How to choose a gas hob - 5-step guide for the buyer

The gas hob is the favorite of all the chefs and cooks from Julia Vysotskaya to Gordon Ramzi. The reasons why it is better than an electric cooker exist at least 3:

  • Firstly, it does not increase the electricity bill, but gas costs quite inexpensively. By the way, electric hob - this is one of the biggest "consumers" of energy in the house.
  • The instant appearance and shutdown of heating, as well as a sensitive reaction to its adjustment make the gas cooker ideal for solving all culinary tasks: cooking, stewing, frying, frying, etc.
  • There is a widespread opinion that food cooked on gas fire is more useful and tastier than food prepared on an electric or microwave oven, since this source of heating is the most natural and close to the ideal - open fire.

In this material, we will tell you how to choose the ideal built-in gas cooking surface: effective, safe, beautiful and easy to clean.

Step 1. Select the panel material, and at the same time the color and design

The hob can be made of stainless or enameled steel, as well as glass ceramics or tempered glass. All surfaces have something in common - they are equally prone to scratching and are approximately equally easily cleaned of burnt food residues. But the difference is still there:

Stainless steel. The material is good for its durability, withstands even aggressive cleaning agents, for ease of cleaning, it can be given a confident 2 place. But there is a nuance: the surface should be matte, otherwise it will be visible fingerprints.

  • The stainless steel gas cooker is ideal for modern interiors, in which there are already silver or chrome parts.

Газовая варочная панель andз нержавеющей сталand в современном andнтерьере

However, in the classical kitchen, it is also appropriate.

  • Варочная панель andз нержавейкand в классandческом andнтерьере
  • Варочная панель andз нержавейкand в классandческом andнтерьере

Enamelled steel. For ease of cleaning, the enamel surface occupies 1 place. To bring a very dirty slab to the state of a new one is possible with the help of Fairy alone or a means for cleaning the ovens. However, it is less resistant to abrasives, and for a period of many years of use it may appear small chips and scrapes.

Эмалandрованная газовая варочная поверхность в классandческом andнтерьере

Enamelled gas cooktop in the classic kitchen interior

  • But the gas hob from enamelled steel can be not only white, but also cream, beige, brown or black. Best of all, this stove will fit into the classic kitchen interior (especially beige with brass switches), retro interior or ultra-modern decor (in black).

Варandанты эмалandрованной варочной панелand

Glass ceramics. Glass-ceramic gas hob has the marketing name "gas on glass". The surface of glass ceramics is wear-resistant, it is easy to clean, but still somewhat more troublesome than stainless steel or enamel. So, for example, to clean the stove from grease stains, it will have to be wiped several times. The second disadvantage is that the stove can crack or break off from a strong impact. The color of the glass-ceramic gas panel is often white or black.

Белая стеклокерамandческая варочная панель в andнтерьере

Strained glass. This material is stronger and thicker than glass ceramics, otherwise it almost does not differ from it - the tempered glass is not less beautiful and heat-resistant, it is cleaned approximately as easily.

  • The tempered glass hob can be not only black, white or beige, but also in rare cases colored - red, copper, lilac, etc.
  • Газовая варочная панель andз белого закаленного стекла
  • Газовая варочная панель andз белого закаленного стекла


  • The most impractical color of the gas hob is black. Against this background, even the smallest dust particles, drops, crumbs, stains and, of course, fingerprints are noticeable.
  • The most non-marble color is beige, white or grayish-white.
  • Choosing the color and design of the gas stove, you can orientate yourself to the color of other kitchen appliances (for example, hoods and oven), as well as the color of the apron / countertop / facades / other interior elements.
  • It is desirable that the switches do not have recesses and ribbing (as they are easier to clean), and also not too glossy, otherwise they will always seem dirty.

See also:

  • Choose a gas oven - a cheat sheet for a buyer of 7 steps
  • 8 steps of cooking hood selection and 40 photos

Step 2. Which lattice is better - cast iron or steel?

The lattices of enamelled steel are good for their strength and stability. They do not deform either from gravity or from prolonged heating. However, they are very heavy and difficult to care because of their porosity. Unfortunately, washing them in a dishwasher is undesirable, since after such a "bath" cast iron can rust.

  • The iron is smoother, the less fat and dirt adhere to it and the easier it is to wash it.
  • It is good, if for each ring there is a separate grate - so it becomes easier to wash the plate.
Газовая варочная панель с отдельнымand конфоркамand

In this plate, the burners are good because, firstly, they are separate, and secondly they are elongated so that it is more convenient to move heavy dishes from one place to another

The advantages of enameled gratings: cheapness, ease of cleaning due to a smooth surface and low weight. However, over time, the enamel coating is damaged, and the structure itself can deform and flex. In addition, the steel grating is less stable than heavy cast iron.

Lattice made of enamelled steel

Lattice made of enamelled steel

When choosing a gas hob in the store, make sure that the grilles are stable and have special pads that protect the surface from scratching.

Step 3. Estimate the burners

On gas cookers, the burners can be standard, with a double or triple flame row.

  • A ring with a triple crown. This is the most efficient burner. Well, if the hob has at least one such. Boil it on a large pot of water can be in minutes.

In addition to traditional burners, there are others:

  • Direct Flame. This burner, which produces a flame through a lot of micro-holes, so that the dishes are heated evenly, with the least loss of gas and heat, and most importantly 20% faster. It is equipped with some models of hobs from Hotpoint Ariston.
  • Express-ring WOK. Some advanced models of hobs have one express-burner WOK. It is a powerful burner with a double or triple crown and an adapter for a wok-pan (with a spherical bottom). In fact, it is quite versatile and convenient just for cooking in any large dishes.
Konforka vok

Konforka vok

  • Grilling plate. It is a small grate, under which burners are installed. On it you can fry meat, fish and vegetables.

Варочная панель с грandлем

When choosing a hob, pay attention to the location of the burners. So, for example, they can be placed not by a square, but by a rhombus. Thanks to this decision, the apron is spoiled less, and the extractor works a little more efficiently. But, as many users note in the reviews, this is not very convenient when the burners are fully loaded.

Ромбовandдная схема расположенandя конфорок

Step 4. Determine the size and shape of the plate

The standard hob has a width and depth of about 60 cm and can accommodate 4 burners of different diameters. Plate of this format is suitable for most users - families of 3-5 people and kitchens with an area of ​​7 square meters. m.

Варочная панель шandрandной 60 см

However, in some cases it is better to depart from the usual solution and choose a hob of a smaller / larger size and a non-standard shape.

  • For a small kitchen, a small family (up to 3 people), a bachelor or a cooking antifanate cooker with 2-3 burners is suitable.
  • Газовая варочная панель тandпа домandно на маленькой кухне в хрущевкеGas hob "Domino" in a small kitchen in Khrushchev
  • Газовая варочная панель тandпа домandно на маленькой кухне в хрущевкеGas hob "Domino" in a small kitchen in Khrushchev
  • Газовая варочная панель тandпа домandно на маленькой кухне в хрущевкеGas hob "Domino" in a small kitchen in Khrushchev

Газовая панель с тремя конфоркамand

  • For a family of 3-5 people and a kitchen more than 7 square meters. m is to choose a standard slab (width 60 cm).
  • For a large family and those who often host a family holiday, a plate with a width of 70-75 cm or 90-95 cm with 4-5 burners is more suitable.

Варочная панель с 5 конфоркамand

  • If the kitchen cabinet is not deep, then you should pay attention to the narrow hobs - 40 cm wide and 120 cm long (size for 4 burners).
  • On corner kitchen can be installed corner hob (to it, however, it is more difficult to choose the hood).

Depending on your personal preferences and kitchen design, you can choose a hob in the form of a square, a circle, a boomerang or a rectangle.

Round hob

Round hob гармонandчно соседствует с круглой мойкой. Также она актуальна, еслand в andнтерьере уже есть круглые элементы. Onпрandмер, это могут быть прandнты на обоях/шторах, настенные часы andлand декоратandвное зеркало

Step 5. We decide whether gas control and electric ignition are needed

Gas control - a thermoelectric system that stops the gas supply in the event of flame damping, say, due to flooding with runaway milk or a strong gust of wind. The system works regardless of electricity. The advantage of hobs with gas control is obvious, but there are also disadvantages:

  • The ignition does not work immediately, but after 3-6 seconds, when the thermocouple is warmed up (sensor element) and gives a signal about the possibility of gas supply. At this time, the switch needs to be held, which is not very convenient, especially if the semi-automatic ignition is set.
  • Another nuance: the long use of the plate wears out the gas control, the ignition becomes more difficult and can take more than 6 seconds. However, the failed gas control can be repaired, replaced or completely disconnected.

If the kitchen has strong drafts, or you are not too sure about the care of your households, then gas control is necessary. Fortunately, most modern hobs, including inexpensive ones, are equipped with this useful feature.

For cooks, confident in their vigilance and unwilling to put up with a 6-second ignition, there are models without gas control. In addition, this function can be turned off in any gas stove.

Electro-ignition - they are equipped with all modern gas hobs. It can be automatic or semi-automatic. The first, of course, is much more convenient: in order for the burner to light up sufficiently to turn the gas valve opening knob.

Child lock - the function allows you to block the gas supply to all the burners by pressing one button. To turn on the gas supply, press the button and simultaneously turn to the stop.

Some more useful information

  • The connection of the gas hob must be carried out by specialists from the city gas service, and not by an outside organization.
  • Those who live outside the city, where sometimes there are interruptions with the supply of gas or electricity, it is worth paying attention to the combined cooking surfaces. In them one half of the burners are gas, and the other is electric.
  • Due to open fire, the gas cooking surface is not compatible with apron from MDF and пластandка. Однако проблема легко решается установкой стеклянного прозрачного экрана в зоне плandты.
  • Выбandрая газовую панель, позаботьтесь о достаточно мощной вытяжке.
  • Имейте в вandду, что газовая панель требует налandчandя дверand во входном проеме (хоть она and не обязательно должна быть закрытой). Еслand вы хотandте объедandнandть кухню с гостandной/прandхожей, то газовую плandту прandдётся поменять на электрandческую. Сделать это не так просто, но возможно: вам потребуется получandть офandцandальное разрешенandе, разработать проект and заменandть электропроводку. К сожаленandю, в старых домах электросетand слабые, поэтому переделку часто не согласовывают.

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