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The Best Induction Ranges (By Price, Oven, and Features)

By trk

Last Updated: May 2, 2023

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If you're in the market for a new induction range, we can help you find the right one.

We take a look at the best induction ranges in several categories: best price, best model with manual dials, Consumer Reports' pick, biggest oven, and best double oven. We tell you what we like, don't like, and why these are favorites.

We'll also talk about buying considerations (features to look for) and give some tips for buying online. 

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Our Picks for Best Induction Range at a Glance

If you don't want to read the whole article, here's a quick look our picks. If you want more info, scroll down to the reviews at the end of the article (or use the table of contents above to jump to the review).

Best Price: Frigidaire Freestanding Induction Range

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Amazon Pick: Kenmore Elite Freestanding Range

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Consumer Reports Pick: GE Profile Slide-In Induction Range

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Biggest Oven: KitchenAid SlideIn Induction Range

See it at Home Depot

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Best Double Oven Range: KitchenAid Freestanding Double Induction Range

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Best Price:

Frigidaire Freestanding Induction Range

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(both colors)

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-5.4 cf oven

-4 elements w/max 3600W element

-2 hr self-clean cycle

-30 minute quick steam clean cycle

-Air Fry oven

-About $1400-$1600.

-No convection

-No warming drawer

-No extra element for warming

-No bridge element

-No smart features

Best Manual Controls:

Samsung Slide-In Induction Range

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Samsung NE63T8911 Induction Range

-6.3 cf oven

-4 elements w/4200W boost element

-Self/steam cleaning

-Smart capability incl. "Smart Dial" on oven

-Air Fry w/tray

-Automatic convection conversion

-Food probe

-Smart capability

-About $3000.

-No bridge element

-No warming element

-3 small burners

-Lots of beeps and clicks annoy some users.

Consumer Reports Pick: GE Profile Slide In Induction Range


- 5 elements w/max 3700W

-Bridge element

-5.3cf convection oven

-Warming drawer



-3 color options

-GE "Fit Guarantee"

-About $3000.

-No power boost

-Smallish oven.

Biggest Oven: KitchenAid Induction Range (Slide-In)


-7.1 cf oven

-4 elements w/max 3600W

-Bridge element

-Wireless temp probe

-Warming drawer and/or extra oven zone

-5 yr warranty

-About $2500.

-No power boost

-No oven temp probe

-No keep warm element

-May be discontinued.

Online buying has drastically changed the appliance market. You can buy from appliance dealers located anywhere in the country (not to mention Amazon) and have your new induction range delivered in just a few days. But what about installation, haul-away, and post-sale service?

While the Internet has opened up a vast world of choices and competition favorable to the consumer, it's also ushered in a new set of problems to solve. (And buying from a nationwide chain like Lowes or Home Depot doesn't automatically ensure good service--it may even be the opposite.)

With these things in mind, we found some great options for affordable--as opposed to luxury brand--induction ranges. We put them in what we think are the most useful categories to help you figure out the main differences and options, narrow down your choices, and get the one that's best for you. 

But before we get to the reviews, let's talk about some important things to know before you buy.

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About Induction Cooking

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If you're reading this review, we're going to assume you know the basics about induction cooking. You know, for example, that you need induction-compatible cookware (cast iron and most stainless tri-ply work). And you know that induction is more expensive, but so much better to cook on than conventional electric. 

If this is the first place you've stopped in your research for a new induction range, here are some other articles that can help familiarize you with induction cooking. If induction is a new concept for you, please check them out.

Is Induction Cooking Safe?

Induction Cooking Pros and Cons

Is Induction Cooking Better Than Gas (And If So, Why?)

Range Hoods and Induction Cooking: What You Need to Know

Bosch Slide In Induction Range Review (our pick for best made-in-USA induction range)

A Guide to the Best Induction Cookware

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How We Picked The Best Induction Ranges

For this article, we limited our tests to popular home brands of induction ranges with the best quality ratings, which we measured by having the fewest service calls, particularly in the first year. We also limited our picks to the most common range size in the US, which is 30 inches. We did not consider luxury brands or ranges in different sizes. 

Once we narrowed down the choices, we looked at the ranges' features. Do they work as advertised? Are they a joy or a pain to use? Do the extras add to functionality or detract from it? Are they easy to maintain? Is the self-cleaning oven really self-cleaning? And so on. 

We found some great options for induction ranges. But if you don't like any of our choices, we give you enough information to go out on your own and find an induction range you can love.

What We Tested

For this article, we limited our tests to popular home brands with the best ratings and fewest service calls. 

For a few other choices, see our review of the Bosch Slide In Induction Range, our review of the Samsung induction cooktops and range, or check out our Induction Archives for more information and reviews.

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What's the Difference Between a "Range" and a "Stove"?

There is no difference between a range and a stove. These terms are used interchangeably throughout the appliance industry. Range is the more formal term, while stove is the less formal term. The vast majority of appliance sellers call them "ranges" and not "stoves."

Thus, a range or stove is an appliance that has hobs for stovetop (or range top) cooking and an oven.

This is different from a cooktop, which has only hobs for stovetop cooking. A cooktop and an oven are separate appliances, and is generally a more expensive kitchen setup than a range.

Here's our review for the best induction cooktops. 

The Appliance Industry: What You Need to Know Before Buying an Induction Range

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The appliance industry has changed dramatically since these days.

The appliance industry has changed a lot in the past couple of decades. This is both good and bad for consumers. You really have to educate yourself to buy well, but thanks to the Internet (and sites like this one), research is easier than ever.

You don't have to read this section to learn about the appliance industry, but it's interesting, and background information can be helpful for making decisions. But feel free to skip this section if you don't want to read it.

Delivery, Service, and Support

The appliance industry has changed, and in many ways, not for the better. According to the Yale Appliance website, there are 5 things really hurting the appliance industry: damage, delivery, installation, service, and after-sale support. In other words, pretty much everything important to consumers is now a problem for manufacturers.

More damage occurs because suppliers skimp on packaging to save money. And because many appliances are being shipped from overseas (LG and Samsung are both made in Korea), there is much more potential for in-transit damage. Be sure to inspect your new induction range carefully for damage before signing anything.

Delivery and installation issues come from hidden costs added to your invoice for delivery, installation, and removal of old appliances--make sure you know your delivery, installation, and removal fees up front! Get everything in writing!

Service and after-sale support, though, have the most potential to cause major issues for buyers. Sellers no longer want to take on the expenses of dealing with problems after the sale. Both appliance makers and appliance dealers have stripped down their services to an absolute minimum in order to cut expenses and increase profits. Because of this, buyers should make certain they understand all the terms of sale and after-sale services.

Don't assume your warranty will cover problems in the first year (at least), because they sometimes do not, or they cover the part, but not the cost of the technician driving out to your house. And often, even if technical service is fully covered, technicians may be poorly trained; this is especially true for induction. It makes up such a small percentage of the American market (about 7%) that sometimes it gets overlooked during technician training.

Our best advice is to get the extended warranty. Most online dealers, including all the dealers we're affiliated with, offer extended warranties. Yes, it's true that this is a way they rake buyers for extra profits. But in the case of expensive appliances that have a good chance of needing some sort of service call (more on this in the next section), coupled with the fact that most manufacturer warranties are only good for the first year (and even then may require you to pay out of pocket, depending on the problem), an extended warranty is well worth the peace of mind it will bring you.

If that isn't enough to convince you, here's another factoid that should: Most appliances today have at least some electronic controls. These are more prone to failure than the mechanical parts of an appliance. And if they do, they're an expensive fix; sometimes the fix can be close to the entire cost of the appliance! And they often are not covered by the factory warranty (or only covered under certain conditions). For this reason alone, the extended warranty is an excellent investment.

(Editor's note: Because of the nature of electronic circuitry on appliances, we prefer appliances without electronic extras: manual dials and no Internet connectivity, for example. The fewer electronic extras your range has, the smaller the chance it will need servicing.

As an added bonus, these models are usually less expensive, too.)

Because of changes in the appliance industry--shipping from overseas, skimping on packaging, the increased use of delicate electronic circuitry, poor post-sale service, etc.--we strongly recommend buying the extended warranty on your new induction range.

Quality Issues Across the Appliance Industry

According to Consumer Reports, the best induction range brands in 2021 were GE Profile, Kenmore Elite, LG, and Frigidaire. According to Yale Appliance, the most dependable brands are KitchenAid, Jenn-Aire, Bosch, Frigidaire, Samsung, Wolf, Miele, and Viking. Dependability is determined based on the number of service calls per brand in the first year of ownership. 

The overall average for service calls on induction ranges in 2018 was 15%. This is lower than the overall average of the entire appliance market, which is about 20%.

What does this tell us? If you look at the details on these figures, you can see that all of these brands have about the same chance of being fabulous--or of being a lemon. 

Don't let the online horror stories scare you. People who have a bad experience love to share this and warn others against purchasing that particular brand. (And really, who can blame them.) However, if you look at reviews on sites like Home Depot and Lowes, you'll usually find a high percentage of satisfied customers. Usually above 90%, and this is true for all brands.

Furthermore, the bad experience horror stories are often related to bad post-sale service. While this can happen no matter what precautions you take, getting the extended warranty is an excellent way to prevent your own horror story from happening. 

Modern manufacturing is a science. This means that to a large degree, the quality differences among brands--at least top brands--have been greatly minimized. Electronics add a new complexity to appliances of all kinds, but there isn't really any brand that stands out as better (or worse) in this respect.

(The only exceptions to this rule seem to be among the luxury brands, which we aren't considering for this article.)

If you have loyalty for a certain brand, that's fine--but it probably won't improve your chances of getting a good product. Just remember that things have changed drastically in the last 10-20 years. For example, GE, a quintessential American brand, is now owned by Haier, a Chinese company. Frigidaire--another "American" brand--is owned by Electrolux, a Swedish company (though the Frigidaire induction range is made in the USA). And Bosch, a German conglomerate, makes their ranges and dishwashers in the USA. 

Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and JennAir are all made by the Whirlpool corporation, which is still an American company, although not all the manufacturing is done here. 

Kenmore is (of course) the Sears brand. Sears contracts with several appliance makers, including Electrolux and Whirlpool, so it's hard to know exactly who makes their Kenmore Elite induction range (reviewed below), but it's likely Frigidaire (owned by Electrolux, and made in either the USA or Sweden).

These days, no matter which brand you choose, your induction range is almost certainly the result of some measure of global cooperation. 

But this probably won't affect the quality of the final product.

How to Avoid Getting a Lemon

In truth, other than buying a reputable brand, there's really no way to avoid getting a lemon. The percentage of "lemons" is about the same across the board. You can reduce your chances somewhat by buying an induction range with fewer electronic components, or by stepping up to luxury brands, like Miele or Wolf. But your chances are never zero, no matter what you buy.

So once again, buy the extended warranty from the dealer (or Amazon). Regardless of which brand you buy, you'll be glad you did.

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Buying Considerations

You probably have an idea of what you want. However, there may be things you haven't considered, didn't know were an issue, or were unaware that they existed. Here, we get into the meat of buying an induction range--the factors to consider that will result in your getting exactly what you want, from installation to options to budget.

First the Logistics: Size and Installation

First and foremost, you need to make sure the induction range you buy will fit in the space you have for it. If you're replacing an old range (and not remodeling), measure the opening to make sure you're looking at the right size. 

Almost all range in the US are 30-inch models, meaning they'll fit in a 30-inch wide space. There are other sizes, though, so be sure to measure just to be sure.

Style: Freestanding Vs. Slide In

The next choice is which style of induction range you want. There are two options: freestanding and slide-in. 

A freestanding range: 

  • Is finished on all sides.
  • Has controls are at the back, above the cooktop.
  • Is designed to fit in any space, including one that isn't flanked by cupboards, which is why the sides are finished.

The Frigidaire induction range is an example of a freestanding model:

Frigidaire Freestanding Induction Stove

A slide-in range:

  • Has unfinished sides because it's meant to fit into a space between cupboards (thus its sides are hidden from view). Some slide-ins have an optional kit to add walls if the sides will be exposed. (Check with the seller if you're interested in this.)
  • Have controls on the front of the range
  • Have a lip that overlaps the countertop, providing a more customized, built-in aesthetic.  
  • Are usually more expensive than freestanding stoves.

The GE Profile is an example of a slide-in model:

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There are pros and cons to both types of induction ranges. Most people buy a slide-in for its custom look and feel, but you may prefer the freestanding design with controls on the back of the range (this is smart if you have children in the house). While some people hate having controls in the back, they can't be changed inadvertently by leaning against the range or getting the controls wet, as is the case with some slide-in models.

Functionally, there's no difference between the two, and both will readily fit into any 30-inch space (although a few minor modifications may be required, particularly if you're switching between styles). 

The primary difference is aesthetics. Here's a 30-second video from Yale Appliance showing the difference:

Service Availability In Your Area

If you read the section on the appliance industry (above), then you know that this is an important aspect to understand before you buy (and why we mention it again). This is especially true if you're buying online, from a national dealership. Some dealers are better than others at post-sale service.

Just make sure that you can get certified technicians to work on your induction range where you live. How to do this? One simple way is to get the extended warranty. If that doesn't satisfy you, call the toll-free number on the seller's website and ask. 

You'd be surprised how many sellers don't provide good post-sale service. Make sure this doesn't happen to you.

Oven Size

Oven sizes range from as small as 4 cubic feet to as large as 7 cubic feet. What size oven do you need? 

The average oven size in a 30-inch range is 4-5 cubic feet. Wall ovens have a slightly smaller average size, which tells us that most ovens in freestanding and slide-in ranges are probably going to be fine for just about everything, up to a 25 pound turkey. 

Just as important, though, are the oven's dimensions. An oven can be large yet oddly shaped, making it difficult (or impossible) to get a large roasting pan or half sheet pan in it.

A large roasting pan can be up to 19 inches long (including handles) and 16 inches wide. A half sheet pan (the most popular size) is 18 inches long by 13 inches wide.

Oven dimensions should fit a half sheet pan and your largest roasting pan with some room to spare on either side for grabbing and for sliding the rack in and out of the oven.

Most oven makers are cognizant of these dimensions, but pay attention to the oven dimensions just to be certain you're not getting a weird-shaped oven. 

You can find oven dimensions for all the models we recommend in the Specifications sections below, or on most seller's websites.

Controls: Type and Location

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Control panel on front of range: the GE Profile has "finger-swipe" technology to simulate a dial--probably the best digital controls available.

We talk a lot about controls. That's because the controls are going to be the most important daily use feature of your range. They can make or break your love or hate for any appliance you buy. 

And the thing is, everything is moving to digital, digital, digital. But while those smooth control panels look sleek and modern, they can be cumbersome to use. Pressing several keys, or one key several times--essentially, using a menu like you do on your computer-- an be a lot slower than simply turning a dial. 

So we urge buyers to consider carefully the type of controls they want on an induction range. Dials aren't an option anymore that we know of (we wish they were), but ease of use of digital control panels varies considerably. The GE Profile induction range has a really nice "finger-swipe" control meant to simulate turning a dial. But some other models have Up/Down keys, and require several presses to change a setting. 

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A digital panel on the back of the KitchenAid induction stove for the oven, with cooktop controls in the cooktop itself: It looks great, but it's a lot of key pressing.

You may think it won't be a problem (after all, pretty much everything is digital these days, right?) but you should make sure before you buy. 

Another consideration is the location of the controls. Freestanding ranges have them on the back, above the cooktop. Slide-in ranges have them on the front. Many glass cooktop ranges also have the cooktop controls right on the cooktop, underneath the glass; this can be a pain because the controls can become unresponsive if the cooktop is wet (or your fingers are). 

Having controls on the front of the induction range looks nice (more custom), but they can be a pain--easy to change inadvertently and easy for children to reach. 

You'll grow accustomed to whatever controls your induction range has. But we still encourage you to check out controls before you buy. It could be the difference between loving a new induction range and hating it. 

Features and Options

Here are some other features and options to consider. We don't think any of these are deal breakers, but they may turn on a light bulb in your head if it's something you haven't considered yet and help sway you in one direction or another.


Bridge Element: This allows you to control two burners as one and is convenient for oblong cookware like griddles. You can certainly live without it, but it's a nice feature.


Warming Element: Many 30-inch induction ranges now have a fifth element. It's a low powered, "keep warm" burner. This is a nice feature if you're preparing several dishes at once for a large meal. You can also use it for delicate tasks like melting chocolate or butter.

The space may get a little cramped, though, especially if you've got large cookware on the other burners. You'll probably use it (and love it) if you have it, but won't miss it too much if you don't.

Power Boost: This sends an extra burst of power to a burner temporarily, usually for 10 minutes. Great for boiling water in a hurry because it makes induction even faster. While in use, less power is available to other burners (thus, even if available on all 4 burners, you can never use it on all of them at the same time--usually just two). Nice, but since induction is already extremely fast, maybe not necessary.

Overall Power: The top power of these ranges varies quite a bit. You may think the one with the largest amount of power is the best, but that isn't automatically true. All induction ranges have enough power to be extremely fast. 

Instead, you may want to get the one with the largest burner. But this is only the case if you have a lot of large cookware (e.g., a 12- or 13-inch skillet or sauté pan). The size will make a difference on how well heat gets distributed to the cookware. But if you don't regularly use large pans, any range should have enough power and adequate burner sizes to get the job done.


Warming Drawer: The warming drawer is an extra oven space you can use to keep food warm. This is a really nice feature; one of our picks, the KitchenAid Slide-In with the giant oven, has a warming drawer that you can also use as an extra oven (in addition to the primary oven).

The only drawback with having a warming drawer is that some people like to use that space for storage. If you're short on storage in your kitchen, you may prefer a range that has extra storage instead.


Temperature Probe: Many modern ovens come with a temperature probe option, used to tell you when food is done. These probes can have many different features, including remote readouts, alerts when food reaches the set point, and more. They're nice, but we don't consider this a must-have feature because it's fairly inexpensive to just buy a meat thermometer probe with all the features you want.

Internet Connectivity: Many appliances now have "smart" features that allow you to talk to them remotely via your cell phone or control them with voice commands using a product like Amazon's Alexa. This certainly boosts an appliance's "cool" factor, but are they really useful? It's a little too early for that to be the case.

Smart appliances have a long ways to go. Many of them work poorly with remote controls and have limited functionality. Do you really need to pay extra for the ability to change the fan speed or dim the lights over the cooktop? Sure, this functionality will improve as the technology improves, but we're not sure you should ever have the need to operate a range remotely. (Isn't it a safety issue??)

Second, and more importantly, this is another electronic function to go wrong, and could be an expensive repair. If it does break down, no big deal, you just stop using it if you don't want to pay the $500 (or whatever) to get it fixed, right? Unless it takes down other functionality with it, possibly rendering the entire range unusable. 

We think smart functionality is cool, too. We just don't think it's useful enough to justify an extra expense.

Steam Rack: If you've visited any appliance showrooms in the past couple of years, you probably know that steam ovens are becoming the new big thing. Some people call them the new microwaves.

A steam rack allows you to add moisture to your oven, and it's a really nice feature. You can use it for baking bread, heating leftovers so they don't taste like leftovers (it's truly amazing), and in general for more control over the moisture level inside your oven (which is actually an important element of baking). 

It's one of those things that you probably won't miss if you don't have (unless maybe you bake a lot of bread), but that you will appreciate and use if you do.

Here's a 30 second video about how the steam rack works:

Multiple Temperature Zones: You can now buy ovens with the ability to function as two ovens at the same time, heating to different temps in different zones of the oven. It's essentially like having a double oven. You will use this feature when entertaining or trying to get a big meal on the table

Programmable Settings: These let you program your oven to remember your favorite settings. If you are someone who uses options like this, you may really like it. However, we're not sure how much value there is in it when it's pretty simple to set the oven to where you want it. 

Also--once again--more electronic settings to go wrong. 

Convection: Convection simply means that you can run a fan while baking. This can drastically alter results, such as provide more browning and reduce cooking time, usually by about 25%.

Most ovens have convection these days. More important is the newest convection feature of automatic temperature conversion. On old stoves, you have to remember to turn down the heat when you use convection. Some new stoves do this automatically. This can be good or bad, depending on how well the feature works. Some users don't like this option at all, finding it to drastically slow down cooking time, perhaps by over-adjusting. And as far as we can tell, it isn't something that you can override on most ranges.


Convection is essentially a fan (or two) that produces even air flow. (image courtesy Wikipedia)

What About a Range Hood With an Induction Range?

In short, induction cooking produces less heat than other types of cooking. However, it produces the same amount of grease and odors. Thus, most people would prefer to have some sort of ventilation with their induction range, although you may be able to get by with a less powerful system (perhaps even a non-ducted one) than you could with gas or electric.

For more information, see our article Range Hoods and Induction Cooking: What You Need to Know. You may also want to peruse The Best Selling Range Hoods on Amazon if you're going to need a hood.


A range hood removes cooking grease and odors as well as heat.

Budget: How Much Should I Spend on an Induction Range?

Make no mistake, an induction range is going to cost more than most electric and gas ranges. But there is some good news.

The cost of induction is coming down. The Frigidaire Freestanding induction range hovers right around $1400 (a little more for the black stainless finish). This range has enough features that you're not going to feel like you bought a bargain basement product. In fact, it's a really nice range, with a good-sized oven and plenty of power (and yes, it has convection.)

See the full Frigidaire range review

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From there, the prices increase up into the $2500+ range. Yes, you get more features for those higher costs, but is it enough to justify the increased expense? This is something to think through before you buy.

Do you want Internet connectivity? Do you want a double oven or a giant oven? Do you want a steam rack?

Remember that every electronic circuit added to an appliance is another thing that can go wrong--and electronics can be expensive problems to fix. If you're not sure you'll use the extra features, you might be better off with the less expensive model.

The one feature we think is worth the extra money is the finger-swipe control on the GE Profile (see the review below).

So, any budget for an induction range should start around $1500, and if you want extras or an affordable luxury brand, expect to spend around $3000--or more for a luxury brand.

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Tips for Online Buying

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The Internet has been a fabulous thing for buyers. It has created a global market, which brings with it fierce competition, and with fierce competition comes lower prices. And, ideally, better customer service (although that hasn't been the case yet, the online market is most certainly moving in that direction.)

The Internet has also ushered in endless opportunities to research your purchases beforehand. The days of the shady used car salesmen are gone. If you buy badly in this Age of Information, you've no one to blame but yourself; you may get a product you end up not liking or get unlucky and get a lemon, but beyond that, you've got every opportunity to research, select, and buy exactly what you want. 

Technical products can be tricky, though, because you may not know what to research. If you don't know which questions to ask, how can you get the right answers?

That's how review sites like this one are born. We're here to help you answer as many questions as possible so you can find products you love. There are also the user reviews on sites like Amazon, Home Depot and Lowes, as well as many, many others. 

Between review sites like ours and user reviews on sites like Amazon, you can do an exhaustive amount of research. Additionally, you can visit appliance stores to actually use the range and see if you like it. Unfortunately, one visit won't give you a feel for what daily usage will be like. For this reason, it's important to take advantage of Internet resources to find out what people have to say about it. The best reviewers will discuss important features, and share what daily use of those features is actually like. 

Here are a few more tips on online buying to help you out:

  • Check prices on every site, because you may stumble across special sale prices or rebates.
  • If you use a store credit card, you can sometimes get an even better deal. Lowes, for example, always takes off an additional 5% if you use their store card.
  • If you're in the market for more than one appliance, look into appliance packages. You can save hundreds of dollars by buying a whole kitchen suite.
  • To give yourself extra buying protection, use a credit card with a buyer protection program.
  • If you want to buy from one site (say, because you have their credit card) but their price is higher, ask if they price match: they will often price match if you can prove you found a lower price elsewhere.
  • Don't shy away from buying online because you can't ask questions. All reputable dealers will have a toll-free number you can call. If you're buying from Amazon, click on the link directly under the product name to take you to the seller's page (it will say, for example, GE Profile Induction Range, and the next line will say "by GE", with "GE" being a link). If you can't find a toll free number here, you can google for their website and find the number there. If you can't find a number to call, we suggest that you don't buy from that seller.
  • And once again, please, please, please get the extended warranty--no matter where you buy your new induction range!

For a more detailed discussion of how to buy online, see our article How to Buy Online: Teach Yourself About Technical Products and Get What You Can Truly Love.

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Best Price: Frigidaire Freestanding Range

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Model Numbers: GCRI3058AF (Smudge proof stainless steel with Air Fry), GCRI3058AD (Smudge proof black stainless steel with Air Fry)

About $1400/$1600 (black stainless is higher)


  • Basic yet powerful induction cooktop
  • 5.4 cf self-cleaning oven
  • True convection
  • Unbeatable price.


  • Missing some extras like power boost, bridge element
  • Lightweight, some parts may feel "cheap." 


Buy if you really want the power of an induction range at a great price and don't mind foregoing some extra features. 

The Frigidaire Freestanding Induction Range is the lowest priced induction range we've found. According to this article on the Digital Trends website, it's intentional. Frigidaire is owned by the Swedish corporation Electrolux. About a decade ago, they decided to engineer a low-cost induction range for Europeans. The project was hugely successful and brought the percentage of induction users in Europe up to about 50 percent of the market. Now they're trying to do that in the US, where induction still has a miniscule market share (2-7% depending on which sources you read). Frigidaire also has reduced the price on their induction cooktop (you can see that cooktop reviewed here).

It's a brilliant idea considering that most ranges in the US are electric (about a 2-to-1 ratio of electric over gas, again depending on which sources you read), and electric is, let's face it, not a great way to cook. If electric is your only option, then induction is a no-brainer for any semi-serious home chef. And now Frigidaire has made it affordable.

We think they're going to sell a lot of induction ranges.

At this price point, you can assume you're going to be missing some of the more luxury extras on an induction range, and you'd be right. Electrolux keeps costs down by not offering certain features like a bridge element on the cooktop. It has no smart features, so you can't control it remotely or by voice. But even so, this is a powerful range with a lot going for it.

One setting these Frigidaires have is Air Fry, so you can use your oven as an air fryer and don't have to buy an extra appliance. (Note: Convection will also work for air frying.) 

If you're on a tight budget and really, really want induction, the Frigidaire Freestanding Induction Range is an excellent option. 

An added bonus is that the Fridigaire induction range is made in the USA.

The Frigidaire is a really pretty freestanding range. The extra large oven window is stylish and great for baking. The all digital controls give a modern appearance.


  • Stainless with black glass cooktop (also available in black stainless)
  • Smudge proof finish
  • Extra large oven window
  • Air Fry oven setting
  • 5.4 cubic ft. oven with glide racks
  • 4 burner cooktop
  • High/low broiler settings (400F/500F)
  • Storage drawer below oven
  • 2 self-clean cycles: 30 minute quick steam clean and 2 hour self-clean
  • 2 oven racks
  • Sabbath mode
  • 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.

See the Frigidaire Gallery Induction range at aj madison 

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  • Automatic pan size detection (standard on all induction cooktops)
  • Automatic burner shutoff with 3-minute delay 
  • Hot surface indicator lights
  • 1-UL listed.


Here's the Frigidaire control panel:

Frigidaire Gallery Induction Range CP 2021

The control panel on the Frigidaire is all digital. While intuitive to use--left burner controls on the left, right burner controls on the right, oven controls in the middle--there's no question that pressing multiple keys (or one key multiple times) takes longer than turning a dial. 

Furthermore, when you're doing all this key pressing, remember that the panel is on the back of the range, so you may be doing it with your arm over a hot kettle of something. 

Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of other options anymore. Slide-ins have controls on the front of the stove, which are easier to reach, but can also be problematic because if you lean against the stove you can inadvertently change a setting. The rear-panel controls on a freestanding range are the safest option, and you don't have to "lock" the control panel to avoid accidental changes.


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Controls: Located on back panel (for both cooktop and oven)

Left Front: 7 inch diameter, 2800W

Left Rear: 7 inch diameter, 2800W

Right Front: 8 inch diameter, 3600W

Right Rear: 6 inch diameter, 2500W

Heat Settings: 10 heat settings per burner, from Low (keep warm) to High.


Size: 5.4 cubic feet

Power: 3500W

Dimensions (HxWxD) in inches: 19.75 x 24.375 x 19.125

Broiler Settings: 3900W; High/Low--500F/400F (note: broiler pan not included)

Self-Cleaning? Yes

Convection? Yes

Number of Racks: 3

Number of Rack Positions: 6

Air Fry: Yes

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IMPORTANT: Power Cord must be purchased separately.

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40 amps

Total Width (in.): 29.874

Total Height (in.): 46.625

Total Depth (in.): 28.406

Total Depth with Oven Door Open (in.): 48.625

Weight (lb.): 140.


1 year limited manufacturer warranty.


If you're on a budget and really want induction, you can't beat the Frigidaire. It's the lowest priced induction range on the market, but still has enough features that it won't feel like a cheap stove.

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Best Manual Controls: Samsung Slide-In Induction Range

Model number: NE63T8911SS

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About $3000


  • Manual controls for cooktop and oven
  • Powerful 4200W element
  • Large oven (6.3cf) with self-cleaning, convection, and more
  • Air Fry feature, no preheat and tray included
  • Dehydrator setting
  • Lots of smart features, including remote control from smart phone and voice control through Alexa, Google, and Bixby 
  • Virtual flame makes it feel like gas


  • Three small burners may make it hard to use all your cookware efficiently
  • No bridge element
  • No warming element
  • Knobs can be harder to keep clean
  • Some users complain of annoying beeps and clicks--you can turn them off, but then the timer is also silent
  • Fingerprint-resistant stainless doesn't really work.

Buy If: Buy this Samsung induction range if you want manual controls along with smart capabilities and all the bells and whistles on the oven. The cooktop has an impressive 4200W burner, but the rest are small, and it doesn't have a bridge or a warming element. 

Last time we updated this review, we couldn't find a single induction stove that had manual controls. Now there are at least four to choose from. We picked this Samsung model primarily because it was the only model that seems to be in stock everywhere and was reasonably priced (though far from cheap). 

We wish it had two large burners instead of just one, and it has no bridge element or warming burner, which have become fairly standard on 30-inch ranges. But it does have a powerful 4200 watt 11-inch burner, which will boil a pot of water in just a few minutes. The oven is good sized at 6.3cf and should have all the features you'd want, including European convection, steam self-cleaning, and air fry. 

If you're into smart features (we aren't), this range has got them. You can use your smart phone to control several functions, and you can use voice controls through Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung's own app, Bixby.

Despite some horror stories you'll read online, Samsung is overall a dependable brand. However, we recommend the extended warranty for peace of mind--if you do have issues, you'll be glad you got it.


  • Smart Dial simplifies oven settings and learns your cooking preferences
  • No Pre-heat Air Fry mode, with tray
  • 4200-Watt Ultra Express Boil induction burner 
  • Virtual Flame Technology, LED surface lights mimic the blue flames 
  • Convection fan with heated element 
  • Blue illuminated knobs (when cooktop is on)
  • SmartThings App, available on Android and iOS devices: preheat, monitor, and adjust cook time and temperature from your smartphone 
  • Voice controls through Bixby (Samsung's artificial intelligence), Alexa or Google 
  • Available in stainless Steel and black stainless steel.


  • Auto shutoff
  • Control panel lock
  • Illuminated dials to let you know the cooktop is on
  • Virtual flame to let you know the cooktop is hot
  • CSA safety listing
  • ADA compliant
  • Star K certified.


Samsung Induction Range Control Panel

Controls are the whole reason we picked this induction stove--it has knobs for true, old school manual adjustment. Yes, smooth electric control panels might look better, but most of them are more cumbersome to use--you have to press a key or scroll through a menu, and the upshot is that it just takes longer to adjust the setting. (The cool finger swipe controls on the GE induction range are pretty good, but they're still not as fast as knobs.)

Also, these under-glass panels don't always work if the cooktop or your fingers are wet. There is also less chance of accidentally changing a setting like there can be with all-electronic controls on the front of a range.

Finally, there are fewer electronics to fail, which can be quite expensive to repair.

The cooktop has four knobs, one for each burner, plus a dial in the center for setting the oven temp (bonus for that!). The rest of the oven settings are digital, which is fine, because there is rarely the urgency with oven settings that there is with cooktop settings. 

It's pretty straightforward and easy to use.

People complain that knobs are harder to keep clean, and while it's true that you have to clean around them, these knobs are all stainless steel, so you can remove them and put them in the dishwasher--not much easier than that.

If you want manual controls and don't care for the Samsung, there are a few other options:

GE Cafe Smart 5 Element Slide-in Induction Range (about $4800)--great range, but this price is getting into luxury brand territory.

LG 6.3cf Smart Slide-in Induction Range (about $2400)--also a great range at a great price. It would have been our pick but it's out of stock in several stores. 



Samsung Induction Range Cooktop View

Left Front: 8 inch diameter, 2300W

Left Rear: 8 inch diameter, 2300W 

Rear Center (rear): 6 inch diameter, 2000W

Right Front: 11 inch diameter, 4200W

Sous Vide: The cooktop has a sous vide setting that uses a cooking probe to achieve precise temperatures.

Bridge Element: No.


Size: 6.3 cubic feet

Oven Interior Dimensions (WxHxD) in inches: 22.44 x 24.81 x 19.75

Number of Racks: 2

Number of Rack Positions: 8

Hidden Bake Element: Yes

Oven Settings: Air Fry, Convection, Dehydrator, Delay Bake/Delay Start, Keep Warm, Proofing Mode, Sabbath Mode.

Temperature Probe: Yes

Smart Control: Yes

Voice Control: Yes

Warming Drawer: No 

Storage Drawer: Yes (smaller than typical)

Convection: Yes: single fan European element

Self-cleaning: Yes/steam cleaning, adjustable levels

Sabbath Mode: Yes

Door Lock: Yes


IMPORTANT: Power Cord must be purchased separately

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40 amps

Total Width (in.): 29.94

Total Height (in.): 36.75

Total Depth (in.): 28.69

Total Depth with Oven Door Open (in.): 48.

Weight (lb): 175.



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1-year limited manufacturer warranty.


If you want an induction range with manual controls, the Samsung Slide-in is one of the most reasonably priced models and has a lot of great features. It also has a few drawbacks, such as the three small burners, no bridge element, and some annoying beeps, which you can turn off, but this turns off the alarm, too. 

These are the main complaints from users. Otherwise, the Samsung induction range gets pretty positive reviews.

We also like and recommend the LG induction range with knobs, which is less expensive and has some great features, but it might be out of stock due to supply chain issues.

Samsung Induction Range with Manual Dials in Stainless

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Consumer Reports Pick: GE Profile Slide In Smart Induction Range

For more detailed specifications, click over to the AJ Madison page. You should find everything you need there, including an employee who will answer your questions.

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See GE Profile induction range at AJ Madison

See GE Profile induction range at Home Depot

About $2500

Model Numbers: PHS930YPFS, PHS93XYPFS


  • Gorgeous design
  • Great oven (heats evenly)
  • Different finish options (stainless or black stainless)
  • Some of the best digital controls on the market
  • Lots of features, including a bridge element, oven temperature probe, and Internet connectivity.


  • No power boost or warming drawer
  • Expensive
  • Some reviewers complain about the automatic convection conversion being a pain
  • Some reviewers complain about tight space behind the range--if your outlet is right behind the stove, it won't fit flush against the wall. 

BUY IF: Buy if you love the looks of this induction range, want the best finger-swipe digital controls on the market, or want Internet connectivity/voice control options. 

See Ge profile induction range at AJ Madison 

See GE Profile Induction Range at Home Depot

We're not sure why Consumer Reports picked the GE Profile as their top induction range. There were others that scored identically or very close on their tests. The Frigidaire Freestanding was just a few points below it, as well.

Most likely, they're going by the GE name: GE has a long history with American consumers, is still made in the USA (for now, anyway), and has a solid reputation for quality. Consumer Reports also picks GE induction cooktops as their top choice--even the one with terrible, menu-driven (meaning multiple presses to change settings) controls.

Consumers also love the GE Profile induction range, giving it high marks on all the appliance sites we checked.

Since the GE appliances division was purchased in 2016 by the Chinese conglomerate Haier, there are a lot of unknowns in its products. For the time being, Haier has decided to continue making most GE appliances in their US factories. But whether that will continue isn't clear--nor is it clear how the change in ownership will affect the quality of GE appliances (if at all). But as far as we can tell, GE is still making top quality, dependable appliances.

We really love this induction range. The GE Profile Slide In Smart Induction Range is a great-looking, great-performing range. It has most of the bells and whistles that consumers want today, including Internet connectivity that allows it to work with your smart phone, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant so you can operate the range remotely (such as making sure you turned it off!). 

There are a few drawbacks to this induction range. For one, the tight installation: if your outlet is right behind the stove, it won't fit flush against the wall. This is just bad design, and an easy fix on GE's part. So let's hope they remedy this in the newer models. (Note: You can see how the range sticks out past the counter in the photo below.)

One of the coolest things about this range is its finger-swipe digital controls. The finger swipe simulates turning a dial, and best of all, it actually works. A lot of digital controls aren't nearly this smooth. So in addition to a sleek, modern appearance, the digital panel is one of the most functional you're going to find. GE really got this right. (But be aware: the finger swipes leave a lot of fingerprints on the panel--if you're bothered by that, you're going to spend a fair amount of time keeping the surface clean.)

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This range has a ton of features:

  • "Glide Touch" controls for finger swipe digital controls 
  • Sous vide cooktop setting with probe for precise temp control
  • Bridge element
  • 2 finish options: stainless or black stainless, with black glass cooktop
  • GE's Guaranteed Fit for easy installation
  • Wireless connectivity to control from smart phone and voice commands (Alexa, Android, Google Assistant, IOS, Nest)
  • Remote diagnostics: allows technicians to troubleshoot range remotely
  • Chef Connect for syncing with over-the-range microwave
  • 5 burners, including a "keep warm" burner
  • Bridge element
  • Fast preheat
  • 5.3 cubic foot oven with true European convection
  • Hidden oven element
  • Oven temperature probe with remote readout
  • Automatic convection conversion
  • Sabbath mode
  • 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.

This isn't even all of them--click over to AJ Madison site, scroll down, and click on the Features tab. (You'll be dazzled by everything this range can do.)


  • Auto shutoff
  • Oven door lock
  • ADA compliant
  • CSA Safety Listing
  • ETL Safety Listing
  • UL Safety Listing.

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Digital, "Glide Touch" finger swipe controls for cooktop, keypad for oven. Located on front of range. (Excellent design, easy and intuitive to use. Its only drawback is that it shows fingerprints.)



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Left Front: 8 inch diameter, 2500W Sync element (bridge)

Left Rear: 8 inch diameter, 2500W (Sync element (bridge)

Rear Center: Warming element, 100W

Right Front: 11 inch diameter, 3700W

Right Rear: 6 inch diameter, 1800W

Sous Vide: The cooktop has a sous vide setting that uses a cooking probe to achieve precise temperatures.

Here's a close-up view of the control panel:

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Size: 5.3 cubic feet

Oven Interior Dimensions (WxHxD) in inches: 24.5 x 19.5 x 19.375

Number of Racks: 3

Number of Rack Positions: 6

Temperature Probe: Yes 

Warming Drawer: No (storage)

Convection: Yes.

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IMPORTANT: Power Cord must be purchased separately

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40 amps

Total Width (in.): 29.875

Total Height (in.): 37.25

Total Depth (in.): 25.875

Total Depth with Oven Door Open (in.): 48.25

Weight (lb): 200.

Note: We suggest you check your installation space to see where your outlet is located. If it is directly behind the range, then the range may not fit flush to your countertop. There are fixes for this (such as running a conduit line), but they're going to be a pain to implement. We're not saying don't buy this induction range, just to be aware of this possible installation bug.


Limited 1 year manufacturer warranty.


We prefer induction ranges without Internet connectivity because we don't think it adds a lot to usability while creating higher risk of part failures. But there are a lot of other things to really like about this range. And with 3 finish options, it should fit into most modern kitchens nicely.


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Biggest Oven: Kitchen Aid Induction Range: 7.1 Cu. Ft. Slide In 

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Model Number: KSIB900ESS

About $2500

This model may be discontinued by KitchanAid, but is still available in a few retail stores.


  • Huge oven plus an extra warming/baking/slow cooking drawer below
  • Tons of features (see below for list, or click over to Home Depot or Lowes for a more extensive list)
  • Lip around cooktop to catch spills (rare on a slide-in stove).


  • All digital, very sensitive controls on front of range
  • No 5th "keep warm" burner
  • Large oven takes a long time to preheat (about 20 minutes to get to 350F)
  • No internet connectivity
  • Expensive.

BUY IF: Buy the KitchenAid Slide In Induction Range if you want a huge oven, all the bells and whistles a modern stove can offer--except Internet connectivity, and can live with digital controls.

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The KitchenAid Slide In Induction Range has an enormous oven. At 7.1 cubic feet, it's the largest oven of all the induction stoves we researched. It also has a lot of other great features going for it, including 


  • Stainless finish with black glass cooktop
  • Comes with FIT guarantee from KitchenAid: guaranteed to fit any typical 30-inch range space
  • Optional trim package to cover damaged countertops and unfinished edges from previous range
  • 4 burners including bridge function one side and 3600W burner 
  • Lip around cooktop surface to catch spills
  • Even-Heat™ True Convection for precise oven temp control with convection
  • Separate baking drawer you can use to bake, slow cook or keep warm
  • AquaLift® oven cleaning technology works in under an hour and under 200F
  • Adjustable cleaning levels
  • Wireless oven temperature probe can be set to alert you when temp is reached
  • Steam rack for additional moisture in oven if needed
  • EasyConvect™ Conversion automatically adjusts temp setting with convection
  • Sabbath mode
  • 5 year limited manufacturer warranty.


  • Auto shut off
  • Control lockout capability
  • Hot surface indicator lights
  • Safety alerts (beeps) for changes in settings
  • UL listed, ADA compliant.


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This ultra sleek and modern KitchenAid induction range is a slide-in, which means the controls are on the front of the range. The oven control are on the front panel; the cooktop controls are on the cooktop just behind the oven control panel.

This configuration is generally a love-it-or-hate-it deal, and which camp you fall into depends on a few things: if you have small children, you'll probably prefer controls on the back (i.e., a freestanding model). Or if you just find that the controls are very sensitive, you may come to hate them being on the front of the stove, where you can inadvertently change settings (and sometimes not even know it). 

This control panel is intuitive and easy to use: you probably won't even need to consult the user manual to figure it out. However, its usability gets mixed reviews. Some find it too sensitive, changing settings by accident way too easily. And if your fingers are wet, or liquid spills onto the panel (which can easily happen with the controls right in front like this), the panel won't work at all. It has to be completely dry. 

You can lock the control panel so no further changes are possible until you unlock it. 

Its horizontal layout also puts it right on the cooking plane, which can be problematic for two reasons: one, because it's impossible to read from anywhere but directly above it, and two, because it can be more prone to getting wet from cooking spills--and given that it doesn't work very well when wet, this could be a real pain during day to day use. 

On the other hand, you can't change settings accidentally by leaning against the stove as you could on an angled panel (like the Bosch), so that's good. 



Here's a view of the stove top. See the lip to catch spills? See the flat control panel?

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Controls: Digital oven controls located on front of range. Cooktop controls located center front of cooktop.

Left Front: 7 inch diameter, 2500W

Left Rear: 7 inch diameter, 2500W

Right Front: 11 inch diameter, 3600W

Right Rear: 6 inch diameter, 1800W


Size: 7.1 cubic feet

Oven Interior Dimensions (WxHxD) in inches: 24.125 x 22.125 x 20.625

Number of Racks: 3

Number of Rack Positions: 7

Temperature Probe: Wireless probe you can set to alert when temp is reached

Steam Rack: Allows you to add moisture to oven if needed (see the Options section above for a short video on how to use a steam rack)

Warming Drawer: Yes; also an additional baking or slow cooking drawer

Convection: Yes

Self-cleaning: Yes.



IMPORTANT: Power Cord must be purchased separately

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40 amps

Total Width (in.): 29.875

Total Height (in.): 36

Total Depth (in.): 28.875

Total Depth with Oven Door Open (in.): 48.25

Weight (lb): 240.


  • 5 year limited warranty from Lowes.
  • 1 year limited warranty from Home Depot.


This is a really nice, premium induction stove with a lot of great features at a fairly reasonable price. The huge oven makes it excellent for entertaining. Supply chain issues may be a problem.


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Final Thoughts on the Best Induction Ranges

These are some of the best induction ranges with the features people are looking for. We like them all, and think these models have the most to offer, whether you're looking for low price, huge oven, lots of extra features, great reviews, smart capability, or just a good, reliable range.

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The Rational Kitchen (TRK) is a collaborative effort, but the founder, editor, and writer of most of our articles is Melanie Johnson, an avid cook, kitchenware expert, and technical communications specialist for more than 20 years. Her love of cooking and the frustrating lack of good information about kitchen products led her to create The Rational Kitchen. TRK's mission is to help people make the best decisions they can when buying kitchen gear. 

When not working on product reviews, Melanie enjoys reading, playing with her dog Ruby, vintage video games, and spending time outdoors and with her family.

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  1. I came to your site trying to find decent cookware for induction stoves and decided to read your reviews of the stoves themselves. I went through 3 stoves in 18 months (buying/returning/buying!) before settling on an LG LSE4617 in February 2022. It has all the attributes of the Samsung you reviewed with minor differences in design.

    Some casual observations:

    1. The 11" burner at the front is hardly used. I cook for just 3 people and wish more manufacturers would install "auto-sizing" burners at the front of the stove to save reaching over to the back constantly. 6 of my pots have bases of 7" or less and one large saute pan with a 9" base (which I use once every 2 months, maybe) I have been researching the use of "heat diffusers" and have come to the conclusion they are not a good idea. As a result I have lost 20% of my available cooking surface. If anyone has suggestions of how to make use of that large burner I would love to hear it.

    2. I would like to see more details about the noise some induction stoves make as part of your reviews. I happened to have a tech over – yes, I have the extended warranty – to check out my LG (I wasn't sure the back burner was working properly and was told my cookware probably was not the best!). In conversation he remarked that the Samsung and Frigidaire stoves did make considerably more "induction" noise on top of the regular fan that kicks in when in mode. For me that would be a big turn off. He also mentioned that trying to get hold of Samsung customer service (here in Canada) was nigh on impossible. You do mention customer service has been lacking and I guess I can confirm that.

    3. I have found the LG to be very sensitive to the size of the cookware base. Pots smaller than 5" do not have sufficient magnetic area to make a connection. So small butter pots/sauciers need not be in your kitchen stock.

    4. I don't really have a 4th point except to say that I have used gas for over 30 years, professionally and in home and having tried induction I would never go back to gas or regular electric. Worth every penny in use and low stress.

    1. Hi Robert, thanks for your input. It’s all great info. Not to make excuses, but we only have access to the stoves for a limited time for testing, so we often don’t get everything. Your list gives us testing points that we will add to our testing repertoire–so thanks for that!

      Having said that, if I recall correctly, we did not have noise issues on the ranges we tested, including the Frigidaire. Our experience is that most noise on induction burners is caused by the cookware, not the stove. If you’re certain it’s from the stove, that’s some interesting input for us. (FYI, we test mostly with All-Clad D3, Demeyere Atlantis, and cast iron.)

      We also think the large burner on the front is an advantage for most people, but an auto-sizing burner would be a great feature. If you’re going to keep the range, maybe you want to switch from a skillet to a saute pan, which will have a wider diameter bottom (even a 3-quart, which is a smallish skillet, app. equivalent to a 10″ skillet, but with a wider bottom). Unfortunately, there’s no fix for sauce pans. 🙁

      As for the small pans not working, that is a real issue for induction. But again, it could be your cookware. Higher quality or made-for-induction cookware (like Demeyere) is more likely to work on induction, regardless of the size. I believe it has to do with the amount of magnetic material in the pan. Cheaper cookware tends to have thinner layers of steel, and if they’re too thin, they may not have the magnetic pull to work well on induction, esp. if small. One rule of thumb when buying induction cookware is that it should not only be magnetic, it should be strongly magnetic.

      We completely agree with your last point, that induction is better. Too bad it is still such a small percentage of cooktops and ranges in the US (and Canada as well, I’m guessing). The service is still not great and many technicians don’t know how to work on it very well. I hope that changes soon.

  2. As of September 2022 Home Depot has another Samsung slide-in induction range at a much lower price point than the one you reviewed. I bought that one and I love it. The differences are in the oven. It does not have convection, but it does have multiple cleaning options including steam. I’m not sure mine has the sous vide option. Otherwise the cooktop is the same. I chose it for the power burner. The smaller burners are 7” and 6” respectively. According to the manual, you can go over or under the burner size by about an inch total. I also like the staggered layout on the right which is unusual but convenient. The cooktop is nearly silent and does not have a buzz as some induction systems have. There is a cooling fan that runs, but it is pretty quiet and it exhausts from the rear.

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