Decision Time - Induction
Well I have been lurking here for over 2 years reading up on induction and the various comments on manufacturers and models.
My not-so-trusty, 15 year old DCS all gas range has developed a non-repairable gas leak and must be replaced. Which is fine - I have been planning to switch it to induction for several years.
My problem is making a decision. I want a slide in replacement as I am not ready for the "one-of-these-days" kitchen remodel project. The slide in will be sliding into an island, so I would like that "flush" look vs a free standing range.
The slide in induction range contenders are:
* Electrolux - saw a fully functional model and was impressed.
* GE Profile - saw the model, but it was not live.
* Bosch - saw the model, but it was not live.
Last night I went to two different appliance showrooms with my Demeyer pans and played with all the live appliances and all the models on the floor.
My observations: Electrolux had the best burner layout for my pans. My hardest cooking configuration to accommodate is weekend breakfast where I use a 10" skillet, a 12.5" skillet, and a 4" saucier.
GE Profile was almost as good, but the higher lips on the front and back of the cooking surface tended to push the pans more close together.
Bosch had a terrible burner configuration. It is the same as the 500 30" cooktop. The burners are clustered so tightly together that you cannot get two large pans on the large burners without them touching and being slightly off center.
Based on this I believe the choice is between the GE and the Electrolux. The functionality of the Electrolux seems the best and the burners were fantastically even and controls were very responsive. My concern with this model is that there are some negative reviews with people reporting electronic failures.
For those of you on this board who have the e-lux, would you be so kind as to share your experience? I've read the threads here and mostly it seems fairly positive.
The GE is so new that I believe it has not been in the field long enough to begin to have failures reported. So I would assume the reviews thus far are skewed more to the positive because of that. Also I'm disinclined to purchase anything I cannot see operate first hand. Learned the hard way 15 years ago with my DCS purchase. That said, I really value hearing other folks experiences.
Whatever I purchase will be put through it's paces. I cook 2-3 meals a day every day of the week and often cook for large family gatherings. I almost always use both the cooktop and the oven at the same time. I'd like a super functional cooktop (like what I have now) and a better oven for baking/roasting than I have today with my all gas.
Thanks so much!