Navigating the world of cooker hobs can be confusing. There are lots of different types available, all of which work slightly differently. In this article we’ll look at exactly what halogen hobs are, and their pros and cons compared to the alternatives.
What is a halogen hob?
Halogen hobs are a type of electric hob that use infrared light to create heat. They are a specific type of ceramic hob, since they have a ceramic glass cooktop.
Unlike regular electric hobs, you don’t have to wait for them to heat up. They provide the same instant heat as gas, while still being powered by electricity. You can also turn the heat up and down instantly, like on a gas hob.
Halogen hobs use infrared radiation to heat pans. This is in contrast to other hob types that use thermal conduction or induction. Infrared radiation might sound dangerous, but halogen hobs are perfectly safe as long as you don’t stare at the infrared light.
Pros and cons of halogen hobs
Here’s a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of halogen hobs versus other types of hob.
- Easy to clean (like all ceramic hobs)
- Instant and adjustable heat, like on gas
- Heat has to travel through the ceramic glass, so the rings require more heat than on gas for example
- Ceramic glass is fragile and easy to crack
Are halogen hobs the same as induction hobs?
If you search the internet for halogen hobs, you’ll find a lot of induction hobs instead. Does this mean that halogen and induction hobs are the same thing?
No, halogen hobs are not the same as induction hobs. Induction hobs use direct induction to heat pans, whereas halogen hobs use indirect radiation.
The confusion arises from the fact that both types of hob are electric ceramic hobs, so they look very similar. Many induction hobs also glow like halogen hobs, but this is just to show you that they are hot—they aren’t transmitting heat via infrared light.
Can you still buy halogen hobs?
Halogen hobs have been largely replaced by induction hobs, which most people consider to be superior. If you’re looking to replace a halogen hob, it might be a good idea to replace it with an induction one.
We couldn’t find any halogen hobs available online in the UK when researching this article in October 2019.