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Wolf Appliance Company Introduces Residential Induction Cooking

Madison, Wis. (May 10, 2005) – One of the best-kept secrets of European and commercial kitchens is now available to North American homeowners. After extensive research and technological advancements, Wolf Appliance Company will debut its breakthrough induction cooktop at retail showrooms in fall 2005. A leading manufacturer of premium cooking appliances, Wolf is one of the first to make residential induction cooking available in the United States and Canada.

Induction cooking uses the transfer of magnetic energy rather than flames or electric elements to generate heat. When an iron or magnetic pan is placed on the cooktop, electricity passes through coils beneath the glass surface to produce a magnetic field that heats the pan directly. Within this magnetic field, molecules in the pan vibrate at very high frequencies, and the friction creates instant heat. The result: the cookware is the heating element.

“While induction cooking is relatively new to North America, it is a proven technology that has been used in Europe for decades by professionals and homeowners demanding the best in performance,” said Jim Bakke, president and chief executive officer for Wolf Appliances Company and Sub-Zero Freezer Company. “Induction cooking brings incredible benefits to consumers in today’s busy world, and Wolf is proud to continue its tradition of superior cooking equipment and exceptional craftsmanship and innovation with the introduction of our induction cooktop.”

The 15-inch wide unit contains two heating zones, a 6-inch diameter front zone and an 8.5-inch diameter rear zone, for a total of 3,600 watts of power. While the zones are simultaneously capable of producing 1,800 watts each, a special “Hi-Power” mode on the rear element can increase its power to an intense 2,200 watts by diverting power from the front element. This allows a cook to quickly boil water or sear meat and still maintain normal cooking functions in the front.

In addition to the power afforded by induction cooking, it also delivers:

  • Energy Efficiency: Since energy is supplied directly to the cooking vessel, nearly 90 percent of the energy gets used to cook; consequently, if a homeowner places a 6-inch pan on a 12-inch induction zone, only the 6-inch pan heats up. Gas and electric cooktops, by comparison, can lose up to 55 percent of radiant heat that goes up the side of the cookware. Speed: Since heating and adjustments are immediate, cooking can be over 50 percent faster than more traditional methods.
  • Controllability: With more than ten levels of power on every element, homeowners can keep sauces and chocolates melted at 50 watts of power or, with the touch of a finger, activate the “Hi-Power” feature to boil water in half the normal time. The even distribution of heat also ensures no hot or burned spots.
  • Safety: Since less heat is released into the room with an induction cooktop, this means a cooler kitchen and a cooler cooktop. This in turn means increased safety since heat is generated only when cookware is present. Nearby spoons and forks will not be heated, and there are fewer risks of burned fingers. In addition, if a pan is removed for more than 30 seconds, the unit will automatically shut down.
  • Simpler Cleanup: The surface does not heat up, so overflows and spills do not stick or burn, and the glass top can easily be wiped down.
The induction cooktop has the same user-friendly controls as Wolf’s electric cooktop: illuminated touch controls with graduated lighting; hot-surface indicators on both zones; universal off and child safety lock keys; and “True Melt” and “True Simmer” settings on all elements. Additionally, the induction cooktop features built-in sensors to detect boil-dry situations and a temperature limiter to ensure that the safe operating temperature of glass ceramic is never exceeded. The smooth glass surface features a subtle crosshatch pattern to reduce the visibility of scratches. The black ceramic top is also resistant to staining, impact and heat and is finished off with Wolf’s Classic Stainless Steel trim to match any of the other full-size or modular units offered.

The induction unit joins Wolf’s six other 15-inch integrated modules that are designed to allow homeowners the ability to mix and match multiple cooktop units.

Consumers can choose among the following units to customize their cooking area: electric cooktop; electric grill; electric steamer; electric fryer; gas multifunction cooktop and dual burner cooktop; and the new induction cooktop. The new unit is CSA certified in the United States, and as with all Wolf products, it has a full two-year warranty and five-year limited warranty.

The induction cooktop works with all magnetic stainless steel and iron cookware.

For further information or to reach a Wolf distributor in your area, please visit subzero-wolf.com/oven or call 800-332-9513.

Use a Factory Certified installer and receive an extra year of full warranty.