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.

Cleaning cooktops

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

6. Top FAQs

Electrolux has a specially designed wok and trivet to enable you to take advantage of stir fry or wok cooking on an induction cooktop. The specially designed trivet has been designed to ensure the heat is transferred up the sides of the wok for optimum stir frying. Find additional accessories here.

New Zealand Standards for electric/gas oven installation are used to make sure kitchen appliances are safely used and correctly installed.

For electrical appliances, only a licensed electrician can install them as there are electrical circuits and multiple wires involved. The electrician also needs to look into your existing wiring to ensure that your wiring is capable of handling the requirements of your new oven or cooktop. Newer models can often require increased circuitry.

If you need to upgrade your wiring to suit the power needs of your new oven, a site inspection can be arranged to provide a quote to do this.

For gas appliances, ONLY a licensed gas fitter/plumber can install them. Gas is dangerous and needs to be connected to the correct gas line and adhere to regulations around minimum clearances for combustible materials.

When the installation is completed, your electrician or plumber will provide you with a Compliance Certificate.

Prior to using your cooktop for the first time, apply the recommended cooktop cleanser to the surface and buff using a nonabrasive cloth or pad. The special cooktop cleansing cream leaves a protective finish that helps prevent scratches and abrasions. To further prevent scratches on your cooktop surface:

Be sure that the cooktop and any pots, pans, or utensils you use are clean.

Use pots and pans that have a smooth, flat bottom.

If coarse particles (such as salt) come between your cooktop and utensils, scratches can result.

Use cleaning materials that are recommended for ceramic/glass cooktops.

Any small scratches that occur will not affect your cooktop’s performance, and will become less visible over time.

Simply peel the stickers off. We recommend using eucalyptus oil to help remove any sticker residue from your appliance.
Discoloration that has a metallic sheen can be caused by mineral deposits from water and food. You can help prevent it by using cookware with a clean and dry bottom surface, and you can remove it with a ceramic/glass cooktop cleaning cream.

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