There are four main types of hob: gas, electric, ceramic and induction. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, and much of the decision process when buying a new hob will depend on your personal preferences. Cases can be made for each kind so weighing it up in your own mind is essential. Here is our brief guide:
Gas: this is the most popular hob type, and it is probably the most versatile for cooking purposes. You have full control over the heat, and you can turn it up and down in an instant. The only real downside is that gas isn’t the most cost-effective option.
Electric: more old-fashioned than the other kinds of hob, an electric appliance will take a long time to heat up and cool down. It won’t look as sleek and professional as other kinds either. The main reason why people choose an electric hob is the cost – it will probably cost less to buy in the first place, which is why many landlords opt for electric.
Ceramic: ceramic hobs are perhaps the most stylish option. Sleek and minimalist, they will look good in almost any type of kitchen. They are also very responsive and will heat up and cool down quickly, unlike an electric hob.
Induction: similar in appearance to a ceramic hob, these hobs work using magnetic induction. The hobs itself doesn’t get particularly hot, making it quick and efficient to use and clean. However, you will need to use certain kinds of pans so make sure that you invest in compatible ones. You may also need more space underneath the hob so think about where you’re fitting it.