Things to consider when buying a hob
Hobs function quite similar to conventional cooktops except that they are built-in and fetch more points in looks, safety and hygiene factors.
Hobs are always built-in into the kitchen slab. The hob fits into the aperture overlapping it and stands out. Since it is fixed, the cooking space is firm and sturdy unlike a cooktop. The surface/body design makes cleaning easy and simple. The risk of food particles getting collected is ruled out. The burners are of different types with support grills which allow you to place your heavy Roti/Dosa tawas, Big kadhai or Pressure cooker. Indian cooking requires the right temperature and right flame be it phulkas /parathas or dosas. You can place your pan and vessels on the right burner according to the power desired. In India Gas built-in Hobs are more prevalent because of energy saving vis a vis an electric one.
There are many brands and type of hobs available in the Indian market but one has to check whether they support our Indian style of cooking with assorted shaped vessels. Hobs come in a range of size and number of burners.
Factors for consideration
Size: It is the most important parameter as the hob is built-in into the counter. The slab has to be cut as per the cutting dimensions of the Hob. The cutting dimension is lesser than the surface dimension of the hob. One has to assess the workspace on the counter before deciding onto the size. Hobs are available in a range of sizes. The standard size is 60cm wide.
Hob Surface: The surface of the hob comes in Tempered Glass and Stainless steel with different types of finish. Some have features like scratch resistance, temperature resistance, corrosion resistance.
Burners: One can choose from 2/3/4/5 burner range. In a hob each burner is specifically designed to suit different type of cooking temperatures and pot/pan. The burners come in various types to support different size and shape of cooking vessel. When choosing a European design check if the burners suits Indian cooking style.
Triple Flame/Ring Burners: It has 3 vertical rings of flame that spread evenly from center to the sides to give the right heat for your Kadhai delicacies.
Wok burners/Heavy efficiency output (HEO) 3.5-4.5 (KW)
Semi Rapid/Standard burners 1.65-1.75KW
Auxillary /Economy burner-1KW
Multi Flame Control burners(MFC): They are brass burners which are highly energy efficient and boost speedy cooking. They are designed to suit Indian cooking style.
Ignition: Most hobs have electric auto ignition function wherein the knob needs to pressed to ignite and rotate for the desired flame. It has a chord which is connected main electricity for auto ignition. Some hobs have battery for auto ignition.
Pan Supports: They are grills that support the pan so that it does not wobble.They are made of cast iron with enameled finish and each model has a different design like cut grids or crowns. They should be easy to remove so that it can be cleaned without hassles.
Knobs/Controls: The knobs come in various shapes and finish. Hobs generally have the controls located in front but some Hobs have hobs located onto the right side which is an additional safety feature. Some hobs have rubber gaskets fitted around the knobs which makes cleaning easier and ensures no seepage of water occurs during cleaning.
Safety: Almost all hobs have a Flame Failure Device (FFD) which cuts off the gas supply if the flame extinguishes due to some reason. This prevents leakage of gas due to spillage or otherwise. Never compromise on safety of Gas Hobs. Ensure that your Hob is equipped with the latest safety devices.
Drip Trays: This is available in certain models which ensures additional hygiene.
Aesthetics: Hobs are available in various finish and designs. You may choose a hob to match your existing kitchen decor for an elegant and seamless look.
Budget: You may choose a hob matching your lifestyle and kitchen decor. They come in the range of Rs 9000 to Rs 45000.
A Built-In Hob stands proud on your counter adding style and glamour to your kitchen. It is high in energy efficiency. Your cooking space looks elegant and alluring always. The safety, ease of use and hygiene makes it a sought after appliance in modern Indian kitchen.
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