Bosch FlexInduction

stahleeOctober 6, 2012

I just got off the phone with Bosch USA and they said the FlexInduction top will be introduced very soon here in the US. I just pulled out my BlueStar 30" gas cooktop this week and was planning to order a Miele or a Thermador 30" induction cooktop. Looking at the information in the other countries, it appears the FlexInduction is a 30"-31" model which is awesome since all the zoneless models are 36".

The rep was not allowed to tell me the exact time frame, but I told him I need something within the next month because we cook nearly every day. I'm left with my outdoor grill and Big Green Egg until I order something in. Since I said I needed something very soon, he said I should be happy then, meaning it will be introduced within the next couple weeks. Mainly for the holiday season.

I may have to go a few weeks without a cooktop in hopes this gets introduced. Based on the Australian sites, the 30" is $3000 and the 24" is $2600. 3k for a 30" would be a great price for that flexibility.

Crossing fingers!!!

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eleena

I would kiss you if I could! :-)

Thank you so much for the news!!!

BTW, you can get a portable induction unit while waiting.
Tuesday Morning has those very often for ~$80 as does E-bay (quite inexpensively).

Then you don't need to cook outdoors in the rain and it comes really handy for travel. I have had mine for 4-5 years and I ma very happy with it. You can also use it as an extra hob for holidays. It is a good investment.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 9:59PM
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eleena

Just wanted to add:

Don't buy the discontinued Caso model from Williams-Sonoma. It is a piece of junk.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:05PM
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dodge59

You may want to check on how many pans and sizes of same you can have on that "Fancy cooktop" at the same time.

Seems like I came across a post here in Garden Webb, where someone had or used a "Zoneless" induction cooktop and it could only handle 3 pans at the same time----that would be a similar type induction cooktop to the "Flex Induction Bosch" just a different name----You best do your homework!!!

My self, I just can see spending all the extra bucks cause one apparently can not align a pan with a circle??????

Gary

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:37PM
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dodge59

"My self, I just can see spending all the extra bucks cause one apparently can not align a pan with a circle??????"

I should have typed, "My self, I just can NOT see spending all the extra bucks cause one apparently can not align a pan with a circle??????

Gary

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:41PM
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stahlee

Eleena, I've given that some thought and I may go that route. I've cooked outside the last couple days and all has been good. Looks to rain tomorrow night, so we're going to have leftovers from tonight. I may do some crock pot cooking to, like ham, green beans and potatoes or pot pie. Things that I will have lots of leftovers.

Dodge59, the specs say 4 positions can be used at the same time. It doesn't say amperage, but it's showing 7200W which will be the standard 40A circuit for the cooktop. I'll be very disappointed if the US model only handles 3.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 11:08PM
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eleena

Yes,

I use my crockpot a lot too.

BTW,

Do you know if they are also bringing the 24" model?

That is the one I really want.

Dodge,
I couldn't agree more!

I was totally salivating after the 36" model till I read that no more than 4 pans/pots were allowed. What's the point?

But Bosch 800 series 30" induction cooktop is $2999 anyway, isn't it?

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 11:51PM
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stahlee

I'm not sure about the 24" model since I was asking about the 30" model. I have another phone call to make on Monday and I'll see if they have any info on the 24" coming here.

The Bosch 800 can be had for between $1900 and $2100, plus there is a $300 mail rebate on top of that.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:07AM
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eleena

Oh, where did you see it for $1900?!!!

Please tell me!

AJ Madison has it for $2,244.60 right now.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:17AM
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eleena

I meant, $1900 before rebate.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:19AM
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stahlee

I just happened to look on the Lowe's site earlier today and they have it for $1947 or something close to that. You have to put it in the cart to get the price.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:28AM
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eleena

Thanks!

Would it be exactly the same appliance as sold by specialized appliance stores?

I have read several times that even if the model is the same, the internal parts may not be. E.g., the manufacturer uses plastic instead of metal on the models to be sold by discount stores like HD and Lowe's.

The sources were credible but I don't remember them.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:44AM
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stahlee

That is the same model that is sold everywhere. Lowe's is a Bosch dealer. You could find one of the 10% coupons and really be in business.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:46AM
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eleena

Good to know.

I'll look.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 1:26AM
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lee676

Bosch FlexInduction YouTube video

Please send us this 24"w version, Bosch. Contrary to what you think, not all Americans have huge kitchens. A 24" cooktop with small controls at the front and the burners spread along the full width often has as much space for cookware as traditional 30" cooktops with the rightmost 6" used for a row of knobs.

Still, this looks less versatile than the AEG induction hob sold elsewhere - the two round burners on the right are standard, the left side is a rectangular burner divided into 4 parts front to back, and uses only the one(s) necessary depending on what you place on it. Still looks cool though.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 3:12AM
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stahlee

I'll ask if there is a possibility of a 24" model coming to US. It might be slightly less versatile than the zoneless models, but probably not that much. Those models only allow 4 positions at a time, no different than these models. On the left side zone, there is quite a bit of flexibility.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 7:07PM
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eleena

I called too and guess what?

The rep had never heard of FlexInduction, LOL.

So, I guess I'll be waiting for updates on this thread. :-)

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 9:00PM
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stahlee

Well, I've received some different information on two calls. One, the FlexInduction is supposed to go on sale on Monday. Second, it may only be a 36" model. The 36" model is confusing since the other countries get a 24" and 30" model, why wouldn't you simply release a 30" model in the US. I have another callback coming this afternoon with more details. Hopefully the information we're hoping for.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 2:28PM
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dan1888

Induction has been withheld from the US market and only released as a premium priced product. This may be the marketting "logic" for a 36" only option. Let's hope we can get by this and start receiving reasonably priced broad ranging alternatives.
I think it is ridiculous that US customers have not received any of the three generations of Maxisense AEG induction hobs when parent company Electrolux markets other products without difficulty in the US.
A 28" AEG costs less than $1k with shipping from the UK. CE certification for US electrical standards included.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 7:49PM
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stahlee

I will be very disappointed if a 30" does not make it here. It's made for all other countries that get this model.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 10:58PM
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stahlee

Well, sad news. The FlexInduction is not scheduled to be introduced until 2014. I actually was able to get information directly from the manager that is in charge of new model introductions. They have a quarterly meeting coming up and will discuss if they model will get pushed up, but it would be late 2013 at the earliest. Right now only the 36" model is set to go on sale, but I did make the case to have the smaller models introduced here to.

One thing noted, they said if you want other models to be brought here, we need to call and ask for them. It seems the 36" is just the model they feel most people want, but if they here from people that want the 30" and 24" models, then something might happen. I encourage you all to call and make the request.

Sorry if I got people's hopes up, I know mine were. I really wanted to order one.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 3:34PM
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cj47_gw

Gary--I don't think the issue is aligning a pot with a circle. I think its the ability to put ANY shape pot ANYWHERE on the cooktop. Like a large, square grill pan, or an oval dutch oven or a very small pan that might not be large enough to "trigger" the hobs that are currently available. Or, how about putting a roaster on the cooktop to deglaze? The whole pan gets heated, not just the corners that fit on the hob. I can see a zoneless cooktop being great, if someone wants one and can afford it. When, on some day far in the future, I need to replace my beloved Miele induction cooktop, I'll definately consider one of these. By then they should be refined and pretty commonplace! :-)

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 4:34PM
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dan1888

36" only--- once again we get a product aimed only at a small market segment as a high end option so the price will be signifigantly above what the same product costs in other markets when offered as part of a line which includes products to be purchased by everyone for all levels of kitchens. No sale.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 8:44AM
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lee676

The 30" FlexInductions are starting to appear elsewhere in the world:

This is getting close to what a 30" or 36" US model would look like - it's alot like the 300/500 series induction cooktops in style. Oddly, this one is actually more like 32" wide, and if you're thinking that translates into something even in metric - no, it's 816mm, which isn't a common size in Europe either. I'm guessing this accounts for the holdup to US sales, as it requires a 29-1/2"w cutout which wouldn't quite fit in a 30" cabinet, which would be a dealbreaker for many.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 10:47AM
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boonsboro

They are here now. Just put my order in today, just in time for my kitchen remodel. It is being marketed as the Bosch Benchmark Series here in the US. It is available in 31" and 37" and they come with and without the stainless trim. I ordered the 31" without stainless.

Next I need to figure out what island hood to get. Any recommendations for a quite hood?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 8:42PM
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kaycee47

boonsboro- would you mind sharing where you ordered your cooktop (and when you expect it)? We are calling around trying to order one and have had no luck! Very excited about this cooktop, and we are mid remodel, so sooner is better than later for us.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 9:45PM
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dodge59

The Flexinduction is NOT a zoneless induction cooktop, A-La AEG or Gaggenau.

You still have to put the pots and pans in the proper place.

It has a bridged area for really large pots & pans, ~~~~
something that other manufacturers have offered for several years now, (Jenn-air) being one of them.

The Bosch does look nice and the price is "Reasonable"~~~well as "reasonable as any the Euro's are so kind as to export to us, here in the US!

Here is the model number for the 36 inch
Bosch 36" Benchmark Series Black Electric Induction Cooktop - NITP666UC.

You can read about it by clicking the "helpful link" at the end of my post.

So You still have to line up the pots and pans but they can be bigger by using the "Bridged Hobs".

Gary

Here is a link that might be useful: 36

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 10:31PM
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ondina

Hello!
I im in full process of kitchen reno and i was almost ready to pull the trigger for Miele appliances( 36 in induction,DW, Steam-convection xl oven and 30 in oven ) when i come across new Bosch Flexinduction cooktop and the other Benchmark items. Anybody knows more about how are in" real life"? i realize this line is very new.. cannot figure out if i should change my mind or not...
Big question is: how big is the inside of steam-convection oven Miele xl vs Bosch..

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 8:51PM
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house-monkey

I too am interested in the Bosch Flexinduction (30" for me)!! If you have real life experience with using this thing, please share!

Given their reputation with the 500, so close to pulling the trigger...

This post was edited by house-monkey on Mon, May 5, 14 at 19:51

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 7:41PM
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kaycee47

Still waiting to install ours. Have had it since April 7 and it is still just sitting there in the box. Painful process, as I am keen to get cranking on this thing! I will post a review when we are finally up and running. After the window is installed, the backsplash installed, the countertop finished...

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 8:08PM
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abandy

We just had our 30" flexInduction Bosch delivered today. It's really beautiful! I placed my comal on it, but it's wobbly (not completely flat) so I'm going to have my husband bang it flat so it will sit correctly.
I'm with you kaycee47, we can't install it until we get the rest of the old cabinets out, the drywall touched up, the new drywall in, the section cut out of the butcher block, etc etc. I really hope to be done with most of this by Christmas.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2014 at 10:12PM
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