Whether it’s a quick pan of pasta or a fry-up on the menu, make full use of our expert reviews to find the best gas, electric or induction hob for your budget this Black Friday.
While our tests have uncovered a few duds that are a nightmare to clean or refuse to simmer gently, we’ve also identified some excellent hobs recently – in fact three of the hobs we’ve just tested have been made Best Buys.
- Visit our reviews of the best hobs to find out which hobs impress us the most
Big-brand hobs on test
We’ve tested more than 100 hobs from big names, including AEG, Hotpoint, John Lewis, Miele and Neff.
Prices for our eight most recently tested models range from just £90 for a traditional four-zone gas hob from Ikea, right up to the Miele KM7201FR induction hob that won’t leave you much change from £800.
Here’s a summary of the features of two induction hobs from our latest test batch.
Miele induction hob, £764
Miele is renowned for its high-end kitchen appliances and innovative products, such as dishwashers, ovens and hobs – but they come at a cost.
The Miele KM7201FR is a spacious and easy-to-use four-zone induction hob. It has a special ‘Twin Boost’ setting that’s designed to focus the power of two rings into one. If you need to get dinner going in a hurry, this could suit you well.
Our full review will reveal if this hob is able to provide a sensitive simmer and also crank up the power when you have a need for speed.
John Lewis induction hob, £649
If it’s extra space you’re after, the John Lewis JLBIIH806 is 20cm wider than the average hob, and has five heating zones.
This induction hob has touch controls, and its flat surface makes it really easy to clean. Like other electric hobs, it will turn itself off if your pot boils over or if you leave it unattended for too long.
Not all hobs are equal when it comes to spreading heat evenly for perfect frying, gentle simmering and bringing a panful of soup up to temperature. Find out if this John Lewis hob impressed us or if it would be an unwise investment.
How we test hobs
You’d be disappointed to find your Black Friday ‘bargain’ didn’t perform in the way you’d hoped once installed in your kitchen.
This is where our tests come in. They’re completely independent and rigorous, so you can rely on our unbiased reviews to uncover the best hobs out there.
A hob needs to impress us across several criteria in order to be a Best Buy.
Hob heating speed
We put a big pan of cold water on the heating zone and time how long it takes to start bubbling. Induction hobs regularly win the race against gas and traditional electric hobs.
A hob might be powerful, but not all are gentle enough to keep up a steady, slow simmer that will thicken your sauce without it sticking to the pan.
To make an evenly browned pancake, you’ll want a hob that spreads heat evenly across the whole zone, with no hot or cold spots. We use an infra-red camera to see which hobs distribute heat consistently. Few induction hobs excel in this area.
When you power down, some hobs cool down very quickly, while others hang on to heat and may overcook your food.
To find out which hobs performed well against all our key criteria, and are also easy to cook on, go to our full list of best hobs.
Hobs on test
Here’s a list of all the hobs from our latest tests. Look out for price discounts as we head towards Black Friday.
- AEG IKB64301XB, £379, four zones
- John Lewis JLBIIH618, £449, four zones
- John Lewis JLBIIH806, £649, five zones
- Miele KM7201FR, £764, four zones
Electric ceramic hob
- Hisense E6431C, £99, four zones
Prices correct as of 20 November 2019.