Jargon Buster: Which type of hob is right for me?
With so many types of hob to choose from, it can be difficult knowing which one is right for you. Our simple guide below should help you find the best type to suit your needs.
Gas hobs have remained a popular choice for many because you can see the heat and therefore have more control over it. They tend to have lower running costs than electric alternatives but aren't as safe as they stay warm for longer after use. They can also take slightly longer to heat up a large pan of food so will cook your food slower than an electric hob.
Electric Ceramic Hobs
Electric ceramic hobs have a heating element underneath a touch glass surface through which heat is conducted into the pan.
The surface is easy to clean and there are a number of variations, including touch controls and automatic sensors to turn the heat off when not in use.
Induction hobs are similar to ceramic hobs and they cook with instant, even heat. They are more expensive to purchase but cheaper to run.
Using electromagnets, it only heats the base of the pan so there is no heat wastage, increasing cooking speeds. To use these hobs, you must use specific pans with magnetic bases.
Solid Plate Hobs
Solid plate hobs have a more traditional aesthetic and are generally cheaper to buy. They heat the base of the pan evenly and any type of pan can be used.