How to Choose the Perfect Kitchen Hob

  Choosing the right oven for your kitchen can be surprisingly difficult, with the countless variations on offer, each with their own set of pros and cons. It is important that you take these differing factors into account when picking your hob and this article will detail some of the key things to remember when you decide to choose your next appliance. Gas Hobs There are a few variations of gas hobs, from traditional styles to more modernised glass-topped appliances. By using a gas hob, you benefit from being able to see your heat source straight away – there’s no guessing or waiting to see if the system is working. They tend to be a little more expensive than their electric counterparts, but the instant nature of their heat, combined with the relative cheapness of gas compared to electricity is certainly a plus point. There are many designs and styles available, meaning they can fit seamlessly into any kitchen décor – whether you want a neutral, stainless steel finish or a more colourful design, there’s a gas hob to match your taste. Electrical Hobs Available at a cheaper purchase price than gas hobs, electric hobs are easy to clean, sleek in design and simple to use. However, unlike gas hobs, they take a short while to heat up, meaning that more energy is used. There are two variations of electric hob; a plate hob, where the plates are raised from the surface, and the ceramic hob where the heating plates are under the surface, making the hob flat. The latter is easier to clean than the plate hob, but both are lend themselves well to cleaning. As well as the traditional hobs mentioned above, there are also some other variations available. Aga cookers are a very costly appliance, with some models costing up to £10,000, but their versatility and quality means they can be the perfect choice for those from whom budget is not an issue. They are available in a range of colours, making them ideal for kitchens of any design or colour scheme, whether the room uses traditional or modern styles. The energy efficiency of the Aga has been a subject of controversy, with some criticising the high amount of energy they use (a small, two-oven Aga can use up to 425 kWh per week) – however they also generate enough heat to replace several radiators. One task you are faced with when buying a new appliance is finding one that fits with the design of your room. At Touchstone Worktops, we have a huge range of granite, quartz and natural stone worktops that help create the perfect atmosphere in your kitchen, along with the ability to install your chosen surface to the highest standard. We stock surfaces from the world’s leading manufacturers, including Silestone, Caesarstone and Dekton, all installed with the highest standard of care, precision and craftsmanship. Whether you want a brightly coloured kitchen or one with subtle tones, we have exactly what you need and our expert fitters can deliver and install your worktop efficiently and professionally, allowing you to enjoy your new kitchen quickly. For more information, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help!

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