Induction hobs are the modern way to cook in your home. They send an electromagnetic current through your pan using small copper coils inside the hob. This process makes sure that the heat generated is sent straight to where it’s needed, with very little heat escaping. Gas and other electric hobs use the whole ring, allowing much more unnecessary energy to be lost. In fact, induction hobs are around 95% efficient, boiling a litre of water in a quick-sharp 90 seconds.
What sort of features can I expect?
As well as being incredibly quick and efficient, induction hobs come with plenty of nifty features that’ll keep you organised – even entertained – during cooking. They all come with lots of different power levels to adjust through and some even offer settings like electronic timers to make sure cooking lasts just as long as you need it to. A Heat Booster allows you to rapidly turn up the heat for a short period of time. Perfect if you need to quickly bring something to the boil or have forgotten to stick the mushrooms on.
Can I use my current pans with induction hobs?
Those you have at home should be well-suited for induction cooking but there’s a simple way to check if you’re in any doubts. Taking a magnet, place it to the bottom of your pan. If it sticks, then you’re good to go. Aluminum, copper, stainless steel and ceramic pots won’t work with induction hobs, but for the time and money you’ll be saving in the long-run, it’s well worth investing in pans that will.
How many cooking zones can I get?
There’s a whole range of induction hobs out there to fit every kitchen, with widths varying from 50cm to 90cm and depths measuring 30cm to 60cm. From a single zone to 5 burners, even the most prolific home-cook is catered for. Some models even come with an innovative Flexinduction zones that allows you to use 2 or more rings as one. These are some of the more expensive hobs available but for the serious chefs out there, these really are the ones to go for.