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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Evolution of Induction

Ok...So I like this technology. It's better. Faster to heat, instant simmer, better child safety and it emits almost no heat in the kitchen. Thus, you do not need an expensive vent.

The first induction cooktop sold in the 90s was Diva (GE was actually the first in the 1980s but that doesn't count for many reasons). For a 36 inch cooktop the price was an inexpensive $4400. Then of course, others followed. Bosch, GE, Gaggenau and Electrolux. The price ranges now from $1600+ to $3,800.

For terms and definitions, you may want to look at the definitive electric range buyers guide

Induction ranges first were introduced by Viking of all companies at $6,000.

Then GE...I really like this one at $2500 with convection and two ovens.

Then Electrolux with the first slide in at $3199.

Then YESTERDAY...Frigidaire introduces a range with 2 induction burners, convection and warming drawer for $1699 (hint don't buy a regular electric range over $1699)

Hopefully, companies like Bosch and Whirlpool can enter the fray, so the price will decrease over time.


  1. Dan T.3:40 PM

    Nice to see these coming down in price!

    I wish GE would change the styling on the Profile line, though. Those curved windows are very 1996...

  2. Anonymous6:19 PM

    Hi, what's the model #? I don't see this range on frigidare's site?

  3. Don T: Curves are out? The appliance industry seems to be adopting them as a design element

  4. FPCF3091....Cant answer why Frigidaire doesnt have it

  5. Anonymous6:12 AM

    Kenmore had a induction stove top in 1984. My grandfather installed one then in 1988 my perents installed one. Sears even had a line of stainless steel cookware.

  6. Ge had one in the 80s as well...They manufactured it at an odd size, so it failed to sell. I think they OEMd for Kenmore

  7. Induction cooktops are so good. Much better to cook on anf as you say a lot safer than electric or gas especially when kids are involved.