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5 Best Hobs Under $500 in the US - August 2019

Updated 10 July 2019 by Matthew
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5 best hobs under $500

Which Are the Best Hobs Under $500?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best hobs under $500? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best hobs under $500 are:


What Hob Under $500 to Buy in July 2019?

Below we provide a detailed run through of the top 5 hobs under $500 currently for sale in the United States:

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Whirlpool AKM330IX Hoover HGH 64 Zanussi ZEV8646XBA Cookology CET600 Hotpoint PCN 642
Whirlpool AKM330IX Hoover HGH 64 Zanussi ZEV8646XBA Cookology CET600 Hotpoint PCN 642
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4
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COOKING ZONES
BUILT-
IN
6
POWER LEVELS
A+
4
BURNERS /
COOKING ZONES
2,500W
POWER
BUILT-
IN
4
BURNERS /
COOKING ZONES
7,000W
POWER
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BURNERS /
COOKING ZONES
BUILT-
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4
BURNERS /
COOKING ZONES
BUILT-
IN
87
Reviews
6 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
73
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
5 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
26 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
31 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
A fully featured and classic sealed plate 4 burner / cooking zone hob. A fully featured and good value for money gas 4 burner / cooking zone hob. Purchasers report that this hob is. It's a cheap and classic induction 4 burner / cooking zone hob, with a very good spec. A good value for money and excellently reviewed induction 4 burner / cooking zone hob, with a very good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has good controls. An excellently reviewed and good value for money gas 4 burner / cooking zone hob, with a very good spec.
3 Reasons For
Wok Burner
Electronic Ignition
Cheaper by $30
7 Reasons For
Six Electric Cooking Zones
15 Power Levels
Child Lock
Built-in Display
Residual Heat Indicator
Better Kagoo Score
More Shops Are Selling it
6 Reasons For
Wok Burner
Residual Heat Indicator
Electronic Ignition
Better User Reviews
A Bit Better Overall Reviews
Better Brand
7 Reasons Against
Two Less Electric Cooking Zones
Nine Less Power Levels
Worse Kagoo Score
Not Currently Available
Older by Over Four Years
User Review Rating is Significantly Worse
Worse Brand
5 Reasons Against
Worse Kagoo Score
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over Three Years
User Review Rating is Worse
Worse Brand
6 Reasons Against
Does Not Have a Pan Detection System
Does Not Have an Automatic Shut Off System
$188 More Expensive
Over Six Years Older
Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
6 Reasons Against
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $30
Not As Many Stockists
User Review Rating is Worse
Overall Review Rating is Moderately Worse
Worse Brand
3 Reasons Against
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Older by Over One Year
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Whirlpool AKM330IX

Whirlpool AKM330IX

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POWER LEVELS
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The Whirlpool AKM330IX has a Kagoo Score of 73. With a price tag of $0.00 this hob is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Whirlpool AKM330IX or read our article on whether you should buy a Whirlpool hob.

A fully featured and classic sealed plate 4 burner / cooking zone hob.

87
Reviews
6 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Whirlpool AKM330IX has ok user reviews with an average user rating of 67%.

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Whirlpool AKM330IX

Two Less Electric Cooking Zones

The Whirlpool AKM330IX has four electric cooking zones, however the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA only has 6zone(s) electric cooking zones. More ...

We do not know the number of electric cooking zones on the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64 or the Hotpoint PCN 642. It is possible that they do not have any electric cooking zones.

The number of electric cooking zones on the hob.

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

Nine Less Power Levels

The Whirlpool AKM330IX has six power levels, however the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA only has 15 power levels. More ...

We do not know the number of power levels on the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64 or the Hotpoint PCN 642. It is possible that they do not have any power levels.

'Power Levels' indicates the number of different power stages (low, medium, high, etc) on the hob the user can choose from.

More power levels means that the hob is more versatile, and can handle temperatures from very low to extremely hot.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Whirlpool AKM330IX has only received a Kagoo Score of 73, whereas the Cookology CET600 scored 85, the Hoover HGH 64 scored 80, the Hotpoint PCN 642 scored 85 and the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA scored 87.

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Older by Over Four Years

The Whirlpool AKM330IX is four years older than the Cookology CET600, nine months older than the Hoover HGH 64 and two years older than the Hotpoint PCN 642.

User Review Rating is Significantly Worse

The average user rating of the Whirlpool AKM330IX is only 67%, whereas the average user rating of the Cookology CET600 is 90% (based on 26 reviews), the Hoover HGH 64 is 90% (based on 2 reviews), the Hotpoint PCN 642 is 97% (based on 31 reviews) and the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA is 88% (based on 5 reviews).

Worse Brand

Whirlpool hobs have an average rating of only 77.6%, but Hotpoint has an average rating of 81.3%.

Hoover HGH 64

$151.79
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Hoover HGH 64

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Hoover HGH 64
4
BURNERS /
COOKING ZONES
2,500W
POWER
BUILT-
IN
A+

The Hoover HGH 64 has a Kagoo Score of 80. With a price tag of $151.79 this hob is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Hoover HGH 64 or read our article on whether you should buy a Hoover hob.

Features We Love:
Has a wok burner
Has an electronic ignition
Has a thermocouple protection
Has a flame failure device

A fully featured and good value for money gas 4 burner / cooking zone hob.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Hoover HGH 64 has great user reviews with an average user rating of 90%.

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3 Reasons For for Choosing the Hoover HGH 64

Wok Burner

The Hoover HGH 64 has a wok burner (as does the Hotpoint PCN 642), but the Cookology CET600, the Whirlpool AKM330IX and the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA do not have this feature. More ...

A wok burner is an extra-large burner meant for use with woks and other large-bottom pans.

Wok burners help distribute the heat more evenly across the entire diameter of the wok, meaning cooking is more even and effective.

Electronic Ignition

The Hoover HGH 64 has an electronic ignition (as does the Hotpoint PCN 642), whereas the Cookology CET600, the Whirlpool AKM330IX and the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA do not have this feature. More ...

An electronic ignition is a special device to ignite the hob at the press of a switch, without the need for the standard manual aids (such as matches).

Electronic ignitions are far more efficient and less prone to mistakes than standard manual ignitions - they will always work first time.

Cheaper by $30

The Hoover HGH 64 is $30.34 cheaper than the Cookology CET600 and $188.20 cheaper than the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA.

5 Reasons Against for Choosing the Hoover HGH 64

Worse Kagoo Score

The Hoover HGH 64 has received a Kagoo Score of 80, whereas the Cookology CET600 scored 85, the Hotpoint PCN 642 scored 85 and the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA scored 87.

Fewer Sellers

The Hoover HGH 64 is only stocked by 1 seller, but the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA is stocked by 2 sellers. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by Over Three Years

The Hoover HGH 64 is three years older than the Cookology CET600 and 19 months older than the Hotpoint PCN 642.

User Review Rating is Worse

The average user rating of the Hoover HGH 64 is 90%, whereas the average user rating of the Hotpoint PCN 642 is 97% (based on 31 reviews).

Worse Brand

Hoover hobs have an average rating of only 73.5%, but Hotpoint has an average rating of 81.3%, Whirlpool has an average rating of 77.6% and Zanussi has an average rating of 76.1%.

The cheapest price that we found for the HGH 64 in the United States is $151.79 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Zanussi ZEV8646XBA

$339.99
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Zanussi ZEV8646XBA

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Zanussi ZEV8646XBA
4
BURNERS /
COOKING ZONES
7,000W
POWER
BUILT-
IN
15
POWER LEVELS
A+

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA has a Kagoo Score of 87. However with a price tag of $339.99 this hob is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA or read our article on whether you should buy a Zanussi hob.

Features We Love:
Induction
Has a built-in display
Has a residual heat indicator
Has a child lock
Has a display

Purchasers report that this hob is. It's a cheap and classic induction 4 burner / cooking zone hob, with a very good spec.

95
Reviews
5 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Zanussi ZEV8646XBA has great user reviews with an average user rating of 88%.

7 Reasons For for Choosing the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA

Six Electric Cooking Zones

The number of electric cooking zones on the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA is six, but the Whirlpool AKM330IX only has 4zone(s) electric cooking zones. More ...

We do not know the number of electric cooking zones on the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64 or the Hotpoint PCN 642. It is possible that they do not have any electric cooking zones.

The number of electric cooking zones on the hob.

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

15 Power Levels

The number of power levels on the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA is 15, but the Whirlpool AKM330IX only has six power levels. More ...

We do not know the number of power levels on the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64 or the Hotpoint PCN 642. It is possible that they do not have any power levels.

'Power Levels' indicates the number of different power stages (low, medium, high, etc) on the hob the user can choose from.

More power levels means that the hob is more versatile, and can handle temperatures from very low to extremely hot.

Child Lock

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA has a child lock, but the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64, the Hotpoint PCN 642 and the Whirlpool AKM330IX do not. More ...

'Child Lock' denoted whether the hob has a feature to stop the hob from functioning, in order to stop children accidentally starting the hob and hurting themselves.

A child lock can help stop any accidents from prying little fingers.

Built-in Display

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA has a built-in display, however the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64, the Hotpoint PCN 642 and the Whirlpool AKM330IX do not. More ...

'Built-In Display' denotes whether the hob comes with a display that shows information about the current status of the appliance.

A built-in display can allow you to see what hobs are turned on at a glance, as well as other important info.

Residual Heat Indicator

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA has a residual heat indicator, and so does the Hotpoint PCN 642, however the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64 and the Whirlpool AKM330IX do not. More ...

'Residual Heat Indicator' denotes whether the hob has a special light or indicator to show when the burners are hot, even after use.

Hobs will still be hot for a while after use, but it isn't always immediately obvious that they do still carry heat - especially with induction hobs. A heat indicator helps prevent you from accidentally burning yourself.

Better Kagoo Score

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA has received a Kagoo Score of 87, however the Cookology CET600 scored 85, the Hoover HGH 64 scored 80, the Hotpoint PCN 642 scored 85 and the Whirlpool AKM330IX scored only 73.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this hob and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA

Does Not Have a Pan Detection System

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA does not have a pan detection system, whereas the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64, the Hotpoint PCN 642 and the Whirlpool AKM330IX have this feature. More ...

A pan detection system is a special function of induction hobs, where they can measure the power delivered by the hob to tell when a cooking utensil has been placed onto or removed from the hob.

A pan detection system is very helpful for saving energy by only activating the hob when a pan is placed on it, and for reducing the chance of someone burning themselves by forgetting the hob was turned on and hot.

Does Not Have an Automatic Shut Off System

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA does not have an automatic shut off system, but the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64, the Hotpoint PCN 642 and the Whirlpool AKM330IX do. More ...

'Automatic Shut Off System' indicates whether the hob has a system to automatically shut off the power in case of any detected faults (power spikes, leaks, strange behaviour, etc).

An automatic shut-off system can help protect against any accidents causing damage to the hob or the surrounding area.

$188 More Expensive

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA is more expensive than the Cookology CET600 by $158, more expensive than the Hoover HGH 64 by $188 and more expensive than the Hotpoint PCN 642 by $187.

Over Six Years Older

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA is older than the Cookology CET600 by six years, older than the Hoover HGH 64 by three years, older than the Hotpoint PCN 642 by five years and older than the Whirlpool AKM330IX by two years.

Lower User Review Score

The Zanussi ZEV8646XBA's average user rating is 88%, however the Cookology CET600's is 90% (based on 26 reviews), the Hoover HGH 64's is 90% (based on 2 reviews) and the Hotpoint PCN 642's is 97% (based on 31 reviews).

Worse Brand

Zanussi hobs have an average rating of only 76.1%, whereas Hotpoint has an average rating of 81.3% and Whirlpool has an average rating of 77.6%.

The cheapest price that we found for the ZEV8646XBA in the United States is $339.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Cookology CET600

$182.13
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Cookology CET600

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The Cookology CET600 has a Kagoo Score of 85. With a price tag of $182.13 this hob is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Cookology CET600.

Features We Love:
Induction

A good value for money and excellently reviewed induction 4 burner / cooking zone hob, with a very good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has good controls.

96
Reviews
26 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Cookology CET600 has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 90%, based on 26 reviews.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Cookology CET600

Worse Kagoo Score

The Cookology CET600 has received a Kagoo Score of 85, but the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA scored 87.

More Expensive by $30

The Cookology CET600 is $30 more expensive than the Hoover HGH 64 and $29 more expensive than the Hotpoint PCN 642.

Not As Many Stockists

The Cookology CET600 is only stocked by 1 retailer, however the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA is stocked by 2 stores. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this hob.
User Review Rating is Worse

The Cookology CET600 has an average user score of 90%, but the Hotpoint PCN 642 has an average user rating of 97% (based on 31 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Moderately Worse

The Cookology CET600 has an average overall score of 90%, but the Hotpoint PCN 642 has an average overall rating of 93% (based on 31 reviews).

Worse Brand

Cookology hobs have an average rating of only 55.4%, however Hoover has an average rating of 73.5%, Hotpoint has an average rating of 81.3%, Whirlpool has an average rating of 77.6% and Zanussi has an average rating of 76.1%.

The cheapest price that we found for the CET600 in the United States is $182.13 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Hotpoint PCN 642

$152.99
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Hotpoint PCN 642

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4
BURNERS /
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BUILT-
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The Hotpoint PCN 642 has a Kagoo Score of 85. With a price tag of $152.99 this hob is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Hotpoint PCN 642 or read our article on whether you should buy a Hotpoint hob.

Features We Love:
Has a residual heat indicator
Has a wok burner
Has an electronic ignition
Has a flame failure device

An excellently reviewed and good value for money gas 4 burner / cooking zone hob, with a very good spec.

96
Reviews
31 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Hotpoint PCN 642 has superb user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this hob to others.

6 Reasons For for Choosing the Hotpoint PCN 642

Wok Burner

The Hotpoint PCN 642 has a wok burner (as does the Hoover HGH 64), whereas the Cookology CET600, the Whirlpool AKM330IX and the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA do not have this feature. More ...

A wok burner is an extra-large burner meant for use with woks and other large-bottom pans.

Wok burners help distribute the heat more evenly across the entire diameter of the wok, meaning cooking is more even and effective.

Residual Heat Indicator

The Hotpoint PCN 642 has a residual heat indicator (as does the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA), however the Cookology CET600, the Hoover HGH 64 and the Whirlpool AKM330IX do not have this feature. More ...

'Residual Heat Indicator' denotes whether the hob has a special light or indicator to show when the burners are hot, even after use.

Hobs will still be hot for a while after use, but it isn't always immediately obvious that they do still carry heat - especially with induction hobs. A heat indicator helps prevent you from accidentally burning yourself.

Electronic Ignition

The Hotpoint PCN 642 has an electronic ignition (as does the Hoover HGH 64), however the Cookology CET600, the Whirlpool AKM330IX and the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA do not have this feature. More ...

An electronic ignition is a special device to ignite the hob at the press of a switch, without the need for the standard manual aids (such as matches).

Electronic ignitions are far more efficient and less prone to mistakes than standard manual ignitions - they will always work first time.

Better User Reviews

The Hotpoint PCN 642 has an average user review score of 97% based on 31 reviews, however the Cookology CET600 has an average rating of 90% (based on 26 reviews), the Hoover HGH 64 has an average rating of 90% (based on 2 reviews), the Whirlpool AKM330IX has an average rating of 67% (based on 6 reviews) and the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA has an average rating of 88% (based on 5 reviews).

A Bit Better Overall Reviews

The Hotpoint PCN 642 has an average overall review score of 93% based on 31 reviews, however the Cookology CET600 has an average rating of 90% (based on 26 reviews), the Whirlpool AKM330IX has an average rating of 67% (based on 6 reviews) and the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA has an average rating of 88% (based on 5 reviews).

Better Brand

Hotpoint hobs have an average rating of 81.3%, whereas Cookology only has an average rating of 55.4%, Hoover only has an average rating of 73.5%, Whirlpool only has an average rating of 77.6% and Zanussi only has an average rating of 76.1%.

3 Reasons Against for Choosing the Hotpoint PCN 642

Worse Kagoo Score

The Hotpoint PCN 642 has received a Kagoo Score of 85, however the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA scored 87.

Less Retailers

The Hotpoint PCN 642 is only stocked by 1 shop, whereas the Zanussi ZEV8646XBA is stocked by 2 stores. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this hob remaining in stock.
Older by Over One Year

The Hotpoint PCN 642 is 20 months older than the Cookology CET600.

The cheapest price that we found for the PCN 642 in the United States is $152.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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