Flush-mount hobs (also called flush-fitted, flush-mounted or recessed hobs) have grown in popularity over the last few years. As faster electrical heating options have come in, induction hobs have been overhauling gas in Britain’s kitchens, and the race has been on to make them ever lower profile. The ultimate in low profile is flush-mounting – where the flange around the hob drops into a shallow recess cut into the worktop, making the upper, glass, heating surface completely level with the worktop around.
A flush mount induction hob in a Colonial White granite island in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
We feel that there are.
- It is not cheap – time on our CNC machine is costly, and routing out that shallow track for the hob flange takes time. We charge around £180 extra for flush-mounting.
- Because all hobs are subject to getting warm (well, yes!), there has to be an expansion gap around them. So although many hobs can be flush-mounted, it isn’t quite as neat as it sounds – personally I feel that the silicone-filled gap to the side of the flange is more unsightly that the flange itself with zero gap beneath it.
If a flush-mount hob is a must-have, we will do it for you, rest assured. But we do not particularly recommend them. There may be other kitchen devices or looks that are actually more effective and practically helpful in your home.