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Don't Buy hobs

by Jane Darling
Which? Don't Buy hobs will take ages to heat up a saucepan of soup, and may leave you scrubbing your pots after simmering. Find out which models to avoid.

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Our expert lab tests separate the hobs you should avoid from those we recommend as Best Buy hobs

A bad hob will take ages to heat up, will leave cold spots and will be tricky to simmer, meaning you're likely to end up with burnt beans stuck to the bottom of your pans. 

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Hobs to avoid

You may find a Don't Buy hob for a tempting price in the shops, but once you've installed it you'll be stuck with an appliance that makes it harder to whip up your favourite meals. 

The worst models we've seen take a long time to heat up, and have hot and cold spots so you'll have to stir your food a lot more to get good heat distribution. The worst struggle to simmer even on the lowest setting, meaning you're more likely to burn delicate dishes. 

How we uncover the best and worst hobs

Which? has reviewed the latest hobs, including models by Bosch, Hotpoint, Whirlpool and Zanussi. Find out from our test results which hobs will heat quickly, simmer gently and fry evenly – and, on top of that, be a pleasure to use.

  • Every hob sent to the Which? test lab gets tested on how well it heats, simmers and fries. We also test how easy it is to use in 20 different ways.
  • Each hob gets a Which? test score so you can see the best and worse at a glance, plus how each hob compares with others on features and specifications.
  • Our Which? hob tests cover a range of brands, prices and types, including gas, electric, and electric induction hobs.

Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We're not influenced by third parties and we don't accept freebies from product manufacturers or retailers. We buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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