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The fastest type of hob

The fastest type of hob

You may have asked yourself already: between gas, electric and induction, which is the quickest?

Let's try the experiment...

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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

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1 The fastest type of hob : Photo of step #1We begin by measuring a litre of water at room temperature, and put it in a pan on a gas ring until it boils.

Time taken: 9 minutes 20 seconds.
9 min.
2 The fastest type of hob : Photo of step #2Second stage: the same pan is allowed to cool, then another litre of water at room temperature is put on an electric ring and heated until it boils.

Time taken: 9 minutes 30 seconds.
9 min.
3 The fastest type of hob : Photo of step #3Third stage: the same pan is allowed to cool, and another litre of water at room temperature is put on an induction hob and heated until it boils.

Time taken: 4 minutes 25 seconds.
4 min.
4 The fastest type of hob : Photo of step #4Here is a graphic summary of the three measurements, a curve for each cooking method.

One can see that the induction (blue) is a lot faster than either the gas (green) or electricity (red).

Conclusion

There is no doubt, induction is twice as fast as the others.
If you think helps to cover pans so that they heat more quickly, read this article: Is it necessary to cover a pan of water while heating?.
And to drink?: We are going to bring 1 litre of water in a pan to the boil, measuring the time it takes on three different kinds of hob: gas, electric and then induction.

Comparing the results will show which is the quickest.
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