Making renovation plans for your kitchen? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the different types of appliances available in the market, including hobs. If you’re still undecided on choosing between gas or induction hobs, we’re here to help with some pointers:

Flame Control

A gas hob gives you greater temperature control, where the size of the flame can be easily adjusted to suit your cooking needs. Induction hobs generate and transfer heat to cookware through magnetic fields – while they work faster, the hobs lack a physical flame. So if you prefer the wok-hei taste in your food, a gas hob is a better choice.

Tecno gas hob
Tecno’s gas hob with the Inferno Wok Burner technology ensures powerful flames, cool-touch knobs and an instant ignition safety valve
Photo: Tecno

Unlike gas hobs, induction ones have built-in timers that enable you to pre-set cooking times – a useful feature for those with tight schedules.

Fujioh induction hob
Combining form and functionality, Fujioh’s FH-ID5125 induction hob allows you to turn one or more cooking zones off after a set time is up
Photo: Lazada

Choice of Pots and Pans

Induction hobs require cookware that work with the hob’s magnetic coils – this means when shopping for pots, pans and woks, you’ll have to actively look out for those specially designed for use with induction hobs. This is to ensure proper heat transfer for cooking.

Pan on induction hob
Some induction hobs are only compatible with pots and pans of specific sizes and material

On the other hand, most pots and pans are compatible with gas hobs, so you will not have to worry about selecting specific ones.

Maintenance

Without pot stands, wiping down the flat surface of an induction hob is a much easier task (no more cleaning out the nooks and crannies of gas hobs!).

Bosch's serie 4 induction hob
In addition to low maintenance, Bosch’s Serie 4 Induction Hob is also equipped with more power for faster heating while maintaining its low energy consumption feature

However, while they come with fuss-free cleaning, induction hobs are more prone to scratches and sometimes cracks (especially if you place a hot pan on the glass surface). As such, it’s advised to not use the induction hob as a countertop and instead, place your hot cooking utensils on the actual countertop.

Tecno’s Gas-Induction Hybrid Glass Hob
Tecno’s Gas-Induction Hybrid Glass Hob features the best of both worlds and provides homeowners with more flexibility

Plan B

It is always good to plan for emergencies. In the event of a power outage, an induction hob is not going to work, hence a gas hob will come in handy – especially if you’re in the middle of meal prep.

We hope these points are helpful in choosing your hob. Now, on to choose a suitable hood for your home!

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