If you are looking for a powerful cooktop that is not only comfortable to use, but also saves time by cooking 3 meals at the same time, then the True Induction TI-3B Induction Cooktop is the best choice to consider. The device is packed with high power ratings that can heat up all the heating elements at the same time. The device is built with the most modern design and is highly praised for its innovative technology and versatility. All the controls provided are placed separately for the three burners and that too in the simplest way possible. It’s design is made to drop in a countertop, to make a seamless, continuous surface. This device is also highly portable and apt for cooking in recreational vehicles. Like all other premium models manufactured by True Induction, this model is also equipped with power sharing technology. All the features are explained in detail below.
We have also reviewed some compact True Induction models with a single burner like the TI-1B and double burner models like MD-2B, S2F2 and S2F3. Do check their reviews as well to get a better idea.
About the Product
The TI-3B model has separate controls all assembledon the left bottom of the cooktop. The right burner is placed above the controls, and the other two are placed on the left. All the controls are touch enabled, and is built with their unique “EX control technology”. This makes the touch controls highly sensitive and very much responsive.
All the three burners are recognized by the white circles marked on the cooktop. There is an outer circle and an inner circle for each burner. The outer circle represents the maximum diameter of a pan surface that can be used to cook on top of the burner. The inner circle represents the minimum diameter of the utensil. Either way, the utensil used must have a flat bottom. The two burners on the left are 7” each and the one on the top right has a diameter of 9”. Since the induction based magnetic field is provided to the base of the utensil in all directions, the utensils can have a maximum of 10”. Please note that only induction compatible cookwares can be used to cook on this cooktop.
All burners have three different controls, but their keys are exactly the same in design. Three displays are provided for the burners. Each display shows the power, temperature, and timer value selected, so that the user can set the optimum ranges. To the side of the display is the “=/-” button that is used to change the values of the functions. The heat, temperature, and timer buttons are also provided along with it.
The whole device has a dimension of 23.25 inches width, 20.5 inches depth, and 2.5 inches height. The product weighs 18 pounds and the shipping weight is 23.8 pounds.
The product has a whopping power of 3300 Watts, out of which both the left burners can use a total of 1800 Watts, and the right single burner can use a power up to 1500 Watts.
The power sharing technology feature of this device helps all the burners to reach maximum power, while requiring only half the circuit capacity.
Unlike any other induction cooktop, this model has both the left side burners run on a 110V outlet, while the third heating element on the right requires another 220 Volt plug to heat it. The main thing to notify the electrician is that each plug must utilize its own separate dedicated 15 Ampere circuit breakers. Thus the total voltage rating of the device is 110 Volt/220 Volt/60 Hertz.
The whole surface of the cooktop is made up of a single piece of glass ceramic element that gives it a dignified look. Moreover, the surface becomes easy to clean by just rubbing a damp cloth all over the surface. The rest of the product is placed inside a high quality metal case. Other high quality materials like stainless steel, aluminium, enameled steel, cast iron are also used to manufacture this device.
A fan driven ventilation unit is placed under the device to drive the heat out of the device. Extreme care must be taken in placing the device for cooking, such that the vents are not blocked by any walls or such. This will cause damage to the device for sure.
The heat function has a preset value of level 5 written on the display. There are 10 different heat levels for the user to choose from. Pressing the “+/-” button will help in doing so. After selecting the required heat level, press the timer to set the desired time and start cooking.
If a particular temperature is needed to cook your food, you can select it by pressing the temperature function button. All the different heat levels are expressed in terms of temperature in this function. The temperature ranges from a minimum of 150 degrees to a maximum of 450 degrees F. There is a 30 degree increment between each temperature. The temperature ranges are 150F, 180F, 210F, 240F, 270F, 300F, 360F, 390F, 420F, 450F.The default value when the cooktop is turned on will be 270F.
Many sensors are integrated to this device to make it work smoothly. One of them is the pot recognition sensor. If there is no pot kept, and the induction cooktop is turned on, the device automatically goes to standby mode. The same happens if the pot placed is not induction compatible. The bottom of the pot placed must be made of magnetic material for the cooktop to recognize it. Such sensors help in saving a lot of electricity as well.
The overvoltage and undervoltage sensors help the device from getting fried from sudden voltage spikes and low voltages.
There are mainly two complaints that were reviewed by some consumers. One was the unavailability of child lock button, and the other is the presence of an additional power cord. Two plugs being installed for two different burners is not an idea that is being grasped by most users. This is because both the power cords are made to generate power from one single device.
On the other hand, most of the users are happy that this product has a warranty of two years.
Using an induction cooktop at home has become common for all homes. The high efficiency, safety, and precise temperature control of an induction stove makes it definitely on top of the list when compared to other conventional cooktops like electrical or gas cooking.
Before reviewing on different 36” induction range cooktops, it is important to understand the main need to select such a cooktop with 5 or more burners. We have already reviewed on 30” induction cooktops. Please note that with the increase in size and the number of burners in an induction cooktop, the total power (wattage) of the device also increases. The buying price and the installation costs increase as well. But the 36 inch induction cooktop is advantageous for fast cooking, along with other special features regarding safety and simplicity in cooking. When it comes to cooking for a huge family every day, with 3 to 4 meals a day, you need to prepare meals fast with less effort. Thus you will need multiple burners with huge dimensions. The same will be the case for commercial purposes like catering where food is to be prepared for hundreds of people. Once you have decided to buy a 36” induction stove for your use, some other factors have to be sorted right before you buy it.
Your Countertop Space
The space allocated for a 36 inch induction range must also be a minimum of 36 inches in width. Thus, a part of the kitchen space must be used for this sole purpose. The user must also hire a professional to make space and cut the countertop before installing it. The cooktop must fit correctly in the countertop, and it can only be done after checking the correct outer dimensions of the induction cooktop you are about to buy.
A 36” induction cooktop requires a minimum of 40 Amps current rating and translates up to 7.2 kWatts of power. In the US, there are no standard 40 Amps rating wires. So you will have to install a 50 Amps wiring circuitry. A 50 Amps rated wire can handle up to 12 kWatts of power. Though you get more than you wished for, there is no other alternative. Please make sure that a certified electrician is hired to do the job.
It is important to look out for the burner layout before buying the 36 inch induction stove. The arrangement of the burner may vary according to each brand. Make sure that the burner with the biggest dimension is kept front, close to you so that you will find it easier to lift heavy liquid filled pots.
From all of the points discussed above it is pretty clear that money is not only needed to spend on the product, but also for wiring and installation processes. Most brands are quite expensive since the dimensions of the burners are pretty large, and there are five of them. So make sure that you are buying it for the right purpose and most important of all buy it only if you can afford it.
Before getting into the best 36 inch induction cooktop reviews, there are some common features available for all products. They are explained in detail below.
Common Features of 36 inch Induction Ranges.
Almost all induction cooktops have some unique features which may differ only in certain ratings. Some of the common features available in all 36 inch induction range are pot recognition, overheat protection, child lock, residual heat warnings, spill protection features and so on.
Pot recognition feature will turn the burner on only if a ferrous cookware of a minimum of 4-inch diameter is kept on top of it. The burner also recognizes and will not turn on until an induction compatible cookware is used. Overheat protection feature turns the cooktop off if the temperature on the cookware increases dangerously. Child lock feature is used to lock all the controls of the cooktop to avoid mishandling. Even though the cooktop does not transfer any heat to the glasstop surface, the cookware may heat up and transfer it to the glass top. If the temperature exceeds a certain level, as to become untouchable, the product generates a signal to warn the user, and thus the use of residual heat warning feature. Spill protection feature shuts off the product if a liquid is detected on the cooktop surface, indicating boilover.
Other common features of the best 36” induction cooktops are that all the controls are “touchpad” and are set into the cooktop-glass surface.
Most of the expensive induction cooktops have a “bridged” burner element pair feature that enables two of the smaller burners to operate as a single elongated burner. Such a feature is used for cooking grills, griddles, and fish pans.
Best 36” Induction Cooktop Reviews
We will be reviewing 6 of the best induction cooktops 36” in size. Out of these 3 of them will be budget friendly ones. The rest 3 will be premium induction cooktops with high-end functions and highly costly. All of them are reviewed in their increasing price range. Please note that the exact price may vary from time to time. Due to different offers provided by Amazon, we cannot share the exact price, although the ascending price list can be provided with surety.
Budget friendly 36” Induction Cooktop Reviews
1. Frigidaire FGIC3667MB 36 inch Black Electric Induction Cooktop
The model FGIC3667MB by Frigidaire is the most budget friendly 36 inch induction range you can get in the market today. It’s less boiling time (less than 2 minutes for water) and five burner options make it a super choice for a cooktop in everyone’s home. With up to 5 energy efficient induction burners you have more options to get your meals to the table faster. You can adjust the heat on each burner with much better accuracy, especially at lower settings. A smooth black ceramic glass runs throughout the cooktop surface, giving it a sleek and modern look. It also is an easy option to clean the surface after a messy meal.
2. GE Cafe CHP9536SJSS 36″ Built-in Induction Cooktop
The model CHP9536SJSS by GE comes with abundant features like all-off control, control lock capability, melt setting, SyncBurner Capability and much more. The left front and left rear burners are the ones used as a single elongated burner (SyncBurner). This feature is useful for griddling purposes and to cook in huge cookwares. This induction top has 2 colored indicator lights- red and blue, with the blue color giving the premium look that blends in with modern kitchen finishes. The cooktop surface is made of a gray colored ceramic glass with a beveled edge. The whole product has a limited 1 year warranty and 5 years for glass cooktop/radiant surface units. The glide touch controls help to accurately control heat instantly with one swipe. The 36” induction cooktop has a custom feature special setting that helps you to cook according to your wish with personalized settings.
3. GE Profile PHP9036SJSS 36″ Stainless Steel Electric Induction Cooktop
The major difference between this model and the above explained CHP9536SJSS model is the frame color and material used for its manufacture. There are also slight variations in the dimensions, making the PHP model a little bigger than the CHP model. This cooktop has turned out to be the most reviewed model in the 36 inch induction genre. All the controls are of electronic touch type and are provided at the front center of the modulle. Some of the main features include the All-OFF control, control lock feature, kitchen timer, melt setting and Sync-Burner capability.
The product has warning indicators for 5 Hot Surface, Red alert, Surface Element “ON” setting and Setting Level Indicators. An optional griddle is available with this product for you to buy. All these features and indicators help the user in cooking in a safe environment with rapid and precision based cooking. The product is ADA compliant and has a 1 year warranty for parts and labor.
The 11″ burner is one of the most powerful induction element designed by GE and ca be used to boil water in seconds.
The GE PHP960SMSS is another Profile model variant, that has some additional features, and is far attractive than the GE models explained above.
4. Bosch NIT8666UC 800 Series 36″ Black Electric Induction Cooktop
The NIT8666UC 800 Series by Bosch is known for its unique AutoChef feature which no other brand has. This feature helps in maintaining the exact frying temperature for how much ever time you intend to keep it so. This 36″ induction range also has dual 12″ burners which no other cooktop is known to have (PoerBoost). Both of them are also very powerful with a rating of 4.5 kWatts. A SpeedBoost feature is also provided with this model that provides 30% more cooking speed when compared to other 36″ induction stoves. The PotSense feature helps in automatically adjusting the burner dimension to the size of the pan bottom. A direct cooking level selection feature called PreciseSelect is also included with this product. This selection feature is also customized in 17 different settings. This model is also the only one to have a current rating of 40 Amps. All others need a minimum 50 Amps circuit breaker. Dual 12″, dual 9″, dual 7″, and a 6″ pot dimensions can be used in one cooktop. There is no other brand with such incredible features at such a low price.
Premium 36” Induction Cooktop Reviews
1. Dacor RNCT365B 36 Inch Renaissance Series Induction Cooktop
The Renaissance series RNCT365B model by Dacor has a clean and modern design with a black ceramic glass finish that is easy to clean. The illuminated controls with multi-colored background and control panel lights add to the attractiveness of this product. All the controls are electronic and touch sensitive. A huge 11″ burner is provided with 4 other relatively smaller ones. The bigger ones are presented in the front so that the larger pans are always within reach. All the features needed for a 36″ induction stove top is provided along with this brand. A power setting is available for all types of cooking, from the warming and melting of chocolates to rapid boiling of water. All timer options and temperature setting options are provided separately for each burner.
2. Thermador CIT365KM 36 inch Masterpiece Induction Cooktop
The Masterpiece series CIT36XKB model is indeed a pleasure to look at. The bold and striking 36″ induction range is strikingly beautiful and is a perfect solution for stainless steel products. The stainless steel look is surely a treat for the eyes as it has a silver mirrored finish. Along with the premium class comes some unique features like a 13″ heating element which cannot be found on any other cooktops in this class. To add to this 4.6 kWatts 13″ heating element is the unique triple zone feature, where the same 13″ element can be used as an 11″ element and a 9″ heating burner. All the 3 ring dimensions are provided in the silver mirrored surface. This product is also known for its record holding heating time of almost 50% less when compared to other small cooktops. Main features like auto-shut off timer and induction power boost is also available. 17 different power settings are available along with the touch control panel, which is provided inside a trapezoidal designed box in the front. The whole design of this amazing product is chiseled and angular to give a sleek look.
3. Thermador CIT36XKB 36 inch Masterpiece Series Wide Freedom Induction Cooktop
The CIT36XKB model Masterpiece Series 36″ wide Freedom induction cooktop by Thermador is the one and only one of its kind with the most power rated heating element of 4.6 kWatts that will heat water faster than any kind of conventional cooktops available in the market today. Another unique characteristic of this cooktop is that there is only one heating element for the whole product!! That is, the whole surface of this frameless, grey-black colored cooktop can be used for cooking, making a total of 63% more usable surface area than any other 36 inch induction cooktop range. Thus, Thermador makes a cooktop with one of the largest cooktop material on the market. Cooking in this product is so flexible that wide varieties of utensils with huge diameters can be used for cooking. Approximately 4 pans/pots/griddle can be used simultaneously in every combination. Underneath the cooktop surface 48 induction coils, 3″ each is used to make the product inductive. A 6.5″ attractive, full-color touch screen with clear text displays and cookware displays are used to provide better control and faster access to cooking. Even in-between cooking, you can move the utensil from one position to another on the cooktop surface. By doing so, the cooktop itself will automatically recognize the new position and relocate the previously programmed cooking settings to the new area. The chiseled, angular design of this product makes it one of the most modern and stylish looking one with the best 36 inch induction cooktop review in the market today. All the safety features are inbuilt in this product as well, making it one of the best premium induction cooktop in its category. Definitely worth buying!!