4 COOKING ZONES - Featuring 4 zones with varied power output, the RH60IH401B delivers responsive power for all your cooking needs. The front and centre touch controls ensure simple, reliable operation
INTELLIGENT SAFETY FEATURES - For peace of mind, this model has a child lock feature and auto safety cut off, making it ideal for use in modern family homes. There's also a residual heat indicator to let you know if the heat zones are still hot
2 YEAR GUARANTEE - This Russell Hobbs Induction Hob comes with an impressive 2 year guarantee, for that added peace of mind
Russell Hobbs are very well known for their cooking appliances, and rightly so.
This induction hob is top quality and at an affordable price. Stylish too.
There are 4 independently operable cooking zones, composed of 2 rapid heat zones, and 2 semi rapid zones, which throw out heat at 2000 watts and 1500 watts respectively.
And to tweak the temperature you simply use the front mounted touch controls to apply up to 9 different power settings. For added convenience, you can set a timer, and the temperature changes rapidly in accordance with any increase or decrease on the controls.
We love that it has a residual heat indicator, such a great safety feature, stopping you from throwing your tea towel on it while it’s still hot. There’s also a handy child lock on the controls and there’s an auto safety cut off if you accidentally leave the hob on too long.
With it’s glass surface, it’s quick and easy to clean, simply wipe the surface down when sufficiently cool.
It comes with a free 2 year guarantee, so you can be assured that you’ll get a decent lifespan from your appliance.
Now here’s a brand you’ve heard of, and the average customer rating is really positive, coming in at 4 and a half stars.
There are 4 separate cooking zones altogether, 3 large and one small. All operated by front mounted touch controls.
We just love the PowerBoost function which adds 50% more power to the cooking zone to get your food cooked that much faster. Faster than a conventional ceramic hob in fact.
It has some great safety features, like the ChildLock, which locks the control panel to prevent the settings being changed. And there’s also an automatic switch off, which prevents the hob from being left on for extended periods. (Because it’s easy to forget to turn it off.)
It’s flat surface is easy to clean, simply wipe down when cool after use.
The hob comes complete with a two year warranty, so you know you’ll get a decent lifespan out of it.
This induction hob from Gionien is certainly well loved by customers – just look at the average customer rating!
The stand out feature of this beauty is it’s astounding affordability. And all without having to compromise on quality.
There are 4 independently operable, and spacious, cooking zones, each of which are capable of throwing out a sizable power of heat. The 9 different power levels allow real precision of cooking temperatures. You can operate it with a simple touch of your finger.
There’s a handy integrated timer, which goes up to 99 minutes, so you can cook those “low and slow” dishes, and let the ingredients reduce for a stronger flavour.
It has a seamless framework design and a gorgeous glass finish, which can be cleaned with a simple wipe when cool.
It has a range of those all important safety features. These include a Child Lock, Residual Heat Indicator and an Auto Safety Switch Off. And it’s quick not just in heating up your food, but is also quick to cool down too. All handy when there’s children present.
Well loved by customers
4 different cooking zones
9 different power levels
Handy integrated timer
Gorgeous glass finish
Very easy to clean
Residual Heat Indicator
Auto Safety Switch Off
Quick to cool down
Confusing set up in terms of how much power to each cooking zone
Here’s another great induction hob from Bosch, and it’s one that’s had really positive customer feedback too.
There are 4 cooking zones altogether, each independently operable, each providing powerful and responsive heating. And you set the power by way of the TouchSelect control panel on the front of the hob. There’s a whopping 17 different stages of power levels you can set.
And if you want your food super quick, there’s a handy PowerBoost function to really speed things up. It works on all 4 zones too. We also like the Quick Start feature.
There’s also a handy Timer with switch-off function to turn the zone off when the food is cooked.
We love that it uses automatic pan recognition to heat the base of the pan rather than the whole zone. Less energy wasted and safer to use.
The Child Lock is a nice safety feature, don’t want anyone messing around with settings unnecessarily. And another neat safety feature is the residual heat indicator for each zone.
It has a nice, smooth, easy to clean finish, simply wipe it over when sufficiently cool.
There are a number of things you might like to think about before buying your induction hob, and we’ll talk you through them now.
Number and size of cooking zones
Provided you have the space in your kitchen, the more cooking zones (or burners) you have the better. This is especially handy when you’re cooking for the whole family, and maybe doing several different dishes. Or when you’re entertaining for that matter.
With that in mind 4 of our Top 5 induction hobs have the standard number of cooking zones, which is 4.
The only time when more cooking zones isn’t necessarily better, is when space is a premium, or if you know you’re only going to be cooking for one or two people.
If you think a 2 cooking zone hob is what’s best for your needs, we highly recommend our Number 2 product, the Aobosi Induction Hob.
Sometimes an induction hob will feature cooking zones all of the same size, but more often than not they will feature cooking zones of different sizes to allow for a mix of larger and smaller pots and pans. You’re not likely to need 4 large pans all cooking food at the same time.
Induction hobs also vary in the number of different power settings they can offer. The higher this number of settings the more precision you can apply to your cooking, handy when you want everything to be just perfect. All of the induction hobs in our Top 5 have several different power settings, ranging from 9 to 17.
Safety features are very important when you’re cooking or working with high temperatures, and that is why we stress them in our product reviews.
Safety features in induction hobs are pretty much the same across the board. You get a Child Lock, which locks the control settings in place, so they can’t get tampered with while you’re cooking. There’s also residual heat indicators, whereby the cooking zone remains red when the pan is removed, indicating that it’s still hot. All the induction hobs in our Top 5, have these features.
Those are the typical safety features but you can get more besides. There’s one that automatically switches the cooking zone if it does not detect a pan on top, such as in our Number 5 induction pan, the Bosch PUE611BF1B.
Another safety feature is when the cooking zone switches off when the integrated timer has detected that the required cooking time has been reached. This is a feature in a few of the induction hobs in our Top 5, specifically, our Number 1, the Russell Hobbs RH60IH401B, our Number 2, the Aobosi Induction Hob, and our Number 5, the Bosch PUE611BF1B.
Many cooks and the people they want to cook for often want their food ASAP and are impatient to get eating. That’s where some special features on induction hobs can come in handy, with a PowerBoost function for example, such as those you can find on our Number 3 and Number 5, the two Bosch models.
When you buy from a well known brand, you know you’re in good hands. You get a warranty or guarantee, and much better customer service should you ever have an issue or a question.
If you want to go for an induction hob from a well established brand we can recommend our Number 1 product, the Russell Hobbs RH60IH401B, or our Number 3, the Bosch PUE611BB1E, or our Number 5, the Bosch PUE611BF1B.
That said, brand isn’t everything, and it’s possible to get good quality products at a much lower price if you go for something from a newer or less well known brand. Our Number 2, and our Number 4 induction hobs for example, have all the quality you need at a considerably lower price.
The cost of an induction hob varies according to the number of cooking zones it uses. For example, portable induction hobs designed predominantly for holiday makers, with just one or two cooking zones, usually come in at under £100.
With regards to your home kitchen induction hobs however, you typically have 4 cooking zones in total, and you can expect to pay between £100 and £500. However for a really high end product, your costs can run into the thousands.
When we handpicked our Top 5 induction hobs, we did so with value for money in the forefront of our mind, and all 5 of them are deemed to be well worth the price. If budget is an issue for you however, then we can recommend our Number 2 product, the Aobosi Induction Hob provided that 2 cooking zones is enough for you, or if you do need 4 cooking zones, the next cheapest one is our Number 4, the GIONIEN Induction Hob.
An induction hob is something that you can potentially use everyday, so even if your warranty only lasts one year, you can still get your money’s worth out of it. If you want a hob that comes with a good warranty, we would recommend our Number 1 product, the Russell Hobbs RH60IH401B, or our Number 3, the Bosch PUE611BB1E, which both offer a full 2 year guarantee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are induction hobs better?
Induction hobs have several advantages over their counterparts. They are much more energy efficient, and cook more quickly, and consequently they cost less to run, and are better for the environment. They are generally safer overall as well, without having any unnecessary naked flames or gas.
The one thing you do need to be aware of before buying an induction hob however, is that you will need to use compatible cookware.
To check if cookware in your home is compatible with an induction hob, simply place a fridge magnet on it, and if the magnet sticks, then you can use that pot or pan on an induction hob.
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