Making the Choice
Basic hobs have two large and two small heating zones; five and six zone models are also available. Work out how big a heating area you want, and choose a hob with heating zones positioned to suit the way you like to cook. Extra features to look out for include a child lock, to protect young children, and a timer for long-simmering or time-critical foods. As we know how difficult it is to find your way through the maze of available options, we've selected some of the latest hobs to come on to the market to give you a feel for what's out there.
There's plenty of space on the induction hob from Whirlpool, which has a sizeable keep-warm zone in addition to its four induction zones. Features include touch control, power levels from 1 to 9, boost, a timer and a child lock.
A memory setting means you can programme up to five cooking processes on the induction hob from Miele. The hob has five zones with power levels from 1 to 12, touch controls, a timer, a boost button and a safety lock.
One of seven new models by Neff , the Point & Twist control has five zones, all with timers. It also has a keep-warm setting and a child lock.
Gaggenau's induction hob has five flexible cooking areas with 17 power levels and a memory function.
If you've no place to fit a standard induction hob, then try Belling's handy little Pronto portable model. It can be used outdoors if plugged into an RCCB socket and has four settings, touch controls and comes with a cast-iron griddle and a pan.
The MaxiSense Competence induction hob by AEG-Electrolux has no marked zones but four large induction areas. It has touch controls, 15 power levels, four timers and a child lock.
The largest hob is the De Dietrich range. It has five zones and 15 cooking levels, as well as special features such as 'Start Control', which enables the user to programme the hob to switch on and cook at a given time for a given period at a given heat. There's a timer on all zones and a child lock for the touch controls.
The induction hob from Smeg fits into a 60cm cut-out. It has four cooking zones, a boost, a timer and a child lock.