Why it’s time to get switched on to the benefits of an induction hob?

Posted 01 March 2016

For years, gas hobs have been king of the kitchen. Traditional electric and halogen hobs may have found a place in thousands of UK homes, but those considering themselves to be a dab hand in the kitchen have always favoured gas. Until now…

Induction hobs have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering an innovative and effective cooking solution. Unlike traditional hobs, which conduct heat through the hob and onto the surface of the pan, induction hobs pass an electromagnetic current from the hob surface to a ferrous metal pan – such as a steel or iron saucepan. Heat is generated through the resulting vibrations caused by the current.

This process offers a number of benefits over the traditional conduction heating method.


Induction hobs are capable of heating a saucepan twice as quickly as gas hobs. This cuts down on cooking times – making it the perfect solution for busy people who are short on time.


Perhaps the most impressive feature of induction hobs is that while the electromagnetic field causes a swift heating of the pan, the hob itself remains completely cool. For families with young children this offers great peace of mind, removing the danger of a stray hand getting burnt on naked flames or leaning on an electric hob that is still hot to the touch.


It is true that induction hobs are not the cheapest kitchen appliances on the market. And in many cases, homeowners are required to buy ferrous metal pans that are compatible with the induction technique. However, once the hob is installed and the pan is purchased, the savings can begin.

The speed with which induction hobs heat pans enables them to be significantly more energy efficient than any other electric option. And unlike other hob options all of the energy used travels directly into the pan rather than being lost into the air or other surfaces.

With utility bills becoming a growing concern in homes around the UK, the ability to have a kitchen appliance with lower running costs is incredibly appealing. In fact, in homes with renewable power sources, such as the solar photovoltaics fitted to all Trivselhus by Esh homes, an induction hob may cost nothing at all to run.


It goes without saying that an energy efficient hob is a more environmentally friendly hob. The reduction in electricity used over the course of a year with an induction hob can significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions created by a household – something that will only become more important in the future.


Gas hobs are notoriously hard to clean and even those who love the cooking surfaces would agree that removing the grease, oil and food stains that accumulate on the hob’s surface can be extremely tricky. In contrast to this, induction hobs have a smooth surface that can be cleaned the instant the pan is removed and the power turned off. Because the hob itself does not heat up food never bakes onto the surface, making for a more hygienic and germ-free cooking surface.

Our induction hobs

Trivselhus by Esh homes all come fitted with the latest Smeg induction hobs. Smeg are leaders in stylish technology and their hobs fit seamlessly into our carefully designed kitchen spaces.

Interested in finding out more about the appliances and equipment in our homes? Read the brochures for your development of choice here.