dealer info on BS, induction cooktops
Today there was a BS demo and promotion (I use the term loosely), and I got to ask my questions about venting, performance etc. I also talked to the dealer at length about induction cooktops.
Overall I was unimpressed by the BS promotion. The person doing the demo said they were giving away a cookware set with purchase, but they had run out. So they were giving buyers an apron and/or mitts. It was difficult not to collapse in laughter. They were trying to sell me a unit costing several thousands, and the incentive was a $10 apron and mitts?!
The demo was a bit sad, a bad stir-fry with undercooked rice and no seasoning. Almost no-one was there. Fortunately this didn't change my opinion of BS. I grew up with a Garland beast (6 burners, a grill, two ovens) so BS has been my ideal for a long time.
The same dealer also sells Wolf, Thermador, Electrolux, Jenn Air, GE induction cooktops. I asked what they would recommend and the only brand that was mentioned was Thermador. There is a new model, the Freedom Induction, which allows you to put 4 pots anywhere on the surface. It also has color touch screen controls and power boost from 3600W to 4600W. It is very expensive. They had none to show me, it's so new. And they knew nothing about it, other than the publicity pamphlet.
There is a second Thermador, with SensorDome. This uses infrared to measure the temperature of the pot being heated in order to maintain the preset temperature precisely.
I asked about other brands and models and got a very wishy-washy sales pitch which told me the salesperson is not a cook. According to them, everything is wonderful. And they couldn't explain what the difference between the high-end and moderately-priced units was.
They knew nothing about Electrolux and didn't have one in the store. I was shown a Jenn Air because there is promotion which gives the buyer an 11-piece set of cookware "estimated at $900 value" with purchase. The cookware is unlabelled, except for "three ply stainless" on the bottom.
I couldn't do a hands-on test of the different models which were display only. So I collected the information, asked about venting and left.
Thank goodness for this forum. If all I had to make the decision came from the dealer, I would be hopelessly muddled.