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This CDA hob was the one I had installed with my new kitchen, two years ago. It was installed along with a CDA oven, which I have reviewed seperately.
Obviously, as I have been using the hob every day for the past two years, I have had ample opportunity to give it a thorough testing during that time. I chose this particular model, as I wanted an integrated system, set within the worktop, as opposed to my previous standalone oven. The kitchen installer set up the units and the worktops, but we needed a Corgi registered gas technician to enure that the hob was fitted safely and complied with safety standards. We also needed the services of a qualified electrician to set up the "sparker" that fires the hob. As the hob is set within the worktop, we also needed to have a tiled splashback on the wall behind the hob.
The hob itself looks stylish as it is made from stainless steel, making it compatible with most kitchen styles. My kitchen is quite traditional in style, with white panelled cupboard doors and black worktops, but the hob would be equally at home in a glossy modern kitchen too as it is a neutral design. It complements the oven really well, as they are both quite minimalist and simple in appearance and uncluttered with too many buttons or controls.
The hob has four knobs on the right hand side which correspond to the four gas rings. Controlling the rings is easy: I just turn the knob gently and push down at the same time to fire the spark which lights the gas. I can then turn the knob to the desired gas level. The highest level is when the knob indicator is pointing downwards to maximum, with anything to the left or right decreasing the gas level.
The rings have similar heat levels, apart from the large ring at the front, which is more powerful. As it is large, I have to be careful what pans I use on this ring, as when I have used a pan that was too small in the past, the flame has licked up the side of the pan, damaging the handle.
Another thing I have to be careful with is when I am turning the gas down, for example if I am reducing a boiling pan to a simmer. In some cases, when using the large ring, the gas flame has gone out, so it is important to keep an eye on the flame when turning it down to a simmer heat. This is only generally a problem on that particular ring though.
There are two metal racks which you place over the rings to form a pan rest. There is a large and a small gap on each side and you can arrange them how you wish, depending on how you cook. It is important to use the right sized pans on the rests. In the past, when I placed a large wok on the small pan rest, it was quite unstable. Flat bottomed pans are generally fine, but you have to be really careful with something like a wok, as it can easily tip over.
I generally have at least two rings on the go when I am cooking dinner. The knobs offer immediate control to prevent them from boiling over.
I haven't really had any problems with the hob, other than the things I have mentioned above. The only other slight issue for me is the fact that it can be fiddly cleaning around the knobs, as they are spaced quite close together. I always use a product called "barkeepers friend" which was recommended to me by the kitchen designer. it is a powder that you rub into the stainless steel with a cloth and then rinse off. it leaves a beautiful finish and is non abrasive.
In conclusion, |I am perfectly happy with my CDA hob and hope it will last me for many years to come.
Electronic Hob / Short name: CDA HCG501