There are four main types of hob that you can choose from: Gas, Induction, Ceramic and Solid Plate. Each has its merits, so you should consider how you would like the hob to function and appear to settle on the design that’s best suited to your kitchen.
A gas hob is traditional and powerful, and to this day is still a very popular choice throughout kitchens in the UK. Gas gives you careful control of heat, and can be changed in an instant, helping you to cook dishes to perfection. You will need a main gas supply, and it’s important to note that a gas hob can be tricker than others to clean, but if you’re an avid cook then gas could be a really efficient choice.
Induction hobs have surged in popularity in recent years, offering a sleek look, an easy-to-clean-design, and many technological advancements, such as safety locks (which can be a welcome addition in a family home) and pan detection. One thing to keep in mind is that you will need to purchase pans that are suitable for an induction hob, as they use electromagnets to heat the base of your pan. However, this can be a small price to pay for an effective hob that suits your contemporary kitchen design.
Ceramic and solid plate hobs are both powered by electric, are easy to use and are quite easy to clean. A ceramic hob would be a better choice of the two if it’s a seamless look you’re trying to achieve, however both can be aesthetically pleasing in an array of kitchen designs. It’s important to note that both models can take a little longer to heat up than their counterparts, although once they are heated, they are both very efficient.