Where to Buy Wishlist

 

1. Introduction

The benefit of having a built in oven is the ability to place it wherever suits you. If you are replacing an existing product you are in most cases limited to the size and style of oven you want, if you are starting from scratch or willing to adjust your cabinetry your options are infinite. You need to think and assess what the right oven is for your design and what will work best for your cooking style.

 

2. Sizing

Kitchen Layout

When it comes to your kitchen design, the biggest question you will need to ask is "How do I want to cook?". In your next kitchen you will want to consider a few things to make sure your new appliances and space works more effectively for you and your family. Follow the below guide before selecting your appliances:

Consider your cabinetry

When looking at your cabinetry you can look to positioning the cooktop in the bench above your oven, which you would be used to seeing in most homes. If you are looking for a more contemporary kitchen design you may look to having your cooktop separate from your oven, with your oven being placed above bench height within your cabinetry.

Kitchen triangle or work zones

The way you configure your kitchen layout will ultimately come down to how big your space is. In the past, kitchen designers have spoken to the work triangle which has you drawing a line between the refrigerator, cooking appliances, and sink/dishwasher which creates a triangle that has you being able to move more efficiently in the space. The more recent way of working has kitchen designers breaking the space up into 5 zones : consumables, non-consumables, cleaning, preparation and cooking zones, allowing each space to work together.

Purpose of your island bench

Over recent years, there have been kitchens designed around the island bench becoming the work bench, the place you prepare, cook and clean with ovens, cooktops or microwaves being incorporated into their design. Previous kitchen design trends saw sinks being the most common element found in a kitchen island with a dishwasher beside it. Island benches have a range of ways they can be used, the key is designing to suit your lifestyle and how you will be using your kitchen.

Size of Cooktop

When researching for a new cooktop, it’s important to consider all elements of its size. You need to consider not only the width of the cooktop but also the number of different cooking zones it offers and whether they have flexibility.

The standard cooktop size is 60cm, enough for most households, however some brands offer cooktops as small as 30cm, slightly bigger at 70cm and the largest being 90cm. You may look at pairing a 30cm gas or induction cooktop with a 60cm cooktop of a different type, giving you ultimate flexibility in the kitchen.

When looking at cooking zones it is common to have 4, however you may also find the below combinations:

- 3 zones - 2 smaller and 1 large

- 4 zones of varying sizes with 1 having adjustable sizing between small and large

- 4 cooking zones - varying sizes with 2 able to become 1 large zone

 

3. Cooktop Type

Size, style and features are all important things that come into play in the selection of a cooktop, you will also need to consider whether you would like a gas, electric or induction which all have additional things to consider.

Gas Cooktops

- More common than induction cooktops.

- Easy install if there is presence of a gas connection.

- Specialty cookware not needed.

- The cook is in control and can intuitively control the heat, reacting to flame size - ideal for wok cooking.

- More ventilation required due to heat from open flame.

- Durable - with trivets they are more robust than their glass or ceramic counterparts.

Induction Cooktops

- Provide more precise temperature control with even heat distribution.

- Safer than other cooktops as the pot or pan is the object holding the residual heat not the cooktop surface and there is no open flame.

- Instant control and programmable features ie; pause, timer with auto-off programming.

- Flexibility - selected induction cooktops have adjustable cooking zones, pairing them together for larger pots and pans.

- Highly energy and time efficient because very little heat energy escapes - unlike with gas.

- More expensive initial outlay than other cooktops; however will cost less over their lifetime.

- Easy to clean with the a flat surface.

- Seamless design integration.

 

4. Types of Cooktops

Induction Cooktops

Whilst not currently the most chosen cooktop type, Induction cooking popularity continues to rise with it being integrated into most modern kitchen designs. With its precision in temperature control and overall efficient performance induction cooking in a lot of ways comes out on top.

Ideal for:
  • Small family - large family
  • Apartment living
  • Rental properties

No more boiling over

BoilProtect* detects rising bubbles via vibration sensors and automatically reduces your boiling water to a low simmer. No more constant monitoring, allowing you to focus on other elements of your dish.

*Applies to stainless steel and enamelled pots filled with water only.

FlexZone - giving you room to move

Sometimes we need to use a pot or pan that is larger than the standard size. With FlexZone you are given the ultimate flexibility. You are able to choose between using two cooking zones separately or link them together when you need more room.

Boiling or high heat in no time

PowerBoost offers you a rapid boil or high heat in a matter of seconds, giving you more time back in or out of the kitchen.

Hands-free convenience

When selecting a new cooktop it may be worth considering a new rangehood. With modern technology such as Hob2Hood, you want to ensure you purchase a compatible rangehood to get the most out of your new cooktop. Hob2Hood works with an infrared connection between the two, with the rangehood will automatically turning on and intuitively adjusting the fan speed and airflow to match your cooking.

Clean and sleek with precise control

With a flat, easy to clean surface an induction cooktop offers not only a design that fits seamlessly into any kitchen aesthetic but complete temperature control with a slide of a finger.

Safety first

Kitchen safety comes before everything else. Ceramic cooktops come with residual heat indicators allowing you to know when the cooktop is completely cooled and a child safety feature which locks the controls so small wandering hands cannot create mischief in the kitchen.

Ceramic Cooktops

Whilst there is common misconception that an induction or ceramic cooktop are the same, their similarities are limited to a similar finish and features. You will find that they generally take longer to reach desired heat and the reaction time isn't as instant.

Ideal for:
  • Medium Family
  • Rental Property

Safety first

Kitchen safety comes before everything else. Ceramic cooktops come with residual heat indicators allowing you to know when the cooktop is completely cooled and a child safety feature which locks the controls so small wandering hands cannot create mischief in the kitchen.

Easy to clean

With a durable glass surface a ceramic cooktop is easy to clean. With a quick wipe you are able to maintain your kitchen looking its best.

Flexibility with Triple Zone

With the ability to adjust its diameter into three sizes, Triple zone offers unrivalled flexibility giving you freedom to use small, medium and large pots or pans.

Quick-Cook Timer for ultimate control

Ideal for when you are needing to time the cooking times of different elements of a dish, the Quick-Cook Timer allows you to set a cooking time with the cooktop automatically turning off when it is completed.

Touch control

The glass surface of a ceramic cooktop allows you to adjust your cooktop temperature with ease of a fingertip.

Pause when you need to

Coming with a pause function, ceramic cooktops allow you to pause what you are cooking and return to the heat you were at with a touch of a button.

Gas Cooktops

Providing rapid and powerful heat, gas cooktops are popular amongst cooking enthusiasts and more traditional homes. Coming with electric ignition, you are able to start cooking within moments. A great advantage of cooking with gas is a clear visualisation of the heat via the bare flame.

Ideal for:
  • Family
  • Entertainer
  • Serious Home Cook

Use high heat for flavourful dishes

With a wok burner you are able to cook with high heat and even flame distribution. Ranging from 14-19 MJ/h you are able to lock in flavour when cooking with gas.

Take control quickly

With easy knob and Dual Valve control you are able to cook all your favourite recipes, with quick and efficient heat.

Family safety first

Flat trivet design ensures the base of your pots and pans are fully supported, giving you a safe and stable cooking environment.

Flame out. Gas off.

We know that when cooking with gas, sometimes the flame will unexpectedly go out. Our Flame Failure Device will automatically shut down the gas supply, allowing your family to stay safe from poor air quality.

Electric Cooktops

An electric cooktop is the most sensible choice of cooktop if you have a small budget. Though they come with basic features and may take longer than others to reach your chosen heat, they come with durable and corrosion-resistant surfaces.

Ideal for:
  • Rental property
  • First home

Durable and reliable

We want your cooktop to endure minimal wear and tear, so we have made our electric cooktops corrosion-resistant. Giving you a cooktop that is reliable and easy to use.

Big or small, you're covered

With options of small or large hotplates you are able to have flexibility with your chosen pot or pan size.

Easy temperature control

With control knobs you can adjust your cooking temperature smoothly.

 

 

 

5. Design & other considerations

Installation Costs

Something to consider with any appliance purchase is installation costs or kitchen adjustments that need to be done to fit the appliance. When looking at a Gas Cooktop you will need to ensure you have a gas connection and whether your connection is natural or LPG ensuring the cooktop you choose is compatible. If you are leaning toward induction cooking in your kitchen you will need to assess whether you have enough amps to power an induction cooktop.

New Cookware Investment

Most modern cookware is induction friendly, however, there are still a lot out there that are not. This may mean that you need to purchase new pots and pans. Before you do the mental calculations of the extra costs grab a magnet and see if the base of your pots and pans attracts the magnet, if they do you should be cooking with induction in no time.

Choose from one brand

One thing to note when upgrading your kitchen is, just as there are 52 shades of white, same goes for appliance finishes. For best results, buy your appliances from one brand to make sure everything is seamless.

 

6. Warranty & Service

Warranty

Subject to terms and conditions our cooktops come with 24 months warranty in Australia and New Zealand, following the date of purchase. Click here to view Terms and Conditions.

Support & Service

We have a Customer Care team available to assist you over the phone seven days a week, and a national network of experienced technicians and selected service agents. Offering a fixed price guarantee with no additional hidden labour costs, giving you peace of mind that your appliance is in good hands. Click here to contact customer care. Click here to book a service online.

 

7. Top FAQs

What is an induction cooktop?

An induction cooktop is an electromagnetic flat surface cooktop that ensures fast heating using direct induction heating of cooking vessels. It is a seamless, cost-effective, and time-efficient cooktop. With induction cooktops, the heat is instant as your pan is heated by a magnetic field instead of a flame or electric element. This makes the pot or pan the heat source not the cooktop surface, allowing it to heat up faster and create a safer cooking environment for you and your family.

Find out more about Induction Cooktops.

How does induction cooking work?

When a suitable cooking pot or pan is placed on top of the induction cooktop an electric current is passed through a coil of copper wire that is located underneath the ceramic plate.

Find out more about Induction Cooktops.

Do I need new pots and pans?

To ensure your pan is compatible with an Induction cooktop it needs to have magnetic capability. This can be simply tested by placing a magnet on the bottom of your pan to see if it attracts, if so then your pan should work on the cooktop.

Find out more about Induction Cooktops.

Is induction cooking better than gas?

Cooking with induction gives you precise temperature control, more precise than gas or electric counterparts. Not to mention the flexibility to accommodate different types and amounts of cookware (pots and pans with magnetic capability). Induction cooking is also highly efficient because very little heat energy escapes-unlike with an open gas flame, the heat goes around the cookware and just a minimal residual heat is left when you remove the cookware.

Find out more about Induction Cooktops.

How do you clean an induction cooktop?

These are simple tips to clean and maintain an induction cooktop:

  • Make sure you switch off the cooktop before cleaning.

  • Let the cooktop cool down before cleaning.

  • Dab a small amount of glass ceramic cooktop cleaner onto the cooktop.

  • Make use of a damp sponge to wipe away spills on the cooktop.

  • Wipe off the cooktop with a clean, dry cloth.

Find out more about Induction Cooktops.