Confused about the different hob types and what they can offer? Below is a quick summary of the most popular ones to help provide you with a concise guide to their respective advantages and disadvantages.

Gas

  • Provides an instant heat with a naked flame
  • Allows a precise control over the size of flame
  • Any type of cooking pan can be used
  • All gas hobs have flame failure devices that stop the gas supply if the flame goes out
  • Fairly energy efficient as gas running costs are lower than electricity
  • #1 choice of professional chefs
  • Harder to clean

 

Ceramic

  • Smooth and sleek appearance
  • Easy to clean
  • Most pans can be used (except copper or exposed aluminium bases)
  • Residual heat indicators let you know when surface is safe to touch
  • Doesn’t heat up as quickly as gas or induction hobs
  • Takes longer to cool down

 

Induction

  • Smooth and sleek appearance
  • Easy to clean
  • Creates a magnetic field between heating element and the base of the pan so only the pan heats up making the hob surface safer (it will still get hot but not enough to burn)
  • Most energy efficient hob
  • Can only use magnetisable cooking pans – like cast iron or steel

 
Ultimately it may come down to price and versatility of cooking zones that will determine the winning choice for your kitchen, as long as it’s the best fit for you and your lifestyle.