Whether you’re looking for a small domino hob, a luxurious six burner, or something in between, size is an important factor. We’ll explain your options 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). This provides plenty of room for juggling different pans at the same time. While that’s adequate for most households, others are better off with a five or six burner design. There tends to be quite a big difference in price between a four and five burner, so consider whether you really need the extra room. At the other end of the spectrum, domino hobs have just one or two burners. They’re smaller in dimensions, saving space in bedsits or student kitchens. The most expensive induction hobs can be zoneless. This amazing technology means you can place pans anywhere on the cooking surface.
It’s not only the number of burners which counts, but the type too. The most common arrangement is one large, two medium, and a less powerful simmer one. This combination suits most families’ needs well, since it’s unlikely you’ll need to rapidly boil on four big and powerful rings at once.
If the flame or hot cooking surface is outside the pan, it’s wasting energy, so believe it or not, small burners are just as important as large ones. Five and six burner hobs often have a similar combination, with additional high-speed wok burners. These provide really high and even heat over large surface areas. They’re ideal for stir frying, but also for boiling large pans of water quickly.
With a domino hob, you’re likely to find a large and a small burner. This ensures that even though the cooking area isn’t as big, you’ll still have the opportunity to save energy when using a small saucepan.
A hob will come with two sets of measurements; the physical size of the product and the size of the gap which it needs to sit into. The size of the gap is usually a couple of centimetres smaller than the size of the hob, although the difference varies between models. A hob may sit within a 56cm wide aperture in your worktop, but the top part will be wider, overlapping this surface.
The majority of integrated hobs use the same design: four burners sitting within a rectangular panel. With these models, the dimensions of the visible part will be approximately 60 cm wide. These measurements are very standard across many kitchen appliances, so if you have a built-in oven which measures 60 cm in width, you’ll easily be able to find a matching hob to place above it. Most fitted kitchen units also measure 60 cm, so you could install your new hob above one of those and place your oven elsewhere.
Because of the standardisation of kitchen units and worktops, the depth doesn’t vary much between large and small hobs – they’re all around 50cm deep. And considering the technology involved, the height is kept surprisingly low. Most are around 5cm high, for minimal encroachment on the space under your worktop.
Five and six burner hobs tend to begin at 70cm wide, although some are as large as 90cm. The measurements depend on the arrangement of the cooking space. These bigger designs give a real impact and a restaurant kitchen feel.
The main advantage of a domino hob is its size. They measure in at around 30cm wide – half of a regular hob, fitting into a snug spot 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 with a powerful gas wok burner.