Summary: Let me start by saying I've only been using this unit for 10 months. I was a bit concerned about using induction since I had used gas for the last 20 years - I was nervous about switching. I shouldn't have been. The induction is a marvelous, energy efficient and flexible cooktop. It will boil a gallon of water in under 8 minutes and melt butter without burning it. I've sautéed, fried, braised, boiled, simmered and warmed; all without any trouble.
Summary: We started having problems with this unit 2 weeks after installation with an F47 error code. Parts were backordered for several weeks. Once installed, they didn't fix the problem. The technician had to remove the unit and take it back to his shop to work on it. Now there is a clicking sound that happens at settings below 5. It gets louder when set on simmer. KitchenAid claims it is normal operation and will do nothing else to resolve the issue.
Summary: I would prefer to have a gas cooktop, but in my new location this induction cooktop is the better option. I don't have the ability to vent exterior. This cooktop does produce less heat than traditional gas or electric. Heats up fast and is warm to touch within minutes after you are done. Can boil a big pot of water in just a few minutes--extremely energy efficient. Easy to clean vs. gas. The one thing I don't care for is the alarm when you remove a pan from the burner.
Summary: We had a problem with this unit within 2 weeks of installation. Initially fixed, but we now hear annoying clicking noises at lower settings (5 and below). Repair technician cannot fix it and Kitchenaid won't own up to the problem. STRONGLY recommend against buying this unit. See also [...
Summary: I love this cooktop and recommend it. It is one completely smooth surface, no buttons, no dials. It is so easy to clean. It works wonderfully well. It brings liquid to a boil in 30 seconds, but cools down immediately. You do have to have pots and pans that a magnet will stick to. I took a magnet shopping with me to be sure, but most of them state that they are suitable for induction cooking.
Summary: We bought this as part of a major kitchen remodel. In general, we've been very happy. We love having more countertop available. The reputation of induction is well documented. Couple of issues: with only one large burner, it is tough to have more than one large skillet or pan going at once. I wanted to love the bridge element, but when I put the cast iron griddle to make pancakes, the area in the middle (the bridge) shows serious temperature differential.
Summary: This cooktop replaced a 25 year old GE Induction cooktop. I've always been one to embrace new technology and I've been cooking for over 40 years. I've used gas (yuk) electric and induction. Induction is the only way to go. Fast and much cooler for those of us living in the warmer parts of the U.S. where we thrive on A/C. This doesn't heat up the kitchen the way conventional cooktops do. I've read so many reviews, most of which aren't kind to induction.