(This Bosch induction range review was last updated May, 2017.)
Meet your new stove--the Bosch 30-inch slide-in induction range (model number HIIP054U):
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.
Note: If you don't want to read the whole article, use the links in the table of contents to jump to a section:
The Bosch Induction Stove At a Glance
Price: about $4000
Cooktop Features: Power boost on all 4 burners, easy-to-use digital controls.
Oven Features: 4.6 cu. ft., convection, self-cleaning, separate warming drawer, soft-close door, full-extension telescopic rack, built-in meat probe.
Hookup Requirements: 40 amp/240V hookup (standard electric oven hookup). Will fit in any 30-inch range cutout without modifications. Power cord sold separately. Optional trim panel available for exposed-side installation.
This Bosch induction range has so many great features, it's hard to name them all. Here are some of the best ones:
- Stainless and black glass with red display
- All digital controls--no knobs
- Oversized oven window
- Overhanging top for custom look
- Side panels and trim kit available if needed.
- Power boost on all 4 burners--can boil water in about half the time of conventional electric
- Largest burner (11-in.) has 3600W on Power Boost
- 17 settings for precise heat control
- Overhang eliminates cracks for easy cleaning
- Scratch-resistant glass ceramic cooktop with embedded controls stays cool for safety and easy cleanup.
The 4.6 cubic foot oven pretty much has it all, including 11 modes, a warming drawer, European convection, and a built-in meat thermometer. Add in a powerful broiler, multiple-rack baking, and self-cleaning, and you've got pretty much the perfect oven.
- 4.6 cu. ft. capacity
- 3 heating elements: top, bottom (under the oven floor), and around the convection fan
- Fast preheat setting
- 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.
- Mulitiple-rack convection baking mode
- 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
- Warming Drawer with separate settings, large enough for 2 9x13-in. pans
- Soft-close, removable oven door
- Two timers: oven timer and kitchen timer
- Auto shutoff on oven timer.
- 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.
The user manual that comes with the Bosch induction range has detailed instructions on the cooking modes, settings, and how to use all of its great features.
Why Choose Induction Cooking?
Induction cooks by magnet: 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.
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 cooktops are also safer than both gas and conventional electric cooktops. They 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, keeping your kitchen cleaner, cooler, and safer.
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):
For more information on induction cooking and induction cookware, see these other articles:
What to Know Before You Buy
In order to buy 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.
To find out all of this and more, read on...
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.
The slide-in is meant to fit in a space between counters. It does not have finished sides.
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 one with the other.
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).
Cooktop Details of the Bosch Slide-In Induction Range
Here's a look at the Bosch slide-in induction range cooktop (courtesy of Bosch-home.com):
As you can see in the photo above, the burners are arranged in a sort of collapsed square, with the largest two burners diagonal from each other. The big burner is in the back, but has been brought forward and toward the center; 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?
Power 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 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.
Bosch calls their power boost feature "Speed Boost."
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.
From the User Manual:
The Bosch induction range cooktop is easy to use. You turn it on, select an induction burner, and use the +/- keys to adjust the setting. The default setting is in the middle, so it's easy to scroll up or down from there.
There are 17 settings, so you would have to press a key at most 8-9 times to get to the highest or lowest setting on each burner. However, using the Speed Boost function would eliminate the key presses to reach the highest setting.
You also use the panel to set the timer for each burner and set Panel Lock, Speed Boost, or use the kitchen timer.
Indicator lights tell you which burners are on and also light up for the other functions in operation (burner timer, kitchen timer, Speed Boost, and 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.
Oven Details of the Bosch Benchmark Slide-In Induction Range
The oven controls are on the front of the stove:
The slightly angled panel makes the controls fairly easy to operate and also easy to see from several feet away. It's a bit of a tradeoff, but it does fulfill both of these usage requirements.
For a close-up look at the oven control panel, see "Oven Controls" below.
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 each mode and how to use it.
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.
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.
At first glance, the oven control panel looks big and complicated, but it really isn't. It has a large display that's easy to read, one-touch mode selection buttons, and a numeric keypad for setting times and temperatures.
From the User Manual:
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, press the button again. 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.).
Electrical and Installation Requirements
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. 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 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.
Color: Stainless Steel/black glass
Digital Display: Red and white
Cooktop: Glass-ceramic, black.
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.
Total Power Output (W): 13200
Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40 amps (standard electrical stove hookup)
Power supply sold separately.
Front Left: 9 in., 2300W/3300W Power Boost
Rear Left: 6 in., 1400W/1800W Power Boost
Front Right: 6 in., 1400W/1800W Power Boost
Rear Right: 11 in., 2400W/3600W Power Boost
Note: Power boost only usable on two burners at a time.
Timer: All burners have timer function.
Oven Wattage: 3800W
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.
The user manual for this range explains in detail how to use the different oven modes.
One year manufacturer warranty for one year from date of purchase.
Drawbacks of This Range
I love, love, love this Bosch induction stove, and if I were in the market for a 30-inch range, this would be my number one pick. But no stove is perfect, and neither is this one. Here are a few of the things I don't like about this range:
- 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 cooktop.
- The oven, at 4.6 cu. ft., is a little bit small. (However, the 3 heating elements and excellent performance kind of make up for this.)
- It's expensive. This range is at the top of the market, even for induction.
- No broiler included. (When did manufacturers stop including a broiler pan with their stoves??)
Additionally, some reviewers complained that the fan on this stove was very loud and that leaning against the front of the stove can turn the oven off inadvertently (another reason I don't like the control panel on the front of the stove).
However, Bosch has fixed this both of these problems: their new models have quieter fans and a panel lock to prevent accidental changes to the oven settings.
If you're in the market for a 30-inch stove, this handsome, functional Bosch is a great choice. It has a ton of features that are worth having without a lot of bells and whistles that won't do much for you. It also has straightforward digital controls that are fast and easy to use.
If you're going to go with induction, Bosch is the best choice, even though it's more expensive than some other brands.