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The Best 36-Inch Induction Cooktops for 2018 (Ratings / Reviews / Prices)

Jesse Long  |  September 27, 2018  |  10 Min. Read

Induction Cooktops  |  Cooking  |  Best Appliances

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Induction is the best cooking surface available. It is faster than the hottest pro rangetop and can simmer better than the best electric surface.

In this article, you will learn the best induction cooktops you should consider for your home. Because we performed 30,761 service calls in 2017, you will also see reliability statistics as well as how induction works and the benefits of an induction cooktop.

These recommendations are in the 36-inch configuration but every brand also produces 30-inch induction cooktops as well. With that in mind, these are the five recommended.

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The Best Induction Cooktops for 2018

The following cooktops were ranked higher than other brands for their configuration and wattage. Additionally, the following list highlights 36-inch cooktops. Go here for the best 30-inch induction cooktops.

5. Samsung NZ36K7880UG - $2,249

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Samsung is the number 1 sold appliance brand in the US. This cooktop demonstrates advanced technology like BlueTooth automatically activating your Samsung hood.

It is WI-FI enabled and can be monitored through an app (Smart appliances may be the future, but there are connectivity issues now).

The Blue LED “Flame” lets you know when it is turned on unlike any other induction cooktop.

You also have the 4,800 watt larger Flex burner for odd shaped dishes or griddles.

 

4. Wolf CI365TS - 2,790

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Features:

  • "Best in Class" Cooking Options
  • 40% Faster Response 
  • Cooktop Stays Cool 
  • Cookware Sensing 
  • Highly Efficient
  • Incredible Control
  • Rigorously Tested to Ensure Dependability 
  • Exceptional 24/7 Customer Support 

This Wolf cooktop features an 11" burner that can use up to 3,700 watts of cooking power on the boost setting. 

The Bridge function on this cooktop can allow all four smaller burners to be utilized at the same time creating a 17" x 17" cooking surface.

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This unit also has a melt setting on one of the burners for simmering or melting chocolate.

This unit comes with a full 2-year parts and labor warranty, and you can also get this unit with a full beveled stainless trim to provide extra protection to the glass surface.

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Also, an important note, this unit will require a 50 amp electrical connection.

 

3. Thermador CIT367TGS - $3,699

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Features:

  • HeatShift
  • PanBoost
  • Touch Control 
  • Cook Smart
  • Stopwatch Timer 

Thermador has an entry-level model, as well as the high-end Freedom model that allows you to put a pan anywhere, but my pick is their new unit, called the Liberty induction.

It includes 11 oval shaped inductors separated into three zones. This flexible setup will allow multiple 10" pans to be used or a large griddle/ Teppanyaki style pan up to 16" long.

This unit has 17 power modes to help dial in the exact temperature you are looking for, and in boost mode, can utilize up to 3,600 watts of power.

This cooktop has numerous smart technologies built into it, including a Move mode sensing your pan movement and maintaining the same power setting on the next burner. It also has a heat shift setting that works in a similar way to a French top.

Thermador allows you to preset the oval inductors to different heat settings, and as you shift your pan forwards and backward, the cooktop will adjust the heat based on your predetermined settings.

This unit comes with a 2-year warranty, requires a 50 amp connection, and at this time DOES NOT allow the current generation of Thermador wall ovens to be used underneath them. The next generation of wall ovens released in 2019 should correct this issue.

 

2. Miele KM6375 - $3,199

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Features:

  • PowerFlex Zone
  • Auto Heat-Up
  • Pan Size Recognition
  • Timer
  • TwinBooster Function
  • Direct Selection Plus Controls
  • Connectivity 2.0
  • Stop & Go Function

Miele has made induction cooktops for many years, and there are quite a few models to fit a variety of needs. My recommendation is the flush mount model KM6375.

This unit has a great configuration with 5 cooking zones that allows for a variety of pan sizes from a 4" round up to a 9" x 15" rectangular burner.

It also has a power boost setting like most other induction cooktops, however, with the Miele, two of these inductors are used at the same time on the 9" x 15" burner providing an incredible 7,700 watts of power. 

This unit will connect to a Miele hood Via Bluetooth to turn it on as you begin to cook.

It also is required to be mounted flush with the counter top which will provide an incredibly modern, sleek look.

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This unit comes with a 1-year warranty, requires a 50 amp connection, and due to the flush mount requirements, is more ideal for someone who is planning on getting new counter tops as advanced planning is required.

 

1. Jenn-Air JIC4536XS - $2,199

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Features:

  • Sensor Boil Function 
  • Simmer Function
  • One-Touch Off Feature
  • Keep Warm Function 
  • Performance Boost Function 
  • Touch-Activated Controls

The configuration of this cooktop is pretty compelling with the large, powerful high output burner in the middle.

You also can fit odd shape dishes on either side with attaching bridge elements. The Jenn-Air wall oven fits below. Each burner has its own timer. It is similar to a Thermador without the Move function for $1,400 less.

Jenn-Air also has an aggressive rebate program as well with other qualifying Jenn-Air appliances.

Now, let's break down how induction works.

How Does Induction Cooking Work?

Induction is the safest cooking method. Unlike the glass on a traditional electric cooktop, the glass on an induction cooktop does not get scolding hot.

Instead, a magnet excites the molecules in the pan so that the pan itself becomes the cooking surface, directly cooking the food bypassing the glass.

For this reason, induction is the most efficient cooking method as there is very little loss of heat when cooking.

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(Read more: Why Is Induction Cooking Better? The Science of Induction)

Benefits of Induction Cooking

Induction is the most child-safe because the magnets need to sense metal. It can not accidentally be turned on.

As previously said, induction is faster than pro gas with a better simmer than an electric cooktop. It also does not require a pro vent like a gas cooktop, because there is less heat emission.

Induction is also the easiest to clean. Food cannot bake on since the glass is not heated by elements.

Most Reliable Induction Cooktops

The most reliable induction cooktops based on service calls divided by sales for one year.

 

Service Qty

Shipped Qty

Service Ratio

Blomberg

2

1

200.00 %

Dacor

1

1

100.00 %

Electrolux

1

3

33.33 %

Gaggenau

4

18

22.22 %

Jenn-Air

17

88

19.32 %

Miele

8

56

14.29 %

Samsung

1

7

14.29 %

Bosch Benchmark

8

65

12.31 %

Wolf

19

180

10.56 %

Thermador

5

64

7.81 %

Whirlpool

1

31

3.23 %

Bosch

2

89

2.25 %

Kitchenaid

0

21

0.00 %

Fisher & Paykel

0

3

0.00 %

Frigidaire Professional

0

5

0.00 %

Frigidaire

0

19

0.00 %

GE Appliances

0

3

0.00 %

BlueStar

0

1

0.00 %

Electrolux Icon

0

1

0.00 %

Frigidaire Gallery

0

8

0.00 %

Grand Total

69

664

10.39 %

For reliability, Thermador and Wolf would be the best by percentage, followed by Miele. With Jenn-Air being almost 20% in the first year. The percentage is a bit deceptive because KitchenAid and Whirlpool are very similar and part of the same company with a much lower percentage.

What to Consider When Buying an Induction Cooktop

First off, your pans need to be magnetic (don’t worry, most are) and if you plan to buy some new pots and pans, you don’t have to spend a fortune buying 'special pans'. As long as a magnet sticks to the bottom you are good to go.

If you plan on putting a wall oven below your induction cooktop, pay special attention to the manufacturer specifications. Only certain brands and models are approved to have an oven placed below them in the same cabinet.

Which Induction Cooktop Should I Buy?

 

All five make compelling arguments for being the best cooktop. Samsung, Thermador, and Jenn-Air have compelling rebate programs.

Samsung has the Blue Flame and great technology for a decent price.

Jenn-Air has the best price and a user-friendly configuration. Miele has the most powerful induction burner at a whopping 7700 watts.

Thermador has the sensor moving the power when you move the pan. It is certainly the most forward technologically.

The chefs at Yale love the Wolf for the response. It is their favorite induction cooktop. For odd shaped pans, it is the best cooktop.

In terms of reliability, Wolf and Thermador are on our most reliable induction cooktop.

Additional Resources

Read our Induction Cooking Buying Guide for features, buying tips and ratings of every available induction cooking product in the market. Well over 375,000 people have read a Yale Guide. Induction is our most popular.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on March 22, 2013, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Jesse Long

Jesse Long is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. He has worked in the Appliance Industry for over 15 years all over the United States. He has lived in 6 states and has moved 28 times. Jesse apparently has a lot spare time because he likes grinding his own coffee beans by hand and will only BBQ using a charcoal grill. He only drinks the craftiest, hardest to find beer. Some Fun Facts about Jesse, he has an unhealthy obsession with BMW and Auto Racing (he allegedly doesn’t have any speeding tickets yet). He has seen every episode of This Old House, and ZERO episodes of Game of Thrones. Jesse also enjoys photography and traveling in his free time.

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