We’ll take you through the pros and cons of an induction hob. If you’re choosing a new hob for your kitchen, you should seriously think about getting one.

Many of our clients choose one as they bring a lot of advantages to cooking. Just in the last few years, the induction hobs that have been brought onto the market bring more and more features and benefits, so they are an investment worth considering. Are induction hobs better than gas or electric hobs? They are more efficient and generally easier to clean, but they are likely to cost more to purchase.

Below we look at the advantages and disadvantages of induction hobs so you can weigh them up and make a decision.

How Does an Induction Hob Work?

An induction hob works by heating the pans, rather than the hob’s surface, saving on energy. For it to work, however, you need cookware that contains iron. Metal coils under the hob’s glass surface create a magnetic field. This interacts with the iron in a pan’s base. An electric current is generated that transfers energy into the pan, creating heat.

The Benefits of an Induction Hob

They are a modern and stylish addition to a kitchen as well as being energy efficient, which could be why many of our customers opt for them. Induction hobs are up to 50% more energy efficient than gas or electric hobs.

The sleek lines provide a minimalist look, whilst the flat glass top means the surface is easy to keep clean. However, you do need to be careful not to drop or drag any heavy cooking pots on the surface as you may run the risk of cracking and scratching the hob.

They are also speedy to heat up and use – as we said earlier, some induction hobs boil water faster than a kettle! The hobs are safer to touch and come with lots of clever features, such as child safety locks and timers.

Some induction hobs on the market come with an integrated extractor fan. This eliminates the need for an overhead cooker hood, as vapours and odours are drawing them off where they arise: directly at the cooktop. By combining the two functions of hob and extractor fan, you can keep the clean lines of a kitchen design and preserve a minimalist aesthetic. We designed this kitchen with a Bora induction hob with an integrated downdraught extractor to allow a beautiful uninterrupted view of the Peak District from the clients’ window.

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, or an ultra-modern recycled glass one, as long as the countertop is at least 27mm thick, an induction hob will sit neatly into it.

The Drawbacks of an Induction Hob

Induction hobs require their own electrical feed back to the fuse board so are consequently one of the most expensive types of hobs to buy and install. However, they are extremely efficient, both in speed and energy consumption.

Due to induction hobs using electromagnetism, this may mean you need to invest in a new set of pans. You can test this by holding a magnet to the base of your pan – if it sticks to it then it should work on an induction hob.

One other thing you need to bear in mind is that if you have a pacemaker, you need to keep a distance of at least 60cm or 2ft from an induction hob. This is because you need to avoid devices with a strong electromagnetic field. You can find out more information on the British Heart Foundation website.

Flexible cooking

Induction hobs can come with lots of handy extras. One of our previous clients was struggling to choose between a traditional gas hob and an induction hob for their new kitchen. Both have their benefits, so why should they compromise? They chose a combination of the two to meet their needs, that way they can use their old-school wok and cook flexibly. The best of both worlds. Take a look at their kitchen in our gallery.

In conclusion

Having gone through the pros and cons of an induction hob, you can see, there are a lot of advantages to induction hobs. We agree, it can be an adjustment, changing to one, when you are used to a more traditional hob. However, we had a lot of positive feedback from our clients about them. They are definitely worth considering for your new kitchen.

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