A lesson in simplicity

At first glance, you'll note that that the Electrolux EI30EC45KS lacks physical dials. Luckily, the touch controls are responsive and exhaustive. Unless you're an analog die-hard, you shouldn't have a problem with them. While the EW30IC60LS induction cooktop is still superior in the design sense, the EI30EC45KS, unlike the induction model, should have no trouble fitting into everything but the most traditional of kitchens.

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As previously mentioned, the EI30EC45KS controls are incredibly user-friendly. The EI30EC45KS uses a touch interface exclusively, with a dedicated control panel for each burner. The elements can be set to Lo or Hi with the single touch of a button, while the Flex-2-Fit elements has a single button to cycle among sizes. The EI30EC45KS also features all the settings you'd expect from a modern cooktop, including a timer and a lock to protect the youngest youngsters from any mishaps.

Blown Away: The rangetop that knew no limits!

While we're a bit torn about the EI30EC45KS's design, when it comes to performance there can be no doubt that in every regard the EI30EC45KS is an awesome cooktop. it offers speedy boiling times and a vast range of temperatures. In our boiling test, the EI30EC45KS's front left and front right elements blasted through 48 oz of water in only 4 minutes. The back left and back right burners, while slower, still managed to keep up with the big boys, taking 12 and 15 minutes to boil 48 oz of water.

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If the exceptional water boiling wasn't enough, the EI30EC45KS displayed an amazing range of temperatures to boot. It seems almost pointless to differentiate between elements since we got similar results, regardless of whether we tested the Simmer or Flex-2-Fit element. We recorded minimum temperatures of 86ºF with an average of 87ºF. We also recorded maximum temperatures of 752ºF, with an average of 724ºF. Even the smaller rear burners reached temperatures as high as 676ºF and 588ºF.

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An amazing cooktop, regardless of price

Some may balk at the price: even we think $1,299 is pretty steep, but with minimal searching we were able to find prices as low as $1,008. Some may dislike the lack of physical controls (I know I did!), but after spending some time with the effortless touch controls, thoughts of clunky knobs will be all but forgotten. Some may prefer something less modern and more traditional, and they should steer clear of this cooktop. For everyone else, the Electrolux EI30EC45KS is a great choice. Multitasking parents will love the fast boil times and safety conscious controls, while those who simply enjoy the act of cooking will appreciate the wide range of temperatures. So does the Electrolux EI30EC45KS justify its price? The numbers have answered that question.

Meet the testers

James Aitchison

James Aitchison

Staff Writer

@revieweddotcom

Aside from reviewing ovens and cooktops, James moonlights as an educational theatre practitioner, amateur home chef, and weekend DIY warrior.

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