I know. Stunning, aren’t they? Panasonic certainly wasn’t messing around when it came to designing the new additions to its built-in appliance range. They don’t just look the part, either – the new induction hobs and built-in single ovens (there are two of each) are chock full of features to help you achieve culinary perfection – or at least turn out a passable Sunday roast.
Both ovens have a not-to-be-sniffed-at 65ltr capacity, while the top-of-the-range HL-CK644 has three shelves that slide out on supportive telescopic rails, so you’re less likely to burn yourself in a juggling act with a hot casserole dish.
If you find touch controls temperamental – as I sometimes do – you’ll also appreciate the pop-out dials that command the temperature and function. You’ve no excuses for a dirty oven, either, as the CK644, £699, and its little brother the CL614, £499, have enamel liners and a steam-cleaning function.
As for the induction hobs, they’re both made in Britain – just outside Cardiff, to be exact – and are safer than teddy bear swathed in bubble wrap. That’s down to gizmos like a child lock, an auto shut-off that kicks in if a pan boils over, and a control-panel lock that disables the control panel for 20 seconds for quickly wiping off spills during cooking, without affecting the settings. You’ll never have to worry if you’ve left the hob, either, with a timer that counts down from a set time and switches off the zone when it reaches zero.
Star of the show though, is the aptly named Genius Sensor, which notices a sudden change in cooking conditions caused by food being turned over or ingredients added to a pan, and ups the power until the contents reach the set temperature again.
The superior KY-B64CG induction hob, £699, boasts Genius Sensor+, with low-temperatures settings (65-120C) for sauces and so on, and an Autoboil function that will bring a pan of water to the boil with one touch.Read more →