Induction hob – facts and myths

Many appliances have been designed based on metal heating, also including iron atoms. Among them, stainless induction hobs stand out; despite their popularity, such hobs are still victims of unjust myths. Most of them come from outdated information or issues that are yet to be explained.

Let us then deal with the most widespread myths and explain many popular theories at the same time.

The induction cooktop is dangerous for other appliances.

Minimising the risk of burns is particularly essential if there are young children in our household. Induction generates much less heat outside the pot we put on the hob and is, therefore, safer for children. Despite this undeniable advantage, myths continue to arise that the induction magnetic field has a real impact on its environment.

Interference risk is a myth coming from outdated information on how a magnetic field works. Magnetic fields indeed react within the diameter of a dish, but their range is too limited to harm its environment.

Simply speaking, after you turn a hob on, it does not induce a field until we put a pot on it. The risk of interference with electromagnetic devices, as producers state, appears when such devices are about 4 centimetres from the hob. It means that such a limited range of the generated field reduces the risk nearly to zero. This is why it is so important to choose products certified with the CE symbol which confirm the safety of a given appliance.

Maintaining an induction hob is costly.

On the contrary, induction hobs have the highest energy efficiency in comparison with ceramic hobs and standard gas burners in a ratio 90/60/45, respectively. What is more, when you add up the cost of operation and cleaning, it turns out that induction is only slightly more expensive than gas. To sum up: today the cost of having an induction cooktop is similar to the cost of other solutions.

To use an induction hob, you need to use accessories which are hard to find.

Again, a myth. Modern induction technology does not necessarily force you to use expensive or unobtainable kitchenware. The idea that when you purchase a new hob, you need to replace all pots and pans is also a fallacy. Nowadays, the ferromagnetic metal required for induction hobs is present in most kitchenware, and their availability is no different from the “traditional” ones. However, remember that the pot needs to have a flat bottom and must also match plate diameters.

Inductions cooktops are not suitable for kitchens in blocks of flats.

This myth circulates among inhabitants of residential blocks. Their concern is mostly based on a conviction that induction puts too much load on the existing power network. As far as the power system might not be suitable to use such appliances, it does not necessarily mean that we are unconditionally off the list of potential customers. It depends on the model and on the power we want to obtain. Remember that the hob should be assembled by professionals who will not violate the warranty terms nor damage the hob and at the same time can dispel the doubts related to the unsuitability of your network.

Induction cooktops cause… unsuccessful culinary experiments.

Myth. The induction hob has a wide range of power and heating speed – getting used to all the functions of the hob takes time and proper learning mostly to lower the risk of burning your dishes. Bottom line: you only need a little practice to successfully master all available functions and thus become a master chef.

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