Induction hobs: how they work and how to use them

Induction hobs: how they work and how to use them

With a completely smooth hob, you'll be cooking on electricity, not gas! Let's explore how induction hobs work and how to use them.

They obviously serve the same purpose as traditional hobs—cooking and heating food—but the similarities end there: induction hobs have their own unique features and functions. The first difference lies in the power supply: it does not rely on gas, but electricity; when the hob is turned on, an electric current flows through a coil, which generates a magnetic field to transfer heat directly to the pots, thereby starting the cooking process. Induction hobs look like a smooth and even surface, which can be black or very dark, and often include integrated hob controls that are operated via a touchscreen.

The surface of an induction hob only heats up under a pan, due to the heat produced by the coil, so the risk of burns is very low. This type of hob heats up very fast, allowing you to reach your desired temperature much more quickly than gas: for example, the boiling time of water on an induction hob is almost half that of a traditional hob!

The heat generated by induction hobs is always constant and even, unlike gas hobs, which cannot consistently heat pots and pans: this feature ensures faster cooking times, but also prevents food from sticking to the bottom of your pan, so you can use less seasoning and oil. Rather than being heated from below, heat flows directly into the base of your cooking vessels. To cook on an induction hob, you have to choose compatible cookware or use a converter for your traditional pans.

When a pan is removed from an induction hob, it switches off automatically; for many models on the market, this feature is also activated when a liquid overflows from a pot onto the hob. Similarly, the hobs cannot be accidentally switched on with small metal objects (such as cutlery), because they only "recognise" the bottom of a pot; finally, the surface surrounding each coil always remains cold. Their smooth surface is very quick and easy to clean, and avoiding gas offers significant savings on your bills.

Galileo Smart: a combined hob and extractor fan
With the Galileo Smart from Faber, you can enjoy an efficient hob and extractor fan in a single unit, characterised by its sleek aesthetic, attention to detail and impressive performance. Touch slider controls, maximum power and safety, minimum noise. The Galileo also features waterproof technology. Spills do not interfere with cooking, and are instead collected in a strategically designed compartment, which is small enough to allow for the insertion of a utensil drawer in the area below.
Named after an Italian genius, the technologically advanced extractor fan belongs to Class A +++, representing the top of the range in the induction category. Practically invisible and extremely functional, it combines a hob and an extractor fan in a single aesthetically pleasing product, completely flush with the worktop.

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