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Recommendation for induction cooktop?

My electricity cooker is broken and I'm thinking to replace it with induction cooktop. Wonder what are the recommended brand/model in Switzerland, and the price to install (& recycle the old one?)

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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

This one looks to be a bargain:
https://www.ricardo.ch/de/a/ceranfel...rk-1116389706/

We have a Siemens, works well, but I have no other experience to compare it with.
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

Siemens is a decent brand with reasonable prices. Nettoshop has the best or close to prices but their website is the best. If you can avoid cutting the existing benchtop installation will be cheaper and easier so measure the hole in the bench and via the website you can refine your search preferences to fit your size.
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

Not sure about you guys, but while our Siemens cooktop cooks well, there are some design flaws that drive me up the wall. For example, if a small drop of water/oil comes out of a pan and lands on/near the touchscreen controls, it interprets it as a finger and adjusts the heat level to the number the droplet landed on. So you can put a pot on at level 8 and come back find it's been "cooking" at 2.

And cleaning the cooktop drives me bonkers too. If you go over it with a damp scrubber/cloth, the touchscreen thinks you're trying to turn it on, but can't interpret what you're trying to tell it, and starts bleeping at you like crazy.

Our unit is about 5yrs old so maybe they've fixed this in later models.
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Our unit is about 5yrs old so maybe they've fixed this in later models.
It's a problem common to most flat-top electric hobs, induction or otherwise. Most are not that sensitive that a splash will change the heat, but I look for ones with the controls furthest away from the cooking area.
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That's not induction.
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My electricity cooker is broken and I'm thinking to replace it with induction cooktop. Wonder what are the recommended brand/model in Switzerland, and the price to install (& recycle the old one?)
Some of the cheaper ones are noisy.

Make sure you get one that can cope with small pans. Our old one had quite a big minimum pan circumference which was a pain with small sauce pans as they wouldn't work.

Make sure the increments are small enough - difficult to test beforehand I know but I've always found, for example, that a 5 setting is not enough, and a 6 is too much.

The biggest purchase you may need to make (and it could cost more than the hob), is decent iron-cored sauce pans. Not all induction pans are equal.

Induction hobs are brilliant - there is a reason why many restaurant kitchens have induction hobs and none of them have sh*tty glass-ceramic hobs.
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

V zug for sure hut not cheap
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

Most are pretty good.

We've even got a 40CHF Ikea one which is really good and supplements our sh*t glass-ceramic which has one broken ring and three which may as well be broken.

We had an electolux before in our last place - an ex-show room model but excellent (apart from the minimum pan diameter requirement).
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

I would actually suggest avoiding Zug brand appliances. We have a Zug glass-ceramic stove (therefore, not induction), and all of the appliances in our apartment are made my Zug. We have had nothing but problems with most of them and many have needed replaced. Many of our neighbors have had the same experience.

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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

Since I live in a rental, I have two portable units. Each is about 50 cm wide.

The first is by Caso. Two heat elements, has a timer and, 1-12 intensity and a temperature option from 60-180 degrees (maybe higher) in steps of 10 degrees.
You can cook rice and simmer using the lower temperatures.

We just got a klarstein. This one has multiple fields. We have a teppan grill pan thatís too big for one heating element so we got this one. It goes from 1-9, has a timer in 5 minute increments and pots have to be at least 14cm in diameter. I think you can use up to 4 pots on the hob, itís very powerful and has not the more fine control of the coso.

Both cost about chf 250 each. Theyíre both noisy, but do the trick. Since we like to cook, and we donít like our cooktop and donít want to move, this solves our problem.

I like the ability to control temperature so you can cook at lower temps. I also like the timer, if you need to simmer something, or if youíre using a stovetop pressure cooker. And if you have weird shaped or big pans, multiple fields are helpful.

For pans, I mostly use demeyre. I have one Kuhn-Rikon granite non stick. We also use Zwillinge and le cruset
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Old 21.05.2020, 17:27
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

I have a V Zug induction hob and must say that I find it good. Not noisy and I havenít had the issues with button sensitivity, unless something boils over dramatically or if you put a hot pot directly on the buttons. I really like induction for the immediacy and ease of cleaning.

I also agree that the longevity of all the products is not great, especially for the price. In our 8 years here and in two rental properties we have had to have every class of appliance replaced. They are never economical to fix. Most recently....the induction hob!!

If we had our own place I would probably consider Miele.
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Not sure about you guys, but while our Siemens cooktop cooks well, there are some design flaws that drive me up the wall. For example, if a small drop of water/oil comes out of a pan and lands on/near the touchscreen controls, it interprets it as a finger and adjusts the heat level to the number the droplet landed on. So you can put a pot on at level 8 and come back find it's been "cooking" at 2.

And cleaning the cooktop drives me bonkers too. If you go over it with a damp scrubber/cloth, the touchscreen thinks you're trying to turn it on, but can't interpret what you're trying to tell it, and starts bleeping at you like crazy.

Our unit is about 5yrs old so maybe they've fixed this in later models.
We had a Siemens in our previous place and it had a special button for cleaning which solved this problem. That kitchen was installed in 2013.
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

I bought this one a couple of years ago
https://www.siemens-home.bsh-group.c...err/EH601LFC1E

Sorry, page is in German, but googling the number may bring up an English description.

It is "autark", meaning it is entirely separate from the oven, i.e not in any way connected or wired in with the oven. I figured it would make it easier to replace one or the other. But it needs a separate socket.

It doesn't like it if water is spilled on it as previously mentioned, but I've got the hang of it now by adjusting volume and heat.

I don't find cleaning difficult. Again, it doesn't like it if too much water is used, but I got over that.

I got mine from SilverTech (cheapest at the time), but Nettoland is good too
https://www.toppreise.ch/preisvergle...1LFC1E-p486968
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

When I was at rent I had bauchnecht (whirlpool outside of German countries)...I wasnít so happy...the heat wasnít constant and a bit of water was enough to drive it crazy, beside the design wasnít allowing even 2 medium pots on the same line.
I now have Miele, they heat the hell, but they absolutely need good space under them to release heat from the electronic components. We had a drawer underneath and we had to leave it empty as otherwise would turn off during longer cooking.
The seller was advising Electrolux...but canít really judge,
I went for Miele also because of design as it has the fireplaces in way I can easily use at least 3 at same time...but as well 4 if not too big
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

I cook a lot and bought a Miele 6 ring one.... I would not recommend it to anyone.
If I cook curry in 2 pans and then want to cook some rice the 3rd pan doesn't heat up to the full heat. so it would be impossible to have 4 pans of boiling water for example..... even though there are 6 rings or zones.

I spoke to them about it and that said its not a fault and thats how it is...... you can only have to rings on full and the rest at a lower temp.... had it even occurred to me to ask before I ordered it I would have done something different...
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

We use all Miele ...except for the induction cooktop - which is Electrolux - which is great .
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I would actually suggest avoiding Zug brand appliances. We have a Zug glass-ceramic stove (therefore, not induction), and all of the appliances in our apartment are made my Zug. We have had nothing but problems with most of them and many have needed replaced. Many of our neighbors have had the same experience.
Not us or our neighbors, we are very happy with Zug - especially the wok induction we chose over the Miele one
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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

We moved into a new build apartment 2 years ago, all of the kitchens have V-Zug which I think are great (I cook a lot). The ovens and fridge freezers are also V-Zug, oven has a steam setting which does fantastic moist roast chicken and beef, also things like pulled pork. I already decided when I retire back to Scotland I'm installing this brand, despite their goods being super expensive in the UK. All of the white goods supplied in the house I have back in Scotland are Zanussi, the oven, hob and washer dryer I have are all really inefficient
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We moved into a new build apartment 2 years ago, all of the kitchens have V-Zug which I think are great (I cook a lot). The ovens and fridge freezers are also V-Zug, oven has a steam setting which does fantastic moist roast chicken and beef, also things like pulled pork. I already decided when I retire back to Scotland I'm installing this brand, despite their goods being super expensive in the UK. All of the white goods supplied in the house I have back in Scotland are Zanussi, the oven, hob and washer dryer I have are all really inefficient
You're not comparing apples and oranges.

Zanussi is not a high-end brand - their ovens are less than 400 pounds. You'll pay a few thousand for a V-Zug oven.

Sure V-Zug are good but then so are other appliances from other high-end brands.
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