- How does a ceramic hob work?
- Why choose a ceramic hob? Pros and cons
- What to consider before buying your electric hob
Find the perfect dual and 4 burner ceramic hob, on Klarstein
If you like to spend a lot of time in your kitchen and cook daily, choosing the right hob is not a minor detail. A hob is a household appliance that, given its usefulness and interactivity with the user, gives a certain character to the kitchen, enriching it with personality and adding beauty to a modern style. For this reason, we pay great attention to the aesthetics of the hob, which with its modern and essential lines can make even the most anonymous cooking area look great.
A ceramic hob, in particular, is a cooking system in which there is a glass between the heat source and the pot or pan to be heated. The introduction of the glass-ceramic has brought a whole renovation in the kitchen, both in terms of design and functionality, since it is more comfortable to clean and it has heat indicators that warn that the plates remain hot, which allows saving energy.
On Klarstein you can find different models of electric hobs for sale, designed to guarantee maximum functionality and made with quality materials to ensure maximum durability. Read on to find out what their main features are, and take advantage of our offers.
How does a ceramic hob work?
Elecric cooking hobs work following a very simple principle: the base on which the cooker rests is heated through radiant plates that heat up using a heating element capable of reaching high temperatures. Glass ceramic hob can be operated by radiant plates or halogen plates. In the first case, a circular heating element inside the halogen hob, when heated, transmits its heat to the glass-ceramic and from this to the cooker. The heating process in this way is not very efficient, because the heat must first pass from the heating element to the ceramic plate and then from this to the cooker.
In the second case, however, the heat is developed employing highly efficient halogen lights. In this way, much higher efficiency of about 58% is achieved. This solution has the advantage of reducing the consumption of electricity and ensures great efficiency during cooking. The temperature of these appliances can be adjusted through touch controls.
One system or another differs in terms of impact on the bill and the speed with which the burners reach the cooking temperature. For the rest, both are equipped with a scratch-proof surface that is very resistant to very high temperatures: an important detail, not only because it is easy to use and move several pots without damaging the hob, but also because it will be easy to clean the ceramic surface with a scraper in case the food gets encrusted by burning on the edge of the plates.
Why choose a ceramic hob? Pros and cons
When you decide to buy and install a ceramic hob, various aspects should not be overlooked, starting with the actual impact on the consumption bill, the size of the hob and the relative ease of connecting the hob to the system by recessing it in the special compartment of the kitchen.
The most important reason for choosing a ceramic hob, whether electric or electromagnetic, is that it allows you to cook when there’s no gas supply connection in the immediate vicinity. It is therefore indispensable if you want to move the cooking area into the island kitchen, or if you want to create a kitchen where it was not originally set up, such as a courtyard or attic.
Glass-ceramic is very resistant to heat - it can reach up to 800°C - and thermal shocks: this means that even in case cold water is thrown on the heated surface, the material will remain intact. Glass-ceramic hobs are particularly suitable for kitchens where it is not possible to run gas pipes, such as island kitchens, tavern kitchens or outdoor cooking areas.
Ceramic hobs have many advantages, such as no flame, greater stability of the pots and pans and extreme ease of cleaning. On the other hand, before buying one, you should also consider that:
- they are usually more expensive than traditional gas cooking hobs
- the surface heats up and you have to be careful not to get burnt
- require a substantial amount of electricity for operation, with a tangible impact on your bill
What to consider before buying your electric hob
To choose your ideal ceramic hob the parameters to take into consideration are not many, but they all have their importance. They are the type of installation, the materials used, the size of the hob, the number and type of burners, energy consumption, available controls, design and maintenance.
One of the most important aesthetic differences between electric kitchen tops is that between recessed and raised models. As the names suggest, the former is designed to remain at the edge of the kitchen cabinet in which they will be inserted, while the raised ones can be inserted several centimetres above the work surface. On a practical level, there is no difference in terms of how the hot plate works.
Halogen hobs all have a glass-ceramic surface under which the lamps are arranged. Some radiant models can instead be made of stainless steel with directly exposed heating elements. These products may be cheaper than their glass-ceramic counterparts, but without a perfectly level plate protecting the heating elements they are more difficult to clean.
As with traditional hobs, not all models fit every kitchen. The most common four-burner hobs are designed to have dimensions comparable to those of their gas counterparts, but if you wish to have more hobs available, make sure that the width of the hob is compatible with what is available at home.
Number of cooking surfaces
Knowing the number of cooking surfaces on an electric hob cooker is essential to know how many dishes or condiments can be prepared or heated at the same time. The most popular models have four burners, but in our product gallery, you will also find more compact models with two burners
Electric hobs are more practical and safer than their gas counterparts, but the energy consumption is not necessarily lower. The values to be kept under control before purchasing are the total watts the product can dispose of, together with the maximum watts absorbed by the single burners. The reason is simple: using several burners at the same time and full power could be incompatible with your electricity supply and overload the system.
The controls of an electric hob play a particularly important role in its choice, because unlike those of a traditional model they are generally touch type. Their practicality, therefore, depends on the functions offered by the product and the skill of the engineers in simplifying its use: that's why before purchasing, you need to take a few more minutes to look at this detail.
Based mainly on glass-ceramic surfaces, the design of electric hobs does not differ much from one product to another, with substantial changes represented mainly by the layout of the burners and the controls. The only exception is represented by hybrid products and radiant electric hobs with stainless steel surfaces, less elegant and symmetrical but more practical for those who wish to have gas burners or exposed heating elements available.
The maintenance of models with a ceramic hob is much easier than that of hybrid models with gas cookers or models with directly exposed heating elements. In the former, a few passes of sponge and detergent are sufficient (taking care that the surface is not incandescent); in the other models, on the other hand, attention must also be paid to the heating elements, burners and gas nozzles.