1. Kitchen design
One of the most important factors to consider in your oven purchase is how you’d like your kitchen configured to best suit your family. Ideally, keeping your cooktop, fridge and sink within easy manoeuvring distance from each other is a good rule of thumb, but cabinet and rangehood configuration are also considerations. Having cookware drawers adjacent to your freestanding oven and cooker is an efficient design decision, and pairing it with a canopy range hood can make your oven a focal point of the kitchen.
2. Fuel Source
Freestanding ovens and cookers can be gas-fuelled, electricity-fuelled or a dual-fuel combination. Gas cookers are typically slightly more expensive to purchase, but cost less in energy bills over time, while electric options are cheaper and have more options with design considerations given the possibility for a sleek, glass finish on the cooktop. Pairing an electric oven with a gas hob is a popular option, and as long as there is an existing gas line in your house, it can be easily installed by a licensed technician.
3. Energy efficiency
While other household appliances may feature energy star ratings, residential ovens in New Zealand do not, which means making the most energy-efficient choice comes down to individual usage. Gas cookers tend to be more energy efficient than electric options, while a dual fuel option (where gas is used for the stove and electricity for the oven) can be an excellent best-of-both-worlds solution.
Size is a consideration when choosing a freestanding cooker as they tend to take up more room than other models. Our models are 90cm wide, and we recommend choosing the same width range hood so as to streamline cabinetry options on either side of the cooker. With a generous 125L capacity, our freestanding ovens and cooktops are perfect for large families, passionate home cooks or those who entertain a lot.
- Telescopic oven runners mean no more burnt fingers - your oven trays and drawers will glide out seamlessly when you open the door for easy dish transfers.
- With in-drawer baking trays, maximise on efficiency and space
7. Ongoing care and use
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.
How to clean an oven depends largely on the model you have purchased. For example, our pyrolytic feature heats baked-on grease and food to a temperature high enough to turn it into ash, meaning there’s no need to scrub and scour - simply wipe up the ash when it’s finished. It’s important to remember to remove the telescopic door runners before using this feature, but apart from that, it’s the easiest way to maintain your oven’s cleanliness.
For other models, maintenance includes removing and wiping drawers and racks and regularly wiping down the inner walls and glass of the door to prevent splatter buildup. Ensure you check the gaskets and elements periodically to preserve optimal function.
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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