Your guide to buying the right type of hob

Discover hob ideas and the right type of hob for you and your family with our hob buying guide.

The different types of hob explained

The size of your kitchen, your family size and what you like to cook all affect your choice of hob design. Here we explain each type of hob and where best to use it.

Gas hob 

The choice of professional chefs, gas hobs range from compact, 2-burners to 5-burners, which are great for families. Often used in country kitchens, a gas hob can add a heritage accent to your design.

Ceramic hob 

With even heat distribution and accurate temperature control, a ceramic hob makes recreating favourite dishes simple. Fitted flush to your worktop, it has a streamlined look that is easy to clean.  

Induction hob 

An induction hob only heats the pans and their contents, reducing energy wastage and cooking time. The cooking zones remain cool and safe to touch, making this a child-friendly choice. 

Electric plate hob 

Electric plate hobs are easy to use and difficult to damage due to their simple design, making them a good option for rented properties. The round metal plates ensure even heat distribution, for reliable cooking. 

Choosing the right size of hob

A 5-zone hob offers keen chefs more versatility, while a 2-zone domino hob is a good choice for a compact kitchen. A 4-zone hob provides room for family cooking without taking up too much space.

Fuel figured out

Gas hobs offer instant heat and can be modified by your builder to run on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Electric ceramic and induction hobs offer greater temperature control for precise results. 

Hob design features to make cooking easier

There are many features to look out for when choosing a hob. Some can help save time, create better cooking results, or improve safety in your home. Here are some of our favourite features to look out for.

  • Flame select - Lets you choose the precise temperature you need for your dish, allowing you to create consistent cooking results.
  • Flame failure - Switches the gas off if a burner accidentally goes out, keeping you and your family safe.
  • Automatic ignition - Lights your burner as soon as you turn it on, saving you gas and cooking time. 
  • Touch control - Sleek and easy to clean, while also offering child-lock safety controls that prevent children from altering settings.
  • Wok burner - A larger zone that can accommodate a wok or bigger dishes, making it a great choice for large families.
  • 13amp induction hob - Easy for your builder to install, as there is no hard wiring, it means you can quickly have everything up and running.

For more creative cooking 

With a multi-zone hob, you can place pans anywhere on the hob, giving you space for larger dishes like casseroles or fish kettles.

Kitchen hob ideas 

Explore these kitchen hob ideas for inspiration when you are choosing a new type of hob for your home.

An island hob

Placing your cooking centre stage is great if you like to entertain. It also creates an efficient working triangle between your sink and oven.

Multiple domino hobs

Your builder can set two or three domino hobs side-by-side to give you more flexibility and to create a contemporary design feature.

Specialised burner hobs

Entertaining is made easier when you combine wok and multi-zone burners, while also bringing a functional look to your kitchen. 

5-burner hobs 

Giving you control of a number of dishes all at once, this type of hob is great for large families or when catering to a crowd.

Hobs for the heart of your kitchen

With a great range of ceramic, gas and induction hobs to choose from, we have a hob to suit every chef and kitchen.

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