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You would think it would be difficult to get excited about a hob; you could think that this was a crazy amount to pay for a hob - if so, you've obviously never used an induction hob. Ceramic hobs have been around for many years, but have previously used radiant heat (using a heated element beneath the surface) meaning the surface gets very hot, heating the saucepan in turn. Induction uses magnetism to vibrate the base of the saucepan (we had to buy new pans with magnetic bases, which was an unforeseen expense and meant we were unable to use the hob for a few days). The advantage of this is that the surface of the hob only ever gets as hot as the saucepan which in turn means that any spillages don't get burnt on as the hob is only ever at boiling point rather than burning! The system is much quicker to boil water in a pan even than gas and the controls offer enough variation to allow you to choose how high you want the water boiling up the side of the pan if you want! A disadvantage with the controls is that they use touch - if hands are wet, a wet fingerprint can go on acting turning the controls up or down! Similarly, when the hob is cleaned, if the cloth hasn't been sufficiently wrung out, water residue can confuse the controls and inadvertently set the child lock. Once you are aware of these issues, they are easily avoided, leaving you free to enjoy the benefits of induction cooking.
Electronic Hob / Short name: Bosch PKE611E14E