Stoves & hobs buying guide

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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. Stoves are more efficient, flexible and full of practical features to help you spend less time in the kitchen. We have created a helpful buying guide to help you select the right hob for the way you and your family cook.

1. Introduction

When it comes to cooking, having a reliable stove (or stove burner as they are sometimes known) is a must. At Electrolux, our Premium stove and hob models provide great control, are easy to clean and can cook meals that bring your family together. Take a look at our tips below on how to buy the right Electrolux stove for your kitchen.

2. Sizing

Kitchen Layout

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 guide below before selecting your appliances.

Consider your cabinetry

When looking at your cabinetry, you can look at positioning the stove on 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 hob 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. This 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, many kitchens have been designed around the island bench becoming the work bench, the place you prepare, cook and clean with ovens, hobs or microwave ovens 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 stove

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.

When looking at cooking zones, it is common to have 4. However, you may also find other combinations below:

  • 3 zones - 2 small 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. Types of Stoves

Induction Stoves

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.

  • PowerBoost provides quick, intense heat.
  • Induction is safe, fast, and energy efficient.
  • Pot detection lights up the controls for the zone.
  • PowerBoost provides quick, intense heat.
  • Induction is safe, fast, and energy efficient.
  • Pot detection lights up the controls for the zone.

Ideal for:

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

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.

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.

Gas Stoves

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.

  • FlameShield improves efficiency and results.
  • Intense 5.2kW burner to lock in flavours.
  • Flexi cut-out for easy kitchen installation.
  • Flexi cut-out for easy kitchen installation.
  • FlameShield improves efficiency and results.
  • High power burner is ideal for stir-frying.
  • CombiSteam allows you to cook 3 dishes at once.
  • Blue flame burns efficiently to lower energy cost.
  • High power burner is ideal for stir-frying.

Ideal for:

  • Family
  • Entertainer
  • Serious Home Cook

Use high heat for flavorful dishes

With a wok burner, you are able to cook with high heat and even flame distribution. Ranging from 14-19 MJ/h you can lock in the flavor when cooking with gas.

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.

Flexible flame control

The wide rotary knob is designed for maximum flexibility at your fingertips but still ensures precise flame control for perfect cooking results every time.

Sturdy and stable

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

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

Electric Stoves

An electric cooktop is the most sensible choice of cooktop if you have a small budget. Though they come with basic features and may take longer than others to reach your chosen heat, they come with durable and corrosion-resistant surfaces.

Ideal for:

  • Rental property
  • First home
  • Durable and reliable

We want your cooktop to endure minimal wear and tear, so we have made our electric cooktops corrosion resistant. Giving you a cooktop that is reliable and easy to use.

Big or small, you're covered

With the options of small or large hotplates, you are able to have flexibility with your chosen pot or pan size.

Easy temperature control

With control knobs you can adjust your cooking temperature smoothly.

4. Design & other considerations

Installation costs

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 stove, you will need to ensure you have a gas connection and whether your connection is natural or LPG ensuring the stove 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 stove.

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.

5. Warranty & Service

Warranty

Subject to terms and conditions our stoves come with 12 months warranty in Indonesia, 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 labor costs, giving you peace of mind that your appliance is in good hands. Click here to contact customer care. 

6. Stove & Hob FAQs

  • What is an induction stove?

    An induction stove 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.

    With induction stoves, the heat is instant as your pan is heated by a magnetic field instead of a flame or electric element. This makes the pot or pan the heat source not the stove surface, allowing it to heat up faster and create a safer cooking environment for you and your family.

  • 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.

  • Do I need new pots and pans?

    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.

  • How do you clean an induction stove?

    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.

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