Whether you’re looking for a small domino hob, a luxurious six burner, or something in between, size is an important factor. There are many options to consider when it comes to the arrangement and dimensions of your new hob.
HOW MANY BURNERS?
Most hobs have four burners (referred to as zones on ceramic hobs). These provide plenty of room for cooking with multiple pans at the same time. While this number is adequate for most households, some may need a five or six burner design. There tends to be a considerable difference in price between a four and five burner, so really consider whether you need the extra space.
On the other hand, domino hobs have just one or two burners. They have smaller dimensions, saving space in bedsits or student kitchens. And, some high-end induction hobs can combine zones if you place a pan over more than one, or even be zone-less. This technology means you can place pans anywhere on the cooking surface.
Domino hobs have just one or two burners. They have smaller dimensions, saving space in bedsits or student kitchens.
It’s not just the number of burners that counts, but their type. The most common arrangement is one large, two medium, and a less powerful simmer burner. This combination suits most families’ needs, since it’s unlikely you’ll need to rapidly boil on four large rings at once. Small burners are just as important as large ones; if the flame or hot cooking surface is outside the pan, it wastes energy.
Five and six burner hobs often have a similar combination, with additional high-speed wok burners. These provide high, even heat over large surface areas. They’re ideal for stir frying and boiling large pans of water quickly.
With a domino hob, you’re likely to find a larger and a smaller burner. This ensures that even though the cooking area isn’t as big, you can still save energy when using a small saucepan.
Five and six burner hobs often have a similar combination, with additional high-speed wok burners.
Hobs come with two sets of measurements; the physical size of the product and the size of the gap into which it needs to fit. The gap is usually a couple of centimetres smaller than the hob, although the difference varies between models. A hob may sit in a 56 cm wide space in your worktop, but the top part will be wider, overlapping this surface.
The majority of integrated hobs use the same design: four burners in a rectangular panel. With standard models, the dimensions of the visible part will be approximately 60 cm wide. These measurements are typical across many kitchen appliances, so if you have a built-in oven of this size, you’ll easily be able to find a matching hob. Most fitted kitchen units also measure 60 cm, so you could install your new hob above one of these and place your oven elsewhere.
Because of the standardisation of kitchen units and worktops, the depth doesn’t vary much between hobs – they’re usually around 50 cm deep. And, considering the technology involved, the height is kept surprisingly low. Most are around five centimetres high, for minimal encroachment on the room beneath your worktop.
Five and six burner hobs tend to begin at 70 cm wide, although some are as large as 100 cm or more. You might even come across seven burner designs as wide as 120 cm, but the measurements depend on the arrangement of the burners. These bigger models provide a real impact and a restaurant kitchen feel, so you might want to try one if you’re an aspiring cook or have a large family.
The main advantage of domino hobs is their size. Most measure in at around 30 cm wide – half of a regular hob, fitting into smaller kitchens with ease. Some people install two domino hobs, or a domino and a standard hob, side-by-side. If you’re lucky enough to have flexible countertop space, you can combine different cooking styles, such as an induction hob and a gas wok burner.
When considering hob size, you also need to think about protecting your appliances and fixtures. It’s best to leave at least 75 cm between the hob and cooker hood above, and nine centimetres on either side of the hob – this ensures better ventilation. You should also keep things like sockets, shelves, and kitchen cupboards out of this zone.
Five and six burner hobs tend to begin at 70 cm wide, although some are as large as 100 cm or more.