Types of Hobs – Which Should You Choose?
- Fantastic Team
- Published: October 16, 2019
- 7min read
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We all enjoy a nice home-cooked stew or a fry-up breakfast. But when it comes to preparing a meal on a hob, it is essential to understand how various types of appliances, available on the market, work and know about their pros and cons. Having the right hob can significantly improve your experience, not to mention the quality of your food.
That being said, how do you know which cooking hob is right for you? In this article, we will go through the different types of hobs and their advantages, so you know you’ve made the right choice and can make an informed decision if you’re about to replace your old hob with a new one.
So, if you are:
Then this article is for you!
These types of hobs are popular among professional chefs and home cooking enthusiasts. They consist of burners, mounted on a metal plate, that heat your pans with the help of an open flame. Most commonly, there are four burners with different sizes.
The open flame allows for quick heating and maximum temperature control. This makes gas hobs perfect for preparing fast-cooking recipes. However, they are less efficient than induction hobs, as they give off more residual heat. They can be used with any type of cookware, meaning you won’t need to get a whole new set of pots and pans.
All gas hobs have a flame failure safety device, which automatically shuts off the gas supply if the flame goes out. The cooking surface cools down quickly, making it safer for you and your food. The downside is that you need a gas supply connection, so these types of hobs may not be the best choice for all homes. They can also be more cumbersome to clean due to the burners’ many components.
If you are struggling to decide between a gas or induction hob, you might find our blog post on the matter helpful.
This type of hobs is essentially the same as the standard gas hobs, but is mounted on a ceramic glass surface instead. This makes it much easier to clean. Some people also prefer the more sleek and stylish design of gas on glass hobs to the standard models.
Electric hobs are a lot more common than their gas counterpart. As with gas, they usually come with four or five cooking zones. Their simple, smooth design is what many households prefer, and they are considered easier to use. There are several different types of electric hobs.
This is the most common cooking hob type. Ceramic glass covers the electrical elements that heat the cookware. These hobs can have radiant, halogen or semi-halogen elements underneath the heat-resistant glass. They work well with all types of cookware. Their smooth surface makes them far easier to clean.
Their downside is that the heat distribution is not as good as it is with gas hobs. They heat up fairly quickly, but take longer to cool down than other sorts. Thus, the temperature control of ceramic hobs is not as good as that of gas hobs. Their slower cooling time makes it more challenging to bring the food down from a boil to a simmer, for example.
Also, ceramic hobs might not be the best type of hob if you have small children, as they may burn themselves accidentally, even when the appliance has been turned off and despite its residual heat indicator. They can also be more expensive than some of the other kinds.
Induction hobs are becoming increasingly popular in recent years, and with good reason. These types of hobs may look like their ceramic brothers, but work in a very different way. They heat up and cool down very quickly, compared to ceramic and solid plate ones.
Induction hobs work by creating a magnetic field between the heating elements and the cookware. This means that only the pan heats up, while the glass surface remains pretty much cool. This makes them a lot more efficient, safer if you have young kids and cheaper to run, due to the very little residual heat they give off. It also means they are safe to use concerning accidentally spilt food, which would usually burn onto your cooktop. This makes cleaning a breeze.
However, not all pots and pans are suitable for use with induction hobs. You will need to check if yours work, or invest in a new set. Induction hobs can be on the expensive side, especially compared to gas or solid plate.
This type of hobs comes cheaper than the rest, but is significantly more expensive to run. It consists of metal plates that get electrically heated up. Their heat distribution can be good, but you would need to use pots and pans with a flat base for the best results. They work well with cast iron cookware and are sturdy, meaning it would be more difficult to damage them should you drop a heavy pan on top.
Solid plate hobs are easy to use, but they don’t allow for precise heat control. They are relatively slow to heat up and cool down and give off quite a lot of residual heat. This makes them less efficient than other models. They can be challenging to clean due to food that may get trapped under the plates.
Halogen hobs are a type of ceramic hob. They aim to combine the convenience and look of electric hobs with the precision of gas ones. Halogen cooking works in a slightly different way than the rest, using the three types of heating – conduction, convection, and radiation – all at once.
Halogen heating elements are fitted underneath the ceramic glass surface. They radiate light that warms up the cookware. Infrared radiation allows for a constant temperature and greater heat control, which makes the use of these types of hobs easier and more efficient.
The red light that you see on the cooking zone indicates the temperature levels, too – the brighter the light, the higher the heat. However, you should still consider not letting your young children near it while it’s in use.
Domino doesn’t actually refer to types of hobs, but the style. They are known for their thin rectangular design. Domino hobs come as both electric and gas models and usually consist of one or two cooking zones. They are the perfect space-saving solution if your kitchen happens to be on the smaller side and you need more room to work.
You have chosen the best type of hob for your kitchen, great! No more burnt-on food, ruined pans and painfully slow cooking times! Now your cooktop just needs to be fitted.
Fantastic Services offers a complete electrical appliance installation service that includes fitting new cooking hobs. The skilled and certified electricians provide a high-quality service with proven results. Leave the hard work to the professionals and enjoy your new hob!
Did you find this article useful? Have you had a new hob installed recently? Share your experience in the comments!
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