What is a Ceramic Hob Cooker – Difference & Key Features (Guide)

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Ceramic and induction hobs may look nearly identical for the most part. Induction hobs are therefore more expensive. This guide will help you choose the right one for you.

Let’s start with the similarities.

They both have that sleek, glass appearance. The smooth surface makes it easy to clean. There are no pan supports required to scrub the hob – something that no one likes to do.

Many ceramic and induction hobs have safety features, such as hot indicators that show when a particular zone is still warm to the touch and locks that stop the hob from being functional until the correct combination of buttons has been pressed.

Induction and ceramic hobs both require a specific supply with the right cables and breakers. We recommend that professional electricians install them.

What is a Ceramic Hob Cooker

Ceramic hobs can be a great option for those on a tight budget. Ceramic hobs are usually much cheaper than induction counterparts. They also come in many styles and sizes to fit any kitchen.

Ceramic hobs heat up faster than an electric hotplate, but they are usually slower than induction or gas hobs. Ceramic hobs may not be the best option if you are concerned about energy consumption.

The entire cooking area is heated. This allows for a lot more energy to escape from the sides of your pan. Additionally, the hot zones can stay hot for quite some time after you turn off the heat.

Difference Between Ceramic and Induction Hobs?

Cookers And Ovens don’t hide our love for induction hobs. They are simple to clean, can give your worktops a sleek look while still allowing you the same power and control as a gas stove.

Induction technology is completely unlike ceramic.  Also, Induction hobs heat the pan using magnetism, not the hob. Induction hobs heat food quickly and can boil water up to ten times faster than a kettle.

Induction heats only the pan, making it very efficient and safe. It also minimizes the chance of burning during or after cooking. This was demonstrated in our showroom recently by cutting a frying pan in half and trying to fry an egg.

While the side in the pan was quickly cooked, the side on the hob was still completely raw. The video below shows the experiment in action.

Many people are put off by the idea of induction hobs due to their belief that they require expensive, special pans. Although induction hobs can only be used with ferrous metals, you might be surprised to find that your existing pan set could be compatible.

You can test this by attaching a magnet to the bottom of your pan. If the magnet sticks to the bottom of your pans, it is likely that your pans are compatible with an induction stove.

Induction pan sets are much less expensive than regular ones and often cost less. Induction hobs require a special power supply. A suitable 6mm cable must be connected to a 32-amp circuit breaker or a 10mm connector with a 45 am circuit breaker.

One of our most requested items on the site is the zoneless induction hobs, also known as FlexInduction and Flexi-induction.

These hobs are extremely versatile and can be used with a variety of accessories to cook every type of cuisine. Instead of placing your induction saucepans or teppanyakis, griddles, and even kettles in designated areas, you can place them anywhere on the hob’s surface.

The hob detects your pan and heats them accordingly. You no longer need to worry about juggling pots and pans. The hob can accommodate any size pan. Neff has created a video that showcases their FlexInduction hob range. It demonstrates the versatility and versatility of a zoneless stove.

Additional Features

Induction hobs of high quality often have excellent temperature controls. This allows you to adjust the heat level in small increments, just like you can with a gas hob.

Induction hobs can also be equipped with magnetic dials that are removable. This allows for a cleaner look and makes it easy to use the hob. Simply point at the desired zone and turn the knob to adjust the heat intensity.

You don’t have to turn any zones off if the phone rings or the doorbell rings while you are cooking on the hob. Simply remove the control dial and it will instantly kill each zone. You don’t have to worry if the dial is lost. These hobs can still manually be activated if necessary.

Induction hobs can be more expensive than ceramic counterparts but you will often get this back in energy and time savings over the life of the product.

However, their prices have dropped significantly since the introduction of the technology. For a small, 2-zone domino induction stove, the price ranges from PS200 to PS300. A larger, high-quality, zoneless hob will cost between PS800 and 1000.


The big question is: Which one should you choose and why? It all depends on whether you are most concerned about the performance or your budget.

It’s worth paying a little more if you enjoy cooking and the hob is used a lot. A ceramic hob can be a great option if you have a limited budget and only need an electric hob.

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