A Heated Debate

Are Induction Hobs better than Gas?

November. 2023
Despite being relatively established technology, the question “Are Induction Hobs Better than Gas” comes up regularly in design meetings with clients.

The choice between induction hobs and gas cooktops has also been a long-standing debate among professionals chefs too. Each option has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and the decision ultimately comes down to personal preferences and specific cooking needs. In this blog, we’ll explore the key factors to consider when comparing induction hobs to gas cooktops to help you make an informed decision for your kitchen.

When it comes to efficiency, cleaning and safety, induction may be a better choice


One of the primary advantages of induction hobs is their exceptional energy efficiency.

Unlike gas cooktops, which require constant flames to heat the cookware, induction hobs use electromagnetic fields to directly heat the base of the pot or pan. This results in minimal heat loss and quicker cooking times.

In fact, induction hobs are often considered to be more energy-efficient than gas cooktops, helping save on energy bills in the long run.


Induction hobs offer precise control over cooking temperatures. They can quickly adjust from a simmer to a rolling boil, providing accurate temperature settings for various cooking techniques.

Gas cooktops, while responsive, may have a slightly less precise temperature control compared to induction hobs. This precision can be crucial for delicate recipes requiring exact heat levels.

When we demonstrate the speed an induction hob can bring a pot to a boil in our design studio in Wiltshire, clients new to the technology are constantly surprised (and sold).


Safety is a significant concern in any kitchen, particularly among clients with younger children.  Induction hobs have several safety features that make them a popular choice.

Since they only heat the cookware and not the surrounding surface, there is a reduced risk of burns and accidental fires. Additionally, induction hobs often have features like auto-shutoff and child locks, making them safer.


Cleaning is another area where induction hobs shine.  Their flat, smooth surface is easy to wipe clean since there are no grates, burners, or gas nozzles to contend with.

In contrast, gas cooktops have more components that can accumulate food spills and grease, making them slightly more challenging to clean. Induction hobs also don’t produce open flames or emit gas, reducing the risk of food residue burning and leaving stubborn stains.

There is also evidence that gas leaves a sticky residue, although much of this maybe oil and fat particles being moved around the kitchen by the rising heat of the flames.  This is not an issue with induction.

If you prefer visible flames, precise flame control, and a lower upfront cost, a gas hob is a good option


When considering an induction hob, it’s essential to check your existing cookware. Induction hobs require compatible cookware with a ferrous (magnetic) bottom. If your current pots and pans are not induction-ready, you may need to invest in new cookware, which could be an added expense.


Gas cooktops require a gas line connection, which may involve installation costs.  Type of gas is also a consideration.

Many of our clients live in country houses in rural locations, where there is no natural gas supply.  In such cases, LPG tanks need to be installed.

In contrast, induction hobs only need a standard electrical connection, making them easier to install in most kitchens. However, the upfront cost of induction hobs can be higher than gas cooktops, but the potential energy savings over time may offset this initial investment.

Added to that, it is clear the the UK government is encouraging us all to look at alternatives.  Gas boilers are to be banned in new build houses after 2025, and we see this as just the tip of the iceberg.


Inductions hobs are modern in both technology and design, so suit contemporary kitchen design well.  They are also often very discreet, particularly when set in to dark stone.   On the other hand, gas cooktops, often cast iron, have a more timeless feel which suit the style of our kitchen designs.

The choice between induction hobs and gas cooktops ultimately depends on your cooking preferences, lifestyle, and budget. Induction hobs offer energy efficiency, precise control, safety, and easy maintenance, making them an excellent choice for many households.

Gas cooktops provide a traditional cooking experience and may be preferable for those who enjoy open flames and are willing to accommodate the maintenance challenges.  In the end, the “better” option comes down to what matters most to you in the kitchen.

Both induction hobs and gas cooktops have their merits, so consider your priorities and cooking style when making your decision.

If you would like to discuss Induction or Gas Hobs for your kitchen project, please contact us


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