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A ceramic hob is the ingenious addition to any well-equipped kitchen. Food can be prepared and heated quickly and easily. Whether large or small, to match your oven or installed separately: There is an ideal ceramic hob for everyone.

Our large ceramic hob test guide will help you find the best ceramic hob for you. We have compared different types of ceramic hobs and listed their respective advantages and disadvantages. This should make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




Summary

  • Common ceramic hobs are made of glass ceramic and have a very smooth, easy-to-clean surface.
  • A basic distinction is made between self-sufficient and stove-top ceramic hobs. It is up to you to decide which ceramic hob is right for you.
  • Thanks to their special heating technology, ceramic hobs are more energy-efficient than other hobs. This means that the heat can be used optimally for your food.

The Best Ceramic Hobs: Our Picks

Ceramic hobs: Buying and evaluation criteria

If you are looking for a ceramic hob that suits you, you will come across a variety of offers on the Internet. In the following, we will show you which aspects can help you choose the ideal ceramic hob.

In summary, these are:

Below we explain what to look for in each aspect.

Size

Ceramic hobs are available in sizes from about 60 to 90 cm wide. These are usually 4 separate hobs on the ceramic hob, each with a different size.

The dimensions of the hobs can vary depending on the manufacturer.

Smaller ceramic hobs with a width of around 60 cm are popular in single households or smaller families with 4 people.

Larger ceramic hobs with a width of around 80 to 90 cm are preferred in larger families. Even if you have wider cooking pots, roasters or pans, a larger ceramic hob can be a good choice. Depending on the manufacturer, there can be up to 6 hobs on the ceramic hob.

In addition, the size of the extractor bonnet and the ceramic hob should be similar. This way, the steam can be ideally dissipated.

Self-sufficient or stove-top

Before buying a ceramic hob, you should decide whether you prefer a self-sufficient or stove-top ceramic hob.

A self-sufficient ceramic hob is equipped with its own control unit and can be connected separately from the cooker.

Cooker-bound or non-autonomous ceramic hobs can only be combined with special ovens. If you already have an oven, you should make sure that the two elements can be combined.

It is also possible to buy the ceramic hob together with the oven.

Controls

There are various ways to operate the ceramic hob. These are rotary knobs, touch fields and slider operation.

Rotary knobs are usually only offered in the combination of a ceramic hob with an oven. These are the stove-mounted ceramic hobs where the elements are coordinated with each other.

Touch fields can be operated directly by fingerprint. The hob or the desired heat level are set by manual input.

The touch fields can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer.

The temperature can also be set quickly using the slider control. Simply move your finger to the desired level.

Which control element is suitable for you depends on your personal preferences.

Additional functions

Ceramic hobs usually have additional functions that make them easier to use and increase safety.

Many ceramic hobs already have integrated timers. This makes it easier to set the right cooking time for your food. With self-sufficient ceramic hobs, this function is usually integrated as standard.

With an additional switch-off function in the ceramic hob, the respective hob is automatically switched off after the time has elapsed. This makes it easy to set the correct cooking time for your food.

The more functions your ceramic hob has, the more convenient it is to use.

Childproof locks are also an important safety feature. Children cannot switch on the ceramic hob without you being present. This prevents the possibility of getting burnt and is integrated as standard in the newer ceramic hobs.

An additional residual heat indicator shows you which of the hobs are still hot after use. Depending on the manufacturer, this residual heat can be displayed in different heat levels.

Ceramic hobs: Frequently asked questions and answers

Here we answer the most important questions about ceramic hobs. In the end, you will have an overview of all the important information.

What is a ceramic hob and who is it suitable for?

It's hard to imagine a well-equipped kitchen without a ceramic hob. The hobs are usually made of glass ceramic and have special heating coils. The most common ceramic hobs have four to six cooking zones on which food can be prepared.

If you like to cook a lot, a ceramic hob is the ideal kitchen appliance for you.

The ceramic hob only heats up at the reddish glowing hotplate, as it is not heat-conductive. Besides the hobs, the ceramic hob therefore hardly gets hot, which can have a positive effect on energy consumption. The hobs can usually be divided into different zones. This allows the ceramic hob to adapt optimally to the size of your cooking pots.

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An elegant ceramic hob is an eye-catcher in any well-equipped kitchen.
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The simple and safe handling makes cooking easier and enables lower energy consumption.

What types of ceramic hobs are there?

In general, there are two types of ceramic hobs. These are self-sufficient and stove-mounted ceramic hobs.

Self-sufficient ceramic hobs

A self-sufficient ceramic hob has its own control unit and can be connected separately to the oven. This means you can continue to use your oven and do not have to orientate yourself to the ceramic hob.

Advantages
  • separate connection
  • separate control
  • own oven can continue to be used
Disadvantages
  • Individual purchases are usually more expensive than combinations

If you buy an oven and ceramic hob separately, they usually cost more than the combinations on offer. This also depends on the manufacturer and the type of appliance.

Stove-top ceramic hobs

Stove-top ceramic hobs can only be used with special ovens. When buying, you should make sure that your two appliances are compatible.

Advantages
  • visually matching overall appearance
  • combinations are usually cheaper
Disadvantages
  • no automatic adjustment
  • own oven must be compatible with the ceramic hob

If you opt for a combination of ceramic hob and oven, they are usually much cheaper than the individual appliances.

What does a ceramic hob cost?

The cost of a ceramic hob depends on the type, size, manufacturer and built-in extras. The price range for good ceramic hobs goes from around 100 to 2,000 euros.

Type size price range
self-sufficient ceramic hob approx. 60 cm from approx. 100 euros
self-sufficient ceramic hob approx. 80 cm from approx. 150 euros
stove-top ceramic hob approx. 60 cm from approx. 200 euros
stove-top ceramic hob approx. 80 from approx. 250 euros

Smaller ceramic hobs with a size of approx. 60 cm are therefore cheaper to buy at auction than those with a size of approx. 80 cm. This is mainly due to the workmanship and the respective design of the ceramic hob.

What alternatives are there to a ceramic hob?

Induction hobs or gas hobs can be mentioned as alternatives to a ceramic hob. We have compiled a brief description of both hobs for you below.

Type Description
Induction hob Here, the hob does not heat itself, but transfers the energy to the magnetic base of the pot or pan. An induction hob is therefore very energy-efficient. However, if you have pots without a magnetic base, you cannot use them on an induction hob.
Gas hob Food can be heated particularly quickly with a gas hob. After use, the gas hob cools down again quickly, which is an additional safety aspect. The surface is usually made of stainless steel or glass ceramic. Cast-iron pan supports are mounted on it to hold the cooking pots.

However, a ceramic hob is easy to use and does not require any special cooking pots. Even if you don't like to cook with gas, the ceramic hob is a good choice.

How is a ceramic hob constructed?

A ceramic hob consists of several cooking zones. These are the roasting zone, the two- and three-circuit zone, the keep-warm zone and the pressure cooking zone.

The roasting zone enables complete heating of a roast without energy loss. Heating is fast and can be regulated as needed.

The two- and three-circuit zones save a lot of energy by allowing the heating zones of the hobs to be switched on manually. With a small pot, only that part of the hob is heated instead of the entire circle.

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With your ceramic hob, you can easily prepare a quick dinner or a whole menu and keep it warm.
(Image source: Carolina Cossio / Unsplash)

The keep-warm zone is a practical solution for keeping finished dishes warm. Especially if you are preparing several courses or want to be flexible with serving, this feature is an advantage.

The fast cooking zone allows you to heat and prepare your food quickly. This zone is usually found on larger ceramic hobs.

How do I clean a ceramic hob properly?

The smooth surface of a ceramic hob makes it easy to clean. If food residues or stains have settled on the ceramic hob, it is best to clean it with a sponge or cloth and warm water. Add a little soap to remove the stains optimally.

If food residues cannot be removed with a sponge, you can also use a glass scraper and cleaner for ceramic hobs.

How do I repair a ceramic hob if it is defective?

Because a ceramic hob is made of glass ceramic, care must be taken. Despite this, it happens from time to time that a heavy pot falls on the ceramic hob and leaves a crack. However, it is difficult to repair this yourself.

The ceramic hob should not be used any longer.

Especially in the area of the heat loops, the crack can crack further on contact with water. Repairing this flaw is usually difficult. Therefore, it is advisable to contact the manufacturer of your ceramic hob in this case. If the installation was not long ago, a less expensive replacement plate can be offered.

You can also take a look at your household insurance policy. In many cases, the ceramic hob is also insured.

Which pots are suitable for a ceramic hob?

Basically, you can use all pots and pans for a ceramic hob and do not have to pay attention to any special properties. Basically, the pot should have a flat base and no burnt-on dirt.

The following pots are only suitable for ceramic hobs to a limited extent due to their abrasion and poorer heat conduction:

  • pure aluminium (without alloy)
  • pure copper
  • Glass ceramic

In general, these materials can also be used. However, this may shorten the life of your ceramic hob.

Conclusion

A ceramic hob makes preparing food easier and more effective. In contrast to other hobs, the heat loss is lower and the safety is increased by the heat loops. When buying a ceramic hob, you can choose between different sizes and manufacturers.

Before buying, you should decide whether you need a self-sufficient or stove-top ceramic hob. If you want to keep your old oven, a stove-top ceramic hob is recommended. If you want to be more flexible in your choices, a self-sufficient ceramic hob is right for you. The smooth surface of all ceramic hobs makes cleaning very easy. With the right ceramic hob, cooking becomes more fun for everyone.

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