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The Most Reliable Induction Cooktops of 2019 (Reviews / Ratings)

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By now, you are probably convinced induction is the best cooking type. It is faster than the hottest professional gas unit with a far better simmer and instant response.

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However, you are probably wondering the reliability of the magnetic burners and whether it is a problem to fix.

In this article, you will learn our repair methodology and then the individual breakdowns for each brand.

Unlike most review sites, you will understand reliability based on first year percentage of 34,687 service calls logged by our service department last year.

So you will have the best idea of how these products perform in your home.

Most Reliable Cooktops

Four Most Reliable Cooktops based on repairs, sales, and the first-year repair percentage:

  1. Bosch 4.35%
  2. Jenn-Air 6.94%
  3. Wolf 8.07%
  4. Thermador 25% (yes I know that is not reliable)

The Best/Model Reliable Induction Cooktops

 

Induction Reliability

Induction is electric but uses magnets to excite the molecules in your pan, while the pan cooks the food.

You would expect it to be reliable like electric because the working parts are covered under glass, unlike a gas burner.

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
BlueStar 0 2 0.00 %
Whirlpool 0 1 0.00 %
Dacor 0 1 0.00 %
Samsung 0 1 0.00 %
Bertazzoni 0 -1 0.00 %
Bosch Appliances 2 46 4.35 %
Jenn-Air 5 72 6.94 %
Wolf 13 161 8.07 %
Kitchenaid 1 9 11.11 %
Thermador 9 36 25.00 %
Gaggenau 4 15 26.67 %
Miele 13 48 27.08 %
Bosch - Benchmark 21 33 63.64 %
Grand Total 68 425 16.00 %

Induction Reliability vs. The Overall Industry

Induction performs slightly worse than the average appliance at 16% average service for the category versus over 13.4% for general appliances.

2019 vs 2018 Trends

Last year, every manufacturer performed well and the service percentage was just over 10% versus 16%.

Bosch is the clear winner along with Jenn-Air and Wolf.

Newer products from Thermador and Bosch Benchmark did not perform in the field as well as last year. Thermador was number 3 last year and their service calls almost tripled.

Newer products have a tendency to spike and then level off, so they should improve in 2019.

Miele also had a bad batch and their share of problems in 2018. They also should be better, but we will look at their trend later.

Most Reliable Methodology

Our reliability measurement is a pretty simple formula. We have 30 service techs averaging 8 calls a day, 5 days a week with 12 working on Saturday.

In 2017, we logged 30,761 service calls. In 2018, that number increased to 34,687.

We simply take the warranty service calls and divide it by unit sales for that year.

We count every time our service tech enters a home as a service call, no matter if it's for minor or major issues.

Conclusion

Induction is a product you should consider. It is by far the best performing cooking type and has decent reliability.

However, it's not an easy repair.

The service percentage has increased from 2018-2019 for all product categories as appliances are being produced from farther away like Korea and China.

In a kitchen full of new appliances, you will need some kind of repair within the first year.

You should find a service agent before you buy any appliance because products do break and need repair. Check local repair agents before you buy any kind of appliance because it’s when you have the most leverage.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best induction cooktops?

Bosch, Jenn-Air, and Wolf are the most reliable. All have bridge elements for oblong pans or griddles.

Are induction cooktops better than gas?

Yes. They are faster and have a greater range of temperature and simmer. Induction is safer as well because you need metal to activate the metal burner.

How does induction work?

Induction is magnetic heat. It excites the metal in your pan so the pan cooks your food.

What kinds of pots can I use on an induction cooktop?

Because it is magnetic, you have to use pans with a level of metal composition.

Do induction cooktops scratch easily?

It can be scratched, but the glass is tempered and mostly scratch resistant.

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 410,000 people have read a Yale Guide. Induction is our most popular.

View our induction cooking buying guide

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

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.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

A Note About Pricing

Pricing on this blog is for reference only and may include time sensitive rebates. We make every attempt to provide accurate pricing at time of publishing. Please call the stores for most accurate price.

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