How do induction and ceramic hobs differ?

When setting out to buy a new hob, it is essential to look into the various options that are available. You could opt for a gas hob and oven, or you may need something simpler, such as a ceramic or induction hob. Understanding the differences is important.

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How do they work?

All three fulfill the same function: they cook your food by producing heat. A gas range is a straightforward process of taking heat from a gas flame and heating your pan. Ceramic and induction hobs are subtler.

Ceramic hobs

A ceramic hob uses coiled metal elements that are hidden underneath a tempered layer of ceramic glass. The coils are electronically heated, and the surface of the glass becomes hot under the desired ring. This hot surface transfers heat to the pan. A ceramic hob is really the same thing as on old electric hob, except now it is covered in a smart, flat, glass surface.

Induction hobs

Induction hobs use high-frequency electromagnets instead of coils. This magnetic force is used to heat the pan, not the surface of the hob. This makes the induction hob much more energy efficient as it does not heat the air surrounding the pan.

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Induction hobs are far quicker and heat up instantly in the same way that a gas burner provides instant heat from a flame. A ceramic hob takes a bit longer as time is required to heat up the electric coils.


There is a huge range of costs to consider. A large six-burner gas range like a
Lincat LMR9 6 burner gas oven maybe exactly what you need. A ceramic hob might be cheaper, while an induction hob may be better in the long term.


Always use a qualified technician to connect your oven or hob, whether you’re connecting to a Lincat LMR9 6 burner gas oven or to an electric hob. An induction hob may be safer if you have small children as the heat is only applied when a pan is present.


Induction hobs will only work with ferrous-based pans. Use the magnet test to see if your much-loved pans will work. A gas burner or a ceramic hob will work well with just about anything. Some argue that an induction hob is easier to keep clean.

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