Induction Cooktops: We Review the Best Built-Ins of 2017

​This article, Induction Cooktops: We Review the Best Built-ins of 2017, was last updated: February 2017

frying egg on induction cooktop

Induction cooktops are the future! They're efficient, sleek, and have a cool factor that goes through the roof. Here's a look at the best built-in induction cooktops in 30-inch and 36-inch sizes . For quick recommendations, read the next section. To learn about what makes an induction cooktop great, read What to Know Before You Buy. For the detailed reviews, scroll down or click in the table of contents.

See these other articles on induction cooking:

​Bosch Induction Cooktop Reviews

Best Induction Range of 2017​

Best Portable Induction Burners

Advantages of Cooking with Induction

A Guide to the Best Induction Cookware​

​If you don't want to read the whole article, use the table of contents links to click to sections.

​The Best Induction Cooktops At a Glance

30-Inch Induction Cooktops:

Model

Amazon Rating

App. Price

Bosch Benchmark

$3000

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GE Profile

$1200

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Frigidaire Gallery

$800

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36-Inch Induction Cooktops:

Model

Amazon Rating

App. Price

Thermador CIT365KM

$5200

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GE Cafe 

$2000

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GE Profile

$1600

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What is Induction and How Does It Work?

Induction works by magnetism. It needs an electric current and a magnetic pot or pan to complete the circuit. Without the pan, the burner won't get hot. (This is also why you need induction-compatible cookware to use with an induction cooktop.

​Here's a short video that explains how induction cooktops work:

​Who Is Induction For?

If you've been using conventional electric, switching to induction is a no-brainer. Induction gives you the precision and instantaneous​ control of gas without the mess. It's also more efficient than conventional electric, cooler, and safer (the burners don't get nearly as hot).

PeopleCooking

Induction is for people who love to cook...and those who don't, too.

If you have a gas cooktop, then you have a more difficult decision to make. It's not all that difficult to install the wiring for an induction cooktop, but gas cooking is cheaper than electric cooking and many people who've switched to induction from gas miss the "feel" of it. However, gas is messier than induction, and is also actually less responsive. 

Our suggestion is to try induction out. You can buy a portable induction burner for less than $100, and most people find it a nice addition to their kitchen for having company or cooking outdoors on a hot day. Check out our article on portable burners. A portable won't quite replicate the experience of a full-sized cooktop, but it will give you an idea of how induction works.

What To Know Before You Buy

There are three main factors to consider when buying induction cooktops (or any cooktop, for that matter): size/installation considerations, power, and budget. Pretty much everything else is a matter of personal preference.

Size​ and Installation Considerations

Measure Your Space

Built-in induction cooktops in the US come in two standard sizes: 30-inch and 36-inch. Make sure you're shopping for the right size for your space!

Electrical Hookups

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. 

If you have 30 amp wiring and want to buy a 40 or 50 amp cooktop, don’t despair. You can have wiring upgraded 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.

Also: if you plan to install the cooktop over an oven, make sure the model you buy is compatible. Most, but not all cooktops, will fit over an oven. Check the specifications (in the reviews below) to make sure.

Don't worry too much about installation requirements. If you're replacing an old cooktop, you should be fine, and if you have new construction or are doing a remodel, your contractor will know what to do!

Power

electrical cord

Power is a measure of how much heat induction cooktops can produce. Most people want as much power as they can get. It’s a little more complicated than that, though. Different manufacturers divide power up differently, and it can sometimes be confusing to understand how much power you have available in different situations. And in fact, these stats are sometimes simply not listed, or listed in such a way that they are difficult to interpret. Total power is good to know, but power per burner and power boost are what you most need to understand when it comes to induction cooking. We include these specs in all of our reviews.

Power Per Burner: The REAL Measure of Functionality

Power per burner is a measure of the maximum wattage a burner can produce. The more wattage, the more heat, so it’s an important factor in choosing induction cooktops. The thing is, nearly all electric stoves (not just induction) have a maximum power output which, when divided by four or five (the number of burners), can’t possibly output to all the burners simultaneously. The math makes it impossible.

For example, most 30-inch stoves have a total wattage somewhere around 7400, with the max wattage on the biggest burner or bridge element at or near 3600--almost half the total. This means that the other 3800 watts must be divided among the other three (or four) burners. So they can’t possibly all operate at their maximum simultaneously.

The good news is that you rarely need to use all four burners at the same time. And if you do, you don’t need them to be going at full capacity. You might have a marinara sauce simmering on low while the pasta is boiling, and maybe some cauliflower steaming on a third burner. Rarely do you have all the burners operating at the same time, and even more rarely would you want them all at max output.

Therefore, while total power is nice to know, the most important spec is max power per burner. If you know this, you can make a more informed decision about which cooktop will work best for how you cook.

Does a max wattage of 3600 make a huge difference over a max wattage of 3200? Eh. The truth is, you can probably do everything you need to do on a 3200W max burner. You just won't be able to do it as quickly. So if you want to amaze your friends by boiling water in three minutes or less (or even if you just want to get in and out of the kitchen ASAP), go for the higher wattage per burner.

Power Boost

Power boost is a feature exclusive to induction cooktops, and it’s pretty cool. It allows a burner to pull an extreme amount of power for short periods of time. This is how induction cooktops can boil water so quickly (typically in less than half the time of conventional electric). You can’t sustain power boost for very long for the same reason you can’t run all the burners at maximum output: the math doesn’t work. But being able to pull a huge amount of power for even a short time is a useful feature. Once you’ve experienced it, it’s hard to live without.

Many induction cooktops offer power boost to the largest burner only. But some (such as the Bosch we review below) offer power boost to all the burners. This is a great feature because you aren’t limited to using a certain burner or pan size. (On some induction cooktops, pans have to fit within an inch of the burner size or the burner won't work.) But keep in mind that you probably won't be able to use power boost on more than one burner at a time.

Note that if a model has power boost, the max power listed by manufacturers is the power boost power. In our reviews, we list power boost and regular power for all models that have this feature.

​Budget

If you are considering induction cooktops, then budget may not be a major issue for you (lucky you!). Even so, you still have to ask yourself the age-old question, “How much do I want to spend?” Induction cooktops come in a wide price range, starting somewhere around $1000 and going up into the several-thousand-dollar range.

If you buy on the low end, you’re going to sacrifice something. You may get decent power, but have to deal with a terrible interface. Or you may get a great bridge element (another feature unique to induction that allows you to use two burners as one for large cookware), but without the power of a pricier unit. This is why it’s important to know how much you want to spend, and what you’re willing to live without.

How much do you have to spend to get what you really want? As with so many things, it depends. Top of the line is going to run over $3000--but you can get a very nice cooktop for about half that price. Our reviews for all the induction cooktops get into a lot of detail on available features.

​Everything Else

Once you understand the broad strokes, it's time to consider the details. Here are the ones we think are most important.

Controls

For some, controls may be more than a detail; they may be a deciding factor.

Here’s the thing. Nearly all induction cooktops have computerized touchpad controls, as opposed to the manual knobs you'll still find on most gas cooktops. These controls are built in to the cooktop, and this has both advantages and disadvantages.​

Advantages of Electronic Controls

The big advantage is that induction cooktops are one smooth surface--no knobs to clean! And when you’re done cooking, you can just wipe the whole thing down and you’re done--this is so easy because the cooktop surface doesn't get hot like with other cooking methods. People love this feature of induction cooking, and dread the possibility of ever going back to the greasy, grimy, stuck-on, splattered-on mess of conventional electric or gas cooking. Also, because the controls are embedded in the glass, there’s no danger of them being damaged by spills or breaking.

Disadvantages of Electronic Controls​

​The big disadvantage is that many of these interfaces are slower to operate than conventional knobs. Because you’re basically selecting from a menu (like a software program), there can be a lot of pressing of buttons to achieve a setting--without a mouse to simplify matters. (If you're old enough to remember using a computer without a mouse, you know what I mean--and if you're not, just try to imagine using drop-down menus for everything).

For example, you typically have to turn the power on (then sometimes wait for the cooktop's computer to power up, which can take 15-30 seconds). Then you have to adjust the burner setting, which may be several key presses. Then you have to press again when you want to turn the setting down to medium or low. 

Is It a Deal Breaker? We Don't Think So...But Make Sure It Works For YOU

Some people don't mind this, and say it takes just a few seconds at most. But some people hate it. So when choosing an induction cooktop, you may want to figure out which camp you're in before you buy.

​We explain the control pads in enough detail for you to understand the pros and cons of each unit. Reading the reviews on Amazon can also give you an idea of what daily usage of the unit is like.

As a general rule, all induction cooktops have electronic controls, or at least a combination of electronic and manual. So all of them will require more input than turning a knob. Another general rule is that you will pay a premium for a better interface. But what makes it a better interface, you ask? Well, the Bosch reviewed here senses the pot so you don’t have to select a burner, and it has a “swipe” type pad for selecting a setting. And the GE Cafe has a pad that simulates turning a knob with just your fingertip (very slick). Both options dramatically reduce the amount of tapping. But no electronic interface has gotten to the point of good old knob-turning simplicity.

You may not think this is all that important, but keep in mind that this is something you will use every day, sometimes several times a day. So make sure you can live with the controls on the unit you buy.

"Bridge" Functionality​

The “bridge” feature is unique to induction cooktops (and ranges). Different manufacturers give it different names, but basically, it 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 higher-end cooktops, one entire side is a heating element, so there are no cold spots whatsoever--and this large cooking zone can be used for several small pots as well as one large one. It’s one of those things that might sound cool, but unnecessary--however, people who have it love it, and tend to use it a lot.

Safety Features
CookingFire

This will never happen with induction.

All induction tops have several safety features that make them faaaaar safer than conventional electric and gas. First of all, the burners themselves don’t get hot (the pans do), so this safety feature is a by-product of the technology. Residual heat can remain after removing a pot, however, and most models have indicator lights to alert you of this. Most models have auto shut-off, too, which turns the burner off after several seconds when a pot is removed. Most also will not turn on without proper cookware in place: they can sense the difference (usually by weight) between, say, a metal spatula and a pot.

Design

Design is, of course, a personal preference. The truth is, though, that beyond the control panel, there aren’t a lot of differences between the overall look and feel of induction cooktops. Most cooktops are black or stainless/gray, with gray or off-white burners and controls. Indicator lights are either red or blue. On many models, you can pay a little extra for a stainless steel edge (this offers some protection against chipping, but can also be a place for food particles to lodge). The controls are in the front of the unit, usually under the glass.

Your choices are pretty much limited to these options. Because of this, you should focus on functionality, as this is where your money will be best invested. Not that aesthetics aren’t important; they are. But any model you choose should look good in any modern kitchen.

Induction Cookware

If you've done any research on induction cooktops, you probably know by now that you need special cookware. Because an induction coil is a magnet, you need magnetic cookware--or at least, cookware that has a magnetic bottom. Cast iron works well, as is clad stainless steel (newer clad stainless should all work with induction, but older clad stainless--prior to the mid-1990s or so--may not). As induction cooking gets more and more popular, most manufacturers have special lines of induction cookware, and state whether their cookware will work with induction cooktops. Some portable induction burner manufacturers, such as Duxtop, also make a line of inexpensive induction cookware that will work with all induction cooktops.

Cuisinart 12 pc set

Clad stainless is the best induction cookware.

Other than cast iron and enameled cast iron, don't be surprised if your pans don't work on an induction stove. Aluminum, copper, and many types of stainless (especially older stainless) are non-magnetic metals. Before investing in an expensive induction cooktop, test your pan bottoms with a magnet. If it sticks, you're good. If it doesn't, you'll need to invest in some new pots and pans if you decide to go with induction.

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

Best Induction Cooktops: 30 Inch Models​

First Place: Bosch Benchmark Series: 30” FlexInduction (NITP066UC/NITP066SUC)

Price: About $3000

Bosch Benchmark induction cooktop

The Bosch Benchmark Series (without stainless trim).

What Makes This Cooktop Great?

Bosch is one of the most respected names in induction cooktops. 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.

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The Benchmark Series is Bosch’s premier cooktop because of its “FlexInduction” technology. It comes in two styles, one all black (the “UC”) and one with stainless steel trim (the “SUC”). The stainless trim looks offers some protection against chipping and a different aesthetic. Otherwise, the two models are identical.

Pros: FlexInduction, intuitive controls, and 3600W of power makes this induction top usable and powerful.

Cons: Expensive, unable to apply power boost to all 4 burners at a time (although this is true for all cooktops).

What Is FlexInduction?

Flexinduction does something incredibly cool: it makes the whole flex zone a burner. This differs from the “bridge” element of other brands because not only can two burners be controlled as one, but the entire surface of the flex area is a burner. Thus, the flex zone can not only accommodate large pans, it can also heat several small pans simultaneously. The "PotSense" feature senses the pan size and adjusts automatically--wherever you place it in the flex zone.

How cool is that! Here's a Bosch video of the FlexInduction technology:

The technical (or marketing) term for this feature is "zoneless" induction. Currently, it is available only from high-end manufacturers such as Bosch and Thermador (Thermador is owned by Bosch). No doubt, it will become more widely available as the demand for it grows.

Design​

bosch benchmark induction cooktop closeup

This sleek cooktop is black with gray lines to indicate burners and controls. It has a large center burner, a small burner to the right, and the flex zone to the left. The flex zone is denoted as a large rectangle rather than two round burners, so you’ll never forget that basically the whole left side of the top is a burner. The control is a touchpad on the glass surface in the front center of the unit. The display is easy to read and intuitive to operate.

Color: Black with red display

Cooktop Surface Size (in.): 31 x 21.25

Burner Size (in.): 11, 9.8, 8.9, 6.

​Number of Heat Settings on Burners: 17.

Power​

Both the center burner and the flex burners (when used together) can draw an impressive 3600 watts. The small burner draws a max of 1800 watts. The precision of this cooktop is also phenomenal. Each burner has 17 settings. This makes Bosch one of the most precise induction units on the market.

Unlike many other brands, which offer power boost to only the biggest burner, Bosch’s “SpeedBoost” is available on all four burners. Although they can’t all be used simultaneously, this is still a really cool feature: it allows you to power boost any size or shape of pan. So if you got a late start on dinner, no problem: the Bosch SpeedBoost makes induction cooking even faster!

Max Output per Burner (Watts): 3600 (largest burner and flex zone), 1800 to smallest burner.

Controls​

The many control features are what give this unit its immense cool factor. And this goes beyond the FlexInduction, which is enough in and of itself to make this guy special. The controls are incredibly easy to use. You just put the pot down, turn on the power, and select a setting. Bam! Now you’re cooking, and no burner selection needed. I’m not sure if this “PotSense” feature is worth the extra money, but it does make this unit dead simple to use.

All four burners also have timers, so you can “set and forget” whether you’re frying bacon on a griddle, boiling pasta, simmering stock--or all of the above. You may not use this feature; after all, you’ve gotten by this far in life without timers on your burners. But it’s nice to know it’s there if you need it.

Safety Features​

The unit has numerous safety features, including:

  • ​Auto shutoff: turns the burner off if a pan is removed.
  • Safety lock: prevents unwanted activation.
  • Temperature lock on burners: the temp on burners in use cannot be changed.
  • "SafeStart": prevents activation without cookware in position.

Installation Specs

The Bosch Benchmark is one of the few induction cooktops in the 30-inch category that requires only a 30 amp circuit (most require 40). This makes it a particularly good choice if you live in an older house. It means that if you are replacing an existing electric cooktop, it’s unlikely that you will have to upgrade your wiring. This could save you a great deal of time and money on installation.

Not all 30-inch cooktops have the same drop-in sizes, so this is an important consideration as well. Verify that the cutout sizes below will work in your kitchen.

Total Power Output (Watts): 7200​

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/30A

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 28.75

Height (in.): 4.125

Install over an oven?  The short answer seems to be no, but check specifications and/or consult with the manufacturer for a definitive answer.

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

Certifications

CSA Listed.

Warranty

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

Summary​

If you’re looking for top-end performance, a cool factor that goes through the roof, and money is no object, then this is the unit for you. All Bosch induction cooktops are consistently rated highly by consumers. The FlexInduction technology gives this unit the high price tag, but it is one of the most practical and useful features around. It makes this one of the highest rated induction cooktops. Highly recommended. (With and without stainless steel edge below.)

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Second Place: GE Profile 30” Induction Cooktop (PHP9030DJBB)

Price: About $1200

GE Profile 30 inch induction cooktop

GE Profile induction cooktop.

What Makes This Unit Great?

The GE Profile series of appliances is popular for its durability, reliability, and affordability. Profile induction cooktops are no exception. It is highly rated by consumers for its power, ease of use, safety features and more. There are two 30-inch models, one with stainless steel (the SJSS) and one without (the DJBB). You’ll pay about a hundred dollars more for the stainless steel edge; otherwise, the models are identical.

GE also has a higher end Cafe series of cooktops, which has the same power but a different appearance and a few more features, including the “Glide Touch” control pad, which is one of the best touchpads on the market. We review the 36-inch Cafe model below.

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Here are the highlights:

  • ​4 elements, including an 11 inch, 3700 Watt element (so, it can boil water twice as fast as conventional electric!)
  • Timer
  • Melt setting to heat gently without burning
  • "Sync-Burner" capability for heating large cookware like griddles
  • Hot surface indicator
  • Automatic pan detection and shut-off if pan is removed
  • Safety lock on controls.

Pros: Has the highest power rating (3700W/burner) available in the 30-inch category, Burner-Sync capability for large cookware, excellent safety features, and is more affordable than the Bosch Benchmark.

Cons: Lacks power boost, smaller burner size may limit the number of large pans you can use at one time, controls are clunky.

Design

The GE Profile is black with gray burners and controls. It has red indicator lights. The control touchpad is in the front center of the unit. It has a symmetrical, very usable burner layout. The largest burner is on the right, the smallest burner is in the rear center, and the two synced burners are on the left, and clearly indicated in the layout. Having the largest burner off to one side makes using large pans easier and safer.

Cooktop Surface Size (in.): 30 x 21.5

Burner Size (in.): 11, 7, 7, 6.

Controls​

The controls are the big drawback on this model, and if it weren't for its high power rating, this cooktop would not have made our list.

While many people--most of them probably a generation younger than me--don’t mind touchpad controls, I find that they can be slow and inconvenient if they involve repeated pressing. Unfortunately, this unit has one of the worst interfaces in its class. As you can see in the photo, the controls at first look like a confusing mess, with pluses and minuses all over the place that you have to make sense of. And once you do make sense of them, you’ll realize that you have to press the plus or minus repeatedly to reach the setting you want.

Many people don’t mind this, or at least are content to live with it if they like the other features of the unit and don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars more for alittle added convenience. And frankly, most induction tops we review here have similar controls; this one just happens to be one of the least intuitive. Since this is otherwise a very powerful, reliable cooktop with a huge number of positive reviews, I can recommend it despite its less-than-stellar interface. But if you are like me and prefer a better interface, this may not be the cooktop for you.

Power​

At 3700W, the Profile’s largest burner has the most powerful capacity in this class, comparable to more expensive brands such as Bosch. Like most units in the 30-inch category, it requires a 40 amp hookup.

Max Output per Burner (W): 3700, 2500, 2500, 1800.​

Number of Heat Settings on Burners: Ranges from Low to High, including Melt setting for delicate heating.

Installation Considerations​

Not all 30-inch units have the same cutout size or power requirements, so even if you are replacing an existing cooktop you should verify that this unit will fit in your kitchen (or make the necessary modifications). It would be a shame to look forward to your new cooktop, only to find that you have to cut an extra quarter of an inch out of your counter to make it fit.​

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40A

Total Power Output (W): 7400​

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 28.5

Depth (in.): 19.625 (i.e., front-to-back)​

Height (in.): 5​

Install over an oven? Yes.​

Weight/Shipping Weight (lb): 38/44.​

Certifications

1-UL Listed, ADA Compliant.​

Warranty​

Limited 1 year parts and labor GE warranty.

Summary​

The GE Profile, with a 3700W max burner, offers as much power as some more expensive brands. It has the basic safety features, an impressive 10-minute power boost, an excellent low heat option, and Burner-Sync for large cookware. This impressive feature more than makes up for a less-than-optimal control pad.

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Third Place: Frigidaire Gallery 30" Black Induction Cooktop (FGIC3067MB)

Price: About $800

Frigidaire Gallery 30 inch induction cooktop

Frigidaire Gallery 30 inch induction cooktop.

Overview​

Frigidaire has a reputation for reliability and customer satisfaction, and is considered a sort of entry-level luxury brand. This cooktop has enough features to give it a decent cool factor, yet at an affordable price. It has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and is loved by consumers for its easy-to-use controls. Here are some highlights:

  • ​4 elements including a 10 inch, 3,400 Watt element (so it can boil water almost twice as fast as a conventional electric cooktop, but not quite as fast as some other induction brands)
  • Power boost for each burner (usable on two at a time)
  • 9 heat settings per burner
  • Warming feature won't overcook food
  • Pan size detection
  • Can be safely installed above a wall oven.

Pros: Affordable, easy to use, reliable, excellent product support

Cons: Not the most powerful unit on the market, lacks bridge elements for large cookware, safety lock feature only usable when unit is off.

Check out the Frigidaire Gallery induction cooktop on Amazon!​

Design​

Like all induction cooktops, the unit has a modern look and feel. It is black glass with touchpad controls along the front edge. It has four burners in a diagonal layout, with the largest burner front and center, which is a nice feature.​

Cooktop Surface Size: 30.75 inches x 21.5 inches

Burner Size (in.): 10, 8, 7, 6​

Control Location/Type: Touchpad along front edge of unit.

Controls​

The interface on this unit 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. Some people dislike the Up/Down arrows, but the press-and-hold feature makes them fairly easy to use. The layout is intuitive and makes this cooktop easy to operate.

Power​

The largest burner draws 3400W, which makes this unit a middle-of-the-road performer. However, most owners are happy with its power. One very cool power feature is that all four burners have power boost. This makes fast cooking incredibly convenient. Keep in mind that the max outputs listed here are for power boost; max at normal operation will be a couple of hundred watts lower.

Max Output per Burner (W): 3400, 3200, 2600, 2000.

Number of Heat Setting per Burner: 9, including a warm setting.​

Safety Features​

This cooktop has standard safety features, including:

  • ​Lockable controls to prevent unwanted changes in settings
  • Automatic shutoff that turns burner off when a pot is removed
  • Heat  indicator light.

Installation Considerations

Remember that installation requirements can vary among same-sized units, so even if you are replacing an existing cooktop, make sure this one works with your dimensions and power supply (or that you make the necessary modifications).​

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40A

Total Power Output (Watts): 8400

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 29.75

Depth (in.): 20.5

Height (in.): 4.5

Weight/Shipping Weight (lb): 44.6/48.

Certifications

1-UL Listed, ADA Compliant, CSA Listed.

Warranty

One year Frigidaire limited warranty on parts and labor.

Summary

The Frigidaire Gallery 30-inch induction cooktop is a top pick for its power, ease of use, sleek styling, reliability, and affordable price. The bridge element that allows you to control two burners as one for large pans makes gives it the flexibility of some higher-end brands. However, its maximum power capability is only 3400W, which is 300W below the 3700W max in this category.

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Best Induction Cooktops: 36 Inch Models

First Place: Thermador CIT365KM 36” Induction Cooktop

Approximate price: $5200

Thermador 36 inch Induction Cooktop

Thermador 36 inch Induction Cooktop.

What Makes This Cooktop Great?​

There is cool induction technology, then there is Thermador. This cooktop takes cool over the top. If money were no object, this would be the cooktop that I’m sure pretty much everyone would own.

What’s so cool about it, you ask? How about that it has the largest burner by far, the most powerful burner by far, and the fastest power boost of any unit in its class? Or how about that the burners can adjust to three different pan sizes (no more fitting the right-sized pan to the right-sized burner to make sure the cooktop comes on and stays on)? Or its spill protection, which detects liquids, shuts off the burner, and sounds an alarm to let you know there’s a mess to clean up?

The design is lovely, too, just oozing the luxury Thermador is known for. Its modern stainless-gray color with serene blue LED display can instantly upgrade any kitchen. Here are some more features:

  • ​5 burners including a massive 13-inch, 4600 Watt burner
  • Power boost for each burner (usable on two at a time)
  • Triple Zone burners automatically adjust to three different pan sizes
  • Warming feature
  • Spill detection shuts off burner and sounds alarm
  • Auto shutoff timer on all burners
  • Pan recognition: Burner won't come on if non-pan objects are placed on cooktop, even if they are magnetic.

Pros: Most powerful unit on the market, gorgeous design.

Cons: Sticker shock, some complaints about poor customer service.

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Design

Some people would argue that Thermador sets the standard for cooktop design, and this cooktop supports that argument. This unit is a lovely stainless-gray color, designed to fit seamlessly into a modern stainless steel kitchen. The burners are laid logically as well as attractively: the gigantic 13-inch burner is in the center, with the others in each corner, forming an "H" around the controls. This allows for easy reach to all pots.

Cooktop Surface Size (in.): 37 x 21.25

Burner Size (in.): 13, 9, 7, 7, 6

Control Location/Type: Trapezoidal pad front center of unit, offset in black. Blue LED display.

Controls​

Thermador calls their control pad the “2-Step Digital Touch” panel. What this means is 1) Touch a burner, then 2) Select a setting. This seems straightforward enough, however, some reviewers have said that this is not as speedy a process as it may sound. First of all, it can take a few seconds for the cooktop to respond, particularly when you first turn it on. Secondly, you have to scroll through the settings to select one, which means more than two steps. Even so, this is a quicker, simpler interface than most induction cooktops have.

Power​

The largest burner draws a monstrous 4600W, the highest power available in an induction cooktop. Each burner has 17 power settings for extremely precise control.​

Max Output per Burner (Watts): 4600, 3700, 2500, 2500, and 1800W on power boost; 3300, 2200, 1800, 1800, and 1400W not on power boost.

Number of Heat Settings per Burner: 17​

Safety Features​

The Thermador induction cooktops have standard safety features, including:

  • ​Lockable controls to prevent unwanted changes in settings
  • Auto shutoff (turns the element off if a pot is removed)
  • Indicator lights for hot and very hot surfaces.

​Installation Considerations

Here are the power and cutout requirements for these induction cooktops. Installation requirements can vary even among same-sized units, so even if you are replacing a 36-inch cooktop, make sure this one will fit your space, or that you make the proper adjustments.

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/50A

Total Power Output (Watts): 11100

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 34.75-34.825

Depth (in.): 19.825-20.0​

Height (in.): 4.125

Min Distance from Counter Front (in.): 2.25

Min Distance from Rear Wall (in.): 2​

Install over an oven? The short answer seems to be no, but we had a hard time finding specific information. Thermador seems to prefer wall ovens with their cooktops because that is the high-end aesthetic that goes with their products. However, you can check with Thermador, or your local electrician, for a definitive answer if this is something you want to do.​

Shipping Weight (lb): 75 (on Amazon)

Warranty​

Limited 2 year Thermador warranty on entire appliance, parts, and labor.

Summary​

The Thermador CTK365KM is one of the best induction cooktops available. If offers the best available in design, power, and reputation. If you're willing to pay for it, this is an outstanding cooktop.

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Second Place: GE Cafe 36” Induction Cooktop (CHP9536SJSS)

Price: About $2000

GE Cafe 36 Inch Induction Cooktop

GE Cafe 36 Inch Induction Cooktop

What Makes This Cooktop Great?

The GE Cafe is a state-of-the-art induction cooktop. It has many of the features of more expensive brands, including a powerful 3700-watt burner, at a more affordable price. Its controls "swipe" controls make it one of the easiest-to-use electronic cooktops on the market. It is attractive, functional and reliable. It is also a consumer favorite.

Here are some highlights:

  • ​5 elements including an 11-inch, 3700 Watt element
  • “Sync-Burner” for heating large cookware
  • “Glide touch” controls
  • Custom settings to personalize your cooktop
  • Pan presence and size detection and auto shut-off if pan is removed.

Pros: Affordable and reliable, excellent controls

Cons: Lacks power boost.

See reviews of the GE Cafe on Amazon!​

Design​

This model has a modern flagstone finish with black burners and stainless controls. The burner layout is symmetrical, attractive, and functional. The Sync-Burners are of equal size and on the left; the largest burner is in the middle (behind the control pad), and there are two smaller burners on the right.

Cooktop Surface Size (in.): 36 x 20.375

Burner Size (in.): 11, 8, 7, 7, 6

Control Location/Type: Stainless (off-white) touchpad in the front center of surface, blue LED display.

Controls​

GE Cafe induction cooktops have one of the most attractive and usable touchpads on the market. The attractive blue LED display has On/Off, Hot Surface, and Setting Level indicators. Its “Glide control” functions like an old-fashioned knob, allowing you to simply slide your finger to adjust the setting on each burner. The Sync-Burner, locks, and timers are also easy to understand and use, making this one of the most intuitive, easy-to-operate cooktops available.

Here's a video that shows you how cool the controls on this unit truly are:​

Power​

The largest (11”) burner draws 3700W, which makes this a powerhouse performer. The smallest burner has a Melt setting for very low-temperature heating that won’t burn delicate items like chocolate and cream.

This unit lacks a power boost feature, which means you can pull 3700W for an extended period of time, which is actually good functionality. However, you can’t pull max wattage on more than two burners at a time.

Max Output per Burner (Watts): 3700, 3200, 2500, 2500, 1800.

Number of Heat Settings per Burner: Varies according to burner and pan size, but runs from Melt to High Heat.

Safety Features

This cooktop has standard safety features, including:

  • ​Lockable controls to prevent unwanted changes in settings
  • Automatic pot sensor shutoff feature--turns burner off after several seconds if a pot is removed
  • Heat indicator lights.

​Installation Considerations

Here are the power and cutout requirements for this cooktop. Installation requirements can vary even among the same-sized units, so even if you are replacing a cooktop, it is important to make sure the new one works with your space and power supply.

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/50A

Total Power Output (Watts): 11100

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 33.875

Depth (in.): 19.125 (i.e., front-to-back)

Height (in.): 9.625

Install over an oven? Yes, it's possible. But you should always check specifications and/or consult with the manufacturer for a definitive answer.

Weight/Shipping Weight (lb): 48/55.​

Certifications​

UL Listed, ADA Compliant, CSA Listed, ETL Listed.

Warranty​

One year limited GE warranty on parts and labor.

Summary​

The GE Cafe 36-inch induction cooktop is a top pick for its power, styling, reliability, and affordable price. The Sync-Burner element allows you to control two burners as one for griddles or oversized pans. The Glide touch control pad is one of the best on the market. For all of these reasons, consumers love this cooktop. Highly recommended.

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Third Place: GE Profile 36" Black Induction Cooktop (PHP9036DJBB, PHP9036SJSS)

Price: About $1600

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GE 36 Inch Profile Induction Cooktop

GE 36 Inch Profile Induction Cooktop.

What Makes This Cooktop Good?​

The GE Profile is a consumer favorite in the 36” category. It has the same power as its more expensive sister product, the GE Cafe (reviewed above), for a few hundred dollars less. However, it has the same clunky, non-intuitive touchpad as the 30-inch GE profile cooktop (also reviewed above).

Here are some highlights:

  • ​5 elements, including an 11-inch, 3700 watt element
  • "Sync-Burner" for heating large cookware
  • Pan presence and size detection
  • Safety lock on controls.

Pros: Powerful, Sync-Burner capability, good safety features

Cons: Lacks power boost, clunky controls.

Design​

The surface is black with stainless gray burner markers and red LED display on the control panel. The layout is similar to the Cafe model: attractive and easy to use, with the Sync-Burners on the left, the largest burner is in the middle back, and the other two burners on the right. This forms a functional U-shape around the control panel that makes pans easy to place, work with, and remove.

Cooktop Surface Size: 36.125 inches x 20.5 inches

Burner Size (in.): 11, 8, 7, 7, 6

Control Location/Type: Touchpad on front center of unit.

Controls

For some people, the controls on this unit might just be a deal breaker. They are the same controls as on the 30-inch Profile, which is to say they are not very pretty and not very functional. They require repeated pressing to achieve or change settings. As I said, many people don’t mind this, but if you do, you may want to pay the hundred or so dollars more for the Profile (reviewed below). After all, you use your stove pretty much every day, so it should be functional and aesthetically pleasing. But if neither of these things bothers you, then this cooktop has enough other features to make it a good choice.

Power​

The largest (11”) burner draws 3700W, which puts this unit at the top of the power heap. In order of size, the burners max out at 3700W. The smallest burner has a Melt setting for very low temps that won’t burn or scald delicate items.

This unit does not have a power boost feature, which means you can pull 3700W for an extended period of time, which is actually kind of cool. However, you won’t be able to pull max wattage on more than two burners at a time (but this is true for all electric stoves.)

Max Output per Burner (Watts): 3700, 3200, 2500, 2500, 1800.

Number of Heat Settings per Burner: Varies according to burner and pan size, but runs from Melt to High Heat.

Safety Features​

This cooktop has standard safety features, including:

  • ​Lockable controls to prevent unwanted changes in settings
  • Automatic shutoff feature that turns the burner off if a pot is removed
  • Heat indicator light.

​Installation Considerations

Here are the power and cutout requirements for this cooktop. Keep in mind that installation requirements can vary even among 36-inch units, so if you are replacing an existing cooktop, it is still important to make sure this one works with your dimensions and power supply (or to make the necessary modifications).

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/50A​

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 33.875

Depth (in.): 19.125 (i.e., front-to-back)

Height (in.): 9.625

Install over an oven?​ Yes, but make sure this installation will work in your kitchen.

Shipping Weight (lb): 44 (on Amazon).

Certifications

1-UL Listed, ADA Compliant.

Warranty​

One year GE limited warranty on parts and labor.

Summary​

The GE Profile has the power to make it one of the top three picks. Its safety features, Sync-Burner function, and melt setting are all great features loved by consumers. Its controls aren’t very attractive and they are a bit clunky to use, but they are no worse than most induction cooktops on the market. So if that doesn’t bother you, this cooktop is an excellent, affordable choice.​

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