In the meantime, there are many different types of hobs: whether gas, ceramic, or the good old mass hobs. However, the most modern way of cooking is by induction. More and more kitchens are now equipped with induction hot plates. There are many reasons for this: in addition to elegant design and energy savings, induction hobs also offer other advantages that set them apart from other hobs. On the other hand, there is a significantly higher purchase price. How do induction cookers work? Is such an acquisition worthwhile for me and does it even fit my needs? You can find this and much more in the article.
How induction cookers work
With “conventional” hobs, for example with a ceramic hob, the stovetops heat themselves. That sounds like a basic prerequisite for cooking but is different from induction hobs: there is a coil in the stovetop that generates an electromagnetic field. However, this is only transferred to pots and pans made of so-called “ferromagnetic” metal. To be able to use induction, magnetic cooking accessories must be purchased. There are cookers with surface induction as well as cookers with individual round hot plates. With the surface induction, several coils are used at the same time and the pot or pan does not have to be placed exactly over the coil, but of course, this is also associated with higher energy consumption.
The advantages and disadvantages of induction cookers
One of the greatest advantages of induction cooking is undoubted that there is no heating phase. Similar to the gas hob, the heat is immediately there and after switching off the plate is immediately cold. On the one hand, this leads to lower power consumption, on the other hand, it is also less dangerous and there is no risk of burning yourself on a plate that has not yet cooled or accidentally standing on something. In contrast to other hobs, the glass-ceramic around the hotplate also remains cool. In addition, the chic glass-ceramic is very easy to clean. If you compare this with mass hobs, which can often still be found in student shared apartments and into which things burn easily and can only be removed with a lot of effort, it quickly becomes clear why cleaning induction cookers is associated with significantly less frustration.
In addition to the numerous advantages of an induction cooker that such a hob brings with it, there are of course also some weak points. What should keep most buyers from buying is probably the higher purchase price. In addition, depending on the offer, there are also costs for magnetic pots and pans. It is also controversial how the additional electromagnetic vibrations caused by induction affect the body. To prevent damage to health, the radiation should, therefore, be as small as possible. However, there are EU limits here that the induction fields must comply with. To counteract an increase in radiation, pots and pans should also be placed in the center and at a certain minimum distance from the front edge of the cooker.
Induction cooker, yes or no?
In summary, it can be said that the advantages of an induction cooker outweigh the disadvantages. The only thing that matters is the slightly higher purchase price. However, this can be offset by the electricity savings compared to other hob: the costs will pay for themselves over time. The hot plates convince with a modern, slim design and are very easy to clean. It is also more fun to cook because there is no heating phase and the plates cool down immediately after use. Therefore, a buy recommendation can be made for all undecided.
If you are flirting with the purchase of an induction cooker, saving electricity is certainly one of your reasons for buying. In our article No frying money: How to save energy in the kitchen, we will tell you with the help of simple tips on how to save electricity in the kitchen.