We are pleasantly surprised to have been featured in Girl About Tech's recent web article, Amy Cutmore describing our Belling range as "the best looking bunch of ovens, hobs and cooker hoods [she'd] seen in, well, ever":
I love technology, I really do, but the sad fact is that it’s not always pretty. Whisper it quietly, but I’d happily eschew a few needless bells and whistles for something easier on the eye. Because really, does anyone actually use their washing machine‘s denim cycle or dishwasher‘s rinse programme? And don’t get me started on my microwave.
It seems I’ve found a kindred spirit in Sebastian Conran. He’s come up with a truly beautiful range of new appliances for Belling, which, while they might not get a PhD in Home Economics, are more than brainy enough for me.
Honestly, I’m not often staggered by an appliance’s beauty, but this is the best looking bunch of ovens, hobs and cooker hoods I’ve seen in, well, ever.
Let’s start with the SCCHIM90 90cm cooker hood, above. It’s got three fan speeds, two LED lights and is load bearing, so you can pop pans on top – or alternatively hang them from the decorative rail.
It also comes in a 60cm version with the same features, and in both cases you get a choice of five colourways – Pastel Green/Anthracite (shown), Duck Egg Blue/Anthracite, Icy Brook White/Anthracite, Aluminium/Anthracite and plain old Anthracite. And the price? £499 for the 90cm model and £449 for the 60cm. I know! I thought it would be twice as much when I saw it.
The built-in, A-rated single ovens (SCBI60FP) are just as affordable, at £399. They come in Pastel Green, Duck Egg Blue, Anthracite, Icy Brook White and Aluminium, and have enough functions to keep most bakers happy, including Fan Oven, Grill, Fan Grill and Defrost, along with easy-clean enamel linings. Seb is especially proud of the control knobs, which were inspired by the switches on 1940s fighter planes, and the simple but effective analogue timer.
Here’s a quick round-up of the rest of the range:
The SCBI90FP double oven with A-rated fan oven, a second fan oven with variable grill, easy-clean enamel and a fully programmable analogue timer. It comes in five colours and costs £599.
The SCGHU60GC 60cm gas hob with four burners, cast-ron pan supports and rotary control dials at the front for ease of use. Again, there are five colour options, and the price is a very reasonable £249.
There’s also a 70cm version of the gas hob – the snappily titled SCGHU70GC – with an additonal central wok burner, £299.
Finally, the SCIH60 60cm induction hob. This one’s just available in the Anthracite, but has nine power levels plus a boost setting, pan detection, residual heat indicators and a child safety lock. It comes in at £399.
The Belling Design collection by Sebastian Conran is available exclusively at John Lewis until October, and I expect it to sell like hot cakes. Why it’s even made here in Britain (at Belling’s factory in Prescot, Merseyside), in case you needed another excuse to add it to your kitchen wish list.