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Induction hob buying guide

Discover the top 5 things you need to know about induction hobs with this helpful buying guide.

Using the latest cooking technology for fast, efficient and precise heat, it’s clear why induction hobs are becoming more and more popular. If you’re interested in upgrading to induction, look no further; we’ll guide you through the top features and the key dimensions to help you find the perfect model for your kitchen.

Induction technology

Induction hobs use electromagnets to heat up the base of the pan they come into contact with. Because there’s no heat wastage, they can boil a pan of water much quicker than gas, ceramic or solid plate hobs. This reduces cooking times, so you can enjoy your meal sooner. One thing worth noting, you’ll need pans that have a magnetic base. This includes cast iron pans and some stainless steel sets.

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Size and dimensions

The most important dimension to consider when you're shopping for a new induction hob is the width:

  • 55-60cm - 60cm is the standard width for hobs and should fit into most kitchens
  • 60-70cm - slightly larger than standard but will still fit into a 60cm space
  • 70-90cm - loads of cooking space, but you'll have to check that a hob this size will fit the area in your kitchen

Check out our handy built-in induction hobs measurement guide for more info.

Number of cooking zones

More cooking zones means more room to boil, simmer or fry. Our induction range includes models with anything from 2 zones to 6 zones. How many you choose depends on the size of your kitchen and how much you like to cook. If you’re a keen cook or in a busy household then you might benefit from a bigger hob. Traditionally induction hobs have four zones, but some have flexible zonesThis gives you a huge cooking area, perfect for long trays or big roasting pans.

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Controls

Most induction hobs have touch controls, so any adjustments to the heat can be done really quickly and easily, giving you complete control over what you’re cooking. This also means there aren’t any chunky dials on the worktop, giving a stylish finish and making cleaning simple.

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Safety

With no open flame and almost no residual heat, the induction hob is certainly the safest way to cook. Most induction hobs detect when your pan is present and will also cut the power off automatically if left on by mistake. The electromagnets in an induction hob can interfere with a pacemaker or similar medical device. So, if you wear one of these devices, it's recommended that you stand at least 2 feet away. For peace of mind, it's worth consulting your doctor or the device manufacturer before you decide to buy.