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About Falcon Cookers.
Made in the UK.

Manufactured in the UK at the original plant in Leamington Spa since 1830, Falcon cookers are 70% handmade and 100% hand assembled. Choose from over 150 different design combinations. Every Falcon cooker is backed by a 5 year warranty.

190 Years of Range Cooker Innovations.

Falcon (the export brand name of Rangemaster) can trace its history as part of the world’s oldest cooker manufacturer. The very first range cooker, the Kitchener, was invented in 1830 and revolutionised how people cooked. Today, over 90 years later, Falcon range cookers continue to be hand built at the original site in Royal Leamington Spa (U.K.) where the original Kitchener was crafted.

190 Years of Range Cooker Innovations.

Falcon (the export brand name of Rangemaster) can trace its history as part of the world’s oldest cooker manufacturer. The very first range cooker, the Kitchener, was invented in 1830 and revolutionised how people cooked. Today, over 190 years later, Falcon range cookers continue to be hand built at the original site in Royal Leamington Spa (UK) where the original Kitchener was crafted.

1803 - 1830

The range cooker is born.

In 1803 John Flavel moved his operation to the historic Leamington Spa in the UK. Generations of the Flavel family would become civic leaders in the town, while the factory itself became a major local employer. Then in 1833 the mighty Eagle Foundry was built.

The new foundry enabled John’s son, William, to expand and develop his epoch-making 1830 invention, the Kitchener range cooker, and a legend was born.

1830 - 1850

The Birth of the Kitchener

Manufactured in cast iron and heated by solid fuel, the kitchener could be used to boil, roast, bake and warm – all from the same heat source. It was hailed as one of the greatest domestic institutions of the 19th Century.

Indeed a contemporary advert at the time described it as…

“The most ready means of performing in the best manner, either separately or at the same time, all the operations of cooking with only one fire, and that an open one, which may be of any size to suit the kitchen of the smallest cottage, or the largest mansion or hotel…. its arrangement is so simple, in every department of the culinary process, that servants cannot easily disorder or mismanage it.”

Following the death of William Flavel in 1844, his son Sidney took over and ran the firm. In 1851 he exhibited the Kitchener at the Great Exhibition, in Crystal Palace  – One of the exhibitions most esteemed visitors, Queen Victoria, and her Aunt (the Duchess of Gloucester), ordered one for Kensington Palace.

1851 – 1950

The greatest domestic invention.

Between 1851 and the turn of the century, the Kitchener won many more awards throughout the world. As the Victorian era wore on, the Kitchener went from strength to strength. Its status was recognised by everyone from Edward VII and the King of Italy to the Emperor of Germany – who all had Kitchener stoves. From small cottages to grand palaces, the Kitchener established its place at the heart of the home.

Following the First World War, developments in gas and electricity paved the way for the next generation of range cookers. Sidney Flavel remained at the forefront of cooker styling and technology and his reputation for innovation remained. Indeed much modern domestic cooker technology has its roots in the development laboratories of Royal Leamington Spa.

1951 – 1995

A time of firsts.

New innovations such as the first dual fuel cooker, the first foldaway grill and the first coloured cookers are introduced by parent company Rangemaster. The first 110cm cooker is released, going on to become Falcon’s best ever selling cooker.

2015

The 1 millionth range cooker comes off the production line at the Leamington Spa plant.

2002

Falcon arrives in Australia.

Falcon, the export brand name of Rangemaster, is launched in Australia, exclusively distributed by Andi-Co Australia.  With a local sales team, service department and installation program in place ensuring that Australian customers enjoy the same premium experience the rest of the world expects from this iconic brand, Falcon quickly establishes itself as a preferred choice here as well.

2020

First ever range cooker with steam oven.

Continuing to lead innovation, Falcon launches Australia’s first range cooker with a dedicated steam oven.
With a unique design that combines a variety of cooking functions in one single appliance including a dedicated steam cavity, it allows cooks to bake, grill, boil, fry, roast and more all in one ground-breaking appliance.  For healthy meals that all the family can enjoy, the steam cavity helps to retain food’s natural vitamins, minerals, texture and taste.

2024

Classic FX

The top-selling Classic range is expanded with the introduction of the first single-cavity 90cm model.

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