Does anyone have an induction cooktop that does NOT buzz or click

smaloneyMay 30, 2012

I am trying to pull the trigger on a modest remodel of a small galley kitchen. I am considering switching from a gas range to an induction cooktop (plus wall oven) because it would vastly improve the layout. (Right now the range and sink are on a single interior wall, separated only by the dishwasher.) I'm not a great cook and anything is going to look nicer than what I currently have, so it shouldn't be a tough decision. And for a narrow kitchen with a lot of traffic, induction just seems safer. But I do worry about some of the complaints, particularly the noise issue - which has come up here several times recently. Persistent buzzing when cooking would drive me bonkers. I'm just wondering if this is unavoidable, or if there are induction users who've never experienced this. Fwiw, I'm strictly lower end in terms of prices and options - I'm hoping to find a Bosch cooktop based on reviews here, but may wind up with something like a Kitchenaid or Kenmore.

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txjoyce

We just installed a 30" Bosch induction cooktop and haven't had a problem with noise. There is a slight "hum", but no buzzing.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 12:04PM
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chac_mool

I think the buzzing / humming or whatever is characteristic of induction, rather than any particular brand. It does seem to vary some with the sort of pots & pans you're using.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 2:05PM
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weedmeister

At full power, the boiling of the water is louder than the buzzing of the pot.

For me, the issue is pan-related, and usually the sound goes away as the pan heats up or is filled with food.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 3:45PM
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trevorlawson

I agree pan related, we use ours with many different pans, some no noise and with others buzzing / humming.

Try different pans if you can.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 4:58PM
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dodge59

We've had the Electrolux Icon Induction cooktop for several years now. We use Emeril ware, A circulon pan and a "Caphalon pan" (as I recall)--no name on it but it came free with the cook top.

None of these make any noise, whatsover, ie not clicking, no humming, and no buzzing in the several years we have used it now.

Need proof????

Watch the video I made of cooking breakfast with the icon.
(Click the "helpful Link" below

Gary

Here is a link that might be useful: Coooking Breakfast with Elux Icon Induction

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 5:50PM
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dodge59

Sorry bout that, I sent the wrong link, but You enjoyed the cars, didn't ya?

Here's the correct link!

Gary

Here is a link that might be useful: Cooking breakfast on an Elux Icon Induction cook top

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 6:49PM
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sprtphntc

we have the miele 36". i agree with everyone. le creuset pots are virtually quiet as with cast iron. i also use all-clad and they do "buzz" when first turned on, but when they heat up and have food in them they are quiet. also, when you turn on your exhaust fan, you will not hear any buzzing.

the sounds of cooking override any sound the pots/pans will make from the induction.

my advice - go for it. induction is awesome and i would never go back to gas or electric.

HTH

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 6:53PM
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a2gemini

I just installed a Wolf - the first pans buzzed a lot - but also figured out better when they get warmer.
I really wanted induction - but the jury is still out. I think it will be fine in the long run.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 8:32PM
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herring_maven

smaloney: "But I do worry about some of the complaints, particularly the noise issue - which has come up here several times recently. Persistent buzzing when cooking would drive me bonkers."

We have used an induction cooktop in our home for a dozen years. The "buzzing" matter is related to excited resonances within the pot or pan, period. It is not a brand issue so much as a specific piece issue. We have a few Demeyere Apollo pots and pans, of which one whistles (I would call it a whistle more than I would call it a buzz) under certain circumstances -- basically with that pot, it relates to the level of liquid inside the pot. With other Demeyere Apollo pots, with stainless pots of other brands that have similar aluminum disk-bottom construction, with clad pots and pans, with cast iron, and with that specific pot filled to a different level, there is no whistling/buzzing.

All induction cooktops incorporate cooling fans that blow air over the electronics under the cooktop when the electronics are in operation. You will hear some cooling fan noise -- if you are listening for it -- with every induction cooktop. We find the sound of the cooling fan insignificant and unobjectionable; your mileage may vary.

If you are looking for a good and not-too-expensive induction cooktop, we (on the basis of -- so far -- more than four years' use) can attest that the LG LCE30845 is a good option.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 9:07PM
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williamsem

We use All Clad on our GE induction range, plus an OXO tea kettle and a wok. The only time I notice the humming is when it's extremely quiet in the kitchen, like just making tea. If i'm doing prep, or the tv is on, or if stuff is bubbling away it doesn't even register.

It could very well be pan related. My guess would be solid materials like cast iron, or the wok we have, probably hum less than layered materials. If that's the only thing holding you back, don't give it another though, just go for it! We are so glad we did, even though we do not know anyone that has one.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 9:14PM
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dodge59

ll induction cooktops incorporate cooling fans that blow air over the electronics under the cooktop when the electronics are in operation. You will hear some cooling fan noise -- if you are listening for it -- with every induction cooktop.

"Every Induction cooktop"??????

Watch and listen to the video I put up, whilst I won't brag about my hearing, I can hear fan noises, and I sure don't hear any with the Icon cooktop, Note I even whispered during the video so you can get an idea of the sensitivity of the mic on the video cam , I used, and NOOOO I didn't whisper right into the Mic on the camera!

Gary

    Bookmark   May 30, 2012 at 10:05PM
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stir_fryi

I have a Kenmore and very rarely hear buzzing. Overall, I am very pleased with it and I am sure you will be too!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 8:49AM
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kaseki

I have the Kenmore clone of the Elux Icon (2007). It does have fans that turn on when the guts have reached some temperature, and the fan speeds appear to vary with the cooking power being consumed. However, it is difficult to hear them unless one has very quiet cooking in progress (without hood noise) or if one abruptly shuts down the hobs (and cooking noise) and listens. Then they can be heard for the number of seconds it takes for them to cool the guts and shut down. These are very quiet fans.

I recently bought and installed deliberately quieted rack fans that are normally used to keep rack-style media centers cool without disturbing the entertainment. I use them to cool my networking components in a basement relay rack. The Kenmore/Elux fans are far quieter. They are quieter than a SubZero 632, or a well sealed, well insulated Miele Optima dishwasher (except for its alarm).

kas

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 10:20AM
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wallycat

We got the 500 series Bosch 30" and I typically use Le Creuset or cast iron. Zero buzzing.
I have an induction suitable moka pot which is small and even on the smallest burner, leaves a lot of room. No issue with the response to the moka pot and zero buzzing.
I have used a Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker...zero buzzing.
I have a sitram cybernox fry pan; zero buzzing. I have also used a saucier pan from All-clad; zero buzzing.
I have tried using the le creuset tea kettle (thin metal that is enamel clad) and it has a faint buzz, but I typically use my electric kettle for boiling water for tea, coffee, etc.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 3:40PM
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jakvis

Noise from induction cooktops are almost always from the type of pan being used not from the cooktop itself. Thin pans seem to buzz the most almost acting like a reed.
I use a Ittalia pan to check customers cooktops for performance and noise level comparisons against their pots.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 3:51PM
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chac_mool

...these noises may vary with one's hearing acuity, as well.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 5:28PM
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smaloney

Just wanted to say thanks for all this feedback (and the video!) It really helps!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 3:34PM
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KAC42

I'm wondering whether smaloney made a choice on induction and whether the result was satisfactory. I am currently in the process of returning a Kitchen Aid freestanding induction range because the constant clicking noise at low temperatures can be heard in neighboring rooms and even upstairs. Very disappointed. Would love to replace it with another freestanding induction range, but wondering whether quietness only comes with the drop-in cooktops.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 6:34AM
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ginny20

As far as I know, only KA clicks. Frigidaire and Whirlpool are related to KA, so they might click, too.

Samsung makes an affordable induction range.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 9:02AM
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jwvideo

Well, actually, Frigidaire is part of Electrolux not Whirlpool. There is a Frigidaire free-standing induction range which is somewhat like the Electrolux and Kenmore versions. Whirlpool makes the Kitchenaid and Maytag branded induction equipment and, AFAIK, supplies the induction cooktops that are sold under the IKEA brand in North America.

To see what models are available, I suggest going to the AJ Madison site, slecting electric cooktops or ranges and checking the induction box in the left hand column.

I saw a demo last year of the Samsung NE597NOPBSR and did not hear any clicking or buzzing from the stove top. But, I was not close to the stove and the room was noisy. If you search here, you can find discussions of the Samsung induction ranges. Try googling Samsung + induction + gardenweb" as your search string. For other brands, just subsitute the brand-name and see what turns up.

A couple of years ago, I saw an up-close demo of the GE free-standing induction range (PHB925). They were using (I think) Viking pans. Slight humming at start-up with empty pans but no buzzing or clicking. In normal use, the humming would be masked by other kitchen sounds including cooking as Herring_Maven says..

I've been using induction off and on going back three decades, and rarely heard buzzing and never noticed any clicking. I've also had a Max Burton portable unit for a year. It clicks at low temps, buzzes with some pans as they heat-up and with other pans going to high heat produces both a ringing sound and the whistling noises that herring_maven described. There is a thread here last fall or winter which links to a video showing similar behavior with a KitchenAid induction cooktop. (Sorry, can't find it right now but maybe Ginny can get you the link as I believe she was one of the participants in the GW thread with the link.)

This post was edited by JWVideo on Thu, Jun 6, 13 at 11:45

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 11:20AM
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ginny20

Thanks for the correction, JWvideo, I was confused. I think Frigidaire makes an affordable induction range, too. If it works like an Elux, it should be quiet.

I wonder if the Ikeas click, too.

Oh, that poor man on youtube! His KA cooktop is much noisier than mine, but as has been said repeatedly, the buzzing is probably due to his cookware. The clicking, though, is due to KA technology. Here's the thread.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gawdawful racket

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 12:34PM
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wordie89

I have a36 Bosch and have been using it for about 5 months. There is some low humming but so little that i don't notice it. Earlier this week i heard some noise and thought, "so this is what they're talking about! " but no, it was water on the bottom of the pot sizzling. Love it. Fine Heat control and sleek. Since i have copper clad and all clad pots and pans i can't use I've resorted to les creuset and a couple new s/s oster pots. They work well so far.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 11:10PM
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a2gemini

I am sensitive to buzzing noises and watched a you tube video by a GW user who claimed no buzzing- and I could hear the buzzing.

That being said- gas makes noise also.

I am very happy with my induction choice.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 5:42PM
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dodge59

That was me, well at least wife, 3 cats, and me can't hear it, buttt
"Your hearing may vary"!!, LOL

Gary

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 6:59PM
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wordie89

Since this thread I've been paying attention to the noise. I think I hear more when it's on low setting but it's less than the fridge humming. I feel it's less noisy than my GE class cooktop as that fan kicked on immediately.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 2:03PM
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a2gemini

Dodge - LOL - I knew who it was but didn't want to "bust" you on-line..

Some claim the thermador is quiet but based on experience, I would want to hear with my ears..

Remember - gas makes noise also - and with the fan running, it isn't bad. I love cooking on it - so the benefits outweigh the noises :-)

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 3:26PM
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whc23863

We have this issue with Jenn-Air and All-Clad. While boiling a pot of water the buzzing was very loud. When we turned off the overhead lights in the kitchen, though, the buzzing was significantly reduced.

Obviously some interference between the cooktop and the wiring and/or switches.

When we find a solution I will update this. In the meantime, if you have a solution...

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 9:42AM
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a2gemini

Whc- you might be on to something. I think I noticed this as well

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 8:11PM
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