Hobs and Cooktops

They keep us safe and sound, ensuring the user to cook more number of food items in a very less time. It provides four different burners effectively used for cooking and warming food.

Most of us will use the hob more frequently than the oven, so it's an important piece of equipment.

Hobs are usually 60cm wide and traditionally they have 4 burners. Additionally, there are 5-burner 70cm models which can still fit into a 60cm gap, by overlapping the work surface. If space and culinary inclination permits, we also sell a range of 80cm and 90cm hobs too.

The most popular configuration of burners (or zones on a ceramic hob), whether on a gas or electric hob, is one large, two medium and a simmer. Some hobs now have specialist burners for fish kettles or for woks.

Types of Hob

DOMINOS HOB get their name from their distinctive oblong shape. By installing several different types of unit adjacent to each other, you can create a flexible and versatile cooking hub. And remember, you can always add a single domino next to your standard hob, for instance, fitting a wok burner domino next to your regular-sized electric induction hob.

A boiling ring is great for locations where you might not want to install a full-size cooker, such as a bedsit or studio flat. It might also come in handy if you do a lot of entertaining, and need extra hob capacity that your standard cooker isn’t able to provide.

Certain hob types may only be suitable with certain cookware (e.g. ceramic hobs and iron-based pans). To make the right choice, it helps to understand the different types of hobs and heat sources, as an unsuitable saucepan may not only be damaged itself but could also cause damage to the cooking appliance.

GAS HOB is still popular because the heat is visible and easy to control. Most have mains rather than battery ignition; some have automatic ignition so the burner ignites as you turn the knob. With others you need to press and hold an ignition button as you turn the knob.

CERAMIC HOBS are popular hobs as they have a touch glass surface with heating elements beneath; the heat is conducted through the glass into the pan only. They are easy to clean and some are operated by finger touch controls; some have sensors which will turn down or cut off the heat automatically, or timers so that you don't need to return to the hob to switch off the heat. All hobs have residual heat lights so you can see when it's cool enough to touch.

Cooking by INDUCTION is also a very effective method with instant, precise and even heat; though more expensive to buy, an induction hob is quicker and more controllable than gas and cheaper to run than other electric hobs. You'll need special saucepans with ferrous iron content to make them magnetic.

ELECTRIC hobs are easy to clean and have heat retention lights so you can see when it's cool enough to touch.