This is a post about the good, the bad and the ugly side of induction hobs from my point of view.
I love cooking! There I said it. I love cooking. I find it restful and therapeutic after a hard day at the office or looking after our toddlers. I am also a bit of a geek as well so when I can combine gadgets with cooking I am in seventh heaven.
One of my favourite gadgets at the moment is my induction cooker. I can't begin to express how much I love that thing. I have a Neff series 2 hob which wasn't cheap but I'm happy with it. I know that there are also cheaper alternatives on amazon which are just as good.
I wouldn't call myself a good chef, but I'm telling you, with the combination of a great set of saucepans with an induction hob I became a great chef. It just makes cooking so much easier and even more pleasurable.
Cooking with an induction hob is lightning fast. Energy is directly transferred to the saucepan so the waiting time for pans to heat up is considerably shorter than gas or traditional electric.
It's the most efficient, energy saving way of cooking.
Gas is 55% efficient, by this I mean that only 55% of the energy that's spent on gas goes into actual cooking. Traditional electric ranges are slightly more efficient at 65% but induction cooktops are a butt-kicking 90% efficient.
Plus, when you remove the pan from the cooking area, the cooker immediately goes into standby mode, using virtually no energy at all. The induction rings also cool down much faster than gas or electric because the heat is generated in the saucepan. Now I just need to buy an electric car to really ramp up my smug ‘saving the planet' face.
It's really safe. There's no open flame, and the heaters only work when the saucepan is connected. So if my daughter decided to touch the cooking ring then she wouldn't burn her hand which is an amazing thing. I'll be honest; I haven't tried this myself yet, but seen people do it on YouTube so believe that it's true.
One thing I do hate about cooking though is the cleaning up afterwards. Fortunately, induction tops are really quick and easy to clean as well. All you need to do is use a damp cloth to wipe over the flat surface.
There are a couple of downsides to induction cooking. Firstly, you need recommended pans for induction hobs. It's something about being able to create a magnetic connection between the induction hob and the saucepan but can't remember off the top of my head. There's a link to a page that explains it more fully at the bottom of the page.
I had a couple of items that weren't compatible that I had to get rid of. It killed me doing it because I really loved them. I know you can buy these special plate things that are meant to make them compatible but I'd heard mixed reviews on them so didn't bother. In the end I went with some Circulon saucepans which have served me very well.
The other problem is no electricity means no cooking. This has only been a problem for me once when we had a blackout for a couple of hours just before tea time. Fortunately we survived the disaster by buying chips. The kids didn't seem to mind at all!
Overall though, changing a couple of pots was not a big deal for me and seeing as how most things rely on electricity these days, these problems are only small things in my opinion.
If you want to know how induction cooktops work, see videos of them in action or you are looking for pots and pans that are compatible with induction hobs then you should check out the following website: Induction Pans Guide. I should warn you I created it so I hope you find it helpful