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Gas v Induction Hob: Here’s How to Choose

When you’re designing a new kitchen, choosing between a gas or induction hob is one of the key decisions. Many people already have their preferences, and much of the decision comes down to personal choice, but we wanted to share some of the pros and cons of gas versus induction hobs to help you make the choice.

Gas hobs are often seen as a more traditional style of hob and can offer a great aesthetic in a more traditional or shaker-style kitchen.

Here are some of the pros of a gas hob:

  • They can make you feel more ‘connected’ to your cooking experience. Because of the presence of a flame, many keen cooks like the use a gas hob as it makes them feel more in tune with the heat and timings of cooking when making a meal.
  • They can help making adjusting the heat easier. Because you can physically see the flame, you can instantly see the level the heat is at when you turn it up or down, which for some people, makes things easier.
  • They’re compatible with most pans already in your kitchen. Generally speaking, if you already have a gas hob, you won’t need to buy new pots and pans, whereas you may if you switch to an induction top.

But what about the cons of a gas hob? These might include:

  • Less precision control. A gas hob may not always offer the same level of precision heat control as an induction hob.
  • They can look bulky. The metal grids and protruding gas rings may not look as streamlined as you want them too, especially in a more modern or minimal kitchen.
  • They’re more awkward to clean. Often gas hobs will hold more dirt and food particles and can take more effort to clean than an induction hob which can be quickly wiped down.

Induction hobs are often seen as a more modern way of cooking, and can look great in most styles of kitchen, from traditional to ultra-modern. Here are some of the pros of an induction hob:

  • They heat up, quick. Induction hobs tend to reach the desired temperature faster than their gas equivalent, which can save time in the kitchen.
  • They offer precise heat control. The temperature of each ring can be adjusted in smaller increments, meaning many prefer the more precise level of heat control they offer.
  • They’re easy to clean. Generally, cleaning an induction hob is as easy as wiping it clean with a cloth and some glass cleaner.

Let’s consider the cons of an induction hob. These might include:

  • The absence of an actual flame. Some cooking purists may feel that not cooking over a flame lessens their experience in the kitchen.
  • The need for new pans. If you switch to induction, you may need to buy new pans as some are not compatible for use with induction hobs.
  • It may look too modern. Depending on the overall aesthetic you’re aiming for, the sleek and minimal style of an induction hob may simply be too modern-looking for your taste.

Ultimately, whether you choose a gas or induction hob comes down to your personal preference, but we hope these pros and cons of each have been useful in helping you decide.

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