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The 10 Best Hobs - May 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 3,270 hobs, 254 reviews and 59 prices. Last updated 23 May 2017.

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CS1327Y
#3 in Hobs

Miele CS1327Y

Stainless Steel
1
Electric
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Built-in
Case Designs
  • $2,099.00
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S2772TCU
#4 in Hobs

Smeg S2772TCU

Black
4
Ceramic
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
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Built-in
Case Designs
  • $1,099.00
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IH1800L1B-IS
#7 in Hobs

Avanti IH1800L1B‑IS

Black
1
Induction
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Tabletop
Case Designs
  • $137.00
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KM3010
#7 in Hobs

Miele KM3010

Black
4
Gas
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
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Built-in
Case Designs
  • $1,099.00
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iQ500
#8 in Hobs

Siemens iQ500

Stainless Steel
5
Gas
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Built-in
Case Designs
  • $44.84
    eBay
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IQ500
#9 in Hobs

Siemens IQ500

Tan
4
Gas
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Case Designs
  • $44.58
    eBay
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15199
#9 in Hobs

Russell Hobbs 15199

Stainless Steel
2
Electric
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Free­standing
Case Designs
  • $71.48
    eBay
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iQ700
#10 in Hobs

Siemens iQ700

Black
4
Induction
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Case Designs
  • $41.17
    eBay
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E36IC80ISS
#11 in Hobs

Electrolux E36IC80ISS

Black
5
Induction
Colours
Burners/cooking Zones
Hob Types
Built-in
Case Designs
  • $1,673.10
    eBay
    Save $625.90 (27%)
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KM3054
#13 in Hobs

Miele KM3054

Black
5
Gas
Colours
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Built-in
Case Designs
  • $1,899.00
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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

Hobs range in price from $30 to $2,099 and in total we found prices for 16 hobs. On average, a new hob costs $644 and 80% of hobs are priced between $45 and $1,673. The Siemens EX275FXB1E is the cheapest hob at only $31, and Miele CS1327Y is the most expensive at $2,099.

Hob Brands - Price Range

The average price of Miele hobs is $1,524 which is the 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 Electrolux hobs is $1,116 which is the second highest average price of all hob brands. Electrolux hobs range in price from $559 to $1,673.

The average price of Smeg hobs is $1,099 which is the third highest average price of all hob brands. Smeg hobs range in price from $1,099 to $1,099.

Hob Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 1 expert reviews and 51 user reviews for hobs available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of hob. The top three hob brands are Thermador, Hotpoint and Zanussi. Thermador has an average rating of 89%, Hotpoint has an average rating of 85% and Zanussi has an average rating of 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?

Most new hobs tend to be released between July and September. If you want the latest hob technology you may want to think about waiting until July 2017. Also the price of the current hobs may drop off just before the latest models are released in July. In 2016 most new hobs were released in September, with 168 new hobs released that month. April was the biggest month in 2015 for new hobs, with 248 new hobs released that month. In July 2014 491 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 1% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical hob costing $644 you could save on average $8 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Burners/cooking Zones

The burners/cooking zones of hobs range from 1 to 7. The burners/cooking zones of the majority of hobs range from 4 to 5. The ElectroluxE36IC80ISS has the most burner/cooking zone. This hob is a 5 burner/cooking zone hob and is available at $1,673.10. The ElectroluxE36IC80ISS, which sells for $2,099.00, has the least burner/cooking zone and is a 1 burner/cooking zone hob.

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.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Hobs?

The cheapest retailer 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?

With the cheapest price on 100% of its hobs, eBay is most frequently the cheapest hob retailer.

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