One feature of our new kitchen is an induction hob. Apart from in the shops I've never seen one before so it was very exciting to switch it on and see what it can do. Unfortunately it seems partial to beeping and there seems no way to switch that off or lower the volume, but I'm sure I'll get used to that. After all various other things like the breadmaker also beep.
Induction hobs are faster, more energy-efficient and easier to clean than traditional electric hobs. Unfortunately they only work with certain types of pan. Ian already knew this, but thought that our steel pans would be suitable. Unfortunately they are not and nor are any others we've been able to find in the shops. The test to know if a pan is suitable is to place a magnet near the base and see if it sticks. If it sticks it will work fine on the hob. Our wok is the only pan we own that is suitable, but we're expecting a new set of induction pans to arrive today.
Will be very excited to be able to use the hob. It's amazing how little you can cook with only an oven - so many things require something to be boiled or fried before hand.