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Best electric hobs 2023: Keep your kitchen looking sleek and modern with an electric hob

Whether you’re looking for induction, solid plates or ceramic, our list of the best electric hobs has you covered

Electric hobs are a popular choice for a number of reasons – they’re easy to clean, easy to use, and have a streamlined appearance that’s easy on the eye. But with government plans to ban the installation of gas boilers in new-build homes from 2025, it’s likely that new homes won’t be connected to the gas grid at all, which will lead to electric hobs becoming even more commonplace.

Unlike gas hobs, there are several types of electric hob, and choosing the right one for you can be confusing. We delve into the differences between ceramic, solid plate and induction hobs below. But if you already know you want induction, head over to our best induction hobs guide.

Ceramic is the most common electric hob, and we’ve put together our picks of the best. Read on to see which ones made the cut. 

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What are the differences between ceramic, induction and solid plate electric hobs?

Induction – When it comes to electric hobs, induction is the premium choice. It’s widely touted as the closest you can get to cooking on gas, thanks to its fast heat-up times and responsiveness when adjusting temperature. And, since induction hobs only heat the area where the pan is, as opposed to the whole hotplate, they’re very energy efficient. Other benefits include safety – even if left switched on, an induction hob will only emit heat when a pan is in place. The downside is that these hobs are more expensive than the alternatives, plus you will need to make sure your pans are compatible with induction – if a magnet sticks to the base of the pan it will work on an induction hob. We’ve got a whole separate guide to the best induction hobs so we’ve left them off this list, but you can head over there to read more and see our top picks.

Ceramic – Ceramic is the middle-of-the-road electric hob. These flat glass-top hobs are indistinguishable from induction in terms of appearance and as such they’re neat, streamlined and easy to clean. Ceramic hobs are much cheaper than induction hobs, though, and it’s possible to get a decent one for under £200. There’s also no need to replace your pans as you can use any type on this hob. The downside is that ceramic hobs are not as responsive – they’re slower to warm up and cool down than induction. In real terms this means if your pan is about to boil over and you turn the heat down, the pan will likely still boil over. Having said that, this is easily rectified by moving the pan off the heat zone and a ceramic hob is still far more responsive than a solid plate hob.

Solid plate – If you’re looking for the most budget-conscious choice, this is it. Solid plate hobs are the cheapest you can buy, but they come with compromises. First, they’re very slow to heat up and, once hot, they retain heat and are painfully slow to cool down, so if you’re a dynamic cook looking for a responsive hob, you won’t find it here. Second, they’re notoriously tricky to clean – if anything spills or boils over onto the hotplate, it can burn on, making it tough to clean off. Then there’s safety – because the hotplates retain heat long after cooking, there’s more danger of burns, which is a particular consideration if you’ve got little ones in the house. On a more positive note, unlike glass top hobs which can crack and scratch if mistreated, these hobs are more durable and less prone to damage. But if you can scrape together a few extra pennies, we would recommend opting for ceramic over solid plate.

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The best electric hobs to buy in 2023

1. Baumatic BHIC605: Best ceramic hob under £150

Price: £139 | Buy now from AO This simple four-burner ceramic hob offers excellent value for money. The sleek glass top features touch controls, so there’s nowhere for grease and grime to build up and it’s easy to keep clean. The controls are simple to use, and a residual heat indicator shows when it’s still too hot to touch. But the heating zones can only be switched off by reducing the heat level down to 0, which some users find frustrating.

The smaller heating zones are located towards the front of the hob with the larger ones at the back, which, according to reviews, isn’t everyone’s preferred configuration – some people would prefer a larger heating zone at the front. But for the wallet-friendly price, this is only a small compromise in what is otherwise a great-value cooktop.

Key specs – Width: 59cm; Type: Ceramic; Surface material: Glass; Number of burners: 4; Burner power range: 1.2 – 2.3kW

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2. AEG HK955070FB: Best five-zone ceramic hob

Price: £769 | Buy now from Marks Electrical Whether you’re a keen cook or you regularly host lots of guests, having five cooking zones and a wider, more spacious hob layout can certainly come in handy. What’s more, this AEG hob offers plenty of flexibility, boasting an oval cooking zone as well as a large central zone that can operate as one of three different sizes to suit your different pots and pans.

The sliding touch controls offer a whopping 15 heat levels, including the impressive automax function, which will bring your pan to the boil and then reduce the temperature to your pre-selected level. Safety features include automatic switch-off as well as a child lock. We also love the energy-saving features such as the Öko timer, which makes use of residual heat to finish cooking.

It might be a pricey choice, but the features and versatility mean it’s worth considering if you want a model with all the bells and whistles.

Key specs – Width: 91cm; Type: Ceramic; Surface material: Glass; Number of burners: 5; Burner power range: 1.2 – 2.7kW

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3. Neff N30 T16FK40X0: Best ceramic hob with dial controls

Price: £319 | Buy now from AO

While they might give a sleek minimal appearance and easy-to-clean cooking surface, some people just don’t like touch controls. And we must admit, when poorly designed or not very responsive, some touch controls can be extremely frustrating to use. So, if you prefer a good old-fashioned dial control, this Neff ceramic hob is a great choice, and the black controls don’t stand out, maintaining a uniform look.

With four dials, each offering nine clearly labelled heat levels, this hob is beautifully simple to use and you certainly won’t need to reach for the instruction manual to figure out the settings. The downside is that the knobs aren’t removable, making cleaning a bit more fiddly. That said, if it’s simplicity you’re after, this mid-range Neff hob should fit the bill.

Key specs – Width: 59.2cm; Type: Ceramic; Surface material: Glass; Number of burners: 4; Burner power range: 1.2 – 2kW

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4. Stoves SEH602SCTC: Best ceramic hob with flexible heating zones

Price: £289 | Buy now from AOIf you don’t need more than four heating zones but you’ve got a range of different-sized pans, this mid-priced hob from Stoves offers more flexibility than most. Two of the heating zones are adjustable – the front left zone can be used with smaller pans or enlarged for cooking with bigger saucepans or frying pans, while the back right zone extends sideways, creating a large oval heating zone.

With streamlined sliding touch controls and nine heat levels to choose from, this hob has plenty to like. There’s also a child lock, as well as a residual heat indicator for added safety. And we like the stainless steel surround, which will protect the edges and corners from chips – a common cause of damage to glass hobs.

Key specs – Width: 59cm; Type: Ceramic; Surface material: Glass; Number of burners: 4; Burner power range: 1 – 2.2kW

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