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List of brands we tested in this review.
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This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally flexible, so shop around.
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Whether the cooktop uses a traditional knob or dial, or whether it uses touch controls
CHOICE Expert Rating
This overall score is made up of performance (60%) and ease of use (40%).
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We assess each cooktop's performance by cooking white sauce and chocolate on the simmer element, rice on the medium element and a stir-fry on the large element. The performance score is 60% of the overall score.
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Ease of use
We assess the position, handling and setting of the controls, and the marking and labelling of the controls and burner areas. We also assess how easy each cooktop is to clean. The ease of use score is 40% of the overall score.
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Residual heat indicator
An indicator lets you know which elements are still hot after you switch the cooktop off.
Automatic switch off
For safety the cooktop will turn itself off if certain scenarios. For example if you don't make contact with your pot for a certain amount of time, or if the cooktop is on but there is no pot on the surface.
Automatic heat up
Initially uses high power to heat up the cooktop quickly before switching to a lower temperature. If you've forgotten to turn down the heat, this feature takes care of it for you.
A dual element with two heat rings. For smaller pots you activate the inner ring, and for larger pots you activate both. Some have triple elements for more versatility.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- CHOICE Buy
- Overall score
- Brand reliablility
- Brand satisfaction
- Cooking performance
- Ease of use
- Low heat setting
- Turn down capacity
- High heat setting
- Good points
- Bad points
- Number of elements
- Element layout
- Control type
- Hob material
- Child lock
- Residual heat indicator
- Automatic switch off
- Automatic heat up
- Dual/triple element
- Flexible cooking zone
- Dimensions (cm, WxD)
- Installation dimensions (cm, WxD)