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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 that’s 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, it’s very powerful and has not the more fine control of the coso.

Both cost about chf 250 each. They’re both noisy, but do the trick. Since we like to cook, and we don’t like our cooktop and don’t 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 you’re 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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Re: Recommendation for induction cooktop?

I have a V Zug induction hob and must say that I find it good. Not noisy and I haven’t 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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