Recommended Brand for Induction Range
If price were no object, what induction cooktop range would you buy?
Here's the background to that question: We just bought a condo that forbids installing gas cooktops. I've used gas cooktop all my married life (nearing our 48th anniversary) so I'm less than thrilled with the electric cooktop installed now. I'm considering buying a range with an induction cooktop.
I've cooked with a Viking double oven for the last two years and I love it, especially the precision of the thermostat and the old-fashioned knob controls. I'm tempted to buy a Viking induction cooktop range so, at least, the oven would be a known quantity. However, I came across a thread with several complaints about quality and customer issues with Viking's induction cooktop. None of the complaints was newer than 2 years old, and some of the posts go back four years. Does anyone have recent experience with a Viking induction range or cooktop?
There are numbers of posts about the Viking induction range (range, not cooktop) at the gardenweb appliances forum. Those folks seem happy with their ranges. Here's a link:
The induction-range-owner who started that thread has offered to answer questions if you want to e-mail him directly. He's had his Viking range for about a year now.
There is a lot to like about the Viking induction range -- clean design, knob controls, color finishes etc. -- and, so far, there have not been any reports at Gardenweb of problems with the induction ranges and (IIRC) no recent reports of problems with cooktop/rangetop units. However:
(a) the Viking induction range is very expensive. $7K for stainless, white or black finishes, more for other colors. OTOH, the owner who started the linked thread makes a persuasive case for buying what you like, rather like the case for buying Italian sports cars, lol;
(b) the stove is very heavy (like 450 pounds heavy), so maybe not so good in older houses with joisted kitchen floors; and
(c) Viking was recently acquired by Middleby Group, numbers of employees have left, and new directions are as yet unclear, all of which may of some concern until the dust settles.
If you are looking for recommended brands of induction ranges by other manufacturers, the most favorably received and most widely discussed at the Gardenweb site are:
Electrolux Wave-Touch slide-in EW30IS65JS
GE PHS925 (slide-in) and PHS925 (freestanding). Numbers of long threads on each with a lot of info and photos.
I've had that GE for over a year now and have been very happy with it (once they replaced the defective oven temp sensor, which was of course under warranty). Wide range of hob sizes and temp levels, easy to clean, huge oven. I particularly like the internal probe option - when a roast reaches the desired temperature (like 120°F for rare roast beef) it not only sounds an alarm, it shuts off the oven.