Kit Guide: How to tell if a pan works with an induction hob

Induction hobs are really convenient because they're easy to clean, and can heat pans in seconds.  Frustratingly, though, they don't work with all pans – so here's a quick guide to which pans you can use with your induction hob.

How induction hobs work


Induction hobs work by sending electromagnetic waves into the metals in your pans, which makes them heat up. As long as the pan stays in contact with the hob, it'll stay hot – and with more heat going directly to the pan compared to other types of hob, less electricity gets used. Pans will also usually heat up more quickly on an induction hob, so you might need to adjust your cooking times.

It's important to note that using an induction hob isn't recommended for anyone with a pacemaker, or any other medical device which could be affected by the electromagnetic signals.


Finding out which pans will work


There's a simple way to check if your pan is compatible with your hob. The pans need to be made with a certain proportion of a ferrous metal (like iron), so there's a simple test: just put a magnet to the bottom of it – and if it sticks, you'll be able to use it.


Hopefully you're all sorted, but if you need any extra help, you can get in touch with a Team Knowhow Expert here.


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