Freedom is a New Smart Induction Cooktop

Induction cooktops are expensive but they’re also fast and efficient — a report for the Department of Energy says induction has a cooking efficiency of 84%. So when a company combines the efficiency of induction cooking with new cutting-edge technology, as shown by Thermador’s Freedom Induction Cooktop, there’s going to be some interest.

Freedom is one of the most talked about innovations at CES this week. It has a 6.5″ full-color touchscreen and 48 individual 3″ induction heating elements. The result is a limitless cooking surface.

With the Freedom Induction Cooktop, a cook can place cookware anywhere on the surface and the cooktop responds. This thing doesn’t have the typical predefined heating elements, providing a 63% more effective cooking area.

The new product will be available in July 2012 with an MSRP of $4,949. Visit Thermador for more information about the new Freedom Induction.

Credits: Thermador.


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  • serenityhill

    All of this cooking technology is amazing and efficient… if the size and cost were downsized to allow widespread installation in low-cost and/or alternative housing, it would make seeing ubersized and uberpriced units like this much easier to justify.

  • Iikka

    There are 30″ (standard stove size) induction cooktops by the likes of Kitchenaid, Frigidaire and Whirlpool that can be bought for $1000. That’s a small fraction of what it costs to furnish even the most basic kitchen. The one in this article is notable for the innovative sensing technology, which obviously comes at a premium – but all induction cooktops have the same efficiency advantage over regular electric stoves.

  • serenityhill

    Likka,

    Even $1000 is way out of reach for low-cost housing.  Think Habitat for Humanity housing.  The appropriate price point is $350 – $500 for a 30″ cooktop.  There are bells and whistles included in many appliances that are not necessary in a majority of households.  I can supply a very functional kitchen with appliances for $2500 – $3000, including optional dishwasher and garbage disposal, at retail prices. The cooktop/oven in this scenario would cost a maximum of $1000, and have features that a basic cooking appliance would not have.

    You make the point that this Thermador cooktop (high-end brand, by the way) has premium features.  This is great when the total kitchen budget is in the $50,000 range, but the total budget for the kitchen I’m speaking of would be high at $10,000.  This kitchen would have plentiful cabinetry, a pantry, and perhaps an island, but would use laminate countertops. 

    Perhaps the difference in viewpoint between us is in what we consider “basic”.

  • Harry TenHerons

    This is absurd. I wish Jetson would pay more attention to practical solutions instead of all the high design nonsense.

    • Harry TenHerons

      …and, btw, calling it Freedom is especially offensive.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      New technology always costs money.  If it’s good, it will push inferior forms of induction cooktops towards affordability.  The name “Freedom” — not a reference to economic “free” — is apt considering one has the freedom to put the pot anywhere on the surface and it works efficiently from there. 

      • Harry TenHerons

        Free to put a pot anywhere on the surface… well, that definitely is worth fighting for.  Meh.

        We don’t seem to know the real meaning of the word “freedom” anymore.

        Better to call it Convenience.  Or Lazy.  Or Parlor Trick.  

  • Rambo

    Trolls are hairy.

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