Traditional Country Kitchen with induction hob and large traditional island

Induction hobs: how they work and why they’re so popular

Induction hobs: they’re a beloved addition to plenty of our kitchen designs. It’s no secret that we love them for their simplicity, speed and safety, but today we’re looking at induction hobs in closer detail.

Dark blue geometric kitchen with marble worktop and induction hob

How does an induction hob work?

Peculiar as it may sound, induction hobs don’t actually produce any heat by themselves. They create a magnetic field between the pan and a copper coil that sits underneath the glass, and through the field, energy is transferred to the surface of your pan. It only works if your pan is made from a ferrous metal like stainless steel or cast iron, so some people do find the need to buy new pots and pans when they get their new induction hob.

How do I know if my pots and pans will work with an induction hob?

Here’s a handy tip: if you’re unsure, try holding one of your fridge magnets to the bottom of your pan. If it snaps together easily, your pan should work.

Traditional Country Kitchen with induction hob and large traditional island

What kind of pans don’t work with an induction hob?

If your pans are made from any of the following materials, you’ll need to replace them with induction-hob-friendly stainless steel or similar:

  • Aluminium
  • Copper
  • Glass
  • Pyrex

Do induction hobs save energy?

Induction hobs are faster and more efficient than regular hobs, simply because they only heat the surface of your pan. To compare the two, 40% of the energy in a common gas hob is used to cook your recipe, whereas an induction hob utilises 84% of the energy.

White Shaker Kitchen with Mercury range, induction top and brass splashback

Are induction hobs safe?

If you’re wondering whether the absence of a visible heat ring is a safety risk, you’re not alone. Child safety locks are available for some of our favourite induction hobs,

Overall, however, they are considered to be particularly safe as they only work when a certain amount of ferrous material is in touch with the surface. As soon as the pan is removed, the hob is turned off.

Contemporary grey industrial kitchen with bespoke pull out cutlery dividers under induction hob

By allowing for flexible cooking zones and automatically switching off and saving energy, induction hobs are a fantastic option for your kitchen design. Get in touch with Sarah to talk about having one installed in your kitchen:

  • hello@sustainablekitchens.co.uk
  • 0117 325 4392