Electrolux was the first to the market with a modern, feature packed induction slide-in. They just refined it. However, Samsung has developed a super new product over the last few years.
This is an interesting comparison between two very good and new, upscale cooking products. The right one for your house depends on a few different factors. Before we look more closely at the two ranges, let's talk about induction cooking.
Basics of Induction
Induction uses magnets to excite the molecules in the pan so just the pan becomes hot and not the cooktop. Induction is faster to boil and provides an instant simmer better than any product on the market. Yes, even faster than the fastest gas pro.
Induction is the safest cooking method. Unlike the glass on a traditional electric cooktop, the glass on an induction cooktop does not heat the pan. It cannot be accidentally activated, because the magnets need to sense metal.
Induction is the most efficient cooking method because there is very little loss of heat when cooking. It is 90% efficient versus gas at 60% and electric at 55%. This translates into less heat and less venting so you won't need a powerful hood. You can also use induction with a downdraft, unlike professional gas ranges and rangetops.
From a functionality standpoint, 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.
Let's look at the companies.
Samsung is a company of influence in South Korea. They are involved in economic development, politics, media and are a trend setter. They are a conglomerate of a company which creates cell phones, heavy industries and electronics just to name a few.
Appliances is just a small part of the company, less than 10%, but it one of the fastest growing areas for Samsung.
They are looking to double their sales in a few years. It may be possible. After years of battling Apple, Samsung has great design along with good functionality.
- Virtual Flame Technology
- LED lights shine onto pots and pans to provide the visual of gas cooking with the precision of induction
- Flex Duo Oven-5.8 cu. ft. oven splits into two ovens - 2.6 cu. ft. and 3.1 cu. ft. - with the Smart Divider
- Chef Bake even cooking
- Intuitive controls offer simple, step-by-step instructions for choosing cooking options
- Control temperature and time settings, select cooking functions and program your favorite recipes
- Four Induction Elements - 11", 7", two 6"
- Dual Convection for Even Cooking
- Gliding Rack for Simplest Access to Food in the Oven
- Temperature Probe Ensures Best Cooking Results
- Warming Drawer: High, Medium, Low
- SteamQuick (20 min. oven cleaning) and Self Clean
- Sabbath Mode
- Auto Shut-Off Option
- Child Safety Lock
- 5 Healthy Cook Presets
Electrolux is the world’s second largest appliance manufacturer, by revenue, after Whirlpool. The company started off in Sweden, with the modification of the modern vacuum. They then got into refrigeration, and now they have products in every category of appliances.
Unlike Samsung, appliances are by far the primary focus and are the topic of all of their efforts. Electrolux is a very well know brand in most parts of the world, but are more recent in the US for about 15 years
Samsung is manufactured in Korea, whereas Electrolux is produced in Memphis, Tennessee.
- This range features seven professionally inspired cooking modes: Bake, Broil, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, Convection Broil, Keep Warm and Slow Cook.
- Programmable cooking modes
- Not only does it measure internal temperature, the probe alerts you when food has reached the desired temperature and automatically adjusts to the Keep Warm setting so you never overcook your food and deliver perfect results every time.
- Temperature probe
- The porcelain racks are safe to stay inside of the oven during the self-clean cycle, virtually eliminating the mess and inconvenience of removing and cleaning racks by hand.
- Dual Convection
- Inspired by professional performance and power, the induction cooktop is so fast and efficient it boils water in just 90 seconds!
- Self Clean Porcelain racks
- Precise controls quickly take a delicate simmer to a rolling boil for truly delicious results.
- The induction cooktop adapts to different pot and pan sizes because it heats the pan instead of the cooktop, so you get perfectly consistent heat throughout the pan for delicious results.
- 3 Year Parts Warranty one year labor
Electrolux vs. Samsung Induction Ranges Comparison
Samsung has the wow effect. It has the “virtual flame” on the top so you know it is on. The Flex Duo is an interesting feature as well as convection on top of each other. You can use two convection ovens at 2.6 and 3.1 cubic feet along with the baking drawer at the bottom.
The new Electrolux has twin convection, but side by side. Typically you will see twin convection in this configuration with upscale ranges like Wolf. You also have the second oven below instead of a warming drawer. The new self-clean racks area a nice convenience.
So it looks like both ovens are compelling.
The top is a bit different. Electrolux has a 3,800 watt and a 3,200 watt burner (other burners are 2,000 watt and 1,400) versus a 3,200 watt for Samsung (other burners are 2,300 watt, 2,300 watt and 2,000), so Electrolux will be significantly faster on the top.
Electrolux is a reliable brand when you buy the Frigidaire label. Their own name, Electrolux, has not been as reliable. Their new CEO will change that. They are probably the best company for parts and support after the sale.
Samsung is a bit of a wild card. Their reliability has been good. However, if you buy from a dealer without service, you may have issues. Their parts and service are a bit tougher, and their quick, tremendous growth has not helped.
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