Bosch 800 Series/Benchmark Induction Range Review

Updated for 2019!

Bosch makes two 30-inch induction range models: the 800 Series and the Benchmark. In this review, we will compare features to help you understand the differences and decide which model best suits your needs.

From the large oven to the lightning fast induction cooktop, the Bosch Slide-in Induction Ranges have a lot to offer. The sleek, modern design will fit well with most kitchen decors, while the features will help make your time in the kitchen a joy.

The models look almost identical, but there are a few important differences to note, including the price. You'll pay about $700 more for the Benchmark model, but for that extra cost, you get Bosch's fabulous FlexInduction system, which turns half of the cooktop into one large induction zone suitable for oversized pans, or several small ones.

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If you're looking for a top quality induction range, you can stop looking. If you're looking for a full-featured oven, you can stop looking. And if you're looking for easy installation, you.can.stop.looking!

This Bosch induction slide-in range covers all the bases for both form and function. It looks great, it's easy to use and clean, and it has the best of both worlds: a high-tech electric oven and an even higher-tech induction cooktop. It is also built for easy installation into any 30-inch space.

If you want to go induction, Bosch is one of the best choices you can make. Bosch was the first company to manufacture induction stoves and cooktops, so they have the bugs worked out of the technology.

Bosch also gets consistently high customer satisfaction ratings, and this particular stove is "recommended" by Consumer Reports. So if you're in the market for an induction range, this one might just be a perfect fit.

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Bosch Induction Ranges At a Glance

The main difference is that the Benchmark has a FlexInduction zone and the 800 Series doesn't, while the 800 Series has AutoChef and the Benchmark doesn't. (We describe these features below.) 

The ovens are almost identical, but the Benchmark has two oven lights instead of one, and is Star K certified while the 800 Series is not. (Star K is a kosher certification system.) Both have self-cleaning, 4.6 cu. ft. ovens with European convection and an 8 pass broiler system.

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Bosch 800 Series

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(about $3,000)

Bosch Benchmark

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(about $3700)

Power Boost on All Burners

Auto Chef

FlexInduction Zone with PowerMove technology

Speed Boost

PreciseSelect (direct heat selection on burners)

Countdown timer for all burners

Warming Drawer

Meat Probe

European Convection

Full Extension Telescopic Rack

Self-Cleaning 4.6 Cu. Ft Oven

Recessed 8 Pass Broil Element

Fast Preheat Time

Star K Certified

FlexInduction Vs. AutoChef: Which Is Best?

The main difference between these two (nearly identical) ranges is that the 800 Series has AutoChef and the Benchmark has FlexInduction with PowerMove. While neither feature is necessary, both are useful. We prefer the FlexInduction, but you need to understand how both work in order to choose the model that's right for you.

AutoChef is a feature that holds a burner to a precise temperature. For example, if you set it for 350F, it will remain there no matter what you add to or remove from a pan. There will be some variability, but the range can do a remarkable job of keeping the temperature consistent. This is handy for deep frying, or if you want to "set and forget" a cooking job that you know has to happen at a specific temperature for a specific time. Used in conjunction with the burner timer--which automatically shuts the burner off when the time has elapsed--AutoChef can come in very handy.

Here's a 45 second video from Bosch-Canada describing AutoChef:

FlexInduction with PowerMove is a great feature that allows the left two burners to be controlled as one large burner or three small ones. You may not think you'll use the flex zone or the PowerMove, but they're both actually very useful. When you use the large zone, you only have to control one burner; when you use the PowerMove feature, you don't have to change any settings at all as the stove does it for you. For example, if you're pan searing a protein and now want to lower the temperature to make a pan sauce, you simply move the skillet to the central zone; if you want to keep dish warm for serving, merely move it to the rear zone--no settings required.

Here is a 30 second video from Bosch describing how Flex Induction with PowerMove works:

Bosch Induction Range Features Overview

A more detailed look at the features table above.

Overall Design
  • Stainless and black glass with red LED display
  • All digital controls
  • Oversized oven window
  • Overhanging top for custom look
  • Designed to fit into any 30-inch space
  • Side panels and trim kit available if needed.
Cooktop
  • Power boost on all burners--can boil water in about half the time of conventional electric
  • AutoChef (800 Series only) holds precision temperature using feedback from pan
  • FlexInduction w/PowerMove (Benchmark only) has flex zone for oversized cookware or automatically changing temp zones (Hi/Med/Low) for easy switching from cook to hold
  • PreciseSelect allows direct setting of burner (no menu to scroll through)
  • 17 settings for precise heat control, including Power Boost and Keep Warm
  • Overhanging top eliminates cracks for easy cleaning
  • Scratch-resistant glass ceramic cooktop with embedded controls stays cool for safety and easy cleanup.

The PowerBoost feature sends extra power to a burner for ten minutes (great for boiling water), then reverts to the High ("9") setting. The Keep Warm is great for gently melting butter and chocolate, and for keeping finished dishes warm before serving.

Oven and Warming Drawer

The 4.6 cubic foot oven pretty much has it all, and a built-in meat thermometer. Add in a powerful broiler, multiple-rack baking, and an additional warming drawer below the main oven, and you've got a lot of options for perfect baking and entertaining. Features include:

  • 4.6 cu. ft. capacity
  • 3 heating elements: top, bottom (under the oven floor), and around the convection fan
  • Fast preheat time
  • Self-cleaning 
  • Telescopic rack
  • Recessed 8 pass broil element with convection capability
  • 11 Cooking Modes including Sabbath Mode
  • An Advanced Circulation System (ACS) for convection that cooks food more evenly in up to 30% less time
  • Automatic convection conversion option
  • Multiple rack convection baking mode
  • 3 racks included with oven
  • Meat probe that switches off oven when internal temp is reached
  • Convection temperature conversion--you can manually change the temp if results are consistently too light or too dark
  • Soft-close, removable oven door 
  • Two timers: oven timer and kitchen timer
  • Auto shutoff on oven timer
  • Warming Drawer with separate settings, large enough for 2 9x13-in. pans.

4.6 cu. ft. is on the small side (anything under 5 cu. ft. is considered smallish), but the oven is large enough to hold a large turkey or an 18"x13" baking sheet, which makes it functional for most needs. The smaller size is also going to have a faster preheat time (made even faster by the fast preheat mode).

Safety
  • ​Panel locks on cooktop and oven control panels to prevent inadvertent changes
  • Auto shutoff on cooktop (from 1-10 hrs, depending on heat setting)
  • Auto shutoff on oven after 24 hrs (or 74 hrs in Sabbath Mode)
  • Star-K certified.

Bosch 800 Series Induction Range Cooktop

Here's a look at the Bosch 800 Series slide-in induction range cooktop (courtesy of Bosch-home.com):

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Burner Arrangement

As you can see in the photo above, the burners are arranged in a sort of collapsed square, with the largest burners in the back--though the largest burner is brought forward, so it's in the center of the  range top. This is for easy pan placement, and it leaves lots of room for handles off to the side.

Yet, because the burners still form a square, there's no guessing which element on the control panel belongs to which burner (which can sometimes be a problem on cooktops with electronic control panels).​

See "Cooktop Controls" below for a close-up of the control panel.

What Is Speed Boost?

Speed boost is a unique induction feature that pulls extra power to one or two burners for a short amount of time (usually ten minutes or less). During speed boost, an induction burner will operate at a higher wattage. This is an excellent feature for boiling water or other cooking tasks which you want to do as quickly as possible. 

Here's a short video (45 seconds) demonstrating how Speed Boost works:

Because Speed Boost pulls wattage from another burner, you can only operate it on two burners at a time. While in operation, the other burners won't be able to run at full capacity (but will still heat incredibly fast due to induction technology).

When Speed Boost reverts to normal power, full power will then be available to all the burners.​

Speed Boost is so fast, it can require a learning curve to use. For example, never walk away from a pan set to Speed Boost, and don't think you have to time to chop an onion while the oil heats in the pan--you don't. Induction heating is that fast.

For specific wattage available to the burners on Speed Boost and regular heating modes, see the Specifications section below.​

Cooktop Controls​

From the User Manual:​

Bosch Induction Range Reviews

The Bosch 800 Series induction range cooktop is easy to use. You turn it on, select a burner, and press a number (1-9, with half steps included) to adjust the setting. 

You also set the timer for each burner and set Panel Lock, Speed Boost, or use the kitchen timer. Just press any setting to select it.

Indicator lights tell you which burners are on and also light up for the other functions in operation (burner timer, kitchen timer, Speed Boost, Panel Lock). 

Turning an induction burner off isn't necessary as it will shut off by itself after 60 seconds if no pot is detected.​

Bosch Benchmark Induction Range Cooktop

Here's a look at the Bosch Benchmark slide-in induction range cooktop (courtesy of Bosch-home.com):

Bosch Induction Range Reviews

See "Cooktop Controls" below for a close-up view of the control panel.

Burner Arrangement

The Flex zone is on the left and can be used as two normal burners, one large burner, or three "PowerMove" burners. The two burners to the right function like regular burners. All the burner zones have Speed Boost, although only two (one from each side at a time) can be operated at the same time. (There isn't enough power to operate more than two at the same time.)

Speed Boost?

Speed boost is a unique induction feature that pulls extra power to one or two burners for a short amount of time (usually ten minutes or less). During the power boost, an induction burner will operate at a higher wattage. This is an excellent feature for boiling water or other cooking tasks which you want to do as quickly as possible.

Because Speed Boost pulls wattage from another burner, you can only operate it on two burners at a time. While in operation, the other burners won't be able to run at full capacity (but will still heat incredibly fast due to induction technology).

When Speed Boost reverts to normal power, full power will then be available to all the burners.​

Speed Boost is so fast, it can require a learning curve to use. For example, never walk away from a pan set to Speed Boost, and don't think you have to time to chop an onion while the oil heats in the pan--you don't. Induction heating is that fast.

See the video above for an overview of how Speed Boost works.

Cooktop Controls

From the user manual:

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The Bosch Benchmark Induction Range cooktop is easy to use. You turn it on, select a burner, and press a number in the line below (1-9, with half steps included) to adjust the setting. There are 17 total heat settings.

You can also set the timer for each burner and set Panel Lock, Speed Boost, Keep Warm, or use the kitchen timer by selecting it and then setting, if necessary. To use the Flex zone or PowerMove, just select it. To turn either of them off, select again.

Indicator lights tell you which burners are on and also light up for the other functions in operation (burner timer, kitchen timer, Speed Boost, Panel Lock). 

Turning an induction burner off isn't necessary as it will shut off by itself after 60 seconds if no pot is detected. But if you want to, you can press zero or On/Off to deactivate the entire cooktop. 

Bosch 800 Series/Benchmark Induction Range Oven

The oven controls are on the front of the stove and are the same for both models:

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The slightly angled panel makes the controls both easy to operate and easy to see from several feet away. It's a bit of a tradeoff--It could be more angled to see from above and less angled to see from a distance--but it does fulfill both of these usage requirements.

For a close-up look at the oven control panel, see "Oven Controls" below.​

Cooking Modes

The Bosch induction range has 11 oven modes: Bake, convection bake, convection multi-rack, pizza, roast, convection roast, broil, convection broil, proof, warm, and Sabbath mode. These modes make it easy to get excellent results whether you're warming up leftovers or making multiple sheets of cookies.

The user manual explains what each mode is for and how to use it.

​Convection Settings

You can use convection with baking, roasting, and broiling. Additionally, you can manually convert the oven temperature if the results you're getting are too light or too dark.​

Warming Drawer

The warming drawer, below the main oven, is ideal for keeping food or plates warm before serving. It is large enough for two 9x13 pans or four dinner plates. ​Separate settings make it easy to use.

Oven Controls​

At first glance, the oven control panel looks big and complicated, but it really isn't. It has a large display panel in the center that's easy to read, one-touch mode selection buttons, and a numeric keypad for setting times and temperatures. 

From the 800 Series User Manual:

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​To use the oven, you simply select a mode, then set the temperature with the numeric keypad. Once running, the setting will show in the display.

For example, if you want to use the Bake mode, press Bake, then select a temp using the number pad and press Enter. The oven immediately starts heating in Bake mode.

Some modes don't require a temperature setting. To use the warming drawer, for example, simply press the Warming Drawer button. The default setting is Medium ("Med"). To change (to Low or High), press the button until you reach the setting you want. Press Enter to turn it on. 

You can also use the oven control panel to set the kitchen timer, the oven timer, and the panel lock. ​

The User Manual has detailed information on each mode, and also on how to customize the settings for your preferences (indicator beeps, display preferences, panel lock, etc.)​.

Bosch 800 Series/Benchmark Induction Range Electrical and Installation Requirements

IMPORTANT: The electrical and installation requirements are the same for both the 800 Series and Benchmark Bosch Slide-In Induction Ranges.

This diagram shows installation requirements:

And here's what the range looks like installed:

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Replacing a Freestanding Stove With The Bosch Slide-In​

Bosch designed all of its new slide-in ranges to fit into any existing 30-inch space. No special customization should be required.

However, they do offer a trim package if modifications are necessary. (Note: It's about $200.) Bosch also offers side panels if you're installing the stove where it will have exposed sides. Consult the manufacturer (Bosch-home.com) for details.

Here's a short video from Bosch on installing their slide-in range:

Electrical Requirements

Electrical requirements should be the same as for your current electric stove: a 240V/40amp hookup. For more details, read the Specifications section below.​

The power cord (standard 240V plug-in) is sold separately.

Bosch 800 Series/Benchmark Induction Range Specifications

Design (Same for Both Models)

Color: Stainless Steel/black glass

Digital Display: Red and white​

Cooktop: Glass-ceramic, black.

Installation/Electrical Specs (Same for Both Models)

Dimensions

The Bosch Slide-in Induction stove will fit any existing freestanding or slide-in space without modifications.​ 

Width: 31.5 in.

Depth: 28.875 in.

Height: 36.5 in.

Weight (Gross/Net): 248 lb/226 lb. ​

Power​

Total Power Output (W): 13200

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40 amps (standard electrical stove hookup)

Power supply sold separately.

Cooktop Specs (800 Series)

4 burners:

Front Left: 2200W

Rear Left: 3700W

Front Right: 2200W

Rear Right: 3700W

Note: Power boost only usable on two burners at a time. ​

Timer: All burners have timer function.​

Cooktop Specs (Benchmark)

4 burners:

Front Left: 2200W

Rear Left: 2200W

Front Right: 1400W

Rear Right: 2600W

Note: Power boost only usable on two burners at a time. ​

Timer: All burners have timer function.

Oven Specs (800 Series/Benchmark)

IMPORTANT: The oven specifications are almost identical for both models, except the Benchmark has Star K (kosher) certification and two oven lights, while the 800 Series does not have Star K certification and only one oven light. 

Oven Capacity: 4.6 Cu. Ft.

Oven Temp Range: 100F - 450F​

Oven Modes: Bake, convection bake, convection multi-rack, pizza, roast, convection roast, broil, convection broil, proof, warm, Sabbath.

Convection: Yes, for baking, roasting, and broiler​

Broiler: ​3800W, 8-pass, top-located, with/without convection, 2 settings (high and low)

Broiler Pan: Not included

Meat Probe: Turns off oven when pre-set temp is reached

Racks: 1

Self-Cleaning: Yes

Removable Door: Yes

Sabbath Mode: Yes.

Star K Certification: Benchmark model only

The user manuals for these ranges explain in detail how to use the different oven modes.

Warranty

One year manufacturer warranty for one year from date of purchase.​

Are Bosch Packages Available?

Yes. You may be able to save hundreds if you buy a suite of Bosch appliances, and you will certainly save a little if you buy a Bosch range hood to go with your new induction range. 

Check out appliancesconnection.com for more details--and don't be afraid to ask them for a deal if you buy more than one Bosch appliance, even if the package you want isn't offered on their site. They are willing to deal!

Drawbacks of These Ranges

We love both of these Bosch induction stoves, especially the Benchmark with its fancy FlexInduction cookotp, and this would be our number one pick for a 30-inch induction range. But no stove is perfect, and neither are these. Here are a few of the things we don't like about these ranges:

  • The oven controls are on the front of the stove. The panel is angled, but it's still fairly vertical. This makes them hard to see close up (although easy to see from across the kitchen).
  • No bridge functionality on the 800 Series, and AutoChef is not all that useful.
  • The oven, at 4.6 cu. ft., is a little bit small. (However, the 3 heating elements kind of make up for this.)
  • Expensive: these ranges, especially the Benchmark, are at the top of the affordable luxury market, even for induction. 
  • No broiler pan included. (When did manufacturers stop including a broiler pan with their stoves??)

Note that, if you read old reviews, some of the problems have been fixed: The new models have quieter fans and a panel lock to prevent accidental changes to the oven settings.

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Recommendation

If you're considering an induction range (and you should be if you have only an electrical hookup and no gas option), Bosch induction ranges are a good choice. Bosch offers a ton of features that are worth having without a lot of bells and whistles that won't do much for you. 

We love its looks and really like the more expensive Benchmark option with the FlexInduction cooking zone--it doesn't get much more functional than that.


Why Choose Induction Cooking?

This Bosch induction range review wouldn't be complete without a section on how induction cooking works...

Essentially, induction cooking is a magnetic process: each burner has a powerful magnet that only heats when in contact with another magnetic metal--this is why you need special induction-compatible cookware for use with an induction cooktop. 

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The electromagnet inside an induction burner.

Induction is more precise than both gas and conventional electric cooking. It boils water in about half the time of conventional electric cooktops. It also has very precise low temperature control and lightning-fast response time--faster even than gas cooktops.

Induction is also safer than both gas and conventional electric cooktops. Induction cooktops stay relatively cool (remember, only the pan gets hot), so they are much safer to work with. They also don't give off any dangerous fumes like gas flames do, keeping your kitchen safer (and also cleaner and cooler).

Also because of the cool surface, induction cooktops are easy to clean--no cooked on goop. Furthermore, and also because of the cool cooking surface, you can even cover the cooktop with newspaper or paper towels to soak up grease splatter, as shown in this short video (yep--while you're cooking):

What to Know Before You Buy

Even if you're primarily interested in the Bosch induction cooktop review, you still have to consider several things in order to buy wisely. To get the best induction stove for your needs, consider these things:

  • Design--is this stove easy to use? Is this a stove you can love? 
  • Cooktop and oven features--know what's right for you. Does this stove fit my needs and cooking style? Some important considerations are burner power and layout, how the controls work, oven size, broiler power, safety features, and extras like convection, self-cleaning, and power boost. (Note: This Bosch has it all.)
  • Electrical and Installation Requirements--understand what's involved in installing this stove in your kitchen. If you're not familiar with appliance installations, it's well worth the money to pay a professional installer.

Is Buying Online Smart?

Buying online is very smart. The global online marketplace has created a haven for consumers where you can get the ruthlessly great deals and price matching just about anywhere. 

You're not going to find a huge price difference among different dealers, but you should check anyway because you never know when you might run into a great sale or special deal.

There are two crucial rules to follow when buying online in order to protect your purchase and ensure you get the best post-sale service:

  • Before buying, make sure there are certified service technicians in your area
  • Always, always, always buy the extended warranty!

When you read online horror stories about appliances, they are often due to people not doing one or both of these things. You may get a lemon no matter what brand you buy, but if you're covered, it will make the experience a lot less painful. 

For more information, see our article How to Buy Online: Teach Yourself About Technical Products and Get What You Can Truly Love.

What Is a Slide-In Range?

There are two types of ranges: freestanding and slide-in. The freestanding is finished on all sides, thus the name: it can stand on its own without countertop on both sides.

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Freestanding stoves usually have controls in the back, are taller, and slightly deeper than slide-ins.

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Slide-Ins have controls in the front and an overhanging cooktop for a custom look.

The slide-in is meant to fit in a space between counters. It often does not have finished sides (although many brands do, or sell them as a separate kit for an additional cost).

Both types of stoves have approximately the same measurements. A 30-inch freestanding stove is interchangeable with a 30-inch slide-in stove. However, freestanding stoves usually have the controls on the back and are a couple of inches deeper than slide-ins, so sometimes extra trim is required if replacing a freestanding stove with a slide-in.

The Bosch slide-ins are designed to fit in any 30-inch space without modification. They're as deep as freestanding stoves and don't typically require extra trim. However, this Bosch slide-in induction stove has a trim package available if needed. It also has side panels available so you can install it as a freestanding stove with exposed sides.

For more information, contact the manufacturer (Bosch-home.com).

Final Thoughts

The Bosch slide-in induction range is a really fabulous appliance with great looks, powerful features, and a well-thought-out design. It's at the very top of the affordable luxury category price, so a little pricey, even for induction. We prefer the Benchmark model with the FlexInduction burner, but it's about $700 more.

We also recommend buying from an appliance dealer over Amazon. Dealers are willing to haggle over the price, and they will give you a deal on an appliance package, or even just a range hood. We highly recommend both appliancesconnection.com and ajmadison.com.

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