Hobs & hoods – seasonal delights & energy efficiency

Franke Maris Drip Free Cooking appliances

As we start gearing up for the festive season, minds inevitably begin to turn to one of the most prominent features of any celebratory period: the food. This, in turn, causes many consumers to consider whether they and their kitchens are prepared to cook a huge feast — be it for two or for twenty.

However, current economic conditions are also forcing homeowners to think hard about the surging costs of cooking and entertaining. Their appliances need to be as energy efficient as possible to maximise use over cost during such a busy period. Add to that the interest in cooking that has grown considerably over the course of the pandemic, and kitchens across the country will be working overtime this winter.

According to Bertazzoni, assistive technology in cooking appliances has been growing in popularity thanks to “the pandemic reigniting the joy in spending more time in our kitchens and trying new recipes.”

The brand’s two new induction hobs with integrated extraction were introduced at EuroCucina earlier this year in response to growing demand for dual-purpose appliances. Both hobs have ten power levels and are operated by slide controls. Features include multizone technology, pause/recall capabilities and filter saturation alert.

As well as being highly energy efficient, the hobs are impeccably designed in Bertazzoni’s typical style. The products’ exclusive central circular grill is complemented by the iconic brass medal of the brand’s logo, making these stylish, powerful and in-keeping with any energy-conscious kitchen.

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Neat & tidy

As the most energy-efficient hob type, induction hobs have been steadily gaining popularity. Add to this the clever integration of ventilation that brands are incorporating, and they make the ideal hob for many energy-efficient and carefully designed kitchens.

“With a growing consciousness for our health and the health of our planet playing an increasing role in the way we live, work and play, we expect a continuous drive for more energy and water-efficient products that are quieter than ever,” says Fisher & Paykel UK head of marketing Emma Russell.

Fisher & Paykel’s Induction Hob with Integrated Ventilation (pictured below) allows homeowners to put their hob virtually anywhere, including an island, with no need for an overhead extractor fan to break up the view or flow of the space.

The hob is built from recyclable, eco-friendly Schott ceramic glass that doesn’t use arsenic or heavy metals in the manufacturing process. The CID834RDTB4 model also allows for recirculation, meaning filtered air is recirculated to the kitchen interior, rather than ducted outside.

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Fisher & Paykel Appliances

F&P Induction Hob with Integrated Ventilation CID834RDTB4 cut out

Cooking up a storm

Even in the heart of winter, a busy kitchen can grow hot and steamy, particularly if there are several cooks and multiple burners going at once. Franke’s new Maris Free cooker hood is designed to prevent condensation thanks to its “drip-free” technology.

The A-class energy rated appliance features a heated glass panel and additional heating element which prevents the formation of water drips. Its thermo-resistance function directly tackles the moisture caused by temperature differences. The hood, which is especially suited to induction hobs, can be fitted for ducted extraction or in recirculating mode. It’s also easy to clean, thanks to its single glass panel design, and has a quiet 56db sound level.

“Cooker hood models that are low noise are driving sales, particularly with the open plan trend,” says Franke UK sales and marketing director Jo Sargent. “Anti-drip hoods that capture rising steam before it condenses on surfaces are also growing in popularity. These models are ideal for stopping any drips, condensation and unsightly moisture stains from cooking, which can be especially problematic with induction hobs.”

Franke Cooker Hood

Efficiency whatever the budget

Now more than ever, it is important that any consumer can invest in energy-efficient cooking appliances, including those on a lower budget—energy efficiency is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

PJH’s Prima collection is known for its high specification products at lower price points, while the Prima+ collection of premium appliances offers higher spec models with additional functions and style features. The range’s coordinating built-in ovens, compact microwaves and warming drawers feature black glass and stainless steel finishes, while the complementary hob range includes gas-on-glass and venting induction hobs. Extraction hoods offer low noise levels and come in several types such as downdraft, island, angled and wall-mounted in widths of 60-90cm.

“As the cost of living continues to rise, it’s important to offer the consumer a choice of cooking appliances that span a range of price points to accommodate increasingly tighter budgets,” says Prima product manager Rob Brooks.

PJH Prima Collection

Classic but clean

For those who still want to enjoy the precision and efficiency of induction cooking, but prefer a more retro or classical kitchen style, Kaiser’s Art Deco range blends these two factors seamlessly. The brand’s robust German engineering pairs well with the range’s statement style—the Art Deco collection won the 2020 German Design Award for excellent product design.

Consumers have the choice of ivory or anthracite black-coloured cooking appliances with antique gold detailing. The collection’s single electric ovens have a 70 litre capacity as well as 10 cooking modes and thermos reflective glass on the oven door. The range’s induction hobs include Free Zone cooking areas, while the built-in microwaves offer grill and fan-assisted cooking.

Kaiser Art Deco: Hob, Cooker Hood & Microwave Oven

Hobs & hoods feature by Ellie Clow – 31st October 2022

Ellie Clow has worked in journalism for over ten years, specialising in B2B and trade journalism. She has written for financial publications and several leading KBB titles.

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