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Can You Install An Induction Hob In A Stainless Steel Countertop?

A really great question I was asked recently. Can you install an induction hob (stove/cooktop) in a stainless steel countertop? It’s not something that has come up too often in my kitchen design career.

However, with the growing popularity of induction cooking and clients seeking alternative countertop materials, it was bound to happen soon!

So let’s take a look!

Can You Install An Induction Hob In A Stainless Steel Countertop?

Yes, you can install an induction hob (stove/cooktop) in a stainless steel countertop. There won’t be any interference or functionality issues with the induction technology and the stainless steel countertop.

Firstly and most importantly, stainless steel kitchen worktops should not be magnetic. So there really should be no interference with an induction hob.

As well as this, induction hobs require that a magnetic pan is in direct contact with the area that holds the electromagnetic coil in order to function.

As the stainless steel worktop would be around the edges of the induction hob and not in direct contact with these electromagnetic coils, there wouldn’t be any interference.

However, if you are at all unsure it is always advised to double-check with the appliance manufacturer.

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Are Stainless Steel Countertops Magnetic?

No, stainless steel countertops should not be magnetic.

Stainless steel countertops are usually made using 304-grade steel (sometimes 316-grade). Both of these are austenitic stainless steel and should not be magnetic.

304 Grade: The most versatile and widely used stainless steel for kitchen countertops because of its good corrosion resistance.

316 Grade: Typically seen in commercial kitchens or laboratories. 316-grade is more costly because it provides higher corrosion resistance, particularly against chlorinated solutions. 

Induction hob in stainless steel kitchen island worktop
Source – Roundhouse

Benefits Of stainless steel countertops

  • Durability: Stainless steel countertops are heat-resistant, making them safe for hot pots and pans. They don’t chip or crack easily and are resistant to common kitchen stains, ensuring a long lifespan.

  • Hygiene: The non-porous surface of stainless steel prevents bacterial growth, making it a sanitary choice for kitchens. It’s easy to clean and doesn’t harbour germs or mould, ensuring a healthier food preparation area.

  • Aesthetics: With a sleek and modern appearance, stainless steel countertops complement various kitchen designs. Their reflective quality can also visually expand smaller spaces.

  • Maintenance: Stainless steel countertops are low-maintenance compared to materials like wood or stone. They’re rust-resistant with proper care, and spills can be wiped off effortlessly without leaving residues.

  • Versatility: Stainless steel can be seamlessly integrated with kitchen sinks for a unified design. It’s also versatile enough to match various kitchen styles, appliances, and fixtures.

  • Eco-Friendly: Stainless steel is a recyclable material, making it an environmentally-friendly choice for countertops. Its durability means fewer replacements over time, reducing overall waste.

Will the heat from An induction hob damage or discolour A stainless steel countertop?

No, There won’t be any damage or discolouration.

Induction hobs work on a unique principle where they use electromagnetic energy to generate heat directly within the cookware. Unlike traditional gas or electric hobs, the induction hob itself doesn’t produce radiant heat.

As a result, the surface of the hob and the surrounding stainless steel countertop remain relatively cool, preventing any heat-induced damage or discolouration to the countertop.

It’s always advisable, however, to avoid placing hot cookware directly on the stainless steel for extended periods to maintain its pristine appearance. Leave the cookware on the hob or place it on a trivet/protective board.

Can You Put A Portable Induction Hob On A Metal Table?

Yes, you can use a portable induction hob (cooktop) on a metal table. There should be enough separation from the electromagnetic coils under the glass at the top of the cooktop and the metal table beneath the unit that there will be no interference.

Just make sure that all ventilation is free from obstruction, so the cooktop doesn’t suffer from overheating.

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Final Thoughts…

There you have it! An interesting question – answered!

Quick and easy, there should be no problems having an induction hob (cooktop) installed in a stainless steel countertop.

If you’re a fan of the industrial modern look, having an induction hob set into a stainless steel worktop can be a great option for your kitchen design.

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Author

Michael from Kitchinsider.com

Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.