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Electrolux EW30IC60LS 30-Inch Induction Cooktop

With cooktops like this on the market, it's hard to believe induction isn't more popular.

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Introduction

We've been in love with induction cooktops for quite some time now. They boil incredibly quickly, hit temperatures out of the reach of gas ranges, and easily pinpoint the right setting. The keeps this love affair going, once again delivering induction's uniquely strong blend of performance and features. At an MSRP of $1,999, it's not a cheap cooktop. But with its design and impressive lab scores, it might not be a bad way to spend your kitchen remodel budget.

Design & Usability

Understated can be a good look.

It's not going to attract too much attention, but when it does, we think it looks elegant.

There's something appealing about such an essential product that's visually subdued. While professional-inspired ranges dominate the kitchen, the Electrolux EW30IC60LS is the flip side of that coin: It's a sleek, black, and two-dimensional product, except for the raised metallic bezel frame. It's not going to attract too much attention, but when it does, we think it looks elegant.

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The Electrolux EW30IC60LS cooktop features four induction burners.

The cooktop features pan detection, auto-shutoff, and a boost setting that concentrates the power on a specific burner for faster boiling. Besides these standard induction controls, the has a kitchen timer built right in next to the integrated touch controls. And as with most induction cooktops, these features make this range safe: The cooktop itself never heats up—just the pot—and the burners shut off if no pot is present.

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Wide temperatures and fast boiling.

It's always a good sign when the slowest burner boils six cups of water in just 5 minutes.

There's something special about the consistency of induction performance. In our lab, the matched the scores of other induction cooktops we've seen, expertly boiling, searing, and simmering. It's always a good sign when the slowest burner boils six cups of water in just 5 minutes. This is fast enough to be the best burner on even professional-grade gas an electric stoves. The front left and rear right burners hit the boil in around 3 minutes, and the left rear managed 3.5 minutes. Tired of waiting for a big ol' pasta pot to boil? Get induction burners.

Even though some induction ranges we've tested can get even lower, temperatures in the 112°F to 125°F range are low enough to do pretty much anything from melting to simmering. The high end of the temperature range overdid itself a bit, with all but the front right burner hitting over 750°F. It's never going to be necessary to get a pan that hot, so be careful that you don't char your chicken. Induction cooktops may not get too hot, but the pans sure can.

Conclusion

If you want a high-performance induction cooktop, this one will do.

The gives its users induction performance, features, and a sleek look. It also comes with an MSRP of $1,999 (we found it for around $1,600 on sale). Pricey, but if you're remodeling a kitchen or simply looking for a performance or design upgrade, it's not bad for a stylish and excellent cooktop. However, unless you already have magnetic pots and pans (check to see if a magnet sticks to the bottom), you'll have to open that wallet again to upgrade your skillets and sauce pans.

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