What is the difference between induction & ceramic hobs?
The hunt for the right hob can be a challenge when they look so similar. So in the ceramic hob vs induction hob battle, which one wins?
Read on to find out which hob is best for you. But first, let’s look at how each one works and what they cost.
Induction vs ceramic hob: power consumption, performance and price
Both hobs have the same sleek look and glass finish, but the technology underneath the surface is what makes all the difference.
Ceramic hobs have heating elements beneath the glass which conduct heat to the ring which then heats the pot or pan on the surface.
Induction hobs use copper coils which an electric current passes through to create a magnetic field. Then, when a pot or pan with a magnetic base is placed on the hob, it starts heating up.
On average, new ceramic hobs will set you back between £200 and £250. They cost around £50/ year to run at about 230 kWh.
Induction hobs tend to be more expensive, costing between £300 and £500. But their estimated annual running costs are less: £35/ year at about 175 kWh.
Ceramic hob vs induction: why pick ceramic?
Ceramic hobs are a great choice if you want a high-performing hob on a tighter budget. Because of their streamlined surface, they are much easier to clean than traditional gas hobs and sit seamlessly against your kitchen countertop too.
Keep in mind however, that although ceramic hobs are cheaper, they are less energy efficient and more expensive in the long run. Because heat needs to first pass through the heating elements and then heat the full surface of the ring, it takes a while to heat up and then cool down. This means residual heat is wasted.
Watch out for them staying warmer for longer too. Most ceramic hobs have a red light to indicate the surface is still hot, but this doesn’t protect against accidentally leaving a tea towel too close.
Ceramic hob vs induction: why pick induction?
Although they are more expensive, the argument for induction hobs being better than ceramic ones is that they’re cheaper to run, quicker to heat and safer to leave after you’ve used them.
Because of the magnetic field created by the copper coils, the pot or pan is heated immediately while the surface itself remains completely cool. So if you spill food, you can simply wipe it away and carry on.
Also, its automatic fans allow for more temperature control, quicker cooling and immediately switch heat off once a pan is taken away. So you don’t need to worry about forgetting to turn things off or leaving something too close.
Some designs even offer a flexible zones option, which give you complete control over where your pots and pans go, as the magnetic field will follow. This is great for cooking lots of different things at once.
Don’t forget, induction hobs are only compatible with induction-safe pots and pans that are made from ferrous metals, like stainless steel or cast iron.
An easy trick to test if the pans you have would work is to use a magnet. If it sticks to the bottom, you’re good to go.
How to install a hob with Local Heroes
Most hobs have specific electrical requirements so it’s always better to book a professional for installation. And that’s where Local Heroes can help.
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