At a Glance
- How Induction Range Reliability is
- The Most Reliable Induction Range
Brands for 2022
- Most Common Induction Range
Problem and How it Affects You
- Induction Range Benefits
- Should You Buy an Extended Warranty
for an Induction Range?
- Key Takeaways
- Frequently Asked Questions
About Induction Ranges
Induction ranges are faster with better simmers, requiring less venting, and are the most child-safe and cleanable.
But are induction ranges reliable? Our reliability numbers are based on over 40,000 real service calls logged by our service department last year. It's not based on lab tests or surveys, but on people using the product as you will.
Appliance reliability is important because service is almost non-existent in many areas. In the end, you will understand induction range reliability, problems, how they compare, and the best brands to consider.
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How Induction Range Reliability is Calculated
KitchenAid Induction Range
Measuring induction range reliability is simple. We calculate appliance reliability by dividing the products we serviced by the products we sold. For this article, we looked at the number of appliances sold and serviced from December 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021.
This standard is used because we service appliances free in the first year. After the first year, it is hard to determine what percentage of customers call us and harder to track.Short on time? Get our free Induction Cooking Buying Guide
Appliance service is tough to find but an incredibly important part of your purchase. Most people think of Yale and three showrooms as a sales company, but we put service first.
When you shop for appliances, ensure service is part of the equation, especially with more difficult repairs like induction.
In Massachusetts, there are a few good service companies. Hunter, TOMA, and Poirier all have decent service companies. Check Google and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for service providers in your area.
Most Reliable Induction Range Brands for 2022
The following service rates are based on a minimum of 25 induction ranges sold and a total sample of over 450 pieces.
|Fisher & Paykel||17.7%|
The average repair of an induction range is 9.6% or close to the average appliance service rate at 9.5%.
JennAir (2.6%) and KitchenAid (6%)
JennAir and KitchenAid are the same range and have the largest oven on this list. Reliability is decent, but the price is a bit much for the features offered. Neither line has smart functionality.
GE Profile - 3.5%
GE Profile was the first to market induction in the US, so their reliability isn't surprising. They are also at the forefront of Wi-Fi functionality and the new air frying and sous vide phenomenon.
Bosch - 8%
Bosch is good-looking, affordable, and reliable. However, their selection is limited, with only one induction range.
The Most Common Induction Range Problem and How It Affects You
You must look closely at any specifications for an induction range. An induction range uses 40-50 amps while gas ranges use 30 or 40 amps.
Induction ranges become susceptible to any voltage spike or problem with your electricity. Before you buy an induction range, make sure you check and upgrade your electrical.
Now that we understand the most common induction problem let's look at the most reliable induction range brands.
Induction Range Benefits
1. Make-Up Air Compatible
Let me paint a picture for homeowners in Massachusetts. You just finished with your renovation. You vented your professional gas range with 600 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute).
The inspector asks about Make-up Air, meaning how you are making up those 600 cubes of air per minute (that's CFM).
Hopefully, you have a return of air built into your HVAC because the inspector will not sign off without it. Even if you don't live in MA, you should have Make-up Air in an energy-efficient house to breathe clean air.
Induction is faster than that professional range, with less heat emitted into the room. You can vent induction at the 400 CFM and not worry about a make-up air return.
Although for indoor air quality, we always recommend a fresh air return to your house.
Learn More: Ventilation Buying Guide
2. Speed and Consistent Simmering Capabilities
Any induction cooktop will boil water faster than a pro gas range. With have you lose 40% of the heat through the sides. Induction has an infinite range, and as gas, it is instantaneous.
As you may know from a lighter, gas will extinguish itself at low settings. With induction, you can maintain a low simmer consistently.
Read More: Induction vs. Professional Gas Cooking
Induction is the most child safe as well. Your child cannot accidentally activate the induction burner without metal. The glass doesn't heat as high, so there is less chance of your child being burned as well.
Learn More: Induction Buying Guide
Spills cannot bake on the glass-like an electric cooktop, due to less heat.
Should You Buy an Extended Warranty for an Induction Range?
The percentages suggest you may need service within five years. Induction transformers are an expensive repair, so that the warranty would pay for itself with one repair - in theory.
Most extended service contracts are call centers with no service. I would save yourself the money and aggravation. Only buy a warranty from a company providing service technicians.
Investigate with Google Reviews or with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Your car dealership has service, and so should your appliance company.
Most Reliable Induction Ranges: Key Takeaways
Induction ranges are about the same as the average for appliance repair at 9.5%. You should consider an induction range because it is by far the best way to cook.
The best and most reliable brands to consider are JennAir, GE Profile, KitchenAid, and Bosch.
Remember always to make reliability and service an important part of your purchase. You will need service within the lifetime of an induction range.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the best induction ranges?
Samsung, Bosch, and GE Profile have exceptional induction ranges. Frigidaire just launched less expensive induction range, but we don't sell the brand.
On the high-end, Miele has its range with its intuitive MasterChef controls. You input the food and how you want it cooked, and the range will calculate time and temperature.
2. Are induction cooktops and ranges better than gas?
Induction is the best in terms of speed to boil, lowest simmer, and range. It's even better than professional gas. Yet, induction does not have grilling capabilities or other options like having a French top or griddle. The options are all available in professional ranges.
3. Is induction safe?
Yes, induction is safe, and it's the most child-safe. Induction is the least likely to be accidentally turned on because it needs to sense metal to activate.
As we mentioned earlier, induction is magnetic heat. The magnets in the burner bypass the glass and excite the metal molecules in your pan. The pan, not the glass surface, cooks your food.
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