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Kitchen planning: Electric versus gas hobs

Which one suits your needs, style and budget the best?
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 11-06-2018 16:00pm

When it comes to cooking, your stove top is expected to always be on hand. It is thus worth researching which option best suits your needs or style of cooking. Gas or electric, the one you go for usually depends on your previous experiences, the way you cook, cost or energy efficiency. According to Which?, you may use fewer units of energy when using an electric hob. But as electricity costs more than gas per unit, this will still end up costing you more. Read on to find out the pros and cons of each type.

Gas hobs
Standard gas hobs usually come with four burners, an ignition switch and individual knobs to control the flame of each burner. The surface materials for gas hobs are commonly glass or stainless steel. As any gas-powered appliance, they need to be installed by a Gas Safe Registered engineer, which can add to costs.

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Traditionally, gas hobs have been popular as they heat up instantly and let you easily control the heat. Gas is cheaper than electricity, so you are bound to save some money with this fuel type.

A major con of this kind of stove top is cleaning. The pan supports usually gather grease and make it tougher to clean the hob due to the raised burners when compared to the flat surface of an eclectic hob. Also, if you are cooking large quantities of food, when compared to electric induction hobs, it takes longer to heat up.

Electric hobs
Depending on the cooking technology used, electric hobs come in two variants – ceramic and induction. When it comes to cleaning, both offer a smooth, flat surface, with no awkward angled pan supports to gather grime. And if you have touch controls rather than dials, there’s even less scope for dirt to get trapped.

Ceramic hobs are for those on a tighter budget and usually do not need a specific type of pan. On the down side, they do take longer to heat up compared to gas or induction hobs and are not as easy to control. They also tend to hold on to heat longer as opposed to the others, so if you leave a pan on, it will continue to cook the food.

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Induction hobs use magnetism to heat just the pan and not the stove top unlike ceramic ones that heat the surface. This means that in case there is a spill, you can end up with burnt bits on the surface that will be tough to clean.

As induction hobs only heat the pan and its contents they are more energy-efficient and safer, however, they also come with a higher price tag.

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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Web Editor. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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