We have now ordered a brand new cooker from Amazon. It's amazing what you can buy from them. I always associate Amazon with books and as such have purchased a lot of books from them. This cooker should be a good deal better than the old one it replaces and has a ceramic hob so, in theory at least, there should be no problems as regards keeping the hob clean. I owned one many years ago and that model had a ceramic hob with halogen rings and it heated up quickly and was very easy to keep clean. Hopefully this new oven should be delivered within the next few days.