Best Hob 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Cooking on the top is fast and dare we say exciting, but what type is really the best hob for you? Do you like the idea of investing in the latest induction technology, or are you a staunch supporter of classic gas options with easy flame control?

We’ve scoured the web to find you some great deals – read our expert reviews and bag yourself a new appliance favourite.

The Best Kitchen Hob – Our Top Picks

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BAUMATIC BHC700 Ceramic Hob
  • Dimensions: 51 x 700 x 520 mm
  • Features: Standard 4 zone hob
  • Weight: 12kg
  • Warranty: 28 days
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LOGIK LCHOBTC16 Electric Ceramic Hob
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 59 x 52 cm
  • Features: 9 power levels
  • Weight: 8.3kg
  • Warranty: 1 Year
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NEFF T26CA42S0 Gas Hob
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 59 x 52 cm
  • Features: Tempered glass, LED display, sturdy pan supports
  • Weight: 13 kg
  • Warranty: 2 Years
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Best Ceramic Hob

BAUMATIC BHC700 Ceramic Hob

Hate waiting for your hob to warm up, and it’s putting you off purchasing an electric model? With the BHC700’s Hyperspeed cooking element over all four cooking zones, a faster heating time is delivered, meaning it will be ready in just moments. This doesn’t just save you time, but money too as less electricity is used.

Touch controls make it easier to get the precise setting you need, even as you cook, and it also makes it easier to keep clean because there are no buttons to wipe and the surface is entirely flat.

Don’t worry if you think this will just make it easier for little ones to control, as they feature a child lock to keep it out of use of anybody too young to be cooking just yet.

The residual heat indicators also make it clear when the hob is still over 65C, so you know when it is safe to touch again.

Installation is easy, and the 70cm size is generous without being too large for most kitchen spaces.

We like

  • Easy to keep clean
  • Safety features
  • Looks modern due to flat design

We dislike

  • Marks very easily from pan scratches etc

Final Verdict

If modern design and heating time are two of the most important things when buying your new hob, then this Baumatic is perfect and not too expensive either

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 51 x 700 x 520 mm
  • Features: Standard 4 zone hob
  • Weight: 12kg
  • Warranty: 28 days

+ Downloads

BAUMATIC BHC700 User Manual

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Zanussi ZEV6240FBA

A fantastic quality ceramic induction hob with effortless touch controls – there is no wonder why it is one of our best induction hob picks.

We love the frameless finish on this Zanussi appliance with 4 different burner zones. There are two 1.2kW zones, a 1.8kW zone and a more powerful 2.3kW zone, so whether you need to lightly simmer or deep fry, you have the ideal option. All can be altered using the responsive touch controls on the unit. Plus, the digital display can be used to monitor temperature if you need to fine-tune.

Because all the cooking zones are ceramic, they get up to temperature a lot faster than conventional hot plates. We love an appliance which means no more waiting around.

This hob also has residual heat indicators, helping to avoid any accidental burns. Because it is entirely flat, a quick wipe will see it cleaned in seconds. It is an online exclusive so you won’t find it in stores – buy while it lasts.

We like

  • Residual heat indicators
  • Fast heat up
  • Touch controls and digital display

We dislike

  • No child safety features

Final Verdict

A stylish yet affordable option with excellent responsiveness and a well thought out design.

+ Specifications

  • Type: Electric
  • Controls: Touch
  • Dimensions: 43 x 29 x 51

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Zanussi ZEV6240FBA user manual

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LOGIK LCHOBTC16 Electric Ceramic Hob

Packed with safety features to help you cook more comfortably, this Logik model will not only have your meal ready in no time but will prevent accidents too.

There is a safety lock which prevents any temperature changes which aren’t intentional, and auto-off will ensure it doesn’t overheat. A timer will keep you on top of things so nothing gets burnt.

Operation is all simple enough. Touch controls and an LED display will take the struggle out of turning it on, and each hob has nine power settings, so the exact level you need is within reach. They’re all super-sensitive so react quickly, although this also means that until you get used to the workings, it is easy to turn it a bit too high. Simply cleaning the surface can result in them coming on, and the lock is a bit too easy to turn on at times.

However, having said this, we think you’d easily get into the swing of things. The actual cleaning is simple as everything is flat and any food is easy to remove.

We like

  • Simple to navigate and set
  • Easy to keep clean

We dislike

  • Lock is very easy to set by accident

Final Verdict

Very sensitive, but this also makes it easy to control which can only be a good thing. Easy to adapt to and use - a winner in any kitchen.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 59 x 52 cm
  • Features: 9 power levels
  • Weight: 8.3kg
  • Warranty: 1 Year

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LOGIK LCHOBTC16 User Manual

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INDESIT RI 161 C Electric Ceramic Hob

With easy touch controls which let you set everything with exact precision, this Indesit hob will let you cook confidently when it is needed the most.

As much as they can be great appliances, hobs can also be dangerous, especially in busy households. With a child lock feature, you can ensure this model does not get turned on when it shouldn’t be, which is also great if anything is set on top of it from time to time.

The four hob sizes are all different so there is one for every pan you own, which will help keep things efficient and there will be no loss of heat. They have all been positioned and spaced carefully, so even if they are all in use, it won’t affect your flow.

We like

  • Price
  • 10 year guarantee

We dislike

  • Can sometimes be a bit temperamental

Final Verdict

For a great price, it is an easy to use ceramic hob which will keep everyone safe, too

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: H4.6 x W58 x D60cm
  • Hob power: Front left 1.7kW, rest 1.2kW
  • Above clearance: 650 mm

Bosch PKE611CA1E

The frameless, black ceramic glass design of this Bosch hob will look timeless and modern in any kitchen, no matter the other appliances.

There are four cooking zones, each with nine power settings which makes boiling, frying, simmering and everything in between easier than ever. The layout of all the hobs is spacious, so you can move the pans about without disturbing anything else cooking.

QuickTherm technology means that the hob heats up quicker than other ceramic models on the market, meaning less time is spent waiting for them to warm to the optimum setting.

You can control each burner via a clear, easy to adjust dial, and the settings are easy to read so there is no guessing involved. The residual heat indicator lets you know when they are still too hot to touch or clean. When the time to clean it does come, it is easy to wipe down as everything is flat.

As it is frameless and sits flush with your countertop, there is no edging or seals in which crumbs and spills can hide, meaning it is a lot more hygienic than a traditional model.

We like

  • Glass finish is easy to clean
  • Flexible control for every need

We dislike

  • Knobs can be hard to clean
  • Scratches easily

Final Verdict

A modern, easy to control hob with plenty of space even if all rings are in use

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: H3.9 x W59.2 x D52.2 cm
  • Hob type: Ceramic electric
  • Control: Knobs

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Bosch PKE611CA1E User Manual

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Samsung C61R1AAMST 58cm Ceramic

A mid-priced Samsung ceramic glass top with four zones, this hob is powerful and heats up incredibly quickly. Whcih means more time to get on with the things you enjoy.

It gives you the option to invest in a great ceramic hob, without spending too much. The quality is great as you’d expect, and there are some important safety features. Touch control ensures it won’t be turned on by accident, and residual heat indicators warn you when you need to stay back. With the latter function, the letter ‘H’ appears. When it goes, you’re safe.

Spills are no trouble due to the flat design, and it is glass so will polish up lovely and shiny when cool. Great value for money, this has a classic ceramic design that is super easy to clean. We just wish it had a bigger zone for extra large pans!

We like

  • Safety features, including child lock
  • 2 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Looks great – sleek design

We dislike

  • No pan detection
  • No zone flexibility for bigger pans

Final Verdict

Even without the extra space for bigger pans, we still think you can’t go too wrong with this little Samsung number. It is a brand that you can trust with your appliances – this ceramic option is no exception (and we love its reasonable price)…

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 57.5 x 50.5 cm
  • Weighs 7.5 kg
  • 4 ceramic zones

+ Downloads

Samsung C61R1AAMST 58cm Ceramic product manual

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Best Induction Hob

AEG IKE64441FB Electric Induction Hob

We love the ability to combine cooking zones to suit larger pans or those long cooking plates for steaks and fry-ups. This AEG induction hob takes it one step further, with the ability to link any zones together.

Just tap the dedicated Bridge button, and they will share the same temperature settings without you having to fine-tune yet again. Each single hob space will also adapt to the size of your pan, so whether you’re boiling some peas in a milk pan or got a frying pan on the go, MaxiSense will automatically adjust to fit the base.

Hate waiting for water to boil in the pan? With PowerBoost, an added jump in power can have water boiling in just two minutes. Great for last-minute pasta dishes and searing steaks.

There are slide and touch controls for seamless navigation, and the completely flat glass base means cleaning has never been less of a faff. The surface around each zone stays cool so you can wipe up any spills immediately.

If you have a compatible cooker hood, the Hob2Hood feature means you can switch on your hood without lifting a finger. The hob turning on will also switch the fan and light on, and if you turn the heat up, the power of the fan will increase in accordance.

This AEG hob is as close to a Smart hob as you can currently get. Perfect if you must have the latest in technology.

We like

  • Easy to control
  • Cleaning is simple

We dislike

  • We tried to find something but we really couldn’t!

Final Verdict

To say this is one incredibly clever and responsive hob, it retails for a fantastic price. Brilliant for anyone who gets a vast amount of use out of their hob and strives for perfection

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.4 x 59 x 52 cm
  • Weight: 11.2 kg
  • Zones: 4
  • Power: Front right 2.5 kW, Front left 3.2 kW, Back right 2.8 kW, Back left 3.2 kW

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AEG IKE64441FB Electric Induction Hob User Manual

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SAMSUNG NZ64K5747BK/EU Electric Induction Hob

Offering precise and flexible cooking results, this induction hob from Samsung is incredibly powerful and very well suited to people of any cooking level.

Sliding controls give you an incredibly modern experience. Using the touch screen, simply turn the chosen hob on and then turn up the heat. Reducing the temperature is easy when the time comes, too. It can also detect a pan when in place, so if you just press the temperature control, it knows that’s the one to turn on.

While there are four cooking zones, one of these is an extra large rectangular space. It is split into two but designed to accommodate larger pans or grill devices. Both sections can be used simultaneously. No more having to centralise foods in the pan to get the heat or cook in batches.

There are many convenient features, too. The pause function will lower the temperature to a simmer if you need to step out of the room or will be distracted for a few moments, but allow you to pick right up again when done. One step further, quick-stop lets you turn the zone off entirely in a matter of seconds. Great to prevent water boiling over or food burning.

A residual heat indicator shows when the hob is still warm. Safety shutoff will also turn the zone off automatically after a period of inactivity. There is also child lock if this is a concern.

The text and buttons can be a bit difficult to read until you get to grips, but once you get to know how the hob works, you’ll be able to do it with your eyes closed (although we don’t recommend this of course).

We like

  • Heats up very quickly
  • Slider temperature control
  • Minimalistic interface

We dislike

  • Text is hard to read

Final Verdict

To say you’re getting the absolute latest in technology and from a huge name, we love the price of this hob. We struggled to find something negative to say about it!

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 56 x 52 cm
  • Weight: 11.7 kg
  • Zones: 4
  • Power: Front right 2.2 kW, Front left 3.3 kW, Back right 1.4 kW, Back left 3.3 kW

+ Downloads

SAMSUNG NZ64K5747BK/EU Electric Induction Hob User Manual

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Best Gas Hob

BOSCH PBP6B5B60 Gas Hob

Thanks to the design of this gas hob, it has never been easier to use all of the burners at the same time.

Not only are they well-spaced, but the stable pan supports will ensure they all remain firmly in place, so there are no accidents. There is a free choice of heat settings, so if you like to have full flexibility and control over your creations, then the flame will respond to your adjustments.

The control dials turn quite freely so could be easy to knock if cleaning, but they have to be depressed to actually ignite which is good. A safety gas cutout will stop the gas coming on unless there’s a flame. As a plus, it means it can be done with one hand if you’re still stirring or prepping with the other.

Cleaning is easy enough thanks to the removable pan supports and stainless steel finish. Should your pan of water boil over or your sauce splash as it starts to rapidly heat, just wait for it all to cool down then wipe with a damp cloth.

We did find that wiping it could leave marks, so you may want to grab some polish after for a streak-free finish. The pan supports felt a bit sharp to us so just be aware when you’re removing to clean.

We like

  • Easy to wipe up spills
  • Great modern design
  • Dials comfortable to turn and press

We dislike

  • Pan supports are a little rough

Final Verdict

The fact that it is a budget buy makes the little niggles perfectly okay to cope with once you get the hang of it all

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.3 x 58 x 51 cm
  • Features: Flame failure, easy to turn dials
  • Weight: 9.74 kg
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Power: Front right 1 kW, Front left 3 kW, Rear right 1.7 KW, Rear left 1.7 KW

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BOSCH PBP6B5B60 Gas Hob User Manual

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NEFF T26CA42S0 Gas Hob

Many gas hobs give you the option to tailor the exact power each setting gives you, but with this NEFF model, precision is key. There are nine FlameSelect levels to choose from – great if you want the power of gas but the ease of electric.

The residual power indicator tells you what heat level the hob is currently at, whether you have it turned up full or have since turned it off and need to monitor as it cools down. Once the number is away, it is cool to touch.

Pots and pans can sometimes be a bit uneven on gas hobs due to the pan supports, but these are incredibly strong, stable and wide. Each is individual for easy cleaning. Talking of cleaning, they sit precisely over the actual burner, leaving some space in the middle of the hob. No more removing them all to wipe the surface of the appliance, as you could even do it as things are boiling away.

You can choose to install it flush to the bench or mounted, no matter what the design of your kitchen requires. We love the matte black design for something different, and it has been a while since we have seen a gas hob which looks quite so sleek.

Additional Features:

Power: Front right 1 kW, Front left 1.75 kW, Back right 3 kW, Back left 1.75 kW

We like

  • Clean design
  • Minimalistic pan supports
  • Precision control

We dislike

  • Cleaning beneath and around the control dials is tricky

Final Verdict

Incredibly easy to clean and navigate, NEFF has changed the game with this gas hob which will allow even those who aren’t used to gas to navigate around it seamlessly

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 59 x 52 cm
  • Features: Tempered glass, LED display, sturdy pan supports
  • Weight: 13 kg
  • Warranty: 2 Years

+ Downloads

NEFF T26CA42S0 Gas Hob User Manual

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Whirlpool Fusion GMF7522IXL Built-In Gas Top

A great option for anyone who still swears by cooking with gas. This hob offers versatility and flexibility with its three burner sizes and huge power burner.

It is a bit larger and bulkier than other designs as it incorporates 5 burner rings, with cast iron pan supports for security and easy cleaning. But if you have the space then it is totally worth it. The versatility of the wok burner is brilliant, and if you’re a fan of stir fries or noodle dishes then the ability to cook comfortably will be welcomed.

There are rotary dials which offer complete freedom over the level of heat. A lot of people hate being restricted by set temperatures. If you are one of these people, then fine-tuning the power will help you cook to perfection.

An essential cut-off valve is present, and the stainless steel finish offers modernity. Overall an impressive top which is great value for money.

We like

  • Booster cooking zone
  • iXelium nanotechnology coating is super durable and resists scratches
  • 2 year labour and 10 year parts manufacturer’s guarantee
  • Gas safety flame device

We dislike

  • Weighty & bulky design
  • Less energy-efficient than induction options

Final Verdict

Though gas tops are less sleek and energy-efficient than others on the market right now, this Whirlpool model is a great gas option that offers you plenty of cooking space for a reasonable price.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.1 x 73 x 51 cm
  • Features: 5 gas burner, 2 sizes
  • Weight: 14.2 kg
  • Warranty: 2 Year

+ Downloads

Whirlpool Fusion GMF7522IXL Built-In Gas product manual

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Kitchen Hob Buying Guide

A hob is a very important appliance – explore all your options before buying your next one. You want one that will look right in your kitchen, heat up your food efficiently, and give you the flexibility to easily control heat intensity.

There are loads of different types and designs out there – make sure you get one that offers all the features you need (child lock, booster zones, timers etc.) for a competitive price. Opt for appliance brands that are known for their quality and longevity, and always shop around before committing to a purchase.

As the latest technology becomes more affordable, it’s now possible to get an amazing professional cooking experience for less. Consider whether you might be better off paying slightly more your appliance now in order to get a better model that will last you longer. As with any appliance – protect your hob and increase its lifetime with regular cleaning and maintenance.

Where to install your hob

Traditionally hobs would sit on top of the oven as a full cooker or range set, but with integrated and built-in ovens, it’s now possible to have your ovens and hobs separate. This makes for much more exciting and innovative kitchen designs and means you can mix and match brands and styles.

For example, the oven could be installed in the wall, and the hob set in a central island. Always choose the safest and most practical lay out – it’s a good idea to have your oven eye-level, and the hob down by your elbows for easy cooking.

Make sure that you get your appliances installed by a qualified and registered engineer, and that you always follow the installation guidelines. Some built-in models have quite a large clearance zone – you’ll need to measure your tops to make sure yours are big enough to take your new hob.

What size are standard hobs?

These appliances generally hover around the 60 cm width mark, but they can go up to 90 cm too. Four burners or cooking zones is the norm, but some models have up to eight zones or burners. In order to save space, many ceramic and induction models offer flexible dual rings to accommodate more zone sizes in a smaller space.

Different types explained

There are many different options out there – some suited better for certain types of cooking methods and kitchens.

Gas/burners

Gas options and burners give you a visual way of controlling heat and they are great for fast cooking. Gas ovens have fallen out of favour recently, but gas options are still very popular in the UK and are preferred by many professional chefs.  Make sure that you always get a proper gas engineer to fit your gas top or oven, and that you opt for a gas option with the appropriate gas safety flame features. Automatic ignition is definitely easier and preferred, but you still see a lot of separate ignition and gas controls.

Ceramic

Ceramic are probably the most popular hobs out there right now, thanks to their excellent value for money, glossy black exterior, and easy to keep clean surface. The ceramic glass is heated from underneath – ceramic models often glow red when they are hot. They are controlled by touch, either using sliders, numbers, or plus and minus indicators. Some ceramic options offer dual rings and fast heat zones for more flexible cooking.

Induction

Induction hobs are the hobs of the future, but they are also more expensive than other types; and you’ll have to upgrade your pots and pans (and forego those classic copper ones you love). Induction models can change temperature in an instant, they heat up super fast, and give you ultimate temperature control. They are faster than gas and more energy-efficient than ceramic. They use a special magnetic heating technology that only heats up the surface of the pan – wasting no energy at all. (This is why you need to buy the right kinds of pans to use on your induction hob).

Electric solid plate/coil

Old-fashioned electric hobs are getting more rare as ceramic and induction models take over. Heated up by electric coils or electric hot plates, these aren’t very energy-efficient, and they are also harder to clean. Nevertheless, they are still common in some kitchens (especially communal kitchens).

Built-in

Built-in hobs are great because they fit in with your kitchen seamlessly, sitting on worktops and providing a contemporary look and feel. You can install a built-in option anywhere, but check the safety and clearance requirements first as you will need to install the appliance away from the wall and other hazards.

Cleaning your hobs

  • Keep your appliance clean after every meal to ensure their longevity and try to avoid dropping food onto them that will then burn and stick.
  • Some tops and hotplates are protected with a glass top or a cast lid – always a good idea to keep things super safe and avoid any scratches.
  • Ceramic tops need specialist cleaning products (available everywhere) and are often seen as the most easy to keep clean of all the options.

Cooking on your hobs

Cooking on your top is a great way to make nourishing and tasty meals fast. Especially Asian food like stir-fries are properly made on a hot hob (gas is great for woks). Cooking food fast on the hob fast ensures that vegetables hold on to their minerals and nutrients, and cooking meat on the hob seals in all those delicious meat juices and flavours.

Getting a good deal

Some appliance retailers offer combo deals when you buy an oven and a hob at the same time, but it’s also possible to find good deals on tops alone. Generally it’s a good idea to read a few reviews and shop around – favour brands that are known for their good quality and avoid anything that has too many negative reviews.

It’s probably better to invest a little bit more money in order to get a better quality appliance that will last longer and be more energy efficient. Remember – your hob is one of your hardest working appliances.