Guide to hobs
Electric and gas are the more traditional styles, but the two are quite different. Electric hobs can take a couple of minutes to heat up, whereas gas gives instant heat with a flame. The areas you place your pan on an electric hob are called zones and depending on the size you require, can be found in four to six zones. These hobs take a while to cool down after you turn them off so a safety feature on many models include a heat indicator to show which areas are still hot. You may also find some with child safety features for that extra peace of mind. You can choose from a ceramic hob, induction hob or venting hob in our electric range.
Gas hobs come in sizes ranging between four and six burners and offer a really easy way to control heat.or provide direct heat. You may find some models offer various types of burners within the same hob so you can use different pans at the same time. Economy, rapid and wok burners are some examples and offer an energy efficient option great for simmering, a medium heat great for boiling and a wok burner for wok pans. There is a safety aspect to consider with gas burners compared to electric hobs due to the open flame. Safety features can help with this and prevent gas from escaping. Other features may include pan supports, which prevent plans from slipping during use. The burners themselves are more difficult to clean compared to electric hobs, but the pan supports can be easily removed for cleaning.
Dual fuel hobs
Dual fuel hobs offer the best of both worlds and combine electric induction and gas to give the intense flame but ultimate control over cooking, plus a very stylish addition to your kitchen.
Induction hobs are similar in looks to ceramic hobs but the way they work is very clever. The heat is not generated on the cooking ring itself, instead magnets cause the heat to generate within the pot itself, which is a great safety feature. It also helps if the pot boils over, because the contents do not then stick to the hob surface, which makes them very easy to clean. The surface will have a small amount of heat after cooking, but will still be safe to touch and will cool down quickly, especially in comparison to a ceramic or electric hob. They are also very energy efficient, which can make all the difference to your energy bills. When using induction hobs, you must make sure you use the steel or cast iron pans as not all of them are suitable. Steer clear from copper or aluminium pans.
Ceramic hobs are available with a choice of cooking zones, depending on the space in your kitchen and they really look the part with a sleek and stylish design. The flat surface is very easy to clean which saves so much time in the after dinner clean-up. Generally you can choose from traditional looking dials, or a more modern touch display to control the heat. Heat is generated underneath the ceramic glass, which then transfers to your pot. These can be slightly more expensive than gas or electric and the heat may take a little longer to disperse after cooking, but features such as heat indicators can help from a safety aspect.
Venting hobs are undoubtedly a cutting-edge appliance which includes the best tech, with a downdraft cooker hood built into the surface of the hob. This means that steam and cooking smells are drawn directly downwards into the hob itself, removing the need for a separate cooker hood. It has a powerful extractor fan and are ideal for an island kitchen due to space limitations above the island, which can make installing a separate cooker hood tricky.
The hob itself is an Induction hob which are the ideal addition to contemporary kitchens. Their innovative designs offer a stylish and sleek surface, and not to mention the easy to clean benefits! Venting hobs are energy efficient and have fast cooking capabilities with an additional sensor to prevent any boiling over. You need to make sure that you use the correct magnetic pans on induction hobs as the heat is placed directly into the pan rather than the surface; which is a great safety benefit. Touch controls add to the simplicity and sleekness of the design to allow you to boil, melt and simmer your culinary masterpieces.
Do you need a cooker hood to match your new hob? We have a range of hoods including canopy hoods, ceiling extractors, chimney hoods, downdraft extractors, downdraft hoods, integrated hoods, island hoods and telescopic hoods.
Knees Home and Electrical have two stores in Wiltshire; one in Trowbridge and one in Malmesbury. We have a range of hobs on display in store so you can try before you buy. You don’t have to live locally to buy your hob from us. We deliver across mainland UK using our delivery partner and you can see our entire range online and buy online.