An induction range is a smart, money- and energy-saving choice for your kitchen. People are gravitating toward them more and more since they boil water the fastest, sear as well as gas, and have an electric oven for precise baking.
However, finding an induction range that fits your needs and budget can be intimidating. There are hundreds of different models to choose from, at a variety of price points and in a range of design styles.
To make the process easier, we've carefully curated our top 5 induction ranges of 2022 to help you make a confident decision. Read on to learn the basics, then browse our favorites.
Induction Range in a Nutshell
For starters, let's breakdown the induction range. A range (also called a stove) has main compartments. The surface which is called the cooktop and the oven below.
The induction cooktop provides optimized, energy-efficient cooking at its best. How? That's a question we get all the time.
Basically, the induction element underneath the smooth glass surface of an induction stove heats your pot or pan directly when you turn the temperature up and down. In other words, the cooktop itself doesn't get hot; only your pot or pan does. That's the magic of induction.
And it's a major improvement over older electric cooking technology. Old-fashioned electric coil cooktops take much longer to react to temperature changes and waste heat around the perimeter of your cookware. Induction is less wasteful and more accurate than cooking over a gas flame, too. But that's just the beginning.
Other Induction Stove Benefits
1. Electric Oven: Bakers everywhere prefer electric ovens to gas—they're just more precise.
2. Easy Cleanup: No Barkeeper's Friend or Brillo required. Since it doesn't actually get hot like an typical electric stove, spills won't get burned on. An induction cooktop requires only a quick wipe down.
Some models are so advanced that they sport self-cleaning technology. Essentially, this does exactly what it sounds like: It's a chemical-free, steam-powered feature that keeps your cooktop clean and sanitary.
Electric ovens typically are self-cleaning too.
3. Built-In Safety: This has got to be our favorite thing. There's no heat unless there's a pot on top of one of the induction elements. As soon as the pot is removed or if the pot accidentally boils over, the heat turns off automatically. That makes induction much safer than traditional gas or electric ranges.
Pro Tip: Contrary to rumor, your pots and pans will work for induction cooking so long as a magnet sticks to the bottom and it's nice and flat. Many stainless steel pans work; so do cast iron ones.
Our Best Induction Range 2022 Picks
1. Most Reliable Induction Range: GE Profile PHS930YPFS
Our top pick for most people is this GE Profile 30-inch slide-in induction range.
This induction range checks most of our boxes when it comes to finding the perfect range. For starters, it's a slide-in range that is meant to replace a pre-existing freestanding range. Unlike other slide-ins, this range doesn't have a overhanging lip around the edge, meaning you can install it close to a wall on either side.
When it comes to cooking performance, this range features four burners plus a fifth one you can use as a warming area. You can also bridge (i.e., connect) two of the burner zones to accommodate larger pots and pans like a griddle, making for a more versatile stovetop.
The oven features true European convection for precise cooking and even heat. It also includes three oven racks and a storage drawer for added convenience.
In addition to the impeccable induction and convection range cooking, this appliance touts even more amazing features, like:
- Built-in Wi-Fi with SmartHQ app connection
- Guided cooking with sous-vide capability
- A convenient and easy-to-navigate user interface
- Precision air True Convection technology
- A convenient soft-close storage door
As of 2022, the GE Profile PHS930YPFS retails for $3,099, but promotional pricing may be available.
2. Upgrade You Would Like the Most: Cafe CHS950P2MS1
If you like the features of the previous GE Profile induction range but prefer knobs instead of touch controls, check out this 30-inch slide-in stove from GE sister brand Cafe.
The Cafe line, also manufactured by GE, is an upgrade to the company's Profile lineup. You'll notice that Cafe appliances have more design flair (like matte color option and metallic trims) and more chef-inspired cooking features, like the big round knobs. This double oven model has all the best features of our number-one pick and then some.
The range has a distinct pro-style look with physical knobs to control the burner elements in lieu of electronic touch controls, making it more intuitive to quickly change temperature settings. Together with the thick handles, they give the Cafe line a heavy-duty commercial feel.
You also get two ovens instead of just one, so you have the flexibility to cook two different dishes at the same time.
From a technology standpoint, this range is fully loaded. It features Hestan Cue technology, which, when connected to a compatible Hestan pan, allows you to set and keep a consistent temperature automatically. There's also Wi-Fi and smartphone app compatibility, so you'll have access to hundreds of video-guided recipes via GE Gourmet Cooking. It takes out the guesswork by adjusting temperature and time ratios all while teaching you new skills to up your cooking game.
Beyond Wi-Fi, Hestan Cue, and GE Gourmet Cooking, this Cafe induction stove touts other cutting-edge capabilities such as:
- Connectivity with home smart devices, like Google Home and Amazon Alexa
- Remote diagnostic tools for detecting problems to troubleshoot
- An 11-inch, 3,700-watt induction element to yield powerful heating
- Self-cleaning technology for painless maintenance
- A "Drop" list menu of built-in recipe settings for dynamic cooking
- Over 6.7 cubic feet of wide, ergonomic, and elegant oven space to bake your dream cakes and desserts—and a giant Thanksgiving turkey
Interested in sous vide cooking? You can also purchase compatible smart probe separately, just as you can with GE's Profile lineup.
As of this writing, you can clutch the Cafe CHS950P2MS1 for just shy of four grand ($3,953, on average) from most major retailers.
3. Budget Friendly Induciton Range: Frigidaire GCRI3058AF
Looking for an affordable but fully featured induction range? Check out this 30-inch freestanding range by Frigidaire.
This Frigidaire induction stove uses the industry standard when it comes to induction technology, providing precise heat to your cookware while keeping the surrounding areas cool to the touch. With its basic feature set and temperature control settings, you won’t be disappointed. You can expect even, consistent cooking, whether you're searing a steak or simmering a creamy sauce.
As the newest iteration of Frigidaire's induction range offers a long list of features in an affordable, accessible package. Here are some of the perks you'll get with the GCRI3058AF:
- An Air Fry mode, so you can make big batches of crispy appetizers for a crowd—not just five French fries at a time
- A true convection oven powered by three heating elements and a fan
- Fast, 30-minute self-cleaning steam technology
- A safe, focused induction surface that directs heat where it needs to go
The oven also boasts 5.4 cu. ft of storage capacity, so you can stow multiple large dishes right where you need them.
As for design, this range can work in practically any style of kitchen since it’s available in regular stainless steel or black stainless steel.
Currently, the Frigidaire GCRI3058AF is priced at $1,649, making it one of the most affordable induction ranges on this list.
4. Most Stylish: Samsung NE63T8911SS
This Samsung 30-inch slide-in induction range is a great mid-price option if you want more bang for your buck when it comes to features and modern design.
This Samsung slide-in induction range epitomizes sleek, modern style at a reasonable price point. It'll blend seamlessly into your kitchen for a built-in look without the hassle of a remodel.
We've only seen one other comparably sleek design—in a Bertazzoni range.
You'll notice the contemporary touches from the moment you reach to turn on the induction stovetop. You control this model using four large premium glass knobs, which ensure precise temperature control on its easy-to-use control panel.
Samsung induction offers something unique on the market: a blue virtual flame. It creates the illusion of gas cooking with a beaming blue virtual flame under your pots and pans, and, more practically, gives you a visual cue that the burner's on.
This range is also modern in a culinary sense, starting with its Wi-Fi connectivity. You can remotely monitor your cooktop and oven with peace of mind as long as you have a mobile device close by. You can also use the app to turn the unit on or off, start preheating, adjust the temperatures, and set a timer.
Its oven has a 6.3 cu. ft. cavity with a big fan for even convection cooking, which is also great for baking. If you’re a cooking enthusiast, aspiring chef or simply want to experiment with different types of cooking, Samsung offers a few specialized options such as proofing, dehydrating, and slow cooking. The three adjustable racks give you maximum flexibility whether you want to bake several sheets of cookies or a 30 lb. holiday turkey.
There's also a convenient warming drawer to keep your freshly cooked meals warm until you're ready to serve your friends and family.
Right now, the Samsung NE63T8911SS starts at $2,965.10.
5. Best Pro Performance: Miele HR16223ICTS
Want the best induction range money can buy? You want this Miele induction range.
Miele is a leader in many different appliance categories, from the kitchen to the laundry room. Induction ranges are among the German company's specialties. While Miele appliances do tend to have a sleek, modern appearance, they work beautifully in all kitchen types, from contemporary to traditional. To see examples, just take a look at some of our recent projects.
Both the cooktop and oven on this Miele induction range deliver premium performance features. Keep in mind, this is a powerful pro-style range, so the electrical requirements are a little bit higher than they'd be for a typical induction range. You'll need a 50 amp dedicated electric circuit to get this induction cooker going.
The cooktop features four independent cooking zones. On most induction ranges, you need to be careful what size cookware you use for each burner. For example, use a small pan on a large burner, and the pan won't heat sufficiently . However, the Miele cooktop surface can direct all of the power from its largest burner onto smaller pans, meaning you can use just about any size pan on any size burner.
Also, each burner on this Miele induction cooktop can be boosted, which means it can pull power from other zones to reach a hotter temperature more quickly. That allows you to boil water at as close to warp speed as possible.
In terms of durability, Miele tests its ranges to last for years to come. The manufacturer even drops a steel ball onto its stoves' induction surface from 12" inches above, just to make sure it's 100 percent resistant to cracking.
The oven performance is equally impressive. You'll get Miele's dual European convection—one of the best convection technologies out there. You also get the MasterChef guided cooking system, which gives you access to more than 100 pre-programmed recipes. With the responsive M-Touch touch screen display, simply select the food type, portion size, and temperature, and let the oven take it from there.
The Miele HR16222i currently retails for $8,299, but promotions may be available, including as part of a larger kitchen appliance package.
There are hundreds of induction ranges to choose from—it's confusing out there! We hope this article has given you a head start when it comes to selecting the best induction range for your home.
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