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Bosch 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 Bosch Information

Bosch, as a long-established company and a key part of the Bosch Siemens Home Appliances (BSH) Group, makes induction units that can be expected to share at least some qualities and features with those of their sister brands: Gaggenau and Thermador (that's just in the U.S.—they have many more brands internationally). Bosch itself, considered over its full international spectrum of operations, makes literally dozens of units (last time we counted, seven dozen), which may safely be assumed to comprise numerous minor national or trim variations on a small number of base model types.

In the U.S., Bosch offers a number of somewhat similar products that fall into certain categories. Here's how to keep them sorted out: model numbers ending in SUC have stainless-steel trim on their front and back edges; models ending in just UC have no trim and are solid black. Then, models with 06 in them are 30-inch-wide units, while models with a 66 are 36-inch-wide units. Models whose numbers begin with 86 have Bosch's AutoChef® feature, while model numbers beginning with 80 do not. Finally, models with a leading NITP have one (30") or two (36") element pairs that can be operated as a single long element, to accomodate outsize or unusually shaped cooking vessels.

Confused? Here's a tabulation:

Width: Model: Trim: Distinctive Features:
30 inches NIT5068UC solid black basic model
30 inches NIT8068UC solid black Has "AutoChef"
30 inches NIT8068SUC stainless trim front & edges Has "AutoChef"
36 inches NIT5686UC solid black basic model
36 inches NIT8668UC solid black Has "AutoChef"
36 inches NIT8668SUC stainless trim front & edges Has "AutoChef"
30 inches NITP068UC solid black Left element pair can be run as one long, double-length element
30 inches NITP068SUC stainless trim front & edges Left element pair can be run as one long, double-length element
36 inches NITP668UC solid black Left & right element pairs can each be run as a long, double-length element
36 inches NITP668SUC stainless trim front & edges Left & right element pairs can each be run as a long, double-length element

Bosch 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.)

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