Built-in Kitchen Appliances
3 Dec 2020, 6:50pm
What is a hob?
Designed largely similar to a stove, a hob has a variety of functions like pulse ignition, fire precaution and a better design overall. While it might seem excessive at first glance due to its price, we can assure you that the quality of performance it provides is worth every penny.
Let us take a look at what hobs are capable of.
Types of hobs and what are their specialties
Interestingly, hobs themselves have their own subsets that are broken down based on their materials or architecture.
Arguably the most cost-effective hob there is, the electric hob sacrifices a bit of functionality to provide a flexible option when it comes to pricing. That said, its functions are not too far apart from the rest. It still provides optimal fire boosting options — way better than conventional stoves.
Leaning towards the premium spectrum, induction hobs shine when it comes to speed. Generating heat from the cooking vessel itself, food is quicker to cook, which meant more saved time. A thing to note is that you’ll have to check the type of pan you’re using before getting one. You’ll need pans that contain ferrous metal in the base.
It’s the closest looking one to your conventional cooking stove. Gas hobs are a powerhouse when it comes to heating prowess. The direct heating it provides plays a part in inducing ‘the breath of the wok’, a must in Asian cuisine. Note that flames are visible so there might be safety concerns, but modern gas hobs are designed with proper flame failure protocols.
Probably the fairest and prettiest of them all, the ceramic hob brands itself through its immaculate aesthetic — it’s easier to clean. The downside though is that it forgoes a slight amount of heating efficiency for the sake of beauty. Burn marks and stain are a little more visible too. Although easy to clean, you might find yourself cleaning it more than usual.
The type of pans you're using
Certain materials just don’t work well with others. This holds true for even hobs and pans, particularly for ceramic and induction hobs. Therefore, you should do some research before deciding on one. Make a list of hobs you like, and check their compatibility with your pans at home through the manufacturer’s website.
Frequency of maintenance and cleaning
Like every kitchen appliance, hobs do require cleaning, but its frequency is dependent on the type of hob you’re using and how often do you use it. For instance, glass and ceramic hobs requires more attention as their clear surface are easily stained as compared to electric and induction hobs.