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Old 10-07-2016, 03:17 PM
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Working on thoughts for appliances for our new house. Won't be starting to build till after the first of the year but, Black Friday sales are generally pretty damn good so if we can scoop up our appliances then, we will and have warranties start when we get out CO. The one thing I keep reading about is NOISE and went to you tube and some of those suckers are NOISY so no way in hell can we deal with that.

Is it the range, the cookware or? No real brand preference. Miele and Bosch seem well received generally but, whadda I know LOL.

Any input from the braintrust ?
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:55 AM
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We've had a kitchenaid induction cook top for about 7 years now. My wife loves it. It does make a clicking sound but I do not find it annoying and I only really hear it when I am next to the stove or when the house is quiet. I believe the clicking sound comes from the magnet turning on and off to maintain the proper temperature.

And yeah, when we are pan frying or searing something, we spread newspaper over the cook top, including the burner to help with clean up just like they say you can.

You have to make sure all your pots and pans are metallic to work on an induction cook top so that can be an added expense, especially when the wife chooses all-clad! Cast iron works great but we always use newspaper to protect from scratching the glass cook top.
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Just do not buy a white one.

It stays dirty.

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gas stoves rule

gas stove/cooktop with electric oven (convection)

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I have a whirlpool/ikea induction cooktop. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50182620/ $999. Very happy with it - it is not perfect but cooking on a normal stovetop seems somewhat barbaric after being used to it.

Heats up very fast. There IS some noise that depends on the pot/pan. A minor clicking now and then and depending on temperature or contents a quiet "bzzzt" when the element cycles on/off as well. I'm a noise freak, my house is very quiet, but the cooktop doesn't bother me, the noises are actually a little sci-fi entertaining, and it is easily drowned out by range hood when that's on.

The fact that you can set a paper towel in the middle of 4 burners going at full temperature is pretty nice, mine is mounted in the end of a large island we eat at, and little heat is radiated out etc. Clean it with Windex after every use, usually 10-15 mins after cooking, and it looks great after 5 years.

The only con I've got - on my unit low temperature control is ok but not great. I have heat settings 1-10, and I sometimes feel like this unit is cycling the element on and off too slowly, have always wondered if the high $$$ units have more controls or a quicker on/off cycling.

And of course, with induction you have to use pans that are magnetic. I gave away my $$$$ teflon pans and bought a $300 Stainless Steel set and a handful of cast iron. Wipe down the stainless pans with a bit of olive oil before cooking anything and they clean up easily.
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We have always been fortunate enough to have NG available so we have always had a dual fuel oven. It's hard to beat gas for a cook top but an electric oven is a much better choice.
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We had one. It cooked well but you had to be careful about not scratching it. The flat smooth surface cleaned up easily.

Everything was fine until a $700 board went out just after the warranty period. Two years if I recall. I tossed it and replaced it with gas.

If gas isn't an option, I'd go with induction. They cook as well and they're easy to clean, but they are expensive to repair.
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Thanks much, gas was not an option till maybe a month ago when lines were installed so we can pretty much go any way. Wife likes the "clean" look of glass top though.
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Do people who cook really prefer something other than gas?

Not that you have to care but I believe there are some interference issues if anyone has a pacemaker/defibrillator is near by.

Remember reading that when redoing parents' kitchen and didn't buy that type of appliance because mom has one.
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Duel fuel all the way. Gas range top and electric convection oven. If you really like to cook, there is no better combination.
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There is a reason that the saying goes "Now we are cooking with gas"
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Originally Posted by beantownsouth View Post
Duel fuel all the way. Gas range top and electric convection oven. If you really like to cook, there is no better combination.
Yep. And if you don't mind the look of open burners high output burners are excellent. We preferred the asthetics of closed which still put out significant heat but less than open even with a high end range.
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Originally Posted by Esuomm1 View Post
Do people who cook really prefer something other than gas?

Not that you have to care but I believe there are some interference issues if anyone has a pacemaker/defibrillator is near by.

Remember reading that when redoing parents' kitchen and didn't buy that type of appliance because mom has one.
No.
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Thanks much, gas was not an option till maybe a month ago when lines were installed so we can pretty much go any way. Wife likes the "clean" look of glass top though.
There is something called propane
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I was a chef my whole career and just renovated our retirement home. We had an induction range put in. It is more fuel efficient, gives off less heat, is much easier to clean, and I think is better for cooking. It heats up faster, and can be controlled better at low temps. The only drawback is they are somewhat fragile. I had a bottle of vinegar topple and hit the edge. The top cracked, and will cost almost as much to fix as the range was new. It still works, but it will always piss me off. I always used gas at work, and liked it, but for home I think induction is great, it just requires more care than I am used to.
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There is a reason that the saying goes "Now we are cooking with gas"
There is that saying. But when it was first coined, the standard was wood stoves.

Induction is just as powerful as gas, possibly more so. And better control than gas. The downsides are you might need new cookware, and the cooktops can scratch easily. Upsides are that they're very easy to clean and safer than gas.

If you're going with gas, be very particular about the simmer capabilities of your cooktop. Our (expensive) GE Profile is terrible at simmering. It's almost impossible to get a low enough flame. We're considering switching to a Wolf because of that.
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Pensacola is subject to hurricanes - think power outages.

How's that induction range work when the powers out hmmm . . .

Plus once you install gas you can get a rinnai tankless h20 heater too
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I really don't like them.

I would place myself as a fairly good(ish) above average (maybe) amateur cook. Cooking is something that I take a keen interest in and people tend to like what I make...so, nowhere near a chef and no where near being crap either.

What I don't like on the one we have is how you change the heat setting. It goes from 1-16 and has a "booster" setting. I've messed around with it for four months and don't like it. Standing there...bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep...as you press it to go from 16 booster for rapid boil to 8 pisses me off.

I'd much rather turn a knob. They should have gas type knobs with the induction cook-tops. Perhaps they do.

Just my take.

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