Hobs: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide
When planning how to prepare your worktops for the various vital elements, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of choice – type of hob, sink, material, model, etc – before you even consider the cut out itself!
Our nutshell guides seek to give a quick overview of the most popular options on the market, with a few handy tips specific to wooden worktops thrown in for good measure. No matter what your dream worktop entails, our bespoke cutting service can help make it happen: you tell us the specifics and we’ll customise your timber worktop exactly to your preference!
Today we’re adventuring into the wonderful world of hobs, please read on for more…
Hob Types: The Essentials
- The visible ‘plates’ on this hob provide a nice combination of traditional appeal with modern flair.
- They are also pretty handy in terms of even heat distribution and cookware: sealed plates are suitable for any type of pan.
- Heat is conducted directly into the pans which can be more cost effective.
- Tip: look out for the hobs with ‘red spots’ – these are usually rapid heating plates with more power than the standard plates of equivalent size.
- An oldie but a goodie: these hobs are considered the easiest to control as the heat source is clearly visible.
- Most modern gas hobs use mains ignition and will ignite automatically when you turn the knob to the indicated point. Some require you to press and hold a button to ignite.
- Tip: decide whether your priority is continuity or extra protection. This will determine whether automatic reignition or a failsafe cut out is the right choice for you. Many hobs now offer such functions – meaning that if the flame blows out, the hob will either automatically reignite or automatically turn off the gas.
- This type of hob has become very popular in recent years: stylish, easy to use and clean, these hobs can be perfect for a modern kitchen.
- Both hob types feature a durable toughened glass as a surface. Stains can be wiped off easily, so maintaining the pristine appearance is not difficult.
- All hobs have residual heat lights so it’s easy to tell when the hob has cooled sufficiently.
- Ceramic hobs house an element underneath the hard-wearing glass, meaning that as soon as you switch a ‘zone’ on, heat will be directed to it. The zone will glow red as it heats (sometimes the colour varies in intensity according to the selected heat level).
- By contrast, induction hobs conduct heat to the pan (so the pan is heated rather than the zone) through the generation of an electromagnetic field.
- Tip #1: when selecting cookware for ceramic hobs, check the specifics of your chosen hob. In theory – provided you are not using a ceramic and not induction hob – any flat-based pan will do. However it is recommended to use a heavier gauge pot for intense/fast heating, and copper cookware is to be used with caution – the glass surface of the hob can scrape off minute particles, causing staining which can be permanent.
- Tip #2: specific cookware is required for induction hobs. Pots and pans must be made of ferrous metal; this material is magnetic and thus enables the cooker to heat the pan via electromagnetic field.
Worktop Express®: The Perfect ‘Hobby’ Horse!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: whatever hob you choose, our fabrication service will help get your worktop ready – and the process couldn’t be simpler. All you need to do is send through the dimensions of your required aperture and we will make the necessary cuts with absolute precision. We’ll even chisel the inside corners square, if you like!
If you would like to order a worktop with a hob cut-out via our website, please see our Bespoke Worktop Tool User Guide for further information.
Tip: don’t forget to leave at least 100mm between the worktop edge and aperture, to protect the timber and create stability.