From easy-cleaning, quick-heating induction hobs to large and powerful gas hobs – which one you need depends on your tastes, your home and your household...
30cm – With 2 burner zones, these hobs are ideal for smaller kitchens or easy to combine with another hob.
60cm – The most common size for a reason. With 4 burner zones it should suit most households and provide you plenty of cooking options.
75, 80 or 90cm – Bigger hobs offer up to 6 burner zones, useful if you regularly put on a bit of a feast.
Your work surface should always be between 25 and 30mm deep to fit your hob.
Crisp veg or quick-boiled pasta? – Easy. Look out for induction hobs with a booster for extra power, and quickly. Some gas hobs will also come with a unique wok zone for crisper veg.
Melted chocolate or steamed desserts? – Easy. An induction hob will give you the precise and responsive temperature control needed for quick and effective melting and steaming.
Casseroles or stews? – You guessed it... Easy. Some electrical ceramic hobs have extendable zones for your biggest cooking pots. Alternatively, induction hobs with a bridge function allow you to connect two cooking zones.
Induction hobs – Induction cooking only heats the area touching your pots and pans, the rest of the surface remains cool. They're also speedy to cool down so the surface is safe to touch sooner after cooking.
Gas hobs – It's easy to see the flame but not the gas. AutoOff ensures that the gas supply is shut off as soon as the flame goes out.
Electric hobs – A child safety lock and out of reach control knobs keep curious little fingers safe. Some models have a residual heat indicator so everyone knows when it's safe to touch and some automatically switch off when left on too long.
COOKER HOOD BUYING GUIDE
From the food you love to eat to the size of your kitchen, there's a lot to think about. Our handy buying guide will help you make a great decision.
OVEN BUYING GUIDE
Find the oven that's right for your home. Whether you're cooking for the masses or it's just the two of you...
DISHWASHER BUYING GUIDE
Built-in? Freestanding? Capacity? Features? Give yourself the power to make the right decision with our helpful buying guides...