I was thinking about using an induction cooktop in my kitchen remodel, but wanted to try induction cooking before investing. I bought this unit as a test and after my kitchen is complete, I figure I can use it as an extra burner or outside for a cookout on the patio. I was very pleased, both with induction and with this unit. Please take the time to get used to induction so you use the technology to it's best advantage. I liked it so much I bought a high end European built-in induction cooktop. It was an excellent way to test and I love my induction stove.
I purchased this in order to have burners that pots can slide on. The grates are cast iron which mean the coating won't rub off like on all other gas stovetops I've owned. It would have cost nearly the same to replace my 4 worn out grates as it did to purchase a whole new stovetop. What I love: High quality look of stovetop. The big burner on the left has 2 rings of gas fire. It quickly boils water and produces high heat. In fact, all the burners are much better than my old stovetop. There are 3 grates which lie vertical - much less work to remove and clean around. They don't wobble. SS seems to clean up easy and doesn't leave water marks. The knobs are in front - not on the side taking up space. The knobs feel quality and heavy - nicer than the plastic ones Shipped in a secure box to protect stove. What I don't like (but I've learned to get over it!): All the burners fire to light when you try to ignite a single burner (an outcome of the cheaper price). The knobs are different than my old ones. You press, turn and hold for a few seconds and then release to ignite. The grates sit high off the stovetop. The metal ring around the gas burner is not rolled. When cleaning the stove, my finger slid under it and sliced it open. They also tend to discolor with use but I imagine a quick scour or spray with oven cleaner will remove it. The knob lighting symbols are painted onto the stove top surface. I have to be sure to NEVER use a magic eraser or abrasive cleaner. Installation tips: You may need to adjust the flame height after installation for optimum lighting. They give you solid directions on how to do this. Use the packaging materials to help protect your stovetop when installing it. The SS surface will scratch (like all metal surfaces). I installed this myself. Be sure to check and tighten all preinstalled gas lines before dropping in your stovetop. There is one piece that is loosely screwed on from the manufacturer and needs to have gas tape/sealant and tightened. I found out quickly after I turned the gas back on.
This was our first viking stove and i really thought all stoves cooked the same, wither they worked or they didn't. I have learned that this stove cooks great because the heating elements heat up evenly. Meaning the edge of burner is the same temperature as the middle. This allows things to boil quicker and cooks everything even so you pan will not burn stuff in the middle so easy.
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