Electrolux has unveiled a new black glass hob – the EHD80170P – which uses induction to heat the cooking pan and not the surface.
The 80cm EHD80170P features four induction zones with touch controls, individual zone timers and an auto setting able to automatically reduce the heat to a pre-determined level after bringing food to the boil.
Induction hobs only heat the pan, which means you can touch the adjacent surface without burning yourself. Rather than the cooking surface heating up, a magnetic field is created between the pan and an element underneath the glass top.
Which? lab tests
We’re planning to test out a range of hobs, including some induction models, later this year – and we’ll be publishing the results online. In the meantime, consult our free-to-access guide to buying the best hob and our extensive reviews of freestanding cookers, built-in ovens, range cookers and more .
Which? ovens and hobs expert Matt Stevens commented: ‘Consumers are looking for hobs that look great, are easy to use and easy to keep clean. But they also want hobs that do a good job of heating at high and low temperatures – we’ll see how well induction hobs match up to gas in our latest test.’
Electrolux induction hob
Electrolux says induction cooking offers ‘instant heat and unrivalled speed,’ and can reach boiling point three times as quickly. Because the hob itself never heats up, induction hobs can be safer than a standard hob.
The company also says the hob is energy efficient as it only operates when the pan is on it, and ‘cleaning is easy as nothing bakes on.’
The EHD80170P will be in shops from May 2010, and is expected to cost around £649.