It’s the arsenal of appliances in the most utilitarian part of the house that keeps it in running order. But big-ticket items such as your fridges, cooktops and hoods should never be bought on a whim – these are investment pieces that ought to serve you in the long run. Take note: top-of-the-line tools aren’t for everyone. Domains that belong to hardworking home chefs require different cooking companions from a kitchen that feeds two. Unsure of what you need? Read on to get a clearer inkling of what you should be investing in.
EQUIP YOUR COOKING SPACE WITH DOMESTIC APPLIANCES THAT WILL WORK MOST EFFICIENTLY FOR YOU Photo Gallery
Cooktops are indispensable in a home, whether you’re a family of five or it’s just you lovebirds. Its basic purpose is to generate heat for cooking; but new and improved versions boast a host of smart features to make this task more enjoyable – and safer – so you can focus solely on creating your piece de resistance.
Powered by gas flame, this cooktop has served many generations of family faithfully. In fact, you probably have seen it first in your grandmother’s kitchen. Today, this basic utility appliance boasts a sleeker and more stylish appearance with stainless steel or glass finishes. Higher end models even come equipped with an easy ignition system. + The flame provides visual feedback, so you are able to wield the temperature easily. + Spacious hobs are great for Asian style cooking.
— Those cast-iron trivets – used to prop your pots and pans – can be rather unwieldy to clean.
Here’s a throwback to science lesson.
This cooktop works using an electromagnetic current that passes through a coil beneath the surface to heat up only the cookware – never the cooktop. This makes it an ideal option for families with curious little ones and frisky pets. We also love how the hob heats up in a flash—saving precious prep time.
+ As the surface – save for the pans – doesn’t heat up, say sayonara to baked-on spills that are a nightmare to clean. + Some models boast sensors to ease prep time.
— Not all types of cookware can be used on this cooktop.
Bertazzoni La Germania Futura Series 90 5-Brass Burners Side Control Hob
Bertazzoni La Germania Futura Series75 2-Burners Gas Hob Ceramic Glass
Tech two-burner built-in induction hob
Connected to your household power supply, this cooktop is heated by elements beneath the surface that in turn increase the temperature of the cookware upon contact. This means a longer wait time is needed for the element to warm up or cool down.
On another note, if you’re not using the hob, its flat surface can easily double as extra counter space.
+ Its flat continuous surface with no or minimal dirt traps makes cleaning up a joy. + Serves those looking for purely functional pieces.
— The ceramic glass surface retains heat – be careful not to burn yourself even when you’re done with cooking.
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