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motor provides high and quiet extraction, with air flow at 770 m³/h in the duct-out version and a noise level of only 53 dB(A). The appliance can also be personalised by the addition of one or more shelves, each 80 cm, in matching oak or white.

Novy also has a number of products that can be controlled either by Novy InTouch, which uses radio frequency, meaning the extractor can be controlled via the hob, or through Novy Connect, a wi-fi connected app for smartphones and tablets.

The Novy Connect app acts as an air quality sensor that will monitor the air in the kitchen for traditional pollutants so the user can switch on the hood via the app if required. Extraction will then automatically adjust and evacuate harmful particles, even when cooking has finished. With the Novy Panorama vented downdraft induction hob, the ventilation tower can be elevated to the exact height of the pans in front of it using the app. Consequently, extraction takes place directly at source, making the extraction process more energy efficient and ultra-quiet, the company says.

Refrigeration is another appliance

benefiting from the recipes on the Home Connect app as a much- needed source of inspiration at dinner time. They find the recipes that work in their appliance and then transfer the settings to the oven. People are exploring the features and functions of their smart appliances because they’ve been in their kitchens so much more because of the lockdown.”

Cooking and cooling Also offering smart cooking appliances is Caple, with its luxury C2600 pyrolytic oven, part of the Caple Sense Premium collection.

It is compatible with the Caple Home app, which allows users to save family-favourite recipes and set multi- stage cooking times. Product manager Luke Shipway explains: “We have created this new Sense Premium collection for those who want to make mealtimes easier, so you can connect to your oven using your smartphone or tablet from another room in your home. Simply scroll through the options and save your favourite settings. Our new technology enables you to take the guess work out of cooking.” Other features include three cleaning pyrolytic programmes, with, a pizza setting and a dehydrate option,

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which will remove moisture from food to dry and preserve it. There is a roast setting, where the temperature automatically rises to 250°C then drops to the set temperature, which seals the meat. There is also a proving function and a keep-warm setting. Lastly, where cooking is concerned,

Hoover’s Collection 3 oven and hob range comprises new smart connected technologies that allow remote control of the appliances via an app, they can even be voice activated via a smart speaker.

The H-HOB 700 Induction HTPSJ644MCWIFI, which is part of the same collection, gives access to the ‘MyChef’ function which users can set specific modes including keep warm, melt, simmer, boil, pause cooking and check the hob status via an app on their phone. The Collection 3 appliances also provide tips through the accompanying Hoover Wizard app, which has more than 200 recipes.

In terms of extraction, Elica has recently launched Lullaby@ - a range of ceiling hoods said to be ideal for islands or peninsulas in contemporary in kitchens. All features can be operated from Elica’s slim remote control, that is easy and intuitive to use, or via the


Elica app and voice assistants. The large, illuminated panel has 30 watts of dimmable LED lighting to illuminate the cooking and surrounding area which, thanks to Elica’s “Tune White” feature, enables the warmth of the light to be matched with other lighting in the room. Lullaby’s powerful and efficient

Hoover H-HOB 700 Induction HTPSJ644MCWIFI from the Collection 3 range

category where smart connectivity has come into its own over recent years. From fridges with cameras which let the user see inside while they’re shopping to sensors which monitor freshness and let the user know what they’re running out of – these functions help save on food waste and can help the homeowner save money. Samsung, with its expertise in mobile phones and other personal consumer tech, was one of the first to get on board with smart appliances and its Family Hub fridge has been around in various incarnations for some time. Like previous versions, the latest iteration – the RS8000 Family Hub American Style Fridge Freezer – links to Samsung’s SmartThings app allowing the user to see into the fridge through their smartphone, via the View Inside cameras. The control panel on the front of the machine is essentially a large tablet, which doubles up as

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