The Best Induction Hobs

Induction hobs are faster to heat than electric and more energy-efficient than gas. On top of that, they’re easy to clean and the hob surface never gets hot, making them the safest option if you’ve got a house full of animals or children.

Buying your oven and hob separately means that you can ensure that each item precisely matches your needs. Induction cooktops are the most recent development in kitchen hobs and offer more functionality than traditional electric models while being significantly safer and more user friendly than gas.

It’s important to note that induction hobs only work with magnetic cookware, i.e. pans which contain enough iron in the base. If you’re not sure if your cookware will work, test the bottom using a magnet. If the magnet is attracted to it, the iron content should be sufficient for use with an induction hob.

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Induction hobs work by transferring heat directly to your pans, not the stove surface. This makes induction cooking energy efficient and prevents stains from cooking onto the surface. Here you’ll find five of the best models available in the UK that offer unparalleled value for money and durability.

Best Induction Hobs

LOGIK LINDHOB16

Saving on energy and maximising cooking speed, the LINDHOB16 Electric Induction Hob features auto-detection of each pan, so that the cooking zone provides the right heat depending ...
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AEG IKB64301FB

This hob is the perfect addition to any modern kitchen thanks to its touch controls. With a simple touch of your finger you can adjust the temperature settings, so that your dish ...
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HOTPOINT CIS 640 B

If you want quick, precise heat with less mess, then the Hotpoint CIS 640 B Electric Induction Hob is the way to go.
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HOTPOINT Smart CID641BB

The entire surface of the Smart CID641BB is easy to clean, while a child lock helps to keep your children safe by preventing them from accidentally switching the hob on.
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BOSCH Serie 4 PUE611BF1B

Able to cook quickly and efficiently, the Serie 4 PUE611BF1B Hob also has a PowerBoost function to speed thing up even quicker - you can boil a pan of water almost three times ...
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AEG IKB64301FB

AEG IKB64301FB Best induction hobsThe AEG IKB64301FB is an ultra-modern induction hob with next-level technology to help take your cooking up a notch. The four zones are precisely controlled by a completely flat touch panel built into the top surface. As well as being able to adjust the temperature as you cook, there is an additional power boost button to give an instant burst of heat when needed.

Other features include individual timers for each burner and a hob to hood connection. The timers let you control how long each hob and will drop in temperature at a precise moment. Hob to hood is a system that allows you to connect your cooktop with a compatible extraction fan. Then, the hob automatically controls the level of extraction to match the cooking temperature leaving you free to concentrate on the recipe.

Although a bit pricier than other options on this list, I firmly believe that the AEG IKB64301FB is worth every penny. The added features are handy, especially the power boost button and the responsive touch controls. The only downside is that the outlines of the burners are faint and hard to see, making it tricky to be sure you’ve positioned your pans currently. Despite this, it performs flawlessly, too, providing consistent heat at each designated temperature.

PROS:
  • 4.4 x 59 x 52 cm (H x W x D)
  • Four zones
  • Touch controls
  • Indicators show when the hob is on and if there is residual heat
  • 15 stage digital power level displays
  • Child safety control lock
  • Stylish black finish
  • Power boost feature can boil water in less than 90 seconds
  • Hob to hood compatible
  • Easy to wipe clean

CONS:
  • The burner outlines are hard to see.

AEG IKB64301FB

This hob is the perfect addition to any modern kitchen thanks to its touch controls. With a simple touch of your finger you can adjust the temperature settings, so that your dish ...
£249.00 £339.00

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HOTPOINT CIS 640 B

HOTPOINT CIS 640 B Best Induction hobsInduction hobs are known for their quick heating, but the HOTPOINT CIS 640 B takes fast cooking to the next level. Each of the square induction burners on this hob feature nine total power levels, plus a boost feature which brings pans up to temperature quickly for searing meats or boiling water.

The boost feature on this model is particularly useful, but I also love the programmable timer. Set and forget meals that take a long time on the cooktop so you can walk away without fear of overcooking your food. You couldn’t do that with most hobs, but the consistent, reliable heat provided by an induction cooktop makes it possible.

There are two smaller 1.5kW hobs and two larger 2.1kW hobs. The 2.1kW hobs are quite large and suitable for heavy stew pots or large stir-fry pans. One issue, however, is that the larger hobs do not always detect smaller pans. Instead, you must use the 1.5kW hobs for smaller saucepans. This causes problems for larger meals which require many components but isn’t an issue for everyday cooking. You can easily overlook this inconvenience when faced with the HOTPOINT CIS 640 B’s useful features and stunning design.

PROS:
  • 5.6 x 58 x 51 cm (H x W x D)
  • 4 zones
  • Touch controls
  • Boost function
  • 9 stage power levels
  • Child safety control lock
  • Stylish black finish
  • Easy to wipe clean

CONS:
  • The larger burners don’t detect small pans.

HOTPOINT CIS 640 B

If you want quick, precise heat with less mess, then the Hotpoint CIS 640 B Electric Induction Hob is the way to go.
£289.00

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BOSCH Serie 4 PUE611BF1B 

BOSCH Serie 4 PUE611BF1B Best induction hobsThe BOSCH Serie 4 PUE611BF1B doesn’t have the futuristic look of the previous hobs but still provides some useful features and excellent functionality. It has a power boost function for each of its four hobs and easy to use timer controls.

Each hob has a digital display, enabling you to choose from a staggering 17 power levels. You’re unlikely to need all of them but rather too many than not enough. However, when adjusting these settings, the controls aren’t quite sensitive enough to transition between them easily.

You also get three different hob sizes, including one small 1.4kW hob, two 1.8kW hobs, and one sizeable 2.2kW hob. This seems like a better selection than the typical two small, two large offering, but that ultimately depends on your cooking habits.

This mid-range induction hob presents an excellent value with its overall superior construction, lightning-fast heating and cooling. The helpful hob timer and power boost make it an ideal option for any kitchen.

PROS:
  • 5.1 x 59.2 x 52.2 cm (H x W x D)
  • 4 zones
  • Touch controls
  • Boost function
  • Three different burner sizes
  • 17 stage power levels
  • Child safety control lock
  • Smart black finish
  • Easy to wipe clean

CONS:
  • Slightly dated appearance
  • The touch controls aren’t quite sensitive enough to make all small adjustments.

BOSCH Serie 4 PUE611BF1B

Able to cook quickly and efficiently, the Serie 4 PUE611BF1B Hob also has a PowerBoost function to speed thing up even quicker - you can boil a pan of water almost three times ...
£318.00

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HOTPOINT Smart CID641BB

HOTPOINT Smart CID641BB Best induction hobsThe HOTPOINT Smart CID641BB features peerless touch control panel and lightning-fast temperature adjustment. To start, the touch control panel looks great and makes sense. Power icons are shown below their respective hobs, each with separate controls to set power level. Use the centralised controls to set the timer.

Opting for an unusual burner layout, this hob includes two medium-sized 2.1kW burners on the right, followed by one large 2.3kW and one small 1.5kW on the left. Every burner on this hob is quite powerful and provides faster, more intense heat when needed.

Although the hobs are all a good size and quite powerful, it has difficulty detecting some pan sizes. In particular, it has a safety feature that doesn’t allow small saucepans to be detected by the largest 2.3kW burner. Safety is essential, but I expect versatility from a modern induction hob. However, this is easy to overlook in light of the price and its responsive controls.

PROS:
  • 6 x 59 x 52 cm (H x W x D)
  • 4 zones
  • Responsive touch controls
  • Central timer
  • Three different burner sizes
  • Child safety control lock
  • Black finish
  • Easy to wipe clean
  • Great value for money

CONS:
  • You can’t use small pans on the large burners.

HOTPOINT Smart CID641BB

The entire surface of the Smart CID641BB is easy to clean, while a child lock helps to keep your children safe by preventing them from accidentally switching the hob on.
£309.00

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Best Budget: LOGIK LINDHOB16

Logik LINDHOB16 Best induction hobsInduction cooking was once a luxury, but today cheap induction hobs like the LOGIK LINDHOB16 prove that anyone can afford and enjoy induction cooking. This is the best cheap induction hob for shoppers on a budget with its quick, dependable heating and smart, stylish design.

It uses four circular induction hobs: two at 1.4kW and two at 1.8kW. Helpfully, sensors detect the size of your pan, providing just the right amount of energy for the job at hand. This energy-efficient feature prevents smaller pans from being overpowered or large pans from developing hot spots.

Like many induction hobs, this one uses a simple touch-control interface. There are just a few buttons to control individual hob temperatures. Choose from nine power levels for precise cooking, no matter which hob you use.

It comes with an easy-to-use child lock button which prevents children from accidentally turning them on while you’re not looking. On the downside, the child lock is too easy to press while cleaning or using large pans. This small design flaw can cause massive headaches if you’re not careful.

It’s also slightly disappointing that you only get a 1-year warranty compared to the two years offered with most induction cooktops. Concessions like this are to be expected at such a low price; however, this model is not known for mechanical failure, so it’s unlikely to make too much of a difference. If you’re looking for an excellent, cheap induction hob, the LOGIK LINDHOB16 is your best choice.

PROS:
  • 6 x 59 x 52 cm (H x W x D)
  • Four zones
  • Touch controls
  • Each zone has 9 power settings
  • Auto pan detection
  • Child safety control lock
  • Black finish
  • Easy to wipe clean
  • Bargain price

CONS:
  • You only get a 1-year guarantee

LOGIK LINDHOB16

Saving on energy and maximising cooking speed, the LINDHOB16 Electric Induction Hob features auto-detection of each pan, so that the cooking zone provides the right heat depending ...
£159.00

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Conclusion

Induction hobs are a step on from their basic electric counterparts and come the closest to matching the versatility of a gas burner. However, they come into their own when it comes to cleaning. With a quick wipe down it’ll be shining like new and you’ll never have to contend with baked-on grease and food residue.

If you’ve any questions regarding induction hobs or think I’ve missed some products out that you’d like me to add, please leave a message in the comments section below.

Paul has been working in the electrical and large-appliance industry for over a decade, alongside some of the biggest manufacturers in the world. Whilst taking on his own kitchen renovation in 2017, he saw that there was a lack of quality cooker reviews and took it upon himself to make it his job to create a site that offered in-depth and independent advice for other potential consumers.