In this article, we are going to review the Thermador Freedom induction cooktop, the reasons why it left an indelible impression on us, and how induction cooking has revolutionized the cooking industry. Imagine having the freedom to place your pot anywhere on the cooking surface, gently slide your pan to fine-tune the intensity, use the half of your griddle plate to keep food warm and the other half to hibachi. All of these features and more are now available in this modern Thermador induction cooktop.
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Thermador and the Cooktop Industry
Thermador has been setting the pace in the cooktop industry in terms of innovation for decades now. The German company is known for the first smooth top cooktop, alongside some other home appliance industry firsts. The company itself is owned by BSH Home Appliances (better known as Bosch), the third-largest home appliances manufacturer in the world, and is one of the most reliable brands.
The premium brand has excellent electric cooktops like the CEM305TB and impressive gas cooktops like the SGS305FS. It also has some of the best induction cooktops in the market. In terms of cutting-edge design, innovation, and reliability. Thermador is arguably one of the top leading brands in the cooktop industry.
What is Induction Cooking?
You already know that most cooktops generate cooking heat using gas flame or electric elements. But induction cooking for cooktops, uses an entirely different technology.
The induction burner doesn’t generate heat technically. Induction burners are powerful electromagnets that induce heat when there is an attraction between the magnetic material of your pot and the alternating current in the burner. Of course, this means that you need to use preferably flat surface stainless steel or cast iron pots and pans (remember the science experience from high-school- magnets stick to ferrous metals).
Induction cooking is much safer than gas and electric cooking – it is the safest and most efficient cooking method. It is faster, easier to control, more precise, more responsive, and needs less venting.
Induction Vs. Pro Gas
While professional gas is prevalent, especially in high-end and commercial kitchens. Induction cooking offers a better, safer, and faster cooking experience. Because your pot is technically the source of heat, the flow is uniform at all ends of the cookware. The cookware picks up faster, the cookpot is easy to clean, and the method is also very efficient as there is almost no heat loss.
Here are some of the advantages Induction has over Professional Gas:
- It is more precise
- It is faster
- Cooktop surface is easier to clean
- It is safer, especially for a home with little children
- It requires less venting (less hassle with permits, less noise from range hood)
Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop Review
The Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop is one of the most innovative home appliances on the market. It was the first of its kind and instantly got other cooktop brands to step up with competitive designs. That notwithstanding, there are very few induction cooktop designs (like the Samsung NZ36K7880UG) from other brands that can match Thermador’s Freedom design.
The first Freedom Induction Cooktop from Thermador was the 36-inch CIT36XKB, which is currently retired. Thermador worked out the kinks and now manufactures the Masterpiece Series 36-inch CIT36XWB with a stainless steel frame, the CIT36XWBB (frameless variant), and the CIT30XWBB (30” frameless variant).
Let’s look at the unique properties of the Thermador Freedom Cooktop under these headings:
In terms of design, Thermador has always been extremely innovative. The company outclassed itself with the Freedom Induction design.
Unlike most other induction cooktops, the entire surface is the burner and can accommodate as many as six pots placed anywhere on it. This made the model the largest single cooking surface in the cooktop industry.
The cooking surface of the retired CIT36XKB is 18" by 28.5" and has a 10" x 4.5" area within it, which houses the brilliant 6.5" color touch screen controls. The CIT36XWB also has Sapphire Glow LED surface lights, which track and light up to show the level of heat. Cool, right?
The CIT36XKB’s largest burner pulls a 4600W which is far more than the industry average of 3700W. But the CIT36XWB’s PowerBoost feature can increase the power to 5500W! This is an increase in element power of approximately 50% and can boil water twice as fast as other regular cooktops.
Connectivity and Smart Features
The Freedom Induction cooktop has Wi-Fi connectivity which is responsible for the cooktop’s smart features like the Cooktop Hood Sync. The Cooktop Hood Sync enables the cooktop to communicate with the matching hood for synchronized ventilation and turning on task lighting. The cooktop can also connect to the Home Connect application for alerts, notifications, and access to other smart features.
The Freedom Induction Cooktop is one of the safest cooktops in the industry for several reasons.
• The cooktop works by induction cooking, so magnetic items are technically safe from harm
• Only the part of the surface under the cookware is hot
• The surface of the burner cools down very quickly once the pot is removed
• The Sapphire Glow LED surface lights indicate when the burner is at extreme temperature levels and also shows the level of residual heat on the surface.
• The cooktop itself has safety settings such as Key Lock, childproof lock, pan recognition, pause function, safety time-switch-off and power management function. These give you better control of your safety at home.
Other Unique Features
Besides the basic features of the Masterpiece Freedom CIT36XWBB, the cooktop also packs other unique features that set it apart from similar models.
Fully Usable Surface
The CIT36XWBB cooktop is technically a single burner with an entirely usable surface. You could place your pans, skillets, and other magnetic cookware on any part of the burner surface. You can fit in as many pots as you can, and thanks to its large surface, it can accommodate large cookware.
Responsive Heat Control (HeatShift/Pot Detection)
The Thermador CIT36XWBB has a responsive heat control feature, unlike any other model in the industry. The cooktop has over 56 inductor elements which combine with the pot detection feature to recognize shapes and sizes of cookware.
The Pot detection feature accounts for two significant functions. It detects all the pots placed on the surface and heats the area under them. It also tracks pot movement and recognizes pot shapes. So, you could put a pan on the cooktop (alongside other pots) and the burner will track all possible movements of the pan across the surface.
Thanks to the responsive heat control, the CIT36XWBB also has the HeatShift feature. This feature enables you to lower the temperature level by merely moving your pan across the cooking zone. This makes the Freedom Induction Cooktop perfect for cooking procedures requiring multiple heat levels.
Excellent Temperature Range
With the Freedom Induction Cooktop, you have a good temperature range for whatever type of cooking you need. The lowest temperature level is perfect for keeping certain food types at low heat or for melting chocolate without burning it. You can also raise the temperature to higher levels to provide just the right amount of heat needed for your cooking.
The wireless sensor also has a good temperature range and gives you an extra level of control. All you need to do is to attach the sensor to the pot and link it to the cooktop. Using the cooktop control panel, you can then select any temperature from 165 degrees to 350 degrees.
Uniform Heating Per Cookware
Remember the Thermador Freedom Induction cooktop can accommodate as much as six pots on it at the same time. While that is an impressive feature, the cooktop also allows you to set these pots at different temperature levels. You can be boiling water at the highest temperature level, simmering meat, melting chocolate, and frying eggs at the same time!
The Freedom Induction cooktop recognizes these pots and remembers the different temperature levels you set for each. It also maintains the entire bottom surface area of each pot at a uniform temperature. This makes the cooktop ideal for any form of cooking that requires uniform heating.
Large Cookware Accommodation
Thanks to its large cooking surface area, the Freedom Induction cooktop can accommodate large pots and pans. You can comfortably make use of wok pans and large griddles on your cooktop without worrying about space.
For people who like saving time in the kitchen and are also keen on maintaining a neat cooktop always, the Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop is highly recommended. Thanks to its induction cooking technology, the Thermador cools down very quickly once you lift the pot. If the residual heat is not so high, you can almost clean the cooktop immediately after removing the pot.
The transparent ceramic glass surface also makes cleaning easy. With a small cloth, you can wipe off stains off the ceramic glass stains. There’s also the Thermador cooktop cleaner which removes stubborn stains and greases.
The Thermador Masterpiece Freedom Induction Cooktop is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. The cooktop is safe for use by people with disabilities. The CIT36XWBB is easy to reach with its front control panel.
Other Top Induction Cooktops
While the Thermador Masterpiece Freedom Induction Cooktop outclasses most of the other induction cooktops within the industry, there are still some notable models.
The Samsung NZ36K7880UG Induction Cooktop comes very close to the Thermador Freedom Cooktop in functionality and design. Unlike the Thermador with a fully usable surface burner, the NZ36K7880UG has five burners. But it is relatively just as safe as the Freedom Induction Cooktop. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity for better control, notifications, and convenience.
The Bosch 800 Series NIT8069UC with four burners and a jet-black design profile, has intuitive controls and other impressive features. Released as a replacement for the retired and popular NIT8068UC the NIT8069UC is very reliable. Top of its features is the AutoChef which allows for preset cooking settings and programming. The AutoSizing feature enables you to utilize cookware of different sizes.
Thanks to its Gourmet Guided Cooking feature, the GE Cafe Series CHP95302MSS rivals these other top cooktops in owner satisfaction. Besides helping you adjust temperature, time, and pace, there are hundreds of video recipes on the Café app to guarantee excellent results. The cooktop has Wi-Fi connectivity for related notifications and better control.
There are amazing cooktops with amazing designs, but the Thermador Freedom Induction cooktop by far outclasses them.
If you are looking to stay ahead of the industry, this induction cooktop provides you with some extra features that are not present in other manufacturers. In terms of innovation, design, and convenience, the Thermador Freedom Induction cooktop is one of the best. You can get the cooktop at your favorite home appliances hub, Designer Appliances. If you’d like to find out more, read our guides on the best induction cooktop models, reviews, and buying guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Thermador Freedom Induction cooktop reliable?
The CIT36XWBB is one of the most reliable cooktops on the market. Thermador as a brand is known for its innovation, top quality products, and reliability. The Freedom Induction cooktop has a lifespan of 12-15 years and can last longer if maintained properly.
What are the benefits of Induction Cooking?
Induction cooking provides a safer, energy-efficient, and precision-based mode of cooking. The method gives you more cooking flexibility, is more responsive, more precise, and also requires less venting.
Can you burn yourself on an Induction Cooktop?
Because induction cooking does not generate heat by itself alone and only works for magnetic cookware, it is nearly impossible to burn yourself while using an induction cooktop. Good induction cooktops also have other safety features like boil over detection which shuts off the cooktop if excessive moisture is detected on the cooktop.
How long do induction cooktops last?
With proper care and maintenance, induction cooktops can serve you for as long as 12 years. The Thermador Masterpiece Freedom Induction cooktop can last for longer when maintained properly.