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Cooking & Kitchen Buying Guide

Cooktops:

Gas Cooktop

Favoured by chefs due to their superior temperature control, gas cooktops provide a consistent heat that is perfect for cooking. They're also highly versatile, allowing for a range of different cookware to be used, and are available in budget through to high-end models.

Electric Cooktop

A popular low-cost option, electric cooktops have a coil or solid hotplate. They are slightly slower to heat up and cool down than gas. 

Ceramic Cooktop

Another form of electric cooktop, ceramic cooktops heat faster than traditional electric elements and come with the added benefit of being super easy to clean, thanks to elements placed beneath the flat cooking surface.

Induction Cooktop

Offering better temperature control than other electric cooktops, induction is a great choice for the serious cook. They are also faster to heat up and more energy efficient, because they transfer heat directly to the pot or pan via a magnetic field. This means that the cooktop itself doesn't heat up, ideal when safety is a concern, and with no heat on the cooktop surface there'll be no more baked on food spills, so they’re easy to clean.

Ovens:

Electric Ovens

More versatile than gas, electric ovens offer many different functions to suit the type of cooking you're doing. There's a big range to choose from, with the entry level ovens being the most affordable on the market.

Gas Ovens

Gas ovens are ideal for cooking things like roasts that need to retain moisture, as they don't dry food out as much as electric ovens. They have fewer functions than electric, but they do get hotter at the top of the oven, so you can cook multiple dishes that have different heat or crisping requirements.

Fan Forced Ovens

Fans are available on both gas and electric ovens and assist with even heat distribution, removing the need to rotate food during the cooking process.

Steam Ovens

The use of steam to cook produces healthier food that retains more nutrition. Steam ovens also have the added benefits of reduced cooking times and being easier to clean, however they aren't capable of browning food.

Self Cleaning Ovens

There are two types of ovens which are referred to as self-cleaning: pyrolytic and catalytic liners.

When in cleaning mode, pyrolytic ovens lock and heat up to approximately 500°C. Food residue is burnt off the oven surface and reduced to ash, which is then easily removed after the oven cools and unlocks.

Catalytic liners absorb food splatters. To clean the oven, it requires heating to 250°C for approximately an hour. After the oven is cool, residue can wiped away with a damp cloth.

Double Ovens

A double oven features two separate ovens stacked together as a unit. Ideal for entertaining, they make cooking multiple dishes with different temperature and function requirements at the same time a breeze.

Fridges and freezers:

Chest Freezer

With a large internal space and top opening, chest freezers are more energy efficient and better performers than upright freezers, however they can be harder to keep organised and access your goods.

Top Mount

This traditional fridge and freezer combination features a freezer compartment on top of the fridge. Ideal for smaller households and excellent space savers, they're available in a range of options.

Bottom Mount

Sometimes referred to as Upside Down fridges, these have the freezer compartment placed underneath the fridge. This is more convenient for people who access the fridge more commonly than the freezer.

Side By Side

Offers the benefit of a full length fridge and a smaller full length freezer beside it in the same unit. They come in varying widths, and are suitable for larger spaces.

French Door and Drawer

This design has a fridge at the top which opens via double doors, and one freezer drawer at the bottom.

Pigeon Pair

A pigeon pair is comprised of two separate but matching full sized units that can be placed together, or separately.

Dishwashers:

Freestanding

The traditional dishwasher that can be moved or slotted into an existing space.

Fully Integrated

These dishwashers are built into your kitchen and feature a customised panel on the front which matches your kitchen cabinetry. With the controls hidden at the top of the door, they seamlessly blend into your kitchen providing a streamlined, modern look.

Semi Integrated

Similar to fully integrated, a semi integrated dishwasher has most of the door covered by a custom panel but with the control fascia visible and easily accessible across the top.

Dish Drawers

For smaller kitchens and families, a single dish drawer is a great space saver. They are half the size of a regular dishwasher so you don’t have to wait so long to fill up before turning on. 

Larger households can install two drawers; giving you two smaller independently operating dishwashers rather than one big one. There are several benefits to this:

  • They can be installed in different locations in the kitchen.
  • They can both be installed right underneath the kitchen bench, so you can avoid bending down to load and unload the bottom rack.
  • You can use different wash cycles at the same time.
  • One can be filled while the other is running - no more dirty dishes filling up the sink!