Updated 15 Mar 2017

Simpson

SHC644BA

Snapshot: The Simpson SHC644BA ceramic cooktop has 4 elements and dial controls. How well does it cook?

SHC644BA
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1199

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Test results

Overall score
78
Cooking performance
?/10
White sauce
?/10
Rice
?/10
Stir-fry
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • A very good performer.
  • Good results in our white-sauce test.
  • Excellent results in our rice test.
  • Excellent results in our chocolate-melting test.
  • Good results in our stir-fry test.
  • OK to use.

But

  • No timer.
  • Dial controls with no child lock (controls are along the side of the cooktop but the one closest to the front can be easily reached by a small child).
  • No automatic switch-off.
  • Basic selection of cooking zones (2 simmer and 2 medium), not suitable for pans or saucepans with large surface area.
  • Controls are fairly close to the two cooking zones on right side.
  • Surface may become hot near controls.
  • No "ON" indicator light.
  • No number labelling on controls, only "high" and "low".
  • Control knobs can't be removed and can be fiddly to clean around.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Cooking performance (60%): Assesses performance of the simmer-burner, medium-sized burner and wok burner.

Ease of use (40%): Rates the ease of using the controls, ease of cleaning, and the user-friendliness of the cooktop layout.

Price is based on a September 2015 and March 2017 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1199
Type
Ceramic

More test results (/10)

Chocolate-melting
10.0

Specifications

Dimensions (WxD, cm)
61 x 51.5
Number of elements, burners or cooking zones
4
Cooktop surface material
Ceramic
Control position
Right side
Trivet material
n/a
Cut-out dimensions (WxD, cm)
n/a

Features

Touch controls
No
Flame-failure protection
n/a
Timer
No
Child lock
No
Automatic switch-off
No
Dual- or multi-element
No
Flexi-zones
n/a
Auto heat-up
n/a
Power boost
n/a
Keep-warm function
n/a
Safety sensors
n/a
Residual-heat indicator
n/a
Overflow protection
n/a
Pan detection
n/a

More Info

Availability

-

Notes

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