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Induction Cooktops: Pros and Cons of Several Brands


Induction Cooktops: Pros and Cons of Several Brands

A look at what's being offered in this cooking technology from leading manufacturers

By By Elizabeth Mack July 18, 2016
Thermador induction cooktop
Thermador induction cooktop
This article first appeared in the July 2016 issue of Pro Remodeler.

No, induction technology isn't exactly new, but it is currently experiencing newfound popularity with U.S. consumers. Pro Remodeler took a look at some of the leading brands that offer induction appliances and did a quick comparison of pros and cons for each. For a deeper dive about how the technology works and the advantages of induction over gas or electric cooktops, click here.  


Features: Spill and overheat sensors; “flexinduction” can combine two cooking zones into one for large pans or rectangular griddles.

Pros: Cooktop requires smaller clearance underneath than competitors; allows room for more drawer space.

Cons: May require 50-amp breaker.



Features: Wave Touch control panel fades to black after use for sleek design; double oven available.

Pros: Cooktop adapts to different pan sizes; controls are easy to use.

Cons: Touch controls are on the cooktop’s backsplash, so reaching over pots may be an issue. 



Features: Five cooking zones on 36-inch models; power boost; pot size recognition.

Pros: Ranges available: 24-, 30-, 36-, and 40-inch-wide cooktops; consistently high reliability ratings.

Cons: Price: 30-inch induction ranges cost between $6,000 and $7,000; some models require 50-amp breaker.



Features: Virtual flame-like LED lights give the appearance of gas flames; physical control dials for a more traditional look; Wi-Fi connectivity.

Pros: The range model boasts a 5.8-cubic-foot-capacity oven, which can be split into two cooking zones that can be used alone or together; competitively priced.

Cons: Newer to the induction market, so little reliability history available.



Features: Anti-overflow signal; warming function.

Pros: Thermador Freedom cooktop can cook four pans at once placed anywhere on the cooktop surface; ability to detect size and placement of cookware. 

Cons: Cooktops only—no full-size ranges. Freedom line a bit pricey.



Features: Ability to create a 17-by-17-inch cooktop heating area; melt and simmer settings.

Pros: Can connect two side-by-side or back-to-back heating elements; space-saving 15-inch cooktop available.

Cons: Cooktops only, but company plans to offer induction ranges in the near future.


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Elizabeth Mack

Elizabeth Mack is a freelance writer based in Nebraska.

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