Before choosing new cookware, you’ll want to consider what will be suitable for your hob and the type of cooking you want to use it for.
A popular choice, gas hobs are usually lit with a built-in ignition and heat via a flame that’s instantly adjustable. Choosing the correct sized ring is important, for maximum heat distribution without waste.
Slightly less wasteful and more cost effective than gas, electric hobs are another popular choice, and heat flat based pans evenly. A good choice for those who prefer not to cook with the open flame of a gas hob or prefer more heat control.
Induction hobs are an increasingly popular choice. They heat quickly and efficiently with a magnetic induction coil, which heats the cookware but not the cooking surface. This means they require pans with an iron component.
Induction hobs are compatible with:
- Cast Iron
- Magnetised Stainless Steel
Pans made from copper or pure aluminium are only compatible if their bases are bonded with a magnetic metal.
Ceramic hobs are made from ceramic glass with an electric heating element underneath. Pans with a shiny bottom can interfere with the heating element and are not recommended for this type of hob.
Halogen hobs are similar to ceramic hobs, but the heat is produced by a halogen lamp under the glass. Choose pans with thick bases, such as cast iron, as the heat comes in short, intense bursts.
Agas have solid hot plates that are usually made from cast iron and have a sealed electric element inside. Your cookware will need to withstand high temperatures, so pans with thick, flat bases are best.