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White induction ranges?

LaureltQ Jan 10, 2012 09:51 AM

I am looking to upgrade our smoothtop ceramic slide-in range to induction (running gas to our house will cost several thousands of dollars plus the cost of a gas range!). The issue that I'm running into is that all of our appliances (and cabinets, etc) are white (and I'd like to keep it that way!). The only induction range that I'm finding is a $5000 Viking. Frankly, there is no way I can sell my husband on a range that's worth almost as much as my car and realistically, it's way overkill for the house/neighborhood.

Do any other manufacturers sell white induction ranges that are the slide-in style?

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    biscottifan RE: LaureltQ Jan 11, 2012 06:56 AM

    Your best bet might be a cooktop over an undercounter oven if you want white and induction. Look at Electrolux, GE, and KitchenAid. If you buy a cooktop and oven from the same manufacturer, chances are better that they will fit one over the other.

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      mdgolfbum RE: LaureltQ Jan 11, 2012 07:34 AM

      We would have liked a white induction cooktop as well to go with our white countertops. It seems the induction makers all think they're going to be installed on granite surfaces hence the black.

      We don't care for dark surfaces in our kitchen so we went with white Corian. We went with a black induction unit anyway on them and it doesn't look out of place.

      If you're unsure, take a picture of your kitchen and edit to the photo to color the cooktop black and see if you really don't like it. Or just get a piece of black paper cut to size and put it there.

      Good luck

      Jim

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        LaureltQ RE: mdgolfbum Jan 11, 2012 08:32 AM

        All of our other appliances are white, the microwave over the stove is white, the cabinets are white, and the counter is that beigey blacky granite that everyone seems to have.

        I don't want to put a cooktop in and a separate oven as that will involve modifying our cabinets and cost dramatically more than just a range. I'm not so much concerned with the surface of the range being white (although I'd prefer it - our smoothtop range is white now and looks great when it's clean!) but with the face and remainder of the appliance looking like it "fits" in the kitchen. We have NO stainless anywhere in the kitchen and the only black appliance is the espresso machine which is on the other side of the kitchen.

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          mdgolfbum RE: LaureltQ Jan 11, 2012 11:32 AM

          Sorry, misunderstood.

          good luck

          jim

      2. kaleokahu RE: LaureltQ Jan 11, 2012 07:57 AM

        Propane?

        1. Peg RE: LaureltQ Jan 11, 2012 12:04 PM

          I don't know what is available in the US, but in Europe Siemens do a silver induction hob - maybe they do ranges too?
          Silver isn't standard though - I had to get one shipped from Germany to the UK - and the first 2 broke en route.

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            SWISSAIRE RE: Peg about 7 hours ago

            Hi Peg -

            You beat me to it.

            In addition to the Silver Siemens unit Peg ordered, and a few seen in Asia, there is also an induction cooktop made to look like Ubatuba granite itself.

            Unlike a standard gas or electric cooktop, induction units don't require as much cleaning, especially if you keep the pots and pans stable, avoid boil-overs and sauce burns, and use paper towels.

            The Jenn-Aire gas cooktop we owned when I was working in California looked great when we bought it ( why was it so discounted ? ) until we found we had to scour clean it after each meal ( Ah-ha, that was why ). That unit was replaced with a gas Gaggennau unit in black, for the obvious reason.

            So this should be avoided with a white or silver induction cooktop, which perhaps Peg will let us see in time with a few photos.

            I have seen one of the Ubatuba models and the concept is great. We didn't purchase it as we have dark black granite on the countertop, and the black induction cooktop was fine in that combination.

            Please keep in mind that these are usually European 220-240v models, and if ordering, one has to make allowances for such electrical mains additions.

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            rewok RE: LaureltQ Jan 11, 2012 03:41 PM

            In Canada, the Kenmore induction range is available in white (not the Kenmore Elite however). It is not a slide-in, the controls are on the back, but unless you're really against the look, it should fit into your current cabinets. Maybe you could import it to the US, depending on how close you are to the border? It's pretty strange actually that it's only available here, you got the Kenmore Elite at least a year before us...

            I have that unit in SS, and love it! It was one of the most afffordable option for induction, great control, a few options in the oven, ...

            http://www.sears.ca/product/kenmore-m...

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              LaureltQ RE: rewok Jan 11, 2012 06:06 PM

              Good to know! It's definitely an option, but I really do prefer the look of the slide-in (it's much cleaner and a hair higher end looking) and would require that we have someone out to remove the back part of the countertop that goes behind the range, but it's better than no induction!

              I guess we'll see what's available by the time we are ready to seriously start looking.

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                subal RE: LaureltQ Jan 11, 2012 10:21 PM

                US induction units are 208v, 3 phase.
                If bringing form out of country, check range power requirements.

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                  mdgolfbum RE: subal Jan 12, 2012 08:07 AM

                  My GE Profile induction is just the normal 220/240 volt unit.

                  Dropped right in place of my previous cooktop with an upgrade to the breaker. Wiring was already big enough.

                  jim

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                  rewok RE: LaureltQ Jan 12, 2012 05:57 PM

                  I agree with you, slide-ins do look a bit higher end to me as well! However, slide-in units available in Canada at the time we were shopping (a Kenmore Elite & an Electrolux) were at least 1000$ more than the freestanding. I chose with my head, not my heart...

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                    BFcook RE: LaureltQ Dec 24, 2012 09:21 PM

                    Hi...I'm very curious what you decided to do.
                    I too have a white slide in ceramic range, and want a white induction slide in range. No other color will work, period.
                    I also don't want to switch to a conventional range style with the raised back...I think it makes the kitchen look cheaper, I don't want to reach over hot pots to change temperature, shut off oven etc. (never made sense to me...seems like a safety issue), I would have to cut out part of the granite, etc. too much work, too much possibility of problem.
                    Also, as there is no cabinet there now. Ther is no place to put a cooktop and separate oven.
                    Sounds like we have the same problem...so what did you do???
                    Happy holidays.

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                  badtz RE: LaureltQ Jun 29, 2012 10:29 PM

                  I'm caught in the same dilemma, the closest thing I can find that'll fit with the all-white kitchen is the 30/36" induction "mirror finish" tops from Thermador. The only issue is that only the black version comes frameless, so they don't sit flush with the countertop :( sigh! ALMOST!!!!! I think the mirror finish will be the closest we'll get in the US market that'll go best with a white kitchen.

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                    EvelynInduction RE: LaureltQ about 21 hours ago

                    here you will find a list with white induction cooktops that can be found in 2014
                    http://www.magneticcooky.com/find-whi...

                    The price is in the 1000-2000 usd range.

                    Of course threre is a white induction cooktop from Electrolux which is 10.000 usd, I wonder what have they used to built that induction cooktop so cost so much

                     
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