Which pans are suitable for ceramic hobs?

There are a number of different options when choosing the type of hob you go for when replacing your old one. Ceramic glass is used as a cooking surface in a few different forms so it’s important to identify exactly how your ceramic hob works before determining what pans are best and which should be avoided.


Some ceramic glass hobs use induction to transfer heat. This means a magnetic coil under the glass induces heat in the bottom of the pan, but not all pans are susceptible to induction. You have to use ferrous metal pans – i.e. ones that contain some kind of iron. You can check whether your pans have an iron content by checking if a magnet sticks to them – if the magnet sticks you can use them.


Halogen heat sources are essentially really strong light bulbs and thick bottomed pans are recommended to deal with the strength of the heat emitted. Pans with shiny bases are best avoided.


Many ceramic hobs are powered electrically. You can use any kind of pan on this kind of ceramic hob, but heat dispersion isn’t amazing so opt for a thicker based pan if possible.

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Care should be taken when using any ceramic hob. Although they’re strong, they can be scuffed by dragging pans and using the surface roughly. Don’t use abrasive cleaners on your ceramic hob.

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