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So you’re looking for a new hob…

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Our handy guide will help you understand the key features and benefits of hobs on the market currently, including;

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Energy Efficiency

Under current legislation, hobs do not require an energy label so do not have an energy rating.

The most efficient type of hob currently is an induction hob, as it heats the pan directly, rather than the hob surface. It applies heat immediately and also removes heat immediately when switched off, with no residual heat.

 

 

Sizes

Standard hobs come with either two, four or five cooking zones. However, the dimensions for each size of hob can differ quite a lot. Always check the dimensions of a new hob before you buy to make sure it will fit in the space on your work surface.

Two cooking zones

Also called a ‘domino’ hob, the standard dimensions are around 29cm wide and between 52 and 57.5cm deep.

Four cooking zones

Standard dimensions are usually around 59cm wide and around 52cmm deep.

Five cooking zones

These can differ significantly depending on the placement of the five cooking zones, from between 69.5cm to 89cm wide and 50 to 51cm deep on average.

 

 

Types

There are four types of hob; Solid Plate, Ceramic, Induction and Gas. Discover below, a little more about each option.

 

 

 


 

Aesthetic

A stainless steel or enamel (which is usually white) base with metal hob plates

How does it work?

Each plate has an electric coil underneath that heats up the plate and transfers heat to your pan.

Benefits

   Easy to install

   Simple to use

   Available in electric

   Most affordable hob on the market

   Easy to wipe clean

 

To see our Solid Plate Hobs click here.

 

 

 


 

Aesthetic

A black toughened glass surface with either rotary or touch controls.

 

How does it work?

Electric coils beneath the surface heat up and this heat transfers to your pan.

 

Benefits

   Easy to clean

   Simple to use

   Easy to install, especially Plug and Play

   Available in electric

   Available to hardwire or with a 3 pin plug

   Timer available

   Great for students and older people

 

To see our Ceramic Hobs click here.

 

 

 


 

Aesthetic

A black toughened glass/ ceramic surface, similar to a ceramic hob, with touch controls.

 

How does it work?

A coil of copper wire underneath the ceramic plate heats the pan directly rather than the hob surface using magnetism.

 

Benefits

 Less energy used

 No hot surface so extra safe

 Easy to install

 Easy to clean

 Simple to use

 Hardwire or 3 pin plug

Note:  Pans used on an induction hob must have a high iron content

 

To see our Induction Hobs click here.

 

 

 


 

Aesthetic

A choice of stainless steel with enamel or cast iron pan supports or black glass with cast iron pan supports. All gas hobs have rotary controls.

 

How does it work?

An electrical supply is required to ignite the gas. Either the gas pipe is attached to the gas mains in your home, or if there is no gas mains, to an LPG gas canister. Most new gas hobs have an automatic ignition.

 

Benefits

 Super quick heat

 Easy to control

 Simple to use

 

 

To see our Gas Hobs click here.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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