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Combining hob and hood in your kitchen for optimal cooking

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This 50cm freestanding cooker combines both gas hobs and an electric plate on a compact 50cm cook top.The 90cm EHT9341X gas hob has four gas burners and a larger working space for cooking big meals.The 60/90cm Slim Line Hood offers powerful extraction for your kitchen while coming in a compact and sleekly designed package.Offering an extraction rate of  up to 1400m3 per hour, this cooker hood is one of the most powerful hoods for consumers.

Cooking hobs and hoods are arguably the most important features in a kitchen. They are among the most-used appliances and can make or break your cooking experience. Before, during and after.

When choosing the right hobs and hoods for your lifestyle, here are two factors to consider:

Type of Hobs

The most common hobs you’ll find on stoves are gas, ceramic and induction ones. The best hob for you depends on the kind of cooking you do.

Gas hobs are best suited for wok cooking and chefs who seek quicker, more precise changes in heat. Heat is also spread more evenly throughout the cooking implement than on electric hobs.

Electric ceramic hobs are easy to clean and heat up gradually. It’s also better for keeping a consistent heat so dishes like sauces and delicate foods like fish are better cooked with ceramic hobs.

Induction hobs may cost more and require special cookware but are the most energy efficient of the three. Like ceramic hobs, its strength is in maintaining a consistent heat while cooking and it’s also  easy to clean.  Another advantage of the induction hob is how safe it is to use as it employs  an electric field for heating, so little fingers won’t get burned if they accidentally touch the hob.

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For those that can’t decide, it is possible to have a combination of hobs on your cook top, such as on the Electrolux EKM5541X freestanding cooker, which features both gas burners and an electric hotplate on a compact 50cm range.

Kitchen size

Of course, you don’t want to be buying a hob that’s too large or too small for your kitchen. Hobs are typically 60 cm wide with four burners. People who need more space to work with can look for larger sizes such as Electrolux’s 90cm EHT9341X gas hob with four burners, which allow more working space for large meals.

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And while you’re cooking these large meals, cooking hoods use either extraction and/or recirculation to clear the kitchen of cooking smells, odours and particles. Extraction hoods remove smells to the outside via ducts, while Recirculation hoods use filters to “scrub” the air before releasing it back to the kitchen.

It’s not the size of the hood that matters when deciding if it’ll do the job in clearing the air, but its extraction rate relative to the size of your kitchen.

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In order to efficiently remove odours and particles from the kitchen, the hood needs to be able to move ten times the volume of air in the kitchen in one hour. For an easy example, if your kitchen is 3 metres by 3 metres and 3 metres high, it has a volume of 27m3, and the cooker hood has to have an extraction rate of 270m3 per hour.
For such a kitchen, the compact and sleek 60/90cm Electrolux EFT9510 Slim Line hood will do the job well with an extraction rate of 520m3 per hour. If you have a bigger kitchen however, models like the EFC9573X chimney hood offers powerful extraction of up to 1400m3 per hour.

The type of cooking you do also matters, wok cooking for example uses powerful gas burners and may require more powerful extraction.

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