Induction Hobs: Your Questions, Answered

Considering buying an induction hob? Perhaps you’re wondering about the benefits, or even if they’re a safer option for you and your family. Discover all the answers you’re looking for here on the My Appliances site…

First, what is an induction hob?

Induction hobs work through conduction, generating heat through – yes, of course you guessed it! – induction. To work, an induction hob needs to be paired with pans which are specially made to work on induction hobs. If you don’t have a set of pans made for this use, then, you’re not going to get too far with an induction hob. So, there is a little more cost involved upfront than simply paying for the induction hob itself; you may also need to invest in some new cookware.

How do induction hobs work?

As contact is made, an electromagnetic current passes through the pan and makes energy in the form of vibrations. These then emanate heat, ensuring your saucepan heats up. Simple yet efficient, because the best bit is this: the hob remains cool throughout, as there is no latent heat produced from the coil. What happens instead is the heat generated from the pan radiates back into the hob – meaning a safe and effective solution for your family kitchen.

Are induction hobs safer?

Absolutely! There’s really nothing better than an induction hob if you have little ones in the house. As the hob needs to have a pan on it to heat up, it’s a much safer option than a standard electric hob. Unlike with a gas hob, there is no risk of fire either.

Are induction hobs cheaper to run?

When induction hobs first entered the appliance market, there’s no denying they were expensive. Rising demand, especially during the cost-of-living crisis, means that lots of retailers – including ourselves – want to help their customers keep their bills down. Induction hobs can provide great value for money, as well as being a safer option for your kitchen than the traditional ceramic hob.

They Can Make Cooking Easier – and More Enjoyable

When you bear in mind that induction hobs can heat a pan 50% as fast as a gas hob (yes, surprising isn’t it?!) you’ll no doubt be ready and raring to get in the kitchen and get cooking. Suitable for busy lifestyles (or for reluctant home chefs), induction hobs will ensure cooking takes less time – and for that reason alone, we’d like to join our customers who already have one.

If you want to read more about how induction hobs work, head to the archives of our blog to read a handy guide. You can also check out our range of induction hobs here on the site, to find the hob that’s right for you. Free 48-hour delivery is available too.

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Until next time…

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