This is a sad story, because I've already bought one and am not completely happy.

The good:

  • Power - 9kW.
  • Fires - 3 fires from small to large (14cm - 28cm).
  • Timer - From one to ninety nine minutes for each fire.

The bad: The controls.

  • They are incorporated in the surface and are very sensitive. When cleaning the surface it will power down the stovetop.
  • If you put anything on the controls, they will flash an error message.
  • There is only one up and down button. when more than one fire is 'burning' you have to activate the fire you want to change. You have to cycle clockwise through all the fires to do that.

What advise would you give to anyone looking for an induction stovetop?

  • I have a (very cheap portable) induction stovetop, and there are 2 things I don't like. First, the controls: exactly as you say. Second: It doesn't heat all the time, but in cycles (maybe 2 seconds on, 2 seconds off). However, I don't know how to recognize the second problem without trying cooking on the stove.
    – rumtscho
    Nov 10, 2011 at 13:05
  • @rumtscho, when making a pan sauce, I'm seeing the bubbles going up, then down, so this is probably a common thing. Dec 24, 2011 at 16:20

4 Answers 4

  1. If you like to cook using 3 or more elements at once, ensure you buy a sufficiently powered model. There's nothing more frustrating than upping the power on one element and watching another one reduce at the same time.
  2. Touch controls look nice but they're horrible from a usability standpoint. I always had problems with responsiveness with wet or greasy fingers.
  3. Cockroaches love induction. I don't know if the frequency attracts them or it's just the heat but they will come and eat out the wiring, even if you've never spotted one in the house before. It's a common problem as it's hard to seal the electronics for thermal reasons. Board replacements are expensive. It's one item I would consider an extended warranty on.
  4. As for any 2" cooktop, larger pot/pan sizes can't be accommodated if you're using 3 or more elements. Go 2'8" minimum.
  • 3
    WT-Heck cockroaches ????
    – Max
    Sep 16, 2015 at 13:35

It is always best to try the product before buying it. As for the touch controls I prefer a control panel that is angled, not flat. This way I can accommodate larger cookware without it touching the controls. If you are using a multi burner cooktop ask if all the burners can be operated at full power together. Most induction cooktops use power varience technology and they share the total power between the burners. Definitely go through reviews before buying.

  • Hello Linda, links to other sites are only welcome under certain conditions. Yours seems to be inserted for self-promotion purposes, so people downvoted the answer and flagged it for moderator attention. I'm deleting the link, because the answer is good enough without it.
    – rumtscho
    Sep 17, 2015 at 9:11

To answer your question, the advice I would give someone on buying a stovetop is the same as the advice I'd give someone for buying anything else: do as much research as possible before buying. Don't let a salesman tell you what you need; find out what's available and what you want/need, and then decide based on how much you're willing to spend. If you're not an expert on stovetops (which I should point out that I am not) there are lots of buying guides out there that outline the features of various technologies (try not to get all your information from one place, especially not if it's a company trying to advertise their products). Various authors writing these "consumer buying guides" will often point out their own suggestions that you might find helpful. Here are a couple links for your reading:

US Appliance

Consumer Reports

Try to look around and always have as much information as you can get before making a decision. It's a bit of work but it always pays off.


When choosing an induction stovetop, consider the following key factors:

  • Power and Efficiency: Look for a model with a high wattage for faster cooking and precise temperature control.

  • Safety Features: Ensure the stovetop has features like auto shut-off, child lock, and overheating protection for added safety.

  • Cookware Compatibility: Verify that your existing cookware is compatible with induction technology or consider investing in induction-compatible pots and pans for optimal performance.

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