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How To Use Your Hob

You’ve picked out that fancy new hob. Now it’s time to make the most of your new cooking tech and pull off some culinary masterpieces. Our handy guide will run you through how to use your new hob, from an introduction to induction cooking to our top tips on cleaning your brand new appliance.

Using your hob

Most hobs will have 4 burners or zones laid out with 1 large, 2 medium and 1 small sized zone. You’ll also find some hobs with 5 burners or zones, as well as domino hobs that come with 2 cooking zones.

Some hobs even have speciality burners, such as a wok burner for fast and powerful cooking, or an economy burner which uses much less energy to cook your food. Find out more about what to expect from your hob in our short video.

Get to know your induction hob

Modern, stylish and incredibly powerful, induction hobs are becoming the new go-to appliance for modern kitchens. Because they use electromagnets to heat up what’s in your pan, they’re more powerful than other models and use less energy. Plus, the slick glass surface makes them look the part and they’re really easy to clean. Get up to scratch with induction tech in our short video.

Cleaning

Gas hobs

Gas hobs are the trickiest out of all the types to clean and maintain, but we’ve got some top tips to make it super simple. First, you’ll need to clean the pan supports in a sink of hot soapy water. You’ll then want to clean the individual cooking rings, as well as giving the hob’s surface a once over. Take a look at our video for a full run through.

Electric hobs

Electric hobs such as ceramic, solid plate and induction are all easy to keep clean. The glass surface of ceramic and induction models can be easily wiped down after each use for that shiny look every day. Take a look at our video for some top cleaning tips.

How to use the smart features on your hob

The smart revolution is taking appliances by storm, and it’s no different for hobs. Some models can talk to your compatible hood through the WiFi to make sure they’re working in tandem with each other. If you increase the heat on your hob, the hood will then change its settings to suit. Find out more about the smart features you’ll come across in our short video.

Servicing your appliance

Top tip: We’d always recommend giving your appliance an annual safety check along with your boiler, especially with gas appliances. Just contact your energy supplier or your local gas safe registered engineer to book one in.

Using your appliance FAQS

What are the safety features on my hob?
How do I use the simmer function on an induction hob?
Can I use cast iron pans on electric hobs?
What pans can I use on an induction hob?

Caring for your appliance FAQs

How do I stop getting scratches on my induction hob?
What is the best way to clean a gas hob?
How do I get burn marks off my ceramic hob?
Are gas racks and burners dishwasher safe?

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