If you are looking for a premium induction cooktop, then you probably are considering Miele and/or Gaggenau.
They are very different cooktops from polar opposite type companies.
In this article, we will look at induction and how it works. Then we will compare both Miele and Gaggenau as well as both products.
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Induction is magnetic heat which excites the metal in the pan to create heat. Traditional electric heats the glass and the glass heats the pan. With induction, the pan acts as the heating element and cooks the food. (Read more about the Science of Induction here).
Induction is also much faster than even professional gas cooking with far less heat loss. It is also the most child safe, because the burner needs to sense metal to activate. Venting is much easier for induction as there is far less wasted heat.
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Gaggenau was founded in 1681 by Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden, as an iron works company in the small German town of Gaggenau. The company originally produced coal-fired cookers and gas cooktops. As new technology emerged, Gaggenau utilized it to become a leader in manufacturing of induction cooktops.
In 1995, Gaggenau became part of BSH Bosch, and Siemens home appliance division. Recently, Bosch has reinvigorated the brand with new products and a better warranty. The quality of their product is one of the best in the industry.
Miele is the largest family owned appliance company and based out of Germany. They are best known for the superior quality of their products. Miele products are designed, tested, and manufactured exclusively in Germany. This devotion to quality translates to longer life on average. In fact, Miele is the least serviced major brand of appliances sold at Yale.
Gaggenau vs. Miele Induction Cooktops
Miele 36" Induction Cooktop KM5773 - $3,099
- Clean professional look with black ceramic glass with stainless frame
- Automatic cookware feature detects cookware
- Power levels 1-12 with touch screen digital display
- Child safety lock
- Booster feature to enhance boil
- Overheating protection, residual heat indicator
- 5 cooking zones, great for larger pans
- Automatically reduces the power level to the lowest setting for all active zones.
- Overheating Protection
- Center: 11" - 3,850 watts
- Front: 9" - 3,350 watts
- Rear: 6.5" - 1,900 watts
Gaggenau 36" Induction Cooktop CX491610 - $5,499.99
- One large cooking surface for free positioning of cookware.
- Cookware of any shape and size can be used.
- Max. power output for big cookware of up to 4.6 kW
- Precision crafting of 1/8-inch stainless steel
- For surface mount installation with a visible edge or for flush installation
- One unique cooking surface allows for cookware as small as 3" and as large as 13" x 21".
- Up to 4 items of cookware can be placed simultaneously on the cooktop.
- Large 6.5" color graphic TFT touch display with an easy-to-use display concept.
- Electronic power control in 17 output levels.
- Booster function.
- Individual pot detection.
- Timer for each cooking position.
- Short-term timer.
- Information key with use indicators.
- Power management.
- Residual heat indicator.
- Child lock.
- Display cleaning protection.
- Total rating 7.2 kW.
Which Should You Buy?
First, both brands are great choices. Gaggenau’s and Miele’s reliability rates are almost identical at a low 2.9% service calls within the first year. That statistic is 10% better than the next brand. So, both are incredibly reliable.
Miele is less expensive (for perhaps the only time in 7 years of blogging). Their wattage is decent especially on the power burner.
However, Gaggenau is quite simply the future of cooking. With no burners, it allows for maximum flexibility. The warranty on the Gaggenau is two years, but can increase up to seven years with other Gaggenau purchases.
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