Induction hobs.. are more expensive models worth it?

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Found 7th Dec 2016
Hello

Could anyone explain the massive price differences between induction hobs? Obviously brand names tend to cost more, but take these 2 examples from Neff (aside from a larger zone on the left hand side, how does the second hob justify being twice the price of the first one?)

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I think the second one may be a little more powerful, in real world usage, does this only potentially mean a 30 second reduction in the time it takes a pot of water to boil?

Any input would be much appreciated.

Thanks

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I have a Bosch which works very well. I looked at the Neff but couldn't justify the difference in price. Had mine over 5 years
Edited by: "jocky32000" 7th Dec 2016

The touch buttons/sensors could make a different, some too sensitive, some not responsive.

Also watch out for power output. Say for example advertised at 10 kw, you use one at max power great, if you try use another one at max it wont, it halfs the 2 at 5kw. I had one like that and its useless.
Not sure if its normal for these induction hobs?!

One thing to remember is you might need to bin all your old saucepans!

We changed from a regular electric one to an induction hob and had to change the majority of our pans as they wouldnt work with the induction system!

my only recommendation is to try to get one with a flexi cooking area as they are a bit temperamental with the size of pan on them.
I have a whirlpool ACM847 which I'm delighted with nearly 2 years on (paid about £350 from Amazon!)
Be aware that some models (like mine) have a big power draw and need to be hardwired into their circuit

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Gas is king when it comes to cooking.

We have a hotpoint which was much cheaper than Neff or bosch and it's absolutely fine no problems!

WonkyDoctor

Gas is king when it comes to cooking.



Gas is slow and old-school come to the future and try Induction, it's easier to clean the hob as well.

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Bigfootpete

Gas is slow and old-school come to the future and try Induction, it's … Gas is slow and old-school come to the future and try Induction, it's easier to clean the hob as well.



Clearly know nothing about cooking other than warming stuff up,

WonkyDoctor

Clearly know nothing about cooking other than warming stuff up,



I make a great risotto The ex kept asking me to make it, but once every other week is enough for me.

Bigfootpete

Gas is slow and old-school come to the future and try Induction, it's … Gas is slow and old-school come to the future and try Induction, it's easier to clean the hob as well.



Went from gas to a fancy Bosch induction and wouldn't do it again. Yes it looks nice but personally not worth the trade-off for how finicky it is (making sure the pots and pans are placed just right, harder to press electronic buttons than mechanical ones, etc.), and the noises it makes - the beeps and especially that annoying hum. Even having already paid for a new set of pots, I'd rather go back to gas if I could (or even just plain electric). Of course it has benefits and if they're worth it to you, great, it's just not for us.
Edited by: "Muir" 7th Dec 2016

Bigfootpete

Gas is slow and old-school come to the future and try Induction, it's … Gas is slow and old-school come to the future and try Induction, it's easier to clean the hob as well.



​I'm not sure but how do u cook say chapattis on a induction hob isit possible how long does it take.

WonkyDoctor

Gas is king when it comes to cooking.



​I would have to agree there aswell as with gas u can do probably 100% of cooking not sure what u can do with the induction hobs as they seem worse than electric cookers in terms of variety of foods u can cook on them.

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This isn't a debate on gas vs induction!

Out of interest, what so u think you can't cook on induction that u can on gas? The only thing I can think of is charring peppers on the flame or something

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You can get one for about £160 that does the same thing & if it broke you could replace 3 times on.

Brands are snobbery.

Not got a induction just a smeg halogen hob and i would love to have gas its so much better.

Muir

Went from gas to a fancy Bosch induction and wouldn't do it again. Yes it … Went from gas to a fancy Bosch induction and wouldn't do it again. Yes it looks nice but personally not worth the trade-off for how finicky it is (making sure the pots and pans are placed just right, harder to press electronic buttons than mechanical ones, etc.), and the noises it makes - the beeps and especially that annoying hum. Even having already paid for a new set of pots, I'd rather go back to gas if I could (or even just plain electric). Of course it has benefits and if they're worth it to you, great, it's just not for us.


My feelings exactly. I hate mine and want to go back to gas.

Muir

Went from gas to a fancy Bosch induction and wouldn't do it again. Yes it … Went from gas to a fancy Bosch induction and wouldn't do it again. Yes it looks nice but personally not worth the trade-off for how finicky it is (making sure the pots and pans are placed just right, harder to press electronic buttons than mechanical ones, etc.), and the noises it makes - the beeps and especially that annoying hum. Even having already paid for a new set of pots, I'd rather go back to gas if I could (or even just plain electric). Of course it has benefits and if they're worth it to you, great, it's just not for us.



Eh? I've got large areas to put my pots and pans in - don't have to make sure they are in an exact spot to heat them, no buttons on mine just normal knobs.
It also has an auto setting - you turn it to full and then back down to what number you want to simmer at and it boils the liquid then turns it down automatically.

How do you hear the hum over the extraction fan?

Another thing I like about induction is that if you spill something you can wipe it up straight away without burning yourself.

Have to say we have had 2 of these in the link (one in old place, then moved so bought a new one) and they are fantastic - easy to cook on, easy to clean, controls work well. Would recommend it to anyone

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