one room in the fab flat that has never popped up on my blog is my kitchen, and for good reason.
i mean, for a rental kitchen it’s pretty inoffensive and for the most part reasonably functional (apart from the teeny tiny sink, and the minuscule fridge with just a ice tray compartment for a freezer), but it’s certainly not remotely my style. so every once in a while (read: all the time) i daydream about what my fantasy kitchen would look like, and all the sleek stylish appliances and clever technical gadgets i’d incorporate.
one of my biggest grievances with my own rental kitchen is the giant extractor fan above the hob, and the ridiculously loud noise it makes whenever it’s switched on. but having a small open-plan kitchen/living space means that i need to have it running whenever i’m cooking, or else my entire flat fills with the lingering smell of my dinner in a matter of moments.
i mean, is it really too much to ask for an extractor that is not only powerful and efficient but also quiet, space-saving and good looking? it sounds like a tall order but i’d been promised that extractor extraordinaires elica had just the product for me: an innovative integral downdraft extractor built directly into a hob.
first launched at eurocina in 2018, elica’s range of nikolatesla extractor hobs are designed by fabrizio crisà and feature six different models – of which the switch is the latest – offering the most technologically advanced downdraft induction to revolutionise your daily cooking experience and turn the point of view of the kitchen, quite literally, upside down.
the switch has four cooking zones that utilise the latest generation induction system and equipped with a double bridge function which allows two adjacent zones to work simultaneously. this gives you the flexibility of uniform cooking, even when using larger sized pots and pans. the central extraction flap has a 360-degree rotation and cleverly uses sensors to measure the air quality and automatically adjust the extraction speed accordingly, whilst optimising power consumption.
the control interface works like a touchscreen phone using a simple sliding motion making it fairly intuitive and easy to use (once you suss out the correct pressure to apply), and is totally invisible in standby mode, creating a wonderfully sleek and minimalist overall aesthetic. the absence of protruding knobs or buttons also means the whole surface really easy to clean up afterwards, and food residue can’t get stuck in awkward hard-to-reach crevices.
the switch has some very cool features, which you can see demonstrated in the video above:
airmatic. once you have activated the airmatic function, the intelligent sensor system detects the quantity but more importantly the quality of the fumes produced by your food and sets the most suitable aspiration power accordingly.
autocapture. when it becomes important to focus only on what’s cooking you can activate this function. the auto aspiration system adjusts automatically to the number and power of the used cooking zones.
bridge zones. the beauty of bridge zones is that they can work both individually or combined for a more homogenous cooking using both baking pans and large pans. thanks to this technology is it the hobs surface that adapts itself to the type of pots being used at the time. clever little thing.
pot detector. the hob helps you save time and money. it lets you know when a cooking zone is on but not being used, avoiding wasted energy and automatically turning on a cooking zones when it detects a pot.
stop + go. if for whatever reason you get interrupted during cooking, or if you need to grab something from another room or simply just want to have a rest and sit down, with just a single movement, pressing the stop + go button, you can switch off all the cooking zones and you can walk away with complete confidence that everything on your hob is safe. no nasty spillages, or fires happening whilst you take a break.
temperature manager. when using this function, you can be assured that your cooked dishes will always be perfect. you can set the hob with three programmes (42, 72 or 92 degrees). the temperature settings have been optimised for both very delicate cooking such as sauces, keeping food warm and delicate desserts, as well as cooking at higher power.
the system is maintained by the use of ceramic odour filters, which are super simple to change as they are easily accessible from the top of the hob via a glass opening, that again blends with the exterior finish to maintain the overall sleek aesthetic.
i love the idea of that not needing a separate wall-mounted cooker hood means that you are free to place the hob wherever works for you, and you don’t need to lose precious overhead space to a large, ugly contraption. i’ve seen hobs on kitchen islands before, but always with extractor fans hanging above (albeit there are now some nicer looking designs on the market), but something this unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing very much appeals to the minimalist in me. hopefully one day in the not-so-distant future i’ll have a kitchen space of my own to plan out and will most definitely be looking to incorporate the nikolatesla switch into my design!
if you are considering an extractor hob, there is currently a great deal on from the exclusive uk distributor for elica. if you have received a promotional code and purchase an elica nikolatesla switch, libra, one-hp or upside from an authorised uk retailer between 1 september and 30 november 2019, you can claim a cashback of up to £100 from d r kitchen appliances ltd, the exclusive uk distributor for elica.
this post is a paid partnership with elica, but all thoughts and opinions my own. all photography shot at ckb kitchens in monton, greater manchester © fabric of my life, all other imagery © elica, used with permission.