Types of hob and how to choose the right one for your kitchen

Types of hob

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

Induction hobs

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.

Induction hob in a white kitchen and wooden worktop
The Mythos induction 77cm FMY 808 I FP BKRRP, from Franke, has a frameless black glass design. It also features a flexible cooking zone. Plus, it can be installed flush mounted or recessed. The 65cm model is priced £1250.

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!

Minimalist hob in a green kitchen
Rangemaster’s Eclipse 90cm induction hob RMB90HPEIBLGL is made from pure black glass, priced £1159.

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.

Cooking with stainless steel pans
The Novy induction PRO 90cm five zone induction hob features two 24cm cooking zones on the left, a 28cm zone at the centre and two further 24cm zones on the right that can be bridged. Priced £3067.

Downdraft designs 

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.

Downdraft extractor in a minimalistic kitchen
The Series 8 PXX875D67E induction hob with integrated ventilation from Bosch is 80cm-wide with a 30cm-wide touch panel. Priced £2999.

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.

Multiple pans on an extractor hob
The S Pure 60cm cooktop from Bora has an integrated extractor, which automatically adjusts to the steam and cooking smells generated. It fits up to four standard pans on the hob. Priced from £1704.

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?

Black downdraft hob
Elica’s NikolaTesla FIT extractor hob comes in 60cm and 72cm widths. Priced £2145 to £2495.

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Gas hobs

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.

gas hob on peninsula
The N 70 T27DS59N0 75cm gas hob in stainless steel, £559, from Neff has continuous cast-iron pan supports for maximum stability plus oval controls that are easy to grip and use.

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.

gas hob on island with brass burners
The Gaggenau 400 Series CG492211 gas cooker, price on application, has five brass multi-ring burners, plus offers electronic flame monitoring.

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.

stainless steel gas hob
This Renzo Piano gas hob P75ES, around £909.15, from Smeg has five cooking zones. Made from stainless steel, it is available in 60cm, 72cm and 101cm sizes.

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.

Modular hob with gas and electric
This modular cooktop range from Wolf includes a 381mm electric grill and is priced at £2500. Shown alongside a two-burner gas hob plus a framed induction cooktop with stainless steel trim, both priced £2000.

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.

Modular cooking solution on an island
The Siemens domino hob includes 2 x iQ700 EX375FXB1E 30cm Flex induction cooktops, priced £839 each – plus, a 40cm Teppanyaki plate in stainless steel in the centre, which is priced £1989.

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