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What cooktops can be found in the kitchen?

The cooktop is the heart of every kitchen. This is where delicious dishes are made and life happens. It is essential that the cooktop suits the owner’s style of cooking, preferences and requirements. Luckily there’s a suitable cooktop for every kitchen.

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Mini cooktop dictionary

We generally differentiate between self-contained cooktops and cookers combining oven and cooktop. A self-contained cooktop has its own operating controls and can be installed virtually anywhere in the kitchen. Whereas, a cooker with a combined cooktop and oven, gives kitchen planners less design freedom. As a matter of principle, BORA cooktops are self-contained.

 

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Induction cooktop

On an induction cooktop only the pot or pan heats up, not the cooktop itself. This is due to the special way in which heat is transferred by electromagnetic induction. Under the cooktop, there are flat induction coils made from copper wire which generates an electromagnetic field when the hob is switched on. For the heat transfer principle to work, the cookware must have a magnetic base. This is the only way that it can absorb the energy from the magnetic field as heat. 
As the surface of the cooktop does not heat up at the same time, with an induction cooktop there is no danger of sustaining burns like with alternative cooktops. Food burning onto the cooktop, is also a thing of the past. Another advantage is that induction uses considerably less electricity than other operating modes. The electromagnetic field can be precisely regulated and provides heat very quickly.

 

Surface induction cooktop

Surface induction cooktop

As induction cooktops heat the pot/cookware only and not the cooktop, there is no wasted energy. This is a principle which has been further perfected by surface induction cooktops. On a surface induction cooktop there are no set cooking zones. Sensors below the cooktop detect the shape, size and position of the pots and pans. Only the inductors that are located right under the area on the cooktop in which the cookware has been placed are activated. It is totally irrelevant where the cook places the pot. Alongside this flexibility, surface induction also wins points for its attractive, elegant design, as there are no cooking zone marks dividing up the surface of the hob.

 

Advantages and disadvantages of induction and surface induction cooktops

Advantages:

  • Precise temperature adjustment
  • Heat is there immediately – no heating phase
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Protection against burns as only the cookware and not the cooking zone gets hot

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive than alternative cooktops
  • Special magnetic pots and pans are needed
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Glass ceramic cooktop with radiant heating elements

A cooktop with radiant heating elements is none other than what is often commonly referred to as a Ceran cooktop. However, strictly speaking, the term is incorrect. ‘Ceran cooktop’ simply means that the cooktop is made of glass ceramic. Ceran is a brand name of the company Schott AG, one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality glass ceramics and so is frequently used synonymously. 
But glass ceramic cooktops can also work with induction, gas or even radiant heating elements. The latter is an electric cooktop with heating coils under the glass ceramic plate. Cooktops that work with electric radiant heat are cheaper to buy than induction cooktops but use more energy and are not as safe as the cooking zones are intensely heated during cooking.

 

Advantages and disadvantages of electric cooktops with radiant heating elements

Advantages:

  • comparatively lower purchasing price
  • easy to use

Disadvantages:

  • higher electricity consumption than induction cooktops
  • heating and post-heating phases 
  • risk of burns from hot cooking zones
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Gas cooktop

Gas cooktops are particularly popular with professional chefs. They swear by cooking with gas: heat is provided by the seamlessly adjustable flame. That means that a gas cooktop quickly brings pots and pans up to the precise temperature required. Just as the flame is there immediately, when the hob is switched off it’s gone again straight away. Food does not keep on cooking and nothing is burnt on. 
Today’s gas glass ceramic cooktops are a far cry from the gas cookers of the past – both in terms of appearance and function.

 

Advantages and disadvantages of gas cooktops

Advantages:

  • Precise temperature adjustment
  • Very direct heat from the flame
  • High emotional factor
  • Lower energy consumption

Disadvantages: 

  • Gas supply required
  • Pan supports need to be cleaned in the dishwasher
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Teppanyaki

Tepan, teppan yaki or teppanyaki – there are several ways of describing this type of cooktop. Whichever term is used, it always refers to a flat steel plate that is used to grill on. Such teppanyaki cooktops are derived from the Japanese art of grilling. Just as in the traditional Japanese kitchen, the cook places fish, meat or vegetables directly on the Tepan plate integrated in the cooktop. 
A teppanyaki cooktop usually has two cooking zones that can be separately adjusted. This enables you to grill a steak quickly on one side, whilst the vegetables cook slowly on the other. Teppanyaki cooktops form part of the BORA Professional and BORA Classic cooktop ranges. And there’s more: you don’t need to worry about burnt-on food! A teppanyaki is easy to clean. Simply pour a little water mixed with vinegar onto the Tepan plate and leave it to soak for a few minutes. Any dirt can then be removed using a Tepan scraper and sponge. To finish off, just wipe away any residue and water with kitchen roll.

 

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Induction wok

The Asian kitchen boasts another cooking utensil which can be used to prepare tasty, healthy meals: the wok. For its Professional and Classic lines, BORA offers a glass ceramic hob with an integrated induction wok. A suitable ferromagnetic wok fits perfectly into the hollow in the cooktop. This enables the magnetic field under the glass ceramic to heat the food quickly and thoroughly. Another advantage compared to cooking with a wok on a flat electric or induction cooktop is the high level of energy efficiency.

 

Practical additional functions for cooktops

What should your new cooktop look like? Do you like to cook some dishes on gas but others on induction? So why not combine both in a single cooktop? Or are you an experimental cook? Then perhaps an induction cooktop combined with a tepan is the perfect solution for you. Whatever models you choose, all BORA cooktops offer many practical additional functions – not forgetting of course the integrated cooktop extractor which guarantees you fresh air in your kitchen.

Find out all there is to know about the BORA advantages

Warming function

Is the dinner ready but your guests are running late? If you have a cooktop with a variable warming function like those offered by BORA, no problem. With three warming levels using constant temperatures of 42°, 74° or 94°C, meals are kept nice and hot. A tip: this function is also great for melting butter or chocolate.

Childproofing feature

You turn your back for a second and your three-year-old has turned on the cooktop. With a childproofing feature that wouldn't have happened. The childproofing feature even stops you yourself from switching on a cooking zone accidentally.

Automatic heat up function

Practical when you’re cooking lots of different things at the same time: If a cooking zone is set to the automatic heat up function, it works on full power for a time before automatically returning to the previously set continuous cooking level.

Bridging function

With the bridging function two cooking zones on a surface induction cooktop can be linked so that you can use larger roasting pans, for example. The linked cooking zones are controlled by a single operating control.

Pause function

Is there somebody at the door and you need to stop cooking for a moment? The pause function enables you to automatically switch off all cooking zones temporarily. When the function is deactivated, the cooktop returns to the previous settings.

Timer function

Time plays a huge role when you're cooking. With timer functions, the cook has everything under control. The automatic switch-off function enables a cooking zone to switch itself off after a pre-set time. The short-time timer shows when the set time has lapsed with a visual and acoustic signal.

Cooktop cleaning and care

Whether induction, surface induction or an integrated induction wok – a BORA cooktop is always easy to look after and clean. Coarse food residues and burnt-on food are best removed with a special metal scraper and light soiling with a soft cloth and a special glass ceramic cleaning product.

A range of cooktops to choose from

The perfect technology for everyone: at BORA you can choose from a wide range of cooktops and extractors to find the one that suits you. BORA Professional and BORA Classic enable you to put together the cooktop you require with a number of different components. The compact systems BORA Basic and BORA Pure give you even more cooktops and extractor models to choose from.