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10 Easy Pieces: 36-Inch Induction Cooktops

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10 Easy Pieces: 36-Inch Induction Cooktops

April 24, 2024

In 2022 we made a case for switching to induction cooking. Improvements on kitchen safety, indoor air quality (no more benzene or methane emissions), and energy efficiency are motivating factors, and some cities have even banned gas hookups in new homes and buildings. Moreover, Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) are expected to launch in late 2024 (more on that from Wirecutter). Then there’s the aesthetics of induction cooking, particularly when it comes to cooktops which nearly melt seamlessly into the abyss of a kitchen countertop. Here are our 10 favorite induction cooking ranges, all at full size (36 inches).

the thermador heritage induction 36 inch cooktop (cit36yb) includes a basic tim 17
Above: The Thermador Heritage Induction 36 Inch Cooktop (CIT36YB) includes a basic timer, automatic cookware detection, and “Powerboost” feature increasing element power by up to 50 percent saving time to heating pans and boiling water; $3,699 at AJ Madison
thermador&#8\2\17;s higher end model, the freedom induction 36 inch cooktop 18
Above: Thermador’s higher end model, the Freedom Induction 36 Inch Cooktop in Dark Gray (CIT36YWBB) includes all the features of the previous Heritage model with the addition of a full touchscreen, a pause function, and a keep warm function; $6,099 at Best Buy.
the lg studio (cbis36\18be) 36 inch induction cooktop includes an auto pan dete 19
Above: The LG Studio (CBIS3618BE) 36 Inch Induction Cooktop includes an auto-pan detection and power boost setting among others; $2,795 at AJ Madison.
the gaggenau 400 series full surface 36 inch induction cooktop (cx49\26\1\1) is 20
Above: The Gaggenau 400 Series Full Surface 36 Inch Induction Cooktop (CX492611) is a single cooking surface allowing for cookware as small as 3 inches and as large as 13 by 21 inches; available at AJ Madison.
the bosch 800 series 36 inch induction cooktop (nit8660suc) has numerous featur 21
Above: The Bosch 800 Series 36 Inch Induction Cooktop (NIT8660SUC) has numerous features including pan recognition, power management, 17 power levels, 5 frying levels, keep warm function, and power boost; $2,799.99 at Best Buy.
the bosch benchmark 36 inch induction cooktop (nitp66uc) has all the features o 22
Above: The Bosch Benchmark 36 Inch Induction Cooktop (NITP66UC) has all the features of the 800 series cooktop with the addition of a feature called Flex Induction where two cooking zones combine into one to accommodating griddles and longer pans; $3,449.99 at Best Buy.
the miele km 7740 fr induction cooktop has an intuitive quick selection by way  23
Above: The Miele KM 7740 FR Induction Cooktop has an intuitive quick selection by way of number sequences, and has some of the shortest heating-up times; $2,899 at ABT.
an affordable, simple, and functional induction cooktop from ikea is the Ä 24
Above: An affordable, simple, and functional induction cooktop from Ikea is the Älmestad Induction Cooktop and features an auto-sizing component to detect cookware in all five zones; $1,249 at Ikea.
the bertazzoni professional series 36 inch electric induction cooktop (p365iae) 25
Above: The Bertazzoni Professional Series 36 Inch Electric Induction Cooktop (P365IAE) has a warming features and a ceramic bridge to combine 2 heating elements into one; $2,199 at Best Buy.
the ge profile php9036stss 36 inch induction smart cooktop features power boili 26
Above: The GE Profile PHP9036STSS 36 Inch Induction Smart Cooktop features power boiling, a pan presence/size sensor, wifi compatibility, and touch control; $2,292.60 at AJ Madison.

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