Things to Consider
There are many considerations which should come into play when you are choosing what type of cooktop to buy. Not only is it a choice between each type of hob, there is also a choice of hob size, and the number of cooking zones. One may even choose specialised hobs for certain cuisines. Other important considerations, are the design asthetic and budget.
Different Types of Hobs
There are three main types of hobs which can be installed in a household kitchen. Gas Hobs, Ceramic Hobs, and Induction Hobs. Our other blog posts cover the details of each hob in a fair amount of detail, so we will merely state that each type of hob has it’s own pros and cons, and that you should make a holistic judgement as to what type of hob you would like in your home.
The size of cooktop you purchase is dependent on the counter space you have available for a hob. Cooking hobs are typically between about 600-900 mm wide. However, smaller kitchens, or busy working adults who don’t cook much, may elect to have a smaller hob to allow the kitchen counter to be used for other purposes.
A good rule of thumb is to have some “landing space” next to the hob for your cookware as you prepare your meals. Depending on the number of cooking hobs you will cater for, you should feature an appropriate amount of space to place the cookware while you prepare your meals. One benefit of gas and induction hobs for this purpose is that you can leave the cookware on the hob after you turn off the hob, and the cookware will cook down subsequently. For ceramic hobs, the ceramic heating element will remain hot, continuing to transmit heat to the cookware.
Number and Size of Cooking Zones
How much cooking do you do, in terms of frequency and volume? If you have a larger family, you will need larger cooking zones. If you serve meals with a large number of dishes, such as Asian cuisine, then you would need more cooking zones.
Time To Get Creative
There are many creative options for those who are drawn towards the benefits of each type of hob. Using multiple 30cm hobs, one may mix and match different hob types, like the following 60cm configuration:
Some other creative options, for those who love work cooking, or crave the home grill, deep fat fryer, or teppanyaki, just have a look at the below options. You can add these to the left or right of your existing hob.
You can even combine the hob with a tabletop ventilation system. This works great for those with kitchen islands, where a ceiling mounted ventilation hood would not be aesthetically pleasing:
Here at Perfect Home Imports, we have plenty of experience in furnishing your kitchen. If you need any more help, feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to help.