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Most Reliable Induction Ranges for 2020 (Reviews / Ratings / Service)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  February 13, 2020  |  10 Min. Read

Induction Ranges  |  Cooking  |  Most Reliable Appliances

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Induction solves most cooking complaints better than either gas or electric. It is much faster than both with an instant simmer.

It’s the easiest to clean because the spills do not bake on like gas or electric. Induction is the most child safe as well.

Your child cannot accidentally activate the induction burner without metal.

If you live in Mass or another state with Make-Up Air and ventilation regulations, induction can be vented under 400 CFM (pick up our vent guide if you live in Mass and don’t know what I am talking about).

That said, you will now learn if induction ranges are reliable based on the actual repair.

We logged 35,256 service calls in 2019.

Then you will see a reliability comparison between gas ranges, electric ranges as well as induction cooktops.

In the end, you will understand induction range reliability, problems, how they compare, and the best brands to consider.

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How We Calculate Induction Range Reliability

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Yale Appliance Service Team

It is simple. We look at service calls for one year and divide by sales for the same period.

We use this standard 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.

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The total amount of service calls logged in 2017 was 30,761. We logged 34,486 in 2018 and 35,256 in 2019.

The Most Reliable Induction Range Brands for 2020

  Service QTY Shipped QTY Service Ratio
Jenn-Air 58 135 42.96%
KitchenAid 5 14 35.71%
Fisher & Paykel 4 12 33.33%
Café Appliances 5 15 33.33%
Wolf 16 71 22.54%
Bosch Benchmark 4 23 17.39%
Miele 3 18 16.67%
Bosch Appliances 5 38 13.16%
GE Profile 2 25 8.00%
Samsung 2 67 7.46%
Grand Total  108 417 25.90%

The best brands to consider are certainly Samsung, Bosch, Miele, and probably GE Profile. I say "probably" for GE because we have only sold the line for nine months, not a full 12. Still, 8% is impressive.

Samsung is the best, unfortunately for me. There will be a legion of upset Samsung purchasers commenting on this article.

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Samsung Induction Range

They have a reason to be upset. Samsung is the best selling single brand in the US. Their service availability, however, is lacking in certain areas. So be careful.

Wolf should be considered, as well. Most of the ranges sold were 36 inches wide. Larger sizes tend to have more problems.

Induction Vs. Electric Range Reliability

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Electric Ranges at Yale Appliance in Boston

Induction is 25.9 Vs. 4.54% for electric ranges in the first year.

Electric ranges are the single most reliable appliance you can buy. They haven’t changed much since I sold them in 1986.

So it’s reliable. However, it isn’t fast or efficient. Burners heat the glass, whereas induction bypasses the glass to cook way faster. The simmer is much better as well.

So you do sacrifice performance for reliability in an electric range.

Induction Range Vs. Gas Range Reliability

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Induction and Gas Ranges at Yale Appliance in Hanover

Induction 25.9% Vs. Gas Ranges at 14% repair in the first year.

This isn’t surprising either. Gas ranges haven’t changed as much, other than higher output burners. Coincidentally, ignitors are the most repaired item on a gas range.

Induction Range Vs. Induction Cooktop

Induction Ranges are 25.9% Vs. Induction cooktops at 11.62% in the first year.

This is interesting. How can this be more than double when an electric oven is so reliable?

Let’s find out.

Common Induction Range Problems

Induction ranges are almost double the industry at 25.9 Vs. 13.1%

Induction range problems can be classified into two parts. The first part is education. They are all electronic and not the same as electric and not as easy to use initially.

Induction ranges are 50 amp, so surges can easily knock out the controls.

It is covered under warranty. However, the tech will be there for a while in your home. It is not an easy repair.

Should You Buy an Induction Range?

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Induction Range at Yale Appliance in Boston

You should definitely buy an induction range. 

Stay with a reliable brand, and you will be fine. Induction is way better than gas, electric, or dual fuel. If you like to cook, then induction should be your choice.

However, there is a possibility of repair, so research who can fix induction in your area before you buy.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the best induction ranges?

Samsung, Bosch, and GE Profile have very good induction ranges. Frigidaire just launched less expensive induction ranges, 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 doneness, and the range will calculate time and temperature.

Wolf has their twin convection in 30 and 36-inch.

2. Are induction cooktops and ranges better than gas?

In terms of speed to boil, lowest simmer, and range, induction is the best. It’s even better than professional gas. However, induction does not have grilling capabilities or other options like having a French top or griddle like in a professional gas range.

3. Is induction safe?

Yes, induction is safe. In fact, it's the safest for a number of reasons.

4. How does induction work?

Induction is a 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.

Additional Resources

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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.

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