Induction is the best cooking technology on the market. As someone who is used to cooking with gas, I was shocked how quickly water boiled the first time I saw it.
Induction is also the safest cooking method. Unlike the glass on a traditional electric cooktop, the glass on an induction cooktop does not get scolding hot to heat the pan. Instead, a magnet excites the molecules in the pan so that the pan itself becomes the cooking surface, directly cooking the food.
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For this reason, induction is the most efficient cooking method as there is very little loss of heat when cooking. It is 90% efficient, which is more than gas at 60% and electric at 55%. It has the least amount of residual heat, so you do not need a really powerful exhaust hood, and it can be used with a downdraft unlike professional gas ranges and rangetops.
Induction is one of the easiest cooking surfaces to control. It is very responsive with the ability to quickly transition from a high power sear down to a low simmer.
Choosing An Induction Cooktop
The two most common determining factors most consider when purchasing a new cooktop are package promotions/rebates and cooktop layout.
All of the induction cooktops will have a similar range of high to low power. You should really base your decision on functional characteristics like the layout of the cooking surface.
The Best Induction Cooktops for 2016
The following cooktops will be 36 inch. Go here for the best 30 inch induction cooktops. The following cooktops were ranked higher than other brands for their configuration and wattage.
Electrolux EW36IC60LS - $1,839
Electrolux is a really popular appliance brand worldwide and growing in popularity in the U.S. market. They have a full line of appliances that are really sleek. Electrolux actually owns Frigidaire, a well-known brand in the U.S. appliance market. Electrolux has been selling cooktops for a few years now and have a very popular slide-in induction range.
- One 10" - 4,800-3,700 watts
- Two 8" - 3,200-2,300 watts
- One 6" - 2,000-1,450 watts
- One 7’’ - 2,600-1,900 watts
Jenn-Air JIC4536XS - $2,149
Jenn-Air is the premium brand in the Whirlpool Corporation. The Jenn-Air line has some really good package options and has earned a reputation as a solid, reliable brand in our service history. The Jenn-Air cooktop has a large center burner and has two burners on each side connected by a bridge so that these elements can accommodate rectangular or oblong pans and skillets.
- Center: 12" or 9’’ to accommodate multiple pan sizes - 5,000-2,800 watts
- Left front: 7" 2,500-1,800 watts
- Left rear: 7" 2,500-1,800 watts
- Right front: 7" - 2,500-1,800 watts
- Right rear" 7" - 2,500-1,800 watts
Thermador CIT36XKB - $4,999
The Thermador “Freedom” cooktop is one of the coolest products on the market today. Essentially the Freedom can cook 4 pans at once and be placed anywhere on the cooktop surface. Thermador’s sister brand Gaggenau makes a similar product at $5,499. Thermador also manufactures a 36’’ 5-burner cooktop for $2,999.
Thermador has a reliable line of products and typically runs really good package promotions if you are looking to incorporate this cooktop into your kitchen design. If you want to see the “Freedom” cooktop live we have it on display for you to try.
- Full Surface: 4,600-100 watts
Miele 42" KM6377 - $3,499
Miele is one of the most quality controlled companies around. For this reason they score really well in our service history in manufacturing a solid, reliable induction cooktop. Miele makes the most powerful induction cooktop in the industry and is the only company to make an induction cooktop larger than 36" for the U.S. appliance market.
- Minimum wattage 1,450, maximum wattage 7,700 when borrowing power from an adjacent burner, the highest wattage in the industry
- 5 distinct cooking zones with independent power in each zone
- Miele induction cooktops can communicate with Miele hoods so the hood can automatically adjust power based on cooking performance
Wolf CI365TS- $2,699
Wolf has been a well-known premium appliance brand name and this cooktop is a popular choice in our showroom.
Instead of placing a big burner in the center and two bridge burners to the sides, Wolf has a different (and arguably better solution). Put a big burner in the right hand corner behind the controls and four smaller burners on the left side. The small burners on the left can bridge horizontally, vertically, or all four can make one very large burner. The result is you can have two large round pans cooking simultaneously.
- Two 2,100W Elements
- Two 2,100W Elements with 3,000W boost
- One 2,600W Element with 3,700W boost
When considering an induction cooktop, look at the ease of controls. Miele is touch based. You would “press” like you would a touch screen.
Thermador Freedom enables you to touch and scroll through the power settings like you would on a smart phone. Other controls would let you slide your finger across power settings like in the Jenn-Air.
- Induction is the fastest cooking method
- Induction gives off the least residual heat (less venting required)
- Induction is the safest cooking method
- Induction is very easy to clean
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