How to Make a Normal Pan Work on an Induction Hob

Roast potatoes cooking in a pan

If you have just invested in an induction hob and then realised that some of your pans cannot be used on your brand-new induction hob, this is the article for you.

Having an induction hob is fantastic. It’s not so great when you can’t use the hob, though.

So, if you have loads of normal pans and want to know how to make them work on your induction hob, let’s find out how to trick your induction hob into thinking your pans are suitable for it, shall we?


What Happens If You Use a Normal Pan on an Induction Hob?

As I am sure you know, an induction hob works by heating up the pan directly. So, the surface of your induction hob doesn’t heat up itself.

This sounds like magic, but it is actually pretty simple. The pans that you need to use on an induction hob are magnetic. The hob senses this magnetism, and this creates a circuit for a magnetic field. When that magnetic field is created, the pan begins to heat up.

So, if you use a normal pan on an induction hob, nothing will happen because a magnetic field hasn’t been created. Therefore, no heat is created. But is there a way of tricking your induction hob? Well, I am glad you asked!

Fring pan on induction hob


How to Trick an Induction Cooker

The way to trick an induction hob is to convince it that your pans are magnetic. Thanks for reading this article, I hope that helped! Kidding, of course!

Making your pans magnetic is impossible if they aren’t already. So, you need something to go between your pans and the hob. An induction hob converter if you will. But does such a thing exist? Well, yeah, actually. Here is an example:

NISPOTDOR 18 cm Induction Hob Converter Plate

Induction Hob Converter Plate, NISPOTDOR Induction Adapter Plate with Detachable Handle, Gas Hob Heat Diffuser Plate for Stove Glass Cooktop 18cm

This induction converter disc from is 18 cm wide. It sits on top of your induction hob and creates the magnetic field that I spoke about earlier. Your pan then sits on top of this disc and uses the heat created by this to cook your food.

It is simple, and it works perfectly. Use this disc for any cooking tasks you want to perform on your induction hob with pans or coffee pots that do not function on it usually.


Should you buy an induction converter disc?

The induction converter above is fantastic for using non-induction pans on your induction cooktop. It’s also great for use with smaller pans that can’t turn on the magnets underneath your hob.

However, if you use a very large converter on a smaller pan, this can reduce the energy efficiency of your induction hob. This is because the converter is heating up, and if some of it is not in contact with the pan, the heat generated just goes into your kitchen.

So, if you want to go down the converter route while staying as energy efficient as possible, buy as many sizes of the converters as you can find. That way, you can match the size of the converter to the size of the pan you are using and maximise the heat distribution.

Of course, the best way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your induction hob is buying pans that are made for the job. Induction pans aren’t too expensive nowadays – see our top picks here.

Of course, they are more expensive than the converters above, though. The converters for induction hobs will work fantastically for you until it comes time to replace your pans. When that day comes, induction pans are the way to go.

Induction converter disc



We hope this look at induction hobs and how to use normal pans with them has been helpful. Please explore our other induction hob articles on here for even more tricks and tips for induction hobs. Happy cooking!