A kitchen isn’t complete without a hob. They come in many different shapes, sizes, makes and models. And with all of these options available, it can be a struggle to choose the right hob to match your style.
Will you pick an induction hob, ceramic, solid plate or gas? We will talk you through the benefits that each type has to offer, so you can figure out which one will fit seamlessly into your kitchen design.
Types of kitchen hob
Do you want to combine contemporary design with great cooking performance? An induction hob could be for you. It may look like a ceramic hob but the use of induction technology allows the pan to heat up rapidly. The use of flexible zones also allows you to use varying size pans with an even distribution.
Ceramic hobs have a sleek, minimalist look with touch controls and LED displays. They offer great all-round cooking and are available in a two zone, square or linear set up.
Easy to control, energy-efficient and quick to heat up, they're the choice of many professional cooks. You can get them with up to six burners - and some have wok burners too.
Solid plate hobs
Solid electric hobs are a great-value buy if you're on a limited budget.
Induction hobs are the safest form of hob. This is due to the hob heating the pan, not the surface. The cooking zone only works when a pan is resting on it and are energy efficient making them an environmentally friendly choice.
The technology works through the use of magnetic induction technology so you need to have ferrous pans - an easy check is can you stick a magnet to the bottom.
Ceramic hobs are easy to use and easy to clean as their glass cooking surface is quick and easy to wipe. Many come with a "hob hot" indicator that lets you know when the ceramic is still too hot to touch.
Gas hobs offer great flexibility with the option of having many burners. The flame warms the plan directly and offers top-notch cooking performance. Available in stainless steel, black or with a black glass base, these offer sleek design to fit anyone’s kitchen.
Solid plate hobs
Solid plate hobs have easy to use controls and are often the best budget option for a kitchen.