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What Is The Difference Between Ceramic and Induction Hobs?

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Are you looking to buy a new hob for your kitchen but are confused with the different types of hobs? We don’t blame you! Ceramic and induction hobs look very similar, so it can be hard to know the difference between the two. However, they are fundamentally very different appliances. The main difference between ceramic and induction hobs is how they create heat. In our latest article, we discuss the difference between induction and ceramic hobs.  

What Is A Ceramic Hob?

A ceramic hob relies on conduction. When a ceramic hob is turned on, the underlying heating elements heat the active ring and its surrounding surface. This heat is transferred from the surface of the hob to the pan to food. During the conduction heating process, the entire ring is heated, this means that the surface will take some time after it has been turned off to cool down. 

When it comes to budget, ceramic hobs are more affordable than induction hobs. Induction hobs are expensive to purchase, but they also only work with induction pans. This means that if you are looking to purchase an induction hob, you will also have to factor in the cost of having to replace your current set of pans. However, it is worth nothing that induction hobs are more energy efficient than ceramic hobs. 

What Is A Induction Hob?

Works similarly to an electric hob, but it has coiled beneath its surface that induces electrical current to generate heat in the pan or metal object. Induction hobs heat up the pans through electrical induction, this means that the hobs have copper coils fitted beneath the surface which produce a magnetic field when switched on. This process means that induction hobs are very energy efficient because the magnetic field only heats up the base of the pan, the rest of the surface will remain relatively cool. 

Induction hobs heat up a lot quicker than ceramic hobs. They offer unparalleled temperature control both when heating and cooling, allowing you to adjust your meal from boiling to simmering instantly. 

Induction hobs are generally safer than ceramic hobs. Although most ceramic hobs will also have a light indicator to say that it is hot, the heated area on an induction hob is much smaller and cools down a lot quicker. 

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We hope that this article will help you to understand the difference between the two and help you make a decision on which is best for you. 

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