Induction hob: how does it work?

Are you about to redo your kitchen and want to switch from gas to induction cooking? Or are you having a new build and want to know more about how an induction hob works? CD Engineering explains in brief how it works and what you need to know about it.

What to choose between glass-ceramic and induction cooking?

If you’re on the fence between a ceramic hob and an induction hob, here are a few things to help you decide. Firstly, you should know that they work differently. Indeed, while an induction hob heats very quickly thanks to a magnetic field, a glass-ceramic hob uses radiants and halogens. As a result, glass-ceramic hobs take longer to heat up and therefore consume more energy. On the other hand, induction hobs are more expensive to buy.

If you’re in any doubt about the type of hob you have at home, there’s a simple way to check. Activate a hob without placing a pan on it and check whether it turns red and heats up. If it does, it means that you have a ceramic hob. In the other case, it means that you have an induction hob, which has an anti-overheating system that doesn’t turn red.

What's the best induction hob?

It is difficult to list all the brands of induction hob available on the market. You can go straight to the shop and ask a specialist for advice. However, you should choose the type of hob according to its wattage. Indeed, power levels vary according to the number of burners on your hob. For example, a 4-burner hob will have a higher total wattage than a 2-burner hob.

Also bear in mind that the wattage indicated is the sum of the wattage of each hob. This means that you will very rarely use the full possible power of your induction hob. You should also opt for a hob with at least 3 burners, as you will be able to simmer or cook more dishes at the same time. However, be careful about the type of saucepans and frying pans you use, as not all of them are compatible.

How to install an induction hob?

If you’ve just bought an induction hob, you shouldn’t just plug it in without doing some checking first. You need to check that it is compatible with your electrical installation. Finally, to ensure your safety, add an induction hob connection cable of at least 6mm² and a separate circuit breaker with a minimum rating of 32 single-phase amperes, or 25 three-phase amperes.

Once you’ve done this safety procedure, you can plug it in. If you encounter any problems after plugging it in, or if you don’t have what it takes to make the installation safe, call in a professional electrician. He or she will then be able to help you with the installation and electrical renovation, if necessary. Contact us now for all your electrical installation needs. Request a free quote by phone or on our website to our professionnal electricians!

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