Rated 4.7 out of 5Â by 78
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 1 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bill Very nice unit. Easy to install and use. Very happy with safety features.
I purchased this unit as a replacement for a GE Profile five burner cook top. The old cook top was radient heat and stayed hot after use. The induction cook top cools much faster and is much safer to use with younger children in the house. The only con in the purchase of this unit is the need to replace cooking utensiles with ferous metal. Gave away two sets of high quality stainless steel bacause I could not use them on the new cook top.
December 11, 2012