Early Review Electrolux Induction Slide-In Range
I received my new Electrolux Slide-in range on April 1st. So, I have had a few days to check it out. It is a beautiful piece of equipment! I love the gliding oven racks. The ovens offer many features, many of which I will probably never use. Of course the big feature of this range is the Induction Smooth Top. If used correctly, it works great. Heats very fast, and is very responsive to changes in settings. There are plenty of heat settings, 23 for each element. While a bit gimmicky, I have found the Wave Touch Controls are logically setup, and easy to use. It is interesting that I can usually wipe the control panel clean with a cloth without "waking it up." Yet, it comes to life with the single touch of a finger.
I am afraid that there is one negative for me with this range. It is something that I didn't expect. The induction elements are very picky about Pan Size. My favorite sauce pan is a 2 quart size, with the bottom measuring 5 3/4 inches across. I can't use it on either one of the front elements. It is too small. The right front element is 10" and only practical for huge pots. The left front is 8 inches. The back elements are 6 & 7 inches. I guess that some people will appreciate the Huge element up front. I don't. I just never use, or even have any pots or pans that big. I still love the range, but am disappointed at the same time. The two rear elements are the most practical in size, but not practical in location.
This range would be perfect if one of the front elements could be switched down to accommodate smaller pans. This feature is typically available with better modern Radiant Smooth Tops. I realize that Induction is totally different technology, and a Select A Size feature may just not be feasible. Maybe that feature will be available on the next generation of Induction Ranges.
Has anyone else had a chance to try out this range yet? I would be interested in hearing about their experiences with it.