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Induction or ceramic range cookers: how should you choose?

23RD JANUARY 2012

Are you confused about whether to choose a ceramic or induction range cooker?

At Britannia, all our electric hobs are induction – in this guide, we explain what you should consider when deciding if induction is right for you.

1. How does an induction hob work?

An induction hob is made of hard wearing glass, and only heats up when a ferrous pan is placed on it - as soon as the pan is removed (or when the zone is switched off), the heat generation will stop.

2. Will it suit your kitchen design?

Induction hobs are sleek, black and slightly glossy, often surrounded by a stainless steel rim, and should be flush with the worktop surface. They are therefore the perfect finishing touch for a modern range cooker in a contemporary kitchen design - but will of course work well with most styles, if you want to combine modern convenience with a more traditional design.

3. What pans can you use on an induction hob?

Induction hobs require good quality pans with smooth, flat bases for good heat distribution. Make sure the pans are free from dirt so that they don’t scratch the glass surface, and are of the same diameter as the zone they are placed on. You can use:

  • Stainless steel pans with a magnetic base
  • Enamelled steel pans
  • Cast iron pans

You can check whether your pans are suitable by holding a magnet to the middle of the base. If the magnet sticks, the pan is suitable.

4. Is it energy efficient?

Induction cooking is a lot more efficient than ceramic cooking, because heat is only generated through the area that’s actually touching the pan; the induction zone automatically switches off when the pan is removed.

5. What about cooking on different hobs?

Induction is more controllable than ceramic: it will immediately adjust power output when you change the setting to a higher or lower level, whereas a ceramic zone will take longer to heat up or cool down. Check out our speed comparison of ceramic, induction and gas:

Time to boil two pints of water

Induction5 minutes
Gas9 minutes
Ceramic11 minutes

Of course, some people do prefer the look and feel of a gas hob, which is available on our dual fuel range cookers. Check out our guide to choosing a gas or induction hob if you're still undecided.

6. What about safety?

Child locks are available for all Britannia induction range cookers; when a child lock is activated, the zones can’t be accidentally switched on. They also have a Residual Heat Indicator, which appears in the digital display when a zone is too hot, an auto cut-off mode to prevent overheating.

Induction zones may be safer than ceramic, because the zones will cool down much faster, and won't produce heat unless a pan is on it.

7. What if you have a pacemaker?

An induction zone creates an electromagnetic field. It’s unlikely that this will affect a pacemaker, but if you’re in doubt, consult your doctor or the manufacturer of your pacemaker.

8. How do you clean an induction hob?

Always allow the hob to cool down first. For light soiling, simply wipe with a soft cloth, warm water and washing-up liquid. Never use scouring powders or paste, metal scourers, oven cleaners or any abrasive cleaning products. You can use a scraper for the safe removal of cooked on deposits. To condition the glass surface, use a good quality hob cleaner. Read our oven cleaning tips for more information.

Check out our range cookers and browse the various size, colour and fuel options to find the perfect model for you.



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