Miele Combiset Induction
We just installed the Miele combiset induction in our temporary kitchen, which by the way, is infinitely nicer than our present kitchen. I started to do the ubiquitous water boiling experiment and wasn't blown away by the performance which was 9 minutes, 30 seconds for 5 quarts of water in an All-Clad pot.
But, I realized: #1 I have no idea how long our run of the mill electric coil top takes to boil water. #2 This Miele was purchased to flank the gas O'Keefe & Merritt that will be installed in the new kitchen and that is the comparison that truly matters. #3 The Miele owner's manual indirectly tells you how long it takes to boil water. The boost setting, designed for boiling water, automatically turns off after 10 minutes.
From my brief experiment, I will say the truly, truly amazing feature of induction is the instantaneous response from a rapid boil to whisper of a simmer with a turn of the knob.
Noise Impressions: There is noise. Buzzing with a Tramontia pot. With the All-Clad there didn't seem to be buzzing but the fan was on from the beginning because the unit was already warmed up from the Tramontia boil. The fan is gentle white noise, nothing compared to the drone of a builder's grade range hood. I am persnickety about noise but the noise of it doesn't bother me. It won't interfere with your ability to have a conversation, etc. At the rapid boil I could compare the sound to the hum of a dishwasher or a front-loader washing machine.
Appearance: The combiset is large and the ring size is quite generous. It sits proud of the counter a little more than I expected. Most of the photographs on the internet are taken from an angle that doesn't show it.
A two burner induction would have been nice, but I was stuck by my aversion for touch controls and had to have the Miele because of the knob.