Omega Appliances  supply induction woks for the kitchen appliance sector. Inveterate whitegoods specialists and innovator, Smeg, have launched the first wok induction cooktop on the Australian market this month (October).

There are two choices in this high performance appliance, available as a stand alone concave wok plate or as a part of the four induction zone hob.

Both appliances are presented as a good piece of flat, high sheen black glass with sleek frameless edges. The concave wok cooking zone easily integrates into the expanse of high-tensile glass.

The Smeg SIHP40WG4 induction cooktop measures 400mm (W) x 520mm (D) and houses a single wok induction zone that is operated by a simple, touch control on the glass surface. There are nine power levels, a 99 minute timer and a minute minder.

The SIHP3WG4 is a four heat zone induction cooktop that, as well as the 314mm diameter wok zone, incorporates three other cooking zones of varying size and intensity. The spacing of the cooking zones, the centre of each marked by a small white diamond, has been designed to ensure that the simultaneous use of a number of large, bulky pans is possible.

The growing demand for induction cooktops is directly attributable to both the practical and fuel efficient advantages of models such as the Smeg SIHP40WG4 and SIHP3WG4 induction cooktops.

Both models feature an automatic pan recognition instant heat, whereby heat is only generated to the exact size of the pan in use, therefore there is no wasted heat.

Independent tests have shown induction cooking to be 80 to 85 percent efficient, whereas conventional electric ceramic cooking is 65 to 70 percent efficient and gas up to 65 per cent. Cooking with induction is also up to 2.5 times faster than gas and does not produce any ambient heat in the kitchen environment.

Each of the Smeg induction cooking zones also has a power boost whereby the maximum, regular power can be instantly boosted by up to another 1100 watts.

Safety controls in the Smeg SIHP40WG4 induction cooktop include:

  • Automatic over-temperature shutdown
  • Automatic stop-cook timers
  • Automatic spillage or boilover shutdown
  • Lock selection
  • Residual heat selector

Induction cooking delivers 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 advantages of this method of cooking over conventional means are numerous. 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 more efficient.

All Smeg induction cooktops are available nationally from specialist appliance outlets, electrical retailers and department stores.