Should you splash out on an induction cooker?Which? reveals if induction is worth investing in
20 June 2016
Induction cooking is becoming more popular, with good reason. An induction hob can offer faster, safer and more energy-efficient cooking, so is it time you made the switch in your kitchen?
The freestanding electric cookers with induction hobs we've tested - from brands that include AEG, Belling, Hotpoint and Zanussi - get an impressive average test score of 69%. No other type of cooker averages more than 60%, and dual fuel models manage just 56%.
Do our most recent cooker results drive up these averages or drag them down?
To see our latest Best Buys, and find out if they are induction, electric, gas or dual fuel models, head straight to our Best Buy freestanding cookers.
What we love about induction cookers
Whether you're boiling water for pasta or par-boiling roast potatoes, a cooker which features an induction hob will help you get dinner on the table in less time. We've tested some models that can heat 1.5 litres of water to 90°C in around four minutes. That's more than twice as fast as most gas or electric cookers.
Induction cooking is safer and more efficient because it heats the pan rather than the surface, cutting out the middle man. Our tests have shown that it's also well-suited to delicate cooking jobs, such as simmering sauces.
But not all induction cookers are made equal. Some might be let down by an erratic or inaccurate oven, or be a nightmare to clean. Find out which models we recommend by heading to our induction cooker reviews.
Things to watch out for with induction cookers
You probably won't be surprised to hear that induction cookers don't come cheap. It's rare to see one for less than £500, whereas you can pick up a mid-range electric or gas cooker for around £350-£450.
And while most cookers work with any type of saucepan, induction models only work with iron-based cookware. If a magnet doesn't stick to yours, you'll need to invest in a new set.
If you don't want to splurge on induction, you can find the best electric, gas or dual fuel cooker for your budget by checking out our freestanding cooker reviews.
Which? cooker reviews
Follow the links below to get straight to our latest freestanding cooker reviews for 2016.
Hotpoint CH60EKKS - £449
Dual fuel cookers
Prices correct as of June 2016.