November 19th, 2016 - Posted by in-toto Leicester
Why choose induction?
Here at in-toto Leicester, common questions we hear daily are; What are the benefits of an induction hob over gas? Will I need new pans for an induction hob? And is induction more efficient? For anyone not familiar with the induction hob, we’ve listed the facts below, as this method of cooking is growing ever popular and consequently more affordable. However, there must be an understanding and justification for the increasing number of consumers who are choosing an induction hob rather than the traditional gas or electric hob.
Here are some of the benefits:
Pan support and stability:
A common misconception about induction is “I need special pans”. This generally is a myth. Nowadays, pan manufacturing companies will stipulate if their products are suitable for induction. A simple test to try is, the magnet test. Generally, induction pans are made up of ferrous metals, so simply pick up a fridge magnet; if it sticks to the bottom of your pan it’ll work on induction, if not, unfortunately these will need to be replaced (never a bad thing when having a new kitchen). Also, induction pans must be flat bottomed to ensure the most efficient heating and in turn, this supports stability of the cookware. Again, as induction hobs are completely flat, the risk of spillages is massively reduced compared to traditional gas pan supports.
Induction Hob Speed:
A pre-set power-boost gives you the option to produce a 50% increase in power output. The result of this means that induction hobs can heat a pan nearly twice as fast than gas equivalents; and this is an essential part of a modern and busy lifestyle, to ensure that cooking does not become that dreaded chore.
Induction Hob Safety:
Induction hobs are much more controllable and safer as the hob does not get hot, only slightly warm from the residual heat created from pan to surface. This means there is a lower risk of burns after cooking on the hob, with minimal (if any) waiting time for it to cool down. Induction hobs also have the element of turning themselves off if you forget to do this; this is a result of removing the pan which automatically switches off the power.
Furthermore, a lack of gas emissions excludes the danger of gas leaks or the risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. The absence of combustion fumes from a burning hob is certainly safer for the consumer and also avoids the discomfort of heat within the cooking environment. This can’t happen as all heat generated radiates back in to the hob rather than into your workspace.
Induction Hob Cleaning
The smooth flat surface of induction hobs makes it much easier to clean than gas hobs with all the required necessities on the surface. It is easy to clean around and due to the hob not heating up as the primary source of heat; spillages won’t get baked on to the surface. Due to this they can be instantly wiped away without first having to wait for the surface to cool down. Aside from the safety element this more hygienic and healthier way of cleaning and the surface is less likely to conserve germs.
The touch control element of the induction hob allows a free area to clean over with no obstacles in the way; ensuring that the surface is completely clean and useable. Another benefit of the surface being easy to clean is that is can be used as a further utilization for food preparation and additional workspace.
Induction Hob Prices:
Originally, induction hobs have typically been an expensive alternative to other forms of hob. However, their growth in popularity means prices are already becoming increasingly competitive and as a result more affordable. Furthermore, as utility prices have risen considerably over the last few years’ people are more inclined to move away from traditional gas hobs which now pose a more expensive outcome. The choice now that they favour is the more energy efficient option of induction which are cheaper to run.
For further information on induction or to see it in action, please contact our team or visit:
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T: 0116 2720272