Will your hands burn if you put a hand over an induction cooktop when it is working?

can induction cooktop burn your hand
Can induction cooktop burn your hand?

Induction Cooktop is a commonly used kitchen appliance. Cooking food is fast and easy and safe.

Your hand would not burn if you keep your hand on a working induction cooktop. It is advisable to remove any rings especially if they are made of stainless steel or cast iron. Otherwise, you will be completely safe.

Want to know why? Read this article.

You will not need a Gas stove and a gas cylinder. But you will need different types of special cookware or stainless steel cookware.

So, you can use it for cooking multiple dishes. I know a friend who just uses an induction cooktop to cook all his foods.

But while you are cooking your hand can accidentally land on the ceramic glass top. Since the surface area is broad there can be a probability.

So, let us see some facts about the Induction cooker.

Induction Cooktop.

An induction cooktop is a cooking surface. You put a kitchen utensil with a special design over this cooktop.

The specially designed cookware will get heated and your food will be cooked.

It uses the method of direct induction heating. Let us see how it works.

How Induction cooktop work.

An induction cooktop heats up the specially designed utensil by direct induction heating. It does not work on the mechanism of radiation, convection, or thermal conduction.

The induction cooktop uses high power and it will very rapidly increase the temperature of the cookware. So, you will notice that the special cookware will heat up quickly.

A copper coil is present under the glass surface. An alternating current (AC) is passed through it. This creates an oscillating electromagnetic field. This electromagnetic field will directly heat up the specially designed induction cooktop cookware. Now you can use the cookware to cook food.

If you want to read more about the Mechanism of Induction Cooking you can read this article on Wikipedia.

Induction cooktop cookware

These are specially designed cookware or utensils. These utensils must have ferrous metal like cast iron or stainless steel.

The iron will concentrate the current to produce the heat.

Any copper or aluminum utensils will not be heated. This is because the electromagnetic field cannot produce a concentrated current to heat up the utensil.

Experience with Induction cooktop

Now that we have learned some facts related to an induction cooktop. Let me share my personal experience. If you do not like it, please skip this section.

I do use an induction cooktop. But I use a gas stove for daily usage. An induction cooktop is mainly for emergencies.

If somehow my gas is finished and I don’t have any spare Gas Cylinders. I use an Induction Cooktop.

While I was using the induction cooktop. I accidentally put my hand on the ceramic glass top. To my surprise, nothing happened.

So I did it again. It was completely safe.

I did wonder what happened and why it happened. So I searched the net. Whatever I found  I am sharing with you.

Why will your hands not burn

Yes. You hard it correct. Your hands will not burn. You might be thinking why? Let us see the main reasons behind them.

The glass-ceramic top.

The glass top of the induction cooker is made out of a material called glass-ceramic. This material is used for multiple reasons. One of the main important reason is that it has a very low heat conduction coefficient.

It means that the part of the stove outside the cooking area will stay cool. This is a reason when you touch an induction cooker you will not feel the heat.

If you want to read more about the glass-ceramic top, you can read this article on Wikipedia.

The electromagnetic field

As you have already seen that the special induction cookware vessels will only get directly heated. That is because they have special small circles at their bottom. Which contains ferrous materials like stainless steel or cast iron.

This is the reason why it will not harm you. But a point of caution.

Remove any rings in your finger. You never know what materials are used in that ring. Better to stay safe.

Be Cautious.

Putting a finger or hand on the induction cooktop will not burn your hand. It is better to be cautious. The special utensil will be hot. So if you accidentally touch it, you will definitely get some 1st degree burn.

 So, just be cautious.

The induction cooktop cools fast. But the Cookware won’t cool down fast. So be careful.


Use Induction Cooktop. It is safe easy and efficient. You don’t have to worry at all. Even while cooking if your hands accidentally come in contact with the surrounding areas on the ceramic glass top. You will be safe your hands will not burn.

But it is advisable to remove your rings which night have iron casts and stainless steel.

Also, be cautious of the special cooking utensil. It will be hot.

Be safe and happy cooking.  🙂