Induction Hob – yes or no?

So, you’re planning a kitchen and you are looking for some advice on whether to opt for an induction hob? Here’s some things to consider and a few pros and cons to weigh up.

Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens - ivory painted kitchen with solid walnut timber worktop
Neff Induction hob, 60cm, with a solid walnut worktop

It can be a difficult decision to make, as an induction hob can be more expensive to buy. However, over time it works out cheaper and more efficient than a traditional hob, so the initial outlay will be recouped.


How does it work?

An induction hob works by heating the pans, rather than the hob surface, saving on energy. For it to work, however, you need cookware that contain iron, so that they pick up the electromagnetism from the surface which creates the heat.

This may mean you need to invest in a new set of pans. 

Want to hear some positives? On the plus side…

scandi-style white kitchen with slab kitchen cabinet doors with circular cut-out pull handles and induction hob and dark marmoleum floor
Bosch induction hob, 80cm, in a high-pressure laminate worktop
Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens oak veneered kitchen with recycled glass worktop
Bosch induction hob, 60cm, in a recycled glass worktop
flush induction hob with kitchen tap reflection
Bosch induction hob, 60cm, in a solid oak worktop

… they are a modern and stylish addition to a kitchen as well as being energy efficient, which is probably why many of our customers opt for them.

Their sleek lines can really add to the minimalist look.

They are also speedy to heat up and use, safer to touch and come with lots of  clever features, such as child safety locks and timers.

And last but not least, they can be combined with pretty much any choice of worktop material, so whether you’re after a warm timber work surface, (like the one below), or an ultra-modern recycled glass one (like the one above), as long as the countertop is at least 27mm thick, an induction hob will sit neatly into it.

All things considered, there are quite a lot of things going for them. 

Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens - mid century modern kitchen with reclaimed timber worktop and Bora induction hob with integrated downdraught extractor
Bora induction hob, 83cm, in a reclaimed iroko timber worktop