The 10 Best Hobs - June 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every hob on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 3,410 hobs, 258 reviews and 49 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.
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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.
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.
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
Hobs range in price from $30 to $2,099 and in total we found prices for 13 hobs. The average price of a new hob is $736 and the 80% of hobs are priced between $41 and $1,899. The most expensive hob that we found is the Miele CS1327Y at $2,099, and the cheapest is the Siemens EX275FXB1E at only $31.
Hob Brands - Price Range
Electrolux hobs range in price from $1,673 to $1,673, and the average price of Electrolux hobs is $1,673 which is the highest average price of all hob brands.
The average price of Miele hobs is $1,524 which is the second highest average price of all hob brands. Miele hobs start at $999 and the most expensive Miele hob costs $2,099.
The average price of Smeg hobs is $1,099 which is the third highest average price of all hob brands. Smeg hobs start at $1,099 and the most expensive Smeg hob costs $1,099.
Hob Brands - Average Ratings
We have checked 1 expert reviews and 51 user reviews for hobs and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of hob. The top rated hob brand is Thermador with an average rating of 89%. The second best brand is Hotpoint with 85% and the third best brand is Zanussi with 19%.
Biggest Hob Retailers
The biggest hob retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 6 current hob offers from eBay. The second biggest hob retailer is Appliances Connection with 5 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Appliances Connection when it comes to hobs.
When Are Most New Hobs Released?
July to September is the most common period for new hobs to be released in. For the latest hob features you may want to consider waiting until July 2017. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current hobs tend to drop off when the next models are released. 168 new hobs were released in September 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new hob releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new hob releases was April, with 248 new hobs released that month. July was the biggest month in 2014 for new hobs, 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 1% on average. That means that on a typical hob costing $736 you could save on average $9 by waiting 6 months before buying.
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 hob with the most burner/cooking zone is the ElectroluxE36IC80ISS, which is a 5 burner/cooking zone hob and can be purchased for $1,673.10. The hob with the least burner/cooking zone is the ElectroluxE36IC80ISS, which is a 1 burner/cooking zone hob and is on sale for $2,099.00.
Biggest Hob Retailers
We found 6 current offers for hobs from eBay making it the biggest hob retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Appliances Connection for whom we found 5 current offers for hobs.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Hobs?
The cheapest store by number of hob for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 6 hobs.
Proportion of Hobs for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
The store that most frequently offered the cheapest price on hobs is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 100% of its hobs.