Replacing kitchen appliances is probably not something you do very regularly, it might be part of a kitchen refit or just to replace old or broken equipment. We want to share with you some of the latest options for the main appliances we fit as part of a new kitchen installation. Today we are focusing on Ovens, Hobs and Extractors as these are key appliances for most.
Most clients now start with a single oven and compact oven (either steam, microwave, or a combination). Double ovens are still available, but the options and features are not as wide. With a single oven you can chose from a simple fan oven, one which injects a small amount of steam or a full steam oven. With all ovens there are different levels of standard programs, features and controls so choosing the right one for you may seem daunting. We are here to help and have the options available in our showroom. In most cases it all depends on the type of cook you are, if you are keen then a steam oven is a great appliance and seeing it in action really highlights the benefits it offers including healthy eating. For most we normally recommend a multi-functional fan oven with pyrolytic self-cleaning as a good starting point with a combination microwave oven.
Hobs are the other main cooking appliances with various options: ceramic, gas and induction. Most of our clients will either opt for gas or induction. Both gas and induction are very controllable unlike ceramic which is slow to heat up and slow to cool down. Induction is very safe and energy efficient as only the bottom of the pan is heated. As soon as the pan is removed the glass starts to cool down and can be touched safely within a few seconds. Where gas hobs have an advantage is in the style of cooking. If you like to cook with a wok then gas will give the best results as the flame will heat the side of the pan. Gas will work with any pan type whereas induction will only work with pans with a ferris metal bottom. Most manufactures want to make it easy to switch to induction so do give a free complimentary set of pans.
Most clients we are seeing at the moment are creating large kitchen, dining and living spaces. With open plan living the extractor needs to be quiet and efficient. If the hob is on an island then the most popular styles are either ceiling mounted or downdraft (either pops up behind the hob, or is built into the hob). If the hob is positioned on an outside wall then a modern wall mounted design or hidden in a wall unit are both popular.
Still need help or want to see appliances in action? Then do come along to our next showroom cooking demonstration which is being held on Saturday 1st September from 10:30am to 3:30pm. A Neff home economist will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and she will also be cooking tasty treats throughout the day.