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Choosing your perfect kitchen hob…

September 08, 2017

Choosing your perfect hob can be a bit of a task. Especially as the hob is now a very considered purchase. It can make all the difference to the appearance and functionality of your kitchen. So, no pressure! That’s why knowing the hob variations is important. This way you can decide what will work best for you and your cooking needs.

I mean, it must look aesthetically pleasing, this is going to be in your kitchen for some years at least, so it needs to be a hob you look at admiringly. Well maybe not that far but you know what I mean, you need to love it. However, it’s great if it looks the part but if it doesn’t function the way you need it to then it’s a pointless purchase. And therefore, researching first is the best way to shop (when big purchases are concerned), impulse buying is great, but just not for appliance shopping.

So, in the world of hobs there are typically four common variations; gas, ceramic, domino and induction. However, now you can get air venting induction hobs and flex induction too (I will explain).

Ceramic…
Ceramic hobs use elements underneath the ceramic glass, making them a great alternative to gas. They offer fast heat up times and an easy clean surface. Many models have electronic touch controls with a heat level indicator for each individual zone, which can be increased and decreased at the touch of a button. They also have a residual heat indicator which is not only simplistic but incredibly safe.

Two of our ‘best buy’ ceramic hobs are the Neff T16FD56X0 frameless ceramic hob and the Bosch PKE611D17E 60cm Serie 4 frameless QuickTherm ceramic hob.

Gas…
Gas believe it or not is still an incredibly popular choice amongst customers. Gas hobs offer instant controllable heat in seconds. You can go from standard 60cm four burner models up to 90cm six burner models with wok burners. Normally the most popular finish is stainless steel but black glass models are a popular alternative.

Two of our ‘best buy’  gas hobs are the Gorenje GW65CLB 60cm Classico four burner gas hob and the Bosch PPS9A6B90 90cm Serie 6 frameless gas on glass hob.

Domino…
Domino hobs or otherwise known as modular hobs, offer ultimate flexibility for the user. So, for example you might want two gas burners, a continuum induction zone, a teppanyaki plate and a gas wok burner for all your cooking needs. With a domino hob, you can have everything you want without a problem. There are many configurations available in stainless steel and black glass finishes.

Induction…
Induction hobs are more efficient, faster and safer than other hob options. They are fast becoming one of the most desirable appliances for a new kitchen. Using magnets to heat the pan directly, no electricity is wasted as the surface of the pan is heated rather than the glass surface around it. Induction hobs require induction pans, the magnets from the pan creates a current which in turn heats up the magnets in the hob. So, this is how the heat is directed into the pan only. This also means you can wipe the surface almost instantly after use, making it incredibly safe if you have lots of little people with little fingers hanging about the kitchen at dinner time.

Two of our ‘best buy’ induction hobs are the AEG HK654200FB 60cm four zone bevelled edge induction hob and the Bosch PUE611BF1B 60cm Serie 4 frameless induction hob.

Air Venting Induction…
Air venting induction hobs are a combined induction hob with a downdraft extractor. The integrated extractor gets rid of all the pesky and unwanted smells and vapours directly from the pan whilst you’re cooking. The induction element obviously works the same as a normal induction hob, using the magnets to conduct heat directly into the pan. These two in one appliances are a fantastic choice for any kitchen and especially if a separate cooker hood isn’t your style.

Two of our ‘best buy’ air venting induction hobs are the Siemens EX875LX34E 80cm IQ-700 air venting flex induction hob and the Caple DD931BK 90cm air venting induction hob.

Flex Induction…
FlexInduction enables you at the flick of a switch to combine your individual induction zones into one large induction surface so you can cook where you want, the way you want. FlexInduction hobs provide greater flexibility by heating pans of any size, positioned anywhere within the zone. This is a great choice if you cook a lot and have several pans on the go at one time. So, perfect for those Sunday dinners or dinner party courses!

Two of our ‘best buy’ flex induction hobs are the Bosch PXX875D34E 80cm Serie 8 air venting flex induction hob and the Neff T58FD20X0 80cm touch control flex induction hob.

Whether you require something modern in style, seamless in design, easy clean or something a little more traditional, there is a hob style for you and your kitchen. With hundreds of models to choose from, take the time to consider which hob type you require, how you want it to work for you, essentially what you will use it for and how often you will use it. This should help to take the pressure off, and enable you to choose the perfect model for you.

If you require any more information or need some specific model advice, give a member of our sales team a call. They are always happy to help :) 0115 965 1937.

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