As you may be aware, I have reviewed a number of SEVERIN products from homespares.co.uk over the last couple of weeks and one of the items I was sent was an induction hob. I did question why as I already have a hob on my oven so I didn’t really understand the benefit at the time. Now, however, I am pleased to say that I do!
Here are some details about induction hobs if you are considering investing in one.
Whilst induction hobs can be on the pricey side to purchase, they are much quicker and cheaper to run than other hobs. This is because the heat is transferred directly to the pan itself rather than across the whole cooking surface. Believe it or not, you can actually touch the cooking surface whilst it is switched on without burning yourself. That doesn’t mean that you can touch it though! This is because the pan itself will transfer the heat back onto the surface and warm it up!
How it works
The induction hob works by using electromagnetism to create a magnetic field between the pan and a coil beneath the glass top. You will need a pan which has a high iron content to ensure that it heats properly. Electricity then passes through a copper coil magnet inside creating the energy which then passes through the top and directly onto the pan which induces a current that releases heat. Interesting science behind the whole thing! An induction hob heats up twice as quickly as gas and 30% quicker than ceramic.
The only drawback that I can see is that you can only use a certain type of pan. They need to contain iron. You can test this by seeing if a magnet sticks to the pan and, as a general rule, if they do then they will work on an induction hob. You can buy compatible kitchenware in most stores. Although, if you can’t afford a new set of pots and pans then you can always get an induction plate.
So why buy?
If you don’t have a gas cooking appliance then an induction hob is a more efficient choice because of its instantaneous heating and cooling elements. This gives is slightly lower running costs as a result. They are a great replacement for an old electric hob as you don’t need any special wiring – the Severin hob simply plugs into the mains! They are also much easier to clean as the controllable heat means that contents rarely boil over.
There is a reduced risk of fire due to the lack of a naked flame with an induction hob and they are safer because they only heat up when a pan is placed on the cooking area.
Of course, if you already have a hob or cooker then these make a great ‘extra’ if you are cooking large family meals. Plus, they are great for campers- if you have access to electricity of course! – because then you don’t have to lug around heavy gas cannisters.
The SEVERIN induction hob costs £59.99 and is available from www.HomeSpares.co.uk
Disclosure: Thank you to Homespares.co.uk who sent me this Severin product in order to take part in the Great Big Oven Ban and provide a review. Please note that all words, images and opinions have been formed by the owner of this blog and have not been influenced in any way. Please do not reproduce any of the content or images on this post without prior agreement from Verily Victoria Vocalises.