What Is The Best Induction Range? A Thorough Buyer’s Guide
Stand-alone induction cooktops are great, but what if you’re ready to upgrade your whole range? Induction ranges are an increasingly popular option for those of us that find ourselves wanting to combine the many wonderful aspects of a convection oven (like faster, more even cooking) with the great qualities of an induction cooktop (also with faster, more even cooking).
Now the main downside is cost; most of these models run at least double the price of standard electric ranges. But, wow, the results will really knock your socks off with oven cooking times decreased by about a quarter, foods evenly cooked and browned whether in the oven or on the stovetop and cooktops that heat up almost instantaneously.
Is it worth it? If you’re like me and love cooking with the absolute best options, then it’s a definite “Yes!” But, there’s a wide range of options and quality out there so first check out my top 5 induction range reviews.
This Frigidaire model is a very popular option for people that want an induction range that is affordable (relative to other induction ranges), easy-to-use and high-quality, all from the legendary Frigidaire brand that created the very first self-contained refrigerator in 1916.
This free standing range boasts the standard convection oven/induction cooktop combo found in most induction ranges but also packs in many features of higher-priced models such as 5 induction elements, a two-hour quick clean cycle and a built-in temperature probe with keep warm settings.
I really love this last one; no more sticking your head near a hot over trying to read the temperature of your roast! With its blend of affordability, features and brand reputation, the Frigidaire is definitely worth a look!
Next up is this lovely slide-in GE Profile model. Like most GE products in my experience, it’s just all-around solid. If you like cooking big meals or lots of dishes simultaneously, then you’ll really like the 5.3 cubic foot oven capacity which is one of the largest on the market, 5 burner top in multiple hob sizes, and warming drawer.
The controls are really intuitive and easy-to-use. If you’re new to convection cooking, it even has an auto recipe conversion feature that will give you the right convection cooking temperature based on your conventional recipe.
Some customers have complained about the low hum at higher power settings, but I’ve found this is true of all induction ranges and more dependent on the cookware than the range itself. The price is a bit higher than the Frigidaire but not expensive by induction range standards. Overall, this is just a solid option all-around and definitely worth considering.
If you’re looking for something a little different and are willing to spend some money for it, then take a good look at this Fisher Paykel freestanding range. You may be unfamiliar with this New Zealand-based brand, but they’re actually a major appliance manufactures with a reputation for innovation and quality.
This model has many nice features such as auto heat reduce and easy-glide oven racks but what really stands out is the distinctly European design. The heavy front dials, as opposed to electronic buttons, really stand out as do the sleek lines.
The only really major negatives in my view are the oven size (the smallest on this list at 3.6 cubic feet) and the cost. But, if you’re looking for style and have the budget, this may be the induction range for you.
This Samsung model is one of the top sellers in the industry and for good reason. It’s just packed with great features. The cooktop has a unique configuration with two 6”, one 7” and one 11” element laid out cleverly so you can really use them all at the same time.
It even has LED lights that light up around your pots, giving that nice gas look without the gas heat. I really like the large Flex-Duo convection oven that allows you to cook two separate dishes at separate temperatures at the same time. Of course, there’s also nice details like a built-in cooking probe, a ball-bearing sliding rack (much easier to get that turkey in and out!) and a warming drawer.
Now on the negative side, it’s more expensive than many of our other picks so it really depends on your budget. Also, some customers have complained about spotty customer service. Overall, though, this model is definitely worth a look if you’re willing to spend a little more.
Rounding out our top 5 is this stylish Electrolux model. To my eye, this is just one of the most attractive ranges available with its mix of black, stainless steel and a blue oven interior.
The induction cooktop is very clever with the ability to link two of the burners and use a provided griddle. It also has a built-in radiant warmer on top as well as the fairly standard warming drawer; great if you have a slow-to-the-table family like mine!
The Electolux has an absolutely huge 6.0 cubic foot oven it you have a large family or just like to cook big meals. On the downside, when customers do complain, it’s often about reliability so check out all the reviews before making the jump on the Electrolux.
And there it is, the top 5 best induction ranges and where to find them. These are the products that you should be looking at first in your hunt for the best induction range. I hope that this helps you select what range is right for your home and make the best possible choice for you and your family. With investments like these it is always best to be educated about what you're buying so ask questions. Peruse reviews. Basically, keep doing what you're doing and I know you'll make a great choice. Happy cooking!
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