E Miele Dal Salice (Dismal)

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UKF’s training session with Miele was concluded last Thursday.

A week earlier, the topic was on convection ovens in which the multifunction aspects of their range were explored further. OK … having been ‘brainwashed’ by the various appliance brands on the uniqueness of their ovens, I have to admit Miele win hands down. Even their basic model surpass that of the standard range you find elsewhere. Most local consumers would be familiar with mainstream brands like Ariston, Elba, Technogas and the likes. The thing is these are not even close to Miele’s quality; hence the premium prices.

It’s all in the fine details when quality is concern. From the one-piece oven cavity construction that eliminates joints where dirt tends to collect, to blasting extreme heat on the silicone-laced oven trays during production so that cookies can be baked directly on them and tilted out without the need for any grease. Miele’s quality after-sales service adds to its value as well.

During the last session, hobs and hoods were touched upon. Gas, vitroceramic and induction hobs were tested. Induction rates high in terms of heat production, similar to gas, but really safe and easy to clean. The main setback would be the need for stainless steel or cast iron cookware that attracts magnetic fields. Of course, gas is a familiar mode of cooking for most but the cleaning-after can be a bitch. Vitroceramic is the worst due to its slow heating time and safety aspects.

My next kitchen will be equipped with only an induction hob. I swear by it. Just look at how ice scattered on the cooking zone doesn’t melt away quickly even though the water inside the pot is boiling.

When it comes to hoods, most consumers would look for the highest suction power available. The thing is German-made ones tend to measure the suction power about a metre away from the air-entry, whereas most (read: Italian/French/China …) tend to measure right behind the air-entry. Of course the suction would be greater but not necessarily the effectiveness.

Lest you want to gloat that your Teka hood is German too and would rank among the best … please … I’m referring to 100% German-made, not a German brand with a production factory elsewhere.


~ by blackcadillac73 on September 29, 2007.

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