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Bosch Induction Cooktop Reviews: 500, 800, and Benchmark (Updated for 2020!)

By trk

September 28, 2016


Updated for 2020!

Find out about the newest features of the powerful Bosch induction cooktops.

Bosch is a German company whose appliances fall into the affordable luxury category. Affordable luxury brands--including JennAir, Samsung, and KitchenAid--have features similar to basic brands, but they have the looks of luxury brands. You will find some of the best design in the affordable luxury appliance category, while still fitting into standard kitchen spaces (e.g., 30 or 36 inches for a range or cooktop).

This review looks at all the Bosch induction cooktop models available. You'll learn the differences between the Bosch models and find out what sets Bosch apart from other brands. Whether you've decided on Bosch or are still shopping around, this article will help you decide which induction cooktop to buy. 

Quick Comparison Tables of Bosch Models

The main differences between the three Bosch induction cooktops are that the 500 Series is the no-frills model, the 800 Series has Auto Chef, and the Benchmark (their flagship product) has FlexInduction. Auto Chef allows the cooktop to maintain a constant temperature, while FlexInduction turns two burners into one large burner (great for griddles) or several small ones. 

You can read more about these differences below.

NOTE: Tables may not be visible on all devices.

NOTE: Model numbers: Bosch may change model numbers without significant changes to the cooktops. These are the most current model numbers.

Bosch Induction Cooktop Comparison

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Bosch 500 Series Induction Cooktop

30"/36" Features

Bosch 800 Series

Induction Cooktop

30"/36" Features

Bosch Benchmark Induction Cooktop

30"/36" Specs

30-Inch Model #'s:

NIT5068

no bevel

NIT8069

SUC-bevel/UC-no bevel

NITP069

SUC-bevel/UC-no bevel

36-Inch Model #'s:

NIT5668

no bevel

NIT8​669

SUC-bevel/UC-no bevel

NITP669

SUC-bevel/UC-no bevel

24-Inch Model#:

NIT5469UC

no bevel

n/a

n/a

Auto Chef

No/No

Yes/Yes

No/No

Flex Induction

No/No

No/No

Yes/Yes

Speed Boost

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Heat Levels

17/17

17/17

17/17

Pot Sense

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Number of Burners

4/5

4/5

4/5

Highest Burner Power

3700W/3700W

3700W/5400W

3700W/5400W

HomeConnect™/WiFi

No/No

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Timer/Lock/Auto shutoff/Heat Indicator

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

Yes/Yes

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About Bosch

Bosch is a German manufacturing and engineering company founded in the late 19th century and has many divisions. It has been building home appliances since the 1930s. Bosch has a reputation for high-end, innovative products with beautiful design. Bosch is in the "affordable luxury" appliance category, and is considered “the definitive European kitchen brand for the premium mass market.”

Bosch also owns Thermador and Gaggenau, both luxury brands for the “culinary enthusiast” (this according to Thermador.com). The luxury design of these brands is also evident in the Bosch appliances.

Bosch is best known by most people for its dishwashers, which are known for their quality and quietness. 

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Are Bosch Induction Cooktops Good Quality?

Overall Quality Ratings

Bosch appliances rank very well for customer satisfaction. Consumer Reports gave the 500 Series Bosch cooktops a score of 98 out of 100. And other Bosch induction cooktops get consistently high consumer ratings on appliance sites (such as A. J. Madison and Yale Appliance).

According to the Yale Appliance blog, Bosch is considered one of the best affordable luxury brands.

Consumer Reports also did a study on overall cooktop brand reliability. They found that “no cooktop brand stood out as the most or least reliable,” with failure rates for different brands and models ranging from 3 to 8 percent--which is a small percentage overall (that is to say, even in the worst case scenario, 92 percent of induction cooktops don’t fail).

Bosch electric cooktops had a failure rate of 4 percent. This figure does not represent specific models, but it gives a good overall idea of brand quality.

And in 2017, as well as previous years, J. D. Power, the global research firm, gave Bosch the highest ranking in two appliance categories: cooktops and wall ovens. 

Where Are Bosch Induction Cooktops Made?

Another big plus for us is that Bosch induction cooktops for the North American market are made in the USA. (Yes, they're a German company, but they make most of their appliances in the USA.)

For all of these reasons, we enthusiastically recommend Bosch induction cooktops.

Making Sense of the Options

If you're confused by the options, or want more details than those in the table above, this section will help you sort everything out. 

Model Summary: 500, 800, and Benchmark

Bosch has 3 offerings: the 500 Series, the 800 Series, and the Benchmark Series. Each is available in 30-inch and 36-inch sizes. The 800 Series and Benchmark are available with or without a steel bevel; the 500 Series is only available without a bevel.

The Benchmark Series is Bosch's flagship product and has FlexInduction® and AutoChef®. The 800 Series has AutoChef® as well, but no FlexInduction®. The 500 Series is bare bones, but has the same power and safety features as the 800 Series and Benchmark. 

How do you decide which features best meet your cooking needs and style? Read on for detailed descriptions.

Features​

FlexInduction® with PowerMove™ (Benchmark only)

FlexInduction® is one of the coolest features available on induction cooktops. It’s called “flex” because you can use the flex zone as one large burner or as several small ones. For a large pan (a griddle is a perfect example), you can control the flex zone as one burner, so the entire zone heats up uniformly--no cold spots! But because the entire flex zone is made up of several small heating elements, you can also use it for many small pans simultaneously.

This is not infinite--you are required to place pans in certain designated areas for best results. But it’s still really cool and extremely functional.

The FlexInduction® zone also has a PowerMove™ feature that divides the flex area into 3 different power levels. When PowerMove™ is on, you simply move the pot to a different zone if you want a different power level.

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Many induction cooktops have a “bridge” element, allowing two burners to function as one large one. This is great, but not as sophisticated as the flex zone of the Bosch induction cooktop. Bridged burners can have an unheated area between them, and they do not have the capability to heat several small pans at once. With Bosch FlexInduction, the entire zone heats up, and you can use it for either one large pan or several small ones.

Here is a short video showing how the flex zone works:

AutoChef® (Benchmark and 800 Series only)

AutoChef® is a feature exclusive to the Bosch Benchmark and 800 Series cooktops. It controls cooking temperature, keeping it at a precise set point. From Bosch’s website:

AutoChef’s innovative sensor measures the temperature from the bottom of the pan and applies only the perfect amount of energy to the element in order to deliver precise cooking results, every time, and without waste of energy. The cooktop heats to the desired temperature and makes an audible sound when it’s time to place food in the pan.

The advantage to AutoChef® is that, by using the cooking charts that come with the cooktop, you can know exactly how long to cook foods and get perfect results every time.

Here's an AutoChef® Quick Reference Guide from the Bosch website to give you a better idea of how this works.

You can also buy AutoChef® frying pans, though they look like pretty standard nonstick (PTFE cookware.

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SpeedBoost™ (all models)

SpeedBoost™ sends extra power to a burner for a short time, such as to rapidly bring water to a boil. Such power boosts are a common feature on many induction cooktops and ranges. However, most manufacturers offer power boost to only the largest burner, while Bosch has it on all burners. This means you can use it with small pots. 

Note that a you can use Speed-Boost ™ only when the other burner in the “group” isn’t on. This is due to how the burners draw power. A group is made up of the two similar-sized elements, the large and small element, or the FlexInduction zone (if available). It's usually divided by the right and left sides of the cooktop.

The owner’s manual for the specific model will have this information.

PotSense (all models)

PotSense senses the size of a pan and adjusts the cooking element to it. While all induction burners do this to some degree (because they can only heat when there is contact with a magnetic pan), the Bosch actually has different sized elements within each burner that can operate separately. This feature might save you a little bit on your electric bill and help keep ambient heat in your kitchen to a minimum (though it's low anyway with induction cooktops). It isn’t completely automatic, however; you have to select a burner closest to the pan size, and you have to make sure you center it on the burner for best results.

Other than proper pan placement, there is no need to activate PotSense; the cooktop does it automatically.

This short video shows how PotSense works:

Countdown Timer (all models)

You can set a timer for each burner individually. When the time has elapsed, the burner shuts off automatically. 

Auto Shu​toff (all models) 

This is a safety feature that will shut a burner off after a certain amount of time if there has been no activity. At high temps, the time is an hour; at low temps, the time is up to 10 hours.

Some people find this annoying, which is understandable after a lifetime of using stoves without electronic safety overrides. However, most modern stoves have safety features such as these--and those that don’t are likely to have them within a few years. 

Heat Indicator (all models)

Each burner has a heat indicator light to warn you that it is still too hot to touch. The heat indicator has two stages that alert you to the cooling down process.

Power Levels (all models)

Bosch induction cooktops have 17 power levels, providing excellent, granular control. 

ChildLock Safety (all models)

This feature prevents the cooktop from being accidentally switched on, and also locks the temperature setting while in use.

Wipe Protection (all models)

Pauses settings temporarily so you can clean as you cook.

ReStart (all models)

Remembers previous settings, making it easy to use your favorite setting.

HomeConnect™ (800 Series, Benchmark)

You can use HomeConnect™ to control the cooktop remotely from any smart device, monitor all of your appliances remotely, connect your range hood for instant operation, enable IFTT (If This Then That) technology, which allows several smart appliances to operate automatically per how you've set them up, and more.

See the Bosch website for more information.

To Bevel or Not to Bevel?

The stainless bevel is available on 800 Series and Benchmark models. It is primarily an aesthetic choice, although it can provide some protection from chipping around the edges of the cooktop. It does not change the price of the cooktop.

Here's how the cooktop looks with a bevel:

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And here's how the cooktop looks without a bevel:

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Note: The old 800 Series (NIT8065UC) also had a feature called SteelTouch. The controls were in the bevel, and they had a tactile feel that provided “feedback” which the glass control panel does not. But since that is no longer offered, the bevel is now purely a design choice.

If this interests you, you may be able to find one of these cooktops for a discount. Check with the appliancesconnection.com people for more information. Their toll-free number is 800-299-9470.

Safety Features of the Bosch Induction Cooktops

All Bosch induction cooktops have these safety features:​

Auto Shutoff: This feature turns a burner off if there has been no activity for an extended period of time, from 1-10 hours depending on the temperature of the burner. When auto shutoff is activated, the display flashes “F8” to indicate this. It can be clear by pressing any key on the control panel.

Safety Lock: This safety feature prevents unwanted activation so children cannot inadvertently turn on the cooktop. It also locks settings while in use.

"SafeStart": Prevents activation without cookware in proper position on a burner.

Heat Indicator: A two-stage light that signals hot burners and less-hot burners.

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Are Bosch Induction Cooktops Easy to Use?

Bosch induction cooktop reviews wouldn’t be complete without a discussion of the control panels on these products. If you’ve read any of our other induction product reviews, you know we’re not huge fans of electronic controls. They simply do not provide the speed and ease of good, old-fashioned manual dials.

Yet electronic panels are the future, so we’re only going to see more of them in coming years. For that reason, we don’t hate the control panels of induction cooktops: as the future becomes the present, manual controls become more and more rare. (Also, some people actually prefer electronic controls--they're certainly easier to keep clean, which is a huge plus.)

What we do do is a thorough job of reviewing the control panels of the ranges and cooktops we review so we can help consumers understand what actual, daily use of the products is like.

Here's an image showing the basics: the numbers along the bottom (just above the bevel) are burner settings, which you select by touching--no scrolling through a menu (except on the 30-inch 500 Series cooktop, which for some reason still has Up/Down keys to select the heat setting--this can require several key presses to achieve the right setting).

All other settings are also one-touch buttons, including power, timers, FlexInduction, and AutoChef.

With the exception of the 30-inch 500 Series, setting the heat level is basically a two-touch process: you select a burner, then you select a setting. It's easier than many electronic panels, but it's definitely more cumbersome than turning a dial.

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There are pros and cons to the sensor touch (i.e., under glass) controls:

Pros: Sleek, look great, easy to clean.

Cons: Can be slow to respond if the cooktop is wet; can require more than one move to turn an element off--if it's an emergency, this can be a problem (although, you can turn the entire cooktop off with one touch of the Power key).

Controls Comparison:

Note that the 800 and Benchmark models have all settings on the cooktop, so you just press the desired setting; the 500 Series 30-inch model has Up/Down Arrow key controls that make selecting a setting more cumbersome. For many people, this may be an important difference. (You can compare controls below in the review section for each model.)

Turning On a Burner

Here are the controls on the Benchmark cooktop. They are similar on other models:

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There are two ways to turn on a burner (applicable to all models except the 30-inch 500 Series).

Method One:

  1. Place a pan on the burner.
  2. Press the On/Off button.
  3. Press the desired burner button.
  4. Press the power level you want.
EXCEPTION: The 30-inch 500 Series (NIT5066UC) has Plus/Minus keys to change settings. So you select a burner, then press the Plus or Minus key to adjust the heat level. 

Method Two:

  1. Place a pan on the burner.
  2. Wait 20 seconds for the burner to turn on automatically.
  3. Select a power level within 20 seconds.​
NOTE: Method Two only works if there is just one pan on the cooktop.

Changing a Power Level

To change a power level:

  1. Select the desired burner.
  2. Press the desired power level. (Or, for the 30-inch 500 Series, press the Plus or Minus key until you’ve reached the desired setting.)​

Turning a Burner Off

To turn off a burner:

  1. Press/select the burner.
  2. Press 0. (Or, for the 30-inch 500 Series, press the Minus key until you reach 0.)​

Alternatively, press the main On/Off key, which powers down the entire cooktop.

As you can see, the controls are pretty straightforward. They’re well placed on the cooktop--front and center--so they’re easy to use, and you can figure out most of them without consulting the manual.

There are other options such as SpeedBoost, FlexInduction, and the timer (which you can set to either turn the burner off or beep when done and keep running). These are also simple to use.

All in all, we think the Bosch controls are some of the better ones (if you have to have a keypad--which you do, if you want the cool, sleek look of an induction cooktop).

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About Buying Cooktops Online

Buying online is a smart decision because you are sure to get the rock-bottom lowest price: it's so easy to compare prices that no dealer is going to try to overcharge you.

Also, consider buying from an appliance dealer like AJ Madison instead of Amazon. (This is where most of our links go.) Buying from a dealer has a number of advantages:

  • They offer package deals so you can save if you're buying a suite of appliances. They also make viewing their "bundles" easy so you can see all the options.
  • They have toll free numbers to call and can answer your questions before and after the sale.
  • They offer better service options, as well as better customer service than Amazon.
  • When they have sales, their prices and/or packages are hard to beat.
  • They may be willing to haggle and price match if you happen to find a lower price elsewhere.
  • Their prices are usually lower than Amazon's (but check both anyway).
  • If they sell nationally, they will have contracts with service providers in every major US city.

AJ Madison sells appliances nationwide and is one of our favorite appliance dealers. They have a huge selection and provide warranties and service on all their products. They are an authorized Bosch dealer and have an excellent reputation for customer service and the lowest prices. We have found their prices are usually lower than on Amazon, so we suggest you check them first.

Their website is also well organized and easy to use.

As great as Amazon is for a lot of online shopping, if you're buying a large appliance, you may want the peace of mind that a dealer can offer. 

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24-Inch 500 Series​

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The 24-inch is not a standard cooktop size in the US, but this is an excellent option for small spaces: RVs, boat galleys, or any tiny kitchen. Though it's small, it has the same power requirements--and output--as a 30-inch cooktop. It has the same user controls as the bigger Bosch induction cooktops and the same features as the bigger 500 Series induction cooktops. That is, a 30 amp/240V hookup, 7200W total power, direct selection heating with 17 levels (no Plus/Minus keys!), Power Boost to all three burners, and a max burner power of 3700W. 

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/30A-60Hz (standard American electrical requirements)

Cutout Requirements

Width (in.): 22

Depth (in.): 19.25​​

Height (in.): 4.25

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30-Inch 500 Series

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Overall Design​

This attractive Bosch cooktop is black with gray lines and subtle circles to indicate burners. The control panel is matching gray and located in the front center under the glass (which makes for easy cleanup). The largest burner is in the right-center, with two medium burners to the left and a small one to the right and in front. This layout, makes for easy pan placement and access to all four burners in just about any circumstance.

Note: There is no beveled option for the Bosch 500 Series induction cooktops.

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Note that unlike the other Bosch induction cooktops, the control panel on this model has Plus/Minus keys rather than a number pad.

​Because of the Plus/Minus keys, it may take you longer to set temperatures and use the timer.

Color: Black with red display

Cooktop Size (in inches): 31 x 21.25

Burner Sizes (in inches): 11, 9, 6, 6.

Power​

All 4 burners have SpeedBoost.

All 4 burners have 17 heat settings.

Total Power Output: 7200W​

9-inch Front Left Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3700W/2200W

6-inch Rear Left Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W

11-inch Center-Back Right Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3600W/2400W

6-inch Front Right Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W.

Automatic Timer

All four burners have timers that shut the burner off after the time has elapsed. The Plus key increases time by 30 minutes, while the Minus key does so by 10 minutes. You can cancel the timer at any time by by selecting the burner and setting its the timer value to “00.”

Installation Specifications for Bosch 30-in 500 Series Induction Cooktop

Installation is pretty standard for electric cooktops. Bosch provides excellent installation instructions, which you will get with purchase and can also download from their website.​

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/30A-60Hz (standard American electrical requirements)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 28.875

Depth (in.): 20

Height (in.): 4.125

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.

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30-Inch 800 Series

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Bosch 800 Series induction cooktop with bevel (30 inch)

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Bosch 800 Series induction cooktop without bevel (30 inch)


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Overall Design

This sleek cooktop is black with gray lines to indicate burners. The control panel is front-and-center and is also gray. The largest burner is in the center, with two medium burners to the left and a small one to the right and in front. This is a great layout, allowing for good pan placement and easy access to all four burners.

The AutoChef® feature exclusive to the Bosch 800 Series and Benchmark cooktops allow for precise pan heating to constant temperatures. 

The lines on the burners help with proper pan placement. The control pad is identical to all Bosch induction cooktops (except the 30-inch 500 Series, see above).​

The “SUC” model has the stainless trim. The “UC” model does not. Otherwise, the design is identical.

Color: Black/gray with red LED display

Cooktop Surface Size (in inches): 31 x 21.25

Burner Sizes (in inches): 11, 9, 6 6.

Power​

All 4 burners have SpeedBoost.

All 4 burners have 17 heat settings.

Left front and right front have AutoChef feature.

Total Power Output: 7200W​

9-inch Front Left Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3700W/2200W

6-inch Rear Left Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W

11-inch Center-Back Right Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3600W/2400W

6-inch Front Right Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W.

Timer

All the burners have timers that go to 99 minutes and shut the burner off automatically after the time has elapsed. You select the time function by pressing the Timer key, then set the timer with the number keys. If you have more than one burner on, you must select the burner before setting the timer.

You can view elapsed time, change the time, clear the time, and set time for as many burners as you wish. See the manual for more details.

WiFi Enabled

The Bosch 800 Series induction cooktop is equipped with Home Connect™, Bosch's Internet connectivity that allows you to control the cooktop from any smart home device or smart phone, connect your smart appliances together with IFTT technology, monitor remotely, operate the range hood, and more. For more information check out the Bosch website.

Installation Specifications for Bosch 30-in 800 Series Induction Cooktop

Installation is pretty standard for electric cooktops. Bosch provides excellent installation instructions, which you will get with purchase and can also download from their website.​

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/30A-60Hz (standard American electrical requirements)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 28.875

Depth (in.): 20

Height (in.): 4.125

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.

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30-Inch Benchmark Series 

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Bosch Benchmark induction cooktop with bevel

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Bosch Benchmark induction cooktop without bevel

The marks in the FlexInduction zone indicate best pan placement. The control panel is identical to all Bosch induction cooktops except the 30-inch 500 Series (which has Plus/Minus keys instead of a number pad).

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Overall Design

The Bosch Benchmark induction cooktop is black with gray lines and subtle black areas to indicate burners. It has a large rear-center burner, a small front-right burner, and the flex zone along the left side. The flex zone is denoted as a large rectangle rather than two round burners as the entire area heats up. The control is beneath the glass surface in the front center of the unit, with labeled keys and a number pad for selecting settings. We think it is a great design.

Color: Black with red display

Cooktop Surface Size (in.): 31 x 21.25

Burner Sizes: FlexZone is 15 in. x 10 in., 11 in., 6 in.

Power​

Total Power: 7200W​

Center (11-in.) Burner: 3700W

FlexZone: 3600W

Right (6-in.) Burner: 1800W

All burners have SpeedBoost.

All burners have 17 heat settings.

Timer

All four burners have 99-minute timers that shut the burner off after the time has elapsed. Once set you can use the Timer button to view, change, and cancel the time setting. See the instruction manual for more information.

WiFi Enabled

The Bosch Benchmark Series induction cooktop is equipped with Home Connect™, Bosch's Internet connectivity that allows you to control the cooktop from any smart home device or smart phone, connect your smart appliances together with IFTT technology, monitor remotely, operate the range hood, and more. For more information check out the Bosch website.

Installation Specifications for Bosch 30-in Benchmark Induction Cooktop

Installation is pretty standard for electric cooktops. Bosch provides excellent installation instructions, which you will get with purchase and can also download from their website.​

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/30A, 60 Hz. These are standard American electrical requirements.

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 28.875

Depth (in.): 20

Height (in.): 4.125

Power Cord (in.): 37

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

Certifications

CSA Listed.

ADA compliant.

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.

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36-Inch 500 Series

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Overall Design

With its sleek black and gray design and 40-amp breaker requirement (the lowest in its class), as well as all the other great Bosch features, this 5-burner cooktop has a lot going for it, and is a consumer favorite. The largest burner is in the center, flanked by two burners on the left and right. The 37 inches of cooktop offers a luxurious amount of space to work with.

Color: Black with red display

Cooktop Surface Size (in inches): 37 x 21.25

Burner Size (inches): 11, 9, 7, 7, 6.

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Power​

SpeedBoost to all 5 burners.

17 heat settings (1-9, with intermediate settings between each number).

Total Cooktop Power: 9600W​

7-inch Left Front Burner (With/Without SpedBoost): 2500W/1800W

7-inch Left Rear Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 2500W/1800W

11-inch Center Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3600W/2800W

6-inch Right Rear Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W

9-inch Right Front Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3700W/2200W.

Timer

Each burner has an individual timer for up to 99 minutes that shuts the burner off automatically after the time has run out. While the timer is running you can check the elapsed time, change the timer setting, clear the timer setting, and set time for as many burners as you wish.

Installation Specifications for Bosch 36-in 500 Series Induction Cooktop

Bosch installation requirements are standard for most kitchens, and Bosch provides detailed instructions for installation. Some modifications may be necessary in the cutout if this is a replacement unit, as cooktop sizes vary from brand to brand.

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40A-60Hz (standard American requirements for a 36-inch cooktop)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 34.875

Depth (in.): 20

Height (in.): 4.125

Weight/Shipping Weight: 50 lbs/60 lbs.

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.

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36-Inch 800 Series 

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Bosch 800 Series induction cooktop with bevel

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Overall Design

The modern gray-on-black design, 40-amp breaker, and AutoChef feature make this 36-inch cooktop an excellent choice in the modern kitchen. It has 5 heating elements, with the largest one in the center and two on either side. The 37 inch width offers a luxurious amount of work space. The AutoChef feature exclusive to the Bosch 800 series cooktops allow for precise pan heating and the ability to maintain constant temps over an extended time period.

The “SUC” model has the stainless bevel, while the “UC” model does not. Otherwise, the two 800 Series models are identical.

Color: Black with gray printing and red LED display

Cooktop Surface Size (in inches): 37 x 21.25

Burner Size (inches): 11, 9, 7, 7, 6.

Power​

SpeedBoost to all 5 burners.

17 heat settings (The number pad goes from 1-9, with intermediate settings between each number).

AutoChef (precision temperature control) on left front and right front burners.

Total Cooktop Power: 9600W​

7-inch Left Front Burner (With/Without SpedBoost): 2500W/1800W

7-inch Left Rear Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 2500W/1800W

9-inch/12-inch Center Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3300W/2200W, 4500W/3400W

6-inch Right Rear Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 1800W/1400W

9-inch Right Front Burner (With/Without SpeedBoost): 3700W/2200W.

Timer

Each burner has an individual timer for up to 99 minutes. The timer shuts the burner off when the setting has elapsed. While the timer is running you can check the remaining/elapsed time, change the timer setting, clear the timer setting, and set the timer for other burners.

WiFi Enabled

The Bosch 800 Series induction cooktop is equipped with Home Connect™, Bosch's Internet connectivity that allows you to control the cooktop from any smart home device or smart phone, connect your smart appliances together with IFTT technology, monitor remotely, operate the range hood, and more. For more information check out the Bosch website.

Installation Specifications for Bosch 36-in 800 Series Induction Cooktop

Bosch installation requirements are standard for most kitchens. Some modifications may be necessary in the cutout if this is a replacement unit, as cooktop sizes vary from brand to brand. Bosch provides excellent instructions with purchase, or you can download them from their website.

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/40A-60Hz (standard American requirements for a 36-inch cooktop)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 34.875

Depth (in.): 20

Height (in.): 4.125

Weight/Shipping Weight: 50 lbs/60 lbs.

Certifications

CSA Listed.​

Warranty

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

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36-Inch Benchmark Series

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Bosch Benchmark induction cooktop with bevel (36 inch)

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Overall Design

The gorgeous, minimalist design and uber-cool double Flexible cooking zones make this cooktop ideal for any kitchen. Its two flex zones plus a large center burner provide endless cooking variations, from 3 large pots to several small ones simultaneously (yes--more than 5 at once!).

The “SUC” model has the stainless bevel, while the “UC” model does not. Otherwise, both Benchmark models have the same features and options.

Color: Black with gray printing and red LED display

Cooktop Surface Size (in inches): 37 x 21.25

Power​

SpeedBoost to all 5 burners.

17 heat settings (With number pad from 1-9 and intermediate settings between each number).

Total Cooktop Power: 10800W​

Left Flexzone (inches): 15 x 8, OR two 7-in./8-in. Burners (3600W)

Right Flexzone (inches): 15 x 8, or two 7-in./8-in. Burners (3600W)

Center Burner (inches): 9/12 (3400W/4500W)

Timer

Each burner has an individual timer for up to 99 minutes. The timer shuts the burner off when the setting has elapsed. While the timer is running you can check the remaining/elapsed time, change the timer setting, clear the timer setting, and set the timer for other burners.

WiFi Enabled

The Bosch Benchmark induction cooktops are equipped with Home Connect™, Bosch's Internet/WiFi connectivity that allows you to control the cooktop from any smart home device or smart phone, connect your smart appliances together with IFTT technology, monitor remotely, operate the range hood, and more. For more information check out the Bosch website.

Installation Specifications for Bosch 36-in Benchmark Induction Cooktop

Bosch installation requirements are standard for most kitchens. Some modifications may be necessary in the cutout if this is a replacement unit, as cooktop sizes vary from brand to brand. The Bosch installation manual that comes with purchase is great. You can also download it (and more info) from their website.

Electrical Hookup Required: 240V/50A-60Hz (standard American requirements for a 36-inch cooktop)

Cutout Requirements:

Width (in.): 34.875

Depth (in.): 20

Height (in.): 4.125

Weight/Shipping Weight: 50 lbs/60 lbs.

Certifications

CSA Listed.​

Warranty

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

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Pros and Cons of Bosch Induction Cooktops

Bosch Induction Cooktops Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Easy to clean
  • Powerful
  • 17 heat settings for precise control
  • FlexInduction and AutoChef provide convenience
  • Internet connectivity/smart appliance capability
  • Made in USA.
Cons
  • Electronic controls can be problematic when surface is wet
  • Two touches required to set heat
  • Expensive.

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Recommendations

Bosch is a reliable affordable luxury brand with a lot of great features. Their premium Benchmark model is the most powerful with its FlexInduction feature. If you don't want that, we suggest you go with the least expensive 500 Series model, as the Auto Chef feature of the 800 Series isn't a terribly useful feature. 

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Final Thoughts

Bosch has excellent offerings at different price points. If you want to go the economical route, the 500 Series is one of the most powerful induction cooktops in its class,  for less than some some other affordable luxury brands. If you do a lot of frying or perhaps are interested in trying out sous vide cooking, you may want to upgrade to the 800 Series with the unique AutoChef feature (though we didn't find it terribly useful in our tests). Finally, if you want to spend a few hundred dollars more, you can have the FlexInduction technology that will revolutionize how you cook and make you the envy of all your friends. It's our favorite, and we think it's totally worth the extra money. 

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    1. Hi Jen,
      Thanks for this. I watched your videos and I’m sorry you’re having so much trouble with your Bosch induction cooktop. That must be very frustrating! It certainly does not seem to be working properly, as induction should be lightning fast and super hot. I will say, though, that you will probably get better results if you use clad stainless with your induction. Cast iron is technically induction-compatible, and while it is very good at heat retention, it is not good at heat dispersion. This is just the nature of cast iron, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Clad stainless, with its copper and/or aluminum core, will distribute heat much more evenly and quickly. It’s also lighter, so less likely to scratch the glass cooktop.

      I know people say cast iron works with induction, but I have never had good luck with it. For me, it will heat up and work for awhile, then the burner will just shut off, as if it stopped detecting a pan. My theory is that this happens because as cast iron gets hotter, its magnetic properties decrease. (But that’s only a theory; I really don’t know why it happens. I just know that I have much better results with clad stainless.)

      Also, if that’s a 12-inch burner and you’re using a 10-inch pan, it’s possible that the outer ring isn’t heating. On an induction cooktop, magnetic metal has to be in contact with the burner in order for it to work. Have you tried using the 10-inch pan on the smaller burner? You may get better results.

      And also, it’s not unusual to get a “ring” where the burner is hottest. This is also the case with gas cooktops–but because you can see the gas ring, nobody has an issue with it. Gas is also not as fussy about pre-heating, which may be another issue for you: your pan may not be preheating very well without food in it. Induction likes to have a full pan before it heats up–and again, because of the burner size, you may just be getting the inner ring, and because you’re using cast iron, the heat isn’t going to distribute across the pan very well (or at least not very fast). Yes, this is frustrating, or at least it is until you get the hang of using it. And again, the preheating will work much better with a clad stainless pan.

      I realize you shouldn’t have to worry about these sorts of things when you spend this kind of money on a cooktop. But the fact is that induction has a learning curve (I write about it in many of my articles). I would fiddle around with using different burners and pan sizes, and especially try the clad stainless. I’ve no doubt you’ll get better results.

      If all else fails, contact Bosch. They should honor their product and be willing to repair/replace it. Good luck to you!

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