Buying a Cooker – Online or In Store?
If you’re looking to buy a new cooker, you have two options – buying online or in store. From reviews and expert guidance to product range and price, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Find out which one suits you here.
If you buy online, you’ll be able to view the widest range of cookers, as an online store isn’t limited by the space available in the shop.
You’re bound to find one that’s suitable for your kitchen. You can also easily compare features, specifications and more between different models to help you choose.
Websites often have filters that allow you to view only models from a particular brand or that are a certain size or fuel type, so you don’t need to browse through products that aren’t suitable.
Online retailers usually have product descriptions, detailing all the unique aspects of the appliance so you can find out everything you need to know, quickly and easily.
You’ll often find cooker reviews online as well. These are left by real customers and can be really helpful in picking a model or brand. These offer a balanced opinion of a product before you buy.
The downside to shopping online is that you can’t physically see the cooker you intend to buy. This makes it more difficult to get an idea of its size or make sure there’s enough space for you to cook for family and friends.
You’ll often find cooker reviews online as well. These are left by real customers and can be really helpful in picking a model or brand.
If you choose to shop in store, the biggest benefit is being able to see the cooker.
Try out the oven doors, measure the appliance footprint or get a better image of the cooker sitting proudly in your kitchen. Seeing a product in the flesh helps you visualise using the cooker in your everyday life.
You also get the opportunity to ask staff any questions you might have. Their expertise will help you make your decision, but remember, they will usually only make recommendations from the small range of cookers they have in stock.
Viewing the product in real life also lets you properly see the appliance’s colour. Computer monitors can affect or alter colours, so if this is a deciding factor for you, it’s worth popping into a shop to decide.
Seeing a product in the flesh helps you visualise using the cooker in your everyday life.
Best of Both Worlds
There’s nothing stopping you using both shopping mediums to make a purchase.
Browse online for a full range of products, create a shortlist of ones you want to have a look at, then pop in store and physically inspect them.
Once you’ve found the perfect cooker, order it online or in store – whichever is most convenient for you. When ordering a cooker, you’ll probably want it delivered and installed, so the way you complete the sale makes little difference.
Bear in mind delivery and installation charges too. You may be more likely to get free delivery when ordering online.
Once you’ve found the perfect cooker, order it online or in store – whichever is most convenient for you.