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JennAir vs Electrolux 36 Inch Induction Cooktops (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

January 3rd, 2013 | 2 min. read

By Chris Wurlitzer

Induction is magnetic heat. The magnetic burners excite the steel molecules in the pan to heat the food. It is faster to boil than even professional gas burners at 22,000 BTUs, has instant simmer, is 90% efficient versus 60% for gas. Induction is also the most child safe. Induction has become less expensive and more popular for consumers. Two of the biggest induction manufacturers are Jenn-Air and Electrolux.


Electrolux started in Stockholm, Sweden in 1919. Their first product was a vacuum cleaner. They soon started producing other household appliances, and are now the second largest appliance manufacturer in the world. Over fifty percent of restaurants in Europe use their products. They also own many other companies such as Frigidaire, Eureka, Icon, and Molteni and have been on the technological forefront of cooking for almost 20 years with stainless steel and induction.


Jenn-Air is part of the Whirlpool company which is the largest appliance manufacturer in the world. They own brands such as Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air. The Jenn-Air brand was started in Indiana in 1947. Their primary focus was fans until 1967 when they developed the first self vented cooktop. Maytag first bought Jenn-Air in 1985 and then both Jenn-Air and Maytag were purchased by Whirlpool. After the acquisition, Whirlpool invested 300 million dollars back into the brand, mostly in cooking. They also have some of the most aggressive package pricing on the market now.

Jenn-Air vs Electrolux Induction Cootops

jennair 36 inch induction cooktop JIC4536XS


electrolux 36 inch inductionc cooktop EW36IC60LS

Jenn-Air JIC4536XS Induction Cooktop

  • Four 7” burners with 2500 watts
  • One 9”/12” burner with 5000 watts
  • Bridge burners
  • 50 amp circuit
  • Can be mounted over single wall oven
  • Highest output burner in the industry
  • $2099

Electrolux EW36IC60LS Induction Cooktop

  • One 8” burner with 3200 watts
  • One 7”/11” burner with 3700/48000 watts
  • One 7” burner with 2600 watts
  • One 6” burner with 2000 watts
  • Can be mounted over single wall oven
  • Requires a 50 amp circuit
  • $1999

Both Jenn-Air and Electrolux produce a good quality induction cooktop. There are two important differences. First, Jenn-Air has better wattage. It is essentially (7) 2,500 watt elements which can be combined to be 3 high powered 5000 watt burners compared to Electrolux's 3,800 watts, 3,400 watt and 2,600 watt burners.

The second Jenn-Air advantage is rebate packages. While Electrolux does offer incentives at times, Jenn-Air is more consistent. When you purchase a wall oven and a cooktop (gas, electric, or induction), you receive a free $1,200 dishwasher. If you then add a built-in refrigerator, you then receive either a hood or undercounter beverage center for free.

Additional Resources

Read the Yale Induction Cooking Buyers Guide with information on every induction cooktop in the industry. Well over 12,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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