How to tell if a pan works with an induction hob


Induction hobs are a helpful addition to any kitchen thanks to their fast heating and easy clean surface.

However, the downside is that not all types of pan work with them.

Which pans work?


Any pan made from ferrous metal (high iron content) is suitable.

The easiest way to tell is to put a magnet on the bottom of the pan. If it sticks, the pan will work with your hob.

If you’re shopping for new ones, look out for a coil on the packing or on the bottom of the pan itself - this is a universal sign for induction compatibility.

Are my old pans safe to use?


If your old pans are ferrous, they’re completely safe to use. Even if they’re not compatible, there’s no harm trying them on the hob - they just won’t get hot.

However, most modern pans have bases specifically designed to work with induction hobs, so even if your old pans work, you might find better results with newer ones.

An induction hob is only potentially dangerous if you have a pacemaker, as the electromagnetic field can potentially cause interference if you get too close.  

Hopefully we’ve covered everything you need to know about which pans work with an induction hob.

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