Induction Cooktop Reviews: The Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops (Updated for 2019)

UPDATED FOR 2019! THE NEWEST MODELS AND LATEST FEATURES!

If you're looking for a full-sized induction cooktop (30- or 36-inch in the U.S.) reviews, we can help you sort through the confusion. 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
  • Categories to help you narrow in on your perfect cooktop ASAP (e.g., coolest technology, smart features, and best bargain, for example)
  • WiFi connectivity (is it worth it?)
  • Online buying tips
  • Information about packages (if you're looking for an entire kitchen suite): save money by buying a suite!

(Induction Cooktop Reviews: The Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops was last updated May, 2019.). 

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

Note: In some cases we include model numbers, and in some cases we don't. We've found that model numbers can be unreliable because manufacturers sometimes create different model numbers for different retailers. So where we do include model numbers, take them with a grain of salt: they may vary among retailers, even for identical products--although the ones we include seem to be consistent across retailers.

Category:
Model

Features

Approx
Price

Buying Options

Coolest Technology:

Thermador Freedom

(luxury)

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-Entire cooktop is a burner

-Anywhere pot placement

-Avail. 36-in. only

-Made in USA.

$$$$

Consumer Reports Favorite: GE Cafe

(affordable luxury)

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-Glide touch controls

-Melt setting

-Sync burner function

-Wifi capability

-30"/36" avail.

-A few color options

$$

Best Deal:

Frigidaire Gallery FGIC3066TB

(basic)

New 2019 model!!

Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

-Great reliable all-around cooktop.

-30- and 36-in. available.

$

Most Powerful:

Miele KM6365/KM6375

(luxury)

Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

-7700W burner (!)

-Flush w/counter mount

-Bluetooth connectivity

-"Direct select" controls

$$$

Best Smart Features/

Manual Control option:

Samsung 

(affordable luxury)

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-Bluetooth/smart phone connectivity

-"Manual" knob option

-Indicator "flame" on burners

-30- and 36-in. avail.

-Bridge burner.

$$$

The Original Induction Cooktop:

Bosch Benchmark

(affordable luxury)

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-30 in. uses 30a wiring

-30- and 36-in. avail.

-Bridge burner

-Made in USA.

$$$

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Basic, Affordable Luxury, and Luxury Brands: How Do They Differ?

Appliances come in three basic levels: basic, affordable luxury, and luxury. 

Basic appliances are your least expensive and well-recognized brands. Basic appliances provide top quality, but without the frills you'll find in higher-end brands. The Frigidaire Gallery induction cooktop reviewed here is a basic brand.

Affordable Luxury appliances are a little higher end. They may have more features than basic appliances, or they may just have a higher end design, finish, or logo; they generally are not more powerful (or reliable) than basic appliances. They are certainly more expensive, but within a wide range of price. The GE Cafe, Samsung, and Bosch Benchmark induction cooktops reviewed here are all considered affordable luxury brands. Other affordable luxury brands include JennAir, LG, and Dacor.

Luxury appliances are the top of the market. Not only will they have more features and a sleeker design (although that is subjective, isn't it?), but they will definitely be the most powerful. The power difference is most important in gas cooktops, which will have a considerably higher BTU than basic or affordable luxury brands. Luxury appliances will also be pioneers in cutting edge technology. The Thermador Freedom and Miele induction cooktops reviewed here are luxury brands. Other luxury brands include Viking, Gaggenau, and Wolf/SubZero.

Unless you want the most powerful cooktop on the market, there is no right or wrong to which category to buy from. You should pick the design, features, and price that best fits with your kitchen and your personality. Yes, luxury kitchen appliances are fashionable these days, but the great thing about induction is that these cooktops look sleek and modern regardless of how much (or how little) you spend.

How We Picked These Induction Cooktop Models: Some Background

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

  • Features,  design, and usability
  • Reliability, based on several dealers' data and hundreds of user reviews (note: You can't go by Amazon alone as there usually aren't enough reviews to get an accurate picture)
  • Consumer Reports recommendations.

Features, Design, and Reliability

First of all, don't drive yourself crazy trying to buy the most reliable brand. Instead, narrow it down to a few reliable brands (as we've done here), and buy based on the features you want, how well it fits in with your other appliances (or offers the best package deal), and of course, how much you want to spend. 

This is exactly what we did: narrowed it down to the top reliable brands, then picked the models that offered features which we think are important, cool, or innovative. 

If you choose like we did, you're going to get a reliable product you can truly love. Can you get unlucky and get a lemon? Sure--it happens. But if you buy wisely--being sure you get both the extended warranty and that there are service technicians in your area--you should be covered if that happens. 

Yes, it's a shame that the manufacturer's warranty isn't enough anymore. But in a lot of cases, it isn't. And this is true even for luxury brands: if you want to be covered for more than a year, you have to buy the extended warranty. In today's shaky appliance market, it's worth every penny, and should be figured into the total cost of the appliance. (This is not only true for induction cooktops; it's true for all appliances.)

Here's the thing to remember about reliability: Most appliances made by major manufacturers are, for the most part, reliable. Yes, you can find 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.

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).   induction cooktop reviews

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 recommended 30-inch induction cooktops are:

GE (all three models--Cafe, Monogram, Profile)

Bosch 800 Series

Samsung/Dacor

Kenmore

Frigidaire

Whirlpool

KitchenAid.

And the recommended 36-inch induction cooktops are:

BoschBenchmark Series

Samsung NZ36K7880UG

Wolf

Frigidaire.

We don't take Consumer Reports as gospel; after all, it's only one consumer testing organization. And they don't test every product, often leaning towards the middle of the market (which makes sense as that's where most people buy). They also don't update their information all that frequently (for example, one of the Frigidaire models they recommend is no longer made), and they don't take into consideration some significant factors, like the usability of controls--which is very important to the daily user.

Nevertheless, CR is a good place to start because they have an excellent reputation for honesty and fairness, which makes their findings extremely helpful, even if not perfect. We also looked at user reviews on popular appliance web sites including Home Depot, Lowe's, AJ Madison, and Appliancesconnection.com (our preferred vendors).

It's surprising how much the reviews vary; you really have to look at a lot of information to get a full picture.

About the Manufacturers

We narrowed down results somewhat by looking at the manufacturers. You might nor care about this, but some of these facts may surprise you:

  • 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 was bought by a Chinese conglomerate called Haier in 2016. Their induction cooktops are still made in the USA, with no plans that we know of to be taken overseas. GE is a reliable brand at a decent price, and both their Monogram and Cafe models have excellent finger-swipe controls. They are top rated by Consumer Reports, so we included the Cafe model, their middle-priced cooktop (the Cafe is also really nice, but more expensive). The Monogram has identical features, with the only difference being that it can be installed flush with your countertop, while the Cafe cannot; it also comes in a few more color options.
  • 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). (Note: See our review of the Kenmore induction range in this article.)
  • 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 luxury brand), a German manufacturing 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!).
  • Miele: Miele is a new choice for 2019, but with an astounding 7700W of burner power--that's for one burner on power boost--we had to include it in our new "Most Powerful" section. (The next closest power boost is Thermador Freedom's 4600W, with an industry average boost of around 3800W.) Miele is a family-owned German appliance manufacturer that's been in business more than 100 years. They are known for durable, high quality appliances marketed to the premium end of the market. So while the Miele induction cooktop isn't cheap, it's certain to offer top-of-the-line construction and performance. Consumer Reports hasn't tested any Miele induction cooktops, other appliance outlets love Miele products, and praise them for their excellent quality and low rate of service calls. In any case, we'll keep doing more research and should anything change, we'll update the review. 

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 (even though none of these brands are actually American-owned companies anymore). 

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About the Vendors

Many online retailers sell appliances nation-wide now. We've partnered with a few of them that we think have the most to offer.

  • Amazon: Everyone loves Amazon and nearly everyone has an Amazon account. They even offer installation services now, for an added fee. Thousands of vendors sell on Amazon. If you're looking for just an induction cooktop, Amazon is a good place to buy. To be sure you get the factory warranty with the cooktop, buy from the manufacturer and not a third party dealer.  (More on this below.) Also, don't expect Amazon to have the lowest price--they often don't. Be sure check the shipping terms, as well, because being a Prime member doesn't automatically guarantee free shipping. 
  • Home Depot and Lowe's: These nationwide chains are a safe bet for customer service, and often have sales going on. If they don't, ask for a price match if you find it cheaper elsewhere. These retailers will almost always be happy to price match. 
  • Appliances Connection: This nationwide online retailer sells almost every make and brand imaginable, and they have the best options if you're looking for a kitchen package. They offer sales with no sales tax and free delivery nationwide as well as price matching. If you buy here, be sure to check with a customer service rep (not a salesperson!) to find out about technicians in your area who can service your new cooktop. 
  • AJ Madison: Another nationwide online retailer with a wide variety of brands. They call themselves "the industry's foremost appliance authority" and offer interest-free financing and free nationwide delivery. They also offer appliance packages that could save you thousands.

About the prices: Since it's become a nationwide market (a global one, even), you're not going to find huge price variance online. The best way to save money is to buy during a sale or to take advantage of a special offer (such as saving 5% by using your Lowe's credit card).

Even though prices will probably be the same (or very close to the same), we suggest checking all the vendors, because you may find a sale price--and even if you don't want to buy from the dealer with the lowest price, you'll probably be able to get the dealer you do want to buy from to price match.

It pays to shop around. 

For more about buying online, see the sections "Getting the Best Deal Online" and "Tips for Buying Online" below.

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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 from several different dealers, and here are five brands with the fewest number of service calls: induction cooktop reviews

  • KitchenAid (including Whirlpool and Jenn-Air)
  • Frigidaire
  • Samsung (including Dacor, owned by Samsung)
  • Bosch Benchmark
  • GE.

This information may sound contrary to what you've read about some brands. This goes back to our discussion about reliability above: remember that you need a lot of data to make a sound decision, and that all major brands are going to have similar reliability rankings (as well as online horror stories, which you should take with a grain of salt). 

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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

  • Extremely responsive, even faster than gas.
  • Provides extremely accurate low temperature heating (for example, no double boiler needed for melting chocolate).
  • Easier to clean than electric and much easier to clean than gas.
  •  Provides a healthier indoor air quality than gas.
  • Keeps your kitchen cooler.
  • Child-proof lock features and cooler hobs make it the safest cooking technology.

Cons

  • More expensive than other cooktops.
  • Induction-compatible cookware is required (must have a magnetic base).
  • 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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Installation Considerations

Important: The following installation topics are meant only for your consideration and not meant to replace the advice or work of a professional installer. Please consult with a professional for best installation results. All the online vendors we work with provide installation services (including Amazon). 

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

Size

Cooktops come in two standard sizes in the US: 30-inch and 36-inch. If you are replacing an existing cooktop, be sure to shop for the right size. If you are building or remodeling and have a choice, then your only size issue is which one you want (and making sure it's installed correctly).

Yes, there are other sizes available. Miele makes a 24-inch cooktop, for example (a nice option for RVs and tiny homes). But you'll have the most options if you go with a 30-inch or 36-inch.

If you go with the same size but switch brands, be sure the new one will fit in the existing hole. To be sure, measure your opening carefully (at least twice!) and look for models with installation specifications that fit. 

Alternatively, you can buy any cooktop you want if you don't mind doing the modifications to make it fit (or paying someone to do the modifications).

If installing yourself: 
Measure twice, make sure you have the right wiring, make sure you get the right mounting kit (if needed), and--we can't emphasize this enough--buy the extended warranty.

Electrical Hookups

Electrical Hookups (Amperage): In general, 30-inch cooktops require a 40 amp hookup, while 36-inch cooktops require a 50 amp hookup. Most homes will have either a 40amp hookup (if the existing cooktop is 30-inch) or 50amp (if the existing cooktop is 36-inch). There's no "wrong" hookup configuration; it's just what's there.

If you live in an older home, your hookup may only be 30amp. 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).

The 30-inch Bosch Benchmark (see it on Amazon) is an exception to this (mostly) standard wiring hookup. It 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.

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

Flush Mount Cooktops

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Some cooktops, like the Miele cooktop shown here, have to be flush mount. That is, inset to the level of your countertop.

While this looks extremely sleek and clean, it's a more complicated installation, particularly if you have granite-type countertops.

If you're not handy and want this look, we suggest you hire a professional installer (all dealers will offer you this option, including Amazon.)

Over-a-Wall-Oven Installation

​Not all induction cooktops will fit over a wall oven. If you want to install an induction cooktop over a wall oven, make sure the cooktop is designed for this installation. 

Even if you're replacing an existing cooktop-over-wall-oven, make sure the induction cooktop you buy will work. A different model or even an upgrade of your existing model may have different installation specs than your old cooktop. 

We include this information in the detailed reviews below for all of our picks.

If you're installing over an oven, make sure the induction cooktop you pick will work in that configuration.

Cooktop Features

This section discusses some of the important daily use features of induction cooktops.

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, and how fast it can produce it. In general, the more, the better--although even the lowest powered induction cooktops are going to be faster and hotter than standard electric cooktops.

To determine how powerful a cooktop is, you want to look at 1) max power per burner, 2) power boost, and 3) total power consumption.

Max power per burner tells you the max wattage available to individual burners. This is the most important spec because this determines how fast and powerful a burner is. 

Max power per burner varies greatly among induction cooktops, and while all are powerful, some offer considerably more power than others. Typically, extremely high power outputs are the result of a power boost feature...

Power Boost: Sometimes called speed boost or other trademarked names, power boost 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 boiling water lightning fast. An induction cooktop can have one burner with power boost, two burners, or all four (like the Bosch Benchmark), although because boost draws power from the other burners, you can't operate more than two burners at a time on boosted power. And when in use, the amount of power available for the other burners is decreased. 

New to our reviews this year is the Miele induction cooktop, which sends an astonishing 7700 watts of power to one burner. This is available on both the 30-inch and 36-inch cooktops. (So in this case, the boost draws power from all the burners to send it to one.) 

Do you need power boost? Induction is inherently faster than gas and electric, so even if you choose a model without a power boost feature, you will appreciate the speed and responsiveness of induction cooking. Yet power boost is a great feature when you want to speed up your cooking time even more. 

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. (So you can see that the power per burner works out to be roughly the same, and a bigger cooktop isn't necessarily going to be more powerful.) These are industry standards and not really important to installation or performance. (The power per burner, discussed above, is the spec that tells you what you really need to know.)

When comparing power, look at the power per burner, as this is the best way to ensure you'll get the performance you want. If the cooktop has power boost, make sure you know both power boost and non-power boost max power specs.

Overall Design

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Ask yourself: Does the cooktop look good in your kitchen? Is it easy to use?

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 to use 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, and some are definitely better than others. The best types have direct controls rather than a menu that uses +/- keys and require multiple presses to change a setting.

Electronic controls 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. 

They can be not so great because no matter how good they are, they're still not as fast as turning a knob.

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We're happy to say that manufacturers seem to be moving away from the menu approach (+/- keys) and toward direct controls. Shown above are the GE Cafe cooktop controls--they call it Glide Touch control--where your finger swipe acts as a knob. It's about the best option for all-electronic controls. 

New in the Frigidaire Gallery--our best priced pick--is a fabulous slider control (replacing a +/- menu that was fairly cumbersome to use):

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This new control pad makes us even more enthusiastic about this highly rated and economical cooktop.

The Samsung induction cooktop offers a magnetic knob which you can place over the control that functions like a manual knob:

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This is a great idea, but the execution leaves something to be desired, requiring a bit of practice and finesse to adjust control. (You can also just use your finger, much like the GE Cafe shown above.) This cooktop has been out for a few years now, but as far as we can tell, Samsung has not improved this feature.

Here's the upshot: Since the controls are such an integral part of daily use, make sure you can live with them. We highly recommend purchasing a model that has controls you find easy to use. For example, you may think you won't mind a menu control because you use it in many other places in your daily life--your phone, your laptop, your thermostat--but a cooktop is different. You really have to be able to change settings as quickly as possible, whether to avoid burning or boiling over or simply to make your time in the kitchen less frustrating. 

Bridge Functionality

The “bridge” feature, "Sync," 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. If you've got visions of whipping out piles of pancakes for a crowd on Saturday mornings, you're going to want an induction cooktop with a good bridging feature.

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. And on some cooktops (like Bosch), one entire side is a heating element, so there are no cold spots between burners. On some cooktops (Bosch again), you can use the large cooking zone for several small pots as well as one large one.  ind uction cooktop reviews

Other cooktops that controls two burners as one, but it only heats the burners and not the space in between (the GE Cafe is an example of this).

So, not all bridged burners are created equally. 

Here's a short video that shows how the bridge functionality works on the Bosch:

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.

You can see how a bevel looks on this Bosch induction cooktop:

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

Safety Features

Induction cooktops have several inherent features that make them safer than other cooking technology. If you have small children in your home, the safety of induction cooking may be an important consideration for you.

First of all, the burners themselves don’t get hot, the pans do; this safety feature is a by-product of how induction heating works. Residual heat can remain after removing a pot, however, and induction cooktops 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.

Also, induction cooktops will not come on without proper cookware in place: they can sense the difference (usually by weight) between, say, a stainless steel utensil and a pot. So unless you have an induction-compatible pot in place, the burner will not come on at all.   induction cooktop reviews

Auto shut-off is another safety feature inherent to induction cooking. As soon as you remove a pot, the magnetic bond is interrupted, causing heating to stop. Most cooktops have a delay feature for convenience--so you can remove a pan for several seconds without having to turn the burner back on--but after this short delay, the burner will turn off. You never have to worry about whether or not you forgot to turn off the cooktop!

Most induction cooktop models also have a lock feature so the cooktop can't be turned on or its settings changed unless you unlock it, making it impossible for children or pets to inadvertently change a setting.

Burner Timers

Most induction cooktops have timers on all burners so you can set the burners to stay on for a certain time and shut off automatically when the time has lapsed. 

Will you use this  feature? You may be surprised how much you'll like it once you start using it. It ups the convenience factor considerably for foods that require an exact amount of cooking time--no worries about forgetting to turn off the heat! induction cooktop reviews

Connectivity

More and more, appliances have connectivity features that allow you to do various things remotely, either with your smart phone, your Alexa-type device, or with other connected appliances via WiFi and/or bluetooth connections. As of this writing (early 2019), for cooktops that largely means that you can integrate the cooktop with a range hood by the same maker. So when you turn on a burner, the range hood comes on automatically.

Is this a feature that you will use, and should it influence your purchasing decision? In all honesty, we aren't big fans of having our entire lives "connected." It can remove your ability to decide how you want to operate your appliances, or at least make it harder. (Do you always want the hood fan on when you cook? We don't.)

However, if you love technical gadgetry, connectivity is an option, and it will probably have more functionality in the future.

Samsung is the best known "connected" brand--not surprising, considering they make the number one selling smart phone on the planet--but others are catching up. We include this information in the reviews below.

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Do I Need Special Induction Cookware?

If you've already researched induction cooktops, you know that you need induction-compatible cookware. However, it's likely that at least some of the cookware you already own will work on an induction cooktop.

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 or a magnetic stainless disc welded to the bottom. Most aluminum cookware makers, such as T-fal, make induction compatible lines of cookware.

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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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

Ceiling Mount Range Hood

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

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Getting the Best Deal Online

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 often 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.  induction cooktop reviews

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. For our purchasing links, we include package info when it's available.

Is There a "Right" Time to Buy?

The best pricing happens in September and October, when next year's models are released, and then again in January, when dealers 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.

Rebates, Special Pricing, and Price Matching

Some dealers offer rebates, sale prices, and price matching, so keep your eyes peeled for those deals, too. 

And some stores offer specials all the time if you do certain things. Lowe's, for example, automatically deducts 5% if you purchase with their store 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 sell to you, and will give you some sort of discount. All you have to do is ask. 

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Tips for Buying Online

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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

You can also check who is selling on Amazon. If it's the manufacturer or a reputable dealer, then all factory warranties should automatically apply. If it's someone you've never heard of, you should assume the warranties are voided unless clearly stated they are not.

How do you determine who the seller is on Amazon? Simple: it says right below the name of the product, as shown here:

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

2. Make Sure Service Is Available Where You Live

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If you read appliance horror stories online, you will find that it is often the result of "terrible service." With induction especially, which is 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, so be sure to check with the dealer before you buy.\

Online dealers usually have service contracts with local dealers in major cities. 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 make sure before you buy. induction cooktop reviews

Samsung is now the number one appliance brand in the United States. But they have a terrible service record, partly because they haven't been able to keep up with demand, and partly because they're based in Korea. Is this a reason not to buy a Samsung induction cooktop? Maybe--you really have to do your research to find out about the dealers and service technicians where you live. This is especially true if you live in a rural area. 

As far as who you buy from, Amazon is probably the riskiest online place to buy from. 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, no matter who you buy from.

3. Read A Lot of Reviews

Once again, as much as we'd like you to buy here--we are an affiliate site and receive a small commission at no cost to you--the smart thing to do is read a lot of reviews. You can check out other independent review sites like this one, as well as user reviews on Lowe's, Home Depot, and Amazon. The point is to find out as much as you can about a product before buying it.

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 a product, while 1 star reviews are the unlucky folks who got a rare lemon and bad service (often for the reasons mentioned above).

This doesn't mean you should ignore 5-star and 1-star reviews. But you should read several of each, as well as the ones in the middle, for the most balanced feedback.

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

Coolest Technology: Thermador Freedom (CIT36XKB)

Thermador Freedom Cooktop

The Thermador Freedom induction cooktop is one of the coolest cooktops on the market. The entire surface functions as one large burner that automatically adjusts to the size and shape of the pan you place on it. 

(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 elements, divided into left and right halves.
  • 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.
  • Made in USA.
  • 2 year factory warranty on parts and labor.
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 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?

Probably not. 

Certifications

CSA certified.

Warranty

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

(We strongly recommend you purchase the extended warranty from whichever dealer you buy from.)

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) 
  • Many reviewers have had issues with the cooktop and poor service from Thermador
  • Expensive.

Thermador Freedom Packages

People often purchase the Freedom induction cooktop with Thermador wall oven(s) and range hood.

See Thermador Freedom package at appliancesconnection.com

Buy This Cooktop If:

Buy this cooktop if money is no object and you love the Freedom technology. 

NOTE: Comes in 36-inch size only.

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Consumer Reports Favorite: GE Cafe

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Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

Consumer Reports loooves this cooktop, as well as the other GE induction cooktops. We like the GE Cafe best because it's in the middle of the price range, with the top-priced Monogram not offering anything else in the way of features (though it comes in more colors), and the Profile not having the finger swipe controls that we love so much (yes, the Profile costs significantly less, but if price is your main concern, go with the Frigidaire Gallery, which has similar power and much better controls).

Features

  • Café fit guarantee: GE guarantees seamless installation
  • One touch finger swipe controls
  • Digital display
  • Sync burners
  • 3,700W burner for fast heating
  • Low heat Melt setting
  • Warming zone
  • Timer on all burners
  • Kitchen timer
  • WiFi connectivity to control cooktop from your smart phone
  • Sous vide functionality: Precision Cooking Probe included; uses Bluetooth to communicate with cooktop to maintain a set temperature between 100-200 degrees F.*
  • Griddle included
  • 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.

*Not all dealers include this probe. 

Design

The 30-in. GE Cafe is laid out like this, with the power of each burner indicated:

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The 36-in. Cafe looks like this:

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The controls are in the front center of the cooktop. Each control is backlit so they're easy to see and adjust (see below).

The cooktop is a dark gray color which is slightly lighter than most induction cooktops. 

Controls

The GE Cafe controls are some of the best in the industry, with a one-touch finger swipe for each burner that works exactly like a knob:

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These make this cooktop about as easy and intuitive to use as you'll find with electronic controls. Each control is backlit so you can see at a glance where each burner is set. The digital display is large and also easy to read. 

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Safety Features

  • Auto pot sensing
  • Auto shutoff after pan removal
  • Hot surface indicator lights
  • One touch all-off control
  • Safety control lock.

Specifications

GE Cafe Induction Cooktop

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):

6,400@208V/7,400@240V

9,600@208V/11,100@240V

Hookup Required:

40A/208-240V

50A/208-240V

Number of Burners:

4

5

Burner Sizes (Inches):

Front Left:

Back Left:

Front Right:

Back Right:

Center:


7 in.

7 in.

11 in.

6 in.

N/A


7 in.

7 in.

8 in.

6 in.

11 in.

Power per Burner:

Front Left (Normal/Boost):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Front Right (Normal/Boost):

Back Right (Normal/Boost):

Center (Normal/Boost):


2,500W

2,500W

3,700W

1,800W

N/A


2,500W

2,500W

3,200W

1,800W

3,700W

Surface Size in Inches (WxDxH):

29.75 x 20.875 x 4.625

36 x 20.375 x 4.625

Cutout Requirements in Inches (WxDxH)

28.5 x 19.625 x 4.625 


33.875 x 19.125 x 4.625

Weight (lbs):

45

57

Install Over Oven?

Check with retailer or installer

Check with retailer or installer

Warranty 

1 year limited manufacturer's warranty.

(We strongly recommend you purchase the extended warranty from whichever dealer you buy from.)

Certifications

ADA compliant, UL listed.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Excellent controls
  • Reliable brand
  • Number one pick of Consumer Reports.

Cons:

  • No power boost
  • Sync burner only heats burners only (not area in between)
  • Most powerful burner only 3,700W.

GE Packages

GE 4-piece package with wall oven, dishwasher, and French door refrigerator at appliancesconnection.com

Buy This Cooktop If:

Buy this cooktop if you like the controls (they're superb), the color (gray rather than black), and you don't mind that it lacks a few features (no power boost) and its most powerful burner is only 3,700W.

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Check out the GE Cafe Induction Cooktop on Amazon (30 in.):

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Best Deal (Among High Reliability Brands): Frigidaire Gallery


All new design for 2019! Better controls--same low price!

Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops
Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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) for less than $1000--both sizes!. And being Frigidaire, you don't have to worry about quality.

Even more exciting is that Frigidaire has come out with a new design that is much easier to use--as good as any induction cooktop on the market (and better than some that cost thousands more). You no longer have to scroll through a menu to set a burner. Each burner has its own, simple to use bar display. 

The Gallery no longer has a power boost feature, but increases its highest power setting from 3,400W to 3,800W, which is about the industry average. It can't compete with the crazy power of the Miele, but it's still plenty powerful--and fast--compared to gas or electric.

This induction cooktop gets great reviews from all sources. It is definitely a favorite among consumers.

We're very excited about these changes, and highly recommend this cooktop, no matter what your budget is!​​​

Features  

  • 3,800W 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.
  • 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.
  • Timer
  • Frigidaire Fit Promise (see below)
  • ADA compliant, UL listed.
  • I year manufacturer warranty.

The Frigidaire Fit Promise

To sweeten the deal, Frigidaire guarantees that any Gallery cooktop will fit in an existing cutout, or they will reimburse you up to $100 for the cost of modifications.

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Design

It's hard to see in the photos above, but Frigidaire changed the burner layout considerably. Both models have the largest burner in the center, the medium burner(s) in the front, and the smallest burner(s) in the back. You might be able to see it better here:

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(This is the 30-inch cooktop. The 36-inch cooktop has an additional burner in the right rear.)

You may love this or hate it, depending on how you cook. Having the large burner in the center might cause the handle to get in the way of other pots, while having it to one side makes it easier to keep the handle out of the way. 

On the other hand, since you'll probably be using the largest burner the most often, it's nice that it's located front and center.

Either way, we like the new configuration and didn't have a problem using the cooktop.

Controls

The controls are new this year, and have greatly improved the usability of this stove. Each burner has its own "slider" style control that you merely drag your finger across:

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The control panel is so simple, there's really nothing else to explain. In a word, it's fabulous: possibly the best controls we've seen yet on an induction cooktop.

The digital display is red. 

Safety Features

  • Hot-Surface Indicator Light for each burner.
  • Auto shutoff when pan is removed
  • Auto pan size sensing (safer and more economical).

Specifications

Frigidaire Gallery Induction Cooktop

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):

8,400

10,800 

Hookup Required:

40A/208-240V

45A/208-240V

Number of Burners:

4

5

Burner Sizes (Inches):

Front Left:

Back Left:

Center:

Front Right:

Back Right:


7 in.

6 in.

10 in.

7 in.

N/A


8 in.

6 in.

10 in.

8 in.

6 in.

Power per Burner:

Front Left (Normal/Boost):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Front Right (Normal/Boost):

Back Right (Normal/Boost):

Center (Normal/Boost):


2,600W

2,000W

2,000W

N/A

3,800W


3,200W

2,000W

3,200W

2,000W

3,800W

Surface Size in Inches (WxDxH):

30.75 x 21.5 x 4.325

36.75 x 21.5 x 4.325

Cutout Requirements in Inches (WxDxH)

29.625 x 20.5 x 4.5 (max)

28.5 x 19.625 x 4.5 (min)


36.125 x 20.5 x 4.5 (max)

33.825 x 19.125 x 4.5 (min)

Weight (lbs):

43

50

Install Over Oven?

Approved for Frigidaire wall oven 

Approved for Frigidaire wall oven

Certifications

ADA compliant; UL listed.

Warranty

Limited one year manufacturer warranty with extended functional parts protection.

(We strongly recommend you purchase the extended warranty from whichever dealer you buy from.)

Packages Available for Frigidaire Gallery

See package options at appliancesconnection.com.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Excellent "slider" controls
  • Lowest priced induction cooktop on the market (among reputable brands).

Cons:

  • No bridge functionality
  • No power boost
  • With max burner power of 3,800W, it's about average in the industry.

Buy This Cooktop If:

Buy this cooktop if you want a great deal and don't mind its basic features. It's new controls are highly, highly recommended and are better than some cooktops costing thousands more.

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Check out the Frigidaire Gallery on Amazon (both sizes):

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Most Powerful: Miele KM6365/KM6375

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Here's the 30-inch Miele cooktop:

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Here's the 36-inch Miele cooktop:

Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

Miele, a German company best known for their vacuum cleaners and dishwashers in the US, has been making induction cooktops for a long time (induction is much more popular in Europe than in the US). They're top of the line, and a good product, but hadn't put out any really interesting options--until now. When we heard about this super powerful cooktop, we were really excited to give it a whirl. 

It did not disappoint. Miele has really put all their excellent design into this induction cooktop. In addition to having the most powerful boost feature on the market at an astonishing 7,700 watts--that's about twice as powerful as average--it's got several other features that make it a pleasure to use.

The cooktop can be mounted with a stainless frame above your counter:

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Or it can be mounted flush with your counter without a frame:

Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

The flush mount looks great, but it can be a little tricky to get right. If you're not handy, we recommend using a professional installer. Also, if you use a certified Miele installation specialist, you double your manufacturer warranty from 1 year to 2 years.

Features

  • Twin Booster technology: essentially two boost levels, so you can use other cooking zones while on  boost if needed, or send all power to the boosted cooking zone. 
  • Max boost power of 7,700W (to bridged flex zone only)
  • Power Flex zone allows power boost to any size/shape pan that works on the cooktop
  • Variable cooking zones from 6 in. up to 9x15 in.
  • WiFi connectivity connects cooktop to Miele hood for automatic function
  • 12 power levels
  • Stop&Go setting to reduce cooking zone heat to Level 1, then back to original setting with 1 touch
  • Auto pot sensing--no need to select cooking zone, just select power level
  • Keep Warm setting
  • Direct select controls
  • Auto Heatup reduces power boost to prevent burning
  • Individual Settings feature allows you to customize burners to your preferences
  • Programmable On/Off timer (set cooktop to start cooking when you're not in the kitchen)
  • Made in Germany
  • 1 year limited manufacturer warranty, extended to 2 years if cooktop is installed by an authorized Miele installer.

Layout/Cooking Zones

Rather than just having burners/hobs, the Miele induction cooktop has what they call "cooking zones." These zones make it easy to use the proper-sized cookware with the right  burner. See the photos above for an idea of how these zones are laid out.

The 36-inch cooktop has 5 variable cooking zones:

  • (1) vario zone of 4-6"
  • (1) vario zone of 51/2-8"
  • (2) vario zones of 6-9"
  • (1) vario zone of 7-11"

The 30-inch cooktop has 4 variable cooking zones:

  • 1 vario zone of 4 - 6"
  • 2 vario zones of 6 - 9"
  • 1 vario zone of 7 - 11"

These zones allow you to use different sized pots and the cooktop will automatically heat to the size of the pot. In other words, the burners can accommodate several pan sizes, including a square pan (such as a griddle) up to 11 inches long and 7 inches wide. You can also use power boost on any pan of these sizes. (Many cooktops only have power boost for the largest burner.)

With this system, you can place pans where they will heat with the most efficiency. 

The burner placement gets high praise from many users because the largest burner is in the front and the flex zone and large burner do not interfere with each other. The layout is a little bit unusual because of how Miele "zoned" the cooktop, but it's highly functional.

The cooktop is sleek black with red digital display. Controls are on the front right side of the cooktop.

Controls

The cooktop has direct controls for each burner. You set the cooktop by simply touching the display at the heating level you want. Other controls--lock, timer, etc.--are located next to the burner controls.

Here's the 30-inch cooktop control panel:

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To compare, here's the 36-inch cooktop control panel:

Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

There's no need to first select the burner. If a pot is placed, you can set the heat by touching the heat level you want.

Safety Features

While induction cooking is inherently safer than gas or electric because it won't operate without induction-compatible cookware, this Miele induction cooktop has some impressive additional safety features. If safety is a big concern for you, definitely consider this cooktop.

  • Safety Plus allows one touch temp reduction for entire cooktop
  • Residual heat indicator lights
  • Lock feature to prevent setting changes
  • Auto pan size sensing
  • Pan required for cooktop to power on
  • Auto shutoff for overheating/long run time.

Specifications

Note: We suggest verifying the cutout and other installation requirements with Miele documentation. These specs are provided as guidelines only.

Miele Induction Cooktop

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):

8,400

11,500

Hookup Required:

40A/208-240V

50A/208-240V

Burner Zones:

4 zones:

-1 vario zone of 4 - 6"

-2 vario zones of 6 - 9"

-1 vario zone of 7 - 11"

5 zones:

-(1) vario zone of 4-6"

-(1) vario zone of 51/2-8"

-(2) vario zones of 6-9"

-(1) vario zone of 7-11"

Power per Burner (@240V):

Frnt Left(Normal/Boost1/2):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Frnt Rt (Normal/Boost):

Back Rt (Normal/Boost1/2):

Center (Normal/Boost1/2):


2,500/3,100/3,850W

1,450/1,900

N/A

2,200/3,100/3,850W

2,200/3,100/3,850W


2,200/3,100/3,850W

2,200/3,100/3,850W

1,450/1,900W

2,500/3,100/3,850W

1,950/2,600W

Surface Size in Inches (WxDxH):

30.313 x 20.186 x 5.1

35.875 x 19.313

Cutout Requirements in Inches (WxDxH)

29.563 x 19.313 

35 x 19.625

Counter Thickness:

1.125 -- 1.313

1.125 -- 1.313

Wt/Shipping Wt (lbs):

50/53

58/66

Install Over Oven?

Check with installer

Check with installer

Warranty

1 year limited manufacturer warranty, extended to 2 years if cooktop is installed by an authorized Miele installer.

(We strongly recommend you also purchase the extended warranty from whichever dealer you buy from.)

Miele Packages

4 piece Miele package with oven, warming drawer, and dishwasher at appliancesconnection.com

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • 7,700W of power on bridged burner power boost (most powerful induction cooktop on the market)
  • 2 levels of power boost
  • Variable cooking zones for perfect efficiency
  • Direct touch controls.

Cons:

  • Flush mount looks great, but can be troublesome to get right
  • Expensive.

Buy This Cooktop If:

If you want the most powerful cooktop on the market and you have a big budget, this is the cooktop to get.

Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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Check out the Meile induction cooktop at appliancesconnection.com (both sizes):

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Best "Smart" Features: Samsung 7000 Series Induction Cooktop

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Samsung introduced this cooktop in 2017 and has not updated it since. 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 and recently became the number one appliance seller in the US. With all of its features and its amazing power (4,800W power boost on largest burner), this cooktop is meant to compete in the affordable luxury category against Bosch and Jenn-Air. It has several other high tech, geeky features that put it in that category.

Unfortunately, there are some issues with this cooktop. For one thing, Samsung now has a terrible reputation for technical service, as they haven't been able to keep up with their rapid growth in the US. And according to many reviewers, this cooktop has some issues. So while it's cool, and most consumers have been thrilled with it, tread carefully. As much as we love this cooktop and think it very cool, we recommend it with caution. Make sure you have certified technicians where you live just in case you have problems with it.

Despite some negative user reviews on Amazon and elsewhere, Consumer Reports gives this cooktop a rating of 97, with only the GE Cafe rated higher (99). So if you do like this cooktop, you're in good company.

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 (compare to Thermador Freedom).
  • 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

The magnetic knob isn't the most sensitive, and it can take some practice to use it smoothly and quickly. It's a neater feature on paper than it is in execution.

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.

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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

Countertop Thickness (in):

Cell

1.125 -- 1.313

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.

(We strongly recommend you purchase the extended warranty from whichever dealer you buy from.)

Packages Available for Samsung

Appliancesconnection.com has a number of Samsung packages available. See them here:

Samsung 4-piece package with side-by-side refrigerator

Samsung 4-piece package with French door refrigerator

Samsung 4-piece package with 4-door French door refrigerator

WiFi-Connected Hoods

Wall-mount Samsung hood at appliancesconnection.com

Under-cabinet ducted Samsung hood at appliancesconnection.com

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Excellent smart features
  • Manual or electronic controls.
  • 4,800 max burner power on boost (higher than industry average).

Cons:

  • Still fairly new to market, so it's an unproven product.
  • Samsung service has not kept up with their sales, with long waits for parts and servicing (hint: buy from a dealer who provides their own servicing).

Buy This Cooktop If:

If you want a powerful cooktop with all the standard features plus Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to your smart phone and a Samsung range hood, 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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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. (This was not for induction cooktops, but for all Bosch appliances.)

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 less money.

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 older wiring in your home. The FlexInduction feature is great for large pans, and is a "real" bridge feature, meaning the whole area heats, not just the burner it connects.

This cooktop has Power Boost to all the 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.
  • Max power 3,700W on boost (both models).
  • 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, under-glass 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, including:

  • 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/Boost):

Front Left (Normal/Boost):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Front Right(Normal/Boost):

Front Right(Normal/Boost):

Back Right (Normal/Boost):

Center (Normal/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.

(We strongly recommend you purchase the extended warranty from whichever dealer you buy from.)

Bosch Appliance Packages

Bosch 3 piece package with range hood and double wall oven

Bosch 4 piece package with range hood, double wall oven, and dishwasher

Bosch 6 piece package with double wall oven, range hood, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator

Bosch 3 piece package with single wall oven and refrigerator.

If you go to the Bosch cooktop page at appliancesconnection.com, you can also look at wall oven options to go with this cooktop.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Great all around cooktop
  • 30amp wiring for 30-in. (most use 40a)
  • 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 it 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.

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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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