Oven and Cooktops
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Oven and Cook tops 

 
 
 

   Oven - steam ovens

There’s more than just the usual gas and electric options. Consider steam ovens, which:

  • circulate steam and air around the food
  • cook quickly and offer healthy cooking results
  • have single and multi-level capacities
  • offer thermostat temperatures vary between 30°C to 100°C
  • are generally a similar size to a microwave oven
  • can be built into kitchen cabinetry or sit on a bench
  • offer energy efficient feature of simultaneous multi-level cooking
  • are ideal for defrosting delicate foods, proving dough and cooking vegetables, fish, seafood, some desserts and frozen products.


   Microwave ovens

  • Are popular for speed and convenience – perfect for time poor households
  • Save up to 60% to 70% of the energy cost required to cook food conventionally in an electric oven
  • Give faster cooking times, meaning energy and cost savings
  • Also come as combination oven microwaves, offering the best qualities of microwave and conventional cooking combined in one appliance and also delivering better energy efficiency.

   What to consider when buying an oven

  • How well it will cook the food you enjoy. Many manufacturers offer working demonstrations for potential purchasers
  • Choice of energy – electricity or gas or dual fuel
  • Size - how many people you’ll be cooking for, and the kind of food you cook
  • What features you might want
  • How much space you have – you might prefer an upright, eye level oven built into a wall; a stand alone oven, or perhaps add a microwave or combination oven/microwave
  • What features and functions you’ll use - basic fan oven or a multi-functional oven with up to 5 elements
  • How many levels you can cook on at the same time
  • What racks, baking dishes or slides are included or available after purchase
  • Your time – automatic control might be an important feature
  • Can you afford to get one that cleans itself?
  • How much entertaining you do
  • How your needs might change in the next 10 years or more – it’s an appliance you’ll keep for a long time
  • The balance between purchase price, installation cost and energy costs and enjoyment you will experience over the life of the oven
  • Cost of installation and any changes necessary to existing cabinetwork
  • Warranty conditions and any special incentives included in the price
  • After sales assistance
  • Find out your manufacturer’s authorised service agent and length of time parts will be made available.

   Cook tops

Cook tops are an essential appliance, and one we use every day, so it’s important to make the best choice for your needs. You’ll also want good value, as your cook top should last at least 10 years.

Gas cook tops offer

  • Many more gas than electric models to choose from
  • Instant, direct heat that gives you precise control
  • A variety of burner sizes and shapes – from a small round low flame burner that uses less than 4Mj/hour, through medium sizes and oval fish burners, to high powered 2 or 3 ring wok burners consuming over 16 Mj/hour
  • The choice of Piezo, battery or electric ignition
  • Automatic flame failure is an important safety feature that will cut off the gas if the flame goes out.

   Electric cook tops offer

  • New technology featured in some electric cook tops can perform comparably with gas
  • Easy to clean
  • Come in different types and sizes:
    • Induction cook tops use an inductor coil to heat the base of the pan rather than the cook top surface itself. Because the current cuts out automatically when the pan is removed, it is the most efficient type of electric cook top. Some models are also very powerful with one area at maximum setting consuming up to 3.2 kW/hr.
    • Black glass ceramic cook tops are smooth cooking tops made of specially toughened glass ceramic, with patterned areas on the surface showing the size and position of element assemblies underneath
    • Tungsten halogen hotplates generate heat through infrared light reflected to the ceramic surface
    • Radiant hotplates , the popular and traditional type, have coils that contain the heating element and glow red at full heat
    • Mono tubes are a type of radiant hotplate, with a thick coil that either pulls out or hinges up for access to reflector/spillage bowls underneath
    • ‘Ego’ type hotplates are solid-cast hotplates with embedded spiral elements, and an over-temperature cut-out that protects the surface from damage.

   What to consider when buying a cook top

  • Whether you prefer gas or electric
  • If you want electric, which type of hotplates you want
  • How many hotplates you’ll need – how many people do you cook for? How much entertaining do you do? And what types of food will you cook?
  • How your needs might change in the next ten years or more – it’s an appliance you’ll keep for a long time
  • The balance between purchase price, installation cost and ease of cleaning over the life of the cook top
  • Cost of installation and any changes necessary to existing cabinetwork
  • Warranty conditions and any special incentives included in the price
  • The availability of service and length of time parts will be made available.