Gas vs Electric Hobs: What is the Best Choice?

Gas vs Electric Hobs: What is the Best Choice?



When it comes to cooking it seems that people cannot decide whether gas or electric is best, especially when it comes to hobs, but, with gas prices on the rise, many of us are considering the move to electric cooking appliances. Most modern kitchen appliances are electric; however, manufacturers are still producing gas hobs and they’re often preferred by professionals.



It is often said that gas hobs cook our food items quicker and more efficiently than their electric counterparts and with gas being the historic fuel of choice for our cooking appliances, many of us will already have the relevant connections required in our homes.

Many professional cooks prefer to use gas hobs due to the level of control they gain over the temperature, and this has encouraged a lot of people to do the same. Gas is however worse for the environment than electric hob, as it uses a nonrenewable fuel type, and can release carbon monoxide, a harmful gas, when burning. Taking steps to improve the ventilation in your kitchen with a good quality cooker hood can reduce the threat. The latest gas hobs have a host of safety features which will automatically shut the device off should a flame fail, helping to keep you safe.



Electric hobs are the popular choice by manufacturers due to the availability of electricity in our homes and the reduction in manufacturing costs, but they lack the same control that gas hobs offer.

Electric hobs are usually much cheaper than gas up front and are also easier to find, they do however have longer heat up times and are slower to adjust temperature. But they are better for the environment than their gas counterpart and utilise a heating element instead of an open flame and so are safer.

There are several types of electric hobs available on the market.


Solid Plate Ring

Solid Plate ring hobs make use of small circles in the place of burners, these are reliable and are safer than gas as they do not use an open flame. They do however limit the amount of control you have over the temperature and are harder to clean than a glass hob due to all the different crevices and surfaces to wipe. Solid plate hobs are often much cheaper than other types, so



A ceramic hob has great advantages over a solid plate hob, these hobs heat the pans in the same was as a solid plate hob but, due to the glass surface, can heat much faster than a solid plate. These hobs make use of a heating element under the glass surface and so heat the entire cooking zone, this makes them less energy efficient than other methods but are cheaper than gas or induction and so are great as a mid-range appliance.



Induction hobs make use of magnetism to wirelessly heat your pans, this method of heating is state of the art and use a low voltage, meaning they’re more energy efficient than other electric methods of heating and even gas. They also heat up faster than a gas hob and can boil water more rapidly than traditional gas. However, this method of heating comes at quite a high price tag, and you’ll need to check your pans are compatible with induction, this can be done by attempting to attach a magnet to the bottom of your pans, if it sticks then they’re compatible, if it doesn’t then you’ll require a new induction pan set.



Whether you go for a gas or electric hob it is important to consider your existing connections and the price for any alterations required by a gas safe certified engineer before purchasing your new hob.  It is also important to have a budget in mind and to shop around and check pricing of the different heating methods and models available.


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