How do you prefer to cook your poached eggs, whip up a stir fry or impress with an authentic spaghetti Bolognese? For most modern kitchens, the choice is either a gas or electric hob. Some people have a preference for one or the other that is set in stone. If you are considering a kitchen renovation or just updating your hob, take a look at some of the pros and cons which Ifix Appliances have put together for you—you may be surprised enough to change your opinion.
What About Gas Hobs?
A significant advantage of gas hobs is the instant heating and cooling. These hobs distribute the heat evenly under the pan removing the need to remove it to prevent boiling over—just turn down the heat. You can also purchase gas on glass hobs. Although these do not heat up as quickly, they look modern and are easy to clean.
- Precise heat control.
- Despite rising prices, gas remains economical due to the fast heating and cooling controls.
- The best type of hob for cooking with woks.
- Not as easy to clean due to pan supports and the burners.
- Cooking over an open flame indoors.
- Produces CO² – a CO² emission detected is advised.
What About Electric Hobs?
You generally have the choice of two types of electric hobs, a ceramic or a solid-plate hob.
Slightly more expensive than the solid-plate or gas hobs. Maybe not as economical to use as the whole cooking area heats up as this is where the ceramic elements are—underneath the top—which is usually a pane of flat black glass.
- Great if you want a ‘flame-free’ environment or have no gas.
- Safety features usually come as standard – like child locks and residual heat indicators.
- They are very easy to clean.
- A minimalist appearance that is attractive to look at.
- Often have dual cooking zones designed to accommodate the pan sizes you are using.
- You can find ceramic hobs that suit your cooking style, with bigger spaces at the back and smaller at the front or vice versa.
- They do retain residual heat.
- Easily scratched by sliding pans.
- Potential to be broken by falling objects.
- Costly when repairing.
- Spilt syrup corrodes them.
- Require the right size pan to be efficient.
A slightly cheaper option, these hobs come with traditional raised hot plates to cook on. The elements beneath the hot plates are heated with electricity.
- Its an affordable hob
- Relatively easy to clean
Similar to the ceramic hob, in that both are slow to heat up and cool down, which means you may have to move them from their position to prevent boiling over – not always a practical solution when you have several pans on the hob at once.
Keeping Your Hobs Functioning
Whichever your preference is, there are plenty of hobs on the market to choose from—varying in design and styles to suit all kitchens. However, problems do arise from not looking after your hobs, whichever kind they are. So, to prevent not cooking tea for the parents or having to buy in a takeaway, clean your hob regularly. It’s recommended that you clean your hob at least once a week But, for spillages clean immediately as these can cause staining—as soon as the hob is cool enough.
Common Problems You May Come Across
- Electrical faults might just be a blown fuse but call in an expert if it persists.
- Ignition problem – often caused by a build-up of debris
- Erratic flames – on a gas hob, the flames should be blue. Any other colour indicates a problem and needs attending to.
- Faulty heating adjustment – usually caused by the ignition switch and should be seen by a professional.