A ceramic hob works by generating heat below its top surface that can be used for cooking. The ceramic hob is finished using ceramic glass, which makes it easier to clean and provides a stylish look for the kitchen appliance. Traditionally, ceramic hobs are powered electrically through induction. Gas-powered ceramic hobs have also been introduced into the market.Continue Reading
While a ceramic hob has advantages, such as its ability to heat up quickly, it has its share of drawbacks. One of the main drawbacks of a ceramic hob is that it may be higher priced than a traditional gas or electric hob. The ceramic hob also has difficulty in providing an even distribution of heat, and it is much more difficult to control than an electric model.
An electric-powered ceramic hob provides both flexibility of use and a better aesthetic appearance. However, the same issue in regards to heat control and poor heat distribution still applies.
A ceramic induction hob is typically more energy efficient and has a modern design. The surface of a ceramic induction hob is safe to touch and typically offers more safety features. However, as of 2014, the price of an induction hob tends to be higher than electric or gas-powered hobs.Learn more about Ovens & Ranges
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