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Induction hobs are great, you can cook several elements of your meal all without having a dangerous gas flame to worry about.
And that’s not all. Not only are electrical induction hobs safer but they’re more energy efficient too, which should help you not only save on your bills but also be better for the environment too.
And they’re perfect for going caravaning if you don’t have gas.
There’s actually quite a lot of induction hobs out there on the market today, but we’re here to make your purchasing choice that bit easier for you.
Coming up we have product reviews of our Top 5 induction hobs, followed by a handy buying guide which goes through the different things you might like to think about before you buy.
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Best Induction Hobs – Comparison Table
Best Induction Hobs – Reviews
Best Induction Hobs – Buyer’s Guide
There are a number of things you might like to think about before buying your induction hob, and we’ll talk you through them now.
Number and size of cooking zones
Provided you have the space in your kitchen, the more cooking zones (or burners) you have the better. This is especially handy when you’re cooking for the whole family, and maybe doing several different dishes. Or when you’re entertaining for that matter.
With that in mind 4 of our Top 5 induction hobs have the standard number of cooking zones, which is 4.
The only time when more cooking zones isn’t necessarily better, is when space is a premium, or if you know you’re only going to be cooking for one or two people.
If you think a 2 cooking zone hob is what’s best for your needs, we highly recommend our Number 2 product, the Aobosi Induction Hob.
Sometimes an induction hob will feature cooking zones all of the same size, but more often than not they will feature cooking zones of different sizes to allow for a mix of larger and smaller pots and pans. You’re not likely to need 4 large pans all cooking food at the same time.
Induction hobs also vary in the number of different power settings they can offer. The higher this number of settings the more precision you can apply to your cooking, handy when you want everything to be just perfect. All of the induction hobs in our Top 5 have several different power settings, ranging from 9 to 17.
Safety features are very important when you’re cooking or working with high temperatures, and that is why we stress them in our product reviews.
Safety features in induction hobs are pretty much the same across the board. You get a Child Lock, which locks the control settings in place, so they can’t get tampered with while you’re cooking. There’s also residual heat indicators, whereby the cooking zone remains red when the pan is removed, indicating that it’s still hot. All the induction hobs in our Top 5, have these features.
Those are the typical safety features but you can get more besides. There’s one that automatically switches the cooking zone if it does not detect a pan on top, such as in our Number 5 induction pan, the Bosch PUE611BF1B.
Another safety feature is when the cooking zone switches off when the integrated timer has detected that the required cooking time has been reached. This is a feature in a few of the induction hobs in our Top 5, specifically, our Number 1, the Russell Hobbs RH60IH401B, our Number 2, the Aobosi Induction Hob, and our Number 5, the Bosch PUE611BF1B.
Many cooks and the people they want to cook for often want their food ASAP and are impatient to get eating. That’s where some special features on induction hobs can come in handy, with a PowerBoost function for example, such as those you can find on our Number 3 and Number 5, the two Bosch models.
When you buy from a well known brand, you know you’re in good hands. You get a warranty or guarantee, and much better customer service should you ever have an issue or a question.
If you want to go for an induction hob from a well established brand we can recommend our Number 1 product, the Russell Hobbs RH60IH401B, or our Number 3, the Bosch PUE611BB1E, or our Number 5, the Bosch PUE611BF1B.
That said, brand isn’t everything, and it’s possible to get good quality products at a much lower price if you go for something from a newer or less well known brand. Our Number 2, and our Number 4 induction hobs for example, have all the quality you need at a considerably lower price.
The cost of an induction hob varies according to the number of cooking zones it uses. For example, portable induction hobs designed predominantly for holiday makers, with just one or two cooking zones, usually come in at under £100.
With regards to your home kitchen induction hobs however, you typically have 4 cooking zones in total, and you can expect to pay between £100 and £500. However for a really high end product, your costs can run into the thousands.
When we handpicked our Top 5 induction hobs, we did so with value for money in the forefront of our mind, and all 5 of them are deemed to be well worth the price. If budget is an issue for you however, then we can recommend our Number 2 product, the Aobosi Induction Hob provided that 2 cooking zones is enough for you, or if you do need 4 cooking zones, the next cheapest one is our Number 4, the GIONIEN Induction Hob.
An induction hob is something that you can potentially use everyday, so even if your warranty only lasts one year, you can still get your money’s worth out of it. If you want a hob that comes with a good warranty, we would recommend our Number 1 product, the Russell Hobbs RH60IH401B, or our Number 3, the Bosch PUE611BB1E, which both offer a full 2 year guarantee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are induction hobs better?
Induction hobs have several advantages over their counterparts. They are much more energy efficient, and cook more quickly, and consequently they cost less to run, and are better for the environment. They are generally safer overall as well, without having any unnecessary naked flames or gas.
The one thing you do need to be aware of before buying an induction hob however, is that you will need to use compatible cookware.
To check if cookware in your home is compatible with an induction hob, simply place a fridge magnet on it, and if the magnet sticks, then you can use that pot or pan on an induction hob.