Honest induction stove reviews of three induction ranges
With so many choices available, it can be really difficult to choose the right induction range for your needs.
To help you make this decision a little easier, we’ve conducted reviews on three ranges that are currently available online (so you don’t even need to get dressed to go shopping). The three induction ranges that we will take a look at below are: the GE PS950SFSS, the Samsung NE58H9970WS, and the Frigidaire FGIS3065PF.
First of all it is important to note that this appliance has an electric stovetop (not induction).
Before replacing an existing range you will need to double check that whatever appliance you choose will fit in the space that you have. The dimensions of this product are as follows: 28.9 x 31.2 x 37.2 inches.
But there is more to consider when it comes to fit beyond the obvious dimensions. On this particular model the oven handles bow outward (which adds to the overall depth).
An interesting feature regarding the design of this appliance is that the left and right sides of the top lap over (which means less gap between the stovetop and the counter).
We happen to love this feature because it helps to create a seamless look and it also stops all those pesky crumbs and messes from falling into the no-man’s land between the stove and the adjacent counter!
Another common question we hear is regarding the vent; this particular model has an upward vent (from the back of the cooktop area; you will see why vent placement is important when we review the third range in this article) so an existing overhead fan will come in useful.
The double ovens are a good size; the main oven will accommodate large roasting pan and does have the convection feature as well as rollers on the bottom tray so that it is easier to slide the racks out (for basting or to see if a cake is done).
The ovens have three options: bake, convection bake, and broil; however, convection bake is only available on the bottom oven.
HINT: Convection bake means that a fan runs while you are baking, which circulates the hot air through out the oven. In this mode you will be able to cook or bake on more than one rack at a time; items on both racks would cook evenly.
Cleaning the GE PS950SFSS
There is a lock for the burners and oven controls (really helpful while cleaning or if you have children in the house); they will literally lock the controls when set to clean.
For cleaning the glass stove top, pick up a good cleaner made especially for this purpose (available at most home stores).
If you are looking for a top-of-the-line cleaner, we suggest purchasing a cleaning kit that contains a cooktop cleaner, cooktop protect ant, and cleaning pads at the same time you purchase your range.
For peace of mind, all General Electric appliances are all made in the USA.
For more information, do checkout the website which features two short videos on How to Easily Clean a Smoothtop Cooktop and Range Buying Guide | Consumer Reports.
The dimensions of this range are: 28.9 x 31.2 x 37.2 inches and as above, the top reaches over to the counter which creates a professional, installed look (and not to mention, it is easier to keep clean). You will need to purchase a 240v range cord separately (and we would suggest saving yourself the headache and opting for the professional installation option as well).
The first feature that is important to know on this range is that, unlike in the General Electric model reviewed above, the burners on the Samsung appliance are induction. As we’ve talked about the benefits of using an induction stovetop, you will now get to see those features in action.
This is a highly rated appliance and if you love to cook, this is probably one of the best induction ranges that you can choose; it is a highly powered performance range.
Heating up quickly and evenly, the temperature control knobs for the range top are big and bold and there is an additional display on the stove top showing a digital display for each burner.
If you do bake in this oven, keep in mind that as it is convection oven the baking time may be a little bit faster than you are used to (see review above where we explained the benefits of convection baking)! As the stovetop is induction, that will be a lot faster too!
The upper oven is small, but that can actually be an advantage as you will be able to use it as a toaster oven; for anything that is small.
The lower oven is larger and you will be able to use the two separate ovens to cook different things at the same time.
Cleaning the Samsung NE58H9970WS
This induction range is really beautiful, and as mentioned a high powered piece definitely suits someone who will use it often! Certainly an appliance that you will keep for a long time and proudly show to friends and family so keep the stainless steel finish looking new with daily buffing.
As with are previous two reviews, let’s begin with the product dimensions (always be sure to carefully check the space that you have available for your new range): the Frigidaire FGIS3065PF is 34 x 35 x 40 inches.
This range does come with an induction cooktop and a convection fan to move air throughout the oven, which results in faster and more even cooking on more than one rack.
This model displays the oven temperature while it is preheating which is certainly helpful (and not all ranges have this feature).
There is a Steam Cleaning feature (a 20-minute light oven cleaning which does not use chemicals and has no odors). We aren’t convinced that this will clean up really sticky messes, and please read the manual before trying this control, but there is also the regular cleaning mode which is also available.
The Keep Warm Zone, as the name suggests, will keep food warm until all the food and guests are ready to eat. This is helpful if you aren’t able to take the food out of the oven right away. There is also a radiant heat center which will lightly warm bread and tortillas.
As with everything, there are pros and cons, and the Frigidaire FGIS3065PF is no different. This appliance costs a lot less than most other ranges on the market so it is to be expected that there will be some trade off of features and functions in exchange for a better price.
One challenge that we noticed on this range is that the oven vent is located in the front, under the control panel (right where you will be standing to cook). When the oven is on, air passes through this vent. Although the vent is a necessary function (so please do not block the vent) the constant air can be annoying, especially if you find the air a bit cool. Most ranges have this vent in the back.
Another challenge to note with this model is that the bottom storage drawer cannot be removed without being disassembled.
Cleaning the Frigidaire FGIS3065PF
If you like to keep your area really clean, you may struggle with this model. Deep cleaning the Frigidaire FGIS3065PF is a little more difficult than in many ranges first of all because the knobs are not removable (they will often just pop off in most ranges making cleaning underneath the knob much easier). As these knobs cannot be removed you may feel like there is dirt trapped underneath that you just won’t ever be able to reach.
Another hard to clean area on this particular model is the stainless steel plate in the front (where the temperature controls are located). This plate is not seamless against the rest of the stovetop so that means all sorts of messes from cooking (crumbs and spills) get embedded in the fine crack between the materials.
This may not be a deal breaker for some, though others will resent the extra cleaning step that you will need to keep the area clean.
Also, as with all glass tops, unless you are pedantic with cleaning, there will be streaks and thumbprints left behind so we do recommend using a cleaner that is specific to this type of stovetop.
If you are an avid baker, this oven may seem a little cramped. The inside dimensions of the oven are 15.5 x 24″ (the height from the lowest rack to under the element is 13 inches, which is quite low). In part this is due to a fan which is located in the back; for this reason the rack cannot be placed any farther back.
Although there are a few challenges with this particular range, mostly to do with space and cleaning, it is still an induction range which means you will reap all of the benefits that we listed earlier, and for a lower price point. Induction cooking is time saving, economically and we really believe that once you try induction cooking, you will never look back!
This is one of the least expensive induction ranges on the market so do consider that there will be trade offs when comparing to a model that may be up to as much as $1000 more expensive.
This range certainly makes for a cost-effective starting point in the world of induction cooking.
Now that you can see there really is a range that suits every style and budget, we think this statement by the NY Times truly sums up the essence of magnetic cooktops; “Induction cooking may be the iPad of the kitchen.”
And we certainly agree.