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Hobs are a crucial component of any kitchen, providing the heat source for cooking food on the stovetop. There are several types of hobs available, including ceramic, induction, plate, and gas hobs.

Ceramic hobs use electric heating elements located beneath a tempered glass surface to transfer heat to the cookware, making them easy to clean and suitable for use with any type of cookware. Induction hobs use an electromagnetic field to heat the cookware directly, making them highly energy-efficient, quick to heat up, and precise in temperature control. Plate hobs use heating coils to generate heat, making them durable and suitable for cooking large quantities of food. Gas hobs use a flame to heat the cookware and provide instant heat and precise temperature control. Finally there is vented hobs, which have a self ventilation system built-in.

Each type of hob has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to choose the one that best fits your cooking needs and preferences.


Are plate hobs suitable for home use?

Plate hobs are typically used in commercial kitchens, but they can be used in homes as well. However, they may take longer to heat up than other types of hobs, and their heat distribution may not be as even.

Can any type of cookware be used on gas hobs?

Yes, any type of cookware can be used on gas hobs, as long as it is suitable for use on a gas flame.

Which type of hob provides the most precise temperature control?

Induction hobs provide the most precise temperature control, as the heat is generated directly in the cookware.


To find out more about hobs, View our Essential Hobs Guide.