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Cooktek Induction Hobs

"Produce! Produce!
Were it but the pitifullest infintesimal fraction
of a product, produce it in God's name!
'Tis the utmost thou hast in thee: out with it, then."

—Thomas Carlyle

General Cooktek Information

Cooktek makes single- and dual-element units designed for commercial kitchens (though there's no reason those units can't be assembled into any custom home countertop). And apparently "makes" means what it says: the units are, to the best of our knowledge, designed and actually constructed in the U.S. (Chicago, to be exact).

For both "regular elements" and their line of true induction woks, they have both modular build-in and free-standing "tabletop" units—but if you're considering them for residential use, be careful when considering free-standing units to be sure that the electrical outlets available where you're thinking of placing them have sufficient capacity (240-volt service, to begin with) to power the unit you're considering (built-in units usually have access to sufficiently high-amperage undercounter power).

Cooktek has a plethora of units available. You can see through the morass a little better if you keep these few things in mind:

Almost all Cooktek lines come at three power levels: 1.8 kW (120-volt service), 2.5 kW, and 3.5 kW (all 240-volt service); some lines also have 1.5-kW, 120-volt units. All Cooktek units within a given line will be the same size and shape; they will differ only in cooking power, current draw, and price.

Cooktek has two broad classes of line: build-in and freestanding countertop. Within each type they have single-element units and woks. But, just to complicate the picture, each line also has a pair of dual-element units; moreover, some of the pairings include both side-by-side and front-to-back configurations.

The basic ("Heritage") Cooktek line also has an upscale "mirror" line, the "Apogee" series, which is basically the same units with a fancier control-and-display front panel; the Apogee line also includes some "hold-only" buffet warmers (including a type that can be mounted invisibly below the surface of a stone or stone-like countertop). Besides those two lines, there is a line of really heavy-duty "back of the house" equipment.

All that said, here's the roll call of the Heritage and Apogee lines. Within each line, the highest division is between build-in units and countertop units; within those types, we divided by standard types (which have the usual flat cooking surface) and wok types (which have special wok-bowl holders); within the standard types, we sub-divided the non-woks units by single-element units versus dual-element units.

The "map" looks like this:

Heritage
Build-In Countertop
standard wok standard wok
single
zone
dual
zone
shaped
cavity
single
zone
dual
zone
shaped
cavity
MCD-1500
MCD-1800
MCD-2500
MCD-3500
MCD-2502F
MCD-2502S
MCD-3502F
MCD-3502S
MWDG-1800
MWDG-2500
MWDG-3500
MC-1500
MC-1800
MC-2500
MC-3500

MCF-200
(fajita-skillet heater)
MC-2502F
MC-2502S
MC-3502F
MC-3502S
MWG-1800
MWG-2500
MWG-3500

(See also back-of-house table)


Apogee
Build-In Countertop
standard standard wok
single
zone
single
zone
dual
zone
omelet
makers
shaped
cavity
MCD-1800G
MCD-2500G
MCD-3500G
MC-1800G
MC-2500G
MC-3500G
MC-2502FG
MC-3502FG
MC0902S-100
MC1202S-200
MW-1800G
MW-2500G
MW-3500G


Back-of-House
(Note: -200 units runs on 208-volt, 3-phase power; -400 units run on 400-volt, 3-phase power)
4-Element Range 6-Element Range Stock-Pot Range Wok Plancha
MC14004-200
MC14004-400
MC17004-200
MC17004-400
MC21006-200
MC21006-400
MSP7000-200
MSP8000-400
MWG5000-200
MWG5000-400
MPL362-200
MPL362-400


Buffet Equipment
Countertop Build-In
"Silenzio"
countertop
round
warmers
"Silenzio"
build-in
square
warmers
"Silenzio"
build-in
round
warmers
"Incogneeto"
(hidden)
under-counter
warmers
"SinAqua"
waterless
"steamers"
B651-C
B652-C
B651-S
B652-S

B651-D
B652-D
B651-RD
B652-RD
B651-U
B652-U
IWH061-22
IWH061-24
IWH062-22
IWH062-24

In addition, Cooktek produces some specialty lines not listed here—pizza-warmer systems, and heated-delivery systems.


Cooktek Induction-Unit Data

As always in these listings, we give these standard general—

Important notes on these data:

  1. We have spent a lot of time hunting these data--often in several places for each individual unit--but we cannot and do not guarantee any datum to be correct (indeed, we often found conflicting data at different sources). Caveat emptor!

  2. For those units we offer for sale, the prices shown are never over a day old. For other items, the prices shown are the lowest we found with moderate but not fanatic searching; moreover, they are not updated very often and are only intended as a rough guide to comparative unit values in cost/power terms.

  3. Most "Features" are not terribly important, and are nearly standard among roughly similar units, regardless of brand name. If some "feature"--shown or omitted--is especially important to you, check on it, because we did not take great pains over the "Features" data.

  4. Dimensions given here are, as the makers themselves warn, only to be used as guidelines in planning--never do anything till you have your actual unit to hand.

  5. Our criterion for including units here--as opposed to in the "residential use" section-- is the maker's labelling of the product on its web site or in its advertising; but be aware that makers use a lot of what lawyers call "commercial puffery", and the acid test is the exact wording of the warranty. If any unit's warranty excludes service in commercial settings, well, that speaks for itself. Regrettably, warranty forms are rarely available for inspection on-line for commercial units, so yet again: Caveat emptor!


To keep from needlessly complicating the presentation, we show below details only for representative units from each of the product lines (Heritage, Apogee) and product series within those lines. The others of each series differ from the unit shown only in power. Excepting the MB-series Buffet Server stations, each product series has three powers: 1.8 kW, 2.5 kW, and 3.5 kW (the dual-element products each have two identical elements of equal power). Within each 4-power-level series, all units are for 240-volt service except the 1.8-kW units, which all run off standard 120-volt service, making them useful where dedicated appliance-voltage lines are not available.

As the Table above shows, there are 11 product series. We present them here segregated by product line (Heritage, Apogee). As noted above, the newer Apogee line differs from the established Heritage line chiefly in its control/display features: the Heritage line uses knobs for control, while the Apogee line uses finger-touch "touchpad" sliders for control, and has somewhat sexier readouts. In actual heating performance, the lines ought to be essentially similar.

Note that all dual-element units can be had configured as either side-by-side (as shown below) or configured front-to-back for when lineal counter space is crucial.

Again, use the Table above to understand (and to order from) the lines and series, and the listings below to see representative samples in detail. Clicking on any listing in the Table above will take you to a full-details page on that exact unit, from which page you can buy the unit if you like (there are no "buy" links below, because there we are only showing representative units, not the whole Cooktek line).


Cooktek "Heritage" Induction-Unit Data


Single-element build-in units:

Cooktek MCD2500
Cooktek MCD2500
(maker's product page)



Dual-element build-in units:

Cooktek MCD2502S
Cooktek MCD2502S
(maker's product page)



Build-in wok units:


Cooktek MWDG2500
Cooktek MWDG2500
(maker's product page)




Single-element freestanding countertop units:

Cooktek MC2500
Cooktek MC2500
(maker's product page)



Single-element freestanding countertop fajita-skillet heater:

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Cooktek MCF200
(maker's product page)



Dual-element freestanding countertop units:

Cooktek MC2502F
Cooktek MC2502F
(maker's product page)



Freestanding countertop wok units:


Cooktek MWG2500
Cooktek MWG2500
(maker's product page)



Cooktek "Apogee" Induction-Unit Data


Single-element build-in units:

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Cooktek MCD2500G
(maker's product page)



Round Buffet Warmers:




Rectangular Buffet Warmers:




"Incogneeto" Hidden Under-Counter Buffet Warmers:





Single-element freestanding countertop units:

Cooktek MC2500G
Cooktek MC2500G
(maker's product page)



Dual-element freestanding countertop units:

Cooktek MC2502FG
Cooktek MC2502FG
(maker's product page)



Countertop buffet warmer:




Dual-element omelet makers:




Freestanding countertop wok units:

Cooktek MW2500G
Cooktek MW2500G
(maker's product page)



Cooktek Back-of-House Range Data


Four-element floor-standing ranges:




Six-element floor-standing ranges:





Single-element floor-standing stock-pot ranges:





Single-element countertop high-power wok units:

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Cooktek MWG5000-200
(maker's product page)




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