Which type of hob is best for me?
Is your hob on its last legs? Are you kitting out a new kitchen? It’s easy to get bamboozled by the various types of cooker hobs out there. This guide will tell you what’s what, so you can decide what’s best for your home. Get them as part of an oven or integrate them into a worktop.
Ceramic hobs have a sleek, easy-to-clean surface. They’re electric and heat up fairly quickly – but not as fast as gas or induction hobs. They have heating elements beneath the surface of their zones which are activated by an electrical current. The coil then heats the glass, and the glass heats your pan.
Pros: They look great, sit flush on any surface and are pretty easy to install.
Cons: The surface can smash or scratch and they can take a while to cool down.
Induction hobs look slick and cook quickly. They create a magnetic field between the pan and a magnetic coil that sits underneath the glass. Energy is transferred through this field to your pan making the cooking surface much safer.
Pros: More energy efficient than other hobs and very responsive.
Cons: You need to use ferrous pans – like stainless steel or cast iron.
Electric plate hobs
These are what people tend to refer to when they’re talking about ‘electric hobs’. They have four sealed electric plates which are each heated by a heating element.
Pros: Inexpensive and easy to clean.
Cons: Slow to heat up and cool down.
You’ll find gas hobs in a lot of professional kitchens because they give you superb control. They connect to your gas mains and when you turn the hob on, an ignition point creates the spark and lights the burner so you can start cooking.
Pros: Precise control, easy to use, quick to heat up and cool down.
Cons: Tricky to clean and need to be installed by a professional.
These are more of a style of hob and come in gas, ceramic or induction versions. They’re rectangular and only have two heating zones, making them a good fit for kitchenettes.
Still need a hand to narrow it down?
If you’re still not sure which electric hob type is best, we recommend induction hobs because they’re efficient, safe and look great. Plus the technology is improving all the time.
The other big thing to think about is how much your hob will cost to run. Asking yourself if induction or gas is cheaper? We’d go with gas.
We can help with installation
When you’ve chosen your hob, you’ll need to think about installation. If you think you can do it yourself, great. If not, call on a Local Hero! We can put you in touch with an appliance engineer in your area who can do it all for you.
All the engineers on our books have been vetted by us and any work they do comes with a 12-month guarantee backed by British Gas. So if buying a new hob is part of a bigger project, it means there’s one less thing to worry about.