ESSE has been building high-quality range cookers in Britain since 1854. During this time, it has established a global reputation for making some of the most efficient range cookers on the market and in recent years, ESSE has fully embraced the transition to clean electric power.

Using British components wherever possible, ESSE employs a loyal workforce of highly skilled engineers and fabricators, who build the 990 ELX largely by hand at the company’s factory in Barnoldswick, Lancashire.

ESSE was granted a patent for the innovative ‘Surround Heat’ elements used in the 990 ELX, which are designed to replicate the oven performance of its acclaimed wood-fired range cookers. These specially designed elements ‘wrap around’ each oven to produce completely even temperatures to ensure radiant heat flows directly into the food evenly from all sides.

Surround Heat essentially mimics the baking characteristics of a traditional heat storage oven so that it excels at baking, roasting and slow-cooking. Cakes, loaves and casseroles don’t need to be turned or moved up and down the shelves to benefit from the perfectly even, consistent temperatures inside the 990 ELX’s ovens.

ESSE developed the 990 ELX as the ultimate electric range cooker for the ambitious home cook. Featuring a full-width grill, two ovens, a three-zone induction hob and large plancha-style hotplate, it brings the traditional range cooker into the 21st century.

The 990 will boil, braise, simmer, roast, fry, griddle and sear simultaneously and the all-new rectangular heat-conserving hotplate covers incorporate recessed hinges to maximise usable hob space while doubling as easily cleaned splashbacks.

In day-to-day use, the 990 offers the ultimate in energy efficiency and control. Thanks to ESSE’s heat storage design, the ELX ovens and hotplate take less than 20 minutes to reach 200 C from Slumber mode. A programmable timer and ESSE’s power share technology – which directs energy only where it’s needed – further enhance control and efficiency.

From melt-in-the-mouth meringues and slow-cooked stews to deliciously crispy roast potatoes, this range cooker is a true all-rounder; a modern classic that’s ready to plug in and get to work in any kitchen.

It can be used in any kitchen with a double plug socket and because it does not require a chimney or flue, the 990 ELX can be positioned almost anywhere – including as a free-standing ‘island’ unit.

The chefs at River Cottage HQ and wildlife presenter Kate Humble both rely on the durability and versatility of an ESSE to heat and cook in their homes in the countryside.

Available in a choice of 20 colours, the ESSE 990 ELX is supplied with a five-year guarantee from warranty registration when purchased through an ESSE specialist retailer.