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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every hob on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 3,560 hobs, 178 reviews and 15,900 prices. Last updated 18 August 2017.

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£229.95

#1 Indesit THP 751 W/IX/I

THP 751 W/IX/I
A breathtakingly cheap and newly released gas Built-in hob, with great features and a large number of burners
97
Value for Money
Excellent
85
Features
Fully-Featured
94
Age
5 Months Old
93
Running Costs
£1,011 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Stainless Steel
5
Gas
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Mar 2017
Case Design
Release Date
Sonic Direct £229.95
Currys £251.99
Argos £251.99
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£344.99

#2 Bosch PUE611BF1

PUE611BF1
A top of the range and top-value 4 burner electric hob, with very low running costs
94
Value for Money
Excellent
91
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
2 Years Old
90
Running Costs
£1,348 / 10 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
4
Electric Induction
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Dec 2015
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £344.99
Amazon UK £344.99
Hughes £349.00
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£279.00

#3 Whirlpool ACM 868/BA

ACM 868/BA
A new and top-value 4 burner electric hob, with very low running costs and very good features
96
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
95
Age
5 Months Old
81
Running Costs
£4,411 / 10 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
4
Electric Induction
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Mar 2017
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £279.00
Co-op Electrical £279.00
Hughes £469.00
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£394.98
Save £362.59 (48%)

#4 Siemens EF645HN17

EF645HN17
The most economical medium hob around, with marvellous features
94
Value for Money
Excellent
90
Features
Fully-Featured
95
Age
4 Months Old
72
Running Costs
£4,595 / 10 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
4
Electric Induction
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
May 2017
Case Design
Release Date
Amazon UK £394.98
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£319.99
Save £49.01 (13%)

#5 Zanussi ZGG96624XS

ZGG96624XS
The highest scoring large hob available, with very low running costs and great features
95
Value for Money
Excellent
89
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
2 Years Old
87
Running Costs
£2,451 / 10 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
Stainless Steel
6
Gas
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Feb 2016
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £319.99
Boots Kitchen Appliances £329.00
Next Domestic Appliances £329.00
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£149.00

#6 Sharp KH‑6V08FT00

KH-6V08FT00
A low cost and new 4 burner electric hob, with very good features and very low running costs
98
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Age
9 Months Old
85
Running Costs
£3,615 / 10 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
4
Electric Induction
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Nov 2016
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £149.00
Amazon UK £149.99
Argos £189.99
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£74.17

#7 KitchenChef BI18T24

BI18T24
The best rated hob under £100, with very good features and a recent release date
98
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Age
12 Months Old
91
Running Costs
£1,103 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
1
Electric Induction
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Tabletop
Sep 2016
Case Design
Release Date
Amazon UK £74.17
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£499.00

#8 Neff T27DA79N0

T27DA79N0
An astoundingly economical to run and newly released 5 burner gas hob, with a very fair price and very good features
90
Value for Money
Excellent
87
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Age
9 Months Old
97
Running Costs
£1 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
5
Gas
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Dec 2016
Case Design
Release Date
Next Domestic Appliances £499.00
Boots Kitchen Appliances £499.00
Appliances Direct £517.97
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£139.00

#9 Baumatic BHG720

BHG720
A very economical to run and low cost 5 burner gas hob, with great features
98
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Age
2 Years Old
91
Running Costs
£1,072 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Stainless Steel
5
Gas
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Nov 2015
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £139.00
ao £177.00
Boots Kitchen Appliances £179.00
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£195.27

#10 Bosch PKE645B17E

PKE645B17E
A very cheap and high-quality 4 burner electric hob, with very low running costs
91
Value for Money
Excellent
90
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Age
2 Years Old
89
Running Costs
£1,348 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
4
Electric Induction
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Feb 2016
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £195.27
Amazon UK £222.00
Appliances Direct £432.00
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Hob Brands

Find out how hob brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their hobs. Click on a link to compare all hobs made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Hobs Price Range Average Rating
Bosch logo Bosch Hobs 131 £99 - £1,682
Neff logo Neff Hobs 116 £100 - £1,452
Siemens logo Siemens Hobs 97 £126 - £1,612
Smeg logo Smeg Hobs 91 £99 - £1,749
AEG logo AEG Hobs 71 £200 - £1,221
Hotpoint logo Hotpoint Hobs 60 £75 - £616
Zanussi logo Zanussi Hobs 45 £65 - £523
Electrolux logo Electrolux Hobs 32 £85 - £1,409
CDA logo CDA Hobs 28 £125 - £1,129
Gorenje logo Gorenje Hobs 25 £139 - £699
Belling logo Belling Hobs 23 £80 - £670
Miele logo Miele Hobs 22 £349 - £1,848
Baumatic logo Baumatic Hobs 21 £79 - £269
Other brands Other Hob Brands 231 £15 - £1,219

Choosing The Best Hob

A hob is a collection of gas or electric burners arranged together in a single unit with a unified power source. While they are usually included with an oven as part of a cooker set, they can also be bought seperately. We have a large selection of hobs in all different shapes, sizes and colours, allowing you to pick the perfect hob for your needs, as well as one that complements the style of your kitchen.

Burner Type

When choosing a hob, first you must decide whether you want gas or electric burners. Both have advantages and disadvantages:

Gas Hob: Gas burners have no heat-up time, so are far quicker to use, and the heat levels are easier to control than electric. Gas flames tend to spread more evenly across the bottom of pans, meaning quicker heating and more even cooking. They are also cheaper to run than electric hobs, saving you money on daily use.

Electric Hob: Electric hot plates take time to heat up, and tend to have a far more concentrated heat radius, leading to uneven heat distribution with large pans. They are also more expensive to run than gas hobs - however they are easier to clean, and significantly easier to set up and use.

Number Of Burners

Another consideration is the number of cooking zones (burners or hot plates) on the hob. Most hobs have 4 burners spaced evenly across the top of the machine - however some models have as few as 2, or as many as 7. These burners will be of differing sizes and shapes - most 4-burner hobs contain a small, medium, large and extra-large burner, suitable for a range of different pots and pans. While 3-4 burners will be sufficient for the majority of users, people that find themselves cooking a lot of dishes at once may wish to look at extra-large hobs that can fit several different pans at once.

Specialist Burners

It's not only the number of burners that is important - several more advanced hobs also contain specialist burners as well. These can include:

Fish Burner: A long, thin burner, large enough to fit a whole fish on at once.

Wok Hob: An extra-large circular burner, suitable for the large flat bottoms of woks.

Teppanyaki Hob: A large, flat, square burner, suitable for the preparation of teppanyaki - a Japanese form of cooking that involves cooking ingredients at high heat on a metal plate.

Power Level

The power level of the hobs are measured in watts (W). The larger the power level, the quicker and more efficiently food will be cooked. Hobs also have a different amount of power settings - on some more basic models, this can be little more than 'low' or 'high'. However more advanced models feature a large number of power settings, allowing for extreme precision when cooking.

Energy Efficiency

Finally, all our hobs are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used during cooking, and the cheaper the hob will be to run. Look for a hob graded at A++ or above for the best efficiency in daily use.

Hob Retailers, Prices and Features

Hob Prices

The price range of hobs is from £14 to £1,749 and in total we found prices for 877 hobs. A new hob costs on average £435 and 80% of hobs are priced between £120 and £899. The Campingaz Single Burner is the cheapest hob at only £15, and Smeg PVL6106CN is the most expensive at £1,749.

Hob Brands - Price Range

Miele hobs start at £369 and the most expensive Miele hob costs £1,740. The average price of Miele hobs is £990 which is the highest average price of all hob brands.

The %8highest average hob price out of all brands is De Dietrich hobs with an average price of £948. De Dietrich hobs start at £540 and the most expensive De Dietrich hob costs £1,219.

KitchenAid hobs range in price from £609 to £1,300, and the average price of KitchenAid hobs is £920 which is the third highest average price of all hob brands.

Hob Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 2 expert reviews and 53 user reviews for hobs from across the internet and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of hob. Miele is the top rated hob brand with an average rating of 89%. Thermador is the second best brand with 89% and Hotpoint is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Hob Retailers

The biggest hob retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 529 current hob offers from eBay. The second biggest hob retailer is Currys with 326 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Currys when it comes to hobs. ao is the third biggest retailer with 231 current offers.

When Are Most New Hobs Released?

The most common period for new hobs to be released in is between July and September. That means that most of the latest hob technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. In September 2016 168 new hobs were released making it the biggest month that year for new hob releases. April was the biggest month in 2015 for new hobs, with 248 new hobs released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new hob releases was July, with 491 new hobs released that month.

How Fast Do Hob Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, hobs drop in price by 3% on average. That means a saving of £11 on a typical £435 new hob if you wait 6 months before buying.

Colours

We found 1,013 hobs that are hobs that have a Black coloured, which makes this the most common colour amongst new hobs. We found 437 hobs that are hobs that have a Stainless steel coloured, making this the second most popular colour amongst new hobs.

Burners

This indicates the number of burners (gas) or cooking zones (electric) on the hob.

The burners of hobs range from 1 to 8. The burners of the majority of hobs range from 4 to 5. The WhirlpoolSMP 778, which sells for £799.00, has the most burner and is an 8 burner hob. The WhirlpoolSMP 778 has the least burner. This hob is a 1 burner hob and sells for £50.63.

More burners/cooking zones mean that you can cook more food at once, making the hob more efficient and meaning you can prepare large meals faster.

Hob Types

This is the type of power source used for the hobs - i.e gas, electric, etc.

Electric is the most popular hob type amongst new hobs. We found 687 hobs that are electric hobs. Electric induction is the second most frequently found hob type amongst new hobs. We found 524 hobs that are electric induction hobs.

Case Designs

We found 1,301 hobs that are Built-in hobs, which makes this the most frequently found case design amongst new hobs. The second most common case design amongst new hobs is Tabletop. We found 69 hobs that are Tabletop hobs.

Biggest Hob Retailers

The biggest hob retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 529 current hob offers from eBay. The second biggest hob retailer is Currys with 326 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Currys when it comes to hobs. ao is the third biggest retailer with 231 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Hobs?

With the cheapest price on 392 hobs, eBay is most frequently the cheapest hob shop.

Proportion of Hobs for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on hobs is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 74.1% of its hobs.

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