What is the difference between gas and induction hobs?
On the one hand, traditionalists will claim that nothing beats a real flame for versatility and responsiveness, so they’ll stand by their gas hobs. On the other hand, the modernist seeks something sleek, stylish and easy to use, so induction is perfect for them. Read on to find out which suits your needs best.
Why choose gas over induction?
Gas hobs are very easy to control - you can go from a low-heat simmer to a high heat sizzle quickly and easily. That’s why professional chefs love gas - they like to fine tune their cooking and need more control. It may well be where the phrase ‘now you’re cooking on gas’ comes from.
Gas hobs are much cheaper to buy and run – you can get a good-quality gas hob for less than £200 compared with £400-plus for induction, and the ultra-low price of gas means it'll cost less for annual running costs than the induction hob will.
Pros of gas hobs
- Real responsiveness with a real flame
- Much cheaper to buy
- With current gas prices they are cheaper to run
- You can use any pans
Cons of gas hobs
- Trickier to clean because of the nooks and crannies
- Needs professional installation
- Not as safe because of the open flame
- More parts to replace or maintain
Why choose induction over gas?
Moving onto the ‘new hobs on the block’, induction hobs suit a more modern kitchen because of their sleek, minimal design. They have become hugely popular thanks to their fast heat-up and boost functions.
Induction hobs tend to be more expensive, costing between £300 and £500. Until recently, induction hobs were cheaper to run than gas, but falling gas prices have meant that gas hobs are now the more economical choice. However, induction hobs are still the greener option because they heat up faster and use less energy.
Pros of induction hobs
- They heat up faster
- A greener alternative to gas
- Sleek and stylish
- Easy to clean
- Safer with no open flame
Cons of induction
- You may have to go pan shopping.
- Only induction-safe pans made from ferrous metal like stainless steel or cast iron can be used on an induction hob
- They are more expensive to buy than gas hobs
How to install a hob with Local Heroes
Most hobs have specific requirements so it’s always better to book a professional for installation. And that’s where Local Heroes can help.
All our local tradesmen have been personally vetted by us and their work comes with a 12-month guarantee backed by British Gas.
All it takes is a couple of clicks to connect with different tradespeople and compare quotes. When you’re happy, book one in!
Get a quote from a local tradesperson to install an induction hob in with Local Heroes.
Alternatively, you can also get a quote for gas hob installation from us today.