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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 3,570 hobs, 179 reviews and 29 prices. Last updated 22 August 2017.

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$71.48

#1 Russell Hobbs 15199

15199
An economical to run and extremely cheap 2 burner electric hob, with great features
97
Value for Money
Excellent
89
Features
Fully-Featured
97
Running Costs
$720 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Stainless Steel
2
Electric
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Tabletop
Jul 2015
Case Design
Release Date
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$96.04

#2 Klarstein Captain Cook²

Captain Cook²
A low cost and very economical to run 2 burner ceramic hob, with very good features
96
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Running Costs
$1,152 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Silver
2
Ceramic
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Tabletop
Oct 2015
Case Design
Release Date
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$70.66
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#3 Avanti IH1800L1B‑IS

IH1800L1B-IS
A fully featured and bargain price 1 burner electric hob
98
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
1
Electric Induction
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Tabletop
Mar 2015
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Release Date
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$156.39
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#4 Tefal IH201840

IH201840
A very economical to run and low cost 1 burner electric hob, with great features
93
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Running Costs
$1,008 / 10 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
1
Electric
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Tabletop
Jul 2015
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$500.00

#5 Hotpoint CIA 640 C

CIA 640 C
The highest rated hob under $1,000, with good features
82
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
88
Running Costs
$1,056 / 10 Years
75
Overall Score
Very Good
Black
4
Electric
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Aug 2015
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Release Date
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$242.17

#6 Medion MD 15324

MD 15324
A good spec and cheap hob
86
Value for Money
Excellent
76
Features
Good Features
73
Overall Score
Very Good
Oct 2015
Release Date
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$324.28

#7 Klarstein Virtuosa

Virtuosa
A very economical to run and bargain price 3 burner ceramic hob, with good features
73
Value for Money
Very Good
73
Features
Good Features
80
Running Costs
$2,545 / 10 Years
70
Overall Score
Very Good
Black
3
Ceramic
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Aug 2016
Case Design
Release Date
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$1,099.00

#8 Smeg S2772TCU

S2772TCU
A good spec but not very good value for money 4 burner ceramic hob, with average running costs
37
Value for Money
Mediocre
64
Features
Good Features
43
Running Costs
$3,890 / 10 Years
50
Overall Score
Average
Black
4
Ceramic
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Oct 2015
Case Design
Release Date
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$999.00

#8 Miele CS1012‑1G

CS1012-1G
A good spec and sensationally economical to run 2 burner gas hob, but representing only average value for money
66
Value for Money
Good
72
Features
Good Features
95
Running Costs
$12 / 10 Years
67
Overall Score
Good
Stainless Steel
2
Gas
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Apr 2015
Case Design
Release Date
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$2,099.00

#9 Miele CS1327Y

CS1327Y
A good spec and very economical to run 1 burner electric hob, but representing poor value for money
32
Value for Money
Mediocre
64
Features
Good Features
81
Running Costs
$1,152 / 10 Years
51
Overall Score
Average
Stainless Steel
1
Electric
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Jul 2013
Case Design
Release Date
Appliances Connection $2,099.00
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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.

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 14 hobs ranging from $70 to $2,099. On average, a new hob costs $762 and 80% of hobs are priced between $71 and $1,699. The most expensive hob that we found is the Miele CS1327Y at $2,099, and the cheapest is the Avanti IH1800L1B-IS at only $71.

Hob Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average hob price out of all brands is Electrolux hobs with an average price of $1,673. Electrolux hobs start at $1,673 and the most expensive Electrolux hob costs $1,673.

The average price of Miele hobs is $1,474 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.

Smeg hobs start at $1,099 and the most expensive Smeg hob costs $1,099. The average price of Smeg hobs is $1,099 which is the third highest average price of all hob brands.

Hob Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 2 expert reviews and 53 user reviews for hobs available online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of hob. Miele is the top rated hob brand with an average rating of 89%. Thermador is the second best brand with 89% and Hotpoint is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Hob Retailers

The biggest hob retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 9 current hob offers from eBay. The second biggest hob retailer is Appliances Connection with 5 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Appliances Connection when it comes to hobs. Amazon US is the third biggest retailer with 3 current offers.

When Are Most New Hobs Released?

Most new hobs tend to be released between July and September. That means that most of the latest hob technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. In September 2016 168 new hobs were released making it the biggest month that year for new hob releases. In 2015 most new hobs were released in April, with 248 new hobs released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new hob releases was July, with 491 new hobs released that month.

How Fast Do Hob Prices Drop After Release?

New hobs drop in price by an average of 1% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means that on a typical hob costing $762 you could save on average $10 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Colours

Black is the most common colour amongst new hobs. We found 1,051 hobs that are hobs that have a Black coloured. We found 468 hobs that are hobs that have a Stainless steel coloured, making this the second most popular colour amongst new hobs.

Burners

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 most hobs range from 4 to 5. The ElectroluxE36IC80ISS, which is on sale for $1,673.10, has the most burner and is a 5 burner hob. The ElectroluxE36IC80ISS has the least burner. This hob is a 1 burner hob and is on sale for $2,099.00.

More burners/cooking zones mean that you can cook more food at once, making the hob more efficient and meaning you can prepare large meals faster.

Hob Types

This is the type of power source used for the hobs - i.e gas, electric, etc.

We found 709 hobs that are electric hobs, which makes electric the most popular hob type amongst new hobs. The second most frequently found hob type amongst new hobs is electric induction. We found 545 hobs that are electric induction hobs.

Case Designs

We found 1,345 hobs that are Built-in hobs, which makes this the most frequently found case design amongst new hobs. The second most popular case design amongst new hobs is Tabletop. We found 72 hobs that are Tabletop hobs.

Biggest Hob Retailers

We found 9 current offers for hobs from eBay making it the biggest hob retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Appliances Connection for whom we found 5 current offers for hobs. The third biggest retailer is Amazon US with 3 current hob offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Hobs?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest hob prices (found to be cheapest for 9 hobs).

Proportion of Hobs for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest hob prices (found to be cheapest for 100% of its hobs).

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