PRICES AND INSTALLATION
Hopefully, you now have a good idea about what kind of hob you’re going to buy. The final things to consider are the price and how it’s going to be installed.
We explain what you can get for your money below, and what you need to think about when fitting your hob.
Different hob types have different price ranges. If you’re looking at a basic four burner or four zone design, gas and ceramic models range from £90 to about £400, and solid plate models from a budget-friendly £80 to £180. Induction and gas-on-glass designs are more expensive, starting at around £180. The sky’s the limit with induction hob prices – zoneless models and those with the latest technology can cost upwards of £3000.
Gas hobs with five burners can be as cheap as £150, while you might find a sixburner model for around £350. Five-zone induction hobs are more expensive, from about £500, and for six zones, you’ll have to pay at least £600. If you want a larger electric hob without spending too much, you can buy a five-zone ceramic hob for as little as £250.
Most of the time, you pay for what you get. Upwards of £900 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 £700.
Considering that they’re half the size of standard hobs, domino models aren’t actually cheaper. They start at around £100 for gas or ceramic designs, and £200 for induction. The most expensive tend to be for specialist cooking, such as teppanyaki hobs – these are harder to find and an investment made only by the keenest cooks.
Hobs are harder to install than cookers, so you’ll likely need help from a professional. Take a look at our guide to hob 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 finding an experienced and trustworthy tradesperson. Remember to ask if they will disconnect and dispose of your old one. It’s also worth noting that some companies will only cut the hole in your worktop if it’s made from a certain material, such as wood, while others have restrictions on how much new pipework they will fit. This means that the closer the hob is to your gas supply, the better.
Hobs are harder to install than cookers, so you’ll likely need help from a professional.
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 on LPG bottled gas, speak to your engineer about the conversion and purchasing the kit.
ELECTRIC HOB INSTALLATION
It’s easier to install an electric hob, but you’ll still need help from an electrician. They will connect it to your supply for you and ensure that it’s safe. 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.
You should always try and place your hob and cooker on an outside wall to aid ventilation, and not under a window or behind an inwardly opening door.
Many retailers offer an installation service for an additional charge.
SPLASHBACK AND COOKER HOOD PRICES
If you’re adding a splashback and cooker hood to your hob setup, you should consider how they will fit into your budget.
The cheapest cooker hoods tend to be canopy, chimney, and visor models, which start at around £70. Telescopic and integrated hoods can cost as little as £100, while island hoods are pricier at £500 or more. Downdraft models are the most expensive, at anything from £700 upwards. If you want the most up-to-date technology and modern designs, you can pay as much as £2,500 for a cooker hood.
Splashbacks come in a wide range of sizes and materials, and can be bought readymade or cut to size, so prices vary widely. The most commonly found, cheaper types are stainless steel and glass, which some retailers sell from £40. You may have to pay more for tempered glass, while laminate models with effects like wood or stone start at £60. You can get standard size acrylic splashbacks cut for as little as £35, while retailers sell them at £60 upwards. Depending on where you buy and what design you’re after, you could fork out up to £200 for a standard size splashback.
Prices increase based on size, so expect a budget of at least £100 for most larger splashbacks. If you’re considering specialist materials, including high-quality acrylics and acrylic blends like Minerva, prices range from £200-£600 for most models. If you want to use tiles instead, you can make some good savings and spend as little as £10 or £20, but it will cost more to tile a bigger area of your kitchen.