The hob is a surface on top of your cooker or set into a work surface with hotplates or burners for heating pots and pans. They come in different types and where you want to put your hob may be a factor in which one you buy! The most popular style is one large burner, two medium ones, and a simmer, but you can mix and match to suit your needs. Take a look below at which hob type to choose, and use this hob buying guide to help select the best one for you…
Electric plate hobs
Electric plate hobs are the cheapest to buy but the most expensive to run, so they’re less popular now that energy efficiency is so important. Four ring electric hob types are a cost-effective option, but the heating element is slow to heat up and cool down, making it harder to control the temperature, and to adjust from boiling to simmer. Look for additional features such as automatic timeouts, dual elements, automatic heat reducers, and hot hob lights.
Gas hobs are extremely popular as the heat is easy to control, responsive and fast, and you can see it! The majority of gas hobs have mains rather than button ignition as you turn the knob without needing to press and hold. These types of hobs also tend to distribute the heat well across the base of the pans. If you often use a wok for cooking gas hobs are ideal. They can be taken apart for easy cleaning, but need a bit of effort to keep them looking good. New models may incorporate automatic ignition, coated pan supports, Flame failure protection, and overspill protection.
Gas on glass hobs
Gas on glass hobs have burners mounted on top of ceramic glass making them much simpler to clean, apart from the burners themselves which can be a little awkward. The burners don’t heat up as quickly as the ceramic hob, but the precision heat control is the same. These hobs look extremely stylish!
Ceramic hobs have a smooth surface which is easy to clean, and the electric source makes them easy to heat up quickly. However heat distribution around the bottom of the pan isn’t as good as a gas hob. The heating systems are located underneath the ceramic glass surface with a safety device that stops them from overheating.
Induction hobs create a magnetic field between the element in the hob and the pan itself, which transfers energy directly to the pan. The glass itself doesn’t need to heat up for cooking, and when the pan is taken off the hob cools. These hob types are becoming ever popular as they’re energy efficient, highly responsive, and simple to clean –magnetic based pans are a must!
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