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Hob Buying Guide

If you love cooking delicious fresh dishes, then a good quality hob is a must for your kitchen. With a lot of choice available from different fuel types, sizes and settings, getting the right fit for your kitchen isn’t always easy. Our handy guide will run you through all the great options out there, to help make your decision a little easier.

Things to consider

When choosing your new hob there’s a few things you should consider. From the fuel type, number of hobs or zones and those all-important health and safety requirements.

Which fuel type should I get?

Picking the right hob for your kitchen will depend on how you like to cook. Do you want instant heat and precise control, or would you prefer convenience and ease of use? We’ve broken down each fuel type further, so you can make the right choice.

Gas

Traditional, powerful and still the most popular type of hob, gas power gives you instant heat and ultimate control over your dishes. So, you can boss those stir-fries and spice up those curries. They’re a little trickier to clean than the other types due to all the different bits, and you’ll need a mains gas supply to install one. But, if you love to cook, then a gas hob is an ideal choice.

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Induction

Smart, stylish and powerful, induction hobs are becoming the go-to choice for modern kitchens. But they’re not just lookers, these electric powered hobs pack a punch too. They use electromagnets to heat up the base of your pan, meaning they’re much quicker than other models. Plus, they’re super easy to clean. One thing worth noting, you’ll need pans that have a magnetic base, such as cast-iron pans and some stainless-steel sets.

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Ceramic

Ceramic hobs are the perfect choice if you want style and convenience. Their modern ceramic finish means they fit beautifully on top of your kitchen or island counter. And, because they’re powered by electric, they’re a breeze to use and super easy to clean. It’s worth bearing in mind that they can take a little longer to heat up, but once you’re up and running, your taste buds won’t be disappointed.

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Solid plate

Solid plate hobs are really easy to use and will give you powerful and even cooking. Powered by electricity, the sealed plates transfer the heat to your pans above. They’re not the fastest at heating up, however their steady increase of heat can actually give your food a nice even cook.

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Key Features

Special burners

You’ll find a lot of great hobs come with speciality burners or zones, such as the powerful wok burner. This type of burner delivers an intense ring of heat to make those sizzling stir-fries burst with flavour. Look out for hobs with pan supports, usually made from sturdy cast iron, they’ll keep those large crock pots safe and secure while that winter casserole bubbles away.

Venting hobs

A venting hob is an induction or ceramic hob with a built-in extractor fan in the centre. This type of hob is perfect if you’re thinking about placing it on a kitchen island as you won’t need an extractor hood over the top.

It’s handy to know that because of the built-in extractor fan, you can’t install a venting hob above an oven, as you’ll need space below the counter for all the bits and pieces to go.

PowerBoost

This is a really handy cooking feature that you can find on a range of induction and ceramic hobs. Much like the name suggests, this feature is all about fast, powerful heating. PowerBoost will give you instant heat, so you can get cooking straight away with no time wasted.

Easy clean

Both ceramic and induction hobs are incredibly easy to clean thanks to their shiny, smooth surfaces. The glass surface cools down quick after each use, making it easy to wipe any spillages away. And best of all they look sleek and stylish. So, not only will you have delicious food, but your hob will always look the part.

Glass topped gas hobs

Do you want the instant heat and precise control of a gas hob, but also want the style and convenience of a ceramic hob? A glass topped gas hob might be for you. They’re modern, stylish and have an easy to clean glass surface. Plus, with the power of gas, they don’t just look great, they’ll cook your food to perfection too.

Safety features

As you can imagine, hobs get hot, hot, hot! But thankfully a lot of hobs come with safety features that’ll keep you and the family safe. Most modern gas hobs will come with a flame failure safety device which will instantly cut off the gas supply if the flames cut out. And, because most induction and ceramic hobs use a touch interface, you’ll most likely find a lock feature which keeps your cooking settings locked in, so your little ones can’t accidentally mess with them.

Pan detection

You’ll find this clever tech on induction hobs. It uses special electromagnets inside the hob that heat up once in contact with an induction friendly pan. This means all the heat is directed towards what’s inside your pan instead of the hob’s surface for fast, powerful and safe cooking. Shop now.

FlexInduction zone

The FlexInduction Zone is a brilliant cooking feature that you’ll find on some induction hobs. This large cooking zone lets you cook with complete flexibility. Want to grill some succulent meats on a large griddle? No problem. How about cooking a mezze of small dishes all at the same time? Done. With Flex Induction, you choose how you cook.

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Installation and Delivery

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FAQs

Do I measure the cavity or hob?
Does a gas hob need an electric supply?
Can I switch fuel types?
Which cooks faster – gas or induction?
Is my electric hob hardwired?
What pans do I need with an induction hob?
Can I still get an induction hob if I have a pacemaker?
Can I buy an integrated hob and hood?
How do I simmer on an induction hob?

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