The 11 Best Energy-Efficient Induction Ranges

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

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Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

Sustainability Expert

Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.

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Induction stovetops are the most energy-efficient and, arguably, the safest type of cooktop around. (Hey, look, I did the math.) If you’re inspired by induction, here are the best ranges with induction stovetops currently available.

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  1. What to look for
  2. Our top picks

Induction cooking is the most energy-efficient type of cooking and induction stovetops have long been available in Europe. It took the US a while to catch up, though, meaning there were slim pickings for many years.

These days, a whole host of major US brands offer induction cooktops and ranges. As such, I update my top picks for energy efficient induction ranges annually, based on the following criteria:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Quality of construction
  • Eco-friendly features
  • General sustainability and eco-friendliness of their manufacturer.

I’ve also included some points below on what to watch out for when buying an induction range.

NB: Before buying an induction stovetop, check your cookware will work. Induction cooking requires cookware made with metal, such as cast iron. You can’t use glass and ceramic with induction unless you get a special bridging induction interface stone.

What to look for

Induction cooking is the most energy-efficient type of cooking. Induction stovetops also offer the following benefits:

  • Speed and precision cooking
  • Easy cleaning
  • Great safety profile – the elements themselves don’t get hot and there’s no open flame! 

Understanding the induction process

With induction cooking, heat is induced in your pots and pans. This means the element doesn’t have to warm up itself to transfer heat to the pan. The process is much more energy-efficient and any warmth transferred from the pan to the stovetop dissipates very quickly once the pan is removed. Most induction stoves also have a built-in safety feature where the element turns off if a pan boils over.

Induction stoves also have a host of other features allowing for very precise cook times and temperatures. You can even program some of the stovetops to follow specific instructions to bring to a boil and then keep at a simmer. So, whether you like cooking or always seem to burn everything, induction stovetops are a great choice.

See also: The pros and cons of cooking with a gas stove

When coupled with an electric range, an induction stovetop is as energy efficient as it gets. That is, if you choose an electric oven that is well insulated and the right size for your needs. There’s no point, after all, in buying a huge oven only to use one shelf for small dishes.

Choose a sustainable brand

When choosing a new induction range, take some time to think about who will get your hard-earned cash. We strongly favor companies with a good environmental track record and eco-friendly manufacturing and sourcing policies and procedures. 

Some companies, such as Smeg and Bosch, are miles ahead in terms of sustainability, for instance. These companies also make quality products that are more likely to last many years, instead of needing replacing more frequently.

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Induction range features to look for

When looking for an energy-efficient induction/electric range, consider features such as:

  • Steam-clean and self-clean options (with quick clean modes for energy savings)
  • Covered bake elements and porcelain-coated racks for easy cleaning
  • Racks that can be repositioned and removed for easy cleaning
  • ADA compliance for ease of opening and use
  • Child safety features like a control lock and touchpad instead of knobs
  • Controls at the back of the range for additional child safety
  • Star-K compliance if you need a Sabbath-friendly range.

You might also want to think about:

  • The size and position of the heating elements
  • Whether there’s a double oven (so you can use the smaller one for smaller meals)
  • If there’s a warming drawer or very low temperature setting for proofing bread etc.
  • How well insulated the oven is, especially if it will be beside a refrigerator or exposed.

In general, ovens with a self-clean mode are better insulated because otherwise, the oven would suffer at such high temperatures. These ovens are also free from some of the more egregious non-stick coatings because these wouldn’t survive high temperatures either. That said, using self-cleaning mode can still be bad for indoor air quality. 

I recommend choosing a self-cleaning oven or one with steam or vapor clean, but only using self-clean once to burn off any factory residue. After that, manually clean the oven as needed and only use the energy-intensive self-clean settings when absolutely necessary to remove serious crud. Read more about this issue and how to choose a safe oven or stovetop here.

Our top picks

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Cafe CHS950P4MW2 30 Inch Slide-In Induction Smart Range

Highlights: Stunning induction range with a colossal 6.7 cu. ft. of space across two ovens. Five high power burners including 11-inch element and bridgeable 16-inch cookzone!

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What we like

  • Huge capacity dual oven
  • Matte White and Stainless Steel options
  • 5 high power elements (including one 11-inch burner)
  • Can bridge two elements for a 16-inch cookzone!
  • Tons of oven functions
  • Lots of safety features
  • C° or F° Programmable
  • Beautiful details
  • Connects to WiFi, Alexa, and Google Assistant
  • More sustainable company making ovens in the US

What could be better

  • No storage drawer
  • Pricy compared to similar GE Professional Series models
  • Front controls (lockable)

At a glance:

Capacity: 6.7 cu. ft. (2.4 cu. ft. top oven, 4.3 cu. ft. bottom convection oven)

Elements: 5, including a 3,700 Watt element

Warming zone: Yes

Self-clean: Yes

Steam-clean: Yes

Sabbath Mode: Yes

Additional features: Double Oven, Air Fry, Self-Clean, Steam Clean Option, Chef Connect, Fast Preheat, ADA Compliant (Matte White), WiFi connectivity, hot surface indicator light, glide racks, temperature probe, bridgeable 8-inch elements for large cookzone, removable door, 3 racks and 6 rack positions

The GE Cafe 3-Inch Slide-In Smart Induction Range is an absolute workhorse. It boasts a staggering 6.7 cubic feet of oven space across two ovens and has 5 high power induction elements up top. Those elements include an 11-inch 3,700 Watt burner and two 8-inch elements you can connect to accommodate large griddles or enamel cookware.

This beautiful oven is available in Matt White (which is also ADA compliant) and stainless steel and has large stainless steel handles and front control knobs along with an LED control display.

There are tons of other great features too, including:

  • Auto Oven Shut-Off with Override
  • Auto Recipe Conversion
  • Auto Self Clean (though I’d disable this to save energy)
  • Control Lock Capability
  • Delay Bake Option (Time Cook)
  • Delay Clean Option
  • Electronic Clock & Kitchen Timer
  • Self-Clean Cool Down Time Display.

Overall, if you’re in the market for an induction range and love to cook, the Cafe is a top choice. If you don’t need as much oven capacity, though, consider the GE Profile models below, or the dual oven Bertazzoni (with 5.7 cu. ft. capacity).

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GE Profile PHS930YPFS Induction Range

Highlights: Smart, efficient, powerful induction range with convection oven and sous vide-capable cooktop with glide touch and 5 elements (including bridge and warming zone).

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What we like

  • Five elements (1,800 to 3,700 Watts with 80 Watt warming zone)
  • Bridging capability to extend cook surface
  • Sous vide-enabled for precise temperature control
  • Large (5.3 cu. ft. capacity) convection oven
  • Tons of oven features!
  • Steam-clean and self-clean
  • Sabbath mode, Star K certified, and ADA compliant
  • Temperature probe and timer
  • Connects to WiFi, Alexa, and Google Assistant
  • Easy to clean touch controls
  • Control lock and digital display

What could be better

  • Pricier than its predecessor (which was arguably as good!)

At a glance:

Capacity: 5.3 cu. ft.

Elements: 5, including a 3,700 Watt burner

Warming zone: Yes

Self-clean: Yes

Steam-clean: Yes

Sabbath Mode: Yes, Star K certified

Additional features: Delay-bake, fast preheat, proofing mode, three oven racks, soft-close warming drawer, temperature probe, digital temperature display, WiFi enabled, control lock, no preheat air-fry

The GE Profile PHS930YPFS is the latest version of our previously recommended GE Profile PHS930SLSS (now discontinued). Like its predecessor, this model is a 30-inch Smart slide-in electric induction range with five elements.

The induction cooktop is sous vide-enabled for precision and has glide touch controls. The most powerful element offers 3,700 Watts, with the other elements offering 2,500, 1,900, and 1,800 Watts, plus an 80 Watt warming zone. You can also connect elements for an extended cook-zone for larger cookware.

Because of the smooth, digital controls, this range is a breeze to keep clean (no awkward control knobs to gather grime!).

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Bertazzoni MAS365ICFEPXT

Highlights: High-end large capacity range with 5-element induction cooktop made by an environmentally conscious company with an outstanding reputation for quality. The best for sustainability and aesthetics but beaten by the GE Profile for overall bang for your buck.

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What we like

  • Large capacity dual convection oven
  • Freestanding, beautiful induction range
  • 5 high-power induction elements
  • Two bridge zones for extended cooking surface
  • Full metal controls (no plastic knobs)
  • Self-cleaning and easy to clean by hand (removable inner oven glass!)
  • 99% recyclable!
  • Comes with 3 racks and an enameled tray
  • 7 possible rack positions!

What could be better

  • A luxury range at a luxury price
  • powerful – may require an electrical panel upgrade!
  • Front control knobs (not child-safe)
  • No WiFi or smart connectivity
  • No touch controls for stovetop (less precise)
  • Two inches deeper than its predecessor (check it fits your space!)

At a glance:

Capacity: 5.7 cu. ft.

Elements: 5, including 4 x 3,700 Watt burners

Warming zone: Yes

Self-clean: Yes

Steam-clean: No

Sabbath Mode: Yes, Star K certified

Additional features: Proofing mode, soft-close oven door, triple glazed with removable inner glass for easy cleaning, digital temperature gauge, two racks and seven shelf positions, true European convection, bridging element up to 7,400 Watts, 1-inch stainless steel backguard

The Bertazzoni Master Series 36 Inch Freestanding Electric Induction Range is where it’s at for the best luxury induction range. This dual convection range has a whopping 5.7 cu. ft. capacity oven and 5 induction elements. You can control each element independently using the full metal knobs on the front interface – no plastic here! The glass worktop also boasts a read-out for each element.

As well as being energy efficient, this oven is made by a more sustainable company. For instance, the racks can be left in during self-clean mode, meaning they aren’t coated in toxic non-stick chemicals. A staggering 99% of Bertazzoni products and packaging are recyclable.

Check your wiring!

This impressive oven requires four wires and a 240 V electrical supply, which may mean you need to upgrade your kitchen wiring for safety.

The updated Bertazzoni Master Series induction range is more than two inches deeper than its predecessor. It comes with a 2-year parts warranty and has a heavier chassis, thicker side panels and reinforced legs that look a little different to the earlier model.

The oven comes with three racks (1 telescopic and 2 wire), one enameled tray, and seven possible positions. The dual convection fans provide excellent heat distribution and even cooking and the extra wide electric broiler with optional convection is prefect for high-heat grilling and searing. 

This Bertazzoni induction range offers plenty of pre-set cooking modes, including:

  • Bake and broil
  • Convection, convection bake, and convection broil
  • Dehydrate
  • Pizza
  • Proofing
  • Pyrolytic self-clean
  • Warming.

Bertazzoni also offers a 36-inch induction range with all the same features and more, in a variety of colors, as part of its pricier professional series (view on AJ Madison).

Note that this range doesn’t have a control lock (the controls are knobs, not touchpad).

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Cafe Modern Glass Collection CHS90XM2NS5 30 Inch Slide-In Induction Smart Range 

Highlights: Modern looking, easy to clean, large capacity oven with impressive induction stovetop. Has an in-oven camera, smart connectivity, and tons of features, plus more precise touchpad controls.

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What we like

  • Large capacity convection oven
  • Touchpad controls
  • Super easy to clean
  • ADA and Prop 65 certified
  • 5 high power elements (including one 11-inch burner)
  • Can bridge two elements for a 16-inch cookzone!
  • Tons of oven functions
  • Lots of safety features
  • C° or F° Programmable
  • Connects to WiFi, Alexa, and Google Assistant
  • More sustainable company making ovens in the US

What could be better

  • Pricy
  • Horizontal controls and timer are hard to see unless standing over the oven

At a glance:

Capacity: 5.3 cu. ft.

Elements: 5, including a 3,700 Watt element

Warming zone: Yes

Self-clean: Yes

Steam-clean: Yes

Sabbath Mode: Yes

Additional features: Oven camera, Self-Clean, Steam Clean Option, Chef Connect, Fast Preheat, ADA Compliant, WiFi connectivity, hot surface indicator light, glide racks, temperature probe (optional), bridgeable 8-inch elements for large cookzone, removable door, 3 racks and 6 rack positions, warming drawer, Prop 65 certified

If you like the functionality of the Cafe model above but want touchpad controls, a single larger oven, and a different aesthetic, this Cafe model is for you. It has the same impressive stovetop elements with huge bridgeable 16-inch cookzone and 11-inch burner, but with more precise control thanks to the touchpad.

The biggest downside with this model is that the LED display lies flat on the top front of the stovetop. That means you can’t check the time or timer with a glance across the kitchen. I’d find this immensely vexing, but maybe it won’t bother you a jot.

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LG Studio LSIS6338F 30 Inch Smart Slide In Induction Range

Highlights: Huge capacity convection oven with seven rack positions. Impressive induction stovetop with five powerful elements (one is 4,300 Watts!). More affordable than similarly sized and powered competition.

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What we like

  • Huge capacity convection oven
  • Incredibly powerful induction elements
  • One 11-inch element
  • Seven oven rack positions
  • More affordable than some similar spec ranges from other brands
  • More sustainable company than most home appliance manufacturers

What could be better

  • No bridge element capacity
  • Front knob controls (not child-safe or dog-safe)
  • LG is newer to the induction game, so durability remains to be seen

At a glance:

Capacity: 6.3 cu. ft.

Elements: 5, including a 4,300 Watt element

Warming zone: Yes

Self-clean: Yes

Steam-clean: Yes

Sabbath Mode: Yes

Additional features: ProBake Convection®, Storage Drawer, Wi-Fi and remote control capability, Easy Clean, Self Clean, hot surface indicator light, temperature probe, Door lock, auto shut-off, proactive diagnostic updates (remote diagnostics), delay cook mode, 7 rack positions

The LG Studio LSIS6338F 30 Inch Smart Slide In Induction Range has the most powerful induction burner I’ve seen yet. The 5 elements include an 11-inch element with a 4,300 Watt boost. Unfortunately, the LG doesn’t offer bridge capability, so you can’t connect two elements to extend your cooking surface.

This huge oven boasts 6.3 cu. ft. of capacity and allows for seven rack positions for its three racks.

LG is fairly new to induction ranges, with just two current options at different price points. This one seems to have the most satisfied customers, provides the widest range of functions, and has five elements instead of four. The other main option is the similar capacity LSIL6334FE (view on AJ Madison) which has just two oven racks and no temperature probe but costs considerably less.

LG and sustainability

LG Electronics is a South Korean company with a solid track record on environmental leadership. It makes some of the most eco-friendly televisions and has an Eco-Index whereby its products are assessed using an internal standard for sustainability. It also publishes annual sustainability reports that are delightfully lengthy and detailed.

LG has a goal of 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 (vs. 2017 levels), and overall carbon neutrality, with a high proportion of US energy use coming from renewables. It doesn’t offer data for overseas operations, however, and LG is still a huge energy user, but as of 2022 it has set a goal of 100% renewables globally by 2050.

LG Electronics complies with international regulations on hazardous substances including RoHS and REACH, and has implemented a supply chain green management program, the Green Program Plus, to monitor hazardous substances in its supply chain. It is also in the process of phasing out the use of Phthalates, Antimony trioxide and Beryllium, PVC, and BFRs in product components.

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Smeg SPR30UIMX Professional Series

Highlights: High-end 30-inch induction range from an environmentally conscious company. Has 4 elements, all power boosted, 9 induction power modes, a larger bridged cook zone, and 9 oven cooking modes. 24-inch and 36-inch models also available.

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What we like

  • Made by a more sustainable company
  • True convection cooking
  • Steam-clean
  • Cook timer and clock
  • Attractive design with sturdy hardware
  • Freestanding with stainless steel legs
  • Easy to clean
  • Six rack positions
  • Power Booster and Heat Accelerator
  • Can bridge elements for larger cook surface

What could be better

  • Front controls (so not child-safe)
  • Smaller oven capacity (4.6 cu. ft.)
  • Just two oven racks
  • Just four elements with no warming zone
  • No self-clean mode (less insulation, possibly?)
  • The 36-inch model has higher power elements

At a glance:

Capacity: 4.6 cu. ft.

Elements: 4, including a 3,700 Watt element

Warming zone: No

Self-clean: No

Steam-clean: Yes

Sabbath Mode: No

Additional features: 9 oven modes, six oven rack positions for two wire racks, large viewing window (triple glazed), soft-close door, food probe, residual heat indicator light, automatic pan detection, and automatic switch-off in case of overheating, DIGI Screen touch controls, nine cooktop power levels, power booster for all elements, bridge element capability

The Smeg Professional Series 30 Inch Freestanding Electric Induction Range is a very attractive range boasting:

  • Sturdy knobs
  • Robust black tempered glass cooking surface
  • Knurled oven handle design
  • Low profile island trim
  • Stainless steel legs.

You can remove the inner glass for easy cleaning, and the range also has a VaporClean mode with an Ever-Clean Cavity coated enamel for easy cleaning. This range does not have a full self-clean mode, however, which may mean it isn’t as well insulated and energy efficient as ranges that do.

The Smeg range also offers slightly fewer cooking modes than the GE ovens. The 9 cook modes are:

  • Bake
  • Convection Bottom
  • Broil and Broil Max (Large grill)
  • Convection Broil and Convection Bake
  • True European Convection
  • Defrost
  • Pizza.

This oven also has a clock and timer, which I feel should be standard but, oddly, isn’t (see the Viking Series 5).

The Smeg 30-inch also features a Power Booster and Heat Accelerator function for rapid burner heat up. The safety features make the Smeg a great choice for foolproof cooking, especially if you’re new to induction.

Smeg also offers this induction range in a narrower, 24-inch model (view on AJ Madison), and as a wider 36-inch model (see listing below and view on AJ Madison).

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GE Profile PHS93XYPFS 30-Inch Slide-In Induction Range

Highlights: Fully kitted out Smart 30-inch slide-in induction range with in-oven camera, 7-inch color display, and more features than you’ll likely ever use. Large oven capacity and functional cooktop with 5 powerful elements.

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What we like

  • 5 powerful elements with warming zone and bridge capacity
  • In-oven camera and 7-inch full-color touch LCD screen!
  • Can switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit
  • ADA compliant and Star K certified Sabbath mode
  • Digital clock, timer, and touch controls
  • Child lock and various auto-shut-offs for safety
  • Self-clean with steam-clean mode (and delay and cool-down timers)
  • WiFi enabled and connects with smart devices

What could be better

  • Higher price thanks to all the features and in-oven camera
  • Lots of potential to go wrong, given so many features

At a glance:

Capacity: 5.3 cu. ft.

Elements: 5, including a 3,700 Watt burner

Warming zone: Yes

Self-clean: Yes

Steam-clean: Yes

Sabbath Mode: Yes, Star K

Additional features: Temperature probe, True European convection, 3 self-clean heavy duty oven racks with 6 possible positions, hidden bake element for easy cleaning, delay bake and proofing modes, storage drawer, control locks, WiFi and smart connectivity, 7-inch full-color touch LCD screen, glide touch controls, auto recipe conversion, auto oven shut-off (with override)

Remote monitoring

If you like to watch your food cooking from the comfort of your couch, meet the GE Profile PHS93XYPFS. This range has a heat-resistant in-oven camera that lets you view your food via smartphone for remote monitoring while cooking.

The GE Profile PHS93XYPFS also offers a ton of other features, including a 5-element cooktop with sous vide capability and precise touch controls. You can also control the elements’ temperatures from your smartphone app.

The oven offers 5.3 cu. ft. of capacity and is steam-clean and self-clean, and the racks aren’t coated in PTFE. The bake wattage is a bit higher than in many other ovens at this price point (2,850 Watts) and there’s a powerful 4,000 Watt broiler. The convection wattage is 1,500 Watt.

The range has an auto self-clean mode (I suggest you deactivate this), as well as a self-clean function that displays a ‘time to cool’ countdown, which is very helpful for planning your day. As a British-Canadian, I love that you can switch the programming between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

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Blomberg BIR34452SS30 Inch Slide-In Induction Range

Highlights: Attractive induction range from a more sustainable brand. Large capacity oven with true convection and four high power burners with bridge capability and an 11-inch element. No timer or digital temperature display though!

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What we like

  • Affordable luxury brand
  • Large capacity oven (5.7 cu. ft.)
  • Large viewing window and great interior lighting
  • Sabbath Mode
  • Made by a more sustainable company
  • Easier to recycle than most ovens

What could be better

  • Plastic knob controls (not digital)
  • No steam-clean option
  • Lacking a timer and digital temperature display
  • No delay bake
  • Only 4 elements

At a glance:

Capacity: 5.7 cu. ft.

Elements: 4, including 2 x 3,700 Watt burners

Warming zone: No

Self-clean: Yes

Steam-clean: No

Sabbath Mode: No

Additional features: Hot surface indicator light, 5 Cook Functions, Preheat Signal and Storage Drawer, 12-inch bridged cookzone, slim backsplash

The Blomberg Induction Range boasts four high power elements including an 11-inch element and two 6-inch elements you can bridge to make a larger cookzone.

This attractive range has knob controls for both the oven and the stovetop, which may be easier for some but also less precise than digital controls for induction cooktops.

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Smeg SPR36UIMX Professional Series Induction Range

Highlights: High-end, attractive 36-inch induction range with 5 powerful elements, numerous power modes, a larger bridged cook zone, and 9 oven cooking modes.

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What we like

  • 5 high-power elements
  • Made by a more sustainable company
  • True convection cooking
  • Steam-clean
  • Attractive design with sturdy hardware
  • Freestanding with stainless steel legs
  • Easy to clean
  • Six rack positions
  • Power Booster and Heat Accelerator
  • Can bridge elements for larger cook surface

What could be better

  • Front controls (so not child-safe)
  • Smaller oven capacity (4.5 cu. ft.)
  • Just two oven racks
  • No self-clean mode (less insulation, possibly?)

At a glance:

Capacity: 4.6 cu. ft.

Elements: 5, including a 3,700 Watt burner

Warming zone: Yes

Self-clean: No

Steam-clean: Yes

Sabbath Mode: No

Additional features: Food probe, EverClean Cavity, removable inner glass and triple glazed large viewing window, soft-close door, 2 racks and 6 positions, clock and timer, defrost timer mode, 9 oven modes, DIGI Screen touch controls, vapor clean mode (no self-clean), sturdy knobs, robust black tempered glass cooking surface, knurled stainless steel oven handle, low profile island trim, stainless steel legs.

The Smeg Professional Series 36 Inch Freestanding Electric Induction Range is very similar to its smaller 30 inch peer but boasts an extra induction element. If stovetop cooking accounts for most of your culinary adventures, this model is a great choice. If you’re looking instead for a larger capacity oven with induction cooktop, go for the GE models.

Why? Because this oven only offers 4.6 cu. ft. of space, despite being 6 inches wider than the SPR30UIMX.

This induction stovetop has the same high powered elements as the 30-inch model plus an additional 5th element as follows:

  • Front Left – 3000 W
  • Back Left – 3000 W
  • Back Right – 3000 W
  • Front Right – 3000 W
  • Middle Center – 3700 W.

All of these have a power boost option and two of the elements can be bridged to create a larger cooking zones.

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Viking Series 5 Induction Range VIR53014BSS

Highlights: 30-inch American-made, high-end, energy-efficient range with 4 high-power induction elements. Missing some fairly standard features, such as a clock. Huge color range!

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What we like

  • Beautiful induction range available in a wide range of colors
  • Freestanding, not slide-in
  • 4 elements (1,400-3,700)
  • Self-cleaning
  • Multiple convection modes
  • LED illumination of control panel and knobs
  • 3 heavy-duty racks and 6 possible positions

What could be better

  • Only 4 elements
  • Smaller oven capacity (4.7 cu. ft.)
  • No timer or temperature probe
  • Not ADA compliant or Star K certified

At a glance:

Capacity: 4.6 cu. ft.

Elements: 5, including a 3,700 Watt burner

Warming zone: Yes

Self-clean: No

Steam-clean: Yes

Sabbath Mode: No

Additional features: Multiple convection modes, self-cleaning, large viewing window, rapid preheat, gentle close doors, BlackChrome™ Knobs illuminated by SoftLit™ LED lights, 3 heavy-duty racks with 6 porcelain coated rack positions

If you’re looking for a high end induction range, check out Viking. This go-to brand for gourmet cooks offers beautiful pro-style ranges with a wide range of premium features, and they’re made in the U.S.

The 5 Series 30-inch freestanding electric induction range has 4 MagneQuick elements on a ceramic stovetop with strong, wear-resistant glass.

The oven has three cleverly placed halogen lights and a large viewing window, and the patented Vari-Speed Dual Flow™Convection system is likely the largest convection fan currently available. This 8 ½ inch fan works bi-directionally for maximum airflow and the oven has a concealed 10 pass dual bake element with large 10-pass broiler with heat reflector.

High performance cooking modes include: 

  • Bake
  • Convection Bake
  • TruConvec™ Convection Cooking
  • Convection Roast
  • Hi, Med and Low Broil
  • Convection Broil
  • Convection Dehydrate
  • Convection Defrost
  • Self-Clean.

Sustainability at Viking

Viking makes the majority of its products in Greenwood, Mississippi. That means this stove is much less energy intensive in terms of transport compared to a stove made in Europe.

In 2020, Viking won a local environmental award bestowed by Pratt Industries. This award acknowledged its longstanding use of a vertically integrated supply chain involving recycled packing paper and cardboard. The company partnered with Pratt Industries in 2008 and has saved (according to Pratt) an estimated 99,535 trees and 5,855 tons of carbon, nearly 41 million gallons of water, and more than 23 million kilowatt hours by using recycled materials.

The major downsides to this model are the lack of a timer, no temperature probe, and no bridge element. The four elements are also lower power compared to the Smeg, Bertazzoni, and GE ranges. It is also not ADA compliant and there’s no Sabbath mode.

Check out AJ Madison for the full range of colors for the Viking 5 Series Induction Range.

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Bosch Benchmark 30-Inch Induction Range HIIP057U

Highlights: A true convection oven and induction range with self-clean function. Smaller oven capacity and poor visibility and practicality of touchpad controls. Made by a more eco-friendly company, gorgeous, and easy to keep clean.

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What we like

  • High-end brand offering luxury aesthetic
  • Made by a more sustainable company
  • Can combine elements to extend cooking surface
  • 1,400 to 3,700 Watt (6-11 inch) elements with SpeedBoil
  • Warming drawer and keep warm mode
  • Proofing mode and rapid preheat
  • Smaller oven for fast heating and less energy use overall
  • Quiet timer alarms
  • Easy to wipe clean
  • Sabbath mode

What could be better

  • More expensive than features and size warrant
  • Largest element is at the back
  • Controls are hard to see and use
  • Smaller oven capacity (4.6 cu. ft.)
  • Alarms may be too quiet!

At a glance:

Capacity: 4.6 cu. ft.

Elements: 4, including a 3,700 Watt burner

Warming zone: No

Self-clean: No

Steam-clean: Yes

Sabbath Mode: Yes

Additional features: FlexInduction® (bridge two cook zones), soft-close door, warming drawer, proofing mode, rapid preheat, timer

Bosch offers a luxury aesthetic and powerful performance all in one with its 30-inch slide-in induction range (model HIIP057U).

The oven is smaller than many other 30-inch ranges, offering just 4.6 cu. ft. of capacity. This may be plenty for you and your family, though, and the smaller space heats up faster and uses less energy overall.

This stovetop is unusual in that the largest element is at the back. This may be impractical for some cooks, especially if you’re shorter or struggle to lift larger pots over smaller ones at the front.

While we love Bosch for its sustainability and for other appliances, including electric ranges and refrigerators, the company could definitely do better with its induction ranges.

The biggest downside with this Bosch range is that the controls are very difficult to see once you actually start cooking. The print is gray on black and is easily obscured by steam or boiled over food or water.

The stovetop markings also make it difficult to ensure you’re lining up your pots correctly with the elements, which is more important in induction cooking than with electric or gas. And with bigger spills, you may have to clear the mess before you can safely use the controls to turn the element down or off, which seems like a real safety hazard.

The other big issue is that there is just one set of controls for all four elements. To change the temperature, you have to first select an area and then turn it up or down. If you’re using all four elements when cooking, this can quickly become confusing and chaotic and you may toggle the wrong element.

Sustainability at Bosch

Bosch is one of the more environmentally friendly companies making large and small appliances. It is a top pick for more eco-friendly refrigerators and participates in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s RAD recycling program (like GE).

Finally, some users report that the timer for this range is so quiet that it’s inaudible in adjacent rooms or if you have a powerful range hood running. For noise sensitive cooks, this may be a blessing. For forgetful cooks, this could be a safety concern.

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  1. Hello –

    First of all, thanks for your wonderful work. Do you have a more affordable selection for ranges? I am searching for one, but I can’t afford the ones you selected. I don’t mind going one version back.

    Thanks in advance,

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