Benefits of Induction Cooking


By providing rapid, controllable and precise heat and at the same time saving energy, induction cooking benefits are immense.

An induction hob has a smooth glass surface on which pots and pans are placed. The induction gererator is located beneath the surface and by placing an induction-ready pan on an activated induction hob, a magnetic field is created. This magnetic field heats the pan and the food contained within it. The pan and the food inside will heat up, not the induction hob. When the pan is removed the magnetic field is broken and the hob will automatically switch off.

CESA Guide to - Induction Cooking

1. Save Money

  • Automatic pan detection: energy only used when a pan is on the hob
  • Pan heated directly: 90% energy efficient compared with 40% efficiency with gas
  • No waste heat expulsion means cooler working environment and less ventilation requirements
  • No need for expensive gas safety interlocks - essential in catering kitchens using gas to cook

2. Safe

  • No hot surfaces: only residual heat generated from the cookware
  • Child lock facility: no unauthorised access - ideal for use in schools where safety is a key issue
  • No naked flames or glowing electric elements - helps avoid setting things on fire
  • Automatic switch off when boil dry detected or pan removed from cooking zone

3. Quick and Easy

  • Rotary controls: understandable control system
  • Rapidly heats up pan: no energy is wasted therefore cooking is faster than gas
  • Controllable instant response: ingredients can be cooked at a precise temperature

4. Clean

  • Ceran® toughened glass flush with hob makes for a wipe clean surface
  • Spills do not burn on meaning no lengthy cleaning times
  • Mobile units can be easily moved to enable access for cleaning behind units

5. Flexible

  • Suitable for all types of cooking: induction wok hobs ideal for Asian cooking
  • Extra work surface: when not in use built in induction hobs can be used as a work top
  • Bespoke combinations to meet your exact specification

Target Commercial Induction


Will induction be as powerful as gas?

Independent tests have shown induction to be faster than gas when heating pan contents whilst also using less power (kWhs) to do the same job as gas, making induction more effective than gas as the pan is the actual heat source rather than the flame under it.

What power supply do I need for a Target commercial induction range?

Target commercial induction ranges can use both single phase 230 volt generators and 3 phase 400 volt generators depending on cusomer's specification and electrical supply capacity.

How reliable is a Target commercial induction range?

Target commercial induction ranges come complete with a 3 years parts and labour manufacturer's warranty on induction components and 10 years guarantee on the range chassis. Target uses additional cooling technologies with induction components ensuring optimum conditions thus minimising technical faults. Unfortunately, hob and wok glass cannot be warranted so check your insurance cover for accidental equipment damage cover protection.

What access do I need to allow for getting my Target commercial induction range into my commercial kitchen?

Target standard induction products are designed to fit through a standard 800mm wide doorway. For deeper units or smaller entry points, bespoke ranges can be manufactured in two parts solving most access issues.

Can the induction hob glass be broken?

Yes it can be broken under the right conditions, for example if a sharp edge is dropped from a height and hits the glass with force then it is likely to crack. However, the 6mm thick Schott Ceran® toughened safety glass, used in Target commercial induction ranges is designed to be extremely durable and even withstand sudden temperature shocks in the range of up to 700°C without difficulty. Furthermore, it puts up with normal wear and tear of commercial kitchens and everyday cooking without losing any of its stability.

Will having an oven situated underneath an induction hob damage the induction components?

Target commercial induction ranges are designed and manufactured using remote generators and cooling technologies to ensure no damage can be caused to induction components by excess heat from built in or modular appliances.

Do I need to have special induction pans for my commercial induction hob?

So long as pans are magnetic they will work on induction. However, pans which have previously been used on gas ranges may have warped under high temperatures which will create heat spots within the pan when using them on induction. For optimum efficiency when using a commercial induction hob it is recommended to use induction ready pans.

What are the potential energy savings I can make if I switch to induction cooking technology?

Here is a typical example prepared by Target to support Carbon Trust funding applications to replace gas fired energy inefficient equipment with more energy efficient cooking equipment;

  • 4 burner gas hob 4 x 5.8kW = 23.2kWh x 6.66p = £1.56
  • 4 zone induction hob 4 x 3kW = 12kWh x 13.86p = £1.66 x 0.5 (half the time) = £0.83 x 0.75 (25% saving through auto pan detection) = £0.62

This equates to a financial saving of approximately 60% off from the current gas consumption cost to do the same job with induction cooking equipment.