Induction Cooktop Reviews: The Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops (Updated for 2018)

If you're looking for a full-sized induction cooktop (30- or 36-inch in the U.S.) reviews, you've found the right page. Here, we review the top-rated and most reliable induction cooktops on the market.

What's new in this review:

  • More vendors to choose from so you can shop around and get the best price
  • Online buying tips
  • Categories to help you narrow in on your perfect cooktop ASAP (e.g., coolest technology, smart features, and best bargain, for example)
  • Information about parent companies: who you're really buying from
  • And lots and lots of details about each recommended model!

(Induction Cooktop Reviews: The Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops was last updated August, 2018. 

Favorites at a Glance

Here are our favorites by category. Most come in both 30- and 36-inch sizes, but this is noted for each model. If you're ready to shop, click over to the vendors, or scroll down to keep reading. induction cooktop reviews

Category:
Model

Features

Approx
Price

Buying Options

Coolest Technology:

Thermador Freedom

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-Entire cooktop is a burner.

-Works wherever you place pot.

-36-in. only

-Made in USA.

$$$$

Best Deal:

Frigidaire Gallery

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-Great reliable all-around cooktop.

-30- and 36-in. available.

$$

​Amazon 30-in. (Best Deal!) 

Amazon 36-in(Best Deal!)

Lowe's (both sizes)

Best "Smart" Features:

Samsung 

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-Control from smart phone.

-Indicator "flame" on burners.

-30- and 36-in. available.

-Bridge burner.

$$$

Manual Controls:

Frigidaire Professional

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-Old-fashioned knob controls if you hate touch screens.

-30- and 36-in. available.

-"Bridge" burner.

$$$

Amazon (30-in. only)

The Original Induction Cooktop:

Bosch Benchmark

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-Runs on 30 amp wiring (30-in. only)

-30- and 36-in. available.

-Bridge burner

-Made in USA

$$$

Amazon 30-in.

Amazon 36-in.

*Appliances Connection (*Best Deal!--If link goes to home page, search for "Bosch Benchmark Induction"))

How We Picked These Induction Cooktop Models

To pick these models, we looked at several factors, including:

  • Consumer Reports picks
  • Induction cooktops with the fewest number of service calls according to appliance technicians
  • Features,  design, and usability.

Consumer Reports Picks

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Consumer Reports magazine is one of the oldest and most respected consumer product organizations in existence. They don't take advertising, and they do very extensive testing on every product they rate. It's an excellent place to start when shopping for just about anything. induction cooktop reviews

The top 30-inch induction cooktops are:

Samsung

Dacor Modernist 

GE Cafe, Profile, and Monogram 

Kenmore

Frigidaire Gallery 

KitchenAid

Whirlpool

And the 36-inch induction cooktops are:

Samsung NZ36K7880UG

BoschBenchmark Series

Thermador

Frigidaire Pro

Jenn-Air.

We narrowed these down by looking at the manufacturers:

  • Samsung owns Dacor, and the cooktops are almost identical, but the Dacor cooktop, which is nearly identical to the Samsung, is about $1000 more expensive, so we went with Samsung.
  • GE is now owned by a Chinese conglomerate called Haier. This is a recent acquisition (2016), so while GE is a reputable brand known for quality, we're taking a wait-and-see attitude with them--so no GE products on the list. For the time being, GE cooktops are made in the USA, but that may change with the new ownership. (We really like the GE Cafe; it just didn't make the cut this time because of the new owners.)
  • Kenmore is the Sears appliance brand, and they contract with many manufacturers. It's hard to say for certain who makes their induction cooktops, but it's probably Frigidaire. We don't review a Kenmore here, but we think they're probably a good choice if you can find one priced comparably to the similar Frigidaire model (and if you can find one for less, even better).
  • Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air are all made by Whirlpool corporation, an American company and the largest appliance manufacturer in the world. Whirlpool's products are designed to appeal to different market sectors, with Jenn-Air being the highest end and the most expensive. And even though Jenn-Air products are really nice, the quality is roughly equivalent to the less expensive sister brands in the Whirlpool line. Any Whirlpool product is probably going to be a good option. However, the Whirlpool induction cooktops didn't really distinguish themselves in any interesting way, so we chose not to review them. Also, Whirlpool products may or may not be made in the USA; the most likely case is that they are partially made here, with some parts being manufactured overseas.
  • Finally, Thermador and Bosch are both owned by Bosch corporation (as well as Gaggenau, another premium brand), a German auto conglomerate that's been making appliances for a little over 50 years. Bosch was the first maker of induction cooktops. Their purchase of Thermador in 1998 was a great fit, as Thermador is also known as a great innovator in kitchen products. Both Bosch and Thermador are respected brands, with Thermador being the higher-priced of the two, but also the only one with the "Freedom" option which has the entire cooktop as one large heating element. Somewhat surprisingly, both the Bosch and Thermador induction cooktops are made in the USA (the only American-made cooktops that made our list!). induction cooktop reviews

What's the upshot of all of this? Well, you can make better decisions if you're aware of the backgrounds of the brands you're considering. You can save money by buying the Samsung over the Dacor, or the KitchenAid over the Jenn-Air, without skimping on quality. If you want an American-made product, you should go with Bosch or Thermador (or GE, if you don't care to see how the new ownership is going to affect quality). 

Induction Cooktops with the Fewest Service Calls

A number of appliance dealers base reliability on the number of service calls per brand, and they put out yearly reports on the appliances with the fewest service calls. We researched several reports, and here are seven brands that have the fewest number of service calls: induction cooktop reviews

  • KitchenAid
  • Frigidaire
  • Bosch Benchmark
  • Thermador
  • GE
  • Wolf
  • Samsung

These models corroborate the Consumer Reports reviews. (note: Wolf is probably not on the CR list because they didn't test it, not because it's an unreliable brand--Wolf/Subzero is actually a fabulous, American-made brand, but we didn't test a Wolf induction cooktop.) 

The Truth About Reliability

Here's the thing about reliability: Most appliances made by major manufacturers are, for the most part, reliable. Yes, you see a lot of horror stories online about broken appliances and terrible customer service. But the truth is that any major brand is probably going to provide a quality product and quality service--IF you buy wisely. We tell you how to do that below in the Buying Considerations section.  induction cooktop reviews

If you buy a known and reputable brand, the odds of needing a major repair are about the same whichever one you choose (online horror stories notwithstanding).

Design

Don't drive yourself crazy trying to buy the most reliable brand. Instead, narrow it down to a few reliable brands (like we've done here), and buy based on the features you want (and of course, how much you want to spend). 

This is exactly what we did: narrowed it down to the top brands, then picked the models that offered features that we think are important, cool, or innovative; ideally, all three. induction cooktop reviews

If you choose like we did, you're going to get a reliable product that you can truly love. Can you get unlucky and get a lemon? Sure--it happens. But if you buy wisely, you should be covered should that happen.

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Still Not Sure Induction Is For You? Read this First

If you're on the fence about induction, read this section. If you know you want induction, you can skip this section.

You can also check out several other articles about induction on this site: Is Induction Cooking Better than Gas?, Induction Cooktop Pros and Cons, Is Induction Cooking Safe?, Range Hoods and Induction Cooktops, The Advantages of Cooking with Induction

Here's a short video from Frigidaire that shows you the benefits of cooking with induction:

Video courtesy Frigidaire

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What Is Induction Cooking and Why Is It So Cool?

(If you haven't yet, watch the video at the top of the page for a short lesson on induction cooking.) 

Induction cooktops operate on an entirely different technology than conventional electric ranges. Yes, they're run by electricity--and most will fit right into an electric cooktop cutout and run on the same wiring--but the similarity ends there. 

Induction works by magnetism. Induction hobs are essentially electromagnets, and placing magnetic cookware on an induction burner and sending current through it (that is, switching it on) completes a magnetic circuit. The cookware heats up, but the burner does not. induction cooktop reviews

The reaction happens very rapidly, and since it's only the cookware getting hot, the method is extremely efficient, with little heat loss to ambient air. In fact, induction burners are up to 80% more efficient than gas burners.

Induction technology has been around for more than 100 years and is used in several industrial processes. Induction cooktops came out in the 1970s. They've been slow to catch on in the US, comprising about 7% of the market, though that number is growing every year. However, induction cooking is hugely popular in Europe and the Far East, being about 70% of the cooktop market in many regions.

To read more about induction cooking, see this Wikipedia article.

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The electromagnet inside an induction burner.

Is Induction Technology Safe?

Induction is the safest cooking technology available. The burners hold only residual heat from the cookware, and they cool off rapidly, so burns pretty much become a thing of the past. 

Also, unless there's induction-compatible cookware on them, burners won't come on; if you switch a burner on with no pan on it, or the wrong type of pan, you'll get an error message.

Induction cooktops also have many safety features such as auto-off and burner locks. Many induction cooktops have child safety locks, as well. induction cooktop reviews

If you or a family member has a pacemaker, you should consult with your doctor before buying an induction cooktop because the magnetic fields may interfere with pacemaker operation. This isn't because induction technology is inherently dangerous; it's a function of the magnetic nature of pacemakers. 

While some people are concerned about the EMFs generate by induction cooktops, the evidence that they are not dangerous is overwhelming. For a detailed discussion about this, see Is Induction Cooking Safe?

Who Are the Best Candidates for Induction?

The best candidates for induction are those who don't have a gas hookup in their homes. If you're relegated to an electric cooktop, then induction is a quantum leap forward for you. If you're a serious cook, you should run, not walk, to replace your electric cooktop with an induction cooktop.

If you have gas, you've got a more difficult choice. Wiring in an induction cooktop would be costlier than buying a new gas cooktop. However, it may be worth it to you if you're really excited about induction technology. If you're not sure, read the pros and cons below. induction cooktop reviews

Pros and Cons of Induction Cooking

For more details, see our article Induction Cooktop Pros and Cons.

Pros

  • It's extremely responsive, even faster than gas.
  • It provides extremely accurate low temperature heating (for example, no double boiler needed for melting chocolate).
  • It's cleaner than electric and much cleaner than gas.
  • It's easier to clean than electric and much easier to clean than gas.
  •  It provides a healthier indoor air quality than gas.
  • It keeps your kitchen cooler.
  • It's safer.

Cons

  • More expensive than other cooktops.
  • Induction-compatible cookware is required.
  • Induction has a learning curve (it's that much more responsive than even gas).
  • Repairs can be expensive (so be sure to get the extended warranty--which you were going to do anyway, right?).

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Buying Considerations

If you've decided that you want to go with an induction cooktop, here are some important things to consider before buying.

Size/Installation 

Cooktop size isn't likely to be a big issue as long as you do a few things. 

  • If you're replacing an existing cooktop, be sure to buy one of the same size--in the US, the two standard sizes are 30-inch and 36-inch--and it should require only minor adjustments (if any) to drop it into the existing cutout. Just be sure to measure your cutout, and make sure the model you buy is of the same dimensions or slightly smaller. Sizes do vary slightly among brands, so make sure the model you want will fit. induction cooktop reviews
  • If you want a model that isn't going to fit well into an existing cutout, our best advice is to pay for a professional installation. Unless you're good at that stuff, in which case you don't need our advice. 🙂
  • If you're remodeling or buying new, then you most likely have an electrician to make sure everything fits, so once again, you should be covered. induction cooktop reviews
  • If you are installing yourself, measure everything twice and make sure your cutout is the right size to fit the model you want. And read the instructions--most manufacturers provide detailed installation instructions. "Everything" includes the cutout measurements as well as the cooktop surface. This is especially important if you're installing in a tight spot, such as next to a wall. Some models have more overhang than others, so even if the cutout space works, the surface may not.
If installing yourself: 
Measure twice, make sure you have the right wiring, and buy the extended warranty.

Electrical Hookups (Amperage)

30-inch cooktops typically require a 40 amp hookup, while 36-inch cooktops require a 50 amp hookup. If you're set on a 36-inch top, be sure your electrical hookup is 50 amp. This usually isn't a problem in newer homes, but may be in older ones. induction cooktop reviews

The Bosch Benchmark is an exception to this (mostly) standard requirement. The 30-inch model requires only 30 amp wiring. So if you live in an older home, the Benchmark may be an easy way for you to upgrade to induction.

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The Bosch Benchmark is one of the few 30-inch induction tops that uses 30-amp wiring.

If you have 30 amp wiring and want to buy a 40 or 50 amp cooktop, don’t despair. You can have new wiring installed or even do it yourself if you’re handy. Just know that you have to get this right, because if you use the wrong wiring, your circuit breakers will cut power in your kitchen when you try to draw too much--or worse, it could be a fire hazard (not to mention illegal).

Make sure you have 40- or 50-amp wiring, especially if you're upgrading your cooktop to a bigger model. Inadequate wiring can cause circuit breakers to interrupt power, and it can be a fire hazard.

Over-a-Wall-Oven Installation

Many, but not all, cooktops, will fit over a wall oven. This is an unusual configuration, as it's more economical to buy a range. However, if you want to install an induction cooktop over a wall oven, make sure the cooktop fits. Most will, however, if the cooktop has a built-in downdraft (as some do), it needs a space separate from the oven.

If you're installing over an oven, make sure the induction cooktop you pick will work in that configuration--or save some money and go with a range.

Do You Need a Range Hood with Induction?

There is a common misconception that if you have an induction cooktop you don't need a range hood. It's true that induction produces less ambient heat than gas or electric, however, cooking odors are the same regardless of the technology you're using. Therefore, having some sort of ventilation over your cooktop is desirable.

For more information, see Range Hoods and Induction Cooking: What You Need to Know

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A range hood is as important for induction as for gas or electric.

Power

Know Your Electrical Symbols:

W = watts (power)

kW = kilowatts 

A = amperage

V = volts (voltage)

Power tells you how much heat the cooktop can produce. In general, the more, the better. induction cooktop reviews

Total power consumption tells you the max power output of the cooktop. So for example, if the total power consumption rating is 10,000 watts and the cooktop has 5 burners, each burner can produce a maximum of 2,000 watts if all 5 burners are in operation. Power is not distributed equally, however; the largest burner is going to have a higher max output than the smaller burners (which is as it should be). But the total will never exceed 10,000 watts.

Most 30-inch cooktops have a max power of around 7,400 watts. Most 36-inch cooktops have a max power of around 10,000 watts. (This is why 36-inch cooktops require 50 amp wiring.) So you can see that the power per burner works out to be roughly the same. However, that power per burner is the spec that tells you what you really want to know.

Max power per burner tells you the wattage of individual burners. This is the more important spec because it's rare that you'll ever need to use all the burners at max power. Instead, you'll more likely want to use one at max power (boiling pasta, for example), one at a simmer (for the pasta sauce), and maybe a third for heating a side dish. In this typical scenario, the most important spec is for the burner you're boiling pasta on: how hot can it get, and how fast can it get there?

Therefore, if two cooktops both have a max output of 10,000 watts but one has a max burner output of 2500 watts and the other has a max burner output of 3600 watts, the latter is the more powerful cooktop: that's the one that's going to bring your water to a boil the fastest.

So when you're looking at power specs, it's more important to know how power is distributed than it is to know the maximum power output of the cooktop. induction cooktop reviews

Power Boost, sometimes called speed boost or other trademarked names, is a neat feature that sends extra power to one or two burners for a limited amount of time, usually 10 minutes. This makes tasks like cooking pasta super fast. An induction cooktop can have one burner with power boost, two burners, or all four (like the Bosch Benchmark). But remember, because of the limitation of total power output, power boost can only be used on a maximum of two burners at a time--and when in use, the amount of power available for the other burners is decreased. 

When comparing power, look at the power per burner, as this is the best judge of power. If the cooktop has power boost, make sure you know both power boost and non-power boost max power specs.

Features and Design

This section is mostly about daily use considerations: layout, controls, safety, etc.

Overall Design

Look at where the burners are and imagine yourself using them. Is the layout practical? Will you be able to get at the big pot easily with other post on the cooktop? Is there room for more than one big pot at once? Do the big burners interfere with the small burners or vice versa?

Look at the controls. Are they in a convenient place? Will they be easy to use with pots on the cooktop? (See below for more on controls.)induction cooktop reviews

Look at the overall design. Is it attractive? Will it enhance your kitchen? Does it bring you joy? Can you see yourself using it every day and enjoying it?

Controls

Most induction cooktops have electronic controls--that is, "finger swipe" controls of some sort. 

These are great in that there are no knobs to collect gunk and to clean around. You just have one flat surface to wipe down and you're done.induction cooktop reviews 

However, finger swipe controls can take some getting used to. Some people do so right away and love them; others never do and hate them. 

The truth is, electronic controls are rarely as easy as turning a knob. They all require that you pay a bit more attention, and they may be slower than manual controls because you have to go through a menu of some sort. 

Manufacturers know that these controls aren't for everyone, so they've put out some models with manual controls. Both the Frigidaire Pro cooktops and the Samsung cooktops have old-fashioned knobs, and they look as sleek and modern as all electronic cooktops. 

So if you're uncertain about the finger swiping, you've got options. And if you just love the look of one smooth surface, you can almost certainly get used to finger swiping. It all depends on your priorities. 

"Bridge" Functionality

The “bridge” feature or Flex Zone (different manufacturers give it different names) allows you to operate two burners as one. This is incredibly useful for oversized pans, particularly oblong ones like griddles.

How is it different than just turning on two burners? For one, the heat going into both burners will be exactly the same because they’re controlled as one burner. And on some cooktops (like Bosch), one entire side is a heating element, so there are no cold spots between burners. On some cooktops, the large cooking zone can be used for several small pots as well as one large one.  induction cooktop reviews

Here's a short video that shows how the bridge functionality works on the Bosch (it's similar for all models that have this feature):

Bevel Vs. No Bevel

Some cooktops have an option of a stainless beveled edge or no edge. A bevel can protect the cooktop from chipping, but it can also be a crevice where food and grease collect.

With the pros and cons being about the same, bevel or no bevel is largely a personal preference.

Safety Features

All induction tops have several features that make them safer than other cooking technology.

First of all, the burners themselves don’t get hot, the pans do, so this safety feature is a by-product of induction heating. Residual heat can remain after removing a pot, however, and most models have indicator lights to alert you of this: when the burner cools to "touching" temp, the light goes out. However, even at their hottest, induction burners are never as hot as gas or conventional electric burners. induction cooktop reviews

Most models have auto shut-off, which turns the burner off after several seconds when a pot is removed.

Also, induction cooktops will not come on without proper cookware in place: they can sense the difference (usually by weight) between, say, a metal spatula and a pot. So unless you have an induction-compatible pot in place, the burner will not get hot.

Many models also have lock features so the cooktop can't be turned on or its settings changed unless you unlock it. induction cooktop reviews

Induction Cookware

If you've already researched induction cooktops, you probably know that you need induction-compatible cookware. 

Induction cookware has to be magnetic. That is, when you apply a magnet to the bottom of the cookware, the magnet sticks. 

Cast iron, carbon steel, and most clad stainless is induction compatible, with clad stainless being the optimal choice. Aluminum and copper is not induction compatible unless it has an outer layer of magnetic stainless.

As induction cooking gains popularity, more and more cookware sets are made to be induction compatible. Most cookware will now be labeled for induction compatibility (or say that it is not). If you're not sure, ask--or use a magnet to test it. 

For more information on induction cookware, see A Guide to the Best Induction Cookware.

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Make sure your cookware is induction-compatible.

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Buying Considerations Part 2: Getting the Best Deal

Besides getting the cooktop you want and can love, you'll also need to think about how to get the best deal. Here are some thoughts on that.

Explore Buying Options

We've included a number of buying options; compare them to find the best deal. Online appliance dealers often offer sales prices, rebates, and price matching, while Lowe's and Home Depot often have the best price--if they carry the model you want. Sometimes Amazon offers a lower price than anybody on the right day. If financing is an option, then look for the best terms you can find.  induction cooktop reviews

And much as we'd love for you to buy through one of our links, you should also go see appliances in person, if possible. Try them, see if they fit your cooking style. This doesn't mean you have to buy from the local dealer, and they often can't compete with the great deals you'll find online. But if they can, reward them by buying from them.

You get the idea: shop around. This is how you'll find your best deal. 

Look for Package Deals

If you need more than a cooktop, you can sometimes find great deals on packages from many dealers including Lowe's and sometimes Home Depot. If you need a cooktop, range, and fridge, for example, you can save several hundred dollars buying them all at once. 

If you buy from Amazon, this isn't likely to be an option. So once again, be sure to check other dealers. You may be amazed at how different pricing can be. induction cooktop reviews

Rebates and Special Pricing

Some dealers offer rebates and sale prices, so keep your eyes peeled for those deals, too. The best pricing happens in September and October, when next year's models are releases, and then again in January, when they really want to clear out inventory. Black Friday can also be a good time to buy if you're buying online. So if you can buy at those times, do so. Check out this article for more details on the best times to buy.

Some stores offer specials all the time if you do certain things. Lowe's, for example, automatically deducts 5% if you purchase with their credit card. induction cooktop reviews

Look for deals, and don't be afraid to ask for them, either. It won't hurt to ask for a price match, for example. Most businesses are eager to do deals, and will give you some sort of discount. All you have to do is ask. 

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Tips for Buying Online

Induction Cooktop Reviews: The Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

1. Understand the Terms

The Internet has ushered in a golden age for consumers. It's almost impossible to not be a well-informed buyer these days. And the competition for your business is fierce, which means you should always be able to find great deals--often much better deals than you'll find at your local dealer.

On the other hand, buying online can be risky, especially for large appliances. For example, did you know that many manufacturer warranties are voided if you purchase through Amazon? While Amazon itself will usually cover returns, manufacturers may not. You should make sure (by e-mailing or calling the manufacturer) before buying from Amazon. induction cooktop reviews

The moral: Be sure you understand the terms before you buy online. induction cooktop reviews

Additionally, in a nationwide or even global market, it's easy to overlook some important things. Here are questions to be sure you have answers to before buying:

2. Make Sure Service Is Available Where You Live

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When I read appliance horror stories online, I see that it is often the result of "terrible service." With induction especially, which is probably the newest kitchen technology in the American market, many service people don't know much about repairs. If you buy online without checking that there are reputable, knowledgeable service technicians in your area, you could find yourself in a bad situation.

The moral: be sure you can get adequate service in the area where you live.

You'd be surprised how often you can't, particularly if you buy a less common brand like Thermador or Wolf. Yes, these are major brands--premium brands!--but if you live in a rural area, there may not be service people available who are knowledgeable about them. induction cooktop reviews

Often, online dealers have service contracts with local dealers in major cities, or at least are familiar enough with them to tell you if there are technicians available. Make sure, though, by emailing them or calling their service number. (If their website doesn't have a service number to call, buy somewhere else.) Be sure you talk to the service department or customer service rep, not a salesperson, to get the right information.

If you buy from a major national retailer like Home Depot or Lowe's, you'll probably be covered. But you can check with them, too, via email, call, or a visit to your local store. induction cooktop reviews

Amazon is probably the riskiest site to buy from online. Be sure you understand the terms before you click Add to Cart. And we can't recommend strongly enough that you purchase the extended warranty. 

3. Read A Lot of Reviews

Once again, as much as we'd like you to buy here, the smart thing is to read a lot of reviews. Whether other review sites like this one or user reviews on Lowe's, Home Depot, and Amazon, find out as much as you can about a product before buying it. induction cooktop reviews

Here's some advice: Review sites may be biased, so take information with a grain of salt. (Rational Kitchen is not biased--except in helping you find the best product for your needs--but you should still find out what other sites have to say.) And user reviews are most certainly biased. Often, 5 star reviews are from people still in the honeymoon phase with the cooktop, and 1 star reviews are the unlucky folks who got a rare lemon and bad service for the reasons mentioned above. 

Thus, while you should read all reviews, the reviews in the middle--2, 3, and 4 star reviews--tend to be the most accurate. induction cooktop reviews

When buying online, make sure you understand the terms, make sure you have competent service technicians in your area for the brand you choose--and we highly recommend buying the extended warranty. 

Coolest Technology: Thermador Freedom

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Thermador Freedom Cooktop

The Thermador Freedom induction cooktop is one of the coolest cooktops around right now. The entire surface is a giant burner, and it automatically adjusts to the size and shape of the pan you place on it. This makes it not only the coolest induction cooktop on the market, but also one of the easiest to use.

Check out reviews and prices of Thermador Freedom on Amazon

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(note: if link goes to home page, search "Thermador Freedom Induction" to bring up the page.)

Here's a short (3 minutes) video that shows the features of the Freedom cooktop:

(video courtesy FBS Kitchens)

As great as this cooktop is, it has one kind of major drawback: it's a 36-inch cooktop that is essentially a 4-burner cooktop. This is reflected in the total power of only 7,200W, which is the rating of most 30-inch cooktops. So you're essentially getting a really large 4-element cooktop.

On the other hand, its 40-amp wiring might make it a good option for older homes, as most 36-inch cooktops require 50-amp wiring. induction cooktop reviews

Features  

  • Largest fully usable cooking surface on the market.
  • 48 induction elments.
  • Place up to 4 pots or pans anywhere on the cooktop surface in any configuration. Moving any pan automatically reconfigures heating.
  • Full color touchscreen interface. This intuitive interface offers better control and faster access to cooking settings than other electronic controls.
  • 4,600 W PowerBoost™--the most  powerful element in its class.
  • Pan recognition: automatically heats element to shape of pan.
Thermador Coils

Underneath the Freedom induction cooktop: 48 coils all and full color touchscreen controls.

Design

  • Full stainless steel frame--looks great and helps prevent edges from chipping.
  • Grey-black glass.
  • Angular, modern design coordinates with the suite of Thermador Masterpiece™ Collection appliances
  • Full color touchscreen.

Controls

With the automatic pot sensing, using the Freedom cooktop is as easy as switching it on. For a demonstration of how to use the cooktop, watch the video above. induction cooktop reviews

Safety Features

  • Pan Recognition - Element will not turn on if other small objects are placed on the cooking zone
  • Anti-Overflow System - exclusive feature shutting off the relevant element and sounding alarm when liquids are detected on user interface
  • Child Safety Lock.
  • Heat indicator. 

Specifications

Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop Specifications (available in 36-Inch size only)

Total Power (W):

7,200

Hookup Required:

40A/208/240V

Number of Burners:

Entire surface (48 small elements), 4 pan maximum

Power

3,600W Normal/4600W Boost

Maximum Cookware Size (inches)

13 x 21

​Minimum Cookware Size (inches)

3 x 3

Overall Size in Inches (WxDxH):

37 x 21.25 x 4.25

Min. distance from counter front (inches):

2.5

Min. distance from rear wall (inches):

2.375

Cutout Requirements (Inches)
(WxDxH)

34.875 x 20.0 x 3.875

Conduit:

39-in. flexible 3-wire

Weight (lbs):

69

Install Over Oven?

Possibly (check with installer)

Certifications

CSA certified.

Warranty

Thermador offers a limited 2 year warranty on the entire cooktop, including parts and labor.

Pros and Cons

​Pros

  • Super cool, state-of-the-art technology
  • Color touchscreen with some of the fastest touch controls available.
  • Great looks.

Cons

  • Can only use 4 pans at a time (like a 30-inch cooktop in a 36-inch package).
  • Expensive.

Buy This Cooktop If:

If you want a 36-inch cooktop so you can use 5 pans at once, this is not the cooktop for you. You should buy a 36-inch cooktop with 5 elements. However, if 4 burners is enough and you want the coolest technology available today, the Thermador Freedom is the one to get.

NOTE: Comes in 36-inch size only.

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Best Deal (Among High Reliability Brands): Frigidaire Gallery

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Frigidaire Gallery 30-inch (4 burner) cooktop.

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Frigidaire Gallery 36-inch (5 burner) cooktop.

The Frigidaire Gallery has been around for awhile. This is a good thing, because it means the bugs have been worked out of the design and if you do have problems, you should be able to find service technicians who know how to work on it. It's as no-frills as induction cooktops get, but the price is unbeatable. The Frigidaire is the only full-sized induction cooktop you'll find (among reputable brands, anyway) for less than $1000. And being Frigidaire, you don't have to worry about quality. induction cooktop reviews

Here's a short (30 second) video from Frigidaire about the Gallery cooktop:

Features  

  • Power Assist Function (power boost) for all burners (2 usable at a time).
  • 3,400W on largest burner for fast heating
  • 9 heat settings per burner
  • Warm setting for excellent low temperature control--gentle enough for delicate foods like chocolate and butter.
  • Express-Select Electronic Touch Controls are sleek and easily to use with the touch of a finger.
  • Pan size detection adjusts automatically to size of pan.
  • Ceramic glass cooktop looks great and is easy to clean.

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Controls

  • Controls are on a touch pad underneath the glass at the front center of the unit.
  • Red LED display.

The interface on the Gallery is simple and straightforward. Each burner has separate Up/Down arrows to adjust the setting and an On/Off indicator light. The power button, timer, warm feature, and autolock are in the center. The Up/Down arrows take longer to adjust than some other touch controls, however, the press-and-hold feature makes them fairly easy to use. 

This 1 minute video will help you visualize how the controls on the Frigidaire Gallery work:

Safety Features

  • Hot-Surface Indicator Light for each burner.
  • Auto shutoff when pan is removed.

Specifications

Frigidaire Gallery Induction Cooktop

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):

8,400

10,800 @ 240V

Hookup Required:

40A/208-240V

40A/208-240V

Number of Burners:

4

5

Burner Sizes (Inches):

​Front Left:

Back Left:

Front Right:

Back Right:

Center:

​

7 in.

8 in.

10 in.

6 in.

N/A


6 in.

8 in.

10 in.

7 in.

8 in.

Power per Burner:

Front Left (Normal/Boost):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Front Right (Normal/Boost):

Back Right (Normal/Boost):

Center (Normal/Boost):


1,800/2,600W

2,300/3,200W

2,500/3,400W

1,450/2,000W

N/A


1450/2,000W

2,300/3,200W

2,500/3,400W

1,800/2,600W

2,300/3,200W

Surface Size in Inches (WxDxH):

30.75 x 21.5

36.75 x 21.5

Cutout Requirements in Inches
(WxDxH)

29.625 x 20.325 x 4.5

35.875 x 20.374 x 4.5

Weight (lbs):

41 (48 shipping wt.)

51 (58 shipping wt.)

Install Over Oven?

Approved for Frigidaire wall oven 

Approved for Frigidaire wall oven

Warranty

Limited one year manufacturer warranty with extended functional parts protection.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Power boost 
  • Excellent price.

Cons:

  • No bridge functionality
  • Not as powerful as some other cooktops in its class.

Buy This Cooktop If:

If you want reliable induction technology at a rock bottom price, the Frigidaire Gallery is the one to get.

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If You Want Manual Controls: Frigidaire Pro

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The Frigidaire Pro is one of the few induction cooktops with manual control knobs. As you can see from the pic, they look great. The black glass/stainless combo is gorgeous, and the hefty knobs add even more upscale appeal to this cooktop's looks. If you're concerned about using a menu to cook your food, worry no more: this cooktop is the answer to your dilemma. induction cooktop reviews

This cooktop is available in both 30-inch and 36-inch sizes, but right now, Amazon only carries the 30-inch size and the 36-inch is hard to find. If you really want this cooktop in a 36-inch size, keep checking Amazon, Lowe's, and other dealer sites, or go to the Frigidaire site and they'll help you find the cooktop dealer near you.

There aren't a lot of induction cooktops with manual controls. Viking is another brand, which you'll have to pay a lot more for. The only other comparable product is the Samsung, reviewed below. Both are really nice cooktops and you can't go wrong with either one as long as you have the extended warranty and have good service technicians available in your area. Also, the Samsung is easier to find, so that may also influence your decision.

Features  

  • SpacePro™ Bridge Element allows you to combine burners for large pots or griddles or use separately as regular-sized burners.
  • Power Assist (power boost) for all burners (2 usable at a time).
  • Professional-Grade Controls: Heavy-duty cast stainless knobs.
  • Blue LED display.

Controls

Each knob has an electronic display above it that shows you the current setting. It will display a number from 1.5-9 in 0.5 step increments, or it will display power boost ("Pb"), high ("Hi"), or low ("Lo"). If the burner was inadvertently left on or there was power outage, the display will read error ("Er").

These controls are intuitive and easy to learn how to use. And with this many heat settings, you can achieve extremely precise control over your cooking.

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Frigidaire Pro Controls

The controls are attractive and intuitive: here, you see power boost at work.

Safety Features

  • Hot surface indicator light for each burner.
  • Auto shutoff when pan is removed.

Specifications

Frigidaire Professional Series Induction Cooktop, 30-Inch

Total Power (W):

8,400

Hookup Required:

40A/208/240V

Number of Burners/Size/Power per Burner:

​Front Left:

Back Left:

Front Right:

Back Right:

4

7 in./1,800W (normal)/2,600W (boost)

7 in./1,800W (normal)/2,600W (boost)

10 in./2,600W (normal)/3,800 (boost)

6 in./1,450W (normal)/2,000W (boost)

Overall Size in Inches (WxDxH):

30.75 x 20.625 x 4.375

Cutout Requirements (Inches)
​

W: 29.625 min/29.75 max

D: 20.375 min/20.5 max

H: 4.5

Weight (lbs)/Shipping Weight (lbs):

48/60

Install Over Oven?

Approved for Frigidaire wall oven; check w/installer for other mfrs.

Certifications

  • UL/cUL approved.
  • ADA Compliant.

Warranty

Limited one year manufacturer warranty with extended functional parts protection.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Manual controls
  • Great looks
  • Bridge element and power boost features.

Cons:​

  • A little bit spendy
  • Not as powerful as some others in its class (e.g., Bosch, Thermador).

Buy This Cooktop If:

If you're old school and want manual controls yet still a sleek, modern appearance with pro-style looks, this is the cooktop for you. It's powerful and fast, with enough features to impress your friends.

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Best "Smart" Features: Samsung 7000 Series Induction Cooktop

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Samsung 36-inch induction cooktop

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Samsung 30-inch induction cooktop

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Samsung introduced this cooktop last year (2017) and it is its first foray into induction cooktops. This makes it a largely unproven product, but it's got so many cool features that it's definitely worth consideration.

Samsung is a Korean conglomerate well known for their electronics and appliances. They have a reputation for high quality. I suspect that with all of its features and its amazing power (4,800W power boost on largest burner!) that this cooktop is meant to compete with the Thermador Freedom (reviewed above). No, it doesn't have full-surface usage, but it has several other high tech, geeky features that put it in that category--and at about half the price. induction cooktop reviews

Samsung is also running a "Ready2Fit" guarantee for all of 2018: if the cooktop doesn't fit in any existing cutout, they'll give you up to $300 towards installations costs:

Samsung's Ready2Fit Guarantee:
If your new Samsung cooktop doesn’t fit your existing cooktop cutout, you’ll receive up to $300 in a Visa®Reward Card toward a professional cooktop retrofit. *Valid purchase dates: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018.

Features  

  • FlexZone - Bridge element combining two burners into one large one.
  • Digital-Analog Control option: choose between a removable magnetic analog-knob or digital touch controls.
  • Virtual Flame LED Surface lights shine onto the pans to give the visual of gas cooking.
  • Power Boost to all burners.
  • Max power boost of 4,800W on largest burner (highest power rating available).
  • Largest burner is dual 11 in./7 in. burner in one.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity to remotely monitor the cooktop from smartphone.
  • Bluetooth connectivity syncs to the hood to automatically start  fans and lights when burners are powered on.
  • 15 Heat settings.
  • Simmer Control ensures consistently even temperatures for better simmer results.
  • Melt setting for delicate foods like butter and chocolate.

Controls

With removable magnetic knobs, you get the best of both worlds: Old school manual controls, or electronic controls that function like old school manual controls.

With 15 heat settings, you can get extremely precise temp control. And with the Virtual Flame technology, you can have the "warmth" of a gas flame in your kitchen without the ambient heat (if that's important to you).

Don't forget, too, that this cooktop is connected: it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can control it from your smartphone, turn the range hood off and on remotely, and more.

Here's a video from Samsung showing the basics of how the controls work:

Video courtesy of Samsung

Safety Features

  • Control Lock keeps everyone in your family safe from accidentally turning on the elements
  • Auto shutoff when pans are removed.
  • Residual heat indicator.

Specifications

Samsung 7000 Series Induction Cooktop

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):

8,600

10,800

Hookup Required:

40A/208-240V

40A/208-240V

Number of Burners:

4

5

Burner Sizes (Inches):

​Front Left:

Back Left:

Front Right:

Back Right:

Center:

​

12 in. (flex)

12 in. (flex)

6 in.

7 in./11 in. dual

N/A


12 in. (flex)

12 in. (flex)

8 in.

6 in.

8 in.

Power per Burner:

Front Left (Normal/Boost):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Front Right (Normal/Boost):

Back Right (Normal/Boost):

Center (Normal/Boost):


1,800/2,600W

1,800/2,600W

1,400/1,800W

3,600W/4,800W

N/A


1,800/2,600W

1,800/2,600W

2,200/3,200W

1,400/1,800W

3,600W/4,800W

Size in Inches (WxDxH):

30 x 21.25 x 4

36 x 21.25 x 4

Cutout Requirements in Inches
(WxDxH)

28.375 x 19.428 x 4

33.85 x 19.125 x 4

Weight (lbs):

50

58.8

Install Over Oven?

Check with installer

Check with installer

Certifications

ADA compliant.

Warranty

1 year manufacturer warranty on parts and labor.

Pros and Cons

Pros:​

  • Excellent smart features
  • Manual or electronic controls.
  • Very powerful.

Cons:​

  • New to market, so it's an unproven product.
  • Expensive.

Buy This Cooktop If:

If you want a powerful cooktop with all the standard features plus Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, this is the cooktop for you. Also, if you're unsure about electronic controls, this cooktop gives you both options. Its cutting edge technology makes it a forerunner of what's to come in the induction market.

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Great All-Around Cooktop: Bosch Benchmark

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Check price at appliancesconnection.com (best deal!) (Note: Search "Bosch Benchmark Induction" if link goes to home page. Both sizes are available but you may have to look at a Bosch package to find the 30-inch.)

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Bosch 36-inch induction cooktop (with bevel)

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Bosch Benchmark 30-inch induction cooktop (without bevel)

In 2015, Bosch was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” by J. D. Power. Consumer Reports and Yale Appliance both named Bosch as one of the best appliance makers, with a low percentage of service calls and a high rate of customer satisfaction. Bosch was also the first maker of induction cooktops, and today these cooktops are made in the US. For these reasons, Bosch is a top contender among induction cooktop brands.

Since Bosch owns Thermador, you're going to see many of the same power specs on the Benchmark as you see on the Thermador. This means you can get similar performance in Bosch for quite a bit less money--although if you want the full-surface induction, you'll still have to go with the Thermador Freedom (reviewed above). 

The Bosch 30-inch is one of the few 30-inch induction cooktops that requires only 30-amp wiring, which is convenient if you have an older home with older wiring. The FlexInduction feature is great for large pans, and this cooktop has Power Boost to all 4 burners; no, you can't use them all at the same time (2 max), but it's a great feature because you're not limited to boosting only the largest burner; you can send boost to even your smallest pots. induction cooktop reviews

Here's a 30-second video from Bosch showing how the cooktop works:

​Features  

  • FlexInduction®Provides even more flexibility by combining two cooking zones into one larger zone, or using the zone for several small pots at once.
  • 12" Dual-ring Center Cooking Zone (36-in. only): 12" dual-ring center cooking zone for large pots and pans
  • PowerMove™: This feature divides FlexInduction into 3 preset power level zones. Simply move the cookware to change the power level.
  • SpeedBoost® (aka Power Boost): Adds more power to speed up the cooking process.
  • PotSense: Automatically recognizes pan on burner and prevents burner from switching on if object is not a pan.
  • ShortBoost: Ideal for cooking with oil, or pans with thin walls or non-stick coating
  • Count Down Timer: Allows you to pre-set a cooking time for each individual burners. The burner switches off automatically when the time expires.
  • Count Up Timer: This is a timer function that enables monitoring each burner.
  • Keep Warm Function: Allows precise low-temperature control for keeping food warm and heating delicate foods such as butter or chocolate without burning.
  • PreciseSelect®Go right to the temperature you want with a single touch. With PreciseSelect®, you can directly select 17 different cooking levels using numerical controls, as opposed to scrolling through a confusing menu.

Design

This is a black glass cooktop with an optional stainless steel bevel (typically no extra charge for the bevel). With electronic controls, the single surface is sleek and modern-looking.

Controls

The Bosch Benchmark has digital controls, but they are among the easiest to use on the market. With the PreciseSelect feature, you can select a setting with a single touch. No scrolling through a menu--just choose from 17 settings. 

This 1-minute video shows how the controls work (please ignore the Bulgarian text and just watch how easy it is to set the burners):

Safety Features

Bosch has all the standard safety features of induction cooktops, plus a couple of neat extras:

  • Child Lock: Prevents the cooktop from being switched on accidentally.
  • SafeStart: A burner will only switch on if suitable cookware is on it; won't switch on if other metal objects are cooktop.

Specifications

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):

7,200

11,100

Hookup Required:

30A/208/240V

50A/208/240V

Number of Burners:

4, with one FlexInduction Zone

5, with FlexInduction Zone

Element Sizes (Inches):

​Front Left:

Back Left:

Front Right:

Back Right:

Center:

​

8 x 9

8 x 9

6 in. diameter

11 in. diameter

N/A


7 x 8

7 x 8

7 x 8

7 x 8

12/9 in. diameter

Power per Burner:

FlexZone (Normal):

FlexZone (Boost):

Front Left (Normal):

Front Left (Boost):

Back Left (Normal):

Back Left (Boost):

Front Right (Normal):

Front Right (Boost):

Back Right (Normal):

Back Right (Boost):

Center (Normal):

Center (Boost):


3,300W

3,600W

2,200W

3,600W

2,200W

3,600W

1,400W

2,200W

2,600

3,700

N/A

N/A


3,300W

3,600W

2,200W

3,600W

2,200W

3,600W

2,200W

3,600W

2,200W

3,600W

2,200/3,300W

3,400/3,700W

Size in Inches (WxDxH):

31 x 21.25 x 4.375

37 x 21.25 x 4.44

Cutout Requirements (Inches)
(WxDxH)

28.875 x 20 x 4.125

34.88 x 20.0 x 4.125

Weight (lbs):

41

50

Install Over Oven?

Possibly (check with installer)

Possibly (check with installer)

Certifications

  • ADA Compliant.
  • CSA Certified.

Warranty

Limited 1 year manufacturer warranty on parts and labor.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Great all around cooktop
  • 30amp wiring for 30-in. (nice for older homes)
  • Power Boost to all burners
  • FlexInduction for one large pan or several small ones.

Cons:

  • Expensive.

Buy This Cooktop If:

Buy this cooktop if you want a great all-around cooktop. It's powerful, and has power boost to all burners. The FlexInduction zone allows full heating for large pans or several (up to 4) small pans. It has easy-to-use electronic controls.

The 30-inch is a great option for older homes because it only requires 30-amp wiring.

The Bosch Benchmark is also made in the USA.

Click here for Amazon's best price on the Bosch 30-Inch Benchmark induction cooktop:

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Final Thoughts

Buying an induction cooktop is an investment of time and money. We hope we've made your decision easier with good information and great advice. Buying online can be scary, but if you do your homework and buy a reputable brand from a reputable dealer, you're probably going to get a good cooktop.

Don't forget to make sure service is available in your area for the brand you choose. And please, please buy that extended warranty! In the appliance market today, it's your best guarantee for good service if you need it--whether you buy online or from your local dealer.

Do you have any more thoughts or questions about induction cooktops or these induction cooktop reviews? Please share in the comments below. And thanks for reading!

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