Bosch is a U.S. market leader as far as the manufacture and sale of induction cooktops is concerned. In mainland U.S., they have three lines of the induction cooktop which are fairly similar. These are the 300 series, the 500 series and the 800 series. Apart from the 300 series that is constituted of a 30-inch unit only, the other two have 30-inch and 36-inch units to their names. Some of the most critical differences among the three Bosch induction cooktop lines include:
- Lack of an edge trim in the 300 series.
- Front and back stainless-steel edge trim and a clean lock in the 500 series. The clean lock prevents the inadvertent change of settings during cleaning.
- The 800 series boasts of a front and back stainless-steel edge trim as well as a clean lock. It also has state of the art AutoChef™ and SteelTouch™ features. The former feature ensures that you have a constant frying temperature while the latter provides ease of control during cooking.
Common features found in these induction cooktops include:
- Pan-size detection
- Pan recognition
- Keep-warm function
- Childproof lock
- Overheat shutoff
- Spill-detect shutoff
- Residual-heat indicators
Both models i.e. the 30-inch (x065 units) and the 36-inch (x665 units) models boast of an 11-inch heating element. The x665 units tend to be wider than the x065 units. Their heating elements despite being of a similar size with those of the smaller x065 units are dual-zone and capable of attaining a power output of up to 4.4 kW after boosting. The heating elements found in the smaller units can only register a 3.6 kW power output after boosting.
When you decide on getting a Bosch induction cooktop, there are two unit features that are of utmost importance. These are MaxPower/power sharing and power boost. Most induction cook tops being sold in the market have impressive heating element power totals which the unit in question might not really supply. This is usually not a defect on the part of the manufacturer but a result of power sharing which can be termed as a useful and clever induction cook top feature. The power boost feature is similar to power sharing but is less flexible. This feature allows an induction cook top to boost one of its elements to run at a power level that is way above its specified nominal power for a specified time period. This feature is quite useful if you will be using large pots to boil water or cook food now and then.