Any experiences of an induction hob very welcome!

(34 Posts)
Cyclops Sun 10-Oct-10 12:00:18

Hi all,

Any replies will be welcome....

We're thinking about having an induction hob installed...I'm still at the research stage so if anybody has experience of using one (good or bad), then I'd be very interested to read your posts.

Also, what is the difference between halogen and induction? Does a halogen hob require special pans too? Is one more recommendable than the other?

TIA for any insight.

LynetteScavo Sun 10-Oct-10 12:18:10

Eh? I thought this was going to be a thread about a new way of inducing babies. confused

Cyclops Sun 10-Oct-10 12:27:24

No, induction hobs!

cheesebaby Sun 10-Oct-10 13:17:04

Have had an induction hob for just coming up 2 years now... Fantastic! Instant 'heat' and control very much like gas; beats the socks off every version of electric hob I've ever tried. No experience of halogen tho.

Induction hob is incredibly easy to clean as nothing really gets stuck on. Ours also has intelligent control which means it can detect difference between for example a pan vs a fork - it should shut off if you have anything that doesn't look like a pan on it (and also if a pan boils over). And of course it's impossible to set fire to tea towels etc which get chucked on hmm

We did need new pans as most of our motley collection wouldn't work with induction. But we just used this as an excuse to invest in a nice set of le creuset stainless steel pans; mmmmm wink grin

Do it, do it, do it!

Cyclops Sun 10-Oct-10 13:32:02

Thanks for your reply...are all induction hobs ceramic? I've heard that food can get stuck fast to ceramic or is this a myth?

I am interested in induction...just need to trawl the main shops now to touch and feel!

pippop1 Sun 10-Oct-10 17:50:25

I have an induction hob too. I've had it for just over a year and it's fab. I also had to buy all new pans (a good excuse. It's just as controllable as my gas hob. My parents have a ceramic hob and it's so slow and uncontrolable.

Mine has a timer so you can, for example, put big pot of veg on to simmer to make soup and set for half an hour. It will then turn itself off. You can go up and have a shower while it's getting on with the cooking. Also, during dinner parties, you can tell to it warm something up and then switch off automatically. It's a great feature. The cleaning is simple. I would NEVER have a different kind of hob now.

Cyclops Sun 10-Oct-10 18:20:20

wow pip, that's a good endorsement! Thanks for that. I plan to do some hands-on research this week in the shops....

Does it scratch if you shake a pan on it?
Eg. when doing stir fry and you shake the pan to love everything around.

biscuitytrousers Sun 10-Oct-10 20:36:53

This thread is great as it's precisely the question I was going to post. We are thinking about buying a friend's induction hob second hand and were going to plan our new kitchen around it but it already has a fairly noticeable scratch on it (it was used for 6 months) and the lady who gave it to us said she didn't like it as she cooks a lot of rice and needed to see the flame. this has put DH off the whole idea so I'm trying to research. He is particularly worried about cooking stirfries in a wok and scratching the surface when jiggling the wok around.

cheesebaby Mon 11-Oct-10 01:18:45

The top is a single piece of glass, so yes it will scratch; ours has a few very fine scratches but they're not overly noticeable and we're not particularly gentle with it!

DiscoSquish Mon 11-Oct-10 19:21:47

And here's a negative review just to balance things out.

99.99% of saucepans etc will not work on an induction hob. If you want instant heat then personally I would stick with gas. I had an induction hob in the house I rented for 6 months and I absolutely hated it. I can't begin to explain how much I hated that hob and the joy I experienced when I moved to my new house with it's lovely gas hob.

Alouiseg Mon 11-Oct-10 19:25:51

I love mine, a spray and a wipe and it's gleaming! It boils water in super fast time, beats gas every time. I love mine and could never go back to gas.

2madboys Mon 11-Oct-10 19:29:27

We have had one for about 5 years. It's brilliant. Cleans easily (was always tempted to hoover the old gas one to remove the crumbs). It's completely controllable with instant heat - I'd say it is no different from the old gas one in terms of controllability. Looks much nicer and is also a bit of extra worktop space when I've got three sandwich boxes out in the morning to fill up. We also needed a new set of pans, but that is the biggest drawback.

TheNextMrsDepp Mon 11-Oct-10 19:34:57

We have had an induction hob for just over a year and I also adore it.

It is incredibly fast - put a pan of cold water on it and it literally boils before your eyes. So much so that I kept burning things until I got used to it!

It is really easy to clean; because it doesn't actually heat up you don't get any stuck-on burnt food, and there are no knobs/burners to clean around. A quick wipe with a damp cloth and a buff with some kitchen roll and you're good to go.

Yes, I did need new pans (although a couple of them worked OK), but I needed some anyway, so it was a good excuse. Take a magnet shopping with you - if it sticks to a pan base it will work on an induction hob (check the base, not the sides).

Only downside is that when you have all four rings on they seem to "pulse", and you can't have them all on full (which you rarely need anyway). It doesn't really affect the cooking ability and I'm sure it's due to the fact that mine was relatively cheap.

Also, there is not the same "choice" of pans in the shop, so you may end up paying more for the pan you want.

MumtoF Mon 11-Oct-10 19:50:08

I love mine. Easy to clean, as quick as gas. not too hard to get pans - I got a great Bialetti? frying pan from TKMaxx/Homesense. We got a Siemens one in a lovely silvery gold colour.

Cyclops Mon 11-Oct-10 20:50:41

Thanks for all your great replies; it seems that the majority like induction very much. It's good to hear that the hobs are so easy to clean and I like the bit about being able to co-opt the hob surface into an additional work-top!

Does anybody have any brand recommendations/avoid advice?

I don't mind buying new pans - our current pans are ancient, chipped, dinted, wonky-handled, etc, so new pans are way, way overdue! I've seen induction-friendly pans online and they look OKish in price....

daddadoesnadda Mon 11-Oct-10 21:56:12

Another induction fan.Quick, easy to clean, safe

re the pans, I got induction friendly ones very easily. If in doubt test the pan's base with a magnet, if it sticks you can use it on an induction hob.

I have a Neff one and have no complaints, I think it was about £690.

dikkertjedap Mon 11-Oct-10 22:02:23

I have a Siemens induction hob (approx £500). Also have AGA. They are the complete opposite. Induction hob is incredibly fast (did really need to get used to it at first as I burned quite a few things as it was so fast). Now love it, you can cook rice, potatoes, meat much quicker than on a normal hob (just cooks quicker, must be simply much more efficient, I don't mean higher temperature). Did need complete set of new pans though. Also, induction hob is more child friendly as the hob itself and the pans are not getting hot (still dangerous because content of pans obviously does get hot). I would definitely recommend it! smile

Unprune Mon 11-Oct-10 22:24:19

We hummed and hawed for 2 years (big fans of gas, LOATHE electric) but finally went for it and it is fantastic.
Boils things quickly
Completely controllable (like gas)
super easy to clean
I can't believe I get so excited by a farking hob but there you go
We have Neff

Icoulddoitbetter Mon 11-Oct-10 22:39:56

Unfortunately we don't have gas in our flat or I'd have chosen a gas hob

But........

Last year we changed our crappy old cooker for a spanking new Electrolux induction hob and it's fab! It heats things amazingly quickly, and cools down just as fast so it's really safe for kids. Very easy to control unlike other types of electric hobs. Also very easy to clean as it's smooth glass.
we've managed to get a small crack in the edge of ours but it hasn't affected it in anyway.

It can make me grumpy though as it's a bit moody! If a pan boils over a little the heat turns off. ALso if you put something onto the hob when it's turned off, or onto a ring which isn;t on when you're using another, it gets annoyed and beeps at you. All for safety I'm sure but sometimes you just need the extra surface space a glass hob gives you so you just need it to shut up!

Finding pans can be tricky, but they are around. Quite alot of John Lewis own brand are ok IIRC. We had some Le Crueset already so just got a couple more (outlet stores very good).

Go for it!

Cyclops Tue 12-Oct-10 08:24:27

Wow, definitely more yays than nays so I am being swayed....just need to get round the shops now grin

Many thanks again for all replies.

Unprune Tue 12-Oct-10 09:05:02

I remember doing lots of research (some on here!) and totally rejecting the idea of an Electrolux because people said it drove them mad.

The Neff one we have, I promise you, isn't annoying. The only thing is that when you wipe a wet cloth over the controls it panics a bit and locks itself. It's easy not to do that.

Cyclops Tue 12-Oct-10 10:03:39

Interesting about the Electrolux - do you know what it was that drove them mad about this brand??? TIA.

Unprune Tue 12-Oct-10 10:26:28

It was what Icoulddoitbetter said - it will switch itself off at the slightest spill, apparently. You can't cook like that!
And beep like a bastard. I can't do with beeping.

Cyclops Tue 12-Oct-10 16:01:50

yes, of course!

I had a look at some hobs this morning and they all seem fairly similar (apart from the really expensive ones but I'm not looking at those!). I guess choosing one all boils down to features in the end? How many features are available and which are:

1) necessary
2) nice-to-have (e.g. simmer timer)
3) not necessary

Thanks again if you're still reading!

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