What Pans can you use on an Induction Hob?

If you want to discover Induction Pans and Hobs, how they work, how they save energy, you're in the right place with the Circulon Comprehensive Induction Hob Guide. Read more below.

1 Dec 2022
Steaks in a Circulon frying pan on an induction hob

If you're still cooking on a gas stove at home, you can make your kitchen energy efficient and environmentally friendly by upgrading to an Induction Hob and Induction Pans.

If you want to learn more about induction pans and hobs, how they work and how they save energy, you're in the right place with the Circulon Comprehensive Induction Hob Guide. Read more below.

Did you know? All Circulon pans are optimised for induction hobs, so you can shop our full range of stylish and durable cookware safe in the knowledge that your pan will heat up evenly and efficiently on your induction hob! 

Want to try out a Circulon pan? We are offering an extra 10% OFF any Induction Pan Set with the discount code: INDUCTION10. Every pan comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you can shop with confidence.

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What is an Induction Hob?

An induction hob is a type of stovetop used in contemporary kitchens. Powered by electricity, induction hobs heat the base of the pan directly through a magnetic circuit. Unlike traditional gas and electric hobs, induction hobs do not heat the hob surface and only heat the cookware, reducing energy usage. Since the surface itself never heats up, induction hobs are safer for both professional and family kitchens. 

With household gas prices rising to unprecedented levels, many families are replacing traditional gas burning stoves with eco-friendlier induction hobs whist kitchen designers are seeing an increased demand to feature Induction Stovetops. 

Induction hobs heat the pan, not the stove. 

Induction pan set on stove. Text reads: Stylish Induction Cookware for Your Kitchen. Click to Shop Now.

What’s the difference between Induction and Gas Hobs?

If you’re fitting a new kitchen, you may be wondering what kind of hob to choose.

Whilst the Installation of induction hobs can be more expensive than traditional alternatives, they are the most energy-efficient and cheaper to run long-term.

Induction hobs offer more precise temperate settings, unlike gas hobs, where it’s harder to choose an appropriate level of heat. This means an induction hob provides better control over how hot your pan is, reducing the risk of overcooking and making it easier to nail tricky dishes like risotto.

Are Induction Hobs safer than Gas Hobs?

When it comes to safety, induction hobs come out on top. With no open flame, the risk of burns or a fire is much lower.

Induction hobs also have several safety features that further reduce the chance of something going wrong. For example, an induction hob will only turn on when it comes into contact with a magnetic pot or pan and the area surrounding the hob will remain cool to touch. This makes it the ideal choice for those with children, who could easily burn themselves if they touched an electric or gas element.

Green beans in a saucepan on an induction hob

Is an Induction Hob faster than Gas and Electric?

Yes, it is! Cooking on an induction hob is much faster than using gas or electric. A pot of water on an induction hob will boil in half the time it would take on a gas hob.

If you’re new to cooking on an induction hob, you may be surprised by how quickly your pans become hot. Oil and fat in particular can become hot very quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on it to prevent overheating. You may also find it helpful to prepare your ingredients before heating the pan so they’re ready to go in before the pan gets too hot.

The speed with which induction hobs perform means you can often use a lower heat setting than you would with alternatives. Play around with the temperature, starting on a low heat and adjusting it as necessary.

Do you need special pans for an Induction Hob?

Not all pans are the same and using the wrong ones could affect how well your hob performs. The fact is that you do need special pans for an induction hob.

Induction cooking heats a pot or pan via electrical induction, instead of through thermal conduction from a flame or electric element. This results in heat coming from within the pan, making induction cooking a much more efficient choice than gas or electric hobs.

Due to the way induction hobs work, you’ll need to use specific cookware to get the best results.

What are Induction Pans?

Induction pans are those that can be used to cook safely and effectively on an induction stovetop. However, you'll also find specific induction frying pans, saucepans and pan sets, designed to help you make the most out of your induction hob.

Cast iron and stainless steel cookware are induction compatible. This is because they have two necessary properties: they're ferrous and magnetic.

Induction Hob cooking with a Frying Pan, Stock Pot and Saucer

Which pans don't work on Induction Hobs?

Any pans made using non-magnetic materials won't work on induction stovetops. The following kitchen materials are unsuitable for use with induction hobs:

  • Cookware made just from glass, including Pyrex
  • Cookware made from aluminium - unless it has a special induction-friendly base
  • Copper
  • Heavy ceramics

It's also worth noting that, whilst cast iron pans are induction compatible, they are heavy and can scratch or damage the cooking surface if not used carefully.

Do aluminium pans work on induction hobs?

No, aluminium pans don't work on induction hobs.

However, you might've noticed that some aluminium pans for sale are marketed as being induction-safe. This is because some premium cookware manufacturers have developed aluminium pans with a base made using a blend of induction-compatible metals.

Frying vegetables in an induction-friendly sauté pan

Can you use stainless steel pans on an induction hob?

Most stainless steel pans are induction-safe.

However, since stainless steel is often mixed with a variety of non-magnetic materials, it's occasionally incompatible with induction. If a steel pan has a high nickel content, for example, the magnetic field will be blocked.

Can you use normal pans on an induction hob?

If the pans you already had in your kitchen happen to be made using a magnetic metal, chances are you'll be able to use them without any problems on your induction hob.

Stainless steel and iron pans should work effectively on an induction hob, regardless of their coating. If you're new to cooking on induction, you might be unsure how to tell if a pan is induction friendly. Luckily, there are a few ways to check your pan.

Spaghetti & tomatoes cooked in a Circulon frying pan.

How do you know if a pan is induction-safe?

Whether you're shopping online or instore, it's always worth knowing before you order. Here's how you can check for induction compatibility:

  • Induction-friendly pans have a distinctive symbol on their base that looks like a small coil of wire with four loops
  • Since any induction pan needs to be magnetic, you could also test your pan by checking if a magnet - such as a fridge magnet - is attracted to it
  • Most cookware manufacturers use clear labelling and product descriptions to indicate their compatibility

So, you'll normally be able to tell quite quickly whether or not a pan is suitable for induction hobs – especially if it's brand new.

What happens if I use the wrong pan on an induction hob?

If you accidentally try to start cooking on your induction hob with a pan that's incompatible, don't panic. You won't cause any damage to your stovetop or your pan, but the burner itself simply won't turn on, so your pan won't get hot.

This is because any pan used on an induction hob must be made from or have a base that contains a magnetic material, which effectively completes the circuit within the hob.

Buy quality induction pans online with Circulon

Ready to cook fearlessly on your new induction hob? Before you get stuck in with your all-time favourite recipes, complete your kitchen with a purpose-built induction pan set from Circulon.

With an expertly developed pan, you'll harness the improved efficiency and performance of your induction stovetop. Induction-specific pans heat up the fastest, so you'll waste no energy in the process.

Induction frying pans from Circulon. Text reads: Induction pans designed to last. Click here to shop now

If you’re looking for quality induction pan sets that last you through the years, we can help. We have a wide range of induction cookware to suit any kitchen and Circulon cookware comes with a lifetime guarantee. 

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