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IKEA Induction Hobs
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."
General IKEA Information
Ikea (or IKEA as they prefer it) is a long-established and well-known Swedish company chiefly focussed on interestingly designed, and quite inexpensive, furniture and other homewares, which now (obviously) includes appliances. Most of their appliances, and apparently all of their induction equipment worldwide, is made by Whirlpool. The same models, of which there are many, appear available throughout the world—though not in the U.S., where they offer but a single unit. (Before looking closely at it, you might want to look over IKEA's customer reviews at the Reseller Ratings web site.)
IKEA Induction-Unit Data
As always in these listings, we give these standard general—
Important notes on these data:
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!
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.
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.
Dimensions given here are, as the makers themselves warn, only to be used as guidelines in planning--never do anything (such as cutting a countertop) till you have your actual unit to hand.
A very important unit datum is the "MaxPower" value. Many units show individual-element powers that add up to impressive totals that the unit cannot really supply. That is not a defect or some form
of cheating: it is "power sharing", a clever and useful feature; but, unless the maker is unusually open about data, one can
easily be misled into believeing that the unit as a whole is more powerful than it is. Your dollars are buying cooking power, and you need to be well aware of just what you are paying for in actual cost/power terms for
the unit as a whole.
Similar to power sharing (though less flexible) is the "power boost" feature many units have on some or all of their
elements. (That feature allows a "boosted" element to temporarily, for some short period--rarely specified, but typically 10 minutes or so--run at some set level well over its nominal power, to help with tasks like getting
large pots of water to boiling.) As with true power sharing, if one is not careful, one can get an incorrect impression of the true total power capability of the unit as a whole, which, as we just said, is basically what your
dollars are buying.
(For much fuller information on power, read our page Kitchen Electricity 101.)
We found one IKEA all-induction unit:
IKEA products are sold only by IKEA direct
(maker's product page)
- Elements: 4
- Boosted: 3 (left rear, right rear, and right front)
· 1.4 kW (boost to 1.8 kW) - left front, 6"
· 2.3 kW (boost to 3.2 kW) - left back, 10"
· 1.4 kW (boost to 1.8 kW) - right front, 7"
· 2.3 kW (boost to 3.2 kW) - right back, 9"
- Max Power: 7.4
- Levels: 9
- Controls: touchpad
- Timer/s: 1 ("alarm clock" - does not control any elements)
- Induction Elements Made By: Whirlpool
· residual-heat indicators
· keep-warm function
· childproof lockout
· pan-size detection
· can not be installed over an oven
· pot recognition
- Size: 30-5/16" wide x 20-1/8" deep; requires 5-1/8" clearance below surface
- Color: black
- Trim: none
- Voltage: 240
- Load: 40 Amperes
- Maker's Warranty: parts & labor - 5 years
- Online documents:
- Price: $unavailable
- Cost/Kilowatt: $1350
(cooktop only - not comparable to values for non-range cooktops)
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