Generally, Electrical cooking hobs look very much alike when you see them, you most likely need to operate it before you can ascertain if it is specifically an induction hob or not. For example, if you just moved into a house and you are presented with a kitchen with one of these cooking hobs, you really might not know which it is at first because all you see is a cooking device with a smooth black surface, just like a lot of electrical ceramic hobs.
What is an induction hob on a cooker? This is a direct technique of heating pans by electrical induction. The induction hob in question contains a coil of copper wire underneath the ceramic plate which powers up and generates direct and contained heat to your pan (instead of relying on an electrical heating element to transmit heat like most other electrical hobs). In other words, the induction hob on a cooker generates heat with the help of magnetism through the said coil of copper wire.
How Do I Ascertain If What I Have in My Kitchen is an Induction Hob?
As stated earlier, you can concretely only ascertain if what you have is an induction hob (or not) only after you begin to operate it. For induction hobs, the heat is generated directly to the pan, without allowing energy to escape from the sides of the pan. As soon as this is ascertained, then you are sure that what you have in your kitchen is an induction hob.
Also, one of the many ways to know if you use an induction hob is to try a magnetic pan on it – this is the easiest way to figure out what you have in your kitchen. Induction hobs are selective when it comes to pans; they only work with magnetic pans, unlike other electric hobs that are open to different kinds of pans. To determine if your pan is magnetic, all you have to do is place a magnet under it, if it’s attracted to each other then it is a magnetic pan. After that, try placing it on your cooking hob, if it heats, then it tells you it’s an induction hob.
One of its many unique features of the induction hob is how its surface doesn’t get hot when it isn’t required to do so. Because it directly heats when a specified pan is placed on it, you can touch its surface (out of curiosity or intentionally) without getting burned even when it’s switched on. In the same vein, while cooking if for example a small amount of your food gets splattered in the surface. Instead of it getting burnt, it remains the same like it would on a regular surface (making cleaning even way easier than other electrical hobs)- that again is another cue for you to know that you are operating an induction hob.
Knowing when your induction hob makes noise is not such a big task. You need to pay close attention, when powered, it makes more noise than other electrical hobs. However, this noise could be drowned if it’s a busy kitchen or that which has a music system. So, as soon as you power up your electrical hob and it gives a sound noisier than usual, your best bet is that it is an induction hob.