At a Glance
Induction is the best cooking surface available. It's faster than the hottest professional rangetop and can simmer lower than the best electric cooktop.
You and your children cannot turn induction on accidentally, because it needs to sense metal to activate.
There is also less heat escaping like gas, so it requires less venting as well.
If you live in Massachusetts or any other Makeup Air state, venting is now an issue.
The maximum ventilation without a Makeup Air solution is now only 400 CFM. You can vent an induction cooktop at 400 CFM (within reason) whereas a professional gas stovetop would require a 600 CFM blower at a minimum.
In this article, you will learn about the best induction cooktops to consider for your home. Because we performed 34,687 service calls in 2018, you will also see our 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 most popular 7 induction cooktops.
The Best Induction Cooktops for 2019
7. GE PHP9036JSS - $1,919
- Control Lock Capability
- Pan presence & Size sensor
- Red LED display
- Five Induction Elements
- Digital Touch Controls
- 11" 3,700-Watt Induction Element
It's not especially powerful and has fewer bridge elements than the others, but there are two reasons to buy GE.
First, it is the least expensive induction brand. You also have some decent package opportunities with other brands.
6. Fisher & Paykel CI365 - $3,049
- Instant response
- Safer choice
- Easy cleaning
- Enhanced features
- Superior efficiency
- Precise control
- Perfect steak with induction
In a sea of stainless, Fisher Paykel stands out with some unique styling (of course, style is only a matter of opinion).
However, you have two powerful 5500 Watt burners on this cooktop. Miele has the most powerful, but Fisher & Paykel would have the fastest for 2.
5. Samsung NZ36K7880UG - $2,249
- Flex Zone - Adapts to various pot sizes
- Digital-Analog Controls - Removable magnetic knob or digital touch control
Samsung is the number 1 sold appliance brand in the U.S. This cooktop demonstrates advanced technology, like BlueTooth, automatically activating your Samsung hood.
It's 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's turned on, unlike any other induction cooktop.
You also have the 4,800-watt Flex Zone burner for oddly shaped dishes or griddles.
4. Wolf CI365TS - 2,790
- "Best in Class" Cooking Options
- 40% Faster Response
- Cooktop Stays Cool
- Cookware Sensing
- Highly Efficient
- Incredible Control
This Wolf cooktop features an 11-inch burner that can use up to 3,700 watts of cooking power on the boost setting.
The four left burners can be “bridged” or connected together in four different ways to allow for larger or odd-shaped pots and pans.
You can utilize all four smaller burners 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.
Also, an important note, this unit will require a 50 amp electrical connection.
3. Thermador CIT367TGS - $3,699
- Touch Control
- Cook Smart
- Stopwatch Timer
Thermador has an entry-level model, as well as the high-end Freedom model that allow 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-inch pans to be used or a large griddle/ Teppanyaki style pan up to 16 inches 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 forward 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.
- PowerFlex Zone
- Auto Heat-Up
- Pan Size Recognition
- 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-inch 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.
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 countertops as advanced preparation is required.
1. Jenn-Air JIC4536XS - $2,299
- 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's 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.
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|
|Bosch Appliances||2||46||4.35 %|
|Bosch - Benchmark||21||33||63.64 %|
|Grand Total||68||425||16.00 %|
Last year we logged 34,687 service calls, 425 were on induction cooktops or roughly 1.3 per day
For reliability, Jenn-Air and Wolf would be the best by percentage, which is a huge change from last year.
Miele and Thermador both had setbacks for such reliable brands. Thermador had new products,, and there always is a learning curve with new anything. Miele had a spike of issues as well.
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 7 make compelling arguments for being the best cooktop. Samsung, Thermador, and Jenn-Air have compelling rebate programs.
Fisher Paykel has decent power and GE is the least expensive.
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, because of the 4 burner bridge
In terms of reliability, Wolf and Jenn-Air are on our most reliable induction cooktop brand by a wide margin at least over the last 12 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are induction cooktops better than gas or electric?
Induction cooktops are better than gas or electric for a variety of reasons:
It is safer as the glass surface does not get hot (only residual heat from the pan).
They require less ventilation due to less heat emission.
Cooking times are faster saving energy and cooking time.
Response times are faster for specific recipes and they will simmer lower.
Cleaning is easy because spills do not bake on.
Induction cannot be activated without a metal pan, so it cannot be accidentally turned on by a child.
Do induction cooktops use more electricity?
Induction cooktops will also use less electricity due to their speed.
How long do induction cooktops last?
As with most built-in appliances the average lifespan of an induction cooktop should be around 10-15 years or more. The working elements are protected under glass, which helps.
Read our Induction Cooking Buying Guide for features, buying tips and ratings of every available induction cooking product in the market. Well over 410,000 people have read a Yale Guide. Induction is our most popular.
- The Most Reliable Induction Cooktops
- Best 30-Inch Induction Cooktops
- Gaggenau vs. Miele Induction Cooktops
- Wolf vs. Thermador 36-inch Induction Cooktops
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on March 22, 2013, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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