The gas versus induction debate continues to be a hot topic. But if you are looking to upgrade your hob, it really comes down to your cooking style, the layout of your kitchen and the type of fuel you prefer.
With the help of KBB journo Sally Smith, we break down the different types of hob and help you discover the latest advancements in technology…
Types of hob
One of the most popular types of hob is the induction hob, which offers a seamless, modern look by sitting flush with your worktop. Plus, its easy-to-clean glass surface adds convenience to your cooking experience.
For added peace of mind, seek out models featuring auto-shutoff capabilities when a pan is removed, preventing accidents. Unlike traditional stovetops, induction hobs direct heat precisely to each pan. This eliminates wasted energy and the risk of burns, especially for curious little fingers.
From preventing butter from burning to maintaining the perfect simmer or keeping your dishes warm until serving, these hobs offer a range of versatile cooking options.
Don’t forget the convenience of bridging zones, ideal for accommodating larger cookware and griddles – that’s a firm yes please!
It’s important to note that induction hobs require electromagnetic pans for optimal performance. So, in short, induction hobs are ideal for a safer, more energy-efficient and stylish cooking experience.
Downdraft hobs feature integrated extraction, so they are perfect for those seeking a modern and functional cooking environment. This solution is particularly beneficial for challenging layouts or spaces with high ceilings, ensuring a seamless culinary experience.
Experience the ingenuity of downdraft hobs that automatically adjust their extraction power based on your cooking needs. Unlike traditional overhead options, these units operate quietly and blend seamlessly into your kitchen design.
What’s more, installing them is a breeze. They fit neatly into a standard base unit and are available in various widths, starting from a compact 60cm.
Whether you prefer ducted or recirculating setups, downdraft hobs offer flexibility in placement. They’re a fantastic addition to island units, providing both style and functionality. Does this sound like a great solution for you?
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Are you a fan of cooking on a real flame? Then a gas hob is for you. These hobs range between 60cm to 100cm in width and include a single rapid burner up to 5kW to give you a professional heat boost.
Look for designs with continuous cast-iron pan supports, making it easy to juggle larger pots. For a sleek look, some gas hobs can be sunk into the work surface.
Stainless steel is a classic material, but black tempered glass is also gaining popularity. A standard sized hob will be around £600, with larger models more than £1000.
Mixed-fuel and domino models
Last but not least on our roundup of types of hob are the mixed-fuel and domino models.
Why not build a bespoke cooking station with a series of modular gas and induction hobs in any combination you choose? You could opt for a power rapid burner with a two-zone induction unit along with the latest electric grills and Teppanyaki hot plates to extend your cooking repertoire.
It’s a game changer if you are short on space and need to be flexible in the kitchen as a two-zone induction unit is around 30cm wide. And to keep it streamlined, add a downdraft extraction unit in between a gas burner and induction plate to keep steam and smells at bay.
These single units are more expensive, so expect to pay anything from £1000 to over £2000, depending on the brand.