Find out about the new, top-of-the-line Samsung induction cooktop and range. The great design, exciting features, and moderate price (for induction) make it worth a look if you're in the market for induction cooktops.
Induction Cooktop Reviews: The Samsung Induction Range and Induction Cooktop--Yay or Nay? was last updated August, 2018.
Samsung is a huge South Korean conglomerate probably best known in the U.S. for their small electronics and cell phones in particular. They're involved in everything from computer components to nuclear power plants. According to Wikipedia, they have assembly plants and sales networks in more than 80 countries.
As of 2018, appliances are less than 10 percent of their business, but they're on a mission to increase that number. In 2014, Samsung issued a statement that they planned to be the leading appliance manufacturer in the US by 2015 (they didn't succeed), and in January of this year (2018), Samsung opened a huge plant in South Carolina (which for now is making washing machines). Their goal, they said, was "for South Carolina to become Samsung’s U.S. hub for every stage in the home appliance lifecycle—from concept and R&D to manufacturing, quality assurance, distribution and customer care," (from DigitalTrends.com). They plan on opening plants in several other states, as well, over the next several years.
In fall of 2016, Samsung acquired Dacor, an American maker of premium kitchen appliances, providing even more evidence of their desire to be a strong player in the American appliance market.
Is Samsung a Good Quality Choice?
What does all of this say about Samsung as a maker of quality appliances? Perhaps it's too early to say, as they haven't quite hit their stride in the US market yet. However, it's all promising news: if they're going to be a leader in the U.S., they're going to have to provide a superior product with superior service at a competitive price. That can only be good for consumers.
Thus far, Samsung appliances have gotten mixed reviews here. This may not mean very much, though, if you understand a little bit about how the appliance market works.
As appliances have gotten more technical (more electronic components), they've gotten harder and more expensive to fix. Fewer and fewer dealers offer good support with their sales for two reasons. First, there's no profit in it for them (under a manufacturer warranty). Second, there is a serious shortage of technicians qualified to work on modern appliances.
Furthermore, appliances made overseas can create a backlog of weeks to months of people waiting for their stoves, refrigerators, and televisions to be repaired.
Samsung, with its Korean home base and rapid US growth, has all of these problems to some degree. Their biggest issue is with service: They don't yet have a solid infrastructure of technical support in the U.S.
This is the main reason you'll see a lot of horror stories on the Internet: If people buy a brand that doesn't have good technical support where they live, they're likely to have a bad experience. However, just because people have a bad experience doesn't necessarily mean they bought a bad product. Across the industry, about 20% of newly installed appliances (e.g., less than a year old) need a service call of some sort. That may sound like a lot, but that's what the appliance market is today.
The upshot is this: According to several appliance dealers and other sources (Consumer Reports, for example), Samsung makes a reliable product. They have an overall service rate of around 10% for the first year (anything below 20% is considered good). This is for all their products, not just their induction products. Even so, it's good to know.
When you add to this Samsung's goal of taking on appliance giants like Whirlpool and GE and beat them at their own game, it could mean very good things for the consumer. Right now, Samsung induction ranges and cooktops can usually be found at prices slightly lower than competitors in their class. Those prices may go even lower--and service is definitely going to improve as they establish themselves in the U.S.
Regardless which brand of appliance you buy, if it needs servicing, you may be out of luck if you didn't: 1) make sure there are qualified technicians in your area to work on it, and 2) purchase an extended warranty to protect yourself in the event of problems.
For about 10% of the cost of the product, you can have a 5-year warranty on any appliance. That's certainly money well-spent. The appliance with zero service calls doesn't exist yet (and in fact the number of service calls has increased), so you should protect your investment, whatever you buy. Samsung is a reliable choice--as long as you can get service in your area.
Samsung's Ready2Fit™ Guarantee (2018)
For the entire year of 2018, Samsung is offering this "ready to fit" guarantee on all of their cooktops:
If your new Samsung cooktop doesn’t fit your existing cooktop cutout, you’ll receive up to $300 in a Visa®Reward Card toward a professional cooktop retrofit. *Valid purchase dates: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018.
This probably means that their appliances are slightly smaller than most others, but even still, it's comforting to have this kind of safety net whenever you invest in something this expensive.
Induction Cooking Pros and Cons
If you're still wondering if induction is the right choice, here's a list of pros and cons that may help you decide. For a more exhaustive list, see Induction Cooking Pros and Cons. For even more information, see The Advantages of Cooking with Induction and Is Induction Cooking Safe?
If you know you want induction, you can skip this section.
Induction Cooking Pros
- Very fast: can heat a quart of water in just a few minutes.
- Extremely responsive: adjusts to setting changes instantaneously (yes, more responsive even than gas)
- Excellent low temperature control (you can set a pan at low heat and not worry about burning)
- Extremely safe: little residual heat on cooktop and burners won't operate without a pan on them
- Efficient: very little heat is lost to the ambient air, which also keeps the kitchen cooler
- Great looking: the smooth cooktop is sleek and modern
- Easy to clean: Because the cooktop doesn't heat up, it's easy to wipe off.
Induction Cooking Cons
- Need induction-compatible cookware (cast iron, carbon steel, and most clad stainless works)
- Induction technology is more expensive than gas or conventional electric (but coming down)
- The glass/composite cooktop can scratch easily if you're not careful
- Induction has a learning curve because it's SO much more responsive and than gas or electric
- Induction lacks the "feel" of gas (although the Samsung Virtual Flame fixes that)
- If converting from gas, you'll probably have to rewire your kitchen
- Some induction cooktops can be noisy because of powerful cooling fans or interaction with cookware.
For more information about induction cookware, see our Guide to Induction Cookware.
Is Induction Cooking Safe?
Some people worry that the magnetism involved in induction cooking can be dangerous, especially to children, pregnant women, and people with pacemakers.
We've done a lot of research and believe that induction cooking is safe. For a detailed discussion of this, see Is Induction Cooking Safe?
The magnetism can be problematic to certain brands of pacemakers, not because induction cooking is inherently dangerous, but because of how pacemakers are affected by magnetism in general. Very few pacemakers are going to interact negatively with an induction cooktop, but if this is an area of concern for you, definitely check with your doctor before buying an induction range or induction cooktop.
There's also a concern about pan placement and burner coverage. If pans are placed off-center on a burner, or if the pan diameter is small compared to the burner diameter, you will have considerably more stray magnetic fields from an active burner. If this concerns you, be sure to center your pots on the burner hobs and not use too large a burner for the pan size.
For maximum safety:
- If you or a household member has a pacemaker, check with your doctor before buying induction.
- Center your pans on the burner hobs, and don't use small pans on large hobs.
Range or Cooktop + Oven: What's the Better Choice?
If you're fortunate enough to be designing a kitchen, you have to decide whether you want an all-in-one unit ("range") or a separate cooktop and wall oven. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.
If you're relegated to one or the other, you can skip this section.
Cooktop + Wall Oven
- No compromises necessary: can get exactly what you want in both the cooktop and the oven
- Looks great
- Can have your oven higher (no bending over to use it)
- Can have a different technologies if desired (e.g., gas cooktop/electric oven)
- While more expensive initially, you only have to replace one unit at a time if/when needed
- More long-term options (i.e., you can switch them out individually as desired/needed).
- Usually more expensive than an all-in-one range (particularly induction)
- Usually requires more room in the kitchen
- Installation is more complicated and requires more wiring.
If you're stuck with one choice or the other, it's no big deal, and you can learn to love whatever option you have. However, if you have the luxury of deciding, here's the upshot: a range is the most practical and economical choice, while a cooktop-plus-oven is the upscale choice. The good news is that you can get great performance today either way you go.
Range/Stove (All-in-One Unit)
- Less expensive up front
- Can look really great in the right space.
- You may love the cooktop and hate the oven or vice versa and you're stuck with it
- Fewer options available, harder to get exactly what you want in the cooktop and the oven.
In order to buy the best induction stove for your needs, consider these things:
- Size and Model
- Electrical and Installation Requirements
- Cooktop features.
Size and Model
You need to know the size of your space, or, if you're remodeling/building, you need to know the size cooktop or range that you want.
The most common sizes for both ranges and cooktops is 30-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch, with the most common size 30-inch.
A 30-inch range or cooktop will have 4 burners; a 36-inch range will have 5; and a 48-inch one can have a number of different setups, including more burners, a griddle, and a grill.
The Samsung induction cooktop comes in both 30-inch and 36-inch sizes; the Samsung induction range comes in only in 30-inch.
Freestanding Vs. Slide-In (Range Only)
Have you ever seen the term "slide-in" and wondered what that meant?
There are two types of stoves: freestanding and slide-ins. The primary difference is that a freestanding stove has fihished sides, while a slide-in does not. Therefore, the freestanding can be installed anywhere, while the slide-in has to be installed between counters.
Also, freestanding stoves typically have the controls in the back, above the cooktop, and slide-ins have the controls right in the front. Slide-ins also often have an overhanging cooktop that overlaps the counter slightly. This creates a more custom, built-in look that a freestanding stove will never have.
Today, it often doesn't make much difference with type you buy. Most slide-ins come with optional kits to install side panels. Both types are made to fit into the same space with very little modification. So buy the range with the features and looks you love, and don't worry too much about whether it's freestanding or slide-in.
The Samsung Induction range is a slide-in model.
Electrical and Installation Requirements
Most 30-inch induction ranges require 40 amp wiring, while most 36-inch ranges and cooktops require 50-amp wiring. If you're replacing an existing cooktop or range, your wiring is probably going to be fine. However, if you're replacing a very old range or cooktop in an old house, you may have 30-amp wiring, and you will need to update it (or hire an electrician to do so).
So you're probably okay, but it's important that you know for sure because if you try to run a 40-amp cooktop or range on a 30-amp hookup, you'll likely have to deal with tripped circuit breakers repeatedly. Even more important is that it can be a fire hazard.
Like most cooktops, the Samsung induction range and 30-inch Samsung cooktop both require 40-amp wiring while the 36-inch Samsung induction cooktop requires 50-amp wiring.
Note also that the power cord is not supplied with the stove. You have to purchase it separately for a small cost.
Most modern appliances have touch controls: electronic control pads which can be maddeningly frustrating to operate quickly (and quick is something you need on a cooktop). One thing we really like about the Samsung induction range is that it has manual dials for the cooktop--these are the fastest way to control temperature, and thus very desirable.
The Samsung induction cooktops offer both options: you can use your finger on the cooktop surface or use a magnetic knob that functions as a manual dial. This is a great idea, however, using the magnetic knob can take some getting used to. It doesn't have the feel of a manual dial, so you may just prefer using a finger swipe.
A bridge element allows you to control two burners like one large one. It's great for large or rectangular pans like griddles. The Samsung induction cooktop has a bridge function (called the Flex Zone), the Samsung induction range does not.
Ovens these days are full of features. In fact you'd be hard-pressed to find an oven that wasn't self-cleaning, didn't have convection, and didn't offer a whole bunch of extra features (programmable settings, for example).
The Samsung induction range has an astounding amount of features. It's also very large, with a great window, and an easy-glide rack that makes pulling heavy pots out of it easy. It also has the dual-oven feature, which allows the oven to function as either one large oven or as two separate smaller ovens. If you've ever tried to get a large meal on the table for guests, you know how handy this feature can be.
The Samsung induction range has an amazing oven, with more features than most others in its class. Its control panel resembles a plane cockpit, but its Guiding Light feature makes selecting controls easy.
Induction cooking is actually much safer than gas or electric. There's no open flame, and the heat source itself does not get hot--just the pan. The surface will retain heat for awhile, and ranges have “hot surface” lights to indicate this. The burners won't even come on without an induction-compatible pan in place.
The Samsung induction range and Samsung induction cooktop both have all the industry-standard safety features, including a child safety lock so it can't be inadvertently turned on. You're going to find these features standard across all brands, but some may have better locking features than others.
Ease of Care and Maintenance
Induction cooktops are easy to keep clean because food doesn't burn onto them. But you may also want to consider these things: Does the top have nooks and crannies (around the edge, for example) that might make it hard to clean? Does the oven have a smooth finish that will be easy to wipe down (because no matter how great the self-cleaning features, you will have to do this occasionally)?
The Samsung induction range has sealed heating elements in the oven. This means there are fewer crannies and nooks to collect gunk--a wonderful thing in an oven! It also has two self-cleaning modes which will keep it in sparkling condition.
Tips for Buying Online
1. Understand the Terms
The Internet has ushered in a golden age for consumers. It's almost impossible to not be a well-informed buyer these days. And the competition for your business is fierce, which means you should always be able to find great deals--often much better deals than you'll find at your local appliance store or even a discount warehouse.
On the other hand, buying online can be risky, especially for large appliances. For example, did you know that many manufacturer warranties are voided if you purchase through Amazon? While Amazon itself will usually cover returns, manufacturers may not. You should make sure (by e-mailing or calling the manufacturer) before buying from Amazon.
The moral: Be sure you understand the terms before you buy online.
Additionally, in a nationwide or even global market, it's easy to overlook some important things. Here are questions to be sure you have answers to before buying:
2. Make Sure Service Is Available Where You Live
When I read appliance horror stories online, I see that it is often the result of "terrible service." With induction especially, which is the newest and least familiar cooking technology in the American market, many service people don't know a lot about repairs. If you buy online without checking that there are reputable, knowledgeable service technicians in your area, you could find yourself in a bad situation.
You'd be surprised how often there isn't service available. Even for major brands--premium brands!--if you live in a rural area, there may not be qualified service people available.
Online dealers often have service contracts--or some sort of agreement--with local dealers in many cities. Make sure, though, by emailing them or calling their service number. (If their website doesn't have a service number to call, buy somewhere else.) Talk to the service department or customer service representative, and not a salesperson, to be sure you get correct information.
If you buy from a major national retailer like Home Depot or Lowe's, you'll probably be covered. But you should probably check with them, too, via email, call, or a visit to your local store.
Amazon is probably the riskiest site to buy from online, although even if the factory warranty is voided, Amazon is great about customer care and taking returns from unsatisfied buyers. Even so, be sure you understand the terms before you click "Add to Cart." If a year goes by before you have problems, you'll be so glad you understand the details of your purchase!
And we've already mentioned this a few times, but we can't recommend strongly enough that you purchase the extended warranty.
3. Read A Lot of Reviews
Once again, as much as we'd like you to buy through Rational Kitchen, the smart thing to do is to read a lot of reviews. Whether other review sites like ours or user reviews at dealers (including Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.), the goal is always to find out as much as you can about a product before buying it.
Remember too that reviews, both user reviews and review sites, can be biased. (Rational Kitchen is only biased in finding the best products for you, but other sites may have different biases: cost, brand loyalty, and other unpredictable things.) You never know, so take all advice only in the context of other advice.
Also: keep in mind that 5 star reviews are often from people still in the honeymoon phase with a product, and 1 star reviews are the unlucky folks who got the rare lemon and/or bad service along with it.
The reviews in the middle--2, 3, and 4 star reviews--tend to be the most accurate. Unless of course a product is just that good. It's rare, but it happens.
Also pay attention to the distribution of good and bad reviews, if that information is available (as on Amazon). Two products can have the same average rating and have a very different rating distribution. For example, if a product has 80% 4- and 5-star reviews and less than 5% 1-star reviews, that's a good indication that it's a decent product. However, if a product has only 65% 4- and 5-star reviews and 20% 1-star reviews, proceed with caution.
When you've read enough and learned enough about a product--any product!--you'll be able to tell by the number of positive reviews, the number of negative reviews, the issues reviewers discuss, and other common sense pointers, whether a product is as good as its average rating suggests.
Review: Samsung Slide-In Induction Range with Virtual Flame (30 Inch)
The Samsung Slide-In Induction Range with Virtual Flame is so state of the art, it almost does the cooking for you. It's got just about every feature you could possibly want in an oven. The cooktop isn't nearly as fancy as the 7000 Series cooktop reviewed below, but it will get the job done.
It's a gorgeous range. Its modern, stainless/black design is austere enough to look good with nearly all kitchen decor. With its duo-oven, warming drawer, Guiding Light control panel, WiFi connectivity and so much more, this induction range really has it all.
As with many (if not most) modern appliances, this range has a lot of mixed reviews. The advanced electronics can make all modern appliances a bit of a gamble. Nevertheless, Samsung gets good ratings from appliance dealers, and Samsung has been working hard to make their appliances (less than 10% of their holdings) a competitive brand. Our advice, as always, is to buy an extended warranty if available (such as through Amazon), and make sure you have technicians in your area certified to work on Samsung appliances.
Samsung also offers their Elite Service program, which comes with a complimentary visit from a product specialist who will tell you all you need to know to operate the induction stove easily and efficiently.
Home Depot has an easy-to-follow infographic you can use to determine how much space you'll need for installation. To see more, click here.
This range is great looking and has a ton of features that make it an excellent choice in its class.
- LED surface lights simulate gas flame when burner is on ("virtual flame")
- Four Induction Elements - 11-in., 7-in., two 6-in.
- Power boost to all four burners
- 10 heat settings on all burners, 1 - 9 and Power Boost
- Powerful 3,300W burner
- Simmer capability
- Glass Touch Controls for cooktop
- Control Lock disables the control panel to avoid unintended changes
- WiFi compatibility (can control some features remotely)
- 5.8 cu. ft. oven
- Guiding Light controls make it easy to set, only illuminating available choices
- Flex Duo Oven (can be used as two ovens - 2.6 cu. ft. and 3.1 cu. ft., removable partition included)
- Easy Cook (pre-set) oven options of Slow Cook, Dehydrate and Bread Proof
- 5 Healthy Cook presets
- Programmable to remember favorite settings
- Delay start
- Multiple broiler settings
- Temperature probe
- Built-in warming drawer with 3 heat settings (High, Medium, Low)
- Steam Clean function cleans oven in 20 minutes
- Self Clean function deep cleans oven
- Extra-large oven window
- Sleek Slide-In for easy installation
- 3 oven racks
- Hidden Bake Element (easy-to-clean oven cavity)
- Sabbath mode.
The cooktop controls are easy to use manual dials. You simply turn the dial until you've reached the desired setting. The digital display on the cooktop surface (front and center) will light up. Settings are also shown on the dial itself:
The oven, with its many features, is a little more complicated to operate. But it looks harder than it actually is. Samsung has made it as easy as possible, though, with its Guiding Light controls. The menu runs from left to right, and only available selections are illuminated. This makes it easy to see your options and make the right selections.
For example, if you select "Bake," then only baking options are illuminated. Select the settings you want, then press the Start/Set key. This is the basic sequence for all operations--the hardest part is remembering all the great options you have!
Dimensions (H x W x D in inches)
37.125 x 29.8125 x 26.3125
(power cord sold separately)
Number of Burners
Burner Sizes (Inches)/Power (W):
7 in. /1,800 (normal)/2,300 (boost)
7 in. /1,800(normal)/2,300 (boost)
11 in. /2,300 (normal)/3,300 (boost)
6 in. /1,200 (normal)/2,000 (boost)
Oven Size (cubic feet)
(H x W x D in inches)
20 x 25 x 19
NOTE: For more oven features see the Features section above.
- Child safety lock
- Auto shutoff
- Residual heat indicator for all four burners (stays on even if burner is shut off).
UL, CSA, and ETA safety listings.
1 year limited manufacturer's warranty. (We strongly suggest purchasing a third party extended warranty from the dealer if available, and also to make sure you have knowledgeable Samsung technicians in your area.)
The Samsung Slide-In Induction Range with Virtual Flame has fabulous oven features. We wish the cooktop had more features (more power and bridged burners, for example), but if you want an induction range, this is one of the more affordable ones out there, and it's really, really pretty.
It's had mixed reviews, and as far as repairs go, it's probably about average; not the best out there, but not the worst, either. We strongly suggest you get an extended warranty from the dealer where you buy if one is available, and make sure you have certified Samsung technicians in your area.
To buy the 30-inch Samsung Slide-in Induction range on Amazon:
To buy the 30-inch Samsung slide-in induction range at homedepot.com:
To buy the 30-inch Samsung slide-in induction range at lowe's.com:
Samsung 7000 Series "Smart" Induction Cooktop Review
The Samsung 7000 Series induction cooktop is Samsung's first induction cooktop. It came out in 2017 so it's relatively new to the market and unproven. However, Consumer Reports gives it a 100% rating, and it's got enough cool features to make it an appealing choice in the induction cooktop market. It also gets mostly rave reviews at Home Depot, Lowe's, and on Amazon.
A few years ago, Samsung bought Dacor, an American maker of premium home appliances. This new Samsung cooktop is a dead ringer for the Dacor induction cooktop, which costs about $1,000 more. They seem to have many of the same features in common, too, so it's more than just the looks. In any case, it's a win/win for consumers who want premium appliances at a more moderate price.
Some reviewers complained about the removable magnetic dial being touchy, and the WiFi connectivity didn't offer a whole lot. But other than these, most users were quite happy with the cooktop.
- FlexZone - Bridge element combines two burners into one large one
- Digital-Analog Control option
- Virtual Flame LED Surface lights create gas-like "flame" when in use
- Power Boost to all burners
- Max power boost of 4,800W on largest burner (highest power rating available)
- Largest burner is dual 11 in./7 in. burner in one
- Wi-Fi connectivity to remotely monitor the cooktop from smartphone
- Bluetooth connectivity syncs to the hood, starts fans and lights when burners are powered on
- 15 heat settings
- "Simmer Control" ensures consistently even temperatures for better simmer results
- "Melt" setting for delicate foods like butter and chocolate.
With 15 heat settings, you can get extremely precise temp control. And with the Virtual Flame technology, you can have the "warmth" of a gas flame in your kitchen without the ambient heat (if that's important to you).
Don't forget, too, that this cooktop is connected: it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can control it from your smartphone, turn the range hood off and on remotely, and more.
With removable magnetic knobs, you get the best of both worlds: Old school manual controls, or electronic controls that function like old school manual controls.
Here's a video from Samsung showing the basics of how the controls work:
- Control Lock keeps everyone in your family safe from accidentally turning on the elements
- Auto shutoff when pans are removed.
- Residual heat indicator.
Samsung 7000 Series Induction Cooktop
30-Inch 7000 Series
36-Inch 7000 Series
Total Power (W):
Number of Burners:
Burner Sizes (Inches):
12 in. (flex)
12 in. (flex)
7 in./11 in. dual
12 in. (flex)
Power per Burner:
Front Left (Normal/Boost):
Back Left (Normal/Boost):
Front Right (Normal/Boost):
Back Right (Normal/Boost):
Size in Inches (WxDxH):
30 x 21.25 x 4
36 x 21.25 x 4
Cutout Requirements in Inches
28.375 x 19.428 x 4
33.85 x 19.125 x 4
Install Over Oven?
Check with installer
Check with installer
1 year manufacturer warranty on parts and labor.
We strongly suggest buying an extended warranty through the dealer (or website) if one is available. Manufacturer warranties don't always apply for online purchasing.
The Samsung 7000 Series induction cooktop has a ton of features, including removable magnetic knobs, bluetooth operation, and Virtual Flame to let you know when the burner is on. It's got really cool smart features, and Consumer Reports gives it a rating of 100%. If you're willing to spend what this cooktop will run you (plus the cost of a separate oven), it's an excellent choice.
To buy the 30-inch Samsung 7000 Series Induction Cooktop on Amazon:
To buy the 36-inch Samsung 7000 Series Induction Cooktop on Amazon:
To buy the 30-inch Samsung 7000 Series Induction Cooktop at homedepot.com:
To buy the 36-inch Samsung 7000 Series Induction Cooktop at homedepot.com:
To buy the 36-inch Samsung 7000 Series Induction Cooktop both sizes) at Lowes.com:
Samsung isn't the biggest name in home appliances, but they're on their way up, and they're working hard to get there; this can mean really good things for the consumer, as more competition always does. Both Samsung's induction range and induction cooktop are high-tech marvels, great-looking, and have some really cool features at prices below the current market average for induction. We're not 100% sold on Samsung quality, but then again, that's true across the appliance market today: with the advanced electronics, overseas products, and high cost of warranty servicing (making many dealers reluctant to work on anything without extended coverage that they can make a profit on), the market is in a state of flux, and no one knows yet how it will all sort out. That could be really good for consumers or really bad, depending on how you get caught in the middle. For these reasons, buying Samsung is probably going to be as safe (or as risky?) as buying any other brand in its class.
Whatever you decide to buy, do yourself a favor and get an extended warranty--and make sure there are certified technicians in your area that work on the brand you go with. If you do these two things, any brand you choose will probably work out fine.
Questions, comments, or concerns? Let us know in the comments below. And thanks for reading!