Earth Notes: On the IKEA SMAKLIG Built-in Induction Hob: Review

hob reflections
Is an induction hob better than cooking with gas? What about health and carbon?

Review

  • IKEA SMAKLIG Built-in Induction Hob
  • Reviewed by: Jean Ryder on 2017/06/12
  • I wouldn't go back to a gas hob, as this is much quicker to cook with. I would recommend.
  • Induction hob SMAKLIG Black 2x2300W induction zone with booster; 3200W. 1x1400W induction zone with booster; 1800W. 1x1800W induction zone with booster; 2500W. Bridge function allows you to connect 2 cooking zones into 1 large one when needed.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

We bought the SMAKLIG in 2013 for our kitchen (insulation and redecoration) refit.

Jean says:

We have had this hob for 4 years now. I have never used the bridge function, but it may be useful for others. It heats up quickly, so am not waiting for water to boil for very long for things like pasta etc. It cleans very well. You have to manage the setting slightly if you want to simmer as even on some of the lower settings 3, 4, 5 it can still bubble too much. I don't think I would go back to a gas hob, as this is much quicker to cook with. I would recommend.

Essentially none of our ancient (student days in some cases!) pans would work with induction, so we bought a new set of suitable pans. Typically pans and so on are marked on the base what they are suitable for, eg traditional gas/electric, or induction, and we were not paying a huge premium. Naturally, this improved the whole experience!

SMAKLIG hob in unfinished kitchen 2013

We are also saving the planet (induction has a lower carbon footprint than gas) and our health (gas hobs add over to 25% indoor NO2 levels).

See the rematch: SilverCrest vs IKEA we did after 4 years of using the SMAKLIG having initially started with induction on a the Silvercrest portable hob before the new kitchen was done.

All in all we are pleased with our induction hob, and are very likely as of 2017 (because of reducing grid carbon intensity) saving carbon with it vs the old gas hob, never mind the likely air quality and thus health benefits too.

So yes, for us, induction is much better than gas!