Gas, Electric or Induction Hobs installations
Gas, Induction Or Ceramic: Which Hob Is Right For You?
When designing your dream kitchen, or perhaps just upgrading your current appliances, there are many aspects to consider and choices to make. One of these decisions will be deciding which is the right hob for you. From gas to induction or ceramic, separate hobs or integrated with an oven, there are many options available. This guide can help you decide which one is right for you, by weighing up the pros and cons of these three main options;
A gas hob is ideal for instant, powerful heat. However, it does need a gas supply, which means that for some properties it is not easy to install. With visible flames surrounding a circular plate, this type of hob is traditional but highly functional.
There is a great deal of flexibility and control over the hob, meaning that the user can exert just the right amount of heat. What’s more, the hob will have a range of gas burner sizes so you can select the right one for your needs. Finally, there is no need for specialist cookware; you can use almost any of your regular pots and pans on a gas hob.
The downside to gas hobs is that it can be much less efficient than other hob choices, such as induction hobs. Furthermore, the many components of a gas hob can make them difficult to clean. However, for most, the main disadvantage is the style of a gas hob, which may not suit more modern and contemporary kitchens.
Induction hobs work by creating a magnetic field between your cookware and the heating element. This means the heat goes directly to the cookware, rather than heating the surface the pan sits on. This means induction hobs have a clean, flat cooking surface which can look stylish and minimalistic.
Induction hobs have many benefits, aside from its contemporary look and modern touch controls. For a start, they are incredibly energy efficient while ensuring that no heat is lost to the surface, which will stay relatively cool. What’s more, induction hobs can be really responsive. As soon as your pan is on the surface, it quickly starts to heat up.
One of the most important benefits of induction hobs is its safety credentials. There is a lack of residual heat, and the power cuts out as soon as cookware is removed.
The main drawback of choosing an induction hob is that you need to have induction-friendly cookware to use. Aluminium and copper pans will not usually work on an induction hob unless there is a magnetic layer at the base. Iron and steel pans, however, are ideal. Typically, induction hobs are more expensive than other options too.
With their sleek glass finish, ceramic hobs are a top choice for those looking for a high-end finish to their kitchen. A ceramic hob is an electric hob which use elements to transfer heat from under the glass of the hob to your cookware.
The style and design of ceramic hobs is perhaps the main advantage for many. However, they are also incredibly versatile, working with all types of cookware and being incredibly easy to clean too. Ceramic hobs not only look great, but they are also effortless to use too.
Due to the style and design features of ceramic hobs, which give a level of fluidity to kitchen countertops, they are typically more expensive than other options. What’s more, the heat is not as easy to control as with gas and induction hobs.
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Once you have chosen the perfect hob for you, it is crucial to get it installed by an expert. A local gas safety company or gas registered engineer will know how to install all manner of hobs safely and effectively for your peace of mind. When it comes to installing appliances that require electricity or gas, it is best to choose a registered local gas engineer that you can trust.
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