So, you are considering a new cooktop. You should consider induction because it is the fastest to heat a pan (yes, even faster than a professional gas), it is the easiest to keep clean, can be downdrafted and is the safest.
Unlike electric cooking, induction is improving as a technology. Cooktops have greatly improved since the 1990's. The new Miele is the next step in that evolution.
First, we will look at how induction works, its benefits and then look at Miele's new and improved cooktop.
Induction cooktops use a magnet to excite the molecules in your pan making your pan the cooking surface.This technology differs from radiant electric or gas cooking.
Induction is the most efficient method because your pan is the cooking surface. Induction cooktops are the fastest to heat your pan (even faster than pro-style gas). They also make it very easy to control the temperature and you have the least amount of residual heat loss (read more: The Science of Induction).
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Benefits of Induction
On the induction, when you finish cooking the cooktop will be warm, however it will not be scorching hot like traditional electric cooking. The pan cooks the food so you can clean an induction cooktop much sooner. You are also less likely to see spills baked into the glass on an induction cooktop surface.
Induction is the safest cooking surface on the market. You cannot turn on your cooktop by accident, because the surface needs to sense metal. The unit can also be turned from a raging boil to a simmer by hitting a button.
You can also downvent an induction unlike a professional gas cooktop. If you have an island, induction does not need an overhead hood.
Miele is a family owned company out of Germany. Miele is one of the most reliable brands sold at Yale. This reliability track record can be traced back to Miele’s dedication to manufacturing quality products.
Miele is one of the most vertically integrated companies in the industry. In a world of outsourcing, their products are designed, manufactured, assembled, and shipped from one factory in Germany.
At this point, the majority of major brands offer an induction appliance. Today, many brands offer a boost feature and have found a way to bridge burners to accommodate a variety of pans and skillets.
Miele’s recent launch is putting a new spin on induction cooking. Take a look at what sets them apart.
New Miele Induction Cooktop - KM6370 36"
Miele now offers 24’’, 30’’, 36’’ or 42’’ induction cooktops. The 30’’ and 36’’ models are offered in a framed or frameless design. 24’’ and 42’’ models are offered with the stainless frame. Prices range from $1,999 to $3,499.
Connectivity 2.0 – Miele induction cooktops and Miele ventilation hoods containing connectivity 2.0 technology will be able to communicate with each other. The hood will be able to adjust its performance based on the cooking environment.
The Twin booster function - The majority of cooktops have the ability to boost power. To do this, many brands have burners that borrow power from an adjacent burner to increase the burner power under boost.
Miele cooktops will have two types of boosting. With the primary boost function, the cooktop will borrow power from itself for a super high power setting, yet keeping the burner performance of adjacent burners.
Miele is the first brand to offer twin boosting technology. This secondary boost will maximize its power while borrowing power from an adjacent burner.
Miele has the most wattage in the industry at 7,700 Watts.
Below is a chart comparing the minimum wattage, maximum wattage, and maximum wattage with boost across the industry’s high-end appliance brands.
I try to avoid talking about wattage as much as possible because at the end of the day, all of these cooktops will cook your food. With that said, a wattage of 7,700 on boost is way stronger than anything else out there.
However, using power boost is not the best option when cooking with multiple pots/pans because it can diminish the power output of other burners on the cooktop. Miele claims that even with boost 2 activated the other burners are functional, just not to their full potential.
Should You Buy?
Yes, you should consider it if you are planning to buy an induction cooktop. Miele is once again raising the bar for innovative features. Miele is an extremely quality conscious company, as they test everything before it reaches your door.
Typically we have reservations of new products, because we are on the front lines of servicing them. However, this Miele should be much faster than any other product on the market.
I am looking forward to seeing how it works.
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