- How does an induction hob work?
- Main advantages of an induction cooktop
- Induction hobs and power consumption
Cook perfectly and sustainably, with Klarstein induction hobs
Are you looking for a safe, efficient and practical hot plate for your kitchen?Gas hobs and ceramic hobs are a reliable, reasonably-priced option, allowing you to cook with ease and comfort. If, on the other hand, you are ready to make a quantum leap in terms of functionality and design, an induction hob is definitely the way to go.
Induction hobs are indeed one of the latest innovations in the kitchen worldwide, as they eliminate fires and flames for greater safety. Induction hobs make perfect use of heat, allowing considerable savings in cooking time, as the heat is transmitted directly to the bottom of the pan without any dispersion. Also, they are among the safest hobs in the world, as they only heat the pots and pans, leaving the surface of the hob cold without the risk of burning yourself.
Browse our product gallery and be inspired: at Klarstein you can find several models of built-in and standalone induction hobs that combine excellent performance with attractive design. If you're not yet familiar with the world of induction hobs, read on to find out what their main features and benefits are, and then shop online for the model that best suits your needs and the look of your kitchen.
How does an induction hob work?
An induction hob has the same function as the traditional hob, but unlike the latter, it does not need gas to work and is powered by electricity. The mechanism is simple: when you turn on your induction hob, energy is transmitted to a coil covered by a material, usually glass-ceramic. Therefore, the secret of induction is in the coils that, when powered by electricity, generate a magnetic field that is transferred directly to the cookware, heating them. For this purpose, the pots or pans that you use must necessarily have a flat bottom and contain ferrous material.
Until recently, the choice of an induction hob was still minimal, due to a prejudice about its consumption, which was considered very high. More recently, more and more consumers are opting for induction hobs, because of the apparent advantages related to their use, which we list in the following paragraph.
Main advantages of an induction cooktop
Before choosing an induction hob, it is useful to know some advantages that make this product not only very functional but also extremely efficient. Among the aspects to evaluate are aesthetics, safety, ease of cleaning and energy saving. Let’s have a closer look to all of them.
- Attractive design
Although at first glance this may seem a secondary aspect, the design of an induction hob makes it a perfectly integrated appliance in a modern and efficient kitchen. Our induction hobs are elegant and minimalist in appearance, and you can easily incorporate them into a custom kitchen: available in various sizes and finishes, from portable induction hobs to 2-, 3- or 4-plate configurations, they allow you to make the most of the space available, fitting in as an element of absolute visual appeal. Choose the material and colour and find the best induction hob, looking for the perfect combination to match your cooker hood or other kitchen appliances, like your microwave or fridge, for example.
An induction stove is very safe. Unlike gas hobs, there is no danger of gas leaks. There are no flames, and thus, no danger of burning yourself while preparing food because the glass-ceramic top will always remain cold. Since the induction hob only works if there are pots or pans, the plate will not heat up and turn off in their absence. Besides, most induction hobs are also equipped with safety devices that stop operation in the event of spillage from the pots. This will protect the hotplates from unpleasant surprises.
- Easy cleaning
Another advantage of the induction cooker is that it is easy to clean. Thanks to the pan spillage blocking function, you won't have to deal with hard-to-remove incrustations or stains. To clean it, you can wipe it with a damp cloth to remove halos and stains. In the case of incrustations, you can use a simple dishwashing detergent to rinse thoroughly, or some specific product to preserve glass-ceramics. The ease of cleaning also means that you save money on cleaning products.
- Energy saving Talking about energy-saving when it comes to induction hobs seems a bit nonsensical since it runs on electricity. In reality, the induction hob offers considerable energy savings, because the energy used passes directly to the pan’s surface, without any heat loss. In this way, cooking times will be significantly reduced. Also, as already mentioned, the hotplate only works when there are pots or pans on it, so consumption is limited only to the time they are placed on the hob.
- Accurate power control
Induction hobs are equipped with power regulators that allow speeding up the cooking time, on one or more plates in operation, while the other zones are unused. For example, if you need to boil water for pasta quickly, you can use a power regulator to control the cooking time.
Induction hobs and power consumption
The energy consumption of an induction hob is broadly similar to that of an electric hob, although there is less heat loss than an electric hob. In an induction hob, the transfer of electricity to the pan is 84%, compared to 74% for an electric hob and even 40% more efficient than a gas hob, where there is more heat loss than in both types of cooking. While energy consumption is lower, a gas cooker has the advantage that natural gas is cheaper than electricity. Therefore, a kitchen with an induction hob has a higher bill at the end of the month. A consumer who wants a kitchen with an induction hob will have to increase the meter’s capacity to 4.5 kW compared to a standard contract of 3.3kW, thus increasing the bill’s price. The more you consume, the higher the price per kW.
So how can an electric induction hob consume less energy than a traditional gas cooker? This is because induction cooking produces energy that transfers for 90% on heating the metal pan and the heat is not dispersed throughout the hob. Consequently, cooking times are also shorter.
So, in the end, can you save energy with an induction hob? The answer to this question depends on how you use it. A single induction hob can draw up to 3,600 W when t is switched on, but with moderate use, it only consumes 600 W during use by dividing the heat between the pans placed on it. In addition to the costs of use, it is necessary to consider pots purchase with magnetic bottom compatible with induction hobs. In contrast, while previously very high, the cost of induction hobs is no longer a problem, and on Klarstein you can find great offers for prices t comparable to traditional gas hobs. As far as the monthly running costs are concerned, it is always advisable to choose the induction hob that is most compatible with your electricity contract.