Using an electric element, the solid sealed plates are heated up, from which the heat is then transferred to the pan above. The heat can then be managed with rotary controls.
Once you’ve decided how many cooking plates you want, you need to make sure it fits your kitchen. Hobs come with 2 measurements: one for the size of the hob and one for the cut out size. The cut out size is the space you need to “cut-out” of your worktop to sit the hob in, so that the main machine can hang below, leaving the hob fully integrated with your kitchen!
Sealed plate hobs rarely come with more than 4 plates, so most common widths fall between:
Because the plate is sealed into the main body of the hob, the risk of burning yourself or food and liquids getting to the electrical element and damaging it is reduced. A lot of them come with a power indicator to prevent you from leaving it on accidentally.
To enhance the energy efficiency of the hob, make sure you use flat pans. This ensures that both the base of the pan and the surface make full contact and no heat is lost from underneath the cookware, so the heat can transfer quickly and more efficiently.
Although it’s not the speediest of hobs, some prefer the pace of it because with fast hobs you can run the risk of the cooking getting ahead of you before you’re ready to tend to it, whereas solid plate hobs keep food going at a steady pace in the background.
To give the hob a proper scrub, take to it with a warm soapy sponge and then wipe down with a damp cloth. To give the hob a protective layer, you can smear a little cooking oil over the top.
Solid plate hobs have rotary knobs with power levels to make it easier for you to adjust the temperature. A lot of the hobs come with manuals that have recommended power settings for certain foods and liquids.
If you’ve decided that this is the hob for you, and you’re off to purchase one, we always advise you use a certified electrician to install it. We offer an installation service to take the heat out of potentially stressful installations of appliances. Check out more information and prices here.