At a Glance
- Slide-In Vs. Front Control Ranges
- Best Induction Slide-In Ranges for 2020
- Best Overall: Miele Induction
Slide-In Range HR1622I
- Most Affordable: Samsung Induction
Slide-In Range NE58K9560WS
- Best Double Oven: Café Appliances
Slide-In Range CHS950P2MS1
- Largest Oven Capacity: JennAir Induction
Front Control Range JIS1450DP
- Largest Oven Capacity: KitchenAid
Slide-In Range KSIB900ESS
- Best Overall: Miele Induction
- Are Induction Ranges Reliable?
- Key Takeaways
Induction ranges are the best cooking products on the market without question.
Induction can boil faster, simmer lower, is more child safe, and easier to clean than any gas range.
Yes, even the hottest professional range with 25,000 BTU output is slower than an induction range.
Slide-in ranges typically have the best features, and there is a strong case that a slide-in induction range is the best stove on the market.
In this article, you will read about the best induction ranges to consider based on affordability and special features.
Then you will see reliability stats based on real service data. We have logged over 100,000 service calls over the last three years.
You may have read about reliability on other blog sites and from other reviewers.
Their descriptions of "sturdy" and "well designed" are often at odds with how a product truly performs in your home. (I am being extremely polite here).
Before you read about the best slide-in ranges, the industry term “slide-in” is often confused with “front control.” They are not interchangeable.
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Slide-In Vs. Front Control Ranges
Slide-In and Front Control Range Learning Center at Yale Appliance in Hanover
They look the same but are installed differently.
Slide-in ranges are two inches wider and fit over the countertop. This eliminates the seams so food and liquids can't spill between the range and counter.
You cannot replace an existing stove with a slide-in without modifying your countertop.
Front control ranges are designed to replace a regular freestanding range (range with a backguard).
Unlike a slide-in, front control ranges have finished sides. They can be placed at the end of your cabinets.
However, front controls have a seam, so spillover between the counter and range can occur.
Most manufacturers now produce front control. Samsung and Bosch are the main companies manufacturing slide-ins.
Simple rule: Slide-ins are better for new construction. Front controls are better for replacement.
You still may end up buying a front control only because most manufacturers are producing just front control ranges.
Freestanding Vs. Slide-In Vs. Front Control Ranges [VIDEO]
Best Induction Slide-In Ranges for 2020
Induction Ranges on display Yale Appliance in Hanover
- M Touch controls and backlit precision knobs
- EasyClean Ceran surface with 4 variable induction cooking zones
- TwinPower Convection fans
- Moisture plus
- MasterChef and MasterChef Plus automatic programs
Miele is the best all-around range from the cooktop to the oven.
The surface is by far the most powerful with three burners over 3000 watts at (2) 3850 and 1 at 3100 with a smaller burner at 2300.
However, you buy this for the oven. It is twin convection for more precise control.
The MasterChef is one of the best oven controls you can buy in any cooking product.
Simply pick the type of food, the weight, and how you like it cooked. The oven calculates time and temperature automatically.
There are 15 different cooking modes covering any type of recipe you could possibly consider.
Miele is also the only oven with steam assist. Steam is needed to caramelize food like hardening cheese on the top of the lasagna.
It is also the necessary ingredient for baking bread. Want to cook California Sourdough?
There are 15 different automatic settings just for bread. Hit a button, and it's done (including that sourdough)
Miele Strengths: Most powerful cooktop, best oven, and controls. You can cook better and more creatively with a Miele.
Miele Drawbacks: Price. $7,999 is much higher than the other ranges. It does not have Smart functionality as of yet. No colors or knob accessories
- Virtual Flame - Visual of gas cooking with the precision of induction cooking
- Slide-in Design - Modern and Sleek, Built-in Look
From a design standpoint, Samsung has always set the trend. They build a stylish, modern product.
Samsung for induction has the "Blue Flame." One of the knocks on induction is you can't tell when it's on.
Samsung incorporates Blue LEDs around the burner, which turn on when activated.
The oven is single convection with a warming drawer underneath to keep foods warm up to 3 hours.
The only downside is the wattage.
The burners are 2300, 1200, and two 1800-watt burners.
Samsung Strengths: Price, style, Blue LEDs, and reliability
Samsung Drawbacks: Output, No colors or knob accessories
- True European Convection with Precise Air
- Double Oven
- Warming Zone
- Self-Clean with Steam Clean Option
- Wi-Fi Connect
Café Appliances double oven has the most total capacity at seven cubic feet split between two ovens.
Café Appliances has a decent output on the top with a max burner of 3700. You even have a warmer of 100 watts as a fifth burner.
Besides the advantages of a double oven, Café Appliances is a Smart range. Their parent company, Haier, has invested in Smart technology.
Right now, you can turn on/off the range from an app on your phone as well as set temperature. It is also compatible with voice attendants like Alexa.
Café Appliances are also different. You have a number of different finishes like black, white, and stainless, but you can also accessorize with different handle styles as well.
Café Appliances Strengths: Smart, double oven, style options
Café Appliances Drawbacks: The drawback to GE's double oven is the main oven sits almost on the floor. You will have to stoop for that turkey.
- 30" Range
- Induction Technology
- 6.9 Cubic- -Foot Total Baking Capacity
- Baking Drawer
- Soft-Close Door
- Telescoping Glide Rack
- 6.2 Cubic-Foot Oven Capacity
- Glass-Touch Electronic Controls
- Sensor Boil
- Baking Drawer
- Even-Heat™ True Convection
- Wireless Probe
- Steam Rack
- 7.1 Cu Ft. Total Capacity
Jenn-Air and KitchenAid are the same company. This is the identical range.
A few years ago, the range was retooled with the controls on the top rather than the face. They also cut the storage in half for more oven.
The result is a massive oven. It's the largest you can buy.
The other advantage is the drawer. You can bake, not just warm in it.
Of course, since they cut the capacity, the drawer can only fit bread and smaller type items.
The top is about average with the Café Appliances at 3600, 2500, 2350, and 1800 watts.
KitchenAid and JennAir Strengths: Oven Size, Baking Drawer
KitchenAid and JennAir Drawbacks: No Smart functionality, No colors or accessories
Are Induction Ranges Reliable?
Let's look at three graphs:
Induction Range Reliability
Most Reliable Induction Ranges for 2020
|Service QTY||Shipped QTY||Service Ratio|
|Fisher & Paykel||4||12||33.33%|
Electric Range Reliability
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
Electric ranges are one of the most reliable appliances you can buy as a percentage. Appliances need service 13.4% in the first year. Electric ranges have problems less than 5% in the first year.
Induction Cooktop Reliability
Most Reliable Induction Cooktops for 2020
|Service QTY||Shipped QTY||Service Ratio|
|Fisher & Paykel||0||5||0.00%|
Induction cooktops are more reliable than appliances by 2%.
Now, look at the induction ranges reliability stats.
Induction ranges are 11% worse than the average. What happened? A reliable cooktop is simply placed on a reliable electric stove.
Induction ranges unlike electric max out the amperage in the circuit. This leaves them vulnerable to surges and voltage spikes.
Samsung and Miele are the most reliable. Miele is such a technical range you would expect some problems, but the reliability is good.
Samsung is the most reliable affordable luxury brand, BUT in some areas, it is tough, if not impossible, to find service.
First, determine whether your installation calls for front control or slide-in. Second, check your electrical, you need? Amps to avoid issues later on.
Service, especially on technical products like induction, is a must. Find a good service agent in your area before you buy it. Check reviews online as well.
For products, Miele is the best if you love to cook. The MasterChef is easy to learn and will allow you to cook better and more creatively.
Samsung is reliable and affordable, but just a bit underpowered.
JennAir and Café Appliances will give you some other larger oven options. Look at the Café Appliances range for a different style.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Are Slide-In Ranges More Expensive Than A Regular Range?
There is no rational reason why one is so substantially more. Economics may play a role. Manufacturers produce millions of regular $799 ranges so there is some scale and less cost to produce.
Slide-ins are made less so the cost would be higher based on pure economic theory.
Can You place a Slide-in at the end of a Counter
No. Slide-ins have unfinished sides. However, you can with a front control range because the sides of that range are finished.
Can You Replace an Existing Freestanding Slide-in gas Range
It depends on the range. You can replace a regular range with a front control without modifying your counters. That’s easy.
You can replace a slide-in with a slide-in. Just check the cut-outs first on slide-ins first.
If you have your heart set on a slide-in, then a few stores (including ours) do have countertop specialists on staff and can cut to fit any slide-in or specialty range.
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