Up until recently, there have been only two types of cooker hobs available in the market, that being either electric or gas. And it has always been without question that the gas hob is superior for cooking. Ceramic hobs simple can’t compete; firstly they take too long to heat up, which also adds to the overall cost, and secondly they offer poor control of the heat. They might look pretty with their sleek appearance but unfortunately they are not ideal for cooking. The gas hob is quite the opposite, being quick to heat up while also offering fast and precise control over the flame.
But now there’s a third choice…
Induction hobs are one of the more recent advancements in the cooking industry and offer a real alternative to gas cooking. They essentially combine style with performance, offering the best of both worlds.
With induction hobs, heat is generated directly in the pan with the use of induction coils, unlike ceramic hobs which have an in-between layer. This extra layer is what causes the heating process to slow down, and then when you want to stop the heat, it still lingers. So, in terms of cooking, ceramic hobs don’t create an ideal environment. Without this extra layer, induction hobs are as fast and as responsive as even gas hobs, which still slightly keep unwanted heat through the cast iron supports.
The induction hob boasts a contemporary design, which will appeal to kitchens featuring a minimalist design. With LED displays and touch controls, they are similar to ceramic hobs but with one big difference, they can actually deliver a high quality performance as well.
Finally, the induction hob is also offering new cutting edge features to enhance its overall performance. One of the latest new applications to appear in some models is the AnyPlace Zone, which lets you place you pan, big or small, in any area on the hob surface and it automatically heats up in the exact spot you place it, which is just another way induction hobs are raising standards in the kitchen.