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? Maybe electric hobs will be the easier for you to install in your home?

Don’t forget that you’ll have to think about other factors as well, such as whether there are any safety elements or how large it can be. There is a good chance you’ll also want it to match your oven and any other appliances in your kitchen.

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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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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Samsung Chef Collection NZ64N9777BK
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 60 x 52cm
  • Weight: 13.2 kg
  • Zones: 4
  • Power: 1 to 3 KW
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Best Ceramic Hob

Ceramic hobs are brilliant in so many ways. They’re flat, so easy to wipe clean if there has been any spills or marks, and they also look a lot more modern and streamlined on your countertop. They are quicker to heat up than their electric counterparts, and come in a range of styles to suit any space, budget or look.

You may also see several safety features, such as heat indicators which let you know if the hobs are still hot to touch, as well as temperature locks which protects both your hands and your food from any accidental increases. Some may even be prevented turning on at all without pressing a combination of buttons.

Many have touch sensitive controls as opposed to knobs and dials, so heat can be fine-tuned a lot easier and it is a lot easier on the wrists. They are often much cheaper than induction hobs, so perfect if you want modernity but on more of a budget.

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.

Specifications

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

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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.

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.

Specifications

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

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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.

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.

Specifications

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

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

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.

Specifications

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

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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

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!

Specifications

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

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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)…

Best Induction Hob

Induction hobs are the outstanding choice in several areas. They are quick at heating up, offering a similar level of power and rapidness to gas but in a much more streamlined design. If you are currently on gas, and find the cleaning an absolute nightmare, then induction could be the answer.

They also work a bit differently to other options. The actual hob surface doesn’t heat up, but rather the base of the pan thanks to magnetism technology. You could even be boiling water faster than with a kettle! It makes it a very energy efficient option as no heat is wasted, and the risk of burns or heat damage is reduced.

There is also such a thing as Flexi Induction hobs now. Rather than being limited to four or five zones, you are free to use any size you need, so cooking with woks or griddles is made so much easier and you have the freedom to be fully creative.

They do come with their negatives, though. They are often a little more expensive than the alternatives, and you do need pans which are suitable for induction hobs. These are often not too pricey in comparison to other pots and pans, but it may mean you have to buy a new collection.

Samsung Chef Collection NZ64N9777BK

One of the more pricey induction hobs on our list, but at the end of the day you’re making an investment. You want something which will last for years, while never being frustrating to use and giving fabulous results. This is a good bet, and certainly for those who want their hob to be a centre piece.

There is a FlexZone+ area, a zone which you can make larger to accommodate big pans such as woks or long frying pans which otherwise wouldn’t fit. It is also great for smaller milk pans or those little single frying egg pans, as it will also go smaller too. You will also make use of the Low Temperature setting, which is ideal for melting butter and chocolate or preparing sauces without risk of burning.

We also loved the Keep Warm option, which will regulate the temperature of your food so it doesn’t cook further but is kept hot until ready. And if you feel you’ll miss the glow of the gas flame, Virtual Flame Technology™ uses LEDs to reproduce a real gas glow – a nice little extra touch.

In terms of safety, it is one of the best for a busy kitchen. There is a pause function which will lower the temperature to the lowest possible setting when touched. This is great if you need to let the dog outside or take a phone call and can’t give your full attention to the pans. Then there is a control panel lock, so the settings can’t be changed when in use.

A residual heat indicator will let you know to stay clear from the hob until it is cooled, and the hob provides instant heat to get you going straight away. Well worth paying that bit extra.

 

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 60 x 52cm
  • Weight: 13.2 kg
  • Zones: 4
  • Power: 1 to 3 KW

We like

  • Keep Warm option
  • Flexible combined zones
  • Pause option

We dislike

  • Touch controls are a little dull to view

Final Verdict

The touch controls are responsive, and there are loads of helpful features which should assist you when you're trying to juggle the cooking with your other life duties

Bosch Serie 4 PUE611BF1B 59cm Induction Hob

An induction hob packed with loads of top functions despite the relatively low price and very stylish design.

It has everything you need for a safe, yet quick, cook. Residual heat indicators will let you know when the hob area is still hot, so you know to keep the kids away. Electro magnets are used to heat the pan, so the hob cannot accidentally be turned on without a pan being present, and it is energy efficient as no heat is wasted.

You also get a boost mode, which will come in handy if you love to cook foods such as steak and stir fries which require a very high, quick temperature flash. There is an in-built timer if you like to boil your pasta to perfection but often lose track of time, and talking of time, the Serie 4 actually heats up faster than a gas hob, which is pretty fab.

The entire area is big enough to fit four generously sized pans alongside each other, whereas some others do struggle due to their layout. So if you’re one to have all the pans on the go for mealtimes, you’ll be very happy with this fast and roomy hob indeed.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 59.2 x 52.2cm
  • Weight: 12 kg
  • Zones: 4
  • Power: 1.4 to 3 KW

We like

  • Very roomy
  • PowerBoost option
  • Comes with plug - no electrical wiring needed

We dislike

  • Beeps when you change settings are very loud

Final Verdict

A fabulous buy, and while there is no Multi-Zone technology, extras such as the power boost and nice easy controls steal the show

Hisense I6433C 60cm Induction Hob

If you often find yourself very restricted when it comes to using hobs, as your pans are too large or you like to use grills, then this Hisense could be ideal.

It is very flexible in terms of working zones. The bridge zones on the left hand side allow you to connect the two areas to accommodate larger cooking devices, which should not only get the job done easier but also safely.

As it is an induction models, the zones will only work if an appropriate pan is in place. This ensures no accidents happen, and also that no more energy is used than necessary. All of the controls are conveniently placed right at the front of the hob for ease, and are touch sensitive for extra precision.

It doesn’t only work nicely, but also really looks the part too. If you want something which is sleek, modern and very easy to keep clean, but on a budget, it is an ideal option.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 59.5 x 52cm
  • Weight: 8.9 kg
  • Zones: 4
  • Power: 1.4 to 3 KW

We like

  • Residual heat indicator
  • Rapid boil
  • Soft melt function - melts chocolate or butter at 42 degrees

We dislike

  • Nothing bad to say at this price

Final Verdict

A fab induction hob, at a brilliant price and which is really nice to use, especially if it is your first induction

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.

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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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

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).

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

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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!

Best Gas Hob

Gas is often used in professional kitchens for good reason. They are also traditionally the most popular in kitchens across the UK.

The heat is instant, the flames can often be fully controlled in terms of strength and heat, and the flames are also visible so you know when it is on. Heat distribution is also usually very generous and reliable – you get what you see, rather than struggling to fine-tune it all. There are a couple of models available which offer handy little extras such as extra-large burners for woks, and very sturdy individual pan supports for easier cleaning.

In terms of the downsides, they are often slightly more difficult to clean, and can encounter issues such as blocked nozzles or plates. You also usually have to ignite the flames using a piezo switch which may put those cautious about flames and gas off. But they are all much safer than the models which were around years ago, so you have nothing to worry about.

SMEG Cucina SR275XGH2 68cm Gas Hob

A lovely spacious hob with five burners, one of which is a powerful wok burner for your larger and specialty pans. This Smeg is designed just as you’d expect from this titan appliance brand, with easy to control dials and an easy clean surface.

Automatic ignition means the hob lights with just a turn of the knob, and if it is accidentally extinguished, the flame failure safety will cut off the gas supply to prevent accidents.

The cast iron pan supports can be removed so it is easy to clean the base of the hob, and they are strong so no matter how heavy your pans and woks are, they can withstand the pressure.

It comes with a plug attached, so there is no need for an electrician to fit it. Price wise, it is fab for a hob of this quality and build, especially as it is so stylish too. The make of the hob is shown on the front of the unit, but as seeing as it is Smeg, this will probably actually be quite welcome.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 68.5 x 50cm
  • Features: Automatic ignition, sturdy pan supports
  • Weight: 13.4kg
  • Warranty: 2 Years

We like

  • Easy to turn on and control flame
  • Powerful wok burner
  • Stylish and modern

We dislike

  • Hard to keep clean - does dirty easily

Final Verdict

For a name like Smeg, this hob is great value yet very high quality as you would expect. The perfect addition to any gas-led kitchen

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

Specifications

  • 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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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

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.

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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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

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.

What Size Are Standard Hobs?

These appliances generally hover around the 60 cm width mark, but they can go up to 90 cm too. If you aren’t fitting a new kitchen, then you will need to take into account the dedicated space which already exists.

Also think about depth, as some are thicker than others. If you want the look to be completely streamlined, a thin induction hob will be more appropriate than a gas or electric.

Number Of Burners

Four burners or cooking zones is the norm, but some models have up to eight. A popular addition for many gas models is an extra large wok burner, usually situated in the centre of the space, which is perfect if you often make stir fries and other dedicated cuisines.

In order to save space, many ceramic and induction models offer flexible dual rings to accommodate more zone sizes in a smaller space. You can choose to either have two zones join up for an extra wide cooking space, or sometimes have complete freedom over the size using a slider or buttons.

Pan Types

You are pretty flexible over which type of pan you use on your hob, except if you choose an induction. For this, you need pots and pans with a magnetised base. This is because heat is transferred to the bases as opposed to the pan using the heat of the hob. They are often made from stainless steel, enamelled steel or cast iron, so aluminium, copper or ceramic isn’t appropriate.

They are often not as expensive as you may think, and the price has certainly dropped over the past few years as they become more popular. Many good-quality pans are now automatically appropriate due to the stronger materials they use. Always check your current pans before you buy new ones, simply by placing a magnet at the base. If it sticks, you’re good to go.

Do think about whether an induction hob is appropriate in this case – if you regularly use a crock pot or ceramic pan, then you may be best with another type of hob.

Are There Any Other Considerations?

The space between your hob and extractor fan/cooker hood must be 650mm (for electric) or 750mm (for gas). You should also place a hob at least 600mm (around 2ft) away from your sink for maximum safety. Try to keep the hob away from any doors which may be opened and cause people to lean near them, such as the kitchen entry door or fridge doors, and always try to keep some space free either side in case you quickly have to remove a pan. This should be about 200mm (8in), which will also allow any pan handles to be positioned safely away from the rings.

If you’re choosing gas, place it away from a window as any draughts can extinguish flames. It is also dangerour to lean over any hob to open a window.

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.