Whether it’s flexibility or speed that you value most when cooking – in our range you’ll find the perfect hob for every need. The FullFlex and classic induction hobs go head-to-head in a mighty duel.
Mr Kinek, as Hobs Product Manager it must be difficult for you to take sides, but in your expert opinion, which hob will win the duel?
I’d say it’s not just difficult to take sides, it’s impossible. And that’s exactly what’s so wonderful about the whole thing, because either the FullFlex or the classic induction hob could be your perfect match, depending on your requirements.
Let’s start the duel. Which hob is in front when it comes to power?
In terms of performance, the classic induction hob is a true power hero. It’s really powerful and extremely easy to use.
The FullFlex is easy to use, too.
Absolutely. The intuitive, full-colour graphic touch display on the FullFlex presents all the relevant information clearly and looks great.
Let’s stay on the subject of design for a moment.
The FullFlex is very appealing on this front, too. Available in black, grey and Pureness (90 cm hob only), it blends well into any kitchen. And the black and grey hobs are also Wi-Fi-enabled as standard.
Are the classic induction hobs network-enabled, too?
Definitely. Selected models even use OptiLink and GuidedCooking to provide cooking assistance. One point to classic induction hobs.
Speed is generally of the essence. Do both hobs heat up in record time?
Yes, absolutely. Induction technology is based on an alternating electromagnetic field that transfers energy to the base of the pan, where it’s rapidly converted to heat. The tightly wound induction coil on the classic induction hob, in combination with high-quality induction pans, mean it’s unbeatable when it comes to speed.
So the difference is that the classic induction hob has a tightly wound induction coil while the FullFlex has 48 individual inductors, is that right?
Precisely. The individual conductors aren’t able to heat up as quickly as the tightly wound coil. But although the FullFlex loses a point in terms of heating speed, it has a different, very distinct advantage: flexibility. That’s because its individual inductors automatically detect the position and size of the cookware used. The hob then only activates the inductors that are significantly covered by the pan.
So if it’s free positioning and flexibility you’re after, then a FullFlex hob is what you need. And how flexible are the two hobs when it comes to kitchen fitting?
There’s actually an even smaller FullFlex hob which offers all the advantages of a full-surface induction hob even where kitchen space is limited. In general, fitting the FullFlex hob is a little more complicated.
Why is that?
The supply of fresh air and venting of warm air need to be planned very precisely. But the planning guide is a big help in achieving this, allowing problem-free installation, even in high-end kitchen units. Of course, with the classic induction hob it’s also necessary to ensure adequate ventilation, and the planning guide helps with this, too.
So let’s summarize: if you want speed then you should choose a classic induction hob, but if it’s flexibility you’re after, then the FullFlex is right for you.
Obviously, people base their decision on a lot of different factors, but those are the two main differences between the two hobs. At the end of the day, either one could be right for you – both of them are hob heroes.
Daniel Kinek, Hobs Product Manager
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