Gas vs. Electric Hobs

Published: 20th February 2009
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When buying a new hob one of the first questions we ask ourselves is 'gas or electric?' For some this decision will be made for them depending on which hob will be compatible with the energy supply to the home. There are a number of things to be considered when buying a hob and we shall be exploring the difference between buying gas or electric.

Electric hobs

There are a number of types of electric hobs currently available, choose from solid plate, ceramic or induction. Electric hobs can be easier to clean than gas, which is one major advantage when buying an appliance of this type. No one wants to spend time scrubbing their hob so a simple to wipe clean surface, especially on touch control models is a real time saver. Solid plate hobs can be seen as old fashioned and although they do take their time to heat up they still provide great cooking results and are usually cheaper than other hobs so are worth considering.

Gas hobs

People who cook with gas love the instant and fast controllable heat. Gas hobs are really responsive and are so easy to control. Some gas hobs also come with a brilliant safety features such as a flame failure safety device which will cut off the gas supply if a flame on the hob were to go out. It you live in a flat or apartment having this feature is a necessity so when looking for a gas hob keep this feature at the forefront of your mind. Gas hobs can be trickier to clean as they have more parts to them and raised elements.

When it comes to style really the choice is yours, both hob types have up to 6 burners and both come in a brilliant choice of colours so really you need to decide which hob will look the part in your kitchen. Black hobs have become increasingly popular and people are no longer just buying white goods which are white. Electric hobs can look more stylish - with touch controls and more interesting colours available so be sure to see what options are open to you. Gas hobs also can look super stylish with the addition of pan supports, not only modern but really practical in terms of supporting your pans and making it easier when cooking on the hob.

Which hob you choose is up to you, electric hobs tend to be slightly more popular but this could be due to energy supplies in the area. If you cannot decide why not team your hob with an oven with a different fuel supply. For example, a gas hob and an electric oven or visa versa. This will give you the best of both worlds if you are not sure which option is best for you.

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