At a Glance
By now, you are probably convinced induction is the best cooking type.
It's faster than the hottest professional gas unit, with a far better simmer and instant response.
If you live in Massachusetts, you can also vent induction under 400 CFM to comply with make-up air regulations, unlike professional gas rangetops or even high output gas cooktops.
Also, induction is safe for children because the glass doesn't heat, so there is far less chance for burns.
Plus, the magnetic burners need to sense metal to heat the pan. It can't be turned on accidentally.
However, you are probably wondering about the reliability of the magnetic burners and whether it is a problem to fix.
Induction cooktops are expensive to fix.
In this article, you will learn about the most reliable induction cooktop brands based on 37,000 service calls logged by our service team last year.
Unlike most review sites, you will understand reliability based on how induction works in your home, not predictive analytics or clever marketing.
The Most Reliable Induction Cooktops based on repairs and sales for the first year:
- Miele 0.0%
- Thermador 0.0%
- Bosch 3.0%
- Wolf 4.3%
- Bosch 4.3%
How We Calculate Induction Cooktop Reliability
Our reliability measurement is a pretty simple formula. We have 33 service techs averaging eight calls a day, five days a week, with 12 workings on Saturday.
In 2017, we logged 30,761 service calls. In 2018, that number increased to 34,687. In 2019, we recorded 35,256.
In the COVID-19 world of 2020, that number actually increased to 37,061.
Take a look below. Out of delivery, installation, and service, Yale has a higher number of service stops on a daily basis.
We simply take the warranty service calls and divide them 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.
Most Reliable Induction Cooktop Brands for 2021
Based on a minimum of 10 induction cooktops sold, the most reliable induction cooktop brands are Miele, Wolf, and the BSH Home Appliances, the manufacturer of Bosch, Thermador, and Bosch Benchmark.
Induction Cooktop Reliability December 2019 to November 2020
Miele is the most reliable, with not a single induction cooktop serviced in the last 12 months. Miele has crafted induction cooktops for many years.
Miele's 36-inch induction cooktops have five cooking zones along with a power boost setting for faster cooking.
Thermador is particularly interesting because they have the best technology. The burner can follow the pan in their Freedom cooktops.
Wolf is excellent as well. It is also the house favorite from our chef. The four left-hand burners can all be joined for one large, powerful burner to cook a large pot or pan.
Read More: Best 36-Inch Induction Cooktops
Induction Reliability vs. the Overall Appliance Industry
Induction performs much better than the average appliance at 4.06% average service for the category versus over 9.7% for appliances overall.
Induction is electric but uses magnets to excite the molecules in your pan while the pan cooks the food.
Induction cooking is reliable like electric because the working parts are covered under glass, unlike a gas burner.
Induction Cooktops vs. Electric Ranges
Electric Range Reliability for December 2019 to November 2020
The figures above are based on a minimum of 10 ranges sold and a sample of over 1900 total pieces.
The first year repair rate for an electric range is only 3.06%.
Then again, it's old technology, and the burners are under glass. With induction, it is newer, and the induction drivers add the repair element.
However, induction is far faster, more responsive, and better to use.
Induction Cooktops vs. Gas Ranges
Gas Range Reliability for December 2019 to November 2020
The figures above are based on a minimum of 10 ranges sold and a sample of over 2400 total pieces.
Gas ranges have a 4.62% repair rate over the first year. The most common issue with gas ranges are problems with their igniters.
Induction Cooktops vs. Induction Ranges
Induction Range Reliability for December 2019 to November 2020
|Fisher & Paykel||27.78%|
The figures above are based on a minimum of 10 induction ranges sold per brand and over 400 total units.
Now, this is interesting (or is it just me).
Induction ranges have a 9% repair rate in the first year or more than double the service rate of an induction cooktop.
The ranges require a higher voltage at 50 amp and can become problematic with electrical surges and spikes.
Many induction range companies like Fisher & Paykel, Wolf are new at the larger 36-inch size.
Should You Buy an Extended Warranty for an Induction Cooktop?
As I have said in every blog post, you should NEVER buy an extended warranty from a company without actual service behind the agreement.
Most warranty providers simply call centers and outsource the repair to the cheapest servicer in your area.
On a difficult repair like induction, that rate will never match the cost of the repair. In that case, save your money and hope for the best.
If you are buying from a reputable company, there are still reasons not to buy an extended warranty.
The magnets are under glass, and the reliability is excellent.
However, the repair is expensive.
So it's up to you. Don't be pushed into an extended warranty and ask a ton of questions on who will be providing the repair.
Read More: Are Appliance Extended Warranties Worth It?
Induction Cooktops at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Induction is a product you should consider. It is by far the best performing cooking type and has excellent reliability.
However, it's not an easy repair, so look at the most reliable brands first.
Check local repair agents before you buy any appliance instead of finding out later. For the best induction cooktops right now, watch the video below.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the best induction cooktops?
Bosch brands and Wolf are the most reliable and best induction cooktops to consider.
2. 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.
3. How does induction work?
Induction is magnetic heat. It excites the metal in your pan, so the pan cooks your food.
4. 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.
5. Do induction cooktops scratch easily?
It can be scratched, but the glass is tempered and mostly scratch-resistant.
Read our Induction Cooking Buying Guide for features, buying tips, and ratings of every available induction cooking product in the market. Well over 880,000 people have read a Yale Guide. Induction is our most popular.
Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.
Steve has also been featured in numerous publications such as the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.
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