Which? verdict on gas and induction hobsShopping for an induction hob? Best Buys revealed

29 April 2010


Induction hobs are quick to heat up

The results of our latest gas and induction hob tests are in, revealing four new Best Buys including two induction hobs which aren’t as expensive as you might think.

The latest batch of hobs tested by Which? includes induction hobs, gas hobs and easy-to-clean gas-on-glass hobs. 

We’ve tested hobs from manufacturers including AEG-Electrolux, Baumatic, Belling, Bosch, Candy, De Dietrich, Electrolux, Hotpoint, Indesit, John Lewis, Neff, New world, Siemens, Stoves, Whirlpool and Zanussi - and there are now 20 hobs including four Best Buys in our Which? hobs review.

Buying the best hob

Our latest hob reviews include quick-to-heat induction hobs, gas-on-glass hobs and ever-popular traditional gas hobs. The induction hobs come with power-boost options, timers and child-locks and most of the gas hobs tested come with flame supervision devices which shut off the gas should the flame fail to ignite or get blown out.

Induction or gas hob - which is best?

If you’re a speedy cook it’s worth considering an induction hob – they’re very quick. They’re also easy to keep clean as it’s the pan rather than the hob itself which heats up, so spills don’t tend to burn onto the surface. The gas-on-glass hobs we tested were easier to clean than traditional gas.

Which? cookers expert Matt Stevens says: 'Induction hobs are cheaper than you might imagine and do a great job of heating quickly – the time savings are startling when you compare induction with gas. 

'You’ll need iron-based pans for use with induction hobs - if they stick to a magnet, they’ll be fine. Gas-on-glass hobs look great and are easy to wipe clean and traditional gas hobs are perfect if your budget is tight.'

How we test hobs

During our rigorous lab tests we test how quickly hobs heat water, how well they simmer and how easy they are to use and clean. 

The full list of new hobs we've tested is: AEG-Electrolux HK634200F-B, AEG-Electrolux 65807G-B, Baumatic PHG602, Belling PBi60, Bosch PPP616B90E Exxcel, Bosch PCP616B90E Classixx, Candy PV640SN, De Dietrich DTI714V, Electrolux EHD60020P, Electrolux EHG641X, Hotpoint CIC642C Experience, Hotpoint G640X, Indesit VIA640C, John Lewis JLBIIH603, Neff T42D20 Series 2, New world NWGHU60WH, Siemens EH645TE11E IQ500, Stoves S7-C600TCI, Whirlpool ACM703/BA and the Zanussi ZKT652DX.