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Cleaning Black glass hob V brushed steel hob

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educationrocks1 Tue 06-Jan-15 00:49:51

Hopefully somebody has experience of both. Just ordered a new gas hob. Current hob is black glass. horrendous to clean, smudged etc, 12 yrs old inherited from previous owners. I have a choice of two different jobs to order from, the first is also black glass, and the other is brushed steel. Reviews are quite conflicting. Some say glass is easy to clean of you use the right products, and some say brushed steel is pretty is good for the same reasons.

I have no experience of brushed steel hobs. Clearly both have their downsides when it comes to cleaning but does anyone know which one would be best out of the two? Everything else is pretty similar. I have in the meantime ordered the glass hob but thinking of changing the order.

educationrocks1 Tue 06-Jan-15 10:04:46

Bump. Anyone please?

WittgensteinsBunny Tue 06-Jan-15 12:09:45

I've had both. I prefer my stainless steel hob. I used to spend ages scrubbing the glass hob with bar mans friend and always being disappointed with the results. I also worried about scratches. I just use an e cloth and hot soapy water now. Or a little astonish paste on really grimy stains and sometimes method stainless steel cleaner for a final polish. It takes far less time and just feels more robust and that it won't scratch as easily. HTH!

educationrocks1 Tue 06-Jan-15 15:15:21

Thanks for your reply. Apparently if you use a hob scrub and hob rite together to works wonders on glass, no stains etc. the reviews also say glass doesn't scratch, only steel. It's really confusing, although the one I'm looking at is brushed steel).

TheFutureMrsB Tue 06-Jan-15 15:25:40

I much prefer my black glass hob to the previous steel one, much easier to clean and doesn't scratch no matter how hard I scrub it.

OrangeOwl Tue 06-Jan-15 16:55:06

We have a black glass gas hob. I hate it. Really difficult to keep clean, I spend ages buffing it to get the smears off. Used to have stainless steel which was much easier.

educationrocks1 Tue 06-Jan-15 17:09:34

Oh dear! sad Which one might be worst with oil? Lots of curries etc

WittgensteinsBunny Tue 06-Jan-15 18:48:37

Yes, it was the smears on the glass hob that got me. All that soaping and rubbing only to be left with white streaks. But maybe I wasn't using the right products smile Btw, I never scratched it just felt like I might do with the required scrubbing! I still wouldn't swap it for my brushed stainless steel hob / range that we've got now. I genuinely find that a wipe with a soapy e cloth is fine and we do fry quite splashy food (pan fried salmon, lamb, curries etc) a couple of times a week. We use eco cleaners (washing up liquid everyday and all purpose for more oily days) which do a fab job. And no streaks to contend with either.

educationrocks1 Tue 06-Jan-15 19:13:03

The required amount of scrubbing to keep it shining seems to be quite intensive!

Iqueen Tue 06-Jan-15 20:04:11

I wouldn't swap my ceramic hob for anything!

Hobrite, used sparingly, and left for a couple of minutes, gets burnt stuff off with a sponge scrubber, although I have also used Brillo, but I try to wipe any spills as soon as they happen. I then wash off the Hobrite with clean water and washing up liquid.

The only scratch on mine happened, when a loaded 6L stoneware dish from the slow-cooker was moved on it!

Had mine for about 15 years.

indyswoofer Tue 06-Jan-15 20:10:56

Glass hob, cleaned with the karcher window vac, comes up a dream every time!!

educationrocks1 Tue 06-Jan-15 21:13:55

Will a glass hob be damaged permanently if spills are not cleaned immediately? It seems brushed steel might be less finicky?

barrackobana Wed 07-Jan-15 15:42:00


barrackobana Wed 07-Jan-15 15:42:53

Watching this thread too.

FantasticMrsFoxx Wed 07-Jan-15 20:38:12

I had a black glass electric hob in my last property. As said above, hobrite is brilliant. I then used a splash of vinegar (or you can use any generic glass/window cleaner) on a piece of kitchen paper for a quick wipe over to remove any smears and bring out the shine. 20 second job.
We are now replacing our white ceramic gas hob and I'm going for black glass again for ease of cleaning.
Baby oil is supposed to bring a gleam to steel. (disclaimer - I've not tried this myself).

OrangeOwl Thu 08-Jan-15 18:14:25

I think the problem with cleaning black glass hobs is when it's a gas hob and not electric. With electric there is nothing to get in the way, so easy to wipe and buff, with gas, marks collect round the burners and knobs and then it's harder to get a good buffing action and loads of smears keep happening. (Hope I've explained this, basically a black glass gas hob is a nightmare).

educationrocks1 Fri 09-Jan-15 22:36:44

Orange That's s a very good point you made about gas v electric glass hobs. It's just the type of information I needed to finally make a decision. I've decided to go for brushed steel instead. Thank you.

PigletJohn Sat 10-Jan-15 00:48:40

Brushed stainless is fine. Only ever rub it in the direction of the brushing, never in circles which will show.

Usually a sponge and WUL will clean it. You can use white or even green nylon scourers if unavoidable. They will change the texture of the brushing.

Brillo will scratch it, but not as badly noticable if you carefully do it all over to match.

Norfolkandchance1234 Sat 10-Jan-15 01:48:30

I've had my black glass hob for 7 years and just use a damp micro cloth most of the time.

OrangeOwl Sat 10-Jan-15 06:32:09

educationrocks1, you won't regret getting stainless steel. (goes off to do more buffing of black glass gas hob, sob)

educationrocks1 Sat 10-Jan-15 10:53:22

Piglet what's 'WUL'

Orange Why don't you change it? There are some great deals on at the moment. I'm sure I saw a lovely stainless steel one for about £98. Life's too short to spend it buffing a hob. New yr, new hob wink.

PigletJohn Sat 10-Jan-15 13:49:10

*ashing *p *iquid

educationrocks1 Sat 10-Jan-15 14:08:31

Piglet blush grin

OrangeOwl Sat 10-Jan-15 17:08:20

educationrocks1 changing it sounds like a plan, although DH just gave me a look when I mentioned it. I'm hoping all the buffing scratches it grin

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