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clippityclop Wed 08-Nov-17 17:36:46

We're buying a dual fuel Rangemaster (Professional with an electric oven). I'm undecided if we should get a gas hob or induction hob. If you previously cooked with electric only and then changed gas hob do you regret it? And what's cooking with induction like? And while I'm at it, what colour should I get? Ridiculously tempted to go for the cranberry red option because I'm not keen on black and our fridge freezer is steel but a different finish to the cooker.

Esspee Wed 08-Nov-17 17:44:57

Gas is so controllable and you can use any pots and pans on it. As for colour, whatever colour suits your kitchen BUT if there is a chance of you selling within the life of the Rangemaster I would go for something neutral. Personally I couldn't live with anything red in my home so would have to factor the cost of a new cooker into my offer price.

BeanSprout79 Wed 08-Nov-17 19:01:46

Induction. It’s just as easy to control as gas but a hell of a lot easier to clean.

Viviene Wed 08-Nov-17 23:00:19

I have red appliances in my kitchen, go for red ;-)

KnockMeDown Wed 08-Nov-17 23:03:45

Another vote for induction. Just as controllable as gas, lots safer, fabulously easy to clean.

JellyJ Wed 08-Nov-17 23:06:47

I love my induction hob!

clippityclop Thu 09-Nov-17 19:28:20

For those of you with an induction hob, what's the best product to keep it clean? And do I have to ditch my pots and pans and buy special ones? That won't be a huge issue as the ones I have have seen better days and didn't cost a lot. Which brand would you recommend? A local dealer has told me that induction costs around £300 more than gas.

Mosaic123 Fri 10-Nov-17 00:43:28

I love my induction hob too. I used to have gas. Induction is a tiny bit less controllable than gas but its good looks and super easy cleaning makes up for it. I also love how you can tell it to stay on for something else.e.g. Veg for soup and tell it to turn itself off when the time is up.

QuitMoaning Fri 10-Nov-17 20:26:37

I had my first induction hob installed a couple of weeks ago and so far I absolutely love it (previously had gas for 8 years, solid plate electric before that). I find it easier to control than my gas hob.
I did lots of research and went for Gorenje hob as it had all the features I wanted but cheaper than equivalent Neff/AEG etc. John Lewis sell it.
And it looks lovely, although it is 70cm width which is a bit strange.
Also a Which Best Buy...

clippityclop Fri 10-Nov-17 20:56:59

I'm hearing lots of good things about induction from female friends. Male friends love their gas hobs, real fire etc I suppose. Our home has a very traditional country feel and so a cranberry oven but black would be more sensible. Apparently the trick to discovering if my pots and pans are any use for induction is to see if a magnet will stick to them?

Iwannasnack Fri 10-Nov-17 21:01:35

I debated when we got our kitchen and went for gas. Wish I’d got induction. I love cooking with gas but hadn’t factored in how much easier induction would be to clean. Hopefully we’ll have a power cut soon and I’ll feel justified!!!

Tubbyinthehottub Fri 10-Nov-17 21:13:56

I’d get gas and I’d get the Rangemaster Nexus instead. Much more solid.

wibblywobblyfish Fri 10-Nov-17 21:15:21

I have an induction hob and I love it. The thrill of boiling a pan of spuds with the pan sat on a tea towel will never get old. I have Ikea 365 pans and they work brilliantly.

YorkshireTea86 Sat 11-Nov-17 08:46:09

We had a new kitchen last month and switched to induction, based on all the comments on here and the ease of cleaning.
It's very fast for heating up which I love, I would say it's almost as controllable as gas. The only downside I've noticed is working out what number is the best to cook different things at because you can't see how big the flame is iykwim. So now I know 4 or 5 is best for simmering veg and rice. 10-12 is good for Browning meat, it's just taking a while to work out.
I had to buy new pans but I haven't spent masses, I got a set of swn pans on Amazon for £30 in the sale. Then wok and frying pans from asda, about another £50.

VeryPunny Sat 11-Nov-17 08:51:56

I love my induction hob. To be fair I have never liked gas - nightmare to clean and it never felt safe.

Best part about induction hobs is a timer. Can set my pressure cooker going and once the pressure is stable I just set the timer going. I don't wander off but it means I don't overcook stuff

Purpleball Sat 11-Nov-17 08:53:48

I love my induction hob. I’ve got 2 pans that don’t work on it so far but I can live with that.
It’s really easy to cook on and keep clean.
I just need to buy a new frying pan...not the end of the world!

Purpleball Sat 11-Nov-17 08:55:46

Mine is an AEG with 5 zones, each has a timer so I can leave something simmering for 10 mins and it switches off when done.
Had mine a couple of months and also learning the numbers. Mine goes up to 14 with a power surge one too.

jensner Sat 11-Nov-17 09:20:05

Induction, without a doubt. More controllable than gas, more efficient and safer. You can test your pans with a magnet. We had to change ours because we had copper bottomed ones but persuaded my mum to do a swap!! A lot of pans are induction friendly.

YorkshireTea86 Sat 11-Nov-17 09:39:19

Oh yes love the timer on each of the zones so it just turns off so if I'm busy getting something out the oven or plates out I don't need to rush over to turn the hob off.
Also swan pans not swn.

YorkshireTea86 Sat 11-Nov-17 09:39:44

Oh yes love the timer on each of the zones so it just turns off so if I'm busy getting something out the oven or plates out I don't need to rush over to turn the hob off.
Also swan pans not swn.

SingingBabooshkaBadly Sat 11-Nov-17 12:24:04

This summer we switched from gas to induction as part of a new kitchen installation. I actually find it more controllable than gas and cleaning is a breeze. Wipe it with a damp microfibre cloth and polish it with a dry one and it comes up like new. You can use a specialist glass cleaner but it's really not necessary. I also love that you can't leave it on accidentally.

clippityclop Sun 12-Nov-17 10:01:41

It's very confusing. Thanks for the tip about the Nexus Tub, I agree the controls do look more substantial. What else to you like about it? We were hoping to orfer from Curry's because they will deliver direct to our kitchen provider but they don't have the 90 model on the website. One of my friends has an issue with her induction hob (not Rangemaster) because it's sometimes not always 'instant', she has to press the buttons a number of times to get it to co-operate. We've had this issue with an ordinary electric hob and it drove me nuts. I guess that may be influencing my preference for gas. I am also worried about leaving gas on accidentally though.

whiteroseredrose Sun 12-Nov-17 10:09:42

Not Rangemaster but I hate my induction hob. Not the induction itself but the touch controls. There are always finger marks on the glass. Yes it's flat to wipe but needs a buff/polish to make it look nice. Plus brush past and you can accidentally turn it off. And the squeals if steam dripping down the pan makes it wet drives me nuts.

I found old fashioned enamel so much easier to manage - sigh!

ggirl Sun 12-Nov-17 10:36:14

We changed our range cooker in the summer , we had a dual fuel gas/electric Britannia range ..was a fucker to clean , gas hob had a zillion pieces and stainless steel looked shit all the time.

We now have Stoves Richmond induction and love it..easy to clean and use..much better than gas.
We got light blue..love it

Tubbyinthehottub Sun 12-Nov-17 11:11:37

If you can find somewhere near you where you can actually go and look at and feel different makes and models I would recommend you do that. I found that some of the knobs on expensive cookers were a bit plasticky and that put me off. Maybe it depends on the style of your kitchen but I’m not keen on the look of the flat glass hob although appreciate if you’re going for a sleek modern look it is probably better. On my Nexus I’ve got five gas rings and a glass bit that’s electric with space for two pans. I find that bit a bugger to keep clean as it shows every speck of dust and splash of oil. So while the gas hob is a bit of a pain to keep clean, the induction hobs must be too. I just prefer gas and I feel like this cooker could last forever.

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