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The 10 Best Hobs - July 2017

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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 3,470 hobs, 177 reviews and 12,100 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
Captain Cook

Klarstein Captain Cook

A great value for money 1 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
8
Missing Some Features
Age
66
2 Years Old
Overall Score
54
Average
Black
1
Ceramic
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Tabletop
Oct 2015
Case Design
Release Date
  • £39.99
    Save £15.00 (27%)
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#1
PIM851F17E

Bosch PIM851F17E

A fully featured 5 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
33
Mediocre
Features
82
Fully-Featured
Age
58
2 Years Old
Overall Score
55
Average
Black
5
Induction
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Apr 2015
Case Design
Release Date
#2
HK764070FB

AEG HK764070FB

4 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
44
Mediocre
Features
14
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Overall Score
40
Mediocre
Black
4
Electric
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Aug 2015
Case Design
Release Date
#2
PIE611B18E

Bosch PIE611B18E

4 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
47
Mediocre
Features
34
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Overall Score
47
Mediocre
Black
4
Electric
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Aug 2015
Case Design
Release Date
#3
CRO742DOB

Hotpoint CRO742DOB

A very popular and good value for money 4 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
88
Excellent
Features
23
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Overall Score
55
Average
Black
4
Electric
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Jul 2015
Case Design
Release Date
#3
PIN651F17E

Bosch PIN651F17E

4 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
21
Mediocre
Features
29
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Overall Score
38
Mediocre
Black
4
Electric
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Aug 2015
Case Design
Release Date
  • £599.00
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#4
HG755820UM

AEG HG755820UM

5 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
1
Mediocre
Features
12
Missing Some Features
Age
63
2 Years Old
Overall Score
28
Mediocre
Stainless Steel
5
Gas
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Sep 2015
Case Design
Release Date
#4
PIF645BB1E

Bosch PIF645BB1E

4 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
1
Mediocre
Features
40
Average Features
Age
66
2 Years Old
Overall Score
36
Mediocre
Black
4
Induction
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Nov 2015
Case Design
Release Date
  • £672.01
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#5
HKP65410

AEG HKP65410

A fully featured 4 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
32
Mediocre
Features
58
Average Features
Age
66
2 Years Old
Overall Score
50
Average
Black
4
Induction
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Oct 2015
Case Design
Release Date
#5
RMB60HPNGFGL

Rangemaster RMB60HPNGFGL

A great value for money 4 hob
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
91
Excellent
Features
20
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Overall Score
55
Average
Black
4
Gas
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Jul 2015
Case Design
Release Date

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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 123 £99 - £1,359
Siemens logo Siemens Hobs 102 £136 - £1,729
Neff logo Neff Hobs 78 £99 - £1,353
Smeg logo Smeg Hobs 70 £179 - £1,217
AEG logo AEG Hobs 66 £100 - £1,248
Zanussi logo Zanussi Hobs 37 £90 - £585
Hotpoint logo Hotpoint Hobs 29 £75 - £430
Belling logo Belling Hobs 26 £39 - £670
CDA logo CDA Hobs 26 £125 - £1,129
Miele logo Miele Hobs 23 £349 - £1,799
Gorenje logo Gorenje Hobs 21 £139 - £699
Other brands Other Hob Brands 212 £13 - £1,400

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

In total we found 903 hobs ranging from £12 to £1,900. The average price of a new hob is £452 and 80% of hobs are priced between £119 and £948. The Igenix IG8010 is the cheapest hob at only £12, and Miele KM6389 is the most expensive at £1,900.

Hob Brands - Price Range

KitchenAid hobs range in price from £700 to £1,400, and the highest average hob price out of all brands is KitchenAid hobs with an average price of £1,100.

The average price of Miele hobs is £1,002 which is the second highest average price of all hob brands. Miele hobs range in price from £349 to £1,900.

The third highest average hob price out of all brands is De Dietrich hobs with an average price of £825. De Dietrich hobs range in price from £380 to £1,219.

Hob Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 1 expert reviews and 51 user reviews for hobs from across the internet and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of hob. Thermador is the top rated hob brand with an average rating of 89%. Hotpoint is the second best brand with 85% and Zanussi is the third best brand with 19%.

Biggest Hob Retailers

The biggest hob retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 538 current hob offers from eBay. The second biggest hob retailer is Currys with 308 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Currys when it comes to hobs. Appliances Direct is the third biggest retailer with 223 current offers.

When Are Most New Hobs Released?

The most common period for new hobs to be released in is between July and September. For the latest hob technology you may want to consider waiting until July 2017. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current hobs cheaper in July once the latest models have been released. The biggest month last year for new hob releases was September, with 168 new hobs released that month. April was the biggest month in 2015 for new hobs, with 248 new hobs released that month. In July 2014 491 new hobs were released making it the biggest month that year for new hob releases.

How Fast Do Hob Prices Drop After Release?

On average hobs drop in price by 3% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical hob costing £452 you could save on average £13 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Burners/cooking Zones

Across the range of hobs, the burners/cooking zones range from 1 to 7. The burners/cooking zones of the majority of hobs range from 4 to 5. The SiemensET851FC17E, which currently retails for £599.00, has the most burner/cooking zone and is a 7 burner/cooking zone hob. The SiemensET851FC17E has the least burner/cooking zone. This hob is a 1 burner/cooking zone hob and can be purchased for £12.40.

Biggest Hob Retailers

The biggest hob retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 538 current hob offers from eBay. The second biggest hob retailer is Currys with 308 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Currys when it comes to hobs. Appliances Direct is the third biggest retailer with 223 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Hobs?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest hob prices (found to be cheapest for 431 hobs).

Proportion of Hobs for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest hob prices (found to be cheapest for 80.1% of its hobs).

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