Hob Prices and Installation
By now you’ll probably have a relatively good idea of what you’re going to buy. Before you go ahead and make the purchase, the two last things to consider are its price, and how it’s going to be installed. We explain what you can get for your money here, along with what you need to think about when fitting it.
Different types of hob have different price ranges. If you’re looking at standard four burner/zone design, gas and ceramic models range from £90 to £300, and solid plate electric ones a budget-friendly £70 to £120. Induction and gas-on-glass designs are more expensive, starting at £200. The sky’s the limit with induction hob prices – zoneless models, where the whole hob is a cooking surface, can cost upwards of £700.
Most of the time, you get what you pay for. Upwards of £1000 you’ll find designer induction hobs with five or six cooking zones, and a whole heap of special features. Gas hobs offer a similar level of luxury for around £800.
Considering they’re around half the size of a standard hob, domino models aren’t actually cheaper.
Considering they’re around half the size of a standard hob, domino models aren’t actually cheaper. They start around £100 for a gas or ceramic design, or £150 for an induction one. The most expensive types tend to be the specialist BBQ or teppanyaki hobs – they’re harder to find and an investment made only by the keenest cooks.
Hobs are harder to install than a freestanding cooker, so you’ll definitely need some help from a professional. Take a look at our guide to sizes for details on measuring your hob and the cutout section which it will sit inside.
Many retailers offer an installation service for an additional charge, saving you the hassle of having to find an experienced and trustworthy trades person. Remember to find out if they’ll disconnect your old one and dispose of it too. It’s also worth noting that some only cut the hole in your worktop if it’s made from a certain material such as wood, while some have restrictions on how much new pipework they’ll fit (so the closer it is to your gas supply the better).
Gas Hob Installation
Your hob will need to be connected to your gas supply by a Gas Safe registered engineer. A qualified electrician will hardwire it into your electricity supply to power the ignition and timers. If you’re planning on running your hob off LPG bottled gas, speak to your engineer about the conversion and purchasing the kit.
Electric Hob Installation
It’s a little easier to install an electric hob, but you’ll still need help from a qualified electrician. They’ll connect it to your supply for you, ensuring it’s all done safely. Check your hob has the right amp rating for your power supply – you should see either 13 amp standard plug sockets or 32 amp hardwired switches next to your current hob or cooker.
Many retailers offer an installation service for an additional charge.