Hobs: How to buy the best hob Ceramic hobs

How a ceramic hob works

Ceramic refers to the finish of the hob rather than the workings of the hob itself, and the streamlined and stylish look of ceramic glass along with the ease of use and wipe-clean facade make ceramic hobs a popular choice for modern kitchens.

While ceramic hobs have traditionally been electric-powered, ceramic induction hobs and gas on glass hobs offer an alternative heating method with an easy-to-clean surface.

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Ceramic hob

Ceramic hobs are smooth surfaced - making them easy to clean

Ceramic hob pros and cons

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Quick to heat up
  • Stylish finish

Cons

  • Can be more expensive than conventional electric or gas hobs
  • Not good at evenly distributing heat
  • Electric heat more difficult to control

Types of ceramic hob

Electric ceramic hob

Most ceramic hobs are electric-powered, making for a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to electric plate hobs, and more flexibility too. Our electric hobs page has pros and cons of choosing an electric hob.

Ceramic induction hob

Ceramic glass can give induction hobs a high-end finish - and induction heating is more efficient than electric. See our induction hobs page for more information.

Gas ceramic hob (gas glass hob)

Gas glass hobs are effectively gas ceramic hobs - combining the controllability of gas with the easy-to-clean advantage of electric cooking. See our gas glass hobs page for more information.

Ceramic hob brands and typical prices

Ceramic hobs are widely available from a range of household names, including Bosch, Stoves, AEG Electrolux, Indesit, Smeg and Zanussi.

Prices start at around £200 for a basic, shop own-brand ceramic hob, going up to around £2,000 for a top-of-the-range premium model. Starting prices for gas glass or ceramic induction hobs are higher.

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