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CIARRA CBBIH3BF 6500W Built-in Induction Hob 3 Zones with Boost Function 1 Flex Zone Touch Control Ceramic Glass 9 Power Levels Child Safety Lock Black

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Aside from the four huge cooking zones which are big enough to accommodate extra large cookware up to 24cm in diameter, this model also features ‘flexinduction’, which means if one zone isn’t big enough for the pan you’re using – say, a roasting tin up to 40cm in length – it will automatically activate more inductors so the ingredients are heated evenly. It also features boost for any zone which ramps up the power by 50% for speedy boiling or high-heat frying.

You may not be as familiar with the brand Caple but they’ve been around a long time making some great products and are my go-to for wine coolers. Especially their integrated under-counter wine cooler. Many induction hobs adopt the touch-sensitive approach to controlling temperature but unlike most models that require stabbing at buttons to raise or lower the temperature, this one uses a touch-sensitive slider which is said to be more accurate and intuitive. You also get Miele’s TwinBooster technology meaning you can crank up the power to a huge 7.4kW to really get your water boiling fast and ready for pasta night! It comes with 2 boost zones for fast cooking as well as a bridge zone that combines two of the zones to create one larger cooking zone. Perfect for big dishes or trays.The second reason is if you don’t have enough depth in your countertop for a standard depth hob. Most regular induction hobs are around 50cm deep, so if you have a shallow depth countertop you may not be able to fit one in.

If you also have an electric oven on the same ring, you may in fact need an even higher rated cable.Bear this in mind because it’s the single most important consideration when purchasing any electrical cooking appliance. Especially if the island is a little bit shallower than normal. This is where I’ve used them the most in my kitchen designs! Ease of use: We looked for practical, straightforward and intuitive hobs. Any elements that felt overcomplicated or in any way confusing meant the hob was marked down. It may sound obvious but remember that these hobs are wider than your standard 60cm induction hob. Make sure you have sufficient space in your countertop to accommodate some of these extra-wide models.Finally, what features does your hob have at the moment that you can’t live without? And what features does your current hob have that you have never used, not even in a moment of curiosity?

Cast iron takes longer to heat up but the whole pot retains heat for much longer than stainless steel. This makes cast iron the best material for cooking slow-and-low hob-based casseroles and stews (thing Le Creuset) but not, conversely, for anything that requires constant temperature fluctuations. For that you need stainless steel. Since stainless steel has low heat conductivity, many manufacturers apply very thin sandwich layers of aluminium and/or copper to the base of their pans so they have excellent magnetic properties along with superb heat conductivity. To date, our favourite – ie the fastest and most efficient – stainless steel pots and pans are those that hail from the Cotswolds-based Robert Welch stable. We reviewed the company’s Campden 3-Piece Saucepan Set last year and were mightily impressed by the speed with which they boiled water – surprisingly, they were faster to boil than most of our other induction ready pans. Robert Welch saucepans use a base layer comprising a combination of stainless steel with sandwiched layers of aluminium and copper for maximum conductivity. This writer’s been using them regularly for the past year and they still look brand new. Not only enough room on your countertop, as it’s not fun not having enough open countertop space for prep work but also a wide enough cabinet underneath.This sleek and stylish bevelled-edge panoramic induction hob from Smeg is a great budget to mid-range option. All three zones benefit from power boost settings and are controlled using Smegs minimal touch slider design. It also has a clever Eco-Off setting, where the cooking zone shuts down a little bit before the timer sounds, making use of the residual heat and saving that little bit of energy. The induction hob with the bridging function allows you to connect two cooking zones into one large one. This is perfect when using big or odd-size pots or pans. The induction hob with flexible zones offer the same kind of possibilities. You can vary the cooking surface by using the flexible heating zones together or separately. This means you can adapt them to pots and pans in different shapes and sizes.

Those are good –often very good –but in my experience, pans made entirely from stainless steel or cast iron are the best types of cookware for induction hobs.You can position them where you like, the hob 'burner' size is less important and they're less hassle all round. Value for money: Is the performance of the product and its various features consistent with the price?The John LewisJLBIIH806 induction hob straddles that perfect middle ground where four heating zones aren't enough and six is just too much. So this appliance gets off to a great start, as the worktop area is spacious enough for most, of not all your pots and pans. But, it’s not a behemoth either. In fact, the designers have done a very nice job on creating this appliance, with wipe clean surfaces and, really, nowhere for grime to call home.

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