Sustainable Kitchens

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.

Manchester sustainable living kitchen with blue shaker doors and oak and recycled glass worktops
Neff Induction hob, with a solid oak 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. 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 2 ft from an induction hob. This is because you need to avoid devices with a strong electromagnetic field. You can find out more information on this page on the British Heart Foundation website.

Want to hear some positives? On the plus side…

Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens scandi new kitchen
Bosch induction hob, 80cm, in a high-pressure laminate worktop
induction hob and recycled glass worktop in new kitchen
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

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