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Samsung Induction: A Review of Their Range and Cooktops

By trk

Last Updated: February 15, 2022

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Updated for 2022

Find out about the Samsung induction range and Samsung induction cooktops. The great design, features, and moderate price (for induction) make them worth a look if you're in the market for an induction cooktop or range. 

Samsung Induction Range:

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Samsung Induction Cooktops:

About Samsung

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.

In 2014, Samsung issued a statement that they planned to be the leading appliance manufacturer in the US, and they have succeeded: Samsung is now the #1 selling appliance brand in the US. 

In January of 2018, Samsung opened a huge plant in South Carolina (which for now is making only 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; as of 2021, the South Carolina plant is the only one we know of in the US.

In 2016 Samsung also 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. 

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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.

Samsung has an excellent reputation for quality (despite some of the terribly negative reviews you'll find online). Consumer Reports loves the brand, as do many major appliance dealers. This is all good news for those interested in Samsung appliances. 

However, there are a few issues to be aware of.

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 have a backlog of weeks or even months; some people are waiting this long 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. (Yes, they're working on it, with the opening of American plants; they just haven't fully solved the problems yet.)

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. It is a bit lower for luxury brands (e.g., Thermador, Viking, etc.), but even if you pay a premium price for your appliances, there's a decent chance you'll need servicing in the first year of ownership. And as far as we know, Samsung induction ranges and induction cooktops are still made overseas (we're not sure where, but it could be Korea, China, Poland, Malaysia, or one of about 80 countries).

Here's the upshot: 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, it could mean very good things for the consumer. Right now, Samsung induction ranges and cooktops can usually be found at prices 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.--though as of 2021, they are still having some issues.

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.

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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

If you know you want induction, you can skip this section.

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Power boost can boil water in half the time of conventional electric.

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.

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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

Pros:

  • 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).

Cons:

  • 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 (One Unit)

Pros:

  • Less expensive than cooktop and wall oven
  • Oven is usually larger
  • Can look really great in the right space

Cons:

  • 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
  • If one breaks down and can't be repaired, you have to replace the whole thing.

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Buying Considerations for an Induction Range or Induction Cooktop

In order to buy the best induction range or cooktop for your needs, consider these things:

  • Size and Model
  • Freestanding Vs. Slide-in (range only)
  • Electrical and Installation Requirements
  • Power
  • Controls
  • Bridge Functionality
  • Oven Features (range only--though it also applies to choosing a wall oven)
  • Safety Features
  • Ease of Care and Maintenance
  • Warranty and Service Considerations.

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/or a grill. 

The Samsung induction cooktop comes in both 30-inch and 36-inch sizes; the Samsung induction range comes 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 in the front, at the cooktop level. 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.

Power

There's a surprising range of power options for induction cooktops, with power boosts ranging from 3000W all the way up to 4800W or even more. The good news is that even the lowest powered induction burners are going to provide plenty of speed and plenty of heat, so while more powerful burners sound good in theory, they really aren't necessary for your induction cooktop to be lightning fast compared to gas or conventional electric.

Controls

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 and a dial to set the oven temp. These are the fastest way to control temperature, and thus very desirable.

Samsung Induction Range Control Panel

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.

Induction Cooktop Reviews: The Samsung Induction Range and Induction Cooktop

The Samsung induction cooktop offers the option of finger swiping or placing a magnetic knob to use as a dial.

“Bridge” Functionality

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.

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Oven Features (Range Only)

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 a good oven with a lot of features including Air Fry, Dehydration, and Delay Bake Time. It's huge, at 6.3 cubic feet, and has a Smart Control that learns your common settings.

NOTE: You will have to consider these features for a wall oven also, but we are not reviewing them here.

Safety Features

Induction cooking is much safer than gas or electric. The burners won't come on without an induction-compatible pan in place.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 both ranges and cooktops have “hot surface” lights to indicate this. 

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.

Warranty and Service Considerations

Samsung is now the number one appliance seller in the US, and their service department has had a hard time keeping up. If you do buy a Samsung induction cooktop or range, be sure to get an extended warranty, and make sure you have certified Samsung technicians in your area. Samsung is a reliable brand, but if something goes wrong, you may have hard time getting it repaired--and even if you have technicians in your area, you may still have to wait several weeks.

You definitely need to cover all the bases to ensure you'll get the best post-sale service possible.

Tips for Buying Online

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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

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When you read appliance horror stories online, you'll see that they are 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, or not enough that you won't have to wait weeks to get an appointment for a service call.

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.  

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If available, look at the ratings distribution: 5% 1-star reviews is a great number.

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.

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Review: Samsung Slide-In Induction Range (30 Inch)

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CHECK PRICE AT DESIGNERAPPLIANCES.COM (Both Models)

Model Number: NE63T8911SS/NE63T8911SG (stainless/black stainless)

About $3100 (Designer Appliances usually has the best price)

Samsung Induction Range with Manual Dials in Stainless

The Samsung Induction Range with 6.3cf slide-in range has a lot of great features, like a 4200 watt burner, European convection, Air Fry, and even a dehydrator setting so you can dry food for long term storage. 

Best of all, we love its manual controls. There are a few others to choose from now, including the LG induction range and the GE Cafe induction range.

We love the knobs for manual adjustment. You may think smooth panels look better, but they tend to be more cumbersome to use: no matter how streamlined, they take longer to adjust a setting. And, under-glass panels don't always work if the cooktop or your fingers are wet.

People complain that knobs are harder to keep clean, which may be true. But these knobs are stainless, so you toss them in the dishwasher and wipe down the rest of the panel.

Manual controls also mean there are fewer electronics to fail, which can be quite expensive to repair.

The cooktop has four knobs, one for each burner, plus a black (non-matching) dial in the center for setting the oven temp. The rest of the oven settings are digital. (Since oven temp adjustments aren't as crucial as cooktop settings can be, this is fine--and it looks great, too.) 

The Samsung induction range gets overwhelmingly positive reviews. The biggest complaint from users is about its three small burners, which is a definite drawback for most cooks. Also, people don't like the beeps and clicks this range makes, and if you turn off the sound, it also switches off the alarm. This isn't a huge issue, but it is definitely a design miss, especially at this price.

Features

Basic

  • Smart Dial learns your cooking preferences
  • Air Fry mode, with tray and no preheat time
  • 4200-Watt induction burner ("Ultra Express Boil")
  • Sous Vide cooktop setting for precise temp control (with probe)
  • Virtual Flame Technology mimics gas flames on burners
  • European convection with heated element 
  • Blue illuminated knobs (when cooktop is on)
  • SmartThings App, available on Android and iOS devices: preheat, monitor, and adjust cook time and temperature from your smartphone 
  • Voice controls through Bixby (Samsung's app), Alexa or Google 
  • Available in stainless Steel and black stainless steel
  • Fingerprint resistant finish
  • 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.
Samsung Induction Range Cooktop View

Oven

  • 6.3 cu. ft. oven 
  • Air Fry, Dehydrate and Proofing modes
  • Programmable to remember favorite settings
  • Delay start/Delay bake
  • Steam Clean function 
  • Self Clean function deep cleans oven
  • Sleek Slide-In for easy installation
  • 2 oven racks 
  • Hidden Bake Element (easy-to-clean oven cavity)
  • Sabbath mode.

Safety

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

Design/Controls 

The cooktop controls are easy to use dials. You simply turn the dial until you've reached the desired setting. The digital display on the cooktop surface and the dial will illuminate to let you know the cooktop is on. 

The oven has a dial to set the temperature (big plus) and digital controls for everything else. The panel displays the oven mode, temperature, and any other information about the setting.

Samsung Induction Range Specifications

Feature

Dimensions (H x W x D in inches)

37.125 x 29.8125 x 26.3125

Weight (lbs)

220

Electrical Hookup 

(power cord sold separately)

40A/208-240V

Number of Burners

4

Burner Sizes (Inches)/Power (W):

Front Left: 7 in. /1,800 (normal)/2,300 (boost)

Back Left: 7 in. /1,800(normal)/2,300 (boost)

Front Right: 11 in. /2,300 (normal)/3,300 (boost)

Back Right: 6 in. /1,200 (normal)/2,000 (boost)

Oven Size (cubic feet)

(H x W x D in inches)

5.8 

20 x 25 x 19

Feature

Specification

Dimensions (H x W x D in inches)

29.94 x 36.75 x 28.69 (WxHxD)

Depth w/Oven Door Open (in.):

48

Weight (lbs)

175

Electrical Hookup 

(power cord sold separately)

40A/208-240V

Number of Burners

4

Burner Sizes (Inches)/Power (W):

Front Left: 

Back Left:

Right Front:

Right Center rear:

8 inch, 2300W

8 inch, 2300W

11 inch, 4200W

6 inch, 2000W

Oven Size (cubic feet)

Usable oven space (H x W x D in.)

6.3

22.44 x 24.81 x 19.75

Certifications

CSA, and ADA compliant.

Warranty

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.)

Recommendation

The Samsung Induction Range has some really nice features, especially the oven, which gets high praise from reviewers for its evenness and excellent all-around performance. The cooktop has one powerful 4200W burner which is great, but the other three burners are small (8"/8"/6"), and there's no bridge element or warming burner--both features that have become fairly standard on induction ranges.

We love the knobs, and for that reason alone we recommend this range. We encourage you to ignore horror stories you've read online about Samsung because they are one of the best rated appliance brands on the market today--but be sure to buy an extended warranty to cover yourself in case something does go wrong.

Samsung Induction Range with Manual Dials in Stainless

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Review: Samsung Induction Cooktops

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Model numbers: NZ30K7880US, NZ30K7880UG, NZ36K7880US, NZ36K7880UG (stainless or black trim)

30-inch cooktop about $1900 (black trim costs more)

36-inch cooktop about $2200 (black trim costs more)

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36-inch cooktop (3 burners plus flex zone)

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30-inch cooktop (2 burners plus flex zone)

The Samsung induction cooktop has been on the market since 2017 so it's relatively new. Consumer Reports gives the 30-inch a 93% rating and its recommendation. It also gets mostly great reviews at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Amazon.

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.

Features

  • FlexZone - Bridge element combines two burners into one large one
  • Digital-Analog Control option (removable magnetic knobs)
  • 15 heat settings
  • 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)
  • Wi-Fi connectivity to remotely monitor the cooktop from smartphone
  • Bluetooth connectivity-can sync with Samsung hood so fan automatically comes on
  • "Simmer Control" ensures consistently even temperatures for better simmer results
  • Melt mode
  • Control Lock for safety
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Range can be installed over an oven
  • Available in stainless or black trim
  • ADA compliant
  • 1 year warranty on parts and labor.

Design/Controls 

With 15 heat settings, you can get 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. (It does not have voice controls, so you can't use it with Alexa.)

With removable magnetic knobs, you get the best of both worlds: 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:

Safety Features

  • Control Lock keeps everyone in your family safe from accidentally turning on the elements
  • Auto shutoff when pans are removed.
  • Residual heat indicator
  • ADA compliant.

Samsung Induction Cooktops Specifications

7000 Series Samsung Induction Cooktops

30-Inch 7000 Series

NZ30K7880US (stainless trim) 

NZ30K7880UG (black trim)

36-Inch 7000 Series

NZ36K7880US (stainless trim)

NZ36K7880UG (black trim)

Total Power (W):

8,600

10,800

Hookup Required:

38A/208-240V

40A/208-240V

Number of Burners:

4

5

Burner Sizes (Inches):

Front Left/Back (flex):

Front Right:

Back Right:

Center:


7 x 20 in. flex or 7 x 10 single

6 in.

11 in.

N/A


7 x 20 in. flex or 7.10 single

8 in.

6 in.

8 in.

Power per Burner:

Front Left (Normal/Boost):

Back Left (Normal/Boost):

Front Right (Normal/Boost):

Back Right (Normal/Boost):

Center (Normal/Boost):


1,800/2,600W

1,800/2,600W

1,400/1,800W

3,600W/4,800W

N/A


1,800/2,600W

1,800/2,600W

2,200/3,200W

1,400/1,800W

3,600W/4,800W

Size in Inches (WxDxH):

30 x 21.25 x 4

36 x 21.25 x 4

Cutout Requirements in Inches
(WxDxH)

28.375 x 19.428 x 4

33.85 x 19.125 x 4

Weight (lbs):

50

58.8

Install Over Oven?

Yes

Yes

Certifications

ADA compliant.

Warranty

1 year manufacturer warranty on parts and labor.

We recommend buying an extended warranty through the dealer if one is available.

Recommendation

The Samsung induction cooktops have some great features, including removable magnetic knobs, bluetooth operation, and Virtual Flame to let you know when the burner is on. Consumer Reports gives it a rating of 93%. It has powerful burners, power boost to all the burners, and a flex zone that's great. The magnetic knobs get mixed ratings, and a lot of people opt to just use their fingers--hopefully this technology will improve in the future.

Designer Appliances usually has the best price, and they will have all of the options, as well, which you may not find at Home Depot (e.g., black or stainless trim on both sizes).

Samsung 36In Cooktop

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Final Thoughts on Samsung Induction Range and Cooktops

Samsung is now the number one appliance seller in the United States. Their appliances tend to get good reviews and ratings from Consumer Reports and users alike. Induction technology isn't cheap, but Samsung is about in the middle of the pack price-wise. 

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 should work out fine. 

Questions, comments, or concerns? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Terrible stove- board shorts out and you can’t find anyone who can come fix it. Samsung is impossible to get a hold of unless you answer ridiculous questions on a chat
    I will never buy Samsung again

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Samsung is the #1 appliance seller in the US right now and their appliances overall have a low service rate–in fact, one of the best in the industry. Having said that, all appliances made today are far less dependable than they were 20 years ago, and any brand is liable to have issues (true no matter how much you spend). One of the biggest problems with Samsung, as well as LG, which is also a Korean company, is the service. Because their appliances are so in demand and because the supply chain goes all the way back to Korea, proper servicing is the biggest reason to NOT buy one of these brands in the US. The majority of their products are going to be fine, but if you get a lemon, it can be a real headache to deal with (as you found out). They are working on fixing their service issues, but they haven’t gotten there yet. Sorry for your bad experience, but thanks again for the input.

  2. Well here is our last 7 years' experience with a Samsung induction stove, ne599n1pbsr. It had great reviews when it came out.

    The stove was purchased in April 2014.

    New Years day 2015 the induction stovetop went BANG and had an E84 error code, which is a problem with the right induction module but makes the entire unit inoperable. This was repaired under warranty, which took a month.

    October 2015, BANG again. E84. Took another month to repair, courtesy of Samsung, who 'extended' our warranty.

    May 2016. BANG yet again!!! E84. Another month of repairs and this time, ALL circuit boards replaced in the stove courtesy of Samsung, who 'extended' our warranty yet again after we sent them extensive complaint emails.

    Feb 2019. A pie went up in flames in the top oven (!!). Samsung sent someone to look at this 'fire hazard' and fixed it. Another month, but i appreciate the 'post warranty' service.

    Summer 2021 the two convection fans stopped running, got them fixed for roughly $300CAD plus labour. This time the rest of the stove & oven continued working so not as much 'down' time.

    Nov 2021 BANG again this past weekend! E84. We are rather sick of having to fix this stove.

    1. Hi Lilian, thanks for your comment. Your experience with Samsung induction sounds awful!! It’s so frustrating to have to deal with multiple issues like you have had to do. In our research on the brand, we found that Samsung has a low percentage of issues and one of the best overall records of any brand in its class. It’s unlucky to get a lemon, and I’m sorry it happened to you. I hope you can either get the range replaced under your extended warranty. Best of luck to you.

    2. I've had a similar problem with a different model of Samsung induction range. Installed new on Dec. 10, 2021. Jan. 24, 2022 loud POP and tripped circuit breaker. After resetting breaker, error code C-F0 loss of communication between main and sub-PBA. Still waiting for repair. The problem occurred while I was using Power Boost on the large 11" induction burner. Since range is only 6 weeks old, I initially thought just a weak component on a board – rare occurrence. But after reading your post of multiple similar failures, I started wondering if a main electrical spike while using power boost which stresses range components the most, could be the culprit. I am having a whole home surge protector installed between the electric supply meter and the main electrical panel on the outside of the house to eliminate this possibility. If any or all of your E84 failures happened while using the power boost on an induction burner, especially the largest one, transient power spikes could be the problem. Power spikes from the main electrical supply can be upward of 30,000 amps, especially to a doubled 220V outlet.

      1. Same problem here with Samsung NE63T8911SS.
        Unit was installed early January 2022. Early March 2022, while using Power Boost on the large 11'' induction burner, a loud electrical pop was heard and the breaker flipped. Resetting the breaker shows an error code C-F0 (Contact Customer Service). Best Buy was nice enough to replace the unit. The new unit was delivered and installed the same week.

        Less than a month later, early April 2022, the same problem occurred (Loud Pop, breaker flipped, C-F0 error code).

        We went back to Best Buy and had the unit replace again.

        Fingers crossed the third time's the charm.

        It's a great oven (when it works). Unfortunately with all the issues and hassle, this is not worth it.
        I would suggest looking for another more reliable induction range than Samsung.

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