This Beko hob is really nice looking it's as black as can be and is made of toughened glass.
It has two large rings and two medium rings. The large rings can be found at the front left and back right. The larger rings are suitable for pans and bigger pots, such as a pasta pot. While the smaller rings are most suited to a soup, egg or milk pot.
The Beko logo is right at the front where your waist will be. It is in silver grey and looks good against the black. This hob would blend into most kitchens, as black goes with everything. The rings heat up very quickly almost instantly. They glow red under the glass. There are no actual rings on this hob you put the pot or pan directly on to the glass and turn the knob to the desired temperature. Cleaning is easy as it's a smooth surface. Just give it a wipe with a damp cloth. If food does happen to spell over and burn on use a recommended cleaner for such surfaces as the manufacture does not recommend hash or abrasive cleaners.
The controls are easy to use and read and turn on and off easily, some of these hobs can have loose knobs or they can be too tight these are just fine.
I have had no problems with this hob. I have lots of Beko appliances and will continue to buy them.
When my dad had a stroke which left him disabled, he didn't want to risk keeping his gas hob, so he decided to go for a ceramic one - one which he can clearly see he has switched off and one which is easy to clean. I chose the Beko HIC-64402 and used it regularly. Here is my review.
- Price and Availability -
The Beko HIC-64402 is priced at around £170 and is available in most high street retailers (we got ours from Currys) and online, best price I can see is £166 from the Co-Op Electrical Shop. The Beko HIC-64402 comes with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty though longer warranties can be purchased from your supplier if required.
- Looks -
The Beko hob is a ceramic hob in black, and is quite minimal in looks, it has four hob rings circled in white with a double circle for the fast ring. It has the BEKO logo to the front centre in white. Overall it looks rather minimalist and would go well in most kitchens.
- Use -
The Beko HIC-64402 was initially a good hob to use - very easy, with simple controls for each ring going 1 to 6 with 6 being the hottest. The rings reach a good temperature and give a good even coverage over the surface area (unlike a gas burner which gives a burst of concentrated heat, and can warp your pans). This means frying is very easy on the hob, as is a nice even simmer and rolling boil.
- The Big Downside -
If it were based on the first month of owning the Beko HIC-64402 I would give it five out of five for being an attractive, reasonably priced, easy to use ceramic hob. But unfortunately there are two reasons I would not recommend the Beko to you.
Firstly we found that despite using special ceramic hob cleaner and non abrasive cloths the hob was still badly scratched after only four weeks. I shudder to think what it would look like after 12 months! We were very careful with it, but my dad wasn't happy that it looked so scratty after only a few weeks - a bit of an eyesore in the kitchen despite it being the new appliance!
Secondly, we lifted the hob to move it following a kitchen refurb (again, over cautiously) and placed it back down, literally, thirty seconds of movement at most, and one of the rings totally stopped working. We found out that it was so badly made that it was a surprise it was working in the first place! So my dad used it with three rings working until he could get a refund from Beko. He went back to a gas hob - despite their flaws - because the Beko had put him off ceramic hobs so much!
- Overall -
I can't recommend the Beko HIC-64402 at all - we had less than two months use out of ours and had the hassle of being refunded and having to arrange for a new hob to be fitted on top of it. They just seem so poorly made that even when treated with kid gloves you can't keep them to a reasonable level or even operational.
I don't think we will be going back to ceramic though my mother is now considering getting one (despite my warnings!) so we will have to see - but she won't be buying a Beko.
Electronic Hob / Short name: Beko HIC-64402