Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 122
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robert Awesome cooktop
My wife hates electric cooktops. She loves this cooktop.
She loves the even cooking when frying. It cleans up easily since any food that spills doesn't get cooked onto the surface. The surface will get hot as the pan will transfer heat back onto the cooktop but it's nowhere near as hot as an electric cooktop.
You do have to buy compatible cookware so keep that in mind if you're buying it. Aluminum won't work. If you can stick a magnet to the base, it should work. We bought some compatible pots and pans from Ross and Ikea so they don't have to be expensive. Some cheaper pans will emit a mild hum (sounds like the quiet hum from a florescent light fixture). It's not loud though. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't read about it first. Cast Iron will work as well.
We did some tests with it. After putting a pan on the cooktop and turning it on, I could feel heat emanating from the pan in about 10 seconds. We were able to bring a 3 qt sauce pan filled with water to a full boil in about 3 minutes and a 16 qt stock pot to a full boil in about 13 minutes.
If you're buying the 36", they require a 50 amp circuit so make sure you're wired for that. The 30" requires a 40 amp circuit.
The instructions for hooking it up were clear.
June 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Laws Excellent Cooktop
Fast, powerful, clean, great looking. I was skeptical until I read the CR reviews giving the highest scores ever for any cooktops to the induction models. (Only negative is the stainless frame that got scratched up in the first week of use - look at the frameless model.) I was a gas-only cook before; now, I wouldn't do anything but induction. Kitchen stays cool no matter how many boiling pots we have going. Almost no lost heat and energy to the atmosphere as with gas. All the energy goes directly to the pan. Low heat is constant and as low as you want to go. Low boil is foolproof. Simmer is perfect, no guessing. My spaghetti sauce simmers for hours at exactly the temperature I want. Impressed with this cooktop daily. Really unless you must have the look of gas, you have to check out induction.
September 21, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by klue Do Not Buy
Within the first 30 days of owning this cooktop it broken. Repairman came out 3 days later and informed us the computer system was completely shot. GE refused to replace the cooktop and would only replace the computer part. The computer part wasn't in stock and would take 30 days to come in. After days of constant arguing (and i mean constant arguing) they said they would either find the part or replace the cooktop within 7 days. The part didn't arrive so a new cooktop was installed another 7 days later. So this cooktop has spent more time broken then working - great product GE. The experience with customer service and the total product failure made me call Home Depot and take back the GE dishwasher we had just installed because the water wasn't draining fully and i can never trust GE or their customer service department. so that entire GE kitchen suite was sent back and i went with LG and boy am i happy. so heed my advice skip everything with a GE label and just go straight to LG
October 9, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by danko ok product, horrible support
looks good works good. i like induction. after about 8 months this unit would turn on by itself. called ge and a repairman was sent out. they would not cover repair as there was a scratch on the serial number( likely from instillation) they could not read the full number. even though i had the receipt(proof of purchase) they would not cover repair. so i am out $2000. will stay away from ge from now on. i am shocked that ge wont cover this as it can burn someones house down. already had a couple of pans burn up.
February 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wvnites Top notch
Easy to install. Works great very attractive . This was a Gift for my daughter and she loves it!
It may cost a little more then others but well worth it.
DH from West Virgina
December 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by pasfou Great cooktop
I strongly recommend it! It is much faster than gas, energy efficient, easy to clean and great looking .
July 6, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by InductionLover Induction cooking is the best!!
I love it, especially with the correct pans. I'm on my third set, trying to find the best for my preferences. I tried the tri-ply stainless, but due to sticking, it drove me crazy and I didn't want to re-learn how to cook with all stainless. I tried the non-stick pans with only the stainless base & they stink. They took too long to heat up and seemed to heat up only at the stainless base. I finally found stainless with a non-stick coating and now I am VERY pleased. The cooktop works like a dream and the clean up is extremely easy. The simmer (L) function will keep food warm for hours and not overcook. The high (H) function will boil your water in seconds to minutes (depending on the pan size). I don't like knobs, so the touch feature is better, but your fingers must be dry to use them. Any moisture cancels out your touch and they won't work. It would've been nice to have the burners outlined a little more. You can barely tell where the burner is, unless a light is shining down on the cooktop. I'm not sure about the efficiency but assume it will be better than electric. The built in timer is a nice bonus feature. My only wish is that we would've gotten this sooner.
September 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robert So much better than electric
We bought this cooktop from Home Depot about 1 year ago. It's been holding up well. My wife hated the electric cooktop and wanted gas but our house wasn't piped for gas. It would have cost quite a bit to run gas. But she loves this induction cooktop.
Some nice things about induction:
food doesn't stick to the cooktop. Since the cooktop doesn't get as hot as a standard electric cooktop, spilled foods don't cook onto the cooktop. That makes for easy cleaning. There is some heat transfer from the pan to the cooktop but it's nowhere near as hot as an electric.
Heats like gas: The reaction time to when the pan starts heating is almost instantaneous. You put the pan on the top and you can feel the heat start to build up. .
Turns off automatically when you take the pot off the top.
It looks as good today as it did when we first bought it.
Some downsides that are common to all induction is that you have to have special pans. They have to be magnetic. If a magnet doesn't stick to the pot, base, it won't work on this cooktop. They don't have to be expensive. We found some pans from Ikea that work fine.
For the 36" cooktop, you'll need a 50 amp line. For the 30" it's a 40 amp.
The hook up was simple. 3 wires and you're done. Anyone competent with electrical should be able to hook it up for you if you're not comfortable with it (turn your breaker off).
November 4, 2013