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!

PaloAlto Wed 07-Sep-11 15:48:46

There are no pros and lots of cons. I hated mine.

2madboys Wed 07-Sep-11 15:53:35

Was just going to say the opposite to Palo! The only cons I've found are that I had to get new pans. Love everything about it.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 07-Sep-11 15:55:56

Ah, just what I need grin - go on, specifics please?

northender Wed 07-Sep-11 15:57:50

Definitely no cons.

northender Wed 07-Sep-11 16:01:41

There have been threads on here before about them and I've been sure when people are negative they're talking about ceramic not induction.
1. They are so easy to clean
2. Mine cuts out if a pan boils dry
3. Incredibly controllable heat
4. Energy efficient
5. No direct heat generated so safer with kids around

I have genuinely not found any cons with it. I cook so much and just would not swap it.

twooter Wed 07-Sep-11 16:39:22

I love mine. Very very controllable, no worries re naked flames/ gas etc. Don't always need new pans - most of my old ones still worked.

PorkChopSter Wed 07-Sep-11 16:50:39

I like mine now.
I like that it boils a vat of water quicker than the kettle.
I like that it is so easily cleaned - it doesn't get hot and it's flush with the worksurface so you DH just wipe s over.
I like that it is programmable - you set it to stop cooking in 10 minutes and it does.
I like that it stops and starts when you turn it on and off. There's none of that lag of warming up you get with electric.

The only thing that's a bit dodgy is that you can't hear or smell when something is boiling over - I was used smelling gas to a gas hob hissing loudly when something had come to the boil, there was more than once in the early days where I stood staring at water coming over the top of the pan thinking there was something I ought to be doing, but what was it?

TattyCatty Wed 07-Sep-11 16:57:01

Biggest con is that you seemingly can't use non stick pans with them. We went through around one a year, including the Le Creuset frying pan that I invested in at an eye watering £95. No matter how careful I was, it created hot spots which basically knackered the non stick surface and, you guessed it, caused the food to stick.

We've recently moved to a house with a beautiful new kitchen and I was disappointed initially when I realised that they had halogen instead of induction, but it's been a refreshing change. Just as easy to clean / fast to heat up (mind you, it is a Neff, so pretty swish). It's also a myth that induction cools down straightaway - in a moment of madness I decided to try the theory out by touching a ring that had been turned off 2 minutes beforehand. Ouch!

BananaMontana Wed 07-Sep-11 16:59:01

Inherited one in this house. It's fantastic. I can think of no cons.
Have stayed in holiday home with a Miele one. Don't get Miele. It was really annoying in comparison to our perfect hob. (Neff)

GrimmaTheNome Wed 07-Sep-11 17:02:14

Oh, I really wouldn't like not to be able to use non-stick pans. I'd never scramble an egg or make an omelette again. I realised the ones I've got won't work but assumed it was just a matter of finding steel-bottomed replacements.

Halogen confused - never even heard of those!

campergirls Wed 07-Sep-11 17:02:45

We've been using cheap IKEA non-stick pans on our induction hob for ages with no problems.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 07-Sep-11 17:04:45

>Don't get Miele. It was really annoying in comparison to our perfect hob. (Neff)

interesting - we were originally thinking of Miele but the bloke who owns the kitchen company said he has all Neff himself so were tending that way anyhow.

BananaMontana Wed 07-Sep-11 17:17:22

We have two non-stick pans. One is from Ikea. It's not true that you can't use non-stick.

northender Wed 07-Sep-11 17:32:13

We have non stick pans too, no problems. We have a NEFF and certainly don't have any of the problems mentioned. 2 minutes after you've switched off you would definitely be able to touch it safely. The whole point with the new pans thing is that the rings themselves don't generate heat it's through electromagnetic induction, therefore the only heat on the hob is what comes back from the pan if that makes any sense!

GrimmaTheNome Wed 07-Sep-11 17:47:50

Yes - the pans have to be ferromagnetic I think. So aluminium doesn't work and I don't think my copper-bottomed pans will either (a fridge magnet wont stick to their undersides) - and obviously non-metallic casseroles also won't work.

OK, majority view positive but maybe I should check out halogen too?

RedorLead Wed 07-Sep-11 17:49:14

You can't use a wok on an induction, so we're getting a gas wok domino to match the induction and that way I can keep all my favourite pans!

GrimmaTheNome Wed 07-Sep-11 17:56:52

Surely someone must make a flat-bottomed iron wok?

Domino? confused (we don't have gas in the kitchen anyway, else I'd be having a gas hob to start with!)

northender Wed 07-Sep-11 18:11:19

This is another similar thread you might find useful Grimma

RedorLead Wed 07-Sep-11 20:07:24

Oh and you can't char aubergine for baba ganoush. I'm sure you can get a flat bottomed wok but I really don't want to let go of my favourite pans and yet I still want the convenience of induction. I'd like to teach the dc's to cook and flames close to their clothes concern me...and besides the wok burner looks cool. grin

chocoroo Wed 07-Sep-11 20:29:02

You can use a wok...in fact I'm using one on ours as I write.

Have also had no problems with non-stick pans either.

Love, love, love my hob.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 08-Sep-11 20:33:38

Thanks everyone - all very helpful. The kitchen designer chap reckoned it'd come with a free set of pans (though I bet I still have to buy steamer, wok and good nonstick pans.)

Not going to try to find those online just now - last night browsing for suitable wok my computer picked up a helluva nasty virus. First one I've had in 25 years with my company.

My dad had one it broke down and IIRC couldn't be fixed. Given the cost he went back to cheap gas.

jamaisjedors Sat 10-Sep-11 21:34:11

Thanks for the thread - very useful - we are considering the same but DH is reluctant to abandon the gas in case of a power cut.

Also I think it might be horrendously expensive compared to a bog standard gas hob.

GrimmaTheNome Sun 11-Sep-11 21:26:38

Unfortunately the builders idiotically omitted to run gas pipes to the kitchen. Our last house had gas hob, electric oven, which is obviously ideal.

Pannacotta Sun 11-Sep-11 21:30:40

So can't you use Le Creuset pans on an induction hob (will skupper my plans in that case....)?

Yes you can use le creuset on inductions.
And non stick.

I've used both professionally on an induction cooker. Using a le creuset is an art in itself however, so worth really learning how to do it.

Non stick induction pans are just fine.

I love it.

And much cheaper than either gas or normal electric.

northender Sun 11-Sep-11 22:57:57

I loved cooking on a gas hob and so really felt that the induction hob was a compromise (avoiding the cost of piping the gas in). If I had the choice now I would go for induction every time.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 12-Sep-11 08:46:49

I've got one Le Creuset pan which was given me, I realised that's one of the few I've got which should work. But its so heavy, I wouldn't want to handle a large one full of boiling water. OTOH I could do with increasing upper body strength... ah, do French ladies cook with LC instead of going to the gym? grin

jamaisjedors Mon 12-Sep-11 17:54:11

I don't think French ladies handle Le Creuset full of hot water - I've only ever seen them used here as casserole dishes - or for slow cooking meat on the stove-top.

Byeckerslike Mon 12-Sep-11 18:00:03

I have an ikea wok, it is the £2 one and it works on my induction hob. I have just had my kitchen re done, i have bosch appliances which are appaerently made by the same people as neff but cheaper, they are all excellent.

Love love love my hob, no negetives, have cast iron pans so they work fine

BerylStreep Mon 12-Sep-11 19:09:19

No negatives with induction - as people have already said, really responsive, fast, easy to clean (spilt food doesn't burn on to the hob, as it doesn't get hot). We have a Stoves 1100 range, which comes with 4 induction rings, 2 halogen (halogen is the same as ceramic hob) and a warming plate.

We're not overly concerned about power cuts, and could always use the bbq!

We got new circulon infinite pans, which are non-stick and dishwasher proof. Our old ikea 360 frying pans and le crueset also work on induction. Circulon also do a flat bottomed wok for induction hobs.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 12-Sep-11 21:08:19

For once, I'm going to be able to tell DH what to buy me for xmas grin

Poodlehorse Tue 13-Sep-11 18:30:38

for me all pros and no cons - unless you count having to buy new pans (if indeed you do) a con. I rather saw that as a plus wink. I have both nonstick and le creuset and have no problems with either - have had hob since about 2007. I have just bought some of those circulon pans and they are fab, just to replace some others that were getting a bit scratched thanks to some idiot using metal on them. I thought I would miss gas but now I wouldn't go back through choice. If you are really keen to have gas for a wok then you can always have a domino arrangement. But I honestly haven't felt the loss. Ours is an AEG. I was lucky to try out MILs before we bought ours and I couldn't get my head round them before I did, but once I did I was totally converted and have converted loads of others. As for power cuts - well we live in the middle of nowhere in Scottish Highlands and we rarely get them, but we do have a logburner so I have been known to cook on the top of there when I had to before the kitchen was put in. So that is my back up plan.

herogirl Sat 15-Dec-12 21:19:26

thought gas was the only way but now a covert to induction. Have just ordered circulon infinite wok at huge cost, has anyone used one?

Thelmapendragon Sun 27-Jan-13 11:00:14

Word of advice for those with le creuset non-sticks that have gone belly-up. I had an induction hob installed in 2011 and love it. Like many, I needed to replace all my saucepans and elected to go with le creuset including 2 non-sticks - a frypan an a milk pan. Within 9 months the non-stick surface on both went very bad! I took both pans back to John Lewis and le creuset replaced - no questions asked. Manufacturer has acknowledged that there WAS a problem with their non-stick formula, but this has now been remedied and their non-stick pans now come with a Lifetime warranty. So, if you've been affected, don't be timid about asking for a replacement.
Now my next challenge - finding a reasonably priced induction-happy wok! Any suggestions welcome!

Arithmeticulous Sun 27-Jan-13 11:26:59

Can't toss a pancake with a Le Creuset frying pan grin

Leather Sun 27-Jan-13 23:06:36

I've said this before but if it weren't for our induction hob we'd have a little boy with a skin-grafted left hand due to him planting it palm downwards on the ring.

Worth.every.penny

e1y1 Tue 29-Jan-13 23:52:35

Never had an induction hob.

But I do like my halogen hob, cleaner and safer than electric ring or gas (well to me anyway).

From what I understand the only difference between induction and halogen is that the actual hob gets hot on halogen and not on induction could be completly wrong though

MNPin2013 Tue 29-Jan-13 23:59:56

Love mine and we will very likely have an induction setup and a gas set up in the new kitchen.

Grandadad Wed 27-Feb-13 16:13:39

Assume it OK for a caring Grandad and retired Engineer to raise a point. These hobs heat things quickly, well that's because they use a lot of power for short bursts (that's Eco wise). Having experience of induction heating on production lines, way back, I did some digging and it took a lot !!!, they need to be fused at 30-32 amps on an exclusive feed, the power rating is 7.5watts or more. Suppliers recommend installation with qualified electrician as you would expect. Perhaps it is therefore best to check the practical availability of a suitable feed before getting too far into appliances. A new consumer units, or even additional cabling may double or treble the cost and perhaps you are not expecting this. Trust its helpful or just avoids any Shocks.

dragonfly18 Fri 12-Apr-13 11:39:40

I'm having an induction hob fitted next week when they install my new kitchen.
Does anyone know if I can use a diffuser on it please?

Some time ago I bought a ceramic Tagine but to use it on the gas burner (my old cooker is gas) it needed to be on top of the diffuser (it is steel, so is magnetic).

I can't bear the thought of not being able to use it.
Thanks a lot, hopefully someone will know.

Stoby1 Sun 11-Aug-13 17:24:34

Our BOSCH induction hob has a MAX power of 4.3kw BUT you set power level on it to either 13 16 or 20 amps so you do not require a specific feed but you can use a standard cooker point. Our point is off a 2.5mm cable on a 16 amp breaker, and set to 13 amp is well within the tolerance of the circuit and is fantastic to use.
We already have a set of James Martin pans and a Circulon french slillet/ frypan. Yes we had to throw out some old alluminium pans like the wok but its about time we replaced them anyway. The hob is very easy to clean, very quick to heat water and food and looks good. It is very quiet in use, does not get hot that it will burn you after use, has child lock, inbuilt safety features for boil dry and accidentally putting steel implements on the hob a timer and more. The induction technology is new so people may not understand how it works but in short there is no heat generated on the hob, the pans generate the heat, the hob gets hot from the pans not the other way round. We recomend the circulon non stick pans as they are specifically designed for induction hobs.
Electricians may not fully understand them either, but they are after a job, installing a new 10mm high power cable will generate a £250 plus fee. Of course they will want you to have a new cooker feed.

penny4048 Tue 01-Oct-13 17:48:33

I have just bought a large pan for chutney making that is guaranteed for an induction hob. I chopped and filled it and now it won't work. Has any one else had this problem. I have tested it with a magnet and it sticks so just can't work out why??

EastwickWitch Tue 01-Oct-13 17:55:57

I make loads of jam & chutney on mine. It rolling boils beautifully.

2 things; have you got it in the centre of the ring but not touching the other rings IYKWIM? Also, I wonder if it's too heavy? Trying without all the ingredients first then gradually adding them might help.

kenact Fri 18-Oct-13 11:39:30

We're on the point of signing up for a new kitchen and my wife is dead keen on an AEG induction hob to replace our existing gas one. Most of the comments so far have been positive about induction systems. One point no one has mentioned though, what about scratching the pans on glass surface of hob? Has anyone any experience of this. Comments appreciated.

its actually much much cheaper to run than either gas or electric.

Alwayscheerful Fri 18-Oct-13 13:55:11

Grandad thank you for your post, I have just had an electrician install a new consumer box and 10mm cable so hopefully I am correctly prepared.

I need to decide on a 100cm range cooker does anyone have a range cooker with an induction hob?

Alwayscheerful Fri 18-Oct-13 13:56:13

I would like to have a long utensils rack behind an induction hob but I am worried about utensils dropping on the hob.

Alwayscheerful Sat 19-Oct-13 07:11:03

I seem to have killed the thread, sorry OP, anyone with an induction range?

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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