Looking to get a new hob? With induction hobs in recent times stealing the limelight from the trusty gas hobs, it is hard to know which one to go for. Both armed with plenty of positives, which obviously makes for a harder decision, here we summarise below some of the key points as to why to select one over the other. There is no right or wrong answer and which one you go for really does depend on how you like to cook and what your priorities are.
Both cheaper to run, and cheaper to purchase, gas hobs are significantly cheaper than induction hobs. Having been around for so long, they come in lots of different designs, materials and finishes meaning there is something for everyone.
Whilst induction heaters are extremely responsive (some would say equally responsive), many chefs around the world still feel like cooking with a live flame is unbeatable in terms of controlling the heat.
With a minimal, sleek look, induction heaters are often the top choice for our customers who are after a contemporary design for their kitchen. Conversely, gas hobs, lend themselves to fitting in well in more traditional-style kitchens. However, both can suit both kitchen designs and it is just personal choice.
Being completely flush, with no knobs or supports to move out the way, induction heaters are extremely easy to clean, much-like just wiping down your worksurfaces.
If safety is your number one priority, choosing an induction hob will win every time. For starters, there are no open flames, but moreover, heat is only transmitted when magnetic materials are placed in contact with the induction surface, so you do not need to worry about placing things like tea towels around the heated plates as everything around it will remain unheated.
Induction heaters will only work when using pans made of magnetic material on the base. The science behind how they work are that beneath the hob, there are induction coils made from copper wire which will create a magnetic field as electricity is passed through them. Therefore, if a pan with a magnetised base is placed on the hob, the magnetic field causes it to heat up directly and it will work. Consequently, the induction hobs rule out using pots of different materials, including copper, glass and aluminium.