Oct 1, 2020
Following on from last week’s episode on Appliances Part 1, Rob
Sinclair, of E&S Trading and Frances continue their discussion
on key kitchen appliances. This episode focuses on Stove Tops and
Rangehoods, plus other appliances to consider. As ever, Rob shares
his incredible knowledge and practical advice about buying criteria
for these appliances.
- Control- Any hot plate that gives you more temperature
- Whether it is gas or electric, do I have a real visible range
or step of temperature
- Space- Creation of space and being able to fit
- How much space do I have at home? What are the pots I like to
use, and do they fit next to each other when you are doing what you
want to do?
- Lifestyle- What type of cooking do you use your stove top
Induction Vs Gas
- Cleaning requirement- Induction stovetops are
typically easier to clean than gas.
- Design Perspective- Induction are seamless compared to gas
- Deliver Control- There are not as many brands available for gas
that deliver a large amount of temperature control. Those available
are high end products. On the other hand, induction has up to 18
different temperature settings. When it comes to high heat,
induction is about twice as fast as gas will be at bringing water
- Flexibility- Induction has more flexibility for any cooking
- Budget- Induction starts at $1,000
- Safety perspective with kids- The only thing that gets hot on
an induction hot plate is the pot or the pan itself. There is no
naked flame with induction, unlike gas. Additionally, pots won’t
tip on an induction top because of its flat surface, unlike gas
that has uneven surface.
- Performance and efficiency- There is a big range of both gas
and induction hot plates available.
Brands that offer a high quality gas stovetop are ASCO, Franke
Professional and the Wolf Gas Hotplate.
Highly recommended brands for Inductions are Mieli, Siemens,
Neff, Smeg and AEG
- Air Movement- A high quality range hood is moving air around
700-900 cubic metres per hour. Specialty brands of range hoods will
do 1800 cubic metres per hour. And if you are buying a rangehood
with three motors, these move air at 2,700 cubic meters
- Style of cooking- If you only do casserole then a 400-500 cubic
metres per hour could work.
- Type of range hoods- undermount, slideout, canopy
Undermount Vs Slideout Vs
Undermount- Integrated into the joinery across
the top of your stovetop.
Slideout- It is very popular in the 90’s but
not necessary to increase rangehood capacity of air movement.
Canopy- Gives more an industrial look. It
gives the appearance of a commercial style kitchen.
Cylinder- A cylinder style overhead
rangehood is quite popular at the moment.
Specialty brands develop rangehood products that suit nearly
- Sirius- A company from Italy that makes high quality
- Falmec- Another Italian Brands that specialise in
- Qasair- Australian made company that has a solution like no
other rangehood manufacturer. They allow custom build models to
suit certain widths and applications.
Cheaper alternative brands are Bosch, Miele and
Ceiling cassettes and Downdraft
Creates ultimate design, particularly good for smaller spaces or
when design is of utmost importance. You can have unrestricted
ventilation and still have the headspace above your hot plate
particularly in front of windows where there are views. Brand to
Options for Air Sealed
Plasma rangehood technology- It has an
activated filter that captures the fat and oils. It reduces and
changes the molecular structure of fats and carbons that comes
- No odors
- No fats
- No smoke
The cartridge needs to be changed about once every five years.
It lasts a lot longer before they are clogged with fats and oils
which makes it the more a suitable application than a mesh fiber or
charcoal filtration. It also doesn’t require external ducting
making it a perfect solution for air-sealed homes. However, it
comes with a higher price which is about $3,000.
Brand: Qasair (part of the Condari group)
Other appliances for the
- Coffee machines- Miele have beautiful built-in and integrated
coffee machines that are worth considering. Their new high end
model has three different beans installed in the machine. Built-in
coffee machines ranges from $4,000- $10,000.
- Pitt Cooktops- Glass hotplates integrated into the benchtop
whether it’s reconstituted stone, natural stone or Dekton. Creates
a stunning design aesthetic and continual benchtop flow.
- Subzero Fridges- They are an ultimate in food preservation. It
filters ethylene gas which prevents vegetables and fruits to ripen
easily. Subzero Fridges cost up to $17,000 or more.
Visit the E&S Website at https://www.eands.com.au/
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