An induction hob is a cooking appliance that uses electromagnetic technology to heat pots and pans directly rather than heating the cooking surface. Induction hobs are typically made of glass-ceramic or other smooth, easy-to-clean materials. They have a flat surface with no exposed heating elements. Nice and easy.
Choosing an induction hob
How do you know which hob to buy? Read our guide and learn all about the advantages of induction hobs.
How does it work?
When a pot or pan is placed on an induction hob, an alternating current is passed through a copper coil beneath the hob. Placing the pot on the hob creates a magnetic field that induces an electrical current in the pan, generating heat. Because the heat is generated directly in the cookware, induction hobs can heat exceptionally quickly and provide precise temperature control.
One of the main benefits of induction hobs is their energy efficiency. Because they heat the cookware directly, they waste very little heat and are up to 90% more efficient than traditional gas or electric hobs. Induction hobs also offer fast and precise heating, easy-to-clean surfaces, and a sleek and modern appearance.
It's important to note that not all cookware is compatible with induction hobs. The cookware must have a ferromagnetic base (e.g., cast iron or stainless steel) to work on an induction hob. However, many cookware manufacturers make pots and pans specifically designed for use with induction hobs. So, go through your pans before choosing one to ensure you're not caught short!
Choosing an induction hob for your kitchen.
5 key factors to keep in mind:
- Size: Consider the size of the hob and the available space in your kitchen. Luckily, induction hobs come in various sizes, so you can choose the one that will fit your kitchen's layout.
- The number of burners: Consider the number of burners you will need. If you cook frequently or entertain often, choose an induction hob with more burners for extra help in the kitchen!
- Safety features: Check that the hob has safety features such as automatic shut-off, child locks, and overheat protection.
- Cleaning and maintenance: Consider how easy cleaning and maintaining the hob is. Some hobs have a smooth surface that is easy to clean, while others may have grooves and crevices that can be harder to keep in good shape.
- Price: This can vary depending on how many of the above features you choose, so consider your budget when selecting a hob. Remember that higher-priced hobs may come with additional features or higher-quality components.
Considering these factors, you can choose the best induction hob for your kitchen that meets your needs and fits your budget. And, of course, the style of your kitchen and cooking!
Can I get an induction hob with an integrated hood?
Thankfully, yes! There are induction hobs available with built-in ventilation, called induction hobs with integrated downdraft extractors.
Induction hob with an integrated hood is designed to extract steam, cooking odors, and smoke from the hob while you cook. The hood is typically located within the hob itself, providing a sleek and unobtrusive appearance. Very nice.
Induction hobs with integrated hood are an excellent option for those who want to maximise space in their kitchen and avoid having to install a separate range hood or extractor fan. However, they do tend to be more expensive than standard induction hobs and may require professional installation.
When considering an induction hob with an integrated hood, ensuring the ventilation system is powerful enough to remove cooking fumes, and odours is essential. It's also important to consider the ease of cleaning and maintenance of the ventilation system, as it can be more complicated than a standard induction hob.