1. Cooktop types
Cooktop technology has changed over the years and many people have their preference for which type of cooktop they prefer. Have you also considered the size, features, integration with other appliances? Our handy buying guide can help you decide which cooktop is right for you.
2. Cooktop sizes
Most cooktops in New Zealand are a standard 60cm with four burners, however it is possible to get 75cm options. Increasingly popular is the large cooktop 90cm width, which allows for more burners/hotplates and thus more options for cooking and entertaining. It is best to ensure that your rangehood width matches the width of your cooktop for the most efficient usage and streamlining of cabinets on either side. For those who prefer their oven and cooktop to come as a standalone appliance, freestanding cookers are an excellent and popular option.
3. Energy efficiency
While other household appliances may feature energy star ratings, residential cooktops in New Zealand do not, which means making the most energy-efficient choice comes down to individual usage. Induction cooktops are the most energy-efficient option, with gas cooktops a close runner-up.
4. Compatible cookware
Making sure your cookware is compatible with your cooktop is a simple but important step, particularly if you’re considering an induction stove. New cookware will be clearly labeled with whether it is compatible with induction cooking, but to test your existing pots and pans, simply place a fridge magnet on the bottom and give it a little shake. Did the magnet stay on? If so, it’s induction-compatible. Stainless steel is the best material for pans used with an electric stove, though most cookware will work, and basically any pot can be used with a gas cooker. These handy symbols will usually feature on the bottom of your cookware to let you know how they can be used.
5. Ongoing care and use
The multiple wires and circuits involved in electric cooktops mean only licensed electricians are able to install them in your kitchen. For gas cooktops, a licensed gas fitter or plumber is required. Once these installations have been completed, the technician will be able to provide you with a certificate of compliance, giving you peace of mind and ensuring everything is safe and to code.
Electric cooktops are much simpler to clean, with a simple wipe-down usually being sufficient. For gas cooktops, it’s advised to remove the cast iron grates and wash in the sink, enabling you to wipe in and around the burners to remove caked-on food and spills.
Warranty and service
Our ovens come with a 24-month warranty, and servicing is available through our list of registered providers. To find the address of your nearest authorised service centre in New Zealand PLEASE CALL 0800 436 245
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