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Hobs are a wonderful thing. They allow us to boil and fry with ease, which we couldn’t do with other kitchen appliances.

There are many different types of hob, including electric, gas and induction models and then there are the various options when it comes to the number of burners.

This handy guide is here to make choosing the right hob for your kitchen a piece of cake.


Product Size

There is no standard size for hobs, but many hobs do use the same design which is four burners or heat zones on a rectangular panel 600mm (60cm) wide by 500mm (50cm) deep.

Hobs come with two sets of dimensions, the actual dimensions of the hob and the dimensions required for the work top cut out which the hob will sit in. The cut out dimensions are generally a few centimetres smaller than the actual dimensions.

Please make sure you double check these before you buy, particularly if you are replacing an old hob.


Gas or Electric?

When it comes to choosing the right hob, you could be left with more burning questions than when you started, but to make it simpler we have outlined the key benefits of each type below.

Electric hobs - There are many different types of hob that are fuelled by electric which include ceramic and induction hobs.

Ceramic hobs - Ceramic refers to the finish of a hob rather than the workings of the hob itself. The streamlined and stylish look of ceramic glass along with the ease of use and wipe-clean facade make ceramic hobs a popular choice.

Induction hobs - An induction hob is quicker and cheaper to run than other hobs but more expensive to buy. They work by transferring heat directly to the pan rather than the whole cooking surface. This means you can touch the cooking surface without burning yourself - but do remember that heat will transfer from warm contents in the pan onto the hob surface, therefore warming it up.

Gas hobs - Gas hobs have traditionally been the most popular choice in UK kitchens. They are easy to control and give instant heat which is distributed well across the base of the pan.


Number of Burners

Hobs come in all shapes and sizes, from single and two-ring burners, through more standard four-ring gas and electric hobs, to range-sized five-burner hobs with wok burners.

Four-burner hobs - Unless you cook meals for large groups or have limited space you will probably end up with 4 burners/zones, they are less expensive than smaller models and fit in most kitchens. 

Five-burner hobs - Larger hobs have five burners, including a central wok burner. However, having five burners doesn't mean that you'll be able to fit five pots and pans comfortably on the hob, but the extra hob ring does give you more space than a four-ring hob. 

One, two and three-ring hobs - If you do have limited space and go for a smaller hob then don’t worry, with some creative thinking you will find that even a Sunday roast can be prepared with only two burners/zones, (also known as domino hobs).

Special Features

Wok burners - Some hobs feature a large high-powered gas wok burner for stir-fry cooking.

Pans for induction hobs - Induction hobs require ferrous pans. 


Once you've purchased your hob, it will need to be installed by a professional. For gas hobs, you’ll need a gas-safe registered engineer and to get an electric hob fitted, you will need an electrician to do the work for you.

We can arrange a fully qualified gas-safe registered engineer or a fully qualified electric appliance installation professional to install your appliance. 

Hot Zone

It's important for your appliance to be installed safely. Before purchasing a new hob or cooker you must take the 'Hot Zone' into consideration. This applies to both gas and electric models.

The 'Hot Zone' is the area directly above your cooker or hob. No gas or electric hob or cooker can be installed if there are fixtures and fittings which are not heat resistant within the 'Hot Zone'. This includes but is not limited to; any plug sockets - including the cooker switch, shelves and cupboards, boilers and wallpaper. 

Please see our diagram illustrating the 'Hot Zone' to help you determine whether or not you have anything which may need to be adjusted for safety prior to installation.  



If you have chosen a gas appliance please keep in mind that gas safety regulations state that you must install a gas appliance in a room which has adequate ventilation. This means that you must have either a window or a door leading to the outside. 

If you don't have a window or a door leading to the outside you should opt for an electric model instead.


Existing Gas and/or Electric Supplies

Please check that your current gas and/or electrc supplies are within 1.5 metres of the location you intend to have your appliance installed.

If we are installing your appliance for you we can provide up to 1.5 metres of gas hose and/or electric cable to connect your new appliance to your existing supplies. Gas appliances do not come with the gas hose or and electrical models which require hardwiring do not come with the wire.

Please be aware that gas models also require a 13A electrical supply.

Electrical Connection 

Before buying a new hob it's important to take into consideration whether you need a hardwired or plug in model. Some hob require more power than others. 

If you have a 13A plug socket then you need to purchase a model with a 13A plug connection.

If you have a 32A wall socket then you may purchase a hardwired model or you may hardwire a 13A plug in model.

If you're unsure what type of connection you have please refer to our diagram.

Please be aware that gas models also require a 13A electrical supply.





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