Smeg’s new induction cooktop is claimed to offer a massive 85 percent efficiency rating compared to the conventional electrical ceramic cooktops.
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Made of a sheet of black ceramic glass measuring a full metre in length and 400mm depth, the SIHP2100B offers four cooking zones in a line, side by side. A benefit of this is no more reaching over steaming pots to get to the pan at the rear.
Features include its automatic pan recognition whereby heat is only generated to the exact size of the pan in use – therefore there is no wasted energy consumption.
Each of the cooking zones is discreetly identified by a small etched diamond shape and has nine heat settings and a delay-stop timer.
Safety controls include an automatic over-temperature shutdown, automatic spillage or boil-over shutdown, a lock selection and a residual heat indicator.
Smeg’s induction cooktops deliver virtually instant heat that cooks by heating the cooking vessel and not the cooking surface. Basically, the induction element generates a magnetic field that induces heat in steel cookware placed on top of it, which in turn heats the food inside it.
The surface of the cooktop remains relatively cool (meaning kitchen temperatures are also cooler), the appliance responds to changes in power levels almost instantly and the use of energy is far more efficient.