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Wolf vs. Thermador 36 Inch Induction Cooktops (Prices / Reviews / Ratings)

Brett Lucero  |  July 31, 2013  |  5 Min. Read

Induction Cooktops  |  Wolf  |  Thermador  |  Cooking

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Arguably, the two best brands in the appliance industry are Wolf and Sub-Zero.

Both companies are very different organizationally and in product offerings.

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The Wolf brand was acquired by Sub-Zero refrigeration in 2000. Before that, it was a producer of high quality restaurant and hotel professional cooking equipment.

Wolf has more than 70 years of experience building high quality products. Now, their products are geared towards the serious home cook.


Thermador was founded in 1916. They introduced many industry firsts throughout the years like wall ovens, cooktops, speed ovens, self-clean ovens.

Thermador had quality and factory issues as part of Masco but was acquired by Bosch in 1998. Bosch revamped the brand and better yet, their factories. Thermador is now the premium line in Bosch's portfolio. It is also one of the most reliable brands sold at Yale.

Both companies are made in the US and both manufacture a 36 inch unit. Thermador has two models whereas Wolf has one.

Wolf vs. Thermador Induction Cooktops

Wolf CT36I Induction Cooktop - $3,599

wolf induction cooktop stainless framed CT36IS

  • Available framed or unframed
  • 5 Induction Elements
  • Power - 3000 Watts with a 4000 W boost, (2) 1800 W with 3000 W boost and (2) 1200 W
  • 3 Elements with True Simmer capability
  • Melting setting
  • Temp limiter ensures glass never exceeds max temperature
  • Illuminated touch controls
  • Hot surface indicator light
  • Lock mode
  • Timer up to 99 minutes

Thermador CIT365KM - $3,499

thermador induction cooktop mirrored finish CIT365KM

  • mirror finish (shown) $3499, black version $2999.99
  • 5 Induction elements
  • Power - (2) 2500 W, 3700 W, 1800 W, and a 4600 W
  • Available with mirror finish or black finish (framed or unframed)
  • Triple zone center burner (9”, 11”, 13”)
  • PowerBoost feature heats cookware faster than any other cooking technology
  • Timer
  • Keep Warm function
  • Anti-Overflow System will automatically shutdown if liquids are sensed on the service in the event of an overflow
  • Hot Surface indicator

Both are excellent products and brands. I like the Thermador, because it has the power burner of 4,600 watts. 4,600 watts is incredibly fast. I do like the position of the controls of the Wolf, but still it's about speed.

Rebates are different. Buy the Wolf and qualifying Sub-Zero products and receive a rebate up to $2,500. Thermador has a free dishwasher and hood rebate with qualifying Thermador purchases. Oddly, they are both $2,500. You only need to buy 3 items from Thermador versus 5 or more from Sub-Zero/Wolf.

The Thermador Freedom - $4,999

the new thermador freedom induction cooktop CIT36XKB def

I left the Thermador Freedom out of the comparison, because it is different. The whole unit becomes a burner. In other words, you can place a pan anywhere on the surface and it will cook. This is the future of not just induction, but cooking in general. Read more about the Thermador Freedom Cooktop.

Have a look at a video featuring the Thermador Freedom cooktop

Additional Resources

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A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Brett Lucero

Brett Lucero has been with Yale Appliance since 2005, working in our delivery team before transitioning to the sales department. Brett enjoys spending time snowboarding, striper fishing, and golfing.

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