Bosch Induction Cooktop Reviews: The Best of the Best for 2017

This article, Bosch Induction Cooktop Reviews, was last updated February 2017.

This article provides comprehensive Bosch induction cooktop reviews of all Bosch models. If you want the best of the best of the best in your kitchen, Bosch is certainly one of the first names that comes to mind. But how do you choose the right product for you? Whether you've already decided on Bosch or are still shopping around, this article will help you make the right decision.

Bosch is a German manufacturing and engineering company founded in the late 19th century and has many divisions. It has made home appliances since the 1930s. The company has a reputation for high-end, innovative products with beautiful design and is considered “the definitive European kitchen brand for the premium mass market.” Bosch also owns Thermador, a luxury brand for the “culinary enthusiast” (this according to Thermador.com).

Indeed, Bosch is a favorite among many chefs for its design, power, and reliability. Here, we explore the Bosch cooktops, explain the differences, discuss the features, and make recommendations. So if you’re looking for detailed Bosch induction cooktop reviews, you’ve come to the right place!

Other induction articles on this site:

Advantages of Cooking with Induction

The Best Induction Cooktops

The Best Induction Stoves--Reviews

A Guide to the Best Induction Cookware​

Is Induction Cooking Safe?

Quick Comparison Tables

Bosch Induction Cooktop Reviews: 30-Inch Models

500 Series800 SeriesBenchmark Series
NIT5066UCNIT8066UCNIT8066SUCNITP066UCNITP066SUC
Stainless TrimNoNoYesNoYes
Auto ChefNoYesYesNoNo
FlexInductionNoNoNoYes (1)Yes (1)
SpeedBoostYesYesYesYesYes
Heat Levels1717171717
PotSenseYesYesYesYesYes
No. of Burners44444
Highest Burner Power3600W3600W3600W3600W3600W
Install over wall oven?NoNoNoNoNo
Timer, Lock, Auto Shutoff, Heat IndicatorYesYesYesYesYes
Price (App.)$1400$1800$1800$2600$2600

Bosch Induction Cooktop Reviews: 36-Inch Models

500 Series800 SeriesBenchmark Series
NIT5666UCNIT8666UCNIT8666SUCNITP666UCNITP666SUC
Stainless TrimYesNoYesNoYes
AutoChefNoYesYesNoNo
FlexInductionNoNoNoYes (2)Yes (2)
SpeedBoostYesYesYesYesYes
Heat Levels1717171717
PotSenseYesYesYesYesYes
No. of Burners55555
Highest Burner Power3600W4500W4500W4500W4500W
Timer, Lock, Auto Shutoff, Heat IndicatorYesYesYesYesYes
Install over wall oven?YesYesYesYesYes
Price (App.)$1800$2200$2200$3400$4100

Are Bosch Induction Cooktops Good Quality?

Overall Quality Ratings

As with many expensive products, there aren’t a ton of Amazon reviews to go by, so to be thorough, we did more research. It turns out that Bosch appliances rank very well for customer satisfaction. Consumer Reports gave the 500 Series Bosch cooktops a score of 98 out of 100. And other Bosch induction cooktops get consistently high consumer ratings on appliance sites (such as A. J. Madison and Yale Appliance).

Consumer Reports also did a study on overall cooktop brand reliability. They found that “no cooktop brand stood out as the most or least reliable,” with failure rates for different brands and models ranging from 3 to 8 percent--which is a small percentage overall (that is to say, even in the worst case scenario, 92 percent of cooktops don’t fail). Bosch electric cooktops had a failure rate of 4 percent. This figure does not represent specific models, but it gives a good big-picture idea of brand quality.

And in 2015, J. D. Power, the global research firm, gave Bosch the highest ranking in two appliance categories: cooktops and dishwashers.

How Is Bosch Customer Service?

As for customer service, Yale Appliance, a well-known and well-respected retailer of dozens of appliance brands, gives Bosch a high ranking for customer support and parts availability, and names them one of the brands with the fewest service calls. 

Where are Bosch induction cooktops made?​

Another big plus for us is that most Bosch induction cooktops for the North American market are made in the USA. ​

For all of these reasons, we enthusiastically recommend Bosch induction cooktops.

Making Sense of the Options

Okay, so what are the available models, and how do they differ from each other? This was surprisingly difficult information to find! No website we found, including Bosch, has a quick-and-easy summary to help consumers compare available features and options. Since this is important information, we did it for you. We explain the available options, then we summarize them in two tables--one for 30-inch models, one for 36-inch models. (See above.)

Model Summary: 500, 800, and Benchmark

Bosch has 3 main offerings: the 500 Series, the 800 Series, and the Benchmark Series. Each is available in the standard 30-inch and 36-inch sizes. The Benchmark Series is their flagship product with the uber-cool “FlexInduction” option. The 800 Series has “AutoChef.” The 500 Series has neither, but still has the same power and safety features as the more expensive lines, and is also one of the most powerful induction cooktop in its class. (Remember, it was one of Consumer Reports’ favorites!)

How do you decide which features best meet your cooking needs and style? Read on for the detailed descriptions.

Features​

FlexInduction (Benchmark Series Only): FlexInduction is one of the coolest features available on induction cooktops, and in our opinion, worth the extra few hundred dollars. It’s called “flex” because you can use the flex zone as one large burner--or as several small ones. For a large pan (a griddle is a perfect example), you can control the flex zone as one burner, so the entire zone heats up uniformly--no cold spots! But here’s the really cool thing: because the entire flex zone is made up of several small heating elements, you can also use it for many small pans simultaneously. This is not infinite--you are required to place pans in certain designated areas for best results. But it’s still really cool, and extremely functional.

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As far as we know, only Bosch products (including Thermador and some other premium brands) have this truly flexible zone that allows you to use the entire zone for heating multiple-sized pans. Many induction cooktops have a “bridge” element, allowing two burners to function as one large one, but this isn’t quite the same as the flex zone. Bridged burners can have an unheated area between them, and they do not have the capability to heat several small pans at once.

​Here is a short video of how the flex zone works:

AutoChef (800 Series only): AutoChef is a feature exclusive to the Bosch 800 Series. It offers precise temperature control meant to keep a pan of hot oil at a constant temperature for frying. From Bosch’s website:

AutoChef’s innovative sensor measures the temperature from the bottom of the pan and applies only the perfect amount of energy to the element in order to deliver precise cooking results, every time, and without waste of energy. The cooktop heats to the desired temperature and makes an audible sound when it’s time to place food in the pan.

Many people don’t find this feature terribly useful, and not worth the extra money over the 500 Series (the main difference between the two). However, here at Rational Kitchen, we think this feature may have exciting possibilities for sous vide cooking, which also requires a very constant temperature. We haven’t tested it, but we think there may be some interesting potential.

(Any of you tried sous vide with AutoChef? Let us know--we would love to hear about it!)

SpeedBoost (all models): SpeedBoost sends extra power to a burner for a short time, such as to rapidly bring water to a boil. Such power boosts are a common feature on many induction cooktops and ranges. However, most manufacturers offer power boost to only the largest burner, while Bosch has it on all burners. This is great because it means you can use it with small pots. Power boosts are a nice feature, although induction elements heat up lightning fast even on regular settings.

Note that a you can use SpeedBoost only when the other burner in the “group” isn’t on. This is due to how the burners draw power. A group is made up of the two similar-sized elements, the large and small element, or the FlexInduction zone (if available). The owner’s manual for the specific model will have this information.

PotSense (all models): PotSense senses the size of a pan and adjusts the cooking element to it. While all induction burners do this to some degree (because they only function where there is contact with a magnetic pan), the Bosch actually has different sized elements within each burner that can operate separately. This feature might save you a little bit on your electric bill and slightly reduce ambient heat in your kitchen (which is low anyway with induction cooktops). It isn’t completely automatic, however; you have to select a burner closest to the pan size, and you have to make sure you center it on the burner for best results.

Other than proper pan placement, there is no need to activate PotSense; the cooktop does it automatically.

Timer (all models): You can set a timer for each heating element individually. When the time has elapsed, the burner shuts off automatically.

Auto Shutoff (all models): This is a safety feature that will shut a burner off after a certain amount of time if there has been no activity. At high temps, the time is an hour; at low temps, the time is up to 10 hours. Some people find this annoying, which is understandable after a lifetime of using stoves with manual controls. However, most modern electric stoves have safety features such as these--and those that don’t now will likely have them within a few years. If you do a lot of long simmers, no worries. Simply reset the burner before you go to bed--problem solved!

(Note: We haven’t tried this, and frankly, we don’t recommend it--we don’t believe hot stoves should ever be unattended. But if this is something that’s important to you, we don’t think it should be a deal breaker.) 

Heat Indicator (all models): Each burner has a heat indicator light to remind you that it is still too hot to touch.

To Bevel or Not to Bevel?

The stainless steel edge on some of the models is primarily an aesthetic choice. However, it can provide some protection from chipping around the edges of the cooktop. Since it typically does not add to the price, we prefer the stainless bevel in the name of protecting the cooktop.

Here's how the cooktop looks with a bevel:

Bosch induction cooktop reviews 30in Benchmark SUC

And here's how the cooktop looks without a bevel:

Bosch Benchmark induction cooktop bosch induction cooktop reviews
Note: The old 800 Series (NIT8065UC) also had a feature called SteelTouch. The controls were in the bevel, and they had a tactile feel that provided “feedback” which the glass control panel does not. But since that is no longer offered, the bevel is now purely a design choice.

Can I Install Over a Wall Oven?

For the Bosch induction cooktops released in mid-2015, the short answer is that the 30-Inch models can NOT be installed over a wall oven, and the 36-inch models CAN be installed over a wall oven. But every situation is different, and you should check to make sure what will work in your kitchen. (Check with who? I'd start with the manual, which you can download from the Bosch website. Or, I'd ask my favorite electrician.)

But here's some food for thought: Even if you can install a wall oven below your cooktop, frankly, are you sure you want to? Because part of the appeal of the wall oven is to have it at a more convenient working height than when below a cooktop. So if space limitations require that you put a wall oven below a cooktop, you may want to consider buying a range. It’s a more economical option.

What Are the Safety Features of the Bosch Induction Cooktops?

All Bosch induction cooktops have these safety features:​

Auto Shutoff: This feature turns a burner off if there has been no activity for an extended period of time, from 1-10 hours depending on the temperature of the burner. When auto shutoff is activated, the display flashes “F8” to indicate this. It can be clear by pressing any key on the control panel.

Safety Lock: This safety feature prevents unwanted activation so children cannot inadvertently turn on the cooktop.​

"SafeStart": Prevents activation without cookware in proper position on a burner.

Residual Heat: A light that tells you burners are still too hot to touch.

How Do You Use Bosch Induction Cooktops? (Controls)

Bosch induction cooktop reviews wouldn’t be complete without a discussion of the control panels on these products. If you’ve read any of our other induction product reviews, you know we’re not a fan of electronic controls. They simply do not provide the ease of good, old-fashioned knobs. Yet electronic panels are the future, so we’re only going to see more of them in coming years. For that reason, we don’t hold the control panels against induction cooktops; the technology is so cool that we accept the electronic controls as part of the package. (And heck, some people even prefer them--in general, people a generation younger than us.) What we do do is a thorough job of reviewing all the different control panels to help consumers understand what daily use of these products would be like.

We think the Bosch controls are better than most, which is one of the reasons we love their products. Here’s what’s involved in a few basic procedures.

Turning On a Burner

There are two ways to turn on a burner.

Method One:

  1. Place a pan on the burner.
  2. Press the On/Off button.
  3. Press the desired burner button.
  4. Press the power level you want.
EXCEPTION: The 30-inch 500 Series (NIT5066UC) has Plus/Minus keys to change settings. This means you must press the Plus/Minus keys to reach or change a setting.

Method Two:

  1. Place a pan on the burner.
  2. Wait 20 seconds for the burner to turn on automatically.
  3. Select a power level within 20 seconds.​

NOTE: Method Two works only if there is just one pan on the cooktop.

Changing a Power Level

To change a power level:

  1. Press the desired burner.
  2. Press the desired power level. (Or, for the 30-inch 500 Series, press the Plus or Minus key until you’ve reached the desired setting.)​

Turning a Burner Off

To turn off a burner:

  1. Press/select the burner.
  2. Press 0. (Or, for the 30-inch 500 Series, press the Minus key until you reach 0.)​

Alternatively, press the On/Off key, which will turn off the entire cooktop.

As you can see, the controls are pretty straightforward. We think they are intuitive and easy to learn. They’re well placed on the cooktop--front and center--so they’re easy to use, and you can figure out most of them without consulting the manual.

There are other options such as SpeedBoost and FlexInduction, but these are also simple to use. They require one extra key press, and not a lot more explanation required for that.

All in all, we think the Bosch controls are some of the better ones (if you have to have a keypad--which you do, if you want the cool, sleek look of an induction cooktop).

​Reviews

Overview​

Bosch makes one of the few 30-inch induction cooktops that requires only a 30 amp hookup rather than a 40 amp one. If you live in an older home, this may be good news for you. The 36-inch models require a 40 amp hookup, unlike many 36-inch cooktops, which require a 50-amp hookup. The installation specs are a little bit different for each model, so we include them here. If you’re unsure about anything (Can I install over a wall oven? Can I put a 36-inch cooktop in a 30-inch space with modifications?), ask us in the comments!

30-Inch 500 Series (NIT5066UC)​

Approximate Price: about $1500

Bosch 30-Inch 500 Series Induction Cooktop bosch induction cooktop reviews

Bosch 30-Inch 500 Series Induction Cooktop.

Overall Design​

This attractive Bosch cooktop is black with gray lines and subtle circles to indicate burners. The control panel is matching gray and located in the front center under the glass (which makes for easy cleanup). The largest burner is in the right-center, with two medium burners to the left and a small one to the right and in front. This layout, makes for easy pan placement and access to all four burners in just about any circumstance.

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Note that unlike the other Bosch induction cooktops, the control panel on this model has Plus/Minus keys rather than a number pad:

Bosch 30-Inch 500 Series Control Panel bosch induction cooktop reviews

Bosch 30-Inch 500 Series Control Panel.

​Because of the Plus/Minus keys, it may take you longer to set temperatures and use the timer.

Color: Black with red display

Cooktop Size (in inches): 31 x 21.25

Burner Sizes (in inches): 11, 9, 6, 6.

Power​

All 4 burners have SpeedBoost.

All 4 burners have 17 heat settings.

Total Power Output: 7200W​

9-inch Front Left Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3700W/2200W

6-inch Rear Left Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W

11-inch Center-Back Right Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3600W/2400W

6-inch Front Right Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W.

Automatic Timer

All four burners have timers that shut the burner off after the time has elapsed. The Plus key increases time by 30 minutes, while the Minus key does so by 10 minutes. You can cancel the timer at any time by by selecting the burner and setting its the timer value to “00.”

How Do You Install a Bosch Induction Cooktop?

Installation is pretty standard for electric cooktops. Bosch provides excellent installation instructions, which you will get with purchase and can also download from their website.​

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/30A-60Hz (standard American electrical requirements)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 28.75

Depth (in.): 19.875

Height (in.): 4.125

Weight/Shipping Weight (lb): 41/48.

Certifications​

CSA Listed.

Warranty​

Bosch warrants that the Product is free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the date of purchase.

GET AMAZON'S BEST PRICE ON THE BOSCH 30-INCH 500 SERIES:​

30-Inch 800 Series (NIT8066UC)

Approximate Price: about $1600

Bosch 30-Inch 800 Series Induction Cooktop without Stainless Trim bosch induction cooktop reviews
Click here to see the 30-Inch 800 Series best price and reviews on Amazon!​

Overall Design

This sleek cooktop is black with gray lines to indicate burners. The control panel is front-and-center and is also gray. The largest burner is in the center, with two medium burners to the left and a small one to the right and in front. This is a great layout, allowing for good pan placement and easy access to all four burners.

The AutoChef feature exclusive to the Bosch 800 series cooktops allow for precise pan heating to constant temperatures. 

The lines on the burners help with proper pan placement. The control pad is identical to all Bosch induction cooktops (except the 30-inch 500 Series, see above).​

The “SUC” model has the stainless trim. The “UC” model does not. Otherwise, the design is identical.

Color: Black/gray with red LEDdisplay

Cooktop Surface Size (in inches): 31 x 21.25

Burner Sizes (in inches): 11, 9, 6 6.

Power​

All 4 burners have SpeedBoost.

All 4 burners have 17 heat settings.

Left front and right front have AutoChef feature.

Total Power Output: 7200W​

9-inch Front Left Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3700W/2200W

6-inch Rear Left Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W

11-inch Center-Back Right Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3600W/2400W

6-inch Front Right Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W.

Timer

All the burners have timers that go to 99 minutes and shut the burner off automatically after the time has elapsed. You select the time function by pressing the Timer key, then set the timer with the number keys. If you have more than one burner on, you must select the burner before setting the timer.

You can view elapsed time, change the time, clear the time, and set time for as many burners as you wish. See the manual for more details.

How Do You Install the Bosch 30-Inch 800 Series Cooktop?

Installation is pretty standard for electric cooktops. Bosch provides excellent installation instructions, which you will get with purchase and can also download from their website.​

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/30A-60Hz (standard American electrical requirements)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 28.75

Depth (in.): 19.875

Height (in.): 4.125

Weight/Shipping Weight (lb): 41/48.

Certifications

CSA Listed.

Warranty

Bosch warrants that the Product is free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the date of purchase.

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30-Inch Benchmark Series (NITP066UC/NITP066SUC)

Approximate Price: about $2600

Here is the Bosch 30-inch Benchmark Series without stainless trim ("UC"):​

Bosch Benchmark induction cooktop bosch induction cooktop reviews

And here it is with stainless trim ("SUC"):

Bosch induction cooktop reviews 30in Benchmark SUC

The marks in the FlexInduction zone indicate best pan placement. The control panel is identical to all Bosch induction cooktops except the 30-inch 500 Series (which has Plus/Minus keys instead of a number pad).​

Click here to see the 30-Inch Benchmark without stainless bevel on Amazon!​
Click here to see the 30-Inch Benchmark with stainless bevel on Amazon!

Overall Design

This handsome cooktop is black with gray lines and subtle black areas to indicate burners. It has a large rear-center burner, a small front-right burner, and the flex zone along the left side. The flex zone is denoted as a large rectangle rather than two round burners as the entire area heats up. The control is beneath the glass surface in the front center of the unit, with labeled keys and a number pad for selecting settings. We think it is a great design.

Color: Black with red display

Cooktop Surface Size (in.): 31 x 21.25

Burner Sizes: FlexZone is 15 in. x 10 in., 11 in., 6 in.

Power​

Total Power: 7200W​

Center (11-in.) Burner: 3600W

FlexZone: 3600W

Right (6-in.) Burner: 1800W

All burners have SpeedBoost.

All burners have 17 heat settings.

Timer

All four burners have 99-minute timers that shut the burner off after the time has elapsed. Once set you can use the Timer button to view, change, and cancel the time setting. See the instruction manual for more information.

How Do You Install the Bosch Benchmark Cooktop?

Installation is pretty standard for electric cooktops. Bosch provides excellent installation instructions, which you will get with purchase and can also download from their website.​

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/30A, 60 Hz. These are standard American electrical requirements.

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 28.75

Depth (in.): 21.25

Height (in.): 4.125

Power Cord (in.): 37

Weight/Shipping Weight (lb): 41/48.

Certifications

CSA Listed.

Warranty

Bosch warrants that the Product is free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the date of purchase.

Click here for Amazon's best price on the 30-Inch Benchmark (without stainless trim):​

Click here for Amazon's best price on the 30-inch Benchmark (with stainless trim):

36-Inch 500 Series (NIT5666UC)

Approximate Price: about $1800

Bosch induction cooktop reviews 36 Inch 500 Series

Overall Design

With its sleek black and gray design and 40-amp breaker requirement (the lowest in its class), as well as all the other great Bosch features, this 5-burner cooktop has a lot going for it, and is a consumer favorite. The largest burner is in the center, flanked by two burners on the left and right. The 37 inches of cooktop offers a luxurious amount of space to work with.

Color: Black with red display

Cooktop Surface Size (in inches): 37 x 21.25

Burner Size (inches): 11, 9, 7, 7, 6.

Click here to see the 36-Inch 500 Series with free shipping on Amazon!​

Power​

SpeedBoost to all 5 burners.

17 heat settings (1-9, with intermediate settings between each number).

Total Cooktop Power: 9600W​

7-inch Left Front Burner (With/Without SpedBoost): 2500W/1800W

7-inch Left Rear Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 2500W/1800W

11-inch Center Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3600W/2800W

6-inch Right Rear Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W

9-inch Right Front Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3700W/2200W.

Timer

Each burner has an individual timer for up to 99 minutes that shuts the burner off automatically after the time has run out. While the timer is running you can check the elapsed time, change the timer setting, clear the timer setting, and set time for as many burners as you wish.

How Do You Install the 36-Inch 500 Series?

Bosch installation requirements are standard for most kitchens, and Bosch provides detailed instructions for installation. Some modifications may be necessary in the cutout if this is a replacement unit, as cooktop sizes vary from brand to brand.

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40A-60Hz (standard American requirements for a 36-inch cooktop)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 34.75

Depth (in.): 19.875

Height (in.): 4.125

Weight/Shipping Weight: 50 lbs/60 lbs.

Certifications

CSA Listed.

Warranty

Bosch warrants that the Product is free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the date of purchase.

Click here to for Amazon's best price on the 36-Inch 500 Series:

36-Inch 800 Series (NIT8666UC/NIT8666SUC)

Approximate Price: about $2200

Here is the 36-inch 800 Series without stainless trim (the "UC" model):​

Bosch induction cooktop reviews 36-Inch 800 Series UC

​And here it is with stainless trim (the "SUC" model):

Bosch induction cooktop reviews 36 Inch 800 Series SUC
Click here to see the 36-Inch 800 Series without stainless trim on Amazon!​
Click here to see the 36-Inch 800 Series with stainless trim on Amazon!​

Overall Design

The modern gray-on-black design, 40-amp breaker, and AutoChef feature make this 36-inch cooktop an excellent choice in the modern kitchen. It has 5 heating elements, with the largest one in the center and two on either side. The 37 inch width offers a luxurious amount of work space. The AutoChef feature exclusive to the Bosch 800 series cooktops allow for precise pan heating and the ability to maintain constant temps over an extended time period.

The “SUC” model has the stainless bevel, while the “UC” model does not. Otherwise, the two 800 Series models are identical.

Color: Black with gray printing and red LED display

Cooktop Surface Size (in inches): 37 x 21.25

Burner Size (inches): 11, 9, 7, 7, 6.

Power​

SpeedBoost to all 5 burners.

17 heat settings (The number pad goes from 1-9, with intermediate settings between each number).

AutoChef (precision temperature control) on left front and right front burners.

Total Cooktop Power: 9600W​

7-inch Left Front Burner (With/Without SpedBoost): 2500W/1800W

7-inch Left Rear Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 2500W/1800W

9-inch/12-inch Center Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3300W/2200W, 4500W/3400W

6-inch Right Rear Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W

9-inch Right Front Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3700W/2200W.

Timer

Each burner has an individual timer for up to 99 minutes. The timer shuts the burner off when the setting has elapsed. While the timer is running you can check the remaining/elapsed time, change the timer setting, clear the timer setting, and set the timer for other burners.

How Do You Install the Bosch 800 Series Induction Cooktop?

Bosch installation requirements are standard for most kitchens. Some modifications may be necessary in the cutout if this is a replacement unit, as cooktop sizes vary from brand to brand. Bosch provides excellent instructions with purchase, or you can download them from their website.

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40A-60Hz (standard American requirements for a 36-inch cooktop)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 34.75

Depth (in.): 19.875

Height (in.): 4.125

Weight/Shipping Weight: 50 lbs/60 lbs.

Certifications

CSA Listed.​

Warranty

Bosch warrants that the product is free from defects​ in materials and workmanship for a period of three hundred sixty-five (365) days from date of purchase.

Click here to buy the 36-Inch 800 Series without stainless trim:

Click here to buy the 36-Inch 800 Series with stainless trim:

36-Inch Benchmark Series (NITP666UC/NITP666SUC)

Approximate Price: $3400 (without bevel)/$4100 (with bevel)

Here is the 36-inch Benchmark cooktop with the stainless trim (the "SUC" model):

Bosch induction cooktop reviews 36 Inch Benchmark SUC

And here it is without the stainless trim ("UC" model):​

Bosch induction cooktop reviews 36 in benchmark without stainless trim
Click here to see the 36-Inch Benchmark without stainless trim on Amazon!​
Click here to see the 36-Inch Benchmark with stainless trim on Amazon!​

Overall Design

The gorgeous, minimalist design and uber-cool double Flexible cooking zones make this cooktop ideal for any kitchen. Its two flex zones plus a large center burner provide endless cooking variations, from 3 large pots to several small ones simultaneously (yes--more than 5 at once!).

The “SUC” model has the stainless bevel, while the “UC” model does not. Otherwise, both Benchmark models have the same features and options.

Color: Black with gray printing and red LED display

Cooktop Surface Size (in inches): 37 x 21.25

Power​

SpeedBoost to all 5 burners.

17 heat settings (With number pad from 1-9 and intermediate settings between each number).

Total Cooktop Power: 10800W​

Left Flexzone (inches): 15 x 8, OR two 7-in./8-in. Burners (3600W)

Right Flexzone (inches): 15 x 8, or two 7-in./8-in. Burners (3600W)

Center Burner (inches): 9/12 (3400W/4500W)

Timer

Each burner has an individual timer for up to 99 minutes. The timer shuts the burner off when the setting has elapsed. While the timer is running you can check the remaining/elapsed time, change the timer setting, clear the timer setting, and set the timer for other burners.

How Do You Install the Bosch Benchmark Cooktop?

Bosch installation requirements are standard for most kitchens. Some modifications may be necessary in the cutout if this is a replacement unit, as cooktop sizes vary from brand to brand. The Bosch installation manual that comes with purchase is great. You can also download it (and more info) from their website.

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/50A-60Hz (standard American requirements for a 36-inch cooktop)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 34.75

Depth (in.): 19.875

Height (in.): 4.125

Weight/Shipping Weight: 50 lbs/60 lbs.

Certifications

CSA Listed.​

Warranty

Bosch warrants that the product is free from defects​ in materials and workmanship for a period of three hundred sixty-five (365) days from date of purchase.​

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Recommendations

Bosch has excellent offerings at different price points. If you want to go the economical route, the 500 Series is one of the most powerful induction cooktops in its class, and for less money than some some other major brands. If you do a lot of frying or perhaps are interested in trying out sous vide cooking, you may want to upgrade to the 800 Series with the unique AutoChef feature. Finally, if you want to spend a few hundred dollars more, you can have the FlexInduction technology that will revolutionize how you cook and make you the envy of all your friends. It's our favorite, and we think it's totally worth the extra money. 

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