14 best induction cookers — Rating 2022


Features, advantages and disadvantages of induction cookers

To begin with, we will briefly describe the prin­ci­ple of oper­a­tion and the impor­tant nuances of the oper­a­tion of induc­tion cook­ers for those who have not yet encoun­tered this type of house­hold kitchen appli­ances.

So, the eas­i­est way to explain the prin­ci­ple of action is by the exam­ple of “from the oppo­site”, that is, in con­trast to ordi­nary elec­trolytes. How an idle elec­tric stove works is obvi­ous. The heat­ing ele­ment (spi­ral or heat­ing ele­ment) phys­i­cal­ly heats up itself and trans­fers ther­mal ener­gy to the dish­es installed on the burn­er. In an induc­tion cook­er, the prin­ci­ple is com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent. The ener­gy source is not a heat­ing ele­ment, but an induc­tion coil (or sev­er­al), which cre­ates a strong elec­tro­mag­net­ic field, from the effect of which the met­al uten­sils them­selves are already heat­ed. That is, once again — the burn­er remains con­di­tion­al­ly cold, and heat is gen­er­at­ed only in the dish­es them­selves.

This prin­ci­ple of oper­a­tion impos­es its own nuances on the way the stove is used and the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the dish­es for cook­ing. So, only pots and pans with cer­tain prop­er­ties are suit­able for an induc­tion cook­er. For exam­ple, an alu­minum pan on such a stove will not heat up, but only one that has at least a met­al insert with pro­nounced fer­ro­mag­net­ic prop­er­ties. Check­ing the com­pat­i­bil­i­ty of dish­es is sim­ple — by whether a mag­net will “stick” to it, includ­ing any of those that we often bring from trav­els and attach to the walls of the refrig­er­a­tor.

If chang­ing the dish­es to those com­pat­i­ble with an induc­tion cook­er is not a prob­lem, then anoth­er nuance of this kind of kitchen appli­ances can already cre­ate incon­ve­nience. The fact is that the induc­tion cook­er is real­ly capa­ble of hold­ing a cer­tain tem­per­a­ture quite accu­rate­ly, but at the same time, fine adjust­ment in many mod­els is either not avail­able at all, or is cre­at­ed by peri­od­ic auto­mat­ic on-off burn­ers. That is why the pos­si­bil­i­ty of mul­ti-stage tem­per­a­ture con­trol, plus the qui­et oper­a­tion of the relay, large­ly affects the cost of the induc­tion cook­er.

And anoth­er impor­tant advan­tage of “induc­tion” is min­i­mal loss­es and much high­er effi­cien­cy than elec­tric and gas stoves. Indeed, on an induc­tion cook­er, the dish­es heat up to the desired tem­per­a­tures, if not instant­ly, then cer­tain­ly many times faster than on gas and elec­tric mod­els.

Rating of the best induction cookers

The best desktop induction cookers

The first selec­tion of induc­tion cook­ers rec­om­mend­ed by our experts is ded­i­cat­ed to table­top mod­els. Their advan­tages are obvi­ous — it is mobil­i­ty. The table­top stove can be eas­i­ly moved from place to place, plugged into the near­est out­let, and it will work. Such options are opti­mal for tem­po­rary use — for exam­ple, when repair­ing or set­tling in a tem­po­rary place of res­i­dence. But often they are used for many years, guid­ed by a vari­ety of con­sid­er­a­tions.

REDMOND RIC-4601

Rat­ing: 4.4

REDMOND RIC-4601

The tour of the best induc­tion cook­ers from Exper­tol­ogy will be opened by the most inex­pen­sive, most com­pact and, accord­ing­ly, the most mobile cook­er in the review — the sin­gle-burn­er REDMOND RIC-4601. The REDMOND trade­mark is Russ­ian, owned by Technopoisk. Prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured in South­east Asian coun­tries on a con­tract basis and gen­er­al­ly receive pos­i­tive feed­back from users for a com­bi­na­tion of afford­able price and prac­ti­cal effect.

The body dimen­sions of this mini stove are 27.6x35.8x6.4 cm and weight is 2.2 kg. Net­work cable 1.3 m long, imme­di­ate­ly with a plug for a Euro-for­mat sock­et, per­ma­nent­ly attached. The body on the sides and in the low­er part is plas­tic, the hob itself is made of glass-ceram­ic.

A few words about the sur­face mate­ri­als that in induc­tion cook­ers are in direct con­tact with the cook­ware. Although in this type of stoves it is not the sur­face that is ini­tial­ly heat­ed, but the dish­es, some of the heat still pass­es to the sur­face. There­fore, glass-ceram­ic is most often used as a mate­r­i­al. In all sub­se­quent mod­els in the review, which we will con­sid­er, the con­tact sur­face is exact­ly the same with rare excep­tions, so we will not repeat our­selves.

The pow­er con­sump­tion of the device is 1600 W. With­in this indi­ca­tor, 8 pow­er lev­els are imple­ment­ed, which can be adjust­ed. Sep­a­rate­ly, 6 pro­grams for cook­ing dif­fer­ent types of dish­es, quick boil­ing of water, heat­ing and oth­er pur­pos­es are “stitched”. The pres­ence of dish­es on the sur­face in all induc­tion cook­ers is auto­mat­i­cal­ly detect­ed, and if you remove the pot or pan, the elec­tro­mag­net­ic field is turned off. There is a timer up to three hours in incre­ments of 1 minute, which is also very con­ve­nient.

Switch­ing on / off and select­ing pro­grams is car­ried out using mem­brane-type elec­tron­ic but­tons. The modes are dis­played on a com­pact back­lit LED or LCD screen, depend­ing on the ver­sion. The con­trol pan­el is com­plete­ly cov­ered with a durable poly­mer film, so this stove is easy to clean, like many oth­er mod­els — just wipe the sur­face and the pan­el, option­al­ly with deter­gent.

There are minor incon­ve­niences that may be asso­ci­at­ed with the oper­a­tion of the stove. There are legs here, but they are plas­tic, and the stove, when installed on a hard glossy sur­face, can slide. Indi­vid­ual users sub­ject the stove to a sim­ple “upgrade” by glu­ing non-slip noz­zles to the legs. Also, there is no device for wind­ing the pow­er cord in the case.

And anoth­er nuance con­cerns cook­ing — unfor­tu­nate­ly, there is no ful­ly man­u­al mode, that is, you can­not sim­ply set the pow­er and time. To cook any­thing, you must first select a spe­cif­ic cook­ing pro­gram, and adjust the para­me­ters as part of its imple­men­ta­tion. This is unusu­al, but users quick­ly get used to this fea­ture.

Advantages

  • the most com­pact;
  • the most afford­able price;
  • ease of use;
  • 8 pow­er lev­els and 6 cook­ing pro­grams;
  • timer up to 3 hours in 1 minute incre­ments;
  • ease of care.

Flaws

  • you can not cook com­plete­ly in man­u­al mode;
  • weak anti-slip prop­er­ties of the legs.

ENDEVER Skyline IP-44

Rat­ing: 4.5

ENDEVER Skyline IP-44

The selec­tion will con­tin­ue with the two-burn­er induc­tion cook­er of the ENDEVER trade­mark. The brand is owned by the inter­na­tion­al group of com­pa­nies Kro­max Group. The com­pa­ny is for­mal­ly Swedish, but there is much to say that its real ori­gin is still Russ­ian. As in the case of REDMOND, this brand pro­duces high-qual­i­ty and inex­pen­sive house­hold appli­ances and elec­tri­cal equip­ment. The mod­el is not even twice as expen­sive as the pre­vi­ous one, but the func­tion­al­i­ty is ready to offer a much wider one.

The stove con­sists of two com­plete­ly sep­a­rate and inde­pen­dent elec­tri­cal mod­ules with the same inde­pen­dent con­trol pan­els, com­plete­ly iden­ti­cal in appear­ance and func­tion. Each of the two burn­ers has its own con­trol but­tons, its own dis­plays, and even their own pow­er but­tons. The dimen­sions for such a dou­ble for­mat are quite com­pact — 60.5x36x4.5 cm. The mate­ri­als are the same as the pre­vi­ous ver­sion — a plas­tic case and a glass-ceram­ic con­tact sur­face.

Despite the fact that “kitchen” glass ceram­ics is a very, very durable mate­r­i­al, its pos­si­bil­i­ties are also not unlim­it­ed. There­fore, the man­u­fac­tur­er clear­ly warns that the max­i­mum load on one side of the hob should not exceed 20 kg. On the oth­er hand, on a square mea­sur­ing 29x27.5 cm (name­ly, the use­ful area of ​​​​the active sur­face under one burn­er) is quite dif­fi­cult to place some­thing heav­ier than 20 kg, but just in case, this lim­i­ta­tion must be remem­bered.

Accord­ing to the mod­el pass­port, the rec­om­mend­ed diam­e­ter of the dish­es should be in the range from 12 to 29 cm. No one for­bids plac­ing some­thing small­er or larg­er in diam­e­ter, this does not pose any dan­ger (sub­ject to a safe weight), but heat­ing can then be unsta­ble.

The pow­er con­sump­tion of each induc­tion hob is 2200 W for each of the two sur­faces sep­a­rate­ly. Just like the pre­vi­ous sin­gle-burn­er mod­el, there are ready-made cook­ing pro­grams here, and sep­a­rate­ly the pos­si­bil­i­ty of step-by-step pow­er changes.

In addi­tion, there is also a timer and some use­ful ser­vice func­tions: the con­trol pan­el lock but­ton — as a rule, against chil­dren’s access, but can also be used to pre­vent acci­den­tal press­ing and sub­se­quent fail­ure in cook­ing mode. In case of over­heat­ing or a pow­er surge, the stove is equipped with an auto­mat­ic safe­ty shut­down func­tion. There are two cool­ing fans here — one for each sur­face.

Advantages

  • auto­mat­ic cook­ing pro­grams;
  • man­u­al step change of pow­er;
  • pro­tec­tive shut­down;
  • child con­trol lock;
  • con­ve­nient loca­tion of the con­trol pan­el at an angle;
  • sim­ple con­trol;
  • ease of care;
  • val­ue for mon­ey and func­tion­al­i­ty.

Flaws

  • some users are annoyed by the cool­ing noise.

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Kitfort KT-105

Rat­ing: 4.6

Kitfort KT-105

The next induc­tion cook­er in our review is also a com­pact two-zone, Russ­ian brand Kit­fort. Under this brand, there are also many sam­ples of good and inex­pen­sive house­hold appli­ances. How­ev­er, here, as in many oth­er cas­es with domes­tic brands, and, thanks to glob­al­iza­tion, with many oth­ers, you need to be inter­est­ed in a spe­cif­ic mod­el, and not a whole series, before buy­ing a spe­cif­ic prod­uct.

Our experts rec­om­mend tak­ing this warn­ing into account on a “live” exam­ple of anoth­er mod­el — Kit­fort KT-104. This one and the one that we will con­sid­er dif­fer in the name only by a sin­gle index dig­it, and in a tech­ni­cal sense, the dif­fer­ence between them is sig­nif­i­cant. And there is even a fatal tech­ni­cal mis­cal­cu­la­tion in the KT-104 mod­el, which as a result led to the effect of heat­ing along the cir­cum­fer­ence, that is, along the ring, and not over the entire area of ​​​​the con­di­tion­al burn­er. That is why, despite the much more afford­able price, we still rec­om­mend the Kit­fort KT-105 stove, since fatal tech­ni­cal mis­cal­cu­la­tions have been elim­i­nat­ed in it.

In addi­tion to “work­ing on the bugs”, the devel­op­ers have sig­nif­i­cant­ly improved the design of the plate. It even sim­pli­fied to some extent, acquir­ing fash­ion­able min­i­mal­ism and strict angu­lar forms in our time. But, with­out a doubt, the stove began to look much more styl­ish. On the oth­er hand, not every­one liked the inevitable solu­tion for such a form fac­tor — to replace the mem­brane con­trol but­tons with touch ones.

The dimen­sions of the device are 60x36x7 cm. Please note that in the pho­to the stove looks styl­ish and rel­a­tive­ly thin, but in fact 7 cen­time­ters of thick­ness is quite a lot, and this must be tak­en into account before buy­ing when plan­ning the instal­la­tion site. The touch pan­el is in the same plane with the hob. The sur­face mate­r­i­al is glass-ceram­ic.

The pow­er con­sump­tion of one burn­er is 2000 W, two can be turned on simul­ta­ne­ous­ly with the cool­ing fans run­ning. Func­tion­al con­trol but­tons are dupli­cat­ed for each side.

With the con­trol pan­el, anoth­er unfin­ished moment appeared. There is a “lock” but­ton here, which should work as a child lock. In fact, its effec­tive­ness is doubt­ful, since it is ele­men­tary to turn it on and off with a light touch. This is espe­cial­ly notice­able when clean­ing the stove after cook­ing — users press the “lock” to calm­ly wipe the sur­face and pan­el, and the lock is turned off at the first touch of the same but­ton.

Advantages

  • sev­er­al auto­mat­ic pro­grams;
  • sep­a­rate modes of pow­er adjust­ment;
  • timer with con­ve­nient set­ting;
  • pro­tec­tive shut­down;
  • sim­ple con­trol;
  • sim­ple care;
  • styl­ish look.

Flaws

  • defect with the “lock” but­ton;
  • some users do not rec­og­nize touch con­trol but­tons, pre­fer­ring mem­brane ones to them.

Ginzzu HCI-241

Rat­ing: 4.7

Ginzzu HCI-241

And again, a two-sec­tion induc­tion cook­er, but in a dif­fer­ent form fac­tor. We pay so much atten­tion to two-burn­er stoves, as in the desk­top ver­sion they are the most con­ve­nient, inex­pen­sive, and there­fore in demand. But this mod­el is uni­ver­sal. It is suit­able for both desk­top instal­la­tion due to the pres­ence of legs, and for embed­ding due to the appro­pri­ate shape. Appli­ance man­u­fac­tur­er Ginz­zu is a rel­a­tive­ly young Tai­wanese com­pa­ny found­ed in 2009.

In addi­tion to the men­tioned form, suit­able for embed­ding, it also has a “por­trait ori­en­ta­tion”, that is, in rela­tion to the user, the func­tion­al sur­faces are placed “along” — one clos­er, the oth­er far­ther. This form fac­tor in the peo­ple has long been called “domi­noes”. And in this case, such an arrange­ment does not affect the clear delin­eation of the con­trol pan­el, where all ele­ments, includ­ing the LED dis­play, are dupli­cat­ed for each con­di­tion­al burn­er.

The main dif­fer­ence between this mod­el and the pre­vi­ous two-sec­tion ones is that here the con­di­tion­al burn­ers dif­fer in max­i­mum pow­er: the near one is up to 1300 W, the far one is up to 1800 W. They can work at the same time. Here, too, auto­mat­ic pro­grams are pro­vid­ed, a step change in pow­er (sep­a­rate­ly for each of the two active sur­faces), sep­a­rate but­tons for com­plete­ly turn­ing off the pan­els. Also, the con­trol pan­el can be blocked from unwant­ed access. For con­ve­nience of prepa­ra­tion there is a timer with a delay up to 99 min­utes. To con­trol the modes, there are two two-char­ac­ter LED mini-dis­plays. The dis­plays show index­es of modes and menu items, as well as ser­vice infor­ma­tion, for exam­ple, a mes­sage about resid­ual heat — the let­ter “H”.

The plate dimen­sions are 29.4x52.4x9 cm. The design is styl­ish, min­i­mal­is­tic, the sur­face is com­plete­ly sol­id and even. The con­trol pan­el is in the same plane with the cook­ing sec­tions, that is, it is easy and sim­ple to care for the stove. Although the stove is posi­tioned, and in fact is, uni­ver­sal in terms of instal­la­tion, the man­u­fac­tur­er clear­ly ini­tial­ly con­ceived it as only built-in. This can be seen from how high qual­i­ty the slab looks from above, and how casu­al­ly and even clum­si­ly the view appears on those parts that would be hid­den when embed­ded. But this is only a “cos­met­ic” moment, not relat­ed to the func­tion­al­i­ty.

Advantages

  • domi­no for­mat (for those who are com­fort­able with it);
  • uni­ver­sal form fac­tor for built-in or desk­top instal­la­tion;
  • over­heat pro­tec­tion;
  • resid­ual heat indi­ca­tion;
  • con­trol pan­el lock;
  • timer for 99 min­utes;
  • styl­ish design.

Flaws

  • there are com­plaints about noisy cool­ing, but not too per­sis­tent;
  • “Cos­met­ic” assem­bly flaws.

Gorenje ICE3500DP

Rat­ing: 4.8

Gorenje ICE3500DP

An inter­est­ing and styl­ish mod­el pro­duced by the Sloven­ian com­pa­ny Goren­je will com­plete the selec­tion of the best desk­top induc­tion cook­ers accord­ing to Exper­tol­ogy. It is almost the most expen­sive in the selec­tion (Ginz­zu HCI-241 is slight­ly more expen­sive), but it has some advan­tages that at first seem not obvi­ous. Plus, a well-known Euro­pean brand, although recent­ly owned by a Chi­nese state-owned com­pa­ny.

The dimen­sions of the device are 60.5x37x4.5 cm, as you can see, the plate is quite thin, plus a styl­ish mod­ern design, a shape with round­ed edges — all this adds to the visu­al advan­tages of the plate. The sur­face is also glass-ceram­ic. The plate weighs 4.8 kg, in the pack­age — 5.8 kg.

The total pow­er of con­nect­ing the plate is 3.5 kW. But at the same time, the rat­ed pow­er of each of the cook­ing sec­tions is 2 kW. Through a con­ve­nient touch pan­el with dis­plays, the pow­er is adjust­ed between tem­per­a­tures of 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210 and 240 °C. You can focus pre­cise­ly on the tem­per­a­ture val­ues, with­out under­stand­ing the not quite intu­itive watts, as is often the case in oth­er stoves. At the same time, this mod­el real­ly accu­rate­ly brings the dish­es to the desired tem­per­a­ture and clear­ly holds it.

The main dif­fer­ence between the mod­el and many bud­get options is that here the con­trol is man­u­al, with­out auto­mat­ic pro­grams. In any case, these pro­grams are not com­plete­ly suit­able for most users, and in any case, it is often nec­es­sary to bring the pre­pared dish “to con­di­tion” man­u­al­ly, but tak­ing into account the lim­i­ta­tions of the cook­ing pro­gram. Here, there is no such prob­lem, and you can ini­tial­ly cook in the usu­al way, as is done on the same gas stove. How­ev­er, a small por­tion of users lack automa­tion.

Of the addi­tion­al ser­vice func­tions, there is a timer that can be set for up to 180 min­utes, and after it is trig­gered, the stove will turn off. In the same way, you can set the shut­down time for each sec­tion sep­a­rate­ly. Delayed start is not pro­vid­ed here. There is a nor­mal and effec­tive pro­tec­tion against chil­dren, plus the same auto­mat­ic shut­down as in any oth­er induc­tion cook­er — when you remove the dish­es, the cor­re­spond­ing sec­tion auto­mat­i­cal­ly turns off.

Anoth­er point worth know­ing is that the stove, when con­nect­ed to the out­let, does not turn off com­plete­ly, but goes into some form of stand­by mode, in which the indi­ca­tor on the con­trol pan­el flash­es.

Advantages

  • com­par­a­tive­ly thin;
  • ful­ly man­u­al mode con­trol;
  • tem­per­a­ture adjust­ment with­in sev­en val­ues;
  • pre­cise tem­per­a­ture main­te­nance at the set lev­el;
  • con­ve­nient slid­er reg­u­la­tion;
  • timer for 180 min­utes for each burn­er sep­a­rate­ly;
  • pro­tec­tion from chil­dren;
  • styl­ish design.

Flaws

  • ful­ly man­u­al con­trol of modes (for those who con­sid­er this a dis­ad­van­tage).

The best built-in induction cookers

The sec­ond selec­tion of the best induc­tion cook­ers of 2020 from Exper­tol­ogy is ded­i­cat­ed to built-in mod­els. This is the most com­mon and sought-after form fac­tor; hun­dreds and hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent mod­els with dif­fer­ent prices are avail­able on the Russ­ian mar­ket. Our experts select­ed two options from dif­fer­ent price cat­e­gories, focus­ing on objec­tive char­ac­ter­is­tics, as well as tak­ing into account feed­back from real users.

Weissgauff HI 640 BSC

Rat­ing: 4.6

Weissgauff HI 640 BSC

First, let’s look at the most inex­pen­sive mod­el in the selec­tion of the Weiss­gauff trade­mark. The brand is dili­gent­ly posi­tioned as Ger­man, there is even a leg­end about the founders with the names of Weiss and Gauff. In fact, the trade­mark has Russ­ian roots, but Weiss­gauff equip­ment is real­ly good, prac­ti­cal and suc­cess­ful­ly com­petes in the Russ­ian mar­ket with West­ern coun­ter­parts, pri­mar­i­ly in terms of prices.

In this case, we are deal­ing with a com­pet­i­tive mod­el not only in terms of price, but also in terms of qual­i­ty, design and func­tion­al­i­ty. Dimen­sions of the device — 59x52x6.20 cm, dimen­sions for instal­la­tion in kitchen fur­ni­ture — 56x49 cm. Weight — 10 kg. The design is min­i­mal­is­tic, mod­ern, the col­or is black. The sur­face is made of glass-ceram­ic. Such a mate­r­i­al will be used in almost all sub­se­quent stoves in the review, and the design also most­ly fol­lows the mod­ern min­i­mal­ist main­stream. The exter­nal design of the burn­ers is Cross-Zone, in the form of crossed thin lines.

As for the sur­face mate­r­i­al, it’s worth adding that it’s not just glass ceram­ics, but one of its best for­mu­las — Vit­ro Ceram­ic Glass, which is resis­tant to scratch­es, shock loads and sud­den changes in tem­per­a­ture.

This mod­el has 4 inde­pen­dent cook­ing zones. The total con­nec­tion pow­er is 7200 W. At the same time, all work­ing zones can be turned on simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, each work­ing at max­i­mum pow­er. In this way, you can cook 4 dish­es at once with­out wor­ry­ing about auto­mat­ic pow­er lim­i­ta­tion — as long as the pow­er sup­ply itself pro­vides suf­fi­cient cur­rent.

The work­ing zones are not equiv­a­lent in terms of max­i­mum pow­er: a pair with a pow­er range of 2–1500W, the oth­er pair is 2–2000W. The min­i­mum size of dish­es in diam­e­ter is 12 cm, the max­i­mum is 23 cm. Con­trol and adjust­ment is car­ried out using the touch pan­el. It is high­ly sen­si­tive, made using One Touch tech­nol­o­gy. Here, this means that the sen­so­ry areas will respond sen­si­tive­ly to touch the first time, even from cold or wet hands. The prin­ci­ple of con­trol is touch-slid­er, that is, you can con­trol it with “taps” or slid­ing move­ments.

The plate allows you to adjust the pow­er of each work­ing area with­in as many as 9 posi­tions. This allows you to fine-tune the desired heat­ing tem­per­a­ture of the dish­es. And the stove will already keep the set tem­per­a­ture with­in an extreme­ly nar­row frame­work.

Advantages

  • con­tin­u­ous heat­ing;
  • high total pow­er of 7.2 kW;
  • touch-slid­er con­trol;
  • sen­si­tive touch pan­el (One Touch tech­nol­o­gy);
  • 9 pow­er lev­els;
  • timer for 99 min­utes;
  • resid­ual heat indi­ca­tion;
  • spec­tac­u­lar appear­ance.

Flaws

  • there may be con­nec­tion dif­fi­cul­ties (dif­fer­ent con­nec­tion schemes, you may need to replace the pow­er cable).

Hotpoint-Ariston IKIA 640 C

Rat­ing: 4.7

Hotpoint-Ariston IKIA 640 C

The sec­ond num­ber in the selec­tion is the British-Scan­di­na­vian Hot­point-Aris­ton “com­bi­na­tion” induc­tion cook­er, which has been owned by the Amer­i­can tech­nol­o­gy giant Whirpool since rel­a­tive­ly recent­ly. It is slight­ly more expen­sive than the pre­vi­ous mod­el, but is in almost great demand, large­ly due to the increased and not unrea­son­able trust in the brand.

This is also a four-sec­tion plate with dimen­sions of 58x51x5.60 cm, designed for embed­ding in a niche with sides 56x49 cm. Weight with­out pack­ag­ing — 10 kg. The sur­face mate­r­i­al is still the same deep black glass-ceram­ic, easy to clean and main­tain. There are no frames, nei­ther plas­tic nor met­al, which is good. Glass thick­ness — 3 mm. The design is dom­i­nat­ed by the same min­i­mal­ism and dis­creet but effec­tive style as most oth­er mod­els, regard­less of price. There are mod­i­fi­ca­tions in white, and depend­ing on the point of sale, they may dif­fer in cost.

Four burn­ers of the stove are placed in pairs accord­ing to the size of the work­ing sur­face, which is pro­por­tion­al to the diam­e­ter of the induc­tion coil — two burn­ers of 210 mm and two of 145 mm. The total con­nec­tion pow­er is 7.2 kW. With­in these lim­its, the stove sup­ports pow­er changes with­in 9 lev­els. Thus, all cook­ing options are cov­ered: slow “fire”, instant boil­ing, fast fry­ing, stew­ing and oth­er modes.

In addi­tion to the basic func­tions relat­ed to cook­ing, the stove has addi­tion­al fea­tures and ser­vice modes. This is an indi­ca­tion of resid­ual heat, a safe­ty shut­down in the event of a pow­er fail­ure or the stove itself, a child lock, and auto­mat­ic recog­ni­tion of dish­es.

For the cor­rect oper­a­tion of this mod­el, the con­di­tions of instal­la­tion and con­nec­tion must be strict­ly observed. So, the back part should not close­ly adjoin the kitchen apron (wall), the min­i­mum dis­tance is 10 cm. Then, under the pan­el between the facade of the kitchen set and the coun­ter­top, there should be a space of at least 5 cm — this is nec­es­sary for free air access to the tech­ni­cal equip­ment of the device and pre­vent over­heat­ing. These and oth­er con­di­tions are described in the doc­u­men­ta­tion, and non-com­pli­ance with them is often the only rea­son for mal­func­tions and unrea­son­able claims from users to the stove itself.

Advantages

  • trust­ed trade­mark;
  • qual­i­ty and reli­a­bil­i­ty;
  • high total pow­er;
  • 9 pow­er lev­els;
  • sim­ple and clear con­trol;
  • min­i­mal­is­tic yet effec­tive appear­ance.

Flaws

  • some users find the cool­ing noise uncom­fort­able.

See also: 6 best com­bi­na­tion stoves

Electrolux IPE 6453 KF

Rat­ing: 4.8

Electrolux IPE 6453 KF

The next built-in stove in our review is at least half the price of the pre­vi­ous one, depend­ing on the point of sale and lot, but it has a num­ber of impor­tant dif­fer­ences and clear advan­tages. We will start with them.

Although this is also a 4‑burner mod­el, there is an impor­tant dif­fer­ence here — one adja­cent pair of burn­ers can be com­bined into a sin­gle oval-shaped heat­ing zone. In this mode, the stove will even­ly heat large dish­es of the appro­pri­ate shape.

Then, here, the flex­i­ble com­pat­i­bil­i­ty of the burn­ers with the dimen­sions of the dish­es is deeply and sub­tly worked out. First­ly, the burn­ers them­selves are of dif­fer­ent sizes: for both left, the opti­mal diam­e­ter of the cook­ware is from 12.5 to 21 cm, for the front right — from 12.5 to 14.5 cm, for the back right — from 14.5 to 18 cm. But the most inter­est­ing thing is that the burn­ers are adap­tive, then there are adjust­ed to the dimen­sions of the spe­cif­ic installed dish­es, cre­at­ing the opti­mal diam­e­ter of the zone of vor­tex elec­tro­mag­net­ic impact, as far as it is tech­ni­cal­ly pos­si­ble.

Anoth­er use­ful and effec­tive fea­ture of the Elec­trolux IPE 6453 KF is Power­Boost, which means turn­ing on the burn­er at full pow­er for instant and max­i­mum heat­ing. This is extreme­ly con­ve­nient for those types of cook­ing where you first need clean boil­ing water, for exam­ple, for the same banal dumplings. The func­tion works effec­tive­ly — even in a large bowl, water boils lit­er­al­ly before our eyes.

In addi­tion to the main func­tion­al­i­ty, the stove also has addi­tion­al fea­tures for ser­vice and safe­ty: deter­mi­na­tion and indi­ca­tion of resid­ual heat accord­ing to a three-stage prin­ci­ple; timer; acoustic sig­nal; con­trol block­ing from access of chil­dren; eco-timer with shut­down; mechan­i­cal timer; com­plete shut­down of sig­nals; pause.

Let’s briefly go over the phys­i­cal para­me­ters of the plate. Its dimen­sions are 560×44×490 mm. It is one of the thinnest built-in cook­ers on the mar­ket. For built-in appli­ances, thick­ness often does not mat­ter if it is intend­ed to be installed in tra­di­tion­al kitchen sets. But if it is sup­posed to embed the stove in a thin coun­ter­top (for exam­ple, from such an expen­sive mate­r­i­al as nat­ur­al stone), then this moment becomes impor­tant.

The total pow­er of con­nect­ing the plate is 7350 W. Rat­ed pow­er burn­ers: for the left — 3.2 W each; at the front right — 2.5 W; at the back right — 2.8 watts.

Advantages

  • one of the thinnest
  • one pair of burn­ers can be com­bined into one oval heat­ing zone;
  • burn­ers are adjust­ed to the size of each spe­cif­ic dish;
  • func­tion of instant warm­ing up Power­Boost;
  • 3‑stage indi­ca­tion of resid­ual heat;
  • mechan­i­cal and eco-timer to turn off;
  • pro­tec­tion from chil­dren;
  • extreme­ly sim­ple intu­itive con­trol.

Flaws

  • qui­et acoustic sig­nal.

Bosch PIF672FB1E

Rat­ing: 4.8

Bosch PIF672FB1E

Now con­sid­er an even more expen­sive mod­el man­u­fac­tured by Bosch. This plate offers vir­tu­al­ly the same wide func­tion­al­i­ty as the pre­vi­ous one, but there is rea­son to assume high­er qual­i­ty of mate­ri­als and work­man­ship, increased qual­i­ty con­trol in pro­duc­tion as a whole. This series is assem­bled at the Bosch plant in Spain.

The first thing in which this stove dif­fers for the bet­ter even from such a mul­ti­func­tion­al mod­el as the Elec­trolux IPE 6453 KF is the sub­tle­ty of the pow­er set­tings. The pre­vi­ous mod­el had 9 of them, which is quite a lot, but here we have as many as 17! In fact, such a flex­i­ble set­ting almost com­plete­ly elim­i­nates the main dis­ad­van­tage of elec­tric stoves com­pared to gas stoves — the step­wise change in heat­ing inten­si­ty.

In addi­tion to flex­i­ble pow­er set­tings, there is anoth­er impor­tant inno­va­tion that takes this induc­tion cook­er to a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent lev­el of func­tion­al­i­ty and ease of use. Unlike cheap mod­els, in which stan­dard and often imper­fect cook­ing pro­grams are stored in mem­o­ry, a dif­fer­ent scheme is used here. The user can inde­pen­dent­ly set cer­tain tem­per­a­ture con­di­tions and save them in mem­o­ry. Then, if nec­es­sary, one or anoth­er heat­ing mode can be set lit­er­al­ly in a cou­ple of clicks, and for any burn­er. Com­bined with the timer oper­a­tion, this makes the hob extreme­ly flex­i­ble in terms of cook­ing automa­tion.

In addi­tion to the impor­tant and effec­tive inno­va­tions described, this mod­el has oth­er con­ve­nient fea­tures that are typ­i­cal for more expen­sive stoves. First­ly, this is the “tur­bo mode” of Power­Boost, when the pow­er is increased by 50% of the nom­i­nal max­i­mum, due to which there is instant heat­ing and light­ning-fast boil­ing of water. The Power­Boost mode can be applied to any hot­plate. Also in this stove it is pos­si­ble to expand the heat­ing zone by adding an addi­tion­al cir­cuit — such an oval burn­er is locat­ed in the upper left part.

Oth­er use­ful fea­tures of the device: stop­watch, timer with shut­down, child pro­tec­tion, ener­gy con­sump­tion dis­play, safe­ty shut­down, Pow­er­Man­age­ment, 2‑position indi­ca­tion of resid­ual heat sep­a­rate­ly for each work­ing sec­tion.

The dimen­sions of the “vis­i­ble” part of the plate are 60.60x52.70 cm, the required dimen­sions of the hole for embed­ding are 56x49 cm. The sur­face mate­r­i­al is high-qual­i­ty glass-ceram­ic with improved con­duc­tive prop­er­ties (High­Speed). The front edges are beveled, the sides are met­al pro­file.

Advantages

  • Euro­pean assem­bly;
  • 17 pow­er lev­els;
  • “tur­bo mode” Power­Boost for each burn­er;
  • 2‑stage resid­ual heat func­tion;
  • con­ve­nient touch-slid­er con­trol;
  • vari­able area of ​​the heat­ing zone on the left side;
  • sav­ing tem­per­a­ture set­tings;
  • appli­ca­tion of any tem­per­a­ture set­tings for any burn­er with one touch;
  • ener­gy effi­cien­cy.

Flaws

  • there are com­plaints about the hum of the trans­former at full pow­er.

Asko HI1994M

Rat­ing: 4.9

Asko HI1994M

And the selec­tion of the best built-in induc­tion cook­ers accord­ing to Exper­tol­ogy mag­a­zine will be com­plet­ed by the most expen­sive mod­el, which is almost three times more expen­sive than the already very expen­sive pre­vi­ous Bosch PIF672FB1E. How­ev­er, the price is jus­ti­fied, since sev­er­al pric­ing fac­tors con­verge here at once — an uncon­di­tion­al pre­mi­um class, a promi­nent man­u­fac­tur­er, top mate­ri­als, five burn­ers and wide func­tion­al­i­ty. Pro­duced in Slove­nia.

Let’s start with the most notice­able and impor­tant in gen­er­al — the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the burn­ers. There are five of them, and the most pow­er­ful — 5.5 kW is in the cen­ter. Its pur­pose is obvi­ous — cook­ing in large dish­es, includ­ing express cook­ing with extreme­ly fast heat­ing. The oth­er four burn­ers are locat­ed in the usu­al places — in the cor­ners. Their max­i­mum pow­er is the same — 3.7 kW each. This is less than the cen­tral one, but much high­er than many oth­er mod­els, not to men­tion the bud­get ones.

The size of the cen­tral burn­er is 26 cm, the rest are 18x22 cm. Pairs of burn­ers, two right and two left, can be com­bined accord­ing to tech­nol­o­gy and the Bridge prin­ci­ple into extend­ed zones for cook­ing in elon­gat­ed cook­ware.

Now about modes. There are slight­ly few­er options for stepped pow­er adjust­ment than the pre­vi­ous mod­el in the review, but still a lot — 13. And this is only about man­u­al adjust­ment, and yet Asko HI1994M also pro­vides 6 auto­mat­ic cook­ing pro­grams. Unlike sim­i­lar automa­tion in cheap induc­tion cook­ers, pro­grams and algo­rithms are much more deeply and thor­ough­ly thought out here, plus there is tem­per­a­ture con­trol. So for many, some pro­grams, or even all, will fit lit­er­al­ly right away with­out any man­u­al adjust­ments.

Addi­tion­al aux­il­iary func­tion­al­i­ty of the stove is ful­ly and ade­quate­ly pre­sent­ed: auto­mat­ic recog­ni­tion of dish­es; stop and start func­tion Stop&Go; timer with shut­down for each burn­er; safe­ty shut­down in case of over­heat­ing; switch off all burn­ers at the same time.

Plate dimen­sions — 90.40x52.20x4.30 cm, weight — 13.5 kg. The required dimen­sions of the hole for embed­ding are 86x49 cm. The sur­face mate­r­i­al is high-qual­i­ty glass-ceram­ic, easy to clean. It comes with a stan­dard cable, but rather short — only 1.1 m and with­out a plug for an out­let. At this point, some buy­ers com­plain, but this is actu­al­ly a tri­fle, since installing and con­nect­ing the stove in any case requires call­ing a spe­cial­ist — at your own per­il and risk, it is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed not to install or con­nect the stove with­out spe­cial qual­i­fi­ca­tions. The man­u­fac­tur­er’s war­ran­ty for this mod­el is 24 months.

Advantages

  • pre­mi­um class and promi­nent man­u­fac­tur­er;
  • Euro­pean assem­bly;
  • five burn­ers;
  • Bridge zones;
  • 13 pow­er lev­els;
  • 6 auto­mat­ic pro­grams;
  • stop&go func­tion;
  • tur­bo mode Boost­er;
  • 2 years man­u­fac­tur­ing war­ran­ty.

Flaws

  • short cable;
  • high price.

The best induction cookers with ovens

The third and final selec­tion in the review of the best induc­tion cook­ers of 2020 accord­ing to Exper­tolody mag­a­zine is ded­i­cat­ed to stoves in the usu­al sense, and not indi­vid­ual hobs. We are talk­ing about com­bined devices where the hob and oven are com­bined — this is exact­ly the form fac­tor of the stove with the oven, which is most rec­og­niz­able to each of us. Despite the increas­ing preva­lence of built-in inde­pen­dent hobs, the clas­sic for­mat of a free-stand­ing stove with an oven and a bot­tom draw­er for dish­es is still the most pop­u­lar.

GEFEST 6570–04 0057

Rat­ing: 4.7

GEFEST 6570-04 0057

Let’s start with a very bright prod­uct of the Belaru­sian plant Brestga­zoap­pa­rat, and it is bright in every sense — this is an inex­pen­sive stove that has enough func­tion­al­i­ty for most con­sumer requests, and in terms of design it looks no worse, and in some places even bet­ter than many import­ed ana­logues.

The over­all dimen­sions of the slab are 60x60x85 cm, the weight with­out pack­ag­ing is 49 kg, togeth­er with pack­ag­ing it is 55 kg. The design is real­ly styl­ish — deep black col­or, strict angu­lar shapes, the style is felt even in the details. The mate­r­i­al of the induc­tion part of the sur­face is the most com­mon glass-ceram­ic in this type of house­hold appli­ances.

The oven in this stove is inter­est­ing and mul­ti­func­tion­al in itself, but we still start with the hob. There are 4 burn­ers here. Their max­i­mum pow­er is dis­trib­uted as fol­lows: front right and rear left — 1400 W each; front left — 2000 W; rear right — 2300 watts. Touch con­trol, the front pan­el has a com­pact dis­play that dis­plays the clock, timer read­ings and indi­ca­tion of oper­at­ing modes. Addi­tion­al func­tions — indi­ca­tion of resid­ual heat and block­ing of man­age­ment against access of chil­dren.

Now let’s pay atten­tion to the oven, as it is worked out unex­pect­ed­ly well in this stove, includ­ing the pack­age. The heat­ing ele­ments in the oven are: the upper heat­ing ele­ment with a pow­er of 800 W; low­er heat­ing ele­ment with a pow­er of 1200 W and a grill heat­ing ele­ment with a pow­er of 1200 W. Sur­pris­ing­ly, in such an inex­pen­sive stove, the oven is equipped with a grill spit and plus a bar­be­cue grill. And since Jan­u­ary 2020, this mod­el also comes with a glass bak­ing dish. When order­ing, this point must be clar­i­fied, since there may be parts of dif­fer­ent batch­es in the ware­hous­es of stores.

In gen­er­al, the impres­sions of experts and users from this mod­el are pos­i­tive. The stove runs smooth­ly, and a light wipe after each use is enough to keep it clean — it takes a mat­ter of sec­onds, not even min­utes. Even the oven, although it does not have auto­mat­ic clean­ing or aux­il­iary func­tions, has an easy-to-clean coat­ing, so it is also easy to clean. The com­plete set of the oven is gen­er­al­ly wor­thy of spe­cial praise.

Almost the only nar­row point is the func­tion­al­i­ty of the induc­tion cook­er. It is rather lim­it­ed, there are no spe­cial frills like adap­tive sizes of heat­ing zones. But, it must be admit­ted, the price is extreme­ly com­pet­i­tive, and addi­tion­al func­tion­al­i­ty in any case requires addi­tion­al mon­ey.

Advantages

  • durable and easy-care glass-ceram­ic sur­face;
  • 4 burn­ers with dif­fer­ent max­i­mum pow­er;
  • bar­be­cue in the oven;
  • spit in the oven;
  • an option from the begin­ning of 2020 — a glass bak­ing dish (need to be spec­i­fied);
  • class A ener­gy effi­cien­cy;
  • spec­tac­u­lar appear­ance.

Flaws

  • rather lim­it­ed func­tion­al­i­ty of the induc­tion pan­el itself.

Beko FSM 69300 GXT

Rat­ing: 4.8

Beko FSM 69300 GXT

The sec­ond free­stand­ing induc­tion hob in our review is a more expen­sive mod­el from the well-known and super pop­u­lar Turk­ish brand Beko. In terms of func­tion­al­i­ty, it is not infe­ri­or to the pre­vi­ous one, sur­pass­ing it in places.

The dimen­sions of the plate are 60x60x85 cm. The mate­r­i­al of the met­al parts is stain­less steel, the nat­ur­al col­or is metal­lic sil­ver. Glass-ceram­ic induc­tion table — black. The over­all style is min­i­mal­is­tic high-tech, strict and ele­gant. Almost the only notice­able dis­ad­van­tage of this mod­el lies in the design of the plate — there is not enough solid­i­ty, and with inten­sive rub­bing, as well as when mov­ing, the struc­ture “walks”. But this does not affect the per­for­mance of the unit, you just need to remem­ber about the “ten­der­ness” of the sup­port­ing struc­ture, if nec­es­sary, move the plate.

The induc­tion hob con­sists of four work­ing zones. They dif­fer in size in pairs: two large ones in the back, and two small­er ones in front. Such an arrange­ment of some users seems unusu­al. But the dimen­sions them­selves and, accord­ing­ly, com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with the dimen­sions of the dish­es are cal­cu­lat­ed cor­rect­ly, so dur­ing oper­a­tion there is not even a pro­nounced down­time of a par­tic­u­lar burn­er. The total pow­er of the induc­tion hob is 7400 W. Pow­er is reg­u­lat­ed with­in 9 lev­els.

Now about the oven. Its vol­ume is 65 liters. Door with triple glaz­ing, that is, the pen­e­tra­tion of heat to the out­er sur­face will be min­i­mal. The low­er and upper heat­ing ele­ments work for heat­ing, plus a grill heat­ing ele­ment, plus anoth­er ven­ti­la­tion heat­ing mode. There is con­vec­tion. In total, depend­ing on the involve­ment of cer­tain func­tion­al ele­ments, the oven can oper­ate in 8 modes. There are no auto­mat­ic cook­ing pro­grams. The com­plete set of the oven is “stan­dard” — a reg­u­lar and deep bak­ing sheet, a wire rack. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, there are no such bonus­es as a skew­er or bar­be­cue.

Advantages

  • well-cal­cu­lat­ed sizes of burn­ers and zon­ing;
  • 9 pow­er lev­els;
  • pre­cise adjust­ment and sup­port of induc­tion heat­ing pow­er;
  • 8 modes of oper­a­tion of the oven;
  • styl­ish high-tech design;
  • triple glass oven door;
  • val­ue for mon­ey, per­for­mance and qual­i­ty.

Flaws

  • struc­tur­al weak­ness­es.

See also: 12 best elec­tric stoves with an oven

Smeg TR90IP9

Rat­ing: 4.9

Smeg TR90IP9

At the end of the review, we present you some­thing spe­cial. This is not just a stove, but, as it is posi­tioned on many resources and mar­ket­places, a “free­stand­ing cook­ing cen­ter.” Indeed, the clas­si­fi­ca­tion “stove” for a pre­mi­um device worth more than 300 thou­sand rubles at the end of 2020 is too small. But the lev­el of qual­i­ty and char­ac­ter­is­tics are appro­pri­ate here.

So experts of Exper­tol­ogy strong­ly rec­om­mend this smart solu­tion to wealthy peo­ple. And for those who can’t afford it yet, we’ll at least guide you on what to strive for. The promi­nent Ital­ian com­pa­ny Smeg pro­duces such top-end equip­ment, and the assem­bly is car­ried out in Italy itself with the strictest qual­i­ty con­trol.

So, the pre­mi­um class here is unmis­tak­ably notice­able even with a visu­al acquain­tance. A chic com­bi­na­tion of retro style in the facade with mod­ern “high-tech” ele­ments in the induc­tion part and fit­tings — all this is ful­ly con­sis­tent with the lev­el of the prod­uct. The qual­i­ty of mate­ri­als and assem­bly is also beyond doubt — this also becomes appar­ent in the very first min­utes of test runs. The name of the style with­in the series is Vic­to­ria.

The dimen­sions of all this beau­ty are large­ly sym­bol­ic — 90x60x90 cm. We will not go into details of the mate­ri­als, there are no ques­tions to the man­u­fac­tur­er here. The inter­est­ing begins already with pow­er con­sump­tion. Actu­al­ly, the ener­gy effi­cien­cy class here is high — A, but the absolute fig­ures are impres­sive. The total con­nec­tion pow­er is pro­hib­i­tive 14.3 kW. This must be tak­en into account before the pur­chase, so that in addi­tion to every­thing else, you do not have to change the wiring.

Now more about where all these kilo­watts go. The induc­tion hob includes five work­ing sec­tions-burn­ers. Front left and rear right 175 mm in diam­e­ter and 1.3 kW of pow­er; rear left and front right — 215 mm in size and 2.3 kW of pow­er; the cen­tral burn­er is the largest — 265 mm, but the same pow­er as the pre­vi­ous two — 2.3 kW. The boost­er mode is pro­vid­ed here, and it is dif­fer­ent for each burn­er. So, those with a rat­ed pow­er of 1.3 kW, in Boost­er mode, can “accel­er­ate” slight­ly, only up to 1.4 kW. But the oth­er three, includ­ing the cen­tral one, can already increase pow­er in enhanced mode up to 3 kW.

Now a few words about the oven. It impress­es already with its size — 115 liters. The sur­face inside is easy-to-clean enam­el, and the built-in func­tion of steam­ing the cham­ber also serves as an aid to clean­ing. There are five cook­ing lev­els, equipped with tele­scop­ic guides. The grill spit is also includ­ed. The oven door has triple glaz­ing.

Advantages

  • pre­mi­um class;
  • top Ital­ian brand;
  • Ital­ian assem­bly with the strictest qual­i­ty con­trol;
  • five dual-cir­cuit induc­tion hob burn­ers;
  • effec­tive Boost­er mode for each burn­er sep­a­rate­ly;
  • oven walls — Ever Clean easy-to-clean enam­el;
  • steam clean­ing of the oven;
  • oven spit includ­ed.

Flaws

  • exor­bi­tant cost.


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