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Using an induction hob

How does an induction hob work?

Induction hobs only heat the pan, which means you can touch the adjacent surface without burning yourself. Rather than the entire cooking surface heating up, electricity is passed through a copper coil magnet within the induction hob, creating electromagnetic energy. The energy passes through the cooktop to the iron-based pan which in turn releases heat.2

If you have a pacemaker fitted, you may want to seek advice about using an induction hob as the electromagnetic field may interfere with it.2  Induction hobs can be noisy when more than one cooking zone is in use.

What pans can I use?

Pans need to either be made from a magnet metal such as cast iron or steel, or have a magnetic base. It is best to test this with a magnet. Ensure the base of the pan is smooth to avoid scratching the hob.

What are the benefits of an induction hob?

  • The heat is very responsive and much quicker than using more traditional types of gas and electric cooking and therefore are more energy efficient
  • Ease of cleaning - if something is spilt on the hob it will not burn on
  • Safe to touch as only the pan is heated up, not the whole cooking surface.2
Advice last checked: 21 April 2017 Next check due: 21 April 2020

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