Why Choose an Induction Hob?

Induction technology has been a staple in the range cooker market for a number of years now, but we're still regularly asked 'Why should I choose induction?' - so we thought we'd help you with that…

What does induction mean? (and now for the science bit)

Induction refers to the method of heat transfer. To work, the induction hob needs to be in contact with a pan base made of a ferrous material. Electromagnets beneath the hob surface create a strong magnetic field which which agitates the molecules of the ferrous metal, and these intense vibrations induce the heat within the pan, which is used to cook the food.

The benefit of this is that the heat is created in the pan itself and passed directly to the food, with little to no heat being lost to the hob surface or surrounding environment. Which leads us rather nicely on to…


…the benefits of induction technology

Because of the heat transferral method mentioned above, there is negligible residual heat on the hob surface, which makes the technology safer to work with than either electric ceramic or gas, both of which retain heat for a period after cooking. Very little heat is wasted during this process too, which makes induction very efficient - indeed, some induction hobs use up to 50% less energy than a gas or ceramic hob*. See the graph below for a comparison of fuel types and heating speed/efficiency.


The responsiveness of an induction hob is another advantage of the technology. The efficient heat transfer and method of heat production allow for an almost immediate reduction or increase when called for, ordinarily a benefit offered only by gas burners. This immediacy, together with the evenness of the heat delivery (no hot spots), has won even professional chefs over, and induction has been used in professional kitchens for 30 years or more.


Last, but definitely not least to some, is the ease with which induction hobs can be cleaned. The flat glass surface of the hob can readily be wiped down and because it never gets hot, any spillages won't burn onto the surface. This is one of the main reasons that induction is fast becoming the preferred format in busy modern homes where the combination of sleek looks, efficient speed and minimal hassle is a perfect fit.

Choice of induction cooker

Most manufacturers have now adopted the technology and introduced it into their collections, making induction cooking accessible to more households. Prices range from an entry level induction cooker from New World priced at £995 up to a two metre example from premium French manufacturer Lacanche costing £14000 - certainly something to suit most kitchens and budgets!

View our all electric range cookers here, or if you have any questions about our range of induction cookers or induction technology in general, please give one of our team a call on 01244 402 975 and we'll be happy to help!

*The Carbon Trust - see here for details - https://www.carbontrust.com/media/138492/j7895_ctv066_food_prep_and_catering_03.pdf