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The Best Induction Cooktops (By Features, Price, Power, and Reviews)

By trk

Last Updated: April 24, 2023

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If you're looking for a full-sized induction cooktop (30- or 36-inch in the U.S.), we can help you sort through your options. Here, we review the top-rated and most reliable induction cooktops on the market, with picks in most affordable, most powerful, best reviews, and the best induction cooktop with manual controls. 

Even if none of our picks appeal to you, we can still help, with good information on important features to look for, how to choose an induction cooktop, how to find the best deals online, how to save money on package deals, and more.

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Induction Cooktop Reviews at a Glance

We grouped these induction cooktop reviews by category. Most come in both 30- and 36-inch sizes, noted for each model. If you're ready to shop, click over to the vendors, or scroll down to keep reading.

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Buying Options

Consumer Reports Favorite: GE Cafe

(affordable luxury)

Cafe 30in induction cooktop gray

-Glide touch controls

-19 settings

-Sync burners

-3700W burner

-Precision temp control

-Wifi capability

-About $2800/$3000.


Best Deal:

Frigidaire Gallery 


Frigidaire 30inch Gallery induction cooktop

-Glide touch controls

-TrueTemp Melt & Hold precision temp.

-9 settings

-3800W burner

-Auto pan sizing

-About $1500/$1700.


Most Powerful:

Miele KM6365/KM6375


Miele 36in induction cooktop

-7700W zone

-5 variable zones

-Flush w/counter mount

-Bluetooth connectivity

-"Direct select" controls

-About $3500/$4100.


Manual Controls: Frigidaire Professional Cooktop

Frigidaire Professional Induction Cooktop 30in

-Steel dials

-PowerPlus power boost

-Bridge element

-Made in USA

-About $1900/$2100.


Coolest Technology: Thermador Freedom (luxury)

See it on Amazon

-Entire cooktop is a burner

-Anywhere pot placement

-Avail. 36-in. only

-Made in USA.

Consumer Reports Favorite: GE Cafe (affordable luxury)

Amazon 30 in.

Amazon 36 in.

Home Depot 30 in.

Home Depot 36 in.

AJ Madison 30-in.

AJ Madison 36-in.

Best Deal: Frigidaire Gallery FGIC3066TB (basic) (New 2019 model!! Better controls!)

Amazon (both sizes)

Lowe's (both sizes)

AJ Madison (30 in.)

AJ Madison (36 in.)

-Great reliable all-around cooktop.

-30- and 36-in. available.

Most Powerful: Miele KM6365/KM6375 (luxury)

AJ Madison 30 in.

AJ Madison 36 in.

-7700W burner (!)

-Flush w/counter mounting

-Bluetooth connectivity

-"Direct select" controls

Best Smart Features/Manual Control option: Samsung (affordable luxury)

Amazon 30-in.

Amazon 36-in.

Lowe's (all options)

-Bluetooth/smart phone connectivity

-"Manual" knob option

-Indicator "flame" on burners

-30- and 36-in. avail.

-Bridge burner.

The Original Induction Cooktop: Bosch Benchmark (affordable luxury)

Amazon 30-in.Amazon 36-in.

A. J. Madison (both sizes)

-30 in. uses 30a wiring

-30- and 36-in. avail.

-Bridge burner

-Made in USA.

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

Appliances come in three basic levels: basic, affordable luxury, and luxury. You can find the best induction cooktop in any category, depending on what you're looking for.

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

Affordable Luxury appliances are a little higher end. They may have more features than basic appliances, or they may just have a higher end design, finish, or logo; they generally are not more powerful (or reliable) than basic appliances. They are certainly more expensive, but there's a big price range. The Cafe (by GE), is an affordable luxury brands. Other affordable luxury brands include JennAir, LG, Samsung, Bosch, and Dacor.

Luxury appliances are the top of the market. They have more features, a sleeker design (although that is subjective), and have the most power. (The power difference is most important in gas cooktops, which will have a higher BTU than basic and affordable luxury brands; with induction, the power differences are there, but even a basic brand provides adequate power for any kitchen.) Luxury appliances are also pioneers in technology, and they tend to get better reliability ratings. The Miele induction cooktop reviewed here is a luxury brand. Other luxury brands include Viking, Thermador, Gaggenau, and Wolf/SubZero. 

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

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How We Picked The Best Induction Cooktops

To pick these best induction cooktops, we looked at several factors, including:

  • Features, design, price, and reliability
  • Reliability, based on several dealers' data and hundreds of user reviews 
  • Consumer Reports recommendations.

Features, Design, Price, and (Most of All) Reliability

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

This is what we did: narrowed it down to the top reliable brands--according to Consumer Reports, several nationwide appliance sites, and other appliance publications--then picked the models that offered features which we think are important, cool, or innovative. 

If you choose like we did, you're going to get a reliable induction cooktop you can love.

Can you get unlucky and get a lemon? Sure--it happens. But if you buy wisely--that is, make sure you have service technicians in your area and get the extended warranty--you should be covered. 

Yes, it's annoying that the manufacturer's warranty isn't enough anymore. But most of the time, it isn't, even for luxury brands. If you want to be covered for more than a year, you have to buy the extended warranty.

In today's appliance market, it's worth every penny, and should be figured into the total cost of the appliance. (This is true not only for induction cooktops; it's true for all appliances.)

Here's the thing to remember about reliability: Most appliances made by major manufacturers are reliable. Yes, you can find a lot of horror stories online about terrible performance, expensive repairs, and terrible customer service. But the truth is that any major brand is likely to provide a quality product and quality service (although service may not mean what it meant 10 years ago). We talk more about this below. 

Consumer Reports Picks

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Consumer Reports magazine is one of the oldest and most respected consumer product organizations in existence. They don't take advertising, and they do extensive testing on every product they rate. It's an excellent place to start when shopping for just about anything. Here's their list of the best induction cooktops on the market:

The recommended 30-inch induction cooktops are:

Bosch (800 Series)





And the recommended 36-inch induction cooktops are:

Bosch (Benchmark Series)





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

Nevertheless, CR is a good place to start because they have an excellent reputation for honesty and fairness, which makes their findings helpful, even if not perfect.

We also looked at user reviews on popular appliance web sites including Home Depot, Lowe's, AJ Madison, and ABT.com (our preferred vendors), and compared them to what CR said about the cooktops.

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

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About the Manufacturers

We narrowed down results somewhat by looking at the manufacturers. Here are a few basics you might want to know:

GE: GE was bought by a Chinese conglomerate called Haier in 2016. Their induction cooktops are still made in the US, with no plans that we know of to be taken overseas. GE is a reliable brand at a decent price, and both their Monogram and Cafe models--luxury and affordable luxury brands--have excellent finger-swipe controls. They are top rated by Consumer Reports, so we included the Cafe model, their affordable luxury cooktop. The Monogram has identical features but is more expensive, with the only difference being that it can be installed flush with your countertop, while the Cafe cannot; it also comes in a few more color options. 

Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air are all made by Whirlpool corporation, an American company and the largest appliance manufacturer in the world. Whirlpool's products are designed to appeal to different market sectors, with Jenn-Air being the highest end and the most expensive. And even though Jenn-Air products are really nice, the quality is roughly equivalent to the less expensive sister brands in the Whirlpool line. Any Whirlpool product is probably a good option. However, the Whirlpool induction cooktops didn't really distinguish themselves in any interesting way, so we chose not to review them. Also, Whirlpool products may or may not be made in the USA; the most likely case is that they are partially made here, with some parts being manufactured overseas.

Thermador and Bosch are both owned by Bosch corporation (as well as Gaggenau, another luxury brand), a German manufacturing conglomerate that's been making appliances for a little over 50 years. Bosch was the first maker of induction cooktops. Their purchase of Thermador in 1998 was a great fit, as Thermador is also known as a great innovator in kitchen products. Both Bosch and Thermador are respected brands, with Thermador being the higher-priced of the two. Somewhat surprisingly, both the Bosch and Thermador induction cooktops are made in the USA. We like the Thermador induction cooktops and will probably do a review of them in the future, but none of them had the cool high-power feature like the Miele and they are very expensive, so they didn't make the cut.

We like Bosch induction cooktops and they're highly rated by Consumer Reports and elsewhere. You can read more about them in our Bosch Induction Cooktop Review. Though we didn't review one here, the Bosch cooktops are certainly worth a look.

Miele: Miele (pronunced MEE-la) is a German luxury brand, and its astounding 7700W of burner power--that's for one burner on power boost--caught our eye. (The next closest power boost we know of is Thermador's 4600W, with an industry average boost of around 3800W.) Miele is a family-owned German appliance manufacturer that's been in business more than 100 years. They are known for durable, high quality appliances marketed to the premium/luxury end of the market. So while the Miele induction cooktop isn't cheap, it's certain to offer top-of-the-line construction and performance. 

Samsung: Samsung is an Asian brand and now owns Dacor (formerly an American luxury brand), and the cooktops are almost identical, but the Dacor cooktop is about $1000 more. We like some of the features of the Samsung and reviewed them separately in our Samsung Induction Cooktop and Range Review.

We include this information to help you make better decisions. If you're aware of the backgrounds of the brands you're considering, you may be able to save money by buying the Samsung over the Dacor, or the KitchenAid over the Jenn-Air, without skimping on quality. If you want an American-made product, you should go with Bosch or Thermador, or GE (even though none of these brands are actually American-owned companies now). 

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About the Vendors

Many online retailers sell appliances nation-wide now. We've partnered with the ones that we think have the most to offer consumers.

Amazon: Everyone loves Amazon and nearly everyone has an Amazon account. They even offer installation services now. Thousands of vendors sell on Amazon. If you're looking for just an induction cooktop, Amazon can be a good place to buy. To be sure you get the factory warranty with the cooktop, buy from the manufacturer or an appliance dealer selling on Amazon. (More on this below.) Also, don't expect Amazon to have the lowest price--they don't always. Be sure to check the shipping terms, as well, because being a Prime member doesn't automatically guarantee free shipping. 

Home Depot and Lowe's: These nationwide chains are a safe bet for customer service, and often have sales going on. If they don't, ask for a price match if you find it cheaper elsewhere. These retailers will almost always be happy to price match, even for online purchases. 

AJ Madison: Another nationwide online retailer with a huge number of brands. They call themselves "the industry's foremost appliance authority" and offer interest-free financing and free nationwide delivery. They also offer appliance packages that could save you thousands if you need a whole kitchen suite. Be sure to talk to a customer service rep here, too, to make sure you can get appliance service in your area.

ABT.com is another nationwide appliance dealer that has a large brand selection, live chat to answer questions, excellent customer service, and promise to have (or match) the lowest prices. They are one of our newer partnerships, but so far we've been very happy with them.

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About Prices 

Since it's become a nationwide market (a global one, actually), you may not find huge price differences online (although they do happen). The best way to save money is to buy during a sale or to take advantage of a special offer (such as saving 5% by using your Lowe's credit card, or buying an appliance package from a dealer).

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

It pays to shop around. 

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

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Still Not Sure Induction Is For You? Read this First 

If you're on the fence about induction, read this section. If you know you want induction, you can skip this section. 

You can also check out several other articles about induction on this site: Is Induction Cooking Better than Gas?, Induction Cooktop Pros and Cons, Is Induction Cooking Safe?, Range Hoods and Induction Cooktops, The Advantages of Cooking with Induction

Here's a short video from Frigidaire that shows you the benefits of cooking with induction:

Video courtesy Frigidaire

What Is Induction Cooking and Why Is It So Cool?

This induction cooktop review may be more detailed than you need--if so, you don't need to read all the sections. This one, in particular, you may not need if you've already got your mind made up about induction.

Induction cooktops operate on an entirely different technology than conventional electric ranges. Yes, they're run by electricity--and most will fit right into an electric cooktop cutout and run on the same wiring--but the similarity ends there.

Induction works by magnetism. Induction hobs are essentially electromagnets, and placing magnetic cookware on an induction burner and sending current through it (that is, switching it on) completes a magnetic circuit. The cookware heats up, but the burner itself does not.

The reaction happens very rapidly--almost instantaneously--and since it's only the cookware getting hot, the method is extremely efficient, with little heat loss to ambient air. In fact, induction burners are about 80% more efficient than gas burners.

Induction technology has been around for more than 100 years and is used in several industrial processes. Induction cooktops came out in the 1970s. They've been slow to catch on in the US, comprising about 7% of the market, though that number is growing every year.

Induction cooking is hugely popular in Europe and the Far East, being about 70% of the cooktop market in many regions.

To read more about induction cooking, see this Wikipedia article.

Induction burner insides

The electromagnet inside an induction burner.

Is Induction Technology Safe?

Induction is the safest cooking technology available. The burners hold only residual heat from the cookware, which makes them safest cooking technology available.

Also, unless there's induction-compatible cookware on them, burners won't come on; if you switch a burner on with no pan on it, or the wrong type of pan, you'll get an error message.

Induction cooktops also have many safety features such as auto-off and burner locks. Most induction cooktops have child safety locks, as well.

If you or a family member has a pacemaker, you should consult with your doctor before buying an induction cooktop because the magnetic fields may interfere with pacemaker operation. This isn't because induction technology is inherently dangerous; it's a function of the magnetic nature of pacemakers. 

While some people are concerned about the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by induction cooktops, the evidence that they are not dangerous is strong; an induction cooktop won't emit any more EMFs than other appliances in your home. 

For a detailed discussion about this, see Is Induction Cooking Safe?

Who Are the Best Candidates for Induction?

Everybody who enjoys cooking or wants to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible should consider induction technology. 

We used to say that anyone without a gas hookup should look at induction. But with recent evidence of gas stoves creating indoor air pollution, we recommend induction for everybody. Induction is faster than gas, more efficient than gas, more precise than gas, and cleaner than gas--so it wins on every front.

And conventional electric doesn't come close to competing with induction (unless price is your main concern).

If you have gas now and want to switch to induction, you will probably need to have an electric hookup wired in to your kitchen. Be sure to talk to an electrician to be sure this is possible and that you are willing to pay for it (it could be expensive). The good news is that induction requires the same wiring as a standard electric cooktop or range, so it's pretty straightforward.

Pros and Cons of Induction Cooking

For more details, see our article Induction Cooktop Pros and Cons.


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


  • More expensive than other cooktops.
  • Induction-compatible cookware is required (must have a magnetic base).
  • Induction has a learning curve (it's that much more responsive than even gas).
  • Repairs can be expensive (so be sure to get the extended warranty--which you were going to do anyway, right?).

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Installation Considerations for Induction Cooktops

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Electrical Hookups

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

If you live in an older home, your hookup may only be 30amp. If you have 30 amp wiring and want to buy a 40 or 50 amp cooktop, don’t despair. You can have new wiring installed or even do it yourself if you’re handy. Just know that you have to get this right, because if you use the wrong wiring, your circuit breakers will cut power in your kitchen when you try to draw too much--or worse, it could be a fire hazard (not to mention illegal).

The 30-inch Bosch Benchmark is an exception to this standard wiring hookup. It requires 30 amp wiring, so if you live in an older home, the Benchmark may be an easy way for you to upgrade to induction.

Bosch Benchmark 30in. induction cooktop

The Bosch Benchmark is one of the few 30-inch induction tops that uses 30-amp wiring.

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

Flush Mount Cooktops

Miele flush mount induction cooktop: best full-sized induction cooktops

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

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

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

Over-a-Wall-Oven Installation

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

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

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

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

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Important Features of an Induction Cooktop

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


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

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

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

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

Power Boost: Sometimes called speed boost or other trademarked names, power boost is a neat feature that sends extra power to one or two burners for a limited amount of time, usually 10 minutes. This makes tasks like boiling water lightning fast. An induction cooktop can have one burner with power boost, two burners, or all four, although because boost draws power from the other burners, you can't operate more than two burners at a time on boosted power. And when in use, the amount of power available for the other burners is decreased.

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

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

Total power consumption tells you the max power output of the cooktop. So for example, if the total power consumption rating is 10,000 watts and the cooktop has 5 burners, each burner can produce a maximum of 2,000 watts if all 5 burners are in operation. Power is not distributed equally, however; the largest burner is going to have a higher max output than the smaller burners (which is as it should be). But the total will never exceed 10,000 watts.

Most 30-inch cooktops have a max power of around 7,400 watts. Most 36-inch cooktops have a max power of around 10,000 watts. (So you can see that the power per burner works out to be roughly the same, and a bigger cooktop isn't necessarily going to be more powerful.) These are industry standards and not really important to installation or performance. (The power per burner, discussed above, is the spec that tells you what you really need to know.)

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

Overall Design

Miele induction cooktop installed: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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

Look at where the burners are and imagine yourself using them. Is the layout practical? Will you be able to get at the big pot easily with other pots on the cooktop? Is there room to use more than one big pot at once? Do the big burners interfere with the small burners or vice versa?

Look at the controls. Are they in a convenient place? Will they be easy to use with pots on the cooktop? (See below for more on controls.) Will changing a setting be fast and easy?

Look at the overall design. Is it attractive? Will it enhance your kitchen? Does it bring you joy? Can you see yourself using it every day? best induction cooktops


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

Electronic controls are great in that there are no knobs to collect gunk and to clean around. You just have one flat surface to wipe down and you're done. 

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

GE Cafe induction cooktop controls: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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

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

Frigidaire Gallery induction cooktop controls: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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

And the Frigidaire Professional induction cooktop has old-school manual dials, which are the easiest to use:

Frigidaire Professional Induction cooktop, angled view

You may prefer the sleek look of electronic controls, but dials are the fastest, easiest way to change a setting. The only issue with them is that they can collect gunk, but this is going to be much less of an issue with an induction cooktop.

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

Bridge Functionality

The “bridge” feature, "Sync," or "Flex Zone" (different manufacturers give it different names) allows you to operate two burners as one. This is incredibly useful for oversized pans, particularly oblong ones like griddles. If you've got visions of whipping out piles of pancakes for a crowd on Saturday mornings, you're going to want an induction cooktop with a good bridging feature.

How is it different than just turning on two burners? For one, the heat going into both burners will be exactly the same because they’re controlled as one. And on some cooktops (like Bosch), one entire side is a heating element, so there are no cold spots between burners. On some cooktops (Bosch again), you can use the large cooking zone for several small pots as well as one large one.

Some induction cooktops control two burners as one, but only heats the burners and not the space in between (the Cafe is an example of this). 

So, not all bridged burners are created equally. 

Here's a short video that shows how the bridge functionality works on the Bosch (which were the first to use a bridge feature):

Bevel Vs. No Bevel

Some cooktops have an option of a stainless beveled edge or no edge. A bevel can protect the cooktop from chipping, but it can also be a crevice where food and grease collect.

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

Bosch induction cooktop controls: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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

Safety Features

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

First of all, the burners themselves don’t get hot, the pans do; this safety feature is a by-product of how induction heating works. Residual heat can remain after removing a pot, however, and induction cooktops have indicator lights to alert you of this: when the burner cools to "touching" temp, the light goes out. However, even at their hottest, induction burners are never as hot as gas or conventional electric burners.

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

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

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

Burner Timers

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

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

Internet/Smart Connectivity

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

You may also be able to turn burners on and off remotely, adjust settings, and check to make sure the cooktop is off (if you're not home).

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

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

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Do I Need Special Induction Cookware?

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

Induction cookware has to be magnetic. That is, when you apply a magnet to the bottom of the cookware, the magnet sticks. 

Cast iron, carbon steel, and most clad stainless are induction compatible, with clad stainless being the optimal choice (in our opinion). Aluminum and copper is not induction compatible unless it has an outer layer of magnetic stainless or a magnetic stainless disc welded to the bottom. Most aluminum cookware makers make induction compatible lines of cookware.

As induction cooking gains popularity, more and more cookware sets are made to be induction compatible. Most cookware will now be labeled for induction compatibility. If you're not sure, ask--or use a magnet to test it. 

For more information on induction cookware, see A Guide to the Best Induction Cookware, our Stainless Steel Cookware Buying Guide, or our Cookware page for more options.

All-Clad Copper Core 14pc set

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Do I Need a Range Hood with Induction?

There is a common misconception that if you have an induction cooktop you don't need a range hood. It's true that induction produces less ambient heat and is cleaner than gas or electric, however, cooking odors and grease spatters are the same regardless of the technology you're using. Therefore, having some sort of ventilation over your cooktop is desirable.

For more information, see Range Hoods and Induction Cooking: What You Need to Know

Ceiling Mount Range Hood

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

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Getting the Best Deal for an Induction Cooktop Online

Besides getting the cooktop you want and can love, you'll also need to think about how to get the best deal. We think this is an important part of an induction cooktop review, so here are some thoughts on that.

Explore Buying Options

We've included a number of buying options; compare them to find the best deal. Online appliance dealers often offer sales prices, rebates, and price matching, while Lowe's and Home Depot often have the best price--if they carry the model you want. Sometimes Amazon offers a lower price than anybody on the right day. If financing is an option, then look for the best terms you can find. 

And much as we'd love for you to buy through one of our links, you should also go see appliances in person, if possible. Try them, see if they fit your cooking style. This doesn't mean you have to buy from the local dealer, and they often can't compete with the great deals you'll find online. But if they can, reward them by buying from them. 

You get the idea: shop around. This is how you'll find your best deal. 

Look for Package Deals

If you need more than a cooktop, you can often find great deals on packages from many dealers including Lowe's and sometimes Home Depot. If you need a cooktop, range, and fridge, for example, you can save several hundred dollars buying them all at once. 

If you buy from Amazon, this isn't likely to be an option. So once again, be sure to check other dealers. You may be amazed at how different pricing can be. For our purchasing links, we include package info when it's available.

Is There a "Right" Time to Buy?

The best pricing happens in September and October, when next year's models are released, and then again in January, when dealers want to clear out inventory. Black Friday can also be a good time to buy if you're buying online. So if you can buy at those times, do so. Check out this article for more details on the best times to buy.

Rebates, Special Pricing, and Price Matching

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

Some stores offer specials all the time if you do certain things. Lowe's, for example, automatically deducts 5% if you purchase with their store credit card. induction cooktop reviews

Look for deals, and don't be afraid to ask for them, either. It won't hurt to ask for a price match, for example. Most businesses are eager to sell to you, and will give you some sort of discount. All you have to do is ask. 

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Tips for Buying Online

online sales photo: Induction Cooktop Reviews: The Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

1. Understand the Terms

The Internet has ushered in a golden age for consumers. It's almost impossible to not be a well-informed buyer these days. And the competition for your business is fierce, which means you should always be able to find great deals--often much better deals than you'll find at your local dealer.

On the other hand, buying online can be risky, especially for large appliances. For example, did you know that many manufacturer warranties are voided if you purchase through Amazon? While Amazon itself will usually cover returns, manufacturers may not. You should make sure (by e-mailing or calling the manufacturer) before buying from Amazon.

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

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

Amazon seller callout: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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

2. Make Sure Service Is Available Where You Live

If you read appliance horror stories online, you will find that it is often the result of "terrible service." With induction especially, which is the newest kitchen technology in the American market, many service people don't know much about repairs. If you buy online without checking that there are reputable, knowledgeable service technicians in your area, you could find yourself in a bad situation.

The moral: be sure you can get adequate service in the area where you live.

You'd be surprised how often you can't, so be sure to check with the dealer before you buy.\

Online dealers usually have service contracts with local dealers in major cities. Make sure, though, by emailing them or calling their service number. (If their website doesn't have a service number to call, buy somewhere else.)

Be sure you talk to the service department or customer service rep, not a salesperson, to get the right information. 

If you buy from a major national retailer like Home Depot or Lowe's, you'll probably be covered. But make sure before you buy.

As far as who you buy from, Amazon is probably the riskiest online place to buy from. Be sure you understand the terms before you click Add to Cart. 

And we can't recommend strongly enough that you purchase the extended warranty, no matter who you buy from.

3. Read A Lot of Reviews

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

Here's some advice: Review sites may be biased, so take information with a grain of salt. (Rational Kitchen is not biased--except in helping you find the best product for your needs--but you should still find out what other sites have to say.) And user reviews are most certainly biased. Often, 5 star reviews are from people still in the honeymoon phase with a product, while 1 star reviews are from the unlucky folks who got a rare lemon and bad customer service.

This doesn't mean you should ignore 5-star and 1-star reviews. But you should read several of each, as well as the ones in the middle, for the most balanced feedback. And don't automatically dismiss a brand that has a few 1-star reviews. Instead, read reliability ratings and try to find out what the actual statistics of service are (it's usually less than 10%).

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

Consumer Reports Favorite Induction Cooktop: Cafe

Cafe 30in induction cooktop gray
Cafe 36 in induction cooktop

Consumer Reports loves this cooktop, as so do we. We like the Cafe because because you get a ton of features at a reasonable price, and the finger swipe controls are excellent. These cooktops have 19 heat settings, plus Precision Temperature Control with the optional Smart Pan which allows you to control to an exact temperature from 100F-500F. These cooktops also have WiFi and bluetooth capability.

This cooktop's precision controls come from compatibility with the Hestan Cue system (the link goes to our review). With a Hestan smart pan and/or a temperature probe, you can open up your cooking world with precision temperature control that lets you follow guided video recipes and sous vide. These extras don't come with the cooktop, but for a couple of hundred more dollars, you can cook along with the Hestan Cue system and sous vide without an immersion circulator. This technology really can make you a better cook because you can turn out perfectly cooked foods simply by following the video recipe. 


  • 19 heat settings including Melt and Rapid Boil
  • One touch finger swipe controls
  • Pan size sensor adjusts heat to pan size
  • Digital display
  • Sync burners for large rectangular cookware (griddles)
  • 3,700W burner for fast heating
  • Warming zone
  • Timer on all burners, plus kitchen timer
  • WiFi and bluetooth connectivity to control cooktop from your smart phone
  • Precision Temperature Control for use with Smart pan (not included)
  • Guided cooking videos with exact times and temps, also for use with Smart pan
  • Sous vide with smart temperature probe (not included)
  • Café fit guarantee for seamless installation
  • 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.


The 30-in. Cafe is laid out like this, with the power of each burner indicated (K=kilowatts):

GE Cafe burner power diagram: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

The 36-in. Cafe looks like this:

 GE Cafe 36in. induction cooktop burner power diagram

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

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


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

Cafe 36in. induction cooktop control panel

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

There are indicator lights for WiFi, Bluetooth, Precision Control, Lock Controls (so settings can't be changed), and a handy All Off to turn the entire cooktop off if needed. 

There are 19 heat settings from Melt to High for precise control. If you buy the Precision Control smart pan to go with the cooktop, you can set a burner to an exact temperature from 100F-500F.

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Check Cafe reviews at AJ Madison (36 in.)

Safety Features

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


Cafe Induction Cooktop

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):



Hookup Required:



Number of Burners:



Burner Sizes (Inches):

Front Left:

Back Left:

Front Right:

Back Right:


7 in.

7 in.

11 in.

6 in.


7 in.

7 in.

8 in.

6 in.

11 in.

Power per Burner:

Front Left (Normal/Boost):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Front Right (Normal/Boost):

Back Right (Normal/Boost):

Center (Normal/Boost):











Surface Size in Inches (WxDxH):

29.75 x 20.875 x 4.625

36 x 20.375 x 4.625

Cutout Requirements in Inches (WxDxH)

28.5 x 19.625 x 4.625 

33.875 x 19.125 x 4.625

Weight (lbs):



Install Over Oven?

Check with retailer or installer

Check with retailer or installer


1 year limited manufacturer's warranty.

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


ADA compliant, UL listed.

Pros and Cons


  • Excellent finger swipe controls
  • 19 settings including Melt and Rapid Boil
  • Burner Sync for large pans
  • Powerful 3700W burner
  • Favorite of Consumer Reports
  • Smart cooking technology (Hestan Cue compatible).


  • Sync burner only heats burners only (not area in between)
  • Smart cooking technology not included.

GE Packages

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Recommendation for Cafe Induction Cooktop

The Cafe is pretty and powerful, with 19 heat settings (including Melt and Rapid Boil) and excellent finger swipe controls. Its Hestan Cue compatibility means some of the best smart features in the industry. At around $2600-$2900, the price is in the middle of the pack. 

GE Cafe 30in. induction cooktop: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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Best Deal (Among High Reliability Brands): Frigidaire Gallery

Fridigaire Gallery induction cooktop: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops
Fridigaire Gallery 36in. induction cooktop: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

The Frigidaire Gallery has been around for awhile and is one of the best induction cooktops you'll find for the most reasonable price. It's a good thing it's been around for awhile, because it means the bugs have been worked out of the design and if you do have problems, you should be able to find service technicians who know how to work on it. It's as no-frills as induction cooktops get, but the price is unbeatable. Frigidaire also gets high marks for reliability from Consumer Reports.

These Frigidaire induction cooktops have excellent controls, too. Each burner has a "glide touch" control and you simply slide your finger along the line to set the heat level--see the control panel below in the Controls section.

The "True Temp Melt and Hold" feature allows you a burner to hold a steady temperature for up to an hour, low enough to melt chocolate or butter gently and to keep food warm. This is one of the best features of induction cooktops, and it's exciting to see it available now even on a basic brand.

The Frigidaire Gallery induction cooktop has a high burner setting of 3800 watts. So even though it's a basic cooktop, it has enough power and enough features to make it an excellent choice for any cook.

We recommend this cooktop, no matter what your budget is.


  • 3,800W on largest burner for fast heating
  • 9 heat settings per burner
  • Warm setting for excellent low temperature control--gentle enough for delicate foods like chocolate and butter.
  • Electronic Touch Controls are sleek and easily to use with the touch of a finger.
  • Pan size detection adjusts automatically to size of pan.
  • Ceramic glass cooktop looks great and is easy to clean.
  • Timer
  • Frigidaire Fit Promise (see below)
  • ADA compliant, UL listed.
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty.

The Frigidaire Fit Promise

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

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Both sizes have the largest burner in the center, the medium burner(s) in the front, and the smallest burner(s) in the back:

Frigidaire Gallery induction cooktop, angled view: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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

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

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

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


Each burner has its own "slider" style control that you drag your finger across:

Frigidaire Gallery induction cooktop controls: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

The control panel is simple and using the cooktop is simple. 

One issue with the under glass controls is that they don't always operate well if the cooktop or your fingers are wet. But overall, we think these are excellent digital controls.

The display color is red. 

Safety Features

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


Frigidaire Gallery Induction Cooktop

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):



Hookup Required:



Number of Burners:



Burner Sizes (Inches):

Front Left:

Back Left:


Front Right:

Back Right:

7 in.

6 in.

10 in.

7 in.


8 in.

6 in.

10 in.

8 in.

6 in.

Power per Burner:

Front Left (Normal/Boost):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Front Right (Normal/Boost):

Back Right (Normal/Boost):

Center (Normal/Boost):











Surface Size in Inches (WxDxH):

30.75 x 21.5 x 4.325

36.75 x 21.5 x 4.325

Cutout Requirements in Inches (WxDxH)

29.625 x 20.5 x 4.5 (max)

28.5 x 19.625 x 4.5 (min)

36.125 x 20.5 x 4.5 (max)

33.825 x 19.125 x 4.5 (min)

Weight (lbs):



Install Over Oven?

Approved for Frigidaire wall oven 

Approved for Frigidaire wall oven


ADA compliant; UL listed.


Limited one year manufacturer warranty with extended functional parts protection.

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

Packages Available for Frigidaire Gallery

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Pros and Cons


  • Excellent "slider" controls
  • Excellent price point
  • Enough power to compete with higher priced brands.


  • No bridge functionality
  • No power boost
  • No smart features.

Recommendation for Frigidaire Gallery Induction Cooktop

This cooktop is a basic appliance but has a lot of power, precise temperature control, and easy glide controls. The 3800W burner is lightning fast and matches the power of more expensive models.

Fridigaire Gallery 30in induction cooktop

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Most Powerful: Miele KM6365/KM6375

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About $3500/$4100

Here's the 30-inch Miele flush mount cooktop:

Miele induction cooktop: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

Here's the 36-inch Miele cooktop:

Miele 36in. induction cooktop: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

Miele, a German company best known for their vacuum cleaners and dishwashers in the US, has been making cooktops, ranges, and refrigerators as well. They're a luxury brand and a good product, but hadn't put out any really interesting options until now. When we heard about this super powerful cooktop, we were really excited to give it a whirl. 

Miele has really put all their excellent design into this induction cooktop. In addition to having the most powerful boost feature on the market at an astonishing 7,700 watts--that's about twice as powerful as average--it's got several other features that make it a pleasure to use.

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

Miele induction cooktop installed: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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

Miele induction cooktop flush mount: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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


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

Layout/Cooking Zones

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

The 36-inch cooktop has 5 variable cooking zones:

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

The 30-inch cooktop has 4 variable cooking zones:

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

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

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

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

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


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

Here's the 30-inch cooktop control panel:

Miele induction cooktop control panel: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

Here's the 36-inch cooktop control panel:

Miele 36in induction cooktop control panel: Best Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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

Safety Features

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

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


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

Miele Induction Cooktop

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):



Hookup Required:



Burner Zones:

4 zones:

-1 vario zone of 4 - 6"

-2 vario zones of 6 - 9"

-1 vario zone of 7 - 11"

5 zones:

-(1) vario zone of 4-6"

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

-(2) vario zones of 6-9"

-(1) vario zone of 7-11"

Power per Burner (@240V):

Frnt Left(Normal/Boost1/2):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Frnt Rt (Normal/Boost):

Back Rt (Normal/Boost1/2):

Center (Normal/Boost1/2):











Surface Size in Inches (WxDxH):

30.313 x 20.186 x 5.1

35.875 x 19.313

Cutout Requirements in Inches (WxDxH)

29.563 x 19.313 

35 x 19.625

Counter Thickness:

1.125 -- 1.313

1.125 -- 1.313

Wt/Shipping Wt (lbs):



Install Over Oven?

Check with installer

Check with installer


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

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

Miele Packages

You can save hundreds or even thousands by buying a package appliance dealer from an appliance dealer. We highly recommend A. J. Madison for their excellent reputation and online chat feature which can answer any questions you may have in just a minute or two. Nationwide delivery available.

Miele package with oven, warming drawer, and dishwasher at A.J. Madison  

Also check the Rebates tab on the AJ Madison page for more deals on Miele appliance suites.

Pros and Cons


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


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

Recommendation for Miele Induction Cooktop

The Miele induction cooktop is a top quality, extremely powerful luxury appliance. If you have the budget and want all this power, it's a fantastic cooktop.

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Manual Controls: Frigidaire Professional Induction Cooktop

Frigidaire Professional Induction Cooktop 30in
Frigidaire Professional Induction Cooktop 36in

For those of you who hate electronic controls, the Frigidaire Professional induction cooktop is one of the few today that still have manual dials. And they are lovely, heavy duty, professional-grade stainless steel dials. 

This cooktop has no digital control panel, just indicators for each burner setting (e.g., 1-9, '"Hi", "Lo," and "Pb" for power boost), plus a Hot Element indicator ("HE"). There are 18 heat levels, 1.5-9.5, plus the power boost, for precise cooking. 

There's no Wi-Fi, no bluetooth, no smart technology at all. It's just a simple, powerful induction cooktop, yet with the features that most people want, including power boost ("PowerPlus"), bridged burners ("SpacePro"), and plenty of power.

And at a fairly affordable price: the Frigidaire Professional is about $1900/$2100 for the 30"/36" respectively, only a few hundred more than the Frigidaire Gallery (reviewed above) which is about $1500/$1700.

There are pros and cons to manual controls. For example, controls under the glass mean there's just one surface to clean, and knobs can collect gunk and create more surfaces to clean under and around. However, there are still no electronic controls that match the speed and ease of use of manual dials. 

Overall, this is a simple induction range with enough features to make it great. And, it's made in the USA.


  • Stainless steel manual dials
  • 18 heat settings, plus power boost
  • PowerPlus power boost (up to 3800W)
  • Bridge element for synced burners
  • Smudge-proof finish
  • ADA compliant
  • One year limited manufacturer warranty.


Frigidaire Professional Induction cooktop, angled view

The controls are simple. Manual dials correspond with each burner, and you just turn the dial to adjust the setting for each burner. Each dial has a digital display above it that shows the burner setting.

To activate the bridge element, place the correctly sized cookware on the two burners and turn the dial for the front burner--the bridge element works automatically if the cookware is placed on the burners.

The digital display will also show a hot element and error codes.

Frigidaire Professional Induction Cooktop

30 Inch Cooktop

36 Inch Cooktop

Total Power (W):



Hookup Required:



Number of Burners:



Burner Size/Power:

Front Left:

Back Left:

Front Right:

Back Right:


7 in. (flex)/1800-2600W

7 in. (flex)/1800-2600W

10 in./2600-3800W

6 in./1450-2000W


7 in. (flex)/1800-2600W

7 in. (flex)/1800-2600W

10 in./2600-3800W

6 in./1450-2000W

8 in./2300-3200W

Size in Inches (WxDxH):

30.75 x 21.5 x 4.5

36.75 x 21.5 x 4.625

Cutout Requirements (in)


19.625 - 19.75 (D)

3.625 (H)

33.875 - 34.0 (W)

19.125 - 19.25 (D)

3.625 (H)

Weight (lbs):



Install Over Oven?

Check with installer

Check with installer


ADA compliant.


1 year manufacturer warranty on parts and labor.

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

Frigidaire Packages

Frigidaire has "buy more save more" package deals you can find at most dealers, including AJ Madison and abt.com. Check the "Rebates" tab on the product page to find out more. 

Pros and Cons


  • Manual dials and simple controls
  • Power boost
  • Bridged burner
  • Made in USA
  • Reasonably priced.


  • No smart features or connectivity.

Recommendation for Frigidaire Professional Induction Cooktop

If you want manual dials and don't care about smart features, the Frigidaire Professional is the induction cooktop to get. It has power boost up to 3800W, synced burners, and it looks great. It gets mostly excellent reviews and has the simplest-to-use interface of all the induction cooktops we looked at.

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Final Thoughts on Full-Sized Induction Cooktops

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An induction cooktop is a big investment. We hope we've helped make your decision easier. Buying online can be scary, but if you do your homework and buy a reputable brand from a reputable dealer, you're probably going to get a good cooktop (or at least good customer service).

Don't forget to make sure service is available in your area for the brand you choose. And get that extended warranty! In the appliance market today, the extended warranty is peace of mind: it's your best guarantee for good service if you need it--whether you buy online or from your local dealer.

Do you have any more thoughts or questions about induction cooktops or these induction cooktop reviews? Please share in the comments below. And thanks for reading!

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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'm confused about your statement that the Cafe induction cooktop is Consumer Reports' favorite. I see they rank the Cafe smoothtop as #1, but their favorite induction cooktop is the Bosch Benchmark. Can you please explain?

    1. Hi Lynn, Thanks for your question. We took some liberties w/CR’s ratings because we took some more aspects into account than they did. They pick the Profile and the Monogram (both GE) for the best 30″ cooktops, but we dislike the Profile because of the controls (they’re truly awwwwwwful), so we couldn’t give it the #1 spot. The Monogram is great, but the Cafe is the exact same cooktop, with the same controls, same power, same features, for a few hundred less. I don’t know why CR doesn’t take price into account, but we do: if you like the Monogram, get the same thing in a less expensive package w/the Cafe. Unless you can’t live without the looks of the Monogram, the Cafe is the better option.

      CR broke their cooktops into 30″ and 36″ categories, with the Profile #1 in the 30″ and the Bosch Benchmark #1 in the 36″. Not sure why they did this as both models come in both sizes; we think it’s just a way for CR to make more “best model” recommendations so they could sell cooktops to different markets: note that GE Profile is a “basic” appliance, while Bosch and Monogram/Cafe are “affordable luxury.” These categories appeal to different markets.

      We actually like both the GE Cafe (or Monogram, if you have to have that styling for more $$$), and the Benchmark in both sizes. We chose a different ranking system than CR, giving our favorites in categories that we thought would be helpful for people in choosing a cooktop (e.g., most powerful, coolest technology, etc.).

      We like to take CR’s recommendations into account, but we take many other factors into account as well when we make our recommendations. I hope that answers your question. If not, I am happy to continue the conversation–best of luck in your search for an induction cooktop.

  2. We're trying to make a decision between a 30" Miele, Bosch Benchmark, or JennAir. Are there any significant advantages/disadvantages between these units?

    I like that the Miele has direct burner control and that the largest burner is towards the front of the cooktop. However, I've also heard that controlling the cooktop with wet hands can be difficult. Is there any noticeable difference in operating the controls between these three with wet fingers? I was able to test out a JennAir at a local store and it still responded pretty well with a wet finger.

    Finally, how's reliability for JennAir versus Bosch/Miele?


    1. Hi Steven,
      Any cooktop with under-glass controls has the potential to be tough to operate with wet hands (or a wet cooktop). In that respect, the Miele and the Bosch are the same. FWIW, I prefer the direct burner control. Both the Miele and the Bosch are good options.
      We haven’t looked at the JennAir, so I can’t speak to it. But this article from Yale appliance ranks reliability; that may be helpful for you. The Miele is in first place, tied with Thermaor, Bosch comes next, and JennAir is, I think, 5th (but still one of the top brands). This is only one company’s service calls, but it’s still helpful.

      I really think the best thing you can do is try the cooktops in person. That’s the best way to tell how they’ll be for day to day use. It’s always a stressful decision, but as long as you go with a good brand and make sure you have a good service contract, you should be fine. All three of those brands are good options.

      1. Thank you for the prompt reply!

        The Meile was the only one we couldn't find in a local showroom to try out. But knowing that it's controls should be similar to the Bosch definitely helps. I can deal with controls being a bit finicky to work with wet hands but didn't want them to act like using a phone with a wet finger.

        Two final questions. 1) How does the bridge burner on the Miele compare to the Flexzone on the Bosch? I'm assuming it's more similar to two round burners underneath versus the square heating space of the Bosch correct? Or does it have more than that?

        2). Are there any online service contracts that you recommend? I've been searching websites such as abt, applianceconnection, and AJMadison.

        Thank you again for your help!

        1. Hi Steven,
          I think your best bet is to get on YouTube and watch some videos of the Miele to get an idea of how it operates. I believe the flex zones are similar on the Miele and the Bosch, but Bosch has one of the most advanced systems around–e.g., you can put several small pots on the zone as well as use it as one large zone–and I'm not sure you can do the same with Miele. There are some great videos that will give you a better idea. (We don't have access to these cooktops anymore, so I can only speak from memory, and I'd hate to give you the wrong advice!)

          As for online contracts, just make sure that you have service technicians in your area. AFAIK, AJ Madison has one of the best reputations among online dealers, but the great thing about a global (or national, anyway) market is that the competition forces everyone to offer great packages. As long as you have service techs in your area, you should be fine.

  3. What is the glass surface thickness of the Fridgidair³ model FGIC3066TB and how important is this the glass surface thickness in generally?

  4. What a breath of fresh air to see a site using common sense on CR reviews vs consumer complaints on all models and appliances vs usability. I've about gone nuts looking at CR then JD Power and the Puls National Appliance Repair Report 2019. LG and Samsung still dominate due to their "sex appeal" looks, but my failed 2018 LG fridge and $700 out of pocket costs for a compressor is saying ""Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here" and it's not being heard by CR or JD Power.. oh wait, it is being heard, in consumer satisfaction. Yeah, now that my fridge is working again, I really do love it.

    What CR and other websites don't talk about much is what models are user-friendly. I think that is very important for induction stovetops, more so than a refrigerator (if you discount "Smart Home features). For that reason, my choice of the Bosch NITP669UC Benchmark Induction Cooktop 36" (frameless) may now be swayed by one of the two brands you like the controls of better. Thank you, you may be keeping me out of the doghouse! Now I have to read your reviews for all the other appliances I have on my list to buy 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment Z. We do our best to sift through all the big review sites and customer complaint sites and come up with fair and balanced recommendations. And “user friendly” can be very subjective, but we do share our own experiences in testing the cooktops because we know how important that is to buyers, and you’re right, it is not always talked about. It IS very important for induction cooktops, esp. for safety reasons–you have to be able to change settings quickly. We are still grieving the death of knobs, which are far superior to a touch screen. But doesn’t that smooth surface look great? 🙂

      1. You are correct, that smooth surface (of the Bosch, for instance) does look great, but too many people complain about not being able to see the faint lines. And Samsung gave it a gung-ho try that just didn't get there with the magnetic knob, as complaints are seen for difficulty in increase or decrease the cooking surface temperature whether using the magnetic knob or your finger, with some saying the fingers work better, lol.

        Touchscreens, whether pressure sensitive pads or LCD or LED panels, are weak points on any appliance.

        Well done, thank you. I've been anguishing about Bosch induction or not, now I have good reason to "not". AutoChef sounded great, FlexInduction sounded great, but if every time it was being used I had to hear about the controls, it would mean naught.

        1. Bosch is better than many that we’ve tested, but no, not great. At least all the settings are laid out on the front of the cooktop so you can change the setting without having to use a menu. My best recommendation is to go to an appliance dealer (even if you don’t buy from them) and try out the different cooktops. There is no substitute for actual experience. You may even find a discontinued model with knobs at a great price.

          BTW, one other plus of manual controls is that there is no circuit board to go bad. One less electronic part to worry about replacing.

  5. Don't buy Gaggenau. Waste of money. it's never worked properly. Had it for eight years and only had about one full year of uninterrupted use. Otherwise it's malfunctioned chronically. And they refuse to replace it. WASTE OF MONEY. HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE. DON'T BUY!!

  6. Very hard to find good info on these induction cooktops online, so I appreciate this write-up.

    My wife wanted to Samsung, but I'm really scared to pay that much for something where reliability really seems to be lacking. Not sure I want to splurge for the Bosch Benchmark ($3299), but looks really cool. I'm also a little scared of that cheaper FrigidAire with a non-insignificant number of people complaining about an underpowered (despite specs) center burner and potentially very uneven heating.

    Would really love a good comparison of similarly priced models in that $2300-ish range, such as the Bosch 500-series, KitchenAid KICU569XBL, FrigidAire FPIC3677RF, Samsung 700-series.

    Thanks for your work and sounds like there is a lot of helpful unpublished thoughts even from reading these comments.

    1. Hi Seth, thanks for commenting. Doing reviews based on price range is a great idea. I hope we can get to it before you make up your mind. 🙂

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