The 10 Best Solid Plate Hobs

We Reviewed dozens of Solid Plate Hobs and Listed the 10 Best Options
By Jen Hammond
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    In this review, our experts have listed our top 10 solid plate hobs for 2019.

    We’ve considered the design, efficiency, number of zones, price and other unique features which make them worthy of our favourites list.

    The Best Solid Plate Hob 2020

    1.
    Smeg Cucina SE435S

    Smeg Cucina SE435S

    This solid plate hob might not look like much, but it’s a sturdy and powerful solution that’s ideal for a family home. It comes equipped with four burners and is capable of reaching heat almost instantly, which is pretty good going for a solid plate electric model.
    Smeg are known for providing quality kitchen appliances and they have showcased their know-how in this Cucina solid plate electric hob – it heats up super-quick and it is simple to use.
    It isn’t all singing, all dancing, it is a straight-up heat machine that will provide your kitchen with meal after meal, this work horse is available at a great price and is sure to last.
    Enjoy easy to use controls, simple dials and heat that can reach 2kW.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)4.0 x (W)58.0 x (D)50.0cm
    • Power Range: 1 to 2kW
    • Number of Zones: 4
    • Fuel Type: Electric

    Reasons to Buy

    • It heats up super-fast, reducing the waiting time
    • It has four zones
    • Easy to use
    • Reliable

    Reasons to Avoid

    • One of the more expensive picks
    • Isn’t the most stylish design

    2.
    Bosch Serie 2 PEE682CA1

    Bosch Serie 2 PEE682CA1

    Bosch are one of our favourite brands when it comes to finding high-quality, reliable appliances for our home. This solid plate hob comes in white and has four burners of different sizes.

    Regardless of whether you need to heat up a big or small pot, you have the facility to do so. This hob surface impressed us with its fresh-looking design and easy to use controls.

    Again, this product can generate heat up to 2kW and it also supports cast iron. Enjoy this easy to use hob with simple controls, four zones, cast iron cooking plates that are durable and a stylish design.

    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)4.5 x (W)58.0 x (D)51.0cm
    • Power Range: 1.5 to 2kW
    • Number of Zones: 4
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • Comes with a 2 year warranty
    • Has four zones, two big and two small
    • Simple to use
    • Durable cast iron cooking plates
    • Stylish design

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Costs more than £170

    3.
    Hotpoint E320SKIX

    Hotpoint E320SKIX

    If you’re just after a two zone hob because of a shortage of space, or because you just need a bit of extra space on special occasions, then this Hotpoint is a very easy addition.
    It is just 30cm wide, but still packs a punch. The zones are a really good size for standard pans, and both control dials are situated at the front of the unit so it is safe to control without leaning over. You get six different heat levels with each zone, and warning lights let you know whether the hob is on or not at a glance.
    To round it off, the stainless steel finish is easy to wipe clean and the actual zones are sturdy in case you’re worried about scratches and scuffs.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: H3 x W29.8 x D51cm
    • Power Range: 1.5 to 2kW
    • Number of Zones: 2

    Reasons to Buy

    • Well priced
    • Six heat options

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Not very powerful

    4.
    Smeg Classic PGF30T

    Smeg Classic PGF30T

    A contrast to the Smeg solid plate hob that we ranked top, this hob is a teppanyaki hob designed for flash frying. It is perfect for preparing your Asian cuisine and is simple to use.

    It is a great addition to the kitchen and will be something that you can use as part of your repertoire. You’d be right in thinking isn’t a hob that will be used for all meals, as its more of an additional hob for set meals.

    Enjoy this modern design, with easy controls and five power levels giving you more control.

    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)7.0 x (W)31.0 x (D)51.2
    • Power Range: 1 to 1.8kW
    • Number of Zones: 1
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • It is super-stylish in white
    • Designed especially for Asian cuisine
    • Easy to use with controls located at the front
    • You can alter the one zone into different sizes, for your pan

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Only one zone

    4.
    Zanussi ZEE6942

    Zanussi ZEE6942

    If you want a hob which is really user-friendly to manage, and want to stick to the traditional solid plate electric models, then this Zanussi is about as friendly as you can get.
    Firstly, all of the controls are situated at the front of the unit, so it is easy to access them with one hand and whether you are right or left handed. You get two different sizes of hobs, so your milk pan can be accommodated just as well as your large soup pan.
    It is common knowledge that solid plate electric hobs are amongst the slowest to heat up compared to other forms, but this model has rapid-zone hot plates so it will get up to temperature much faster than most competitors. Available in white or stainless steel, it is also going to look the part in your kitchen, whatever your design.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: H3.6 x W59.4 x D51cm
    • Power Range: 1 to 1.5kW
    • Number of Zones: 4

    Reasons to Buy

    • Easy to control
    • Faster heating vs. competitors

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Not the most powerful

    5.
    Candy PLE64N

    Candy PLE64N

    Getting back to plate hobs that can be used as a staple of our kitchen- this Candy solid plate hob is one of our favourites. It comes at great value and is simple to use for all of your home’s meals.
    There are four zones that vary in size, it is simple to use and it also easy to clean, thanks to the finish.
    It is always a bonus when these types of hobs offer fast heat, ensuring that you don’t have to wait around.
    Whether you wish to revel on delicious desserts or cook up an entire meal for the family, you will be glad to do so, on this solid plate hob.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)3.7 x (W)58.5 x (D)51.0
    • Power Range: 1.5 to 2kW
    • Number of Zones: 4
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • It has an easy to clean finish
    • Four zones of various sizes
    • Simple to use with responsive controls
    • A stylish design for your home

    Reasons to Avoid

    • The knobs aren’t durable

    6.
    Indesit T160X

    Indesit T160X

    If you are searching for a robust, high quality solid plate hob then you’ll want to take this Indesit appliance into consideration. It will make meal after meal for years to come, acting as the perfect family hob.
    It comes with four standard zones; it has a heat indicator, a stylish design and precision controls.
    It has a steel finish, making it easy to clean.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)4.0 x (W)58.0 x (D)51.0
    • Power Range: 1 to 2kW
    • Number of Zones: 4
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • It has a residual heat indicator for safety
    • A steel, robust hob surface
    • Easy to clean

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Costs more than £100

    7.
    Zanussi ZEE3922IXA

    Zanussi ZEE3922IXA

    Two zone plates make sense for anyone who doesn’t need much space, and this option is certainly no fuss.
    It has a smart stainless steel finish so there is a good chance it will match your existing cooking appliances. The control panel and power indicators are situated at the front of the unit so it is safe to use, and if there is a spillage, the base is smooth so it can be cleared once cool.
    As it is part of the Domino range, you can mix and match if you want to really personalise your cooking space. From matching larger appliances to the ability to create a cooking area which is a bit different, it gives you the flexibility to make your own cooking centre.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: H3 x W29 x D51cm
    • Power Range: 1 to 1.5kW
    • Number of Zones: 2

    Reasons to Buy

    • Simple to adjust heat
    • Good difference in hob sizes

    Reasons to Avoid

    • Heat indicator is yellow so can be hard to see in some lights

    8.
    Hotpoint E604.1X

    Hotpoint E604.1X

    Another stylish solid plate hob, but this time from Hotpoint, again they are known for their durable designs and stylish themes.

    There’s no need for anything too fancy when it comes to incorporating a solid plate hob into your home, this particular hob has taken that into account. It is sleek but it is certainly a no-nonsense hob.

    It features four zones, different sizes to cater for different pots and pans and has a powerful heat.

    Enjoy the 1-year warranty, stylish enamel surface that is easy to maintain and also the easy to use dial attached to the side of the surface.

    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)4.0 x (W)58.0 x (D)51.0
    • Power Range: 1 to 2kW
    • Number of Zones: 4
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 1 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • Comes with a one-year warranty
    • It is robust and durable
    • Four different zones of various sizes
    • Stylish enamel that is easy to clean

    Reasons to Avoid

    • No heat indicators

    9.
    Essentials CSPHOBX15

    Essentials CSPHOBX15

    The clue is in the name, this essential kitchen appliance comes with four zones, easy to use controls and simple installation. This solid hob surface comes with lots of power and also comes equipped with a heat indicator for safety.
    It’s easy to integrate this built-in hob into your kitchen, it comes with stainless steel and not only is it durable, it is also a stylish design.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)5.4 x (W)58.0 x (D)51.0
    • Power Range: 1 to 2.1kW
    • Number of Zones: 4
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 1 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • It heats up fast and can reach 2.1kW
    • Made from steel and has a robust design
    • Super stylish
    • Easy to clean finish

    Reasons to Avoid

    • You must maintain the surface to ensure no discolouring

    10.
    Beko HIZE64101X

    Beko HIZE64101X

    You can enjoy some of the most delicious homemade recipes with the help of this solid plate hob. From Beko, this reliable hob comes with four zones and has a fast-heat zone.
    Rather than waiting around, you can now enjoy the rapid heat of these burners, they’re also made at different sizes to cater for various pots and pans.
    It is guaranteed for two years and has been made to last- it comes with 2.0kW zones and six power levels.

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    Features

    • Dimensions: (H)9.0 x (W)58.0 x (D)51.0
    • Power Range: 1 to 2kW
    • Number of Zones: 4
    • Fuel Type: Electric
    • 2 Year Warranty

    Reasons to Buy

    • It comes with two year warranty
    • It comes in a stainless steel design
    • It is robust and easy to clean
    • Heats up fast

    Reasons to Avoid

    • The knobs aren’t the most durable

    What Is A Solid Plate Hob?

    Simply put, it is the standard form of electric hob. They are usually the cheapest option as they are the most basic form, but still do a really good job of providing heat.

    They will be the slowest to heat up compared to other forms, but are nice and easy to clean as the plates are sealed so grease and grime is unlikely to get into creases and joints.

    What We Have Looked For

    There are a couple of things we thought were important when trying to find the best solid plate hob:

    • Price – Often seen as the real benefit of hobs of this type. You may be on a budget, in which case there are options available for well under £100. Likewise, you may just want the familiarity of solid electric hobs, but can afford to spend a bit more for a few features, in which case there’s some for over £200 around.
    • Controls – Often controlled by dials and knobs, so there isn’t much leeway. However, some markings can be hard to view or confusing, or laid out in a difficult way. We have only picked ones which are easy and safe to use, as well as being self-explanatory.
    • Power Indicator – Unlike induction or gas hobs, it is hard to physically see if a solid plate is on. A clear, bright power light will alert you if a hob is turned on. A few models may also feature a residual heat indicator.
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