Trends in Induction Ranges and Cooktops
Induction Cooking at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center
2014 may be the “year of induction” when it comes to ranges and cooktops. All the major manufacturers seem to have joined the fray. Prices have never been better, and choices abound with a variety of outstanding features all available at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center (UAKC) . Brands include everything from Gaggenau, Wolf, and Viking in the luxury categories to Bosch and KitchenAid in the affordable premium category, and GE, Frigidaire,and Whirlpool among the mass brands.
Today, there are induction cooktops in both popular sizes of 30″ and 36″ as well as ranges in free-standing, slide-in, and double oven configurations. There is even a “hybrid” range which offers both conventional radiant cooking as well as induction.
Here are just a few interesting choices:
Most Flexibility in an Induction Cooktop
The Thermador Freedom 36″ Cooktop contains 48 – 3″ induction coils that give the consumer the ability to move pans around anywhere on the cooktop, hence the term “Freedom”. It's a clever design that provides great flexibility for the user. As you might expect, all those coils come at a price but if you're in the luxury market this item should be part of your consideration set.
Most Powerful Induction Cooktops.
Though, several brands have laid claim to being the most powerful, it looks like the Jenn-Air 36″ cooktop has the most powerful element at 5,000 watts. In addition, the cooktop has several interesting features such as a bridge element for oblong pans, and a sensor boil feature that prevents boil overs.
Slide-In Induction Ranges.
Electrolux and GE both offer choices for those who want a slide-in Induction Range. Slide-In ranges provide a built-in look in a range since they have front controls (no backguard).
Double Oven Induction Ranges
Whirlpool has recently introduced an induction range in the very popular double oven range configuration. This is really a great choice for those who want the flexibility of cooking with induction and also getting the benefit of using two ovens at the same time. Great for entertaining.
Hybrid Induction Ranges and Cooktops
Hybrid ranges or cooktops give consumers the ability to use non-induction cookware on traditional radiant elements while using their induction cookware on either the induction or the radiant elements. Some argue that this makes little sense, since once you begin cooking on induction you won't be satisfied with anything else. And, with the low prices now available on induction ranges, the hybrids don't even have a price advantage. Nevertheless, Frigidaire, Electrolux, and LG all offer hybrid induction.
Whatever you choose, you should always consult the professionals at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center for the best selection and price.
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