Induction hobs heat up quickly. Their smooth surface means they are easy to clean and have a range of handy extra features like residual heat indicators, lock touch controls and time limiters.
Spiral copper coils beneath the glass surface only activate when iron pans are placed on top. They use energy efficiently and cool down very quickly, but they’re usually pricier than gas hobs.
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When you’re cooking, you want to be able to adjust the heat quickly and precisely. For this, you need a hob with a range of practical functions. For example, the TS 5760F NE from Hotpoint is fitted with four cooking zones and a total of 18 different power levels. This gives you maximum flexibility to create the perfect dish.
The black tempered glass surface fits well in open-plan living spaces and modern kitchens. The hob also features control-lock for extra safety and automatic switch-off in the event of a large spillage. And residual heat indicators tell you if the hob surface is still hot.
Induction is a popular choice among consumers because it’s fast, clean and energy-efficient. However, the tightly wound induction coil on a classic induction hob can only be activated by pans that are compatible with the technology. This means that they aren’t as flexible as a FullFlex induction hob.
FullFlex hobs have individual inductors that automatically detect the shape and size of the pot or pan. They then send the optimum amount of heat to the bottom of the pan, making them far more flexible than a classic induction hob. The KM 7999 from Miele offers even greater flexibility thanks to its MaxiSense function. It recognises the shapes of all the pans and only switches on the induction areas that are significantly covered by the pot.
Intense heat hob
Some hob types are designed for intense heat, such as the ultra-rapid burners found on induction and gas hobs. These generate high-powered heat quickly and are great for stir fry cooking using larger pans or for bringing water to boil quickly.
Some electric ceramic and induction hobs use a hidden heating system underneath the tough glass surface. This transfers the heat directly to the base of your pans when activated. You’ll need a set of induction-compatible pans with iron-based magnetic bases to work with this type of hob.
You’ll find touch controls on many hob types that can be locked to prevent children altering settings or switching the hob on. These can be a useful safety feature, particularly with induction hobs which can cause burns from unattended cooking. Indicator lights and hob timers are also available on most hob types, to help you keep track of your cooking. Some hobs can even be programmed to switch off after a set period of time.