Misleading clearance specs below Bosch induction cooktop
I'm installing a Bosch induction cooktop in my new kitchen. All the literature says it needs 4.25" of clearance below. In fact it's only 3.25" to clear the unit and 1" extra at the rear right for the power cord that sticks out the bottom.
Great! With that clearance I'll be able to use the top drawer of the cabinet underneath.
Not so fast! When installing the unit there's a heat shield flap that needs to be lowered. It spans the entire width of the unit about six inches from the front. This flap hangs down 2.5" from the bottom of the unit effectively making the needed clearance 5.75" from the countertop. At that depth the drawer is no longer usable.
I did send Bosch an email asking why they document the clearance as 4.25" when in fact it's greater than that. I asked if I really needed the shield. You can imagine how useless their response was.
So, I'm not hear to bag on Bosch about the quality or anything. I'm just here to say if you're comparing the clearances needed by various induction cooktops the Bosch needs more than they say they do. If you're hoping to use a drawer directly under the cooktop you'll need to take this into consideration.