If you’re in the market for a new cooktop these days, there couldn’t be more choices. With over ten major brands with competing offerings, its hard to turn down the noise level and get to the facts. Well, here they are:
The Electrolux Icon induction cooktop (E36IC80ISS) is an anomaly. Here we have a product that competes with the big boys (the Viking and Wolf offerings) while sporting a much more palatable price tag. Now make no mistake, this is not a Wolf induction cooktop with a lower price. But it is a well built and functional alternative, and worth looking into for those whose budgets are not unlimited.
If you’ve never cooked on an induction cooktop before, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Cooking with induction is more responsive than gas or electric. Sensors automatically detect the presence of magnetic cookware, activating the induction field and adjusting it to the size of the pan. Using electromagnetic energy, heat is generated directly in the cookware – so the cooktop remains cool with far less heat transfer. You can instantly adjust the heat to a delicate simmer or bring it to a quick boil. The speed at which this cooktop will boil a pot of water will make your head spin. It’s almost magical.
The 36” Electrolux Icon induction cooktop (E36IC80ISS) comes with five powerful cooking elements, including two 10” burners, an 8”, 7”, and 6” burner, creating remarkably adaptable cooking areas. The Custom-Set controls offer 15 preset touch settings, providing a level of heat control that will inspire confidence in even the most unseasoned of chefs. The Power Assist setting boosts the power of one burner to generate an even faster boil than normal.
Another feature that is not well known is that the depth of this cooktop is shallow, allowing it to be set above many single ovens. This comes in very hand when you’ve got a limited amount of room in your kitchen. All Electrolux Icon induction cooktop comes with a 1 year warranty featuring Platinum Star™ Service.
Pros: great price, built in N. America, brand recognition
Cons: warranty could be better