FLUSH-MOUNT HOB IN A GRANITE WORKTOP?

hks haywards heath flush-mount induction hob colonial white granite worktops

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.

 

flush mounted gas hob classic marbre carrara westminster surrey
It isn’t only electrical, induction hobs that can be flush mounted. They may have led the way, but these days it is possible to fit glass-plate-mounted gas hobs in this way. Here are images of a gas hob flush mounted in a Westminster kitchen. The stone is Marbre Carrara – see case study.
classic marbre carrara westminster nick geard flush fit hob
classic quartz marbre carrara flush mount hob westminster
Are there disadvantages to flush mounting of hobs?

We feel that there are.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

dekton worktops west sussex trillium slinfold howdens blue 2 blue nott 181005 153838Side view of a large island in 20mm Dekton Trillium shows just how low-profile today’s induction hobs can be. Note – this is NOT flush-mounted!

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.

 

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