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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 3,840 hobs, 811 reviews and 254 prices. Last updated 17 October 2017.

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#1 Tefal IH201840

IH201840
An affordable and top-rated 1 burner electric hob, with great features
97
Reviews
269 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Black
1
Electric
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Tabletop
Jul 2015
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#2 Brentwood TS‑337

TS-337
The top scoring hob under $50, with a recent release date
98
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
76
Overall Score
Very Good
Chrome
1
Electric
Colours
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Tabletop
Aug 2017
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#3 Brentwood TS‑322

TS-322
A phenomenally cheap and good spec 1 burner electric hob, with a recent release date
98
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
76
Overall Score
Very Good
White
1
Electric
Colours
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Tabletop
Aug 2017
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#4 Brentwood TS‑368

TS-368
A good spec and top-value 2 burner electric hob, with a recent release date
98
Value for Money
Excellent
70
Features
Good Features
76
Overall Score
Very Good
White
2
Electric
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Tabletop
Aug 2017
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#5 Brentwood TS‑372

TS-372
A good spec and amazingly cheap 2 burner electric hob, with a recent release date
97
Value for Money
Excellent
70
Features
Good Features
76
Overall Score
Very Good
Chrome
2
Electric
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Tabletop
Aug 2017
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#6 Russell Hobbs 15199

15199
A good spec and bargain price 2 burner electric hob
97
Value for Money
Excellent
70
Features
Good Features
75
Overall Score
Very Good
Stainless Steel
2
Electric
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Tabletop
Jul 2015
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#7 Gorenje EC310CSC

EC310CSC
An affordable and good spec 2 burner electric hob
95
Value for Money
Excellent
69
Features
Good Features
73
Overall Score
Very Good
Black
2
Electric
Colours
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Built-in
Jan 2015
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#8 Siemens ET399CEF1

ET399CEF1
A good spec and remarkably cheap 2 burner ceramic hob
95
Value for Money
Excellent
69
Features
Good Features
73
Overall Score
Very Good
Stainless Steel
2
Ceramic
Colours
Burners
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Built-in
Aug 2016
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#9 Hotpoint CIA 640 C

CIA 640 C
The highest scoring hob under $1,000
92
Value for Money
Excellent
68
Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good
Black
4
Electric
Colours
Burners
Hob Types
Built-in
Aug 2015
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#10 Zanker KEV 6041 FBB

KEV 6041 FBB
A great value for money and good spec 4 burner ceramic hob
93
Value for Money
Excellent
68
Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good
Black
4
Ceramic
Colours
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Built-in
Aug 2016
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Logo Brand Number of Hobs Price Range Average Rating
AEG logo AEG Hobs 27 $351 - $2,352
Other brands Other Hob Brands 51 $14 - $2,099

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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

The price range of hobs is from $13 to $2,334 and in total we found prices for 80 hobs. The average price of a new hob is $664 and the 80% of hobs are priced between $171 and $1,178. The cheapest hob that we found is the Brentwood TS-337 at only $14, and the most expensive is the AEG HC452601EB at $2,333.

Hob Brands - Price Range

Miele hobs start at $999 and the most expensive Miele hob costs $2,099. The highest average hob price out of all brands is Miele hobs with an average price of $1,524.

The second highest average hob price out of all brands is Smeg hobs with an average price of $1,099. Smeg hobs range in price from $1,099 to $1,099.

The third highest average hob price out of all brands is Samsung hobs with an average price of $1,008. Samsung hobs range in price from $581 to $1,435.

Hob Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 2 expert reviews and 652 user reviews for hobs and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of hob. The top three hob brands are Tefal, Smeg and Thermador. Tefal has an average rating of 94%, Smeg has an average rating of 89% and Thermador has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest Hob Retailers

The biggest hob retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 72 current hob offers from eBay. The second biggest hob retailer is Amazon US with 7 offers. That means eBay is over 10 times bigger than Amazon US when it comes to hobs. Appliances Connection is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.

When Are Most New Hobs Released?

The most common period for new hobs to be released in is between July and September. Last year most new hobs were released in September, with 170 new hobs released that month. April was the biggest month in 2015 for new hobs, with 250 new hobs released that month. In July 2014 493 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 hobs drop in price by 20% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $134 on a typical $664 new hob by waiting 6 months before buying.

Colours

We found 1,191 hobs that are hobs that have a Black coloured, which makes Black the most popular colour amongst new hobs. We found 533 hobs that are hobs that have a Stainless steel coloured, making Stainless steel the second most common colour amongst new hobs.

Burners

This indicates the number of burners (gas) or cooking zones (electric) on the hob.

Comparing all hobs, the burners range from 1 to 8. The burners of the majority of hobs range from 4 to 5. The AEGHKP85410, which sells for $926.47, has the most burner and is a 6 burner hob. The AEGHKP85410, which is priced at $2,099.00, has the least burner and is a 1 burner hob.

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 806 hobs that are electric hobs, which makes this the most popular hob type amongst new hobs. We found 639 hobs that are gas hobs, making this the second most frequently found hob type amongst new hobs.

Case Designs

Built-in is the most common case design amongst new hobs. We found 1,537 hobs that are Built-in hobs. The second most popular case design amongst new hobs is Tabletop. We found 97 hobs that are Tabletop hobs.

Biggest Hob Retailers

We found 72 current offers for hobs from eBay making it the biggest hob retailer. That is over 10 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 7 current offers for hobs. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Connection with 5 current hob offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Hobs?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest hob prices (found to be cheapest for 70 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 97.2% of its hobs.

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