What is the best induction cooker? And which one has the best price-quality ratio? NU.nl and the Consumers’ Association provide an answer.
Induction hobs are becoming increasingly popular. Understandable, because they are more convenient and more energy-efficient than other hobs. They heat up a lot faster and are easy to clean. Are you switching from cooking on gas to induction? You may have to have the groups in the meter cupboard adjusted, because an induction hob requires a lot of power.
The Consumers’ Association tests induction hobs for performance, ease of use and energy consumption, among other things. A total of 63 well-available induction hobs were tested.
Most hobs are 60 centimeters wide and have four cooking zones, but there are also wider models of 80 centimeters wide.
In the category of hobs with a width of 60 centimeters, an AEG model is the Best in the Test. A hob from IKEA is the Best Buy.
Best in Test: AEG IKB64301XB
This AEG hob has four fixed cooking zones and a boost function. This allows you to heat up extra quickly. Three other models from AEG are technically the same; only the edge differs and is made of glass or stainless steel.
The IKB64301XB is a hefty powerhouse that can handle cooking on four zones at the same time. However, it can also simmer well on low power and heats the pan nicely evenly. The latter is useful for making pancakes, for example.
The cooking zones are spacious enough to store your pans properly. You set the temperature with the plus and minus buttons. The operation responds very well and works well. Furthermore, the hob is easy to clean.
This model does not have a so-called flexible zone (flex zone). With a flex zone you can combine multiple cooking zones into one larger cooking zone. This can be useful when using large, elongated pans.
Best Buy: IKEA MATMÄSSIG (104.670.93)
This IKEA hob is cheaper to buy, but still scores well. Like the Best in the Test, it has four cooking zones and a boost function. However, the boost function is only available on the front left and rear right cooking zone.
The power is a bit less, but simmering is fine. She does that well on both the largest and the smallest cooking zone. Furthermore, the heat distribution is also good and the pan is heated evenly.
The operation of the plate is clear and works pleasantly. You set the temperature with the plus and minus buttons.
A disadvantage is that the MATMÄSSIG makes a fairly loud fan noise during cooking.
In this column we write weekly about household and technological appliances that have been tested by the Consumers’ Association. This is a collaboration between the independent editorial staff of NU.nl and the Consumers’ Association.
The Consumers’ Association tests thousands of products every year, together with qualified technicians in specialized laboratories at home and abroad. The products being tested are bought in the store so that they are not pre-manipulated by manufacturers.
New models are tested as soon as possible after introduction. How fast that is differs per product. The Best in Test is the product with the best test rating. This can also be a somewhat older model, because a newer model is not always better. The Best Buy is the product with the best price-quality ratio.
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