The first patents for induction hobs actually date back to the early 1900’s. However, the concept was not really introduced to household kitchens until 1950. That is when Neff began manufacturing their own induction hobs for households. The technology has continued maturing since then. It is only during recent years that consumers have fallen head over heels in love with induction hobs. Let’s find out more about why.
The Science Behind the Magic
The basic principles behind how an induction hob works has remained the same since those first patents were released in the early 1900’s. Electricity is passed through a coil of wire, which generates a magnetic field. When a magnetic object is placed within this magnetic field, the object heats up, allowing you to cook!
Traditional hobs, such as gas and ceramic hobs, heat up the bottom of the pan to slowly heat up the pan. Induction hobs can heat up your pots and pans almost instantaneously. Water can be boiled with an induction hob much faster than with a gas or ceramic hob.
The US Department Of Energy (DOE) did a study and found that the efficiency of Induction and Ceramic hobs were similar (72.2% versus 71.2%), but both were significantly higher than that of gas hobs (43.9%). So with an induction hob, you will find yourself cooking faster, and also using less energy to do so.
Another benefit that induction hobs have over gas hobs is the space you save in your kitchen. You will not need to store a gas canister. You will also avoid the potential problems that gas stoves may bring. This includes gas leaks due to leaky valves.
So Now I know About Induction Hobs – What About FlexInduction?
FlexInduction is the next step in induction cooking technology, in which multiple coils are installed underneath the cooking surface such that a pot or pan can be placed upon a significantly larger area.
Some hobs, such as those produced by the luxury kitchen brand Gaggenau, have a FlexInduction zone that covers the entire surface of the hob – not to mention its amazing asthetic. Others such as the below example of a Miele combination induction hob, have two fixed zones with one FlexInduction zone. You might even be interested in Siemen’s example below which has two FlexInduction zones, with a built in tabletop downdraft hood in-between.
Do a quick search of our store for a hob that suits your taste, and requirements. Are you looking for a specific number of FlexInduction zones? Or perhaps you are interested in a certain brand? Click on the following links, to find out more: