When looking for a gas hob on sale, or a cheap gas hob, it pays to know what you want from a gas hob, and even if getting gas is the right choice for you. With so many different options out there now, it makes sense to be well armed with all the latest knowledge before going and getting the first one you see.
Gas hobs are the most common type of cooking hobs on the market. They have kept popularity even with the advances in technology in terms of induction hobs, and modern electric cretic hobs. This, in spite of the fact that electric hobs are cheaper than gas hobs when compared on a like for like basis.
You can contribute the popularity of gas hobs to familiarity. More people are used to cooking with a gas hob burner and because of this, they prefer one. But, there's more to it than that. People find the instant response you get from a gas burner, is far better than that of electric. Even though modern induction hobs are pretty much instant these days.
Here are a few pros and cons of a low priced gas hob:
Easy to control heat
Hobs are cheaper on a brand match basis
Very good at heat displacement
You can visible see the heat when turned on
Needs to be professionally installed
Hard to clean in the more hard to reach places as opposed to ceramic hobs
Now you've seen the pros and cons and have still decided that getting a quality gas hob is the best thing for you, it's good to know what types of gas hobs their are.
Types of Gas Hobs
4 Ring Burner Gas Hob These are the most common type of gas hobs you'll see. They are a standard 60cm and have 4 gas burners of varying sizes. They need to be prosaically installed, as do all gas appliances, but once in place, very little can go wrong with them. Even the cheaper gas hob models should last for many years to come.
2 Ring Burner Gas Hob More commonly found in small studio flats and small kitchens for one. A 2 ring burner is great for those short on space and don't do much in the way of cooking. Keep in mind though, that even though you're getting half the space, you're not getting half the price. 2 ring burners can still be as much as a 4 ring burner, or just a fraction less.
90cm Wide Gas Hob A 90cm wide gas hob will usually be accompanied by a range cooker, although there are no rules saying you have to do it this way. 90cm wide gas hobs can have 6 burners, or 4 burners and a warming plate, or a few other different options. Great for those who like to cook and have plenty of space in their kitchen.
70cm Wide Gas Hob These are fairly new to the market but they look great. They don't look as out of place with a standard size oven as a 90cm gas hob does, and you can get 5 burners on their.
These are the main types of gas hobs, you can be a gas on glass hob, but they are very expensive and don't warm up any quicker than the ceramic hobs so we feel that they're not worth the extra money just yet.
Budget for Gas Hobs
When buying any kind of appliance or large item, it pays to set a good budget and stick to it. This is the same for buying a gas hob. If you've only got less than £100, you can still get a decent quality long lasting cheap gas hob. So with that in mind, let's have a look at the gas hobs that are available for different budgets.
Gas Hobs for Under £100 There's quite a bit of choice in the under £100 mark for a gas hob, but they don't really vary that much, only in looks and finishes. Essentials from Currys have 2 different ones at £65. This is amazing value for money and a great cheap gas hob. They are the same ones, but have 2 different finishes, black and white. There is a chrome one thats the same too, but this is £5 more. You can even get a 2 burner gas hob for smaller spaces in this price range.
Gas Hobs from £100 to £250 Plenty of choice here, there are more brands and even a few 70cm wide gas hobs for nearer the £250 mark. Neff have some really good ones at this price in the 4 burner style, but we think the Indesit Aria is our top pick. It's a 4 ring gas hob, but looks great and has some amazing reviews. It's also on sale with £100 off, making it great value for money at under £200.
Gas Hobs from £250 to £500 Now you're starting to get into the high end quality brands of gas hobs. There are ones from Bosch, Zanussi and Smeg. You can also start to look at full range hobs, 90cm wide gas hobs and so on. Pretty hard to pick out one single gas hob from this price range as they are all a really good quality. But one that stands out for us is the Siemens EP916QB91E. This is a full 90cm gas hob and it looks absolutely amazing and from a great brand. It's around the £470 mark, so it's for those with a really decent budget.
Gas Hobs from £500+ Unless money is no option, or there is something special that you absolutely must have, we feel there isn't to much need in shopping in this budget for a gas hob. The brands to look out for if you do however, are, Miele and Siemens. These are a stand out high end brand that we love the look and build quality of. Gas hobs at this price also have automatic ignition. This is a great feature that looks so cool, but it isn't going to cook the food fro you so it's a bit of a gimmick really, not that there's anything wrong with that.
So these are the types of brands to look out for and the what you can expect from the different budgets.
We have all the prices of all the gas hobs from Currys, Argos, AO.com and Appliances Direct. These are the biggest retailers in the UK and have some of the best deals around. Getting these gas hobs on a sale is a great way to get top value for money on them.
All the prices are listed in order from the cheapest gas hob that each shop has, all the way to the most expensive that they have. This, we feel, makes it easy to set your budget and see who is selling the gas hob you want for the lowest price.