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Kenmore 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 Kenmore Information

As noted, the units—though branded and sold by Sears—are made for them (presumably to their specifications), probably by Electrolux. (Sears uses many well-known companies to make various parts of their Kenmore product line, and can even switch makers mid-stream; Electrolux as the induction source is our last, best knowledge.)

Sears' own web site is something of a disaster, at least for information about their induction units. There's lots of data, but some of the most basic just aren't there or are suspect. We have done the best we could, but there are many critical items of information that we can't find (not even in the units' manuals).

It is important for anyone interested in Kenmore appliances (of any sort, not just cooktops) to keep in mind that Sears seems to forever be having some sort of (and, often some sorts of, plural) discount or "special" or "sale" in effect, and that those change quite frequently. Always be sure to ask the sales staff what discounts apply and if any other deal or deals are expected in the near future. The prices we show on this site are taken daily from Sears' site, and try to but cannot always account for "specials" or "sales"; check when you get to the Sears site. (Sears reportedly uses an up-and-down scheme to keep income steady: they sort of "rotate" sales and discounts around various items, usually often, so buying there is a sort of "whack-a-price" game.)

Kenmore has also entered the rapidly growing induction-topped range field. They have both freestanding and slide-in types available.

While Kenmore products generally get very high ratings for quality and reliability, Sears itself—the only place you can buy them—does not fare so well; you might find their status at Reseller Ratings interesting reading.

Kenmore 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 (such as cutting a countertop) till you have your actual unit to hand.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.)

What exactly the "Elite" designation they give certain of their models is supposed to suggest, other than "probably costs more", is hard to determine—we have not succeeded. Doubtless a Sears salesperson could make it all wonderfully clear.


We found 5 Kenmore induction cooktops:

(Sold only by or through Sears.)

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Kenmore 43800
(maker's product page)
similar models: 43820 & 43809

(Sold only by or through Sears.)

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Kenmore "Elite" 43820
(maker's product page)

(Sold only by or through Sears.)

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Kenmore 43809
(maker's product page)
similar models: 43820 & 43809