Kitchen appliances

Listed below are common terms used in electrical appliances and devices with a brief explanation of their meanings.

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Auto Closing Door Mechanism

This is a hinge mechanism fitted on some models of refrigerator that ensures the door closes properly to prevent temperature rises.

Automatic Defrosting

This refrigerator feature ensures that the refrigerator is defrosted at regular intervals without switching off the appliance and removing the stored food.


Built-in Appliance

A built-in appliance is fitted into the work surface, unit housing or alcove as part of a fitted kitchen.


Ceramic Hob

A ceramic hob is a flat glass topped electric hob that radiates heat from underneath the surface

Combination Microwave

A combination microwave simultaneously uses heat and microwave technology during the cooking process

Condenser Dryer

This style of dryer requires no venting to the outside and instead the water is collected in a container within the machine.

Conventional Oven

This is an oven without a fan. It heats up using elements at the top, bottom and sides of the oven space



This is the process of allowing the ice in a freezer to thaw out

Double Oven

The oven features two oven spaces, one of which may be combined with a grill


Fan Oven

This is an oven that features a fan to ensure even distribution of heat. This will usually reduce cooking times

Free Standing Appliance

These types of appliance are not connected to the kitchen units in anyway and they are not concealed like integrated appliances.

Fridge Freezer 50/50

This shows that the appliance is half freezer and half fridge in terms of volume

Fridge Freezer 70/30

This shows that the appliance is 70% fridge and 30% freezer in terms of volume


Halogen Hob

A halogen hob heats using a strong halogen light as the heat source


Induction Hob

An Induction hob has an electro magnet positioned below the glass. Induction hobs efficiently heat only the pan and not the hob itself. Only ferrous metal pans should be used.

Integrated Appliance

An integrated appliance is an appliance that is hidden behind a cabinet door to give the effect of it being another unit. Common integrated appliances include dishwashers and fridge freezers.


Multifunction Oven

This type of oven has multiple functions can be used as a conventional oven, fan assisted oven, Grill or fan assisted grill


Recirculating Cooker Hood

A recirculating cooker hood uses active charcoal filters to remove impurities from the air passed through the cooker hood to purify it.


Single Oven

The oven has one oven space and will usually be combined with a grill

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