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4.1 | 97 Reviews

30-Inch 4 Element Induction Cooktop, Architect® Series II - Stainless Steel

KitchenAid KICU509XSS

Available in 2 Color(s)

Features

  • Performance Boost - Allows you to exceed the maximum heat-level setting for up to 10 minutes, perfect for rapid boiling
  • Touch-Activated Controls - Integrate seamlessly into the surface and include a slider for heat-level selection
  • Melt and Hold - Uses low power levels for melting delicate ingredients or keeping cooked food warm without scorching.
  • Simmer Function - Automatically selects a low power level to help maintain a constant simmer without boiling over.

Quick Specs

  • Type: Cooktop
  • Fuel: Electric
  • Width: 30.75"
  • Height: 3.125"
  • Depth: 21.313"
  • Nominal Width: 30"
  • Energy Star Rated: No
  • Downdraft Ventilation: No
  • Hood Recommended: Yes
  • Induction: Yes
  • Type: Smoothtop

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4-Element Cooktop

Provides four independent cooking surface areas.

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2 Elements with Bridge Function

Allows the flexibility to convert two cooking zones into one large cooking zone which provides additional space to accommodate specialty cookware.

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12 Heat Level Settings

Provide various levels of heat to fine tune cooking techniques ranging from melting chocolate and simmering a sauce to searing meat or achieving a rapid boil.

4-Element Cooktop Provides four independent cooking surface areas.

2 Elements with Bridge Function Allows the flexibility to convert two cooking zones into one large cooking zone which provides additional space to accommodate specialty cookware.

12 Heat Level Settings Provide various levels of heat to fine tune cooking techniques ranging from melting chocolate and simmering a sauce to searing meat or achieving a rapid boil.

Features

  • Performance Boost - Allows you to exceed the maximum heat-level setting for up to 10 minutes, perfect for rapid boiling
  • Touch-Activated Controls - Integrate seamlessly into the surface and include a slider for heat-level selection
  • Melt and Hold - Uses low power levels for melting delicate ingredients or keeping cooked food warm without scorching.
  • Simmer Function - Automatically selects a low power level to help maintain a constant simmer without boiling over.
  • Pan Size Detection - Provides feedback on whether pan size is suitable for the selected element.
  • Control Lock - Helps prevent unintended use and makes it easier to clean the control panel
Specifications
Dimensions
Depth 21-5/16 in
Height 3-1/8 in
Width 30-3/4 in
Configuration and Overview
ADA Compliant No
Cooktop Type Standard
Fuel Type Electric Induction
Installs Over Built-In Oven Yes
Prop 65 CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ONLY - WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
Size 30 in
UL UL
Cooktop Details
Automatic Pan Detection Yes
Cooktop Element Style Induction
Cooktop Surface Material Ceramic Glass
Downdraft Vent No
Heating Element On Indicator Light Yes
Hot Surface Indicator Light Yes
Left Front Element-Burner Type Bridge
Left Rear Element-Burner Type Bridge
Number of Cooking Element-Burners 4
Appearance
Digital Display Yes
Certifications
Prop 65 CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ONLY - WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
Electrical
Amps 40
Hz 60
Power Cord Included No

Quick Specs


  • Appearance

  • Type: Cooktop
  • Fuel: Electric

  • Dimensions

  • Width: 30.75"
  • Height: 3.125"
  • Depth: 21.313"

  • Size

  • Nominal Width: 30"

  • Features

  • Energy Star Rated: No
  • Downdraft Ventilation: No
  • Hood Recommended: Yes

  • Cooktop Features

  • Induction: Yes
  • Type: Smoothtop

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4.1 out of 5

77% of reviewers recommend this product.

It's a learning curve for me but I will get used to it

Harron 9/14/2017

I am enjoying all the nuances on this cooktop. So happy with our decision only wish burners had painted outlines would make it easier to see where burners are situated on your particular cooktop

Yes, I recommend this product

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Great cooktop

Cooktessa 9/8/2017

Used this for about a month. Love it. Great response on heat control.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Great cooktop

Susan 9/8/2017

This is our first experience with induction cooking. It has been a very easy transition. It is easy to use and very easy to clean up. I had heard that there could be humming noises with induction cooking. We have experienced very little of that

Yes, I recommend this product

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Excellent induction cooktop

Cindy E. 8/11/2017

Recently bought this cooktop to replace broken electric one. Couldn't be happier with the induction features as well as the clean look of this premium cooktop. I highly recommend it!

Yes, I recommend this product

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Does not last. 2 years from the time we bought it.

Mark 8/1/2017

It came from the builder when we bought the house 2 years ago. Now possible fuse broken. I guess that is why they only warranty it for 1 year, they know that it's not going to last long. Part with shipping cost around $85 +. Repair is ridiculously priced. Just find another brand that would last longer.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Waiting for installation

Dee 7/18/2017

Looks beautiful, but haven't installed yet. Waiting on new countertop

Yes, I recommend this product

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Beautiful and Easy to use Cooktop!

Dibader 7/17/2017

Bought the full suite of products, and love the induction cooktop! Easy to use, and love the fact that I can use cast iron (and all induction cookware) on top of a silpat! Prevents scratches, and makes clean up a breeze. It does tend to run hotter on the settings, but that's an easy adjustment. It's allowed me to get reacquainted with my cast iron. The cookware does need to be induction ready, other pans won't work. It did take me awhile to figure it all out, but instructions are great.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Very happy we made the switch to induction

KACFLA 7/11/2017

We have had this cooktop since March 2017 and couldn't be more happy. The boost feature makes boiling water a snap. The ability to instantly control the heat is as good as gas. Clean up is as easy as it gets on the glass top. We also purchased some Kitchenaid cookware and have not heard any buzzing noises. If you are thinking about induction don't hesitate to get it.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Cooktop is great

TeriA 7/11/2017

Love the cooktop. It is sharp looking and performs nicely.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Only got to use it a couple of times so far, but I love it.

Marj 7/6/2017

Remodel purchase haven't been able to use much. Snow bird, now. Moving to Az full time. Can't wait to use my new appliances.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Sharpest cooktop in town!!

LisaPA 6/15/2017

SO glad Kyle O'Steen at Allentown Applianc thought to show us this cooktop when we were shopping for kitchen remodeling

Yes, I recommend this product

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SO easy to keep clean!

Bruce . . . 6/1/2017

We purchased an entire new set of kitchen appliances a month ago, and have fallen in love with our new convection cook top. It is easy to use and heats up as quickly as a gas stove would do. We also love how quickly it cools down. A great purchase!

Yes, I recommend this product

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Do not buy!

Jennifer 5/5/2017

If I could give this a zero star rating, I would. Literally the second time I used this cook top, the large burner made a explosive popping noise and fried the electrical panel. After contacting kitchen aid, all they will do is fix this under warranty. I could understand if I owned this appliance for some time. But this was the second use. In my opinion it should be completely refunded. And I would absolutely not buy the same brand. I'm now without a stove until the repair man can come in one week.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Induction cooktop = Great

demps 4/29/2017

We installed this cooktop 6 weeks ago and use it 3xday. Its great, super fast, accurate temp control, spills clean up easily. It looks great.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Great product. Excellent features

El Titi 15 4/28/2017

We Bought this cooktop almost 3 months ago and my wife claims that is easier to cook now very nice looking appliance. Features are very easy to use.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Mostly Love It!

Aprild 4/13/2017

I've had the cooktop for 2 weeks now. My only complaint is that the buttons are linear and the cooking rings are not and I get confused on which burner I'm trying to turn on and then it won't come on and I get frustrated.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Beautiful and Efficient

Updated at Last 3/27/2017

I have waited a long time to update my kitchen appliances. After researching, I chose the 30 inch - 4 element induction cooktop. I have not been disappointed in my choice! Although induction cooking is new to me, the cooktop is user friendly and it has not taken me long to learn how to use it.

Yes, I recommend this product

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30 inch

Dave 3/27/2017

This is the best cooktop that we have ever had, including natural gas models. Works perfectly and easily.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Love it!

Debbie 3/25/2017

I'm still learning but I already love it! It boils so quickly you can leave the kitchen to go do a quick chore. I love the game instant response time. May I never cook on an electric cooktop again!

Yes, I recommend this product

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Don't waste your money on this false "Bridge Mode" cook top

JerryJ 3/17/2017

I bought the Kitchenaid Induction cook top thinking it was going to be amazing, and with a normal round pan that fits in the space of the burners, it is. Unfortunately for me, I specifically bought a model with the "Bridge Mode" for the burners, and quickly found out that Kitchenaid doesn't feel that people really plan to use this feature. The "Bridge Zone" doesn't actually have any way of heating the pan, so now I have an overpriced cook top that doesn't work as advertised. When I try to use the bridge mode with my griddle, the two round spots where the burners are heat just fine, but the space over the "Bridge Zone" is 200 degrees cooler than the burner zones making it completely worthless. I called Kitchenaid, and the representative I spoke with said it should work fine and scheduled a service call. When the service technician came out, he called their technical department and was told this is normal. If you are looking for a cook top without a Bridge Mode, get a cheaper model, because this isn't worth the extra money.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Great product

Den 3/17/2017

Remodeled Kitchen. While studying the latest cook tops we came upon induction cooking. Had really never heard of it. Did some studying. It is the best. Works great and our experience so far is just great. One thing that could be improved on is the difficulty in seeing the touch controls. They come pretty close to matching the color of the top. Hard for us to see. But then again we are seniors.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Heats quickly, super easy clean up!

Do 3/16/2017

Heats up quickly. Love the top doesn't cook spills making clean up super easy! Only complaint, pots have to be exact same size of burner.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Favorite New Appliance

VAGentleman 2/17/2017

Have had it less than a month but love everything about it so far. Brings water to a boil in no time and extremely easy (and fast) to lower to a simmer - and keep it there!!!. Love the way the cook top cools down so quickly once it is turned off. I'm sure I will enjoy it even more as I use it more and become accustomed to what setting to use for different purposes.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Fast Accurate Cooking!

Jenna 2/14/2017

We purchased this appliance to replace an older electric unit that was going out. We had previously been debating on getting gas but now I am glad that we went with induction. It is truly the best of both worlds - FAST, responsive, accurate cooking without the risk of an open flame (we have a little one). The cooktop is easy to clean because spills don't get burned on, as heat is generated inside the pan. I've had beautiful results, no burns, and my kitchen looks cleaner longer. It's also simple to use and has a sleek look with no bulky buttons. I love it!

Yes, I recommend this product

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Boils water quick

Anvil 2/7/2017

Great product, easy install.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Beautiful looking and easy to use

Lisa 2/6/2017

This cooktop is so beautiful. So glad we went with kitchenaid. It does everything they say it will. I love it.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Like the bridge

Islandlife 1/27/2017

We have been using induction for 8 years, needed to replace, wouldn't consider a different type of cooktop, really like the induction. Love the bridge feature between burners, for large batch pancakes or bacon and eggs. Easy to clean surface, nice sleek look in our kitchen.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Buy an Induction cooktop!!!

The Lipp family 1/13/2017

We remodeled our kitchen with ALL Kitchenaid black stainless appliances. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! We wanted a simple, easy to clean cooktop that complemented our black stainless appliances. We had to special order the cooktop, nobody had it in stock. We didn't get a chance to see one in person before buying it, but we were not disappointed. It is gorgeous and performs AMAZING. This cooktop is the best cooktop I have EVER had. GREAT to cook on and cleans VERY EASY.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Glad we bought the cooktop

Alexmart 1/4/2017

When shopping to replace our failed Jenn air cooktop, we were considering all of the leading brands-- GE, Bosch, Jenn air, and Kenmore. I read the reviews of many models within these brands, and found reviewers complaining of problems for all these brands. The leading problem was cookware compatibility. I went to cookware sites like WS, and read what readers shared regarding compatibility of various brands. I saw the fewest issues with kitchen aid. I was a little leery about buying another kitchen aid appliance, given the bad luck I had with one of their refrigerators. We've had the cooktop for a few months now and are very happy.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Bridging feature, induction cooktop

Jim 12/17/2016

At the recommendation of the salesman, we purchased a 4 element induction cooktop with largely based on the bridging (oval pan/griddle) feature. The bridging function is useless as there is no cookware manufacturer who sells an appropriately sized griddle. We were persuaded to buy this unit based on the flexibility that the bridging feature seems to provide. I would recommend you taking the time to do web research on user experience with the unit before purchasing. It seems unreasonable to create the bridging function and then not have a suitable griddle available.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Cooktop!

Nikki 12/12/2016

Absolutely love this kitchen aid product, the design and quality of this induction cook top is amazing. Very easy to use and clean! Exactly what I was looking for!

Yes, I recommend this product

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Not impressed

Stacey 12/12/2016

The cooktop randomly turns off when I'm cooking and won't turn back on until several minutes have passed.

No, I do not recommend this product

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30-inch 4 Element Induction Cooktop, Architect Series II

Daisy 11/27/2016

I've had this cooktop for about one month. We remodeled our kitchen and decided to go high end on new appliances. It's been a learning experience but so far really like the induction cooktop. We even purchased new cookwear because most of the old pots did not work with induction cooking. Really like the fact that the cooktop heat cools much faster when I need a lower temperature. We also replaced our refrigerator and dishwasher with Kitchenaid products. I would definitely recommend this cooktop.

Yes, I recommend this product

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quick efficient and easy to clean

Babs 11/26/2016

I bought this stove top and it is definitely a smart choice. It is easy to clean and conducts super quickly.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Love hate relationship

Unimpressed 11/25/2016

We remodeled our kitchen in 2011 and purchased a double wall oven kebs208sss04, dishwasher Kuds30fxss0, Microwave hood vent khms2050sss and an induction cooktop Kicu500xbl00. We purchased these appliances from a local appliance shop that recommended this line of product because of their reputation. I have to say that we have been less than impressed with the quality. With the exception of the Microwave, we have had to have service on the other three products. the oven has twice failed, with error codes, as a result of steam that builds up near the control panel. I have had to replace dishwasher parts three times, the drawer glides, drawer height adjustment mechanism and the maceration screen. and now the induction cooktop has completely failed. We purchased a three-year extended warrante and now, 6 years in I am facing replacing the cooktop. does any manufacturer produce goods that will last 10-15 years anymore!

No, I do not recommend this product

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Clean lines - great cooking!

Carol 11/21/2016

Just moved into my new condo. I changed the kitchen package from a full size gas range to the electric induction cooktop. I love it! So easy to keep clean and looks beautiful with my black and white granite with white cabinets. It gives me plenty of cooking versatility. All of my appliances are KitchenAid black stainless - they look so beautiful!

Yes, I recommend this product

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Great cooktop but ............

Chef Scott 10/31/2016

Bought this cooktop in December of 2014 when I remodeled my kitchen along with all other KitchenAid appliances. Worked great up until this morning when trying to boil water using the Boost setting. Normally the water heats up very quickly. However, after a few seconds I received a fault code F60 on all burners. Turned the unit off/on and no change. Unplugged the until for an hour, plugged it back in, no change. I have a service call tomorrow and now that it has been 22 months the unit is out of warranty. Everything I ready says that the control board needs to be replaced. Average cost $350 plus labor. I am NOT happy that this unit has failed so quickly. The old conventional cooktop worked fine and was 15 years old. Perhaps I shouldn't have changed it out. Unless I am pleasantly surprised tomorrow, the unit seems very unreliable.

No, I do not recommend this product

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I'm in love

Mary 10/21/2016

I bought this Cooktop a month ago and really love using it. It's easy to use and clean, and it's su much faster to cook in it that I find myself cooking a lot more, thank you for making my cooking so much more enjoyable

Yes, I recommend this product

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The BEST!

Mindy 9/18/2016

Love this cooktop. Easy clean up, easy to use. I absolutely love induction cooking.

Yes, I recommend this product

BURNER SIZES

ED 8/27/2016

I BOUGHT THIS MODEL BECAUSE OF THE TWO 7" ELEMENTS BEING ABLE TO BRIDGE. NOT KNOWING YOU CANT FIND A GRIDDLE THAT WILL FIT. THEY ARE EITHER TO LARGE 0R TO SMALL. THE ELEMENT SIZES ALSO ARE NOT SIZED AROUND STANDARD INDUCTION COOKWARE. THE SALES MEN ARE NOT TRAINED TO BE AWARE OF THIS. I THINK THE BETTER OF THE TWO 30" INDUCTION COOK TOPS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE MODEL THAT DOES NOT BRIDGE AND HAS A WIDER RANGE OF ELEMENT SIZES. I AM GOING TO SEE IF KITCHEN AID WILL EXCHANGE MY UNIT. IF NOT I WILL TAKE THE LOSE AND PURCHASE FROM A DIFFERENT COMPANY. BEING A RESTAURANT OWNER I EXPECT PERFECTION IN MY COOKING.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Not as hot as I thought it would be

Lynn 8/22/2016

I shopped around a lot before choosing this brand and model. The burners him and click when maintaining a low temperature which drives me nuts. We have also had a very difficult time with cookware even though we've bought specialty pots for induction. Sizing is difficult for burner size and not all pots work on all burners. You can't use the power burst on 2 burners at a time either. I wouldn't buy it again.

No, I do not recommend this product

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Excellent Cooktop

Sergio 8/9/2016

I have never used a cooktop that can boil water so fast, neither gas or electric. Control over temperature is very fast and very consistent, from the hottest setting to just warm. The features are practical and uncomplicated to use, and clean up is as easy as it could possibly be. The only negative is that at high power my pans emit a low volume whining/screeching sound caused by the magnetic induction.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Buyer Beware!!!!

Tennis for Life 7/26/2016

I have owned various KitchenAid appliances for over 30 years and have been reasonably satisfied with their quality and performance until recently. When remodeling our kitchen in 2012, I purchased a 30" KitchenAid induction cooktop (KICU500XBL) so this review is from 4 years of experience. The initial cooktop stopped working within a couple of months of installation and after about 3 weeks of diagnosis and discussion/negotiation with Whirlpool, they finally relented and replaced the unit. Unfortunately, the replacement unit was not much better. It too stopped working shortly after installation, but fortunately was repairable. Based on the serviceman's recommendation, I purchased an extended 3-year warranty, which I highly recommend if you can afford it. Fast forward to today, and the unit stopped working again with no power or display. I had a serviceman diagnose the problem and he concluded that the display and power control boards need to be replaced to the tune of over $1,000 - less than 4 years old and kaput! So now I'm discussing and negotiating with Whirlpool again to determine if the unit is repairable or other sort of settlement, which will leave me without a functioning cooktop for at least another 2 weeks. The saga continues and I know that I will never buy another KitchenAid induction cooktop and probably any other KitchenAid appliance. I strongly suggest that you evaluate numerous manufacturer's induction cooktops before purchasing a KitchenAid.

No, I do not recommend this product

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SS 7/23/2016

Love it! Easy to manage cooktop! Very slight, if any, splattering of food while cooking. Easiest cooktop top to clean ever!! It will always be an induction cooktop for me!

Yes, I recommend this product

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Boils water in 2 minutes

Amy 7/11/2016

Boils water in 2 minutes. Easy to clean. Only downside is the humming sound during use, which is louder than the one i had previously at my prior home, which is a different brand.

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Great Induction Cooktop

KLF 6/15/2016

We've had this for a couple months. Very easy to use. The layout of the burners works well and heats up lightning fast!

Yes, I recommend this product

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easy to use

Kmass 6/11/2016

so easy to use and heats up fast!!

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Wonderful Induction Cooktop

Babss 4/1/2016

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.

Yes, I recommend this product

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Not So Sure About This One

Smokie 3/8/2016

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!

No, I do not recommend this product

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Need a Griddle for the Induction Bridge Feature

Anne 3/2/2016

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."

No, I do not recommend this product

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