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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 Cooktop Range
Did you know that induction cooking heats up twice as fast as gas?
BoilProtect detects rising bubbles and automatically reduces to a low simmer.
Easy to locate graphics
With graphics that are clear and durable, you will always understand how to get the most out of your new cooktop.
FlexZone lets you use two induction zones separately or link them together.
The rangehood will automatically turn on then intuitively adjust the fan speed and airflow to match your cooking.
Our extra large induction zone ensures that heat will be delivered consistently to large pans.
With PowerBoost, you can rapidly boil a pot of water or quickly heat up a frying pan.
Simply touch the Pause icon on your cooktop and all operating induction zones will drop to Keep Warm mode.
Touch on glass controls
With easy touch slider control for instant temperature setting.
Gas Cooktop Range
Our range of gas cooktops are designed to look good and cook great with practical design features to make every meal a winner.
High powered wok burner
With durable brass caps and 19 MJs you can bring your wok to high heat with even flame distribution.
Easy to clean
With a flat cooktop surface that gives food spills and splashes nowhere to hide.
Dual Valve Control
Dual Valve flame control lets you go from boil to simmer in an instant.
5. Design & other considerations
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
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.