted and has rusted. To be honest there is nothing I can recommend apart from the price was good, spend more money on a decent cooker it will be worth it in the long run.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012 13:41:48 GMT
Buttercup says:
I much appreciate your taking the trouble to comment. The more I find out, the harder to decide!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012 08:37:32 GMT
Suzanne says:
Avoid Stoves if you can. I had a really unreliable oven from them which they took months to fix, leaving me without a cooker for two week periods while I waited for their clueless engineer. Customer service was among the worst I've ever experienced too.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2012 21:16:34 GMT
jo says:
I have a belling range cooker, thankfully a have a maintenance contract on it, I am on first name terms with the engineers. I have replaced grill thermostat, oven thermostat, oven door seal and hinges, numerous rings. It is like the twenty year old broom that has had 10 new heads and 8 new handles, ie their is nothing original left on my cooker.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 10:41:07 GMT
S. Hart says:
Went through this process last year and ended up with a Black, twin oven Bertazzoni 90cm duel fuel from Italy. Very solid, very good quality but not many uk stockists, got ours from East Molesey Refrigeration. Cannot fault it and cheaper than a lot of the others around which are nowhere near as solid. Hope this helps.

Posted on 24 Jan 2012 11:55:51 GMT
N. Johns says:
Norm. says, bought my Stoves cooker last year how i wish i hadnt wok burner refuses to light evenly also goes out regularly lid closes unevenly emailed stoves still waiting for reply, after 12 months but on the plus side the two ovens with grill and ability to use with timers on main oven do help guess i will keep it for a while as build quality is good only stoves after service leaves a lot to be improved.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 00:07:24 GMT
Margo says:
I don't know if this helps but I bought an ordinary Belling two years ago and (very lazily) had an oven valeting done. I was a bit disappointed that a little of the enamel on the grill had gone. The valet person told me that she wasn't surprised because recently, production of Bellings has moved to Turkey and she has found that a lot of her clients with new models have found the finish to be inferior to their old Bellings.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2012 18:50:29 GMT
Hiya, I have had a Stoves fan oven cooker for two years. It smokes from the grill and top oven even after being cleaned and the main oven smokes. In fact when we cook a roast it's all windows and doors open the smoke hurts my eyes and I can't stand being in the kitchen so my husband does most of the cooking now. I paid nearly £700 for this cooker and would not recommend it. Have you any suggestions to solve the smoke problem, even after having it cleaned professionally it still smokes!!!. I really can't afford to get rid of it, oh and recently the inner glass door exploded so I have had to replace that this week, why this happened I do not know.

thanks Kath.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 15:27:59 GMT
Ed says:
Hi Buttercup, my wife and I bought a Belling 1100 range cooker about 4 or 5 years ago, whilst it cooks well on the hob, my wife is not overly pleased with the oven and I have found that any spares are really expensive. A year or so ago I had to buy two knobs for the hob and found they were expensive. The problem was that there is a little tag on them that is part of the safety device that turns off the gas should you try and pull down the glass lid if you forget to turn a ring off, without the tag it stays on. This weekend the gas was left on low on a small ring overnight with the glass lid down and it turns out we had another faulty knob. I came down to make a cup of tea on Sunday morning and noticed the ring was turned on, went to lift the glass lid and it shattered in my hand. The upshot of this is that the knobs on the Belling cookers seem to have a design fault in that over 5 years we have now had 5 faulty knobs and the current cost of £12.41 each this is not cheap, The new glass lid is now going to cost me £151.00 plus £37.23 for three new knobs. Beware!!! Has any one else had a similar problem as if the gas had blown out then my house could have filled with gas and blown up.

Ed the duck

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2012 15:29:43 GMT
sorry for the late reply , if £1200 is your max budget , you really ought to have a look a rangemaster .Whilst they are a bit more expensive the build quality and cook is more than twice as good as most others .

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2012 20:55:22 GMT
we bought dual fuction stainless steel 900 stoves about 10 years ago and i love it. the only complaint i have is that you cant use the grill when the oven is on and now as a family of six i think i would like a double oven and seperate grill but the cooker still looks great . Parts are expensive though and becoming obsolete for our cooker which is a shame cos when you pay a lot you expect it to last more than 5 years,. you pay a lot but after 5 years the company move on
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