Advantages and disadvantages of induction hobs

Induction hobs aren’t necessarily new, though they have been gaining in popularity with homeowners lately due to the drop in price (as can be seen with the sleek, ceramic NEFF induction hob line). Induction cooking claims to be a superior way of cooking, and it does have numerous advantages over other cooking methods, but there are also a few disadvantages to keep in mind if you’re looking to buy a big new induction range cooker.

Gas and other electric powered cooking devices work through radiant cooking. These cookers either create a flame (as we’ve been doing for centuries past) or heat a coil which then transfers that heat to our pots or pans and cooks our food.

Induction cooking works through the power of magnets (not wizardry). The magnets cook your food by creating an electromagnetic field which then transfers to the pot or pan—which must also be magnetic—creating a continuous electric current that heats your food.

The advantages to induction hobs, as I said, are many. One of the best reasons to begin induction cooking is its safety. Since induction hobs won’t create a current with non-magnetic materials, and hobs also have sensors that determine whether a magnetic object is pot sized, there won’t be any more kitchen burn accidents. Also, you won’t have to worry about a pilot light going out and gas leaking into your house. Induction is more efficient since the energy used to heat your feed doesn’t get wasted in the air as it does with flames. Another great advantage for you pro cookers is the instant adjustment, which makes for preciseness when cooking. Induction is also far cleaner than radiant cookers.

The disadvantages to induction hobs are that they may not be as powerful and are impractical for certain cooking styles, such as if you need to char your food. They’re also subject to power outages which happen more often than gas failure. There is also the need to completely replace your cookware with ferrous (magnetic) pots and pans, whereas radiant cookers offer much more flexibility.

What do you think of induction cooking?

Did you know?

Homing pigeons have organic devices in their beaks which make them sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field. Hanging a magnet around their necks will disrupt their magnetic senses.

-Jeff H.

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Posted by Jeff H.   @   10 December 2010
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