Induction Cooktops: Pros and Cons of Several Brands

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

July 18, 2016
Thermador induction cooktop

Photo: courtesy Thermador

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.  

Bosch

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.

 

Electrolux

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. 

 

Miele

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.

 

Samsung

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.

 

Thermador

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.

 

Wolf

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 is a freelance writer based in Nebraska.

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