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Stoves & hobs buying guide

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When it comes to cooking, having a reliable stove is a must. Buying a new stove can be overwhelming when you haven't been in the market for some time, things have probably changed, and you have new things to consider when making your selection.

We have created a helpful buying guide to help you choose a good hob, be it an induction or a gas stove, for the way you and your family cook. Take a look at our tips below on how to choose an induction/gas stove your kitchen.

Stove & hob sizing: Things to consider

When researching for a new stove, it’s important to consider all elements of its size. You need to consider not only the width of the hob but also the number of different cooking zones it offers and whether they have flexibility.

The standard stove size is 60cm, enough for most households, however some brands offer stoves as small as 30cm, slightly bigger at 70cm and the largest being 90cm. You may look at pairing a 30cm gas or induction stove with a 60cm stove of a different type, giving you ultimate flexibility in the kitchen.

How many burners should we have?

The number of burners you should have really depends on how much cooking you do on your hob. If you have a large family and always have something bubbling away on the stove, go for the most number of burners you can fit in the space you have. If you are designing a new, larger kitchen, you can choose from a gas hob, induction hob or a hybrid hob to match your cooking style.

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Types of stoves

Induction cooktops

Induction cooktops

Whilst not currently the most chosen stove type, Induction cooking popularity continues to rise with it being integrated into most modern kitchen designs. With its precision in temperature control and overall efficient performance induction cooking in a lot of ways comes out on top.

Find more helpful information in our article about Things you need to know about induction cooking. 

Ideal for:

  • Small family - large family
  • Apartment living
  • Rental properties

Below are some highlighted features that Electrolux induction cooktops offer: 

Boiling or high heat in no time

PowerBoost offers you a rapid boil or high heat in a matter of seconds, giving you more time back in or out of the kitchen.

Clean and sleek with precise control

With a flat, easy to clean surface, an induction stove offers not only a design that fits seamlessly into any kitchen aesthetic but complete temperature control with a slide of a finger.

Safety first

Kitchen safety comes before everything else. Induction stoves come with residual heat indicators allowing you to know when the stove is completely cooled and a child safety feature which locks the controls so small wandering hands cannot create mischief in the kitchen.

One touch to pause

The pause function comes in handy if you must leave the kitchen momentarily. At the touch of a button all cooking zones in active will be dropped to the lowest heat level to ensure dishes stay warm but won’t be overcooked.

No risk of outages

The Power management function helps automatically redistribute the electrical load between cooking zones when it is about to exceed the limit.

Place pot, activate controls

Isn’t it great to have the hob adapt your cooking style, not the other way around? Sensors automatically detect where pots are placed on the cooking surface and illuminate the controls.

Auto heat-up

Designed for professional-grade power and performance, Electrolux induction hobs can boil 1 liter of water in just 3 minutes.

Check out our induction cooktops:

  • Select the bridge function to combine two zones.
  • PowerBoost provides quick, intense heat.
  • Induction is safe, fast, and energy efficient.
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  • SenseFry adjusts heat for even frying results.
  • Select the bridge function to combine two zones.
  • PowerBoost provides quick, intense heat.
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Gas stoves

Gas stove

Providing rapid and powerful heat, gas stoves are popular amongst cooking enthusiasts and more traditional homes. Coming with an electric ignition, you can start cooking within moments. A great advantage of cooking with gas is a clear visualization of the heat via the bare flame.

Ideal for:

  • Family
  • Entertainer
  • Serious home cook

Below are some highlighted features that Electrolux gas stoves offer: 

Flame out. Gas off.

When cooking with gas, at times the flame will unexpectedly go out. Our flame failure device will automatically shut down the gas supply, allowing your family to stay safe from poor air quality.

Sturdy and stable

Sturdy cast iron supports make sure that your pots and pans stay firm while cooking.

Ensure stable flame

StepFlame delivers precise control of the heat intensity with three rings of flame with stepped settings. These pre-defined settings guarantee the same flame and heat level every single time, which is perfect to cook a variety of dishes.

Reduce heat loss

The FlameShield trivet reduces heat-loss to deliver more intense heat to the cooking process, saving you energy costs.

By directing heat more efficiently, Electrolux gas stoves with the FlameShield trivet cook faster and consume less energy than previous models. You can now enjoy your culinary experience without worrying about utility bills.

High power burner

Electrolux gas hobs are equipped with high-power burners that provide you with intense heat and a steady flame. This is perfect for stir-frying dishes when a very high temperature is required.

Easy installation

The extended glass overhang and flexible bracket makes installation into existing kitchen layout easy without additional modifications.

Check out some of our gas stoves:

  • StepFlame settings deliver precise heat control.
  • FlameShield improves efficiency and results.
  • High power burner is ideal for stir-frying.
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  • Brass burners to sear, simmer and pan fry.
  • Blue flame burns efficiently to lower energy cost.
  • Mini triple-ring burner for intense, even heat.
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  • Brass burners to sear, simmer and pan fry.
  • Blue flame burns efficiently to lower energy cost.
  • Mini triple-ring burner for intense, even heat.
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Stove & hob FAQs

  • What is an induction hob?

    An induction cooktop is an electromagnetic flat surface stove that ensures fast heating using direct induction heating of cooking vessels. It is a seamless, cost-effective, and time-efficient stove.

  • How does induction cooking work?

    When a suitable cooking pot or pan is placed on top of the induction stove an electric current is passed through a coil of copper wire that is located underneath the ceramic plate.

    >>> Read more: What is an induction cooker & how does it work?

  • Do I need special pots and pans for induction stove?

    To ensure your pan is compatible with an Induction stove it needs to have magnetic capability. This can be simply tested by placing a magnet on the bottom of your pan to see if it attracts, if so then your pan should work on the stove.

  • Is induction cooking better than gas?

    Cooking with induction gives you precise temperature control. It is more precise than gas or electric counterparts. Not to mention the flexibility to accommodate different types and amounts of cookware (pots and pans with magnetic capability).

    Induction cooking is also highly efficient because very little heat energy escapes-unlike with an open gas flame, the heat goes around the cookware and just a minimal residual heat is left when you remove the cookware.

    Discover more benefits of induction cooktops.

  • How do you clean induction hob?

    These are simple tips to clean and maintain an induction stove:

    • Make sure you switch off the stove before cleaning.
    • Let the stove cool down before cleaning.
    • Dab a small amount of glass ceramic stove cleaner onto the stove.
    • Make use of a damp sponge to wipe away spills on the stove.
    • Wipe off the stove with a clean, dry cloth.

*Disclaimer: Pictures are for illustration purpose only and not necessarily the products that are sold.

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