Single portable induction hob £25 @ The Hut
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Single portable induction hob £25 @ The Hut

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Found 2nd Feb 2013
Seems to be the cheapest out there, 1800W.

The marketing spiel from the website:

The Proletrix Induction Hob is ideal for anyone who's limited on space or for anyone who needs extra hob capacity. Featuring an induction plate that measure 25 x 27 x 22mm, this stylish black hob also features a temperature range of 60 - 220°C that can be adjusted with the variable control. The hob will quickly heat up and features a keep warm setting and automatic safety cut off after 2 hours. - A.D.

1800W Induction Hob
Single induction plate
Variable control
60 - 220°C temperature range
LCD display
Keep warm setting
Automatic safety cut off


Quidco!
- jadrules

36 Comments

WOW that's a grrreat deal! and obviously HOT!



how would this compare to a normal electric hob? about the same? or not as good?

swafe

how would this compare to a normal electric hob? about the same? or not … how would this compare to a normal electric hob? about the same? or not as good?



Doesn't work with many pans as they need to be magnetic, so aluminium ones are no good for starters. With the right pans they heat up very quickly, the hob itself seems to cool down quickly after use. Got a different hob but definitely recommend induction hobs.

maybe i just have a duff one but
there is very little temperature control

What batteries does it use?

Triple A's

thewongwing101

maybe i just have a duff one but there is very little temperature control



The only work on magnetic pans, but are very efficient.

Temperature control is usually done by varying the on/off cycles, similar to a microwave, however on mine I found there was a slight difference to the cycles depending whether the temp or power mode was used, so can always find the perfect setting.

mike

compadre

Triple A's


Thanks. Two or three? May I use rechargeable ones?

Just to clear up confusion, they don't need 'magnetic' pans, rather, they need pans that a magnet would typically be drawn to. In other words, steel. All our pans work with our induction hob, and they're the same pans as we've always had. Nothing particularly special about induction compatible pans

Our Bosch induction hob cost well over £600 when we bought it in 2005, they've obviously come in price a lot!

It uses less electricity compared to conventional electric hobs and it works on any stainless steel pans. The hob is cool to touch, it even work with a layer of paper between the hob and the pan without burning it!

thewongwing101

maybe i just have a duff one but there is very little temperature control



You definitely have a duff one. Mine's the most controllable thing I have ever used. I'd never go back to any other type of hob. I just wish there were more pans to choose from. If a fridge magnet does not stick to the bottom of the pan, the pan will not work on an induction hob.

Looks like a PS3 in the thumbnail

He may not have a duff one.
Some brands/models of induction hobs offer little control. The cheaper models generally offer less control.

Great for saddo bedsit dwelling trogs like me.
I bought one of these & it meant I haven't had a Pot Noodle for months.

you can also get a special plate to put under your pots you cant use. save buying new pots..

OttovonPrimark

You definitely have a duff one. Mine's the most controllable thing I have … You definitely have a duff one. Mine's the most controllable thing I have ever used. I'd never go back to any other type of hob. I just wish there were more pans to choose from. If a fridge magnet does not stick to the bottom of the pan, the pan will not work on an induction hob.



Definitely more controllable than gas or standard electric. Our AEG is 12 years old and still looks brand new. Unbelievably quick at heating contents. Wouldn't buy anything other than induction unless something bettter comes along.
Edited by: "tabback" 2nd Feb 2013

YouTube video here. Quidco pays 50p cash back.

http://i459.photobucket.com/albums/qq313/robdougall/inductionhob_zps748b0624.jpg
Edited by: "robdougall" 2nd Feb 2013

How do you know the temperature (60 - 220°C) if it only has two digits?

stvoritel

Thanks. Two or three? May I use rechargeable ones?



Sorry triple a's was a joke. But you may know that!!

We have a kenwood and I would agree that getting a simmer is not easy-too much power or too little. Also, a surprising amount of our pans do not work with it-even stainless steel.

Recently moved into a place with an induction hob. Complete pain in the ***e! Lots of pans don't work and the heat is difficult to control. Classic case of technology for technology's sake,

I've had an induction hob for a few years now and they really are excellent if you don't have gas and cook for only one or two. This is a great deal

Like I said, the ability to control the heat varies from hob to hob. In general, the more expensive hobs have better control.
The cheaper ones use a very simplistic way of controlling heat (they switch on and off, repeatedly, to simulate lower power/heat).

Jeezeypeeps

Recently moved into a place with an induction hob. Complete pain in the … Recently moved into a place with an induction hob. Complete pain in the ***e! Lots of pans don't work and the heat is difficult to control. Classic case of technology for technology's sake,



Complete PITA for you, we recently went to an induction hob and I wouldn't change it for the world. We had a set of pans already that worked fine but we did add a couple. Never found the heat an issue to control. Sure it's different to gas but then if I'd switched to gas the first time I could argue that that's difficult to control. Induction is great, not only do the plates/hobs look fantastic (if you like that kind of thing) they're a lot safer than gas - I can put my hand on the hob whilst it's boiling a pan of water and not get burned (unless I touch the pan of course) as it only heats the bits of the pan touching the hob.

Great offer, doubt it's the best quality but I've been thinking of getting a small hob for my work!

Ikea do cheap pans for induction or Ready Steady Cook pans. I have an induction hob similar to the one shown and purchased a Ready Steady Cook Wok from Tesco and I am really happy with it.

I have a couple of portable induction hobs. Very quick to produce heat but very poor at simmering, on lowest setting you seem to get a spike of heat then nothing every 10 seconds or so, useless for simmering in my experience.

stvoritel

Thanks. Two or three? May I use rechargeable ones?



50... no rechargeables

I thought the beauty of these was the way they heat. They only heat the area that the pan covers rather than tne whole hotplate. They only work properly with the right pan meaning they wont heat or burn anything else.
They must be energy efficient too?

Original Poster

mymymy

I thought the beauty of these was the way they heat. They only heat the … I thought the beauty of these was the way they heat. They only heat the area that the pan covers rather than tne whole hotplate. They only work properly with the right pan meaning they wont heat or burn anything else. They must be energy efficient too?



From what I understand it creates a magnetic field that transfers energy directly to the steel pan. Therefore the device does not get hot, just the pan itself. They are supposed to be 30% more efficient than an electric hob due to the magnetic transfer as opposed to heating a hob which loses some of the power on the way.

I am told some of the high end ones will only come on if there is a pan with a certain amount of ferrous content, so it won't transfer to say an iron containing ring on your finger or a watch etc. I believe this one being so cheap will create a field regardless of what is put on it, but the pan would have to have some iron to get hot.

I also think that it will only work well on flat pans as the range of the induction field wont be suited to a curved one.

I ordered one today as I am fed up with how slowly my electric hob heats up, but before investing in a built in unit would like to play with a cheaper one. Living in a new build flat means we don't have gas unfortunately

dodgyd

Just to clear up confusion, they don't need 'magnetic' pans, rather, they … Just to clear up confusion, they don't need 'magnetic' pans, rather, they need pans that a magnet would typically be drawn to. In other words, steel. All our pans work with our induction hob, and they're the same pans as we've always had. Nothing particularly special about induction compatible pans



And what do you think I meant by magnetic oO

mag·net·ic (mg-ntk)
adj.
1.
a. Of or relating to magnetism or magnets.
b. Having the properties of a magnet.
c. Capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet.

And just in case anyone wonders, they don't work with most stainless steel pans, unless there's an iron core in base, they don't work with half my stainless steel pans, don't assume it will work just because they're metal, get a magnet and test them to see if they're special 'magnetic' pans (_;)

Also, my induction hob is pretty similar to this, it detects if the pan has been removed only a few mm, so there's no way it's going to turn on because you've got a steel ring on your finger.

mike
Edited by: "mbuckhurst" 2nd Feb 2013

mbuckhurst

And what do you think I meant by magnetic oOmag·net·ic (mg-ntk)adj.1.a. O … And what do you think I meant by magnetic oOmag·net·ic (mg-ntk)adj.1.a. Of or relating to magnetism or magnets.b. Having the properties of a magnet.c. Capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet.And just in case anyone wonders, they don't work with most stainless steel pans, unless there's an iron core in base, they don't work with half my stainless steel pans, don't assume it will work just because they're metal, get a magnet and test them to see if they're special 'magnetic' pans (_;)Also, my induction hob is pretty similar to this, it detects if the pan has been removed only a few mm, so there's no way it's going to turn on because you've got a steel ring on your finger.mike



I would never describe pans made from metals containing iron as magnetic, that's a stretch too far. I believe the word everyone is looking for is ferrous.

One of those £10 hobs that takes small canisters of gas would be much better than this. Instant control of heat is something that is important. As someone said in a previous post, technology for the sake of it.

Looks more like a Bathroom Scales - Just don't wear Steel toe-cap boots on it X)
Edited by: "CiBi1968" 3rd Feb 2013

CiBi1968

Looks more like a Bathroom Scales - Just don't wear Steel toe-cap boots … Looks more like a Bathroom Scales - Just don't wear Steel toe-cap boots on it X)



Why not? They'd make good slippers.

We have 2 portable induction hobs (one of which we've owned for over 5 years) and they're both great. No issues with any of our stainless steel or cast iron pans. I use a Le Creuset pan regularly and it works perfectly. I can only speak for my hobs but both of ours are very variable with between 6 and 9 different power settings which allow everything from a rapid boil/fry to a gentle simmer or slow cook with no effort at all. At the lower settings burning food is less likely than with traditional types, perhaps that's because the heat is evenly spread through the entire pan base so no hot spots. Ours both have a useful timer function too so you can leave something cooking on a lower heat for a period of time and have it turn itself off - it's best not to leave such things unattended though. Controllability is just as good as gas and much better than solid plate, ceramic or even halogen hobs, with almost instant response to increasing or reducing the power. These hobs are extremely efficient (and therefore cheaper to run than gas and radiant electric) because there's very little wasted energy - the entire base of pan effectively becomes the 'heating element' and in my experience the hob itself only ever gets hand hot. For this reason grease and spills don't ever get burnt onto the surface of the hob so they're always easy to clean with just a wipe over with a damp cloth.

When choosing an induction hob the main thing I look for is the number of power/temperature settings and I would avoid anything restricted to settings like "high - medium - low" for the reasons stated above.




Edited by: "Slonik" 3rd Feb 2013

Original Poster

Got this yesterday. Worked with about half of my pots and pans (all the ones my fridge magnet was attracted to). I am impressed with it so far, very fast to heat up, much much quicker than the electric hob.

On the downside the heating is alternating between on and off, for the lower temperature settings; so no continuous heating at low temperatures, however for this price I wasn't expecting it.

Have had very bad experience with the Hut guys.

Didn't get part of an order, they sent out a form for me to sign and fax back, which I did. Pain in the ****.

Then they simply stopped replying to my emails. Have sent about four now.
Customer service reps will NOT give you direct contact details, all communication is thru a general customer service email address or phone number.
Avoid, is my recommendation.
Wish I looked at the reviews before I ordered, so many bad reports about the Hut.
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