Ann-Marie Jones, BLANCO UK marketing manager, reveals her stance on the Ceramic Vs Induction Hob debate and answers some of your key questions…
There are two categories of modern electric hobs: ceramic and induction. Although the functionality of the two can vary dramatically, they have a number of characteristics in common.
Electric hobs offer the most practical solution where gas is not available or where there are children or elderly family members in the home. They come with a number of safety features such as indicators to show when a zone is still hot to the touch, and locks that stop the hob from being operational until the right combination of buttons is pressed.
But, to help you decide which is best, I’ve answered a few key questions which you may want to consider…
How does induction work?
The induction hob provides the most efficient method of cooking; this is thanks to a magnetic field which instantly transforms your pan into the heat source. The coil beneath the ceramic glass does not heat up during this process which means all of the energy is transmitted to the base of the pan only. Therefore, the pan heats only the food, not the hob. BLANCO induction hobs eliminate hot spots due to the heat cooking zones being designed so that the whole base of the pan is evenly heated.
Will it suit my kitchen project?
A ceramic hob refers to the finish of the hob rather than its functionality. Both standard electric hobs and induction hobs are made with ceramic glass and fitted flush with your worktop giving a stylish and sleek look. BLANCO also offer stainless steel trims with the ceramic models to match with stainless steel appliances. These hobs are perfect for a contemporary kitchen design; and will work with traditional too. Why not combine modern technology and convenience with a tradition kitchen style?
Do you need special pans?
On a standard ceramic hob, you can use pretty much any saucepan. You only need to consider different pans if you are purchasing an induction hob due to the method in which induction hobs work by creating a magnetic field. Cast iron pans and any black metal or iron pans will work on an induction cooking surface. Stainless steel pans will work on an induction cooking surface if the base of the pan is a magnetic grade of stainless steel. The way to tell if a saucepan is induction hob friendly is to hold a magnet to the bottom!
Have I got enough space?
Available space will, of course, impact the size of hob you choose. BLANCO boast a range of four-ring hobs and the larger six-ring hobs depending on your homeowner’s cooking needs. Also consider the depth of the hob as it needs to be sunk into your work surface. All BLANCO hobs fit into a standard size work surface.
What functionality do I require from my hob?
Another main consideration when selecting the right hob for you is the functionality your homeowner requires. Dual zones allow the user to operate an inner zone within the main ring so they can save energy when cooking with smaller pans. Child safety locks can stop inquisitive children from operating the hob by accident. Ask your homeowner: Do you require a hob power boost? Are timers an important function? And probably, most importantly, are you looking for a mains fitted hob or a plug in?BLANCO UK | blanco.co.uk