An induction hob is up to 50% more energy efficient compared to a ceramic or a radiant hob.
Whether home cook or head chef, the humble hob is crucial for your culinary craft. How else are you going to cook that fancy Saturday night dinner or make morning pancakes for your kids? And the best part is, they’re all easy to use and offer great opportunities for all your cooking needs.
No matter what level of cooking you’re on, we’ve got the hob for you. Maybe you’re aspiring to create three-course meals that will have your guests begging for more? Or perhaps you just want whatever can prepare your instant noodles the fastest. It doesn’t really matter! We have a large selection of kitchen hobs, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
Turn the heat up with the perfect hotplate
When it comes to kitchen hobs, there are a few types to choose from. Three important types are the induction hobs, gas hobs and glass-ceramic hobs.To help in your decision-making, here are some pros and general tips.
With an induction hob, heat is transferred through magnets directly to the pan or pot itself. Ergo: the cooktop remains cool to the touch. Thanks to this, spilled food or greasy messes won’t cook themselves into the hob – making them both safe and easy to clean. And since there’s no residual heat, they’re energy-efficient too. You can cook your heart out every day knowing your electrical bill won’t shoot through the roof.
Just remember induction hobs require the right kind of pots and pans. Specifically, they need to be made of a ferrous metal, like stainless steel. So, cookware made of copper or aluminium goes out the window. If you’re uncertain about your cookware, place a magnet on the base of your pan or pot. If it sticks, you’re good to go!
Gas hobs heat up instantly and won’t steal precious time when you’ve already got a lot on your plate. The flame strength is easy to control, and you’re guaranteed an even-heat distribution. No wonder the best chefs in the world prefer gas hobs.
One awesome upside with our gas hobs is that they all have electric ignition, so no need for matches. And with cast iron supports, your pots and pans will stay in place even during the most action-filled cooking adventures. Choose between open flames, or a gas on glass model that’s easier to clean.
Do note that you need a gas line to your house in order to install a gas hob.
Glass ceramic hobs
Unlike induction hobs, ceramic hotplates use electricity to heat up the surface of the cooktop. This is a tried and tested hob-type that is consistent, reliable and will be familiar for most home cooks. They can handle any pot, pan or cooking utensil with ease.
However, because of this, ceramic hobs are less energy efficient than, for instance, an induction hob. It also means that spilled food can bake or burn into the top, creating stains and discolorations that can be a chore to get out.
However, the flat surface is made for easy cleaning. Just make sure to tend to it within a reasonable amount of time. Thankfully, the cooktop will glow red when it’s too hot to touch, so you’ll know when it’s safe to scrub out that casserole or soup you accidentally boiled over.
Enough space in the kitchen to hobnob?
Consider the size of your kitchen and kitchen counter. Where are you putting the hob and how much workspace do you need? If you’ve got a smaller kitchen, a two-burner might be the best option for you. You’ll be able to fit two pots or pans, which will go a long way when it comes to cooking. There’ll be no problem cooking enough food to make sure the entire family gets fed.
But if your kitchen is quite large, or if you have a kitchen island, why not treat yourself to a four-burner? With that many burners, you can have several pots and frying pans going at the same time. So, if another family member needs to cook something at the same time, there’ll be enough room for everyone. It’ll also be easier to cook a great meal together.
In short: a four-burner is guaranteed to cover all your needs. It should be enough whether you’re recreating a Nobel Banquet dinner, or if the kids need a quick snack before soccer practice.