Slovenian manufacturer Gorenje has launched its 2010 range of induction hobs with three new models. These include the range-topping IT741AC induction hob which is finished in black with a glass ceramic surface.
The new Gorenje induction hobs feature four cooking zones, a boil-control function to stop pots and pans from boiling over, a power-boost function for quick heating and a ‘stop-go’ control that immediately stops or starts heating.
How induction hobs work
Unlike conventional hobs which heat the entire hob surface, induction hobs create a magnetic field between the pan and an element underneath the glass top, so only the pan is heated. This means you can touch the the rest of the hob’s surface without burning yourself.
Benefits of cooking with induction hobs
Induction hobs are quicker than other types of hob, and are cheaper to run because they use only the precise amount of energy you need.
According to Which? cooking appliance expert Matt Stevens: ‘Induction hobs will save you time when compared to standard electric ceramic hobs and offer electric hob users the kind of cooking control that you usually find with gas.
‘But they’re not cheap – on average an induction hob will cost over £500. Standard electric ceramic hobs are only about £200.’
Hobs tested and reviewed by Which?
During our recent lab tests of induction, gas and gas on glass hobs we tested how quickly hobs heat water, how well they simmer and how easy they are to use and clean. Find out full results in our hobs reviews area.