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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Kitchen Appliance - NEFF Induction Hob T51D86X2

NEFF Flexi Induction Hob T51D86X2

Our Neff Induction hob was installed & connected yesterday.

We were swayed towards induction due to the speed it's able to heat and most certainly the safety aspect.

Firstly it looks great in our kitchen, very sleek.

We cooked our first meal on it last night, this was the first time I've ever used an induction hob.

I was extremely happy that Neff had a promotion at the time of purchase.
They supplied a free set of Induction pots/pans with the purchase of this induction hob.

Luckily otherwise I would have had to run out to buy all new pans as you can only use induction suitable pans.

I was quite impressed, it was very simple to use (considering I didn't even read the instructions first).

I boiled a full pot of cold water which started to boil extremely quickly,
much, much quicker than gas & electric.

I also cooked some marinated chicken breast, really easy to cook and control the heat.

The touch button panel was easy to use.
You press the button for the hob position you would like to use and then press the plus or minus button to control the heat.

It took a little getting use to, working out which number was the best temperature for different cooking methods, but it's just a matter of trial and error to get use to it.

There are 5 cooking zones on the hob, 1 being a flexi-zone which means that the pan can be placed anywhere on that section and it will be heated.

Overall I was very impressed with my new induction cooking experience & would highly recommend the Neff T51D86X2 Induction Hob.

Looking forward to many more nights of cooking & entertaining in our new kitchen!! 


  • Electronic control
  • 1 x zone with 2 usage possibilities: 2 single induction zones of 380cm2 or 1 flexible induction zone of 760 cm2
  • LED display for each zone
  • LED timer for each zone with switch off function and acoustic signal
  • Automatic pan recognition


    • 5 zone induction hob
    • 2 stage residual heat indicators
    • Control panel lock
    • Safety cut out facility
    • Control panel suspension
    • ReStart function
    • QuickStart function
    • Energy consumption display
    • Power management function


      • 802 mm wide
      • Bevel front
      • Touch control

        Optional accessories-

        • May be connected with Neff domino hobs via connecting links Z9914X0
        • Only saucepans made of ferrous metal are suitable for use on this hob

        Sunday, 27 April 2014

        Kitchen Progress - Quartz worktops installed

        The quartz 'Silestone - Lyra' has been installed and has really completed the look of our kitchen.

        It's finally getting there and we're looking forward to the final touches being finished to complete our long awaited new kitchen!!

        Under mount sink with drainer grooves and quartz windowsill.

        Large central island with hob cut out.

        Outer side of island has an extra shallow depth unit for extra storage.

        Kitchen island with hole cut out for the pop up sockets & USB connection.

        The centre island with quartz worktop overhang on the outer side & end which will be the seating area.

        Quartz worktop with under mount sink and drainer grooves.
        There are quartz up stands and windowsill.

        Drop down end panels in quartz have been installed on the end of the
        island & units.

        The 'Lamon's corner unit pullout mechanism is very impressive..

        The drop down ceiling edges have been made, ready to be plastered
        and finished.

        The electricians will be in on Monday to finish off the electrical's & lighting.

        The NEFF Induction Hob has now been installed & connected into the
        kitchen island.

        It looks great and we were able to cook in our new kitchen for the
        first time last night!! #exciting

        Saturday, 26 April 2014

        Our bad experience with AO.com (Appliances Online)..

        We purchased the kitchen extractor from http://ao.com/ (Appliances Online).

        This was our first time ordering from this online company and although they advertise great service & delivery  'Brilliant every click of the way' unfortunately our experience did not live up to the hype.

        Quote from AO.com website:

        Brilliant every
        click of the way

        From the moment you first visit us and for as long as we're in touch, we'll make sure your experience is as good as it gets. We'll always give you the info, tools and user reviews that explain why people come back

        We took delivery of 5 extractors!! Each extractor was either damaged / delivered unprotected in the carton or on one occasion the incorrect product arrived.

        The first extractor was delivered in a damaged box & missing part of its protective packaging, exposing marks and scratches on the stainless steel.

        See photos below:

        After calling customer services to inform them that we had received a damaged product, they arranged a replacement extractor to be sent out immediately.

        The 2nd delivery arrived, but the replacement arrived only to find it was the incorrect product.

        After another phone call to customer services, they scheduled a 3rd delivery to deliver the replacement extractor.

        Again the 3rd extractor delivered was damaged, broken polystyrene in the box, plastic protective coating peeled away from the product exposing badly marked stainless steel.

        Yet again another phone call to customer services.

        This time I insisted on speaking to a manager, he apologised profusely, promised the 4th extractor to be delivered would be checked in the warehouse.

        He assured me this time it would be perfect, he would monitor it himself & check there was no problems.

        So I waited on yet another Saturday morning for the 4th extractor to arrive in perfect condition.

        Unfortunately upon opening the box, there was disappointment.

        AGAIN the protective plastic film to protect the stainless steel was removed and the stainless steel was badly scratched & marked!!

        Here are some more photos to show the state of the box it arrived in & damage to the product:

        Protective coating has been pulled away
        & the stainless steel is badly marked & scratched

        I called the manager immediately to advise that the product was damaged.

        His response was that all they could now do was to issue me with a refund!?

        Considering I had designed my entire kitchen around this extractor this was not an option!!

        I insisted that someone take responsibility for this order and follow it through from start to finish and actually do what they said they would and open the box & check the product in the warehouse before sending.

        Such a simple request & something I would've thought to be standard!!

        I was promised again that this would be done!!

        Therefore I waited for my 5th delivery to arrive.

        The delivery guys arrived, before they even brought the box up to my front door, I opened the box to check all was ok.

        To my utter frustration & extreme disappointment, another DAMAGED extractor was sitting on my doorstep!!

        Seriously this was now beyond a joke, I had wasted so much, time, money & energy on phone calls, waiting for deliveries and the extractor was now delaying my builders finishing our kitchen!!

        Knowing that http://ao.com/ was clearly unable to control this situation I decided to purchase the product as 'graded' item at a reduced price.

        I had to settle for a damaged item, I was left with no other choice as our builders couldn't be delayed any longer.

        Unfortunately our experience with AO.com was NOT...

        'Brilliant in every click of the way'!!

        This was our very first purchase with http://ao.com/ & unfortunately I think it will be our last, we'll be heading to their competitors for all future purchases.

        #johnlewis #currys