For a long time, the only thing you need to know or ask when choosing a built-in cooker hob for your newly designed kitchen is if it was Gas or Electric. Today you can choose between gas, gas on glass, electric, ceramic, radiant, and induction, as well as colours and finishes such as black glass and satin steel.
For the latest cooking technology, induction hobs give you the best of all worktop cooking. They are very energy efficient and quickly controllable, and because they have less direct heat, they are easier to keep clean. Induction Hobs uses a magnetic field to generate heat instantly; the cooking zone only becomes energized when a suitable pan is placed on the cooktop. Only the cooking area becomes warm, leaving the rest of the top much cooler than normal ceramic, which will help keep spills from baking on the glass cooktop. Choose from fixed-size pan zones or go for the vary-zone hobs where the areas only energies to the size of the pan placed on top of the cooktop - energy saving at its best.
Classic Gas Cooker Hobs
Gas cooker hobs come in various sizes from 60cm hobs, 70cm, & 90cm hobs through to 110cm. Cooking with gas gives you fast and controllable heat. Gas burners come in a range of small, medium, and large sizes and usually have 4 or 5 burners, along with options such as Fish Kettles and Wok burners so powerful your favorite stir-fry will be cooked in minutes. The power output can vary from 0.85kW to an impressive 4kW for wok burners. Most gas hobs come with a Stainless or Satin Steel finish and the familiar black and white single piece of vitreous enamel.
Recessed Gas Hobs
For the latest designer look kitchens, choose a recessed gas cooktop, which can be flush mounted for that sleek, clean, in-line linear look or Inset style dropped into your granite worktop. Cast iron pan supports are all in line and linear, making moving pans across the hob cooktop very easy. The hob recess is built to contain food spillages; remove the pan supports and wipe clean.
Gas On Glass Hobs
The stunningly elegant tempered Black Glass surface with a one-piece, easy clean cooktop affords gas on glass hobs a contemporary design along with controllable gas power. With functionality such as rotary controls or the latest in digital and sensor touch controls for that total sleek & sophisticated look. The cast iron pan supports are available either individually or in grid form. All burners have flame-safe technology for extra safety.
Electric Ceramic Hobs
Ceramic hobs have a smooth ceramic one-piece cooktop, usually in black, but white ceramic is also available. The sleek, smooth appearance makes for easy cleaning of spillages; all that is needed to clean is a quick wipeover. Choose between a metal trim or a sleek, frameless design. Controls can be rotary or the latest advanced digital controls for that ultra-sleek look with fingertip touch control.