Minor Hob BrandsMarch 2018(Last Updated 16 March 2018)
|The best hobs on the market, from single burners to large 6-burner hobs|
|Compare top brands including Bosch, Siemens and Neff|
|Independent & impartial evaluation of every hob based on features, reviews and price|
|To Find the Best Hobs We Impartially Analysed:||3,780 Hob Models||2,560 Hob Reviews||12,700 Hob Prices|
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Hob Buying Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hob Retailers, Prices and Features
In total we found 1174 hobs ranging from £15 to £1,980. A new hob costs on average £483 and 80% of hobs are priced between £119 and £1,000. The Bosch PIE611B18E is the cheapest hob at only £15, and Asko HI 1975 G is the most expensive at £1,979.
Hob Brands - Price Range
The highest average hob price out of all brands is Asko hobs with an average price of £1,252. Asko hobs start at £770 and their most expensive hob costs £1,979.
KitchenAid hobs start at £700 and their most expensive hob costs £1,800. The second highest average hob price out of all brands is KitchenAid hobs with an average price of £1,240.
The third highest average hob price out of all brands is Miele hobs with an average price of £1,171. Miele hobs start at £200 and their most expensive hob costs £1,976.
Hob Brands - Average Ratings
We have analysed 6 expert reviews and 1,947 user reviews for hobs and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of hob. Tefal is the top rated hob brand with an average rating of 94%. Hotpoint is the second best brand with 91% and Beko is the third best brand with 91%.
Biggest Hob Retailers
The biggest hob retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 645 current hob offers from eBay. The second biggest hob retailer is Amazon UK with 488 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to hobs. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 311 current offers.
When Are Most New Hobs Released?
We couldn't see any clear trend in the release dates for new hobs over the last 3 years. The biggest month last year for new hob releases was April, with 174 new hobs released that month. 158 new hobs were released in September 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new hob releases. In April 2015 239 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, in the first 6 months after release, hobs drop in price by 2%. That means that on a typical hob costing £483 you could save on average £12 by waiting 6 months before buying.
Amongst new hobs, the most common colour is Black. We found 1,228 hobs that are hobs that have a Black coloured. Stainless steel is the second most popular colour amongst new hobs. We found 525 hobs that are hobs that have a Stainless steel coloured.
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 hob with the most burner is the WhirlpoolSMP 778, which is an 8 burner hob and currently retails for £823.89. The WhirlpoolSMP 778 has the least burner. This hob is a 1 burner hob and can be purchased for £540.00.
This is the type of power source used for the hobs - i.e gas, electric, etc.
Amongst new hobs, the most common hob type is electric induction. We found 770 hobs that are electric induction hobs. The second most frequently found hob type amongst new hobs is gas. We found 602 hobs that are gas hobs.
We found 1,510 hobs that are Built-in hobs, which makes this the most popular case design amongst new hobs. We found 109 hobs that are Tabletop hobs, making Tabletop the second most common case design amongst new hobs.
Biggest Hob Retailers
We found 645 current offers for hobs from eBay making it the biggest hob retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 488 current offers for hobs. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 311 current hob offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Hobs?
eBay most frequently has the cheapest hob prices (found to be cheapest for 427 hobs).
Proportion of Hobs for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
eBay most frequently has the cheapest hob prices (found to be cheapest for 66.2% of its hobs).