Demystifying Built-In Hobs For Indian Home Owners!

Planning to get a whole new look for your kitchen? Have you considered the revolutionary ‘built-in hobs’?

Most Indian kitchens use portable stoves with and LPG or piped gas connection. But, there’s another more stylish and space saving alternative!

Although built-in hobs have been more popular abroad, they are slowly picking up steam here in Indian homes too. Pairing them with modular kitchens is an excellent idea, considering how well they merge with the surface, and have a smooth design, which lends a very clean look overall.

If you planning to get your kitchen done up from scratch, do consider the built-in hob. Here’s a guide to help you understand this interesting concept and evaluate if it is suitable for your kitchen!

Planning To Get A Built-In Hob For Your Kitchen? Here’s Something To Remember!

Let’s take a detailed look at built-in hobs and how they’d be suitable for your kitchen…

What exactly are built-in hobs?

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Built-in hobs are a fixed gas stove which is merged with the kitchen countertop, which is made by cutting a portion of the countertop for the built-in hob to fit in snugly, giving your kitchen a clutter-free look. They come with many modern features like alarms and automatic switching after the food is cooked.

Why are built-in hobs gaining so much importance?

Here are some of the benefits of getting a built-in hob for your kitchen!

1. Easy to clean

Built-in hobs are easy to clean since they are low maintenance and have a flat surface. In-case of any spillage one can easily lift the stove and clean the counter. It can also be cleaned from time-to-time because of its sturdy nature. Even the burners can be cleaned properly by removing the rings of the cooktop. But it is better to avoid harsh scrubbers or cleaning agents and never wash it with water or too much of liquid as too much of liquid can be spilled onto the burners.

2. Gives a smooth look

A built-in hob gives a smooth look as it is of the same level of the countertop and the gas pipes and wires are all concealed. Therefore, they are also apt for small or compact kitchens.

3. Finishes

Mainly finishes like, glass, ceramic, and stainless are available. The burners are mounted on top of the flat surface of these materials.

4. Varieties/Types:

Built-in hobs are available in two varieties, gas and electrical. They are also available in sizes ranging from 2-6 burners. The stainless steel hobs are more economical. They are available in low flame and multi-flame control (double or triple ring burners, high flame) which is suitable for Indian cooking. They also come with auto-ignition (ignited through electricity).

While the pros of installing a built-in hob do seem enticing, it does have a few cons! Let’s take a look at some of the complications that might arise when installing a built-in hob…

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Installing A Built-In Hob? Here Are Some Problems That Might Arise!

Incorporating a built-in hob can be a complex process.A built-in hob is installed within a stone or any solid countertop. Since a portion of the countertop has to be cut to fix the hob, it should be carefully done by a qualified civil contractor with all proper measurements and specifications. Also make sure the position of the chimney is in line with the hob.

  1. Considering the complex installation of the built-in hob, it is impossible to change its position, even in emergency circumstances.

  2. They are more expensive than freestanding cooktops.

  3. One has to be careful that water or any other liquid doesn’t enter the burner. If it stops functioning, it will need to be repaired by the manufacturer, which could take some time.

  4. Since it is flat, liquid spills might be a problem - the liquids can easily overflow and spill on to the cabinets or the floor.

  5. One also has to be careful while cooking when their are kids around, since it is within reach of children as it of the level of the countertop.

  6. Built-in hobs are usually designed for low flame, as per European standards. This might not bode well for Indian homes.

If, despite the disadvantages, you are sold on built-in hobs, make sure you consider these factors before taking the plunge!

Factors To Consider Before Installing A Built-In Hob!

Here are some things you need to consider before going ahead with a built-in hob…

1. Size:

The standard size of a built-in hob is 60 cm wide. Since the hob is built into the counter, the slab has to be cut as per the cutting dimensions of the hob, which is lesser than the surface dimensions. Assess the workspace on the counter before deciding on the size of the hob.

2. Surface:

The surface of the hob is available in different materials and finishes. Some have features like scratch resistance, temperature resistance, and corrosion resistance.

3. Burners:

You can choose from 2/3/4/5 burner range. In a hob, each burner is specifically designed to suit different types of cooking temperatures and cooking vessles.

In terms of burner power, you have three options:

  • Wok burners/Heavy efficiency output (HEO) 3.5-4.5 (KW)

  • Semi Rapid/Standard burners 1.65-1.75KW

  • Auxillary/Economy burner 1KW

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For Indian cooking styles, you can choose MFC (Multi Flame Control) burners which are highly energy efficient!

4. Ignition:

Most hobs have electric auto ignition function wherein the knob needs to pressed to ignite and rotate for the desired flame. It has a chord which is connected to the main electricity for auto ignition. Some hobs are equipped with batteries for auto ignition.

5. Pan Supports:

These are grills that support cooking pans, so that they do not wobble.They are made of cast iron with enameled finish and each model has a different design like cut grids or crowns. They are easy to remove and clean.

6. Knobs:

The knobs come in various shapes and finishes. Hobs generally have the controls located in front, but some have knobs located onto the right side which is an additional safety feature.

Some hobs have rubber gaskets fitted around the knobs which makes cleaning easier and ensures no seepage of water occurs during cleaning.

7. Safety:

Almost all hobs have a Flame Failure Device (FFD) which cuts off the gas supply if the flame extinguishes due to some reason. This prevents leakage of gas due to spillage or otherwise.

Choose a built-in hob only after evaluating its pros and cons, and taking stock of your own requirements!

If you are looking for experts to do up your kitchen, get in touch with Hipcouch today!

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