Choosing an induction range that fits your needs and budget can be intimidating with hundreds of different models to choose from. To make it easy, we carefully curated our top 5 induction ranges of 2020 so you can feel confident your decision.
Induction cooking is optimized cooking at its best and is the most energy efficient cooking method that's quickly becoming the preferred choice among chefs who value speed, precision, and easy cleanup. The elements in an induction cooktop turn your pans into heat vessels that respond to precise temperature changes during the cooking process. Contrary to rumor, your pots and pans will work on an induction cooktop as long as a magnet sticks to the bottom of them.
There's no arguing that induction is a major improvement over older electric cooking technology such as electric radiant or coil cooktops and the responsive temperature control is far more accurate than cooking over a gas flame. One big bonus is how easy they are to clean, just requiring a quick wipe down after cooking. But, what we really like are the built-in safety features. There is no heat exchange unless there's a pot on top of an element and as soon as the pot is removed or if the pot boils over, the heating stops.
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Best Induction Range Picks for 2020
Our top pick for most people is this GE Profile 30-inch slide-in induction range
This induction range checks most boxes when it comes to finding the perfect range for our customers. For starters, this is a slide-in range that is meant to be able to replace a pre-existing freestanding range. Unlike some slide-in ranges, this one has finished sides meaning it has a finished look even if it's exposed on one side. Also unlike other slide-ins, the range doesn't have a overhanging lip around the edge meaning you can install this close to a wall on either side. When it comes to cooking performance this range features 4 burners plus a 5th burner which can be used as a warming area. You can also bridge together two of the burner zones to accommodate larger pots and pans like a griddle or fish pan, making for a more versatile stove top which we love.
The oven features true European convection for precise cooking and even heat. The oven includes three oven racks and a storage drawer down below for added convenience.
If you like the features of the previous GE Profile but prefer knobs instead of touch controls, check out the Cafe 30-inch slide-in induction range
The Cafe line, also manufactured by GE, is an upgrade to their GE Profile lineup targeted to customers who want a more distinctive design and chef inspired cooking features. This model has all the features of the GE Profile we highlighted before and more. The range has a distinct pro-style design with control knobs to control the burner elements instead of electronic controls, making it more intuitive to quickly change temperature settings. The thick handles also give it a heavy-duty commercial feel.
You also get two ovens instead of just one, giving you the flexibility to cook two different meals at the same time. From a technology standpoint, this range is fully loaded. It features Hestan Cue technology, which when connected to a Hestan Cue enabled pan, allows you to set and keep pan temperature exactly.
Wifi connectivity along with "gourmet cooking app" you will have access to hundreds of video-guided recipes from chefs. Gourmet cooking will take the guesswork out and adjust temperature, and time to help you take your cooking skills to the next level.
You can also purchase a separate cooking probe allowing you to cook via Sous Vide. The Cafe induction range features WiFi connect technology allowing you to control you oven with your smart device or simply your voice using WiFi Connect technology.
Looking for an affordable induction range without sacrificing essential features? Check out this 30 inch freestanding range by Frigidaire
The FFIF3054TS by Frigidaire uses the industry standard when it comes to induction technology providing precise heat to your cookware while keeping the surrounding areas cool to the touch. With its basic feature set and temperature control settings, you won’t be disappointed with its even heat cooking whether you want to sear a steak or simmer sauces. For the oven, you will get 5.3 cu ft capacity easily fitting multiple large casserole dishes whether you want to bake or broil. When done cooking, easily select the quick 20 minute self clean mode from the easy-to-use control panel. As for design, these ranges can fit multiple kitchen styles since it’s available in regular stainless steel or black stainless steel. Need extra storage space for your induction cookware? Frigidaire has a convenient storage drawer making the thought of storing cookware painless.
Samsung 30-inch slide-in induction range is a great mid range option if you are looking for more bang for your buck when it comes to features and modern design
The NE58K9560WS slide-in induction range gives you the ultimate modern cooking experience starting with its WiFi connectivity. This allows you to remotely monitor your cooktop and oven with peace of mind as long as you have your smartphone close by. You can do a variety of tasks such as turning the unit on or off, start preheating, adjusting temperatures or setting a timer. You’ll also get peace of mind with its unique virtual flame technology giving you the illusion of gas cooking with a brilliant blue virtual flame on the bottom of your pots and pans. This way you’ll always know which burners are on. Down below features a 5.8 cu ft cavity with not one but two fans for even convection cooking, which is also great for baking. If you’re a cooking enthusiast, aspiring Chef or simply want to experiment with different types of cooking, Samsung offers a few specialized options such as proofing, dehydrate and slow cooking. Its three adjustable racks give you maximum flexibility whether you want to bake several sheets of cookies or a 30 lb holiday turkey. It also includes a convenient warming drawer that will keep your freshly cooked meals warm until ready to serve to your friends and family. Lastly, Samsung doesn’t disappoint when it comes to sleek modern style - with 4 large premium glass knobs that are easy to grip and electronically adjust the level of heat to ensure precise control to its easy-to-use control panel. These ranges will blend seamlessly with your kitchen for a modern built-in look without the hassle of a remodel.
If you are looking of the best induction range money can buy, check out this range from Miele
Miele is a leader in many different kitchen appliance categories, not the least of which is induction ranges. While they do have a sleek modern appearance, Miele appliances look great and timeless in all kitchen types, from contemporary to traditional.
Both the cooktop and the oven on the Miele induction range offer premium performance features. Keep in mind, this is a powerful pro-style range, so the electrical requirements are a little bit higher than on a typical induction range. Here you'll need a 50 amp dedicated electric circuit.
The cooktop features 4 independent cooking zones. On most induction ranges you need to be careful what size cookware you use for each burner. For example using a small pan on a larger burner will result in less power being used. However, the Miele cooktop surface is able to direct all of the power from the larger burner into the smaller pan meaning you can use any size pan on any size burner as long as it fits inside of the elements boundaries. Each burner can be boosted which pulls power from other zones to reach a hotter temperature more quickly.
In terms of durability, like all Miele appliances, Miele tests their ranges to last for years to come. In fact on their induction glass surface, they drop a steel ball from 12" to make sure the surface is 100% resistant to cracking.
The oven performance is equally impressive. In the oven you'll get Miele's dual European convection. With Miele's MasterChef guided cooking system, you'll get over 100 pre-programmed recipes, so you don’t need to worry about setting the time or temperature before cooking. With the intuitive M-Touch touch screen display, simply select the food type, portion size and temperature without any guesswork. For a more in-depth look at Miele ranges, check out our full review in the video linked bottom below.
With hundreds of induction ranges to choose from, we hope this article has given you a starting point when it comes to selecting the best induction range for your home. For more information, a visit to one of our stores is well worth your time.