Elica WD HAC TOUCH BF 90 Auto Clean Chimney
The market today is inundated with kitchen chimneys of every imaginable kind. Among the leading brands is Elica, a trusted manufacturer of kitchen appliances and motors since the 1970s. It has seven manufacturing units in Italy, Mexico, India, Poland and China. In India, it is a market leader in kitchen chimneys.
If you are looking for a kitchen chimney for a 3 to 4 burner hobtop, we recommend the WD HAC TOUCH BF 90 by Elica. It is a premium 90-cm chimney with baffle filters and touch control buttons. It cleans itself using Heat Auto Clean Technology, and hence, has very low maintenance. It is a must-have for Indian kitchens that witness heavy-duty oil-based cooking.
Let us go through the technology and features of the chimney to understand why it has an edge over other products in its category.
Technology And Design
The Elica WD HAC TOUCH BF 90 is a top-rated kitchen chimney. It is 90 cm wide and is perfect for cooktops with 3 to 4 burners. It is a wall-mounted chimney. The hood covers the hob and directly sucks out all the smoke emanated during cooking. It has a suction capacity of 1200 m3/h which is more than most of its competitors.
The chimney does not allow smoke and moisture to accumulate inside the kitchen. It ventilates an area of roughly 200 square feet. It is suitable for small and medium-sized kitchens.
The best thing about the Elica WD HAC TOUCH BF 90 is its stainless steel baffle filter. Baffle filters are most effective against oil-heavy cooking like Indian culinary preparations. They have a special curved surface with multiple layers.
As the smoke-filled air makes its way through the filter panels, it cuts and chops, changing direction suddenly, which causes the smoke to separate from the oil and food particles. As a result, the smoke and moisture is vented out through the outlet while the oil and solids remain trapped in the panels from where they can be removed through cleaning.
The filter panel is easy to clean and maintain. It is removable, washable and reusable. Just remove the panel from the hood and soak it in hot water for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then, gently scrub it with a scrubber using a bit of dishwashing soap or liquid. Wash it under running water and leave it out to dry. Put it back into its place on the frame when it is completely dry.
The chimney has a unique Heat Auto Clean technology which cleans the appliance at the push of a button. The device makes use of a heating element to liquefy the oil droplets and solid spice particles sticking to the filter panel. The debris is collected in a built-in oil collector.
Once all the oil and debris are removed, you can detach the oil collector and wash it with water and soap. This function makes your job easier as you do not have to manually clean the filter panel very frequently. Just activate the Heat Auto Clean feature to remove grime from time to time and once every few months wash the panel thoroughly with soap.
The WD HAC TOUCH BF 90 has an elegant black frame with a curved glass top. It blends in beautifully with the décor of modern urban kitchens. It is a wall-mounted chimney with a touch control panel and a digital display. The buttons have built-in illumination for better visibility. There is a pair of LED lamps for brightening up the cooking counter. They have a power rating of 1.5 watts each. They provide extra illumination and make cooking easier.
The chimney consumes only 180 watt power. It is energy-efficient and does not have a high running cost. It is low on noise too and does not exceed 58 dB. The enclosure of the chimney is 90 cm wide, 45 cm deep and 50 cm tall. It does not occupy much space and stays firmly fixed to the wall. It comes with a complete installation kit which includes a 9 to 10-foot aluminum duct pipe, mounting clamps, cowl cover and aluminum tape. The manufacturer recommends using a 6-inch exhaust pipe for ducting.
The product has an overall warranty of one year and a 5-year warranty on the motor.
Key Features :
- 180-watt 90-cm wall-mounted kitchen chimney.
- Removable and washable baffle filter, touch control panel, Heat Auto Clean technology.
- 1200 m3/h airflow rate, adjustable speed, curved glass top, two 1.5 watt LED lamps.
- Suitable for 200 ft2 kitchens with 3 to 4 burners, ideal for Indian cooking.
- 58 dB max sound, oil collector, includes complete mounting kit.