The modern home kitchen in its equipment is comparable to another workshop. And each device should be selected as reasonably as possible. This requirement also applies to gas hobs.
A gas hob for a kitchen can be no less practical than a full stove. But there are many subtleties and nuances. The main specifics of the panel can be revealed precisely due to its comparison with the plates. Classic system:
- easier to install;
- usually equipped with an oven that extends the possibilities of a cook;
- becomes the dominant around which the interior is easy to build.
But there are advantages to the hob. So, she is much better in design terms. This design is ahead of the old version and in terms of efficiency. The small size is a very important advantage in a small room. And one more nuance - the panel is much easier to move to restore order.
Advantages and disadvantages
But gas hobs “compete” not only with classic stoves. The heating surface may also be based on other operating principles. A gas-powered device must be compared with electrical and induction counterparts. It is advisable to choose the gas option if the home receives natural gas through the main pipeline. It is important to understand that such a panel heats up better than electric and induction, instantly cools down.
However, its functionality is not large enough. And there is always the danger of leakage of easily exploding, toxic substances. Electrical options are popular even in gasified apartments. Many believe that such household appliances are not only more reliable, but also more beautiful. In addition, gas panels are cheaper both at the initial price and in operating costs, there is no need for them to buy special dishes.
The main division in practice is the difference between dependent and independent panels. “Dependent” refers to devices in which an oven is attached to the panel. They are rigidly interconnected, connected using special parts. Therefore, separate operation of the components is impossible. Accordingly, the "independent" design is 100% autonomous. Whether to install the oven or not, the owners decide.
The combined design is fully controlled from the oven. It is the built-in automation that allows you to set various modes, cancel them in case of urgent need. When all the components are in one place, no problems. But sometimes you have to separate the dependent panel and the cabinet, resorting to special manipulations, stretching the wires. In this case, it will be possible to increase or decrease the heating of the burners only from the control panel of the oven. Even worse, if one of the two parts breaks down, then the other is immediately useless. It may even seem that there is no sense in dependent cooktops at all. But they also have advantages:
- unity of style;
- full technical consistency.
The oven in the dependent kit must be made by the same manufacturer as the panel. Otherwise, parts incompatibility may occur. Turning to autonomous gas panels, it must be said right away that they will be noticeably more expensive. However, you can put them in any place you like, and not just where you can establish interaction with the cabinet. Greater freedom in planning the kitchen is well worth the extra money.
Almost all standalone models are touch-sensitive. A single touch will be enough to set the required operating parameters. And washing smooth surfaces of sensors is many times easier than classic devices with handles. Those who are not too keen on culinary experiments also prefer independent panels. After all, there is no need for an oven, and therefore the cost of its acquisition will be meaningless.
Another plus: “independence” means that even if there is an oven, it is not necessary to choose products of the same company, and even with identical functionality. To make the right decision, you must carefully analyze all these points. But the choice does not end there. Almost all hobs are still quadrangular or square. However, non-standard solutions gradually appear.
The easiest way to find them in the lines of leading manufacturers. Moreover, these firms are not limited to "simple" frills like angular and round models. And you can choose devices that can operate simultaneously on gas and electricity. Similar panels are found in the assortment of all major manufacturers. A striking example of this is the Neff T9526 N0.
This device has autonomous control and a surface made of high-quality glass ceramics. To three burners that consume gas, 1 electric burner is added, containing an annular accelerated mode heater. If you choose a more affordable Kaiser KCG 622 R panel, then the user will have at his disposal 2 gas and 2 electric heaters. Combined options are good because if you have problems with one type of resource, you can always switch to another - and not be left without hot food
In houses with young children, it makes sense to choose such combined panels in which the gas burner is located away from the edge. Then a casual touch will affect the induction heater and poses no risk. Returning to non-standard-looking designs, we must immediately admit that they are all more expensive than “boring” analogues. After all, it is quite difficult to think through the necessary performance and ensure safety. And the company invariably lays the cost of paying for design and more complex production in the price of the goods.
If you have to cook a little or occasionally, select a single burner hob. But for lovers of culinary delights and experiments, such a solution is unlikely to work. For obvious reasons, you can not recommend it for large families. But the grilled models are welcome. Yes, they are all of a dependent type, that is, the grill is located in the oven, however, a healthy diet outweighs any disadvantages of the technique.
When there is not enough space, you can choose a built-in hob. True, she has no less safety requirements than an isolated design. It is precisely necessary to observe the necessary interval between gas communications, the hearth itself and the wall. Of course, when choosing its location they are still guided by design considerations, personal convenience.
The most elegant recessed panel will be impractical where you constantly have to put something on it. Regardless of other features, models with a timer are in the first place. And here it does not matter whether they often cook in the kitchen, how many dishes are cooked on it. Accurate tracking of the cooking time helps to ensure an attractive taste of food and preserve its beneficial properties. As for the panels for bottled gas, it is still simpler - it is necessary to provide an entrance of a certain section for connecting a hose or pipe.
Rating of the best models and firms
Despite the relevance of purely technical issues, they are not buying them, but a specific gas panel. Therefore, you must consider which segment the product belongs to. In the premium class, Asko, Smeg are the leaders . Fans of original design should take a closer look at Teka products . You can save and still buy an “almost elite” panel, giving preference to the brands Gorenje and Bosch.
In the budget sector of technology, very good results are produced by the products of the Belarusian concern Hephaestus and the Russian Darina . But you need to consider products not so much by brand as by practically distinguished categories. And the first will be two-burner panels. The indisputable leader of the rating is the Gorenje GC341INB (and at the same time the similar model GC341INI). In both cases, impeccably high quality materials were used.
The glass-ceramic black surface has a polished leading edge. The developers chose to use the design concept of Domino . This design allows the use of panels both on their own and in conjunction with other heating products from Gorenje. The lattice design for dishes is made of high quality cast iron. The burners are ignited automatically, each of them is equipped with gas control.
The design is equipped with a pair of burners - 1 and 3.3 kW of current. Management is carried out by means of the rotary switches. Initially, the panel is designed for methane. But the delivery kit includes nozzle components for switching to a liquefied substance. Now consider the popular 3-burner design.
Gefest CH 2120 looks original. This recessed design usually comes with black glass. But in the assortment there are white, and decorated under the picture "watch" products. It should be borne in mind from the very beginning that such a panel does not save space in the kitchen. We will have to select a site with a minimum width of 73 and a depth of at least 50 cm. But the situation is better in terms of operational parameters. There are gas control, and electric ignition of the burners, and the setting for "small flame". There are separate grilles installed on each burner. Consumers like the look of the model. Burners are placed as conveniently as possible.
Tempered glass is praised for a good wash. The product is recommended for small kitchen sets. Another advantage of the panel is the affordability of the price. Install Gefest CH 2120 without any problems. But we must remember that a pair of small burners is excessively close to each other.
Consider now 4-burner recessed panels with a width of 60 cm, coated with enamel. Bosch EC6A2PB20R has almost no weaknesses. This model is highly regarded for:
- convenience of rotary switches;
- attractive appearance;
- child protection;
- included stand for small cookware.
Designers took care of gas control and other safety measures. Cooking on cast-iron grates is quite comfortable and does not cause burning. It is difficult to find equally effective household appliances at the same price from other manufacturers. Consumers note that washing the panel is not difficult. It would be possible to continue the description even further, but here we need to make one very important remark.
There are a number of firms (or rather, trademarks) masked intensely for certain prestigious manufacturing countries. In fact, such products have nothing to do with the alleged places of manufacture, or it all comes down to screwing the nameplates. Maximum to screwdriver assembly. An example is Fornelli.
The brand’s marketing policy boils down to the constant creation of associations with Italian factories. But in fact, the entire assembly is carried out in China. From Italian in hobs only individual details. And about them, some experts express doubt. Some experts indicate that this brand belongs to the Russian company Caventdom (which also owns the rights to the brands Flavia, Shindo, Kronasteel).
This does not mean that you can refuse to purchase such panels. In fact, they differ in solid quality and are quite functional. You just need to understand that this is not an Italian technique. A similar situation exists with the equipment of brands Hansa, Kaiser. The very sound of the names purposefully creates associations with Germany, although in reality the technology is assembled in Poland.
The situation with Maunfeld is even worse. This brand is carefully positioned as associated with Britain. But in fact, in London, the company is only registered. And production facilities are located in 5 other states, including China and Turkey. It is completely impossible to determine without a whole investigation where which part is made. Is it worth it to mess with such panels - it's up to consumers only.
Now that the origin of the brands is more or less clear, we can return to the main topic. In the budget segment, models show good results:
- Fornelli PGA 45 Fiero WH;
All of these versions are equipped with automatically ignited burners. Automated and protection against gas leakage. The Fornelli model mentioned uses burners from the Apennine Peninsula (as claimed by the manufacturer). The design is compact - 45x51 cm. The top is made of tempered glass and is very easy to wash.
The delivery set also includes jets for liquefied gas fuel. Installation and subsequent connection should only be carried out by professionals. This hob is extremely demanding on the level of gas pressure. The slightest deviation from the norm can provoke a whistle in a large burner. As for the GEFEST CH 1211 , everything is simple - Belarusian equipment cannot boast of great success in design. However, no one questions the quality of manufacture and reliability. All the basic functions that ensure safety and comfort are present. Do not trust statements about the presence of an express burner. In fact, the gas supply is the same everywhere. If you really need the ability to quickly warm up, it is better to pay attention to other versions.
A problem can also be a loose pressing of the panel to the countertop. Inevitably, dirt will enter the gap. To prevent this, you will have to use silicone sealant. But otherwise, this model justifies its price. If you have money, it is better to consider Bosch PCP615M90E . This mid-range hob has one major drawback - it quickly peels off the coating. Otherwise, the reliability of the products and their sound quality do not cause any complaints. The scope of supply includes a pair of lattice elements made of cast iron and nozzle assemblies for conversion to liquefied gas. The general switch allows to increase the safety of children. Some burners can emit unpleasant whistles.
The middle group in terms of cost includes Fornelli PGA 60 Ardente BL . This hob weighs 12.2 kg. Its dimensions are 58x51 cm. The most powerful burner is designed for 3.8 kW. You can not look for models with a WOK burner, but simply purchase this device - a special adapter is included in the kit. It is worth mentioning why specific burners are needed at all. They are equipped with more and more hobs and even classic stoves, therefore such information will not be superfluous. The word "wok" for many centuries is well known to the people of Asia. This is the name of the pan, without which it is impossible to cook quality traditional dishes. Imitation of such a device is therefore becoming more popular.
This wok allows you to provide the required warming temperature. Frying will occur most quickly and smoothly, uniformly. Therefore, it will be possible to reproduce that unique taste that is peculiar to Asian food. And even if you apply this technique to the classic dishes of the Russian and European diets, the result will justify the additional costs. You will be able to experience an unusual taste and conduct radical culinary experiments.
How to choose?
Some consumers prefer not to focus on particular models or brands, but to select the ideal hob according to their parameters. This approach is welcome. Indeed, in the final analysis, components are made at a small number of plants (there are much fewer than brands). And the technical specifications are clearly more valuable than a name written on the case. Sometimes the panels, identical in their basic properties, only made by firms of different levels, can cost differently. It is recommended to choose gas hobs, focusing primarily on their material. The surface covered with a layer of enamel is a classic solution that for many decades can be found in the kitchen. Such modifications may vary in color. Regardless of it, resistance to strong heating is guaranteed. But splitting the enamel is very simple, but removing fat from it is many times more difficult.
Products with an aluminum coating are not much more expensive than enamel ones and are significantly more resistant to mechanical destruction. Aluminum alloys are used in aviation - and therefore one should not be afraid of overheating. However, you have to carefully protect the panel from scratches. The range of detergents is limited - they should not contain abrasive particles.
If advertisements write about a stainless steel surface, you must immediately specify whether it is polished or painted in matt colors. Wear resistance and strength are the same, but the perception in the interior is very different. However, stainless steel looks brilliant only in the store and in the photo. If there is no time and effort to carefully care for the panel, you will have to refuse this choice. Frosted models are less covered by fingerprints, but cost significantly more, and in any case only specialized compounds are suitable for washing. The largest amount will have to pay for panels with glass-ceramic coating. They look very good. Care is also quite simple. It must be remembered that glass ceramics are fragile and will not categorically suit retro-style kitchens. But the equipment from the corresponding Maunfeld line will look good on them.
Important! When searching for a panel fed with gas from a cylinder, the difference between natural and liquefied gas must be taken into account.
Switching is possible by using nozzles, very good if they are included in the delivery. It is recommended to see reviews of specific models, and on different (mutually independent) Internet resources. It is also very important to consider the total power of the panel. A single burner product is enough for one person, and for a large family you need already 3 or 4 burners.
How to care?
Glass ceramic gas panels are best washed with glass cleaning compounds. It is recommended that all stains containing sugar be removed as soon as possible. If the jam or syrup hardens, cleaning will be much more difficult. Enamel is cleaned with soft sponges soaked in a solution recommended by the manufacturer. This is sufficient for both fat and deep calcareous deposits. The use of metal washcloths and hard brushes is strictly prohibited. Also, do not use ordinary dishwashing detergent. Some particles of fat or the reagent itself may remain in place and soon burn. Always clear the cooled surface. Home remedies, whether it’s “grandmother’s recipes” or something read on the Internet, will not be categorically suitable for cleaning.
To extend the life of the gas hob, you must use it correctly, in strict accordance with the instructions. It clearly spells out which dishes and how to use them. Heated glass ceramics must be protected from cold water. Both the pan and the pan should always have the same diameter as the hotplate. Copper and aluminum containers can cause irreducible stains on glass ceramics. It is recommended to check whether the bottom of the cookware is flat, whether it is scratched or burrs.
A very bad idea is to leave an empty enameled container on a hot panel. In the event of a sudden shutdown of the heater, it is required to disconnect it from the gas and electricity, and then contact a special service center. Do not use the panel if the hose (pipe) is damaged. Before starting the device, you need to ventilate the room. Other gas safety standards must also be observed.
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