Induction stoves are often confused with standard electric stoves, but they are very different.
An induction stove or induction hob is an electric cooktop that uses a magnetic field to interact with the metal in pots and pans, generating heat in the process. Unlike traditional stovetops, which produce radiant heat through methods such as burning gas or creating resistance in a coil, the surface of an induction stove remains relatively cool. Only the cookware heats up.
Induction stoves are more energy-efficient, better for the environment, and faster than traditional hobs. One downside is that they work only with magnetic materials, such as iron and steel.
Most moka pots cannot be used on an induction stove without an induction adaptor. Induction stoves use magnetism to create heat — and so require magnetic cookware to function. Most moka pots are made of aluminium (or aluminum), a non-magnetic metal, but some are made of steel and are compatible with induction stoves.
There’s three easy ways to check if your moka pot will work on an induction stove:
- Look for the induction symbol. Induction compatible cookware usually have a symbol on the underside showing four coiled wires.
- Check if it’s magnetic. If a magnet sticks to the base of the moka pot, then it will work on an induction hob.
- Try to use it. If water doesn’t boil in the lower chamber then it’s most likely made of aluminium.
If you want to use a moka pot on an induction stove there are two ways. Both unfortunately require some kit — either buying an induction adaptor for your moka pot or buying a new, induction compatible moka pot.
An induction adaptor lets you use non-magnetic cookware on an induction stove.
It’s made of a magnetic material, so it heats up when placed on the stove. It then passes that heat onto whatever you put on top of it, like a moka pot.
The upside of this is you don’t have to replace your moka pot — and you’ll have an induction adaptor that might come in handy for other things. If you make a purchase through these affiliate links, we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you.
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Bialetti and Alessi both offer induction-friendly versions of their Moka pots. These models are also compatible with non-induction stoves, but they will take a little longer to brew.
The advantage of acquiring a new Moka pot, rather than an induction adapter, is that you will have less clutter in your kitchen — and you can give your old Moka pot to a friend.
If you choose this option, we recommend the Moka Express Induction. It is the standard Bialetti induction model and shares the same readily available replacement parts as the non-induction model. If you make a purchase through these affiliate links, we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you.
Bialetti — the most popular brand of moka pots — makes some models for use with induction.
Their most iconic model of moka pot, the Moka Express, needs an induction adaptor to work.
Information on which Bialetti Moka pots are induction-friendly can be hard to find, so we have created this chart to simplify things:
For a Moka pot, set your induction stove to a medium temperature, the same as a gas hob or any other type of hob. Without a temperature probe, it is difficult to set an exact temperature on any hob due to numerous variables. But a medium heat setting will work just fine.
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