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Topic # 230279 16-Feb-2018 15:46
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Well my kitchen appliances are falling over like Napoleon's army in Russia. First it was our 18 yr old F&P fridge two weeks ago, now it's our 2000 model Blanco built-in oven. We really can't afford this at this time but we have no choice. New bottom element for the oven will take four weeks delivery time from Aussie, part = $190 plus $100 callout & install, With the advice that the appliance is on its last legs. The Blanco ceramic hob is in fairly good shape for its age so is the extractor. We were planning on swapping all four of these appliances out in three years (retirement) due to age and go the stainless steel look but looks like they are beating us to it.

 

We are not really looking to spend big bucks. So are have looked at the: 60cm, mid range, built-in, 7 function Blanco, F&P, Elba & Westinghouse. Not really interested in the pyrolytic self cleaning models though I see that most of the Blanco & Elba models come with Catalytic Liners.

 

If we were to also upgrade the cooktop (Hob) we would properly go with the same brand as the oven with the proviso that if it has knobs that they are side mounted and NOT front mounted. Not really interested in induction as it means we would need to change all our pots & pans.

 

We have looked at the Robinhood stainless steel extractor. The extractor must be Rear ducted to match existing install.

 

So my question is what do forum members recommend?

 

 





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  Reply # 1959216 16-Feb-2018 15:50
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Induction is awesome, so much better than ceramic or anything else, including gas mostly because of cleaning issues.





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  Reply # 1959225 16-Feb-2018 16:15
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timmmay:

 

Induction is awesome, so much better than ceramic or anything else, including gas mostly because of cleaning issues.

 

 

But as the OP says, often necessitates an entire change in pots and pans, which is not what they want to do right now..


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  Reply # 1959282 16-Feb-2018 17:54
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Induction almost always means upgrading the power cable to the hob as well. Can get very expensive depending on how difficult it is to run a new cable from the switchboard. And if it is like my mum's rental unit, where the switchboard is a sub board fed with a 6mm2 cable for the whole unit. Forget about having induction.

Consider getting gas running from a 9kg (bbq) bottle.

Conflict of interest- I'm a gasfitter.





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  Reply # 1959288 16-Feb-2018 18:10
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Replying to the post about needing new pots and pans. That was the case when induction was new technology but most pots and pans produced in recent years are induction compatible. Check the markings on the base.

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  Reply # 1959304 16-Feb-2018 19:31
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If you want to know if your pots and pans are suitable for induction is to get a fridge magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom of the pan, it will work with induction. If not it won't work.

 

We changed from ceramic to induction and we wouldn't go back. It cost about $500 for a sparky to come in and put in a new wire from the switchboard to the hob and also install a new switch (oven and extractor run off one switch and the hob off its own). With three young kids in the house, knowing that even if the kids turn on an element, they won't burn themselves or the house down is great peace of mind.


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  Reply # 1959321 16-Feb-2018 20:00
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If it's any help, we recently built our forever home.
We love cooking.
We think we made a good decision to go with Belling for the induction hob.
Yes we had to make sure that the pans were suitable, but what is also worth noting is that with induction the pans are not in contact with heat which burns on, they are the heat, so they are really easy to keep clean.
They also have a great selection of ovens, including combination with microwave, steam and convection. The wife loves the idea of being able to cook a moist chicken with a crispy skin in only about 40 minutes.
We have also " sold" several extractors after people heard how quiet the units are. They are easy clean, with a timer and a 'time to clean indicator.



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  Reply # 1959324 16-Feb-2018 20:23
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FineWine: Not really interested in induction as it means we would need to change all our pots & pans.

 

FineWine: We really can't afford this at this time but we have no choice.

 

Excuse me but if I can interrupt everybodies love of induction!!

 

Update to my OP but after much discussion within the household we are now just going for an inbuilt oven due to money contraints.





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  Reply # 1959362 16-Feb-2018 22:30
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I really liked my Ariston induction cooktop and pyrolytic oven, good price from Harvey Norman a couple of years ago - definitely made cleaning easier and would purchase again happily.


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  Reply # 1959632 17-Feb-2018 16:19
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ordinary cooktops work fine, you don't have to have matching appliances. Just replace what falls over as it falls over. I'd spend more effort researching a quiet extractor, and an oven that meets your needs, and sort out the cooktop once it blows up.

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