Hobs: How to buy the best hob Types of hob 

Hobs come in five main types: ceramic, induction, solid-plate electric hobs, gas and gas-on-glass hobs.
Ceramic hobs

Ceramic hobs are the easiest hobs to keep clean

Ceramic hobs

Ceramic hobs are electric with a smooth, easy-to-clean surface. 

They’re easy to use and heat up quickly, but heat distribution around the bottom of pans isn’t as good as when cooking on gas.

Ceramic hob brands

You can buy a ceramic hob from manufacturers that include AEG, Baumatic, Beko, Belling, Bosch, Candy, CDA, De Dietrich, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Hoover, Hotpoint, Indesit, John Lewis, Kenwood, Miele, Neff, New World, Rangemaster, Samsung, Siemens, Smeg, Stoves, Zanussi and Whirlpool.

Own-brand ceramic hobs from high-street stores and online also offer a cheaper alternative.

Pros Easy to keep clean.

Cons Heat distribution is better with gas.

If you've already got an idea about the type of hob you want, head straight to our full reviews of more than 30 gas, electric and induction hobs to find the best one for you.

Induction hobs

Induction hobs only heat the pan, so are more efficient

Induction hobs

Induction hobs only heat the pan, which means you can touch the adjacent surface without burning yourself. 

Rather than the cooking surface heating up, a magnetic field is created between the pan and an element underneath the glass top. 

Because the pan rather than the cooking surface heats up, induction hobs are quicker than other types of hob, and are cheaper to run because they use only the precise amount of energy you need.

Because of the powerful electromagnetic field, induction may not be suitable if you have a pacemaker fitted, and they can be noisy when more than one cooking zone is in use.

Induction hob brands

You can buy an induction hob from manufacturers including AEG, Baumatic, Beko, Belling, Bosch, Candy, CDA, De Dietrich, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Hotpoint, Indesit, John Lewis, Kuppersbusch,  Miele, Neff, Rangemaster, Samsung, Siemens, Smeg, Stoves, Zanussi and Whirlpool.

Own-brand induction hobs from high-street stores and online also offer a cheaper alternative.

Pros Induction hobs are a quick, safe and efficient method of cooking. 

Cons Expensive, special pans needed, noisy.

Find out more about induction hobs. 

Gas hob

Gas hobs offer instant heat

Gas hobs

Gas hobs are easy to control and give instant heat. You’ll find gas hobs in professional kitchens, and they’re popular with professional cooks.

Gas hob brands

You can buy a gas hob from manufacturers including AEG, Baumatic, Beko, Belling, Bosch, Candy, CDA, De Dietrich, Electrolux, Fagor,  Fisher & Paykel, Gorenje, Hoover, Hotpoint, Indesit, John Lewis, Kenwood, Miele, Neff, New World, Rangemaster, Samsung, Siemens, Smeg, Stoves, Zanussi and  Whirlpool.

You'll also be able to find own-brand gas hobs, which can be quite cheap, in most high-street shops and online.

Pros Easy to use, great heat distribution around the bottom of the pan.

Cons Need to be professionally installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Find out more about gas hobs.

Gas-on-glass hobs

Gas-on-glass hobs are easier to clean than gas hobs

Gas on glass hobs

Gas glass hobs have gas burners mounted on top of ceramic glass, so they look more stylish than other gas hobs. 

They don't heat up as quickly as electric ceramic models, but they're more precise and easier to control. 

Unlike standard gas hobs, the flat ceramic surface is easy to clean, though you still have to remove the pan supports.

Gas glass hob brands

You can buy a gas glass hob from manufacturers including AEG, Baumatic, Bosch, CDA, De Dietrich, Fagor, Fisher & Paykel, Hotpoint, Kuppersbusch, Neff and Zanussi.

Pros Easier to keep clean than traditional gas hobs.

Cons Slower to heat up than traditional gas burners. Need to be professionally installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Electric plate hobs

Electric plate hobs use traditional solid electric plates to heat pots and pans and come in at the lower end of the price range. 

You'll usually only find four-ring electric plate hobs, but if you're looking for a cost-effective hob option, they are worth considering. 

Old style electric-coil hobs are few and far between these days, but they are still manufactured by some brands including Smeg. 

Electric plate hob brands

You can buy an electric plate hob from manufacturers including Baumatic, Beko, Belling, Bosch, Candy, CDA, De Dietrich, Electrolux, Fagor, Fisher & Paykel, Indesit, New World, Smeg and Zanussi.

Own-brand electric plate hobs from high-street stores and online also offer a cheaper alternative.

Pros Cost – you won't find a cheaper hob option.

Cons Gas is more popular.

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