Should you splash out on an induction cooker?Which? reveals if induction is worth investing in

20 June 2016

An induction cooker being used in the kitchen.

Induction cookers have impressed us in the past. How do the two we've just tested compare?

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.

Induction cookers

Gorenje EI647A21X2 - £679
Zanussi ZCI68300XA - £589

Electric cookers

Hotpoint CH60EKKS - £449

Dual fuel cookers

Hotpoint HUD61G - £366
Indesit KDP60SE - £368

Gas cookers

Cannon CH60GCIK - £450
Flavel FHLG51W - £280
New World 600TSIDLMSI
- £350
Stoves SFG60DOP_SS - £499

Prices correct as of June 2016.

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