If you have recently purchased a new Hotpoint induction hob, then you will be happy to know that they are very easy to use! In fact, they are pretty self-explanatory. That being said, for those of us who are not used to induction hobs, there can be a bit of an adjustment period before we get used to using our induction hobs.
With that in mind, to help you along, we have created a quick guide to show you how to use a Hotpoint induction hob.
1. How to lock your Hotpoint induction hob functions
If you want to prevent others from being able to change the settings on your Hotpoint induction hob or even turn it on, all you need to do is press the lock symbol on the control panel for about three seconds.
When you hear a beep and a light flash next to the lock, that indicates that the lock is on. None of the rings will be able to turn on in that mode – however, the on and off button will work. This is a great feature to protect children and animals specifically.
In order to turn off the lock, all you need to do is repeat the process of turning it on until you hear the beep and see the light flash again.
2. How to switch on your Hotpoint induction hob
To turn on your Hotpoint induction hob, simply press the on symbol on the control panel for about two seconds. All of the ring symbols should light up as you turn on the hob, as they are on standby until you select one particular hob or ring.
In order to start cooking, you will need to place your pot or pan on the ring / zone of your choice. Ensure that the base of your pot or pan matches the width of the ring perfectly. Once your hob has been turned on, press the symbol for the ring that you plan on using until you notice the 0 symbol next to it. In order to set the temperature, you simply need to press the plus symbol until it reaches your desired temperature.
There are up to nine settings on the standard Hotpoint induction hob, with nine being the hottest setting. Should you want to decrease the temperature, simply press the minus symbol until the temperature goes to the level you need. If you press the minus symbol for too long or repeatedly, the hob will turn on as the setting will have returned to 0.
You will also notice the symbol of a clock on your Hotpoint induction hob. This feature is, of course, the timer. The timer will work up to a maximum of 99 minutes. In order to use the timer, you simply need to press the symbol for the ring that you are using, then press the timer symbol.
You should hear a beep when you press it, to signal that it has indeed been activated. In order to set the time, simply press the plus or the minus symbols until you reach the desired time.
When the timer has run out, you will hear a sound, and the ring that was linked to the timer will turn off automatically. In order to turn off the timer, simply press the symbol for and hold it in it for about three seconds.
3. How to turn off your Hotpoint induction hob
Once you have finished cooking, you can press the plus and the minus symbols for just over three seconds until the hob switches off. If you have been cooking at a high temperature and/or for a long time, you will likely notice the letter H appearing next to the symbols of the rings that you have used.
This is to show that the hob is still hot and that you should be careful not to burn yourself or others around it. You will notice that the induction hob cools down relatively quickly, and you should not have to see the H symbol for too long.
During the process of cooling down, you are also likely to hear the fan from underneath turn on to cool down the hob. It can get relatively loud but is completely loud and essential.
4. How to maintain your Hotpoint induction hob
Once you have finished using your Hotpoint induction hob, it is best to clean it as soon as possible. Wait for the hob to become completely cool before cleaning it to avoid burning yourself or releasing toxic fumes in the air from burnt cleaning products.
Cleaning your Hotpoint induction hob regularly will help to better preserve it and to keep it pristine for longer.
You should only use specialised induction hob cleaners on your Hotpoint induction hob, as these will have been specially formulated to clean and protect the glass surface. Spray some of the cleaning product on the hob, and let it sit (especially if you need to remove stubborn stains or food debris).
After a few minutes, take a clean, damp cloth, and wipe away the product. Be careful of any food that could have fallen onto the hob, as sliding it across the hob could scratch it. Try to remove as much of the food and water from the hob with a paper towel or a damp, clean cloth before you start to clean it.
When you have finished removing the excess product, you can use a clean, soft towel to dry the induction hob, leaving it ready to use again.
Hotpoint kitchen appliances – induction hobs included – are some of the easiest and most efficient to use. However, it makes sense to have a guide at hand if you’re unsure what to do next!
Be sure to contact the manufacturer directly if you have any concerns, and don’t forget, there are also online guides on how to run your Hotpoint induction hobs in further detail.