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Love it! Buying a second one.
from Ann Arbor
Comments about KitchenAid 30.8125" Electric Cooktop - Black with Stainless Steel:
We bought this cooktop 2 years ago. We never used induction before, but liked the idea of faster heating and great cleanup. We absolutely love it! Yes, it took a little learning to use. For example, don't turn your back on it cuz it cooks fast, especially in the high settings. It cleans wonderfully. Still looks like new. And, yes, you need to have the right kind of pans. We got a great set for under $200, so no problem. We own 5 Kitchenaid appliances and this cooktop is the very best. We're now moving and we need to replace the appliances at our next home. We KNOW that the induction cooktop will be the first kitchen appliance that we buy. (PS, I'm an actual, non-paid reviewer. I don't work for Kitchenaid. This truly is my personal experience.)
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Wonderful Induction Cooktop
from Horseshoe Bay, TX
This is my first induction cooktop, it is so great, it took a little time to get used to it, easy to cook on and I especially like the bridge function.
(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Not So Sure About This One
from Provo, UT
I've used this cooktop for 2 months now. 1st off, know that you will need to buy new "induction" capable cookware if you don't have that from the previous cooktop you owned (meaning "magnetic" cookware). And you need to buy good stuff (like All Clad), not cheap. So there is a huge cost off the top. If that is good for you (it was for us) and you do buy this cooktop, you need to know about the "bridge" feature. It is a feature that Kitchenaid and most likely whatever Kitchenaid dealer sells it to you, will tout. The "bridge" feature is that two "surface cooking areas" of the same size on one side of the Cooktop will form a "bridge" connecting said two areas together when this feature is on, so you can use a griddle or grill on it. Nice idea, but the problem is the two surface cooking areas, when combined using the "bridge" feature, equals an oval shaped surface cooking area that is 15.25-inches by 7.25-inches. There is no induction capable griddle or pan made in the world that fits that size, plus griddles and grills usually come in a rectangular shape. I called Kitchenaid to ask if "they" made a griddle or grill that fits this "bridge" feature. Made sense, right? After some hold time, the agent came back and said that they did have one griddle that would fit the oval shape, but it was not "induction" capable. Huh? What good is that information to me? Nice. Not. So then I asked if the grill or griddle could be larger than the surface cooking area since most griddles or grills are bigger their "bridge" feature (and rectangular, not oval). She told me "No." Some info on size is found in 2 places in the owners manual. One place says, "The diameter of the pan's base should be equal to the size of the element. If the pan is too small, the burner does not sense the pan and will not activate" The other place says, "Choose the correct pan size for each surface cooking area. The diameter of the pan's base should correspond to the size of the surface cooking area." There is nothing that says that if your cookware (in this case a griddle or grill) is bigger than the surface cooking area, then the burner will not sense it and thus not activate. My question now is, "Was the agent wrong when she told me that if the pan was bigger, the burner would not work?" I have since written an email to Kitchenaid to ask this same question because the agent I spoke with seemed very tentative in her knowledge of "induction" cooktops. At the end of our conversation I then pressed the agent saying, "So, Kitchenaid created a "bridge" feature selling point, which our Kitchenaid appliance representative used with us, that cannot be used in "bridge" mode due to the fact that no one in the world makes an "induction capable" grill or griddle that fits the exact size of the "bridge?" And because of this, the "bridge" is useless, but useful to Kitchenaid (and the dealers of Kitchenaid Induction Cooktops)as a selling point." She sounded kind of sheepish as she told me, "Yeah, I guess." I added that it was really odd to me that the Kitcheaid Innovation team would create what at first seems like a really nice feature, but then not even tell the Kitchenade Cookware department about it to ask them to make a grill or griddle that fit. It actually would have been nicer if the Kitchenaid Innovation team had checked the standard size of most griddles/grills and made their "bridge" feature to fit. Hello! I'm still waiting to hear back from Kitchenaid, but in the meantime, they have sent me an email asking me to write reviews on the FIVE major appliances we bought from them. You'd think with us having bought FIVE, they'd be quick to respond especially since the email says,"We value your opinion and would love to hear your feedback." Really? I would not recommend any Kitchenaid Induction Cooktops with the "bridge" feature because unless they fix the problem, it's a waste of your money!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Need a Griddle for the Induction Bridge Feature
So far I like the induction cook top, have had it a month and a half. I need a griddle to do pancakes that will fit the bridge burners. Would like it coated for easy cleanup. Please give me some suggestions to look at because I cannot find one anywhere even on your website. Speaking of that, I did see the picture of a griddle you have on your website with the induction cook top section that has vegetables grilling on the "bridge." It would appear the grill/griddle used is much bigger than the bridge, which only measures 15 1/4" by 7 1/4". Can the griddle be bigger than the bridge cooking surface because I don't believe there is a griddle or grill out there that fits the "well" touted "bridge" feature? I will rate this higher if you can produce a griddle to use on the "bridge."
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Large burner too large, controls finicky
from Bartlesville, ok
Purchased in mid 2015. The large burner is so large that you must have a gigantic pan otherwise the burner will not work. For us, the burner is useless. A 9" diameter would be much better. The slide controls are finicky, sometime they work great, other times, not so well.
Great Cooktop & Very Safe
from Macon, GA
This cooktop is sleek, easy to clean, & cooks quickly. Two caveats - 1. You need to have cookware made for induction cooking; & 2. There is a slight learning curve in learning how to use the cook top, but once you get that down it'll cut down your cooking time, clean up time, & is very reliable.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Should have shopped more
from Chesterfield, MI
My stove has been operational for a few weeks and already I wish I had known about a few features. First the circle sizes are bizzaar. One 11", 2- 7", 6". there is no in-between making pan selection difficult (I agree with the review above about the noodles and size of pan). I spent extra on the bridge zone but after weeks of shopping can NOT find a pancake making pan (I don't want a grill) to use that zone. No kitchen store or KITCHEN AID itself can direct me on an acceptable pan with the right dimensions they THEY require. Very frustrated. My daughter cooked eggs and since the pan size didn't fit the largest circle she had to use the 7" which was too small therefore not cooking the edges of the eggs!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Pewaukee, WI
Love it! Was a bit apprehensive going to induction from lots of years cooking with either gas or electric. Glad I made the switch. Precise temperature control, can keep things at a steady slow boil, simmer etc. without constant vigilance for boil overs. Also, no scalding hot burners to to inadvertently touch.
easy to clean!
from Oshawa ,On
love this cooktop, so easy to work with .I especially love that I can regulate the temp. and it responds quickly!
from Sun City, AZ
Please consider putting the large burner in front as the microwave is above the stove top.
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