Having replaced my kitchen worktop I decided it a good time to replace the ugly looking electric hob I had been using for several years, ideally gas would be my preferred choice but the hassle and expense of getting a gas connection in wasn't worth it so after some shopping around picked this Samsung ceramic electric hob.
Its a standard sized hob measuring (H)5.3 x (W)57.5 x (D)50.5 cm. It is a solid flat piece of black glass with 4 zones 2 large and 2 small. The hob is controlled by touch control in the bottom right of the hob - this is easy to do with a simple finger press you turn power on to the hob. A short jingle sound is made -now for some this would be annoying as the hob makes every time anything is activated, but you get used to is and at least you are aware its doing something. Once the power is turned on you can select which ever zone or zones you want the first press gives pre-set heat 5 (goes up to 9) and then either hitting the - or + icon you can increase this, if you press the + when on 9 it goes back to zero and the hob is off.
Heat up time is quick and the hob reaches a good temperature to both fry and simmer food. It never going to be as controllable as gas or as efficient but as electric hobs go it ticks all the boxes. The touch display also has a child lock feature and this is only deactivated by holding your finger on the lock symbol for several seconds. The hob doesn't come with any timer but will automatically cut off after several hours, so if you left it on power 9 it would cut off sooner than it would on power 1 - just a safety feature.
The hob has no lip or bevel around it and slightly annoying is the 1-2mm gap between the hob and worktop as it sits on a felt pad - annoying as bread crumbs etc can get underneath - a quick vacuum soon get this out.
After use an indicator on the control panel alerts you that the hob is still hot - it does stay hot a some time depending on what use its had and its easy to forget and place something down on it and even your hand - I havent had this issue as been using this type of hob for 5+ years but for a newbie its easy to forget.
Its nice the way the hob sits flush on the worktop and less visable than a gas hob would be and also increases worktop space when its not in use - but care must be taken. - I say this as its easy to scratch the glass and - so pushing a pan or pottery or plates across the surface would lead to possible scratching which would then be a permanent feature - but lets face it, its a hob not a piece of art and life's too shoort to stress over a few marks.
I paid just under £200 for the hob which is a good price when you look at comparable's, it comes with a two year guarantee while many others only have 12 months. For installation they advice this is done by an electrician - to be honest a competent diy'er could do it its only a case of connecting 3 wires and its all clearly marked. Just open up a small hatch on the bottom and locate inside 2 metal connecting pins install, these together with the live, neutral and earth, screw the cable hold down and close the hatch and your done - the wires can be fiddly as they are thicker than your standard power flex - if in doubt get help, you wouldn't want to electrocute yourself or do anything that could invalidate any warranty. You are supposed to keep the space under the hob free, mine however isnt and I have a drawer with utensils under it and it never gets hot - just another safety precaution.
You can buy dual purpose hobs now ones with 2 x induction zones and 2 x ceramic - this would be useful as the benefit of induction is it heats the pan and so its cold to touch meaning if you spill anything simply lift the pan and wipe, whereas on ceramic hobs the glass heats up so spills quickly burn onto the glass. With regards to energy efficiency I believe Gas is still cheapest. With max power ratings on the zones of 1.2KW, 1.8KW, 2.2KW and 2.4KW
Electronic Hob / The Samsung C61R2AEE ceramic hob provides a stylish and efficient tool to cook your favourite meals. With powerful radiant cooking, which heat up quickly and evenly, last minute meals are simple to whip up. The hob includes touch control for convenience and residual heat indicators for safety. So, nearly every based is covered with this ceramic hob, all you need is the food. The Samsung C61R2AEE hob can be controlled with fingertip ease, as you can set all of your preferences with a simple press of a sensor button. The Samsung C61R2AEE 4 Burner Ceramic Hob features LED display, Cutting edge frame, Ceramic surface, Child Lock, Radiant heater element, Power control, Power On/Off and Residual Heat Indicator.