BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- While induction cooking has made some inroads in its migration from European restaurant kitchens, the latest induction cooktops from Jenn-Air brand offer a level of design and performance that may finally compel more American home cooks to consider this cooking technology alternative. In addition to sleek, understated design, these luxury cooktops offer the most powerful induction element available for the home kitchen, along with other high performance features not found in restaurant models.
"While induction cooktops may not be the norm in American kitchens yet, I believe that demand will rise significantly as more cooks learn how incredibly responsive and efficient induction technology is," notes Ellen Cheever, Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD), principal of Ellen Cheever and Associates and member of the Jenn-Air Design Advisory Council.
Cheever's experience comes first hand after she remodeled her own kitchen, replacing her gas cooktop with an induction model. She says her husband, Pete Giorgi, also a master kitchen designer with his own firm, Giorgi Kitchens and Designs, is really the cook in the house. "Because Pete had always been a diehard gas cooktop fan there was a little uncertainty about making the change, but now that he's used it frequently he's a convert," Cheever said.
"We recently entertained for 30 guests in our home and having the induction cooktop made a noticeable difference for me," said Giorgi. "Not only did it sear quickly and boil water incredibly fast, it also kept things warm at a very low setting with no worry about generating the excess heat a gas flame produces."
The cooktops are currently available in 30- and 36-inch models in black or black with a stainless trim. The 36" models feature five induction elements including the industry's most powerful 12"/9" Dual Zone Induction Element with a maximum output of 5,000 Watts and the flexibility of two element sizes in one position. A Sensor Boil feature automatically brings water to a boil with the touch of a button and lets you know when the water reaches the boiling point, adjusting the power level to reduce the possibility of boiling over.
Two bridge elements on the 36-inch models and a one bridge element on the 30-inch models connect two elements, creating one large cooking surface that can accommodate a griddle, oblong or larger rectangular pans. All elements feature timers along with hot surface indicators and a control lockout for added safety. Additional features include 13 heat levels settings to maximize control with specific settings for simmer, melt and Keep Warm™.
About Jenn-Air: Since the introduction of the first self-ventilated cooktop in 1961 and downdraft ventilated range in 1965, Jenn-Air brand has consistently grown its reputation as a technology and design innovator. Its selection of style options includes two distinct stainless steel collections and two cutting edge finishes: Floating Glass and Oiled Bronze. From downdraft cooktops, wall ovens and professional-style ranges to dishwashers, refrigerators and such entertaining essentials as warming drawers, built-in ice machines and wine cellars, Jenn-Air brand offers a complete line of major kitchen appliances. To learn more about the Jenn-Air® appliance collection, or speak with a member of the Customer Care team, please visit jennair.com, twitter.com/jennairusa or facebook.com/jennair.