What are the pros and cons of induction hobs, please?

(63 Posts)
GrimmaTheNome Wed 07-Sep-11 15:46:00

We're redoing the kitchen - just wondering if there is any downside to an induction hob (other than having to ditch my nice copper-bottomed pans).

Thanks!

kenact Wed 23-Oct-13 17:59:27

Maybe I wasn't too clear in my last message.What we're worried about is the possibility of new induction style pans leaving visible scratch marks on the surface of the gleaming new ceramic glass hob. Does anyone have any experience of this?

DIYmummy Tue 05-Nov-13 10:25:33

Kenact, I've been using my AEG induction hob for over 5 years. The glass hob can get scratched if you move your pan back and forth during cooking, but that's to be expected. (My glass dining table gets scratched simply through daily use.) The back burner remains pristine because I only boil and simmer in the pan, so no moving it about. I fry on the front burner, so the glass surface is dulled. In the beginning, I used to put a sheet of baking parchment on the cooker, then a frying pan on top. It worked fine and stopped not only scratches but grease splatters. After a few years, I stopped doing that for no reason, as couldn't be bothered!

Oh, the glass will get hot, depending on how long you've been cooking - it's the heat from the pan and contents being absorbed by the glass. (If you put a hot pan on a glass dining table, that will get hot too.) The induction cooker heats the pan only, but that doesn't stop the heat from the pan transferring to the glass. So 'H' comes on the cooker when you switch off to remind you it's HOT.

Induction is more efficient than gas - gas is about 48% energy efficient and induction is 98% approx. Both are instantaneous and depending what I'm heating and the quantity, induction can be faster than a microwave oven. And I never use the power booster mode, so that's saying how fast induction can cook.

I slow cook on the lowest setting on the induction cooker (1 or 2 setting) - makes the tenderest pot roast from the toughest cut.

Hope this helps!

kenact Tue 12-Nov-13 11:34:09

Thank you DIYmummy, this has been very, very helpful especially as we're having AEG appliances too. This was exactly the sort of info I was looking for. Interesting too your remark that induction can be faster than using the micro oven. To avoid scratches when shaking the pan I thought it might be an idea to simply transfer the pan briefly to a wooden board.? Again, many thanks for your time.

LittleSiouxieSue Tue 12-Nov-13 11:57:51

I would not gave gas in preference to induction. Mine is a Miele and as good as other posters say. Cleaning is easier than gas and you can use non stick. I have some Jamie Oliver ones. I had halogen before but would definitely go for induction.

janmoomoo Fri 29-Nov-13 14:35:04

I read the beginning of this old thread when I was doing my kitchen. Now I have had my induction hob for six months and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It is so fast, boils water quicker than the kettle. Controls are so easy - I have a Neff. I was able to use all my old pans but had to replace my frying pans (got two nice ones from Ikea dead cheap). Also I continue to use my Wok which I had previously, no problems stir frying on induction. No problems with it scratching so far. The timer is dead handy, can set it to turn off in ten mins for example. Definitely worth the money.

PipCarrier Fri 29-Nov-13 20:08:16

I LOVE my Neff induction hob - had it 7 years now. No problems such as those mentioned by previous posters.

I have a non stick wok and set of non stick Stellar pans as old as the hob itself.

I love it so much that I wouldn't even go back to gas if I could.

Make sure you get one where the edges are inset into the surface. I chipped the corner of mine when something fell out of the cupboard. Otherwise, I love it. Halogen is so slow in comparison.

jenfarny07 Wed 16-Apr-14 13:45:42

I recently bought a set from ProCook and absolutely love them!
I went for the Elite-Forged range as already have the stockpot, which I bought years ago and the non-stick properties are still in good nick 3 years on. I love my induction hob, so glad I switched from gas.

Definitely recommend- www.procook.co.uk/shop/cookware/procook-elite-forged

Alwayscheerful Thu 17-Apr-14 13:10:15

No cons, absolutely brilliant.

JoanMurgatroyd Fri 18-Apr-14 22:27:59

I have a new question. Does anyone know, or know how to find out, which induction hob both gets hottest and also has the lowest heat setting? I want to be able to sear very hot sometimes, but also want to be able to melt things gently and keep slow cook foods to a whisper low simmer. Does anyone know how I would find out which hob has the widest range of settings?
Thanks for any help you can give

Smilemore13 Mon 13-Oct-14 19:06:55

JoanM - my Miele hob has a range from 1 to 9. It is very responsive. I would recommend an induction hob BUT having an issue with my Miele hob at the moment.

Smilemore13 Mon 13-Oct-14 19:14:10

Advise / opinions welcome please.
My Miele induction hob suddenly stopped working last week after 5 years. Miele engineer said it was due to component failure. Just unlucky! I am so disappointed in the product, this shouldn't happen to a Miele appliance?
Repairs cost approx £500 or Miele have offered to take a percentage off a new one, (at least £100-£1200)
Am I right to feel that this is not acceptable?

Not quite sure how to move forward. All advice welcome. Thank you

Suttonmum1 Mon 13-Oct-14 19:52:09

Don't think anyone else has mentioned this but you can't get too close to one if you have a pacemaker (like my mum). I love mine though and the pacemaker thing is probably an advantage to me!

So easy to clean, I use a glass cleaner spray and a dry microfibre cloth to polish.

Can leave food on the lowest setting on my Neff, go out and collect kids etc and come back to warm dinner, like a slow cooker.

Would definitely not go back.

Another advantage is that I have a drawer for utensils immediately under the hob, no lost space.

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