Leading kitchen appliances manufacturer Smeg Australia has observed a growing trend among first home buyers as well as holiday homeowners to favour a freestanding cooker when renovating the kitchen.

Both target groups find common ground with Smeg’s upright cooker for reasons such as their personal sense of style, as well as the appliance’s small footprint that complements a simple yet stylish kitchen layout on a conservative budget.

While the freestanding cooker may be a century-old concept, Smeg’s version with its newly minted sleek aesthetics and rich features suit both the compact contemporary kitchen style and the more rustic, organic themed kitchen.

Smeg freestanding upright cookers have a compact design, a major drawcard for homeowners with sizes starting from 60 square centimetres. The range includes 70cm, 90cm, 110cm, 120cm and 150cm models.

However, Smeg’s 90cm cookers are favoured by these buyer segments for their choice of designs from the vintage Victoria in black and panna to the semi commercial style in stainless steel, black and white.

The C9 model is a popular choice, and features eight oven functions, including rotisserie and super fan forced, six cooking zones, a 126-litre capacity oven and static and fan grill. Available in a gas, induction or ceramic cooktop option as well as in an all gas version (gas oven and cooktop), the C9 upright comes in stainless steel, black and white colour options.

The 90cm SA9065XS with five oven functions is another favourite and features the same oven capacity as the C9 and five gas burners.

Smeg kitchen appliances are available nationally from electrical retailers, appliance specialists and some department stores.