New electric Esse offers double the hob capacity

Innovative 990 ELX provides extra space and versatility with three-zone induction hob and plancha-style hotplate.

ESSE’s new 990 ELX offers double the hob space in addition to all the benefits of a modern multifunctional electric range cooker.

A natural evolution of ESSE’s proven 990 EL, the ELX incorporates a three-zone induction hotplate for instant heat on demand and a large plancha-style steel hotplate.

Combining the convenience of electricity with the versatility demanded by professional chefs, the innovative new 990 ELX delivers the proven performance of ESSE’s best-selling electric products with the following additional innovations:

  • Three induction zone hotplates with finger-tip control
  • Large 485mm x 455mm steel ‘plancha’ cooking plate
  • Heat-conserving hotplate covers that double as splashbacks
  • ‘Weightless’ recessed cover hinges to maximise hob space

The 990 will boil, braise, simmer, roast, fry, griddle and sear simultaneously and the all-new rectangular heat-conserving hotplate covers incorporate recessed hinges to maximise usable hob space while doubling as easily cleaned splashbacks.

The new three-zone induction hob offers fingertip control for precision cooking while the large steel plancha-style hotplate opens up a whole world of new possibilities.

Cook drop scones or flatbreads direct on the large, flat cook-plate, char-grill vegetables for extra flavour or steam and sizzle meat and fish with bistro-style flair.

In line with all of ESSE’s electric cookers, the 990 ELX delivers unrivalled baking results thanks to ESSE’s patented surround heat system, designed to ensure the elements in our electric ovens provide similar cooking qualities to our solid fuel cookers. Temperatures are consistent throughout the space, so there’s no need to turn dishes during cooking and they can even be placed directly on the base of the oven to cook.

In day-to-day use, the 990 offers the ultimate in energy efficiency and control. Thanks to ESSE’s heat storage design, the ELX ovens and hotplate take less than 20 minutes to reach 200˚C from Slumber mode.

A programmable timer and ESSE’s power share technology – which directs energy only where it’s needed – further enhance control and efficiency.

It can be used in any kitchen with a double plug socket and because it does not require a chimney or flue – the 990 ELX can be positioned almost anywhere – including as a free-standing ‘island’ unit.

Additional highlights:

  • Room for SEVEN pans on the hob
  • Even cooking from patented ‘heat surround’ engineering
  • Independently controlled hob, ovens and grill
  • Rapid heat-up times
  • Vented moisture control for perfect baking and roasting results
  • Full-width grill
  • Warming oven
  • Available in 20 vibrant colours – including modern matt finishes

The control panel for ovens and hobs is neatly housed behind the upper left door, so the 990 ELX offers the convenience of electric power with the style, elegance and amazing roasting and baking qualities of a solid fuel ESSE range.

Like all ESSE’s electric cookers, the 990 ELX benefits from infrared elements that ‘wrap around’ each oven for completely even temperatures that ensure radiant heat flows directly into the food evenly from all sides – replicating the even heat characteristics of a solid fuel range cooker. This means dishes don’t need to be turned during cooking and can even be placed directly on the base of the oven to cook.

ESSE also makes compact companions to extend the 990: the 500 EL – a mini electric range cooker that slots into the same space as a conventional oven – and the Plus One – a 50cm wood-burning cooker.

To support the launch of the new 990 ELX and demonstrate its all-round versatility to the widest audience of potential customers, ESSE will be conducting a series of live demonstration events across the UK.

Sales director Mark Blewitt said:

“The new 990 ELX has the potential to really extend any keen cook’s repertoire – especially when it comes to more contemporary cooking styles like searing or char-grilling meat, fish or vegetables.

“We think its important that as many potential customers as possible can touch and feel the re-engineered hotplates and covers and discover for themselves exactly what the 990 ELX is capable of.”

The 990 ELX is available in a choice of 20 beautiful colours including contemporary matt finishes. RRP: £7950. For further details, visit