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  1. Michele
    February 8, 2018 @ 2:47 pm

    I have a monstrous range. I love it. I can put gigantic pots on it, drag them around, beat it up and it is so serious. My parents had induction. They loved it, for a while. Then it got scratched and over time was impossible to keep clean and shiny and looked really worn. But they were serious cooks too. In my opinion, if you don’t cook much they’re great, but if you do it might not be the most robust choice.

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  2. Dianne
    February 8, 2018 @ 2:49 pm

    I have a single-burner induction portable range thing. It’s pretty cool. I have a black glass electric stove and would never, ever, want a white one. When I see the filth that I wipe off the black glass after cooking (and I cook every single day) I can’t imagine what a white top would look like.

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  3. Sheila
    February 8, 2018 @ 2:52 pm

    The black looks sleek and elegant. Just go with the black. The other colors (more expensive) are just ugly.

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  4. Abby Bean
    February 8, 2018 @ 2:57 pm

    Ok, I feel really dumb asking this, but… where is the oven?

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    • Thelma
      February 8, 2018 @ 11:47 pm

      The ovens are separate wall units now. I got a small one burner induction cook top for my art studio a year ago. I love it. I had no idea they were doing whole cook tops. I love it . I love you Victoria! I laugh every time I read your blog. Thank you so much.

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    • Jenny
      February 9, 2018 @ 6:26 am

      I thinking you’d just have a regular wall oven/double oven.

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  5. Allie
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

    I don’t (yet) have an induction cooktop but you convinced me how awesome they are at easy to clean. With that said, I think black with slate would look beautiful with the piano, and be easier to clean. xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog

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  6. Linda
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:09 pm

    I have black and love never having to clean those awful coils, pans, rings etc. Black or white? I am not a slave to my kitchen so black is preferable to white–I grew up with everything white so “yawn” dated looking. .
    Now, if you are this obsessed with white or black maybe I know a good shrink that could help you with this problem.

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  7. Deb
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:31 pm

    “Even after I started licking all of their shiny things” 😅😂🤣

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  8. Priscilla Lynch
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:33 pm

    I don’t mind the black as much as I mind the shiny. Can’t they make it in a matte finish?

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  9. JeanFB
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:40 pm

    Ooooh what about a gray cooktop? Just found this one by GE. Granted it’s a dark gray, but price point is in between the black and the silver and…. it might be a lot less harsh than black, and lovely with the veins in carrera marble: CAFE 36″ GRAY INDUCTION COOKTOP

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    • the misfit
      February 27, 2018 @ 12:10 pm

      What a great idea! The 30″ version is $1695 on Amazon, I see (I didn’t check Victoria’s benchmark prices, but this is at least close to affordable by normal humans). Personally I prefer gray cars and certainly gray sneakers because both black and white age faster (white the fastest, of course; and I will not here share my severe irritation about the all-white-sneaker trend and what seems to me the clear implication that people are throwing out and replacing shoes every 2-3 weeks). Gray might not show that “cloudiness” so much (?), and certainly shouldn’t yellow as (you all say) the white ones do. And a bit distinctive! And sounds like it would be perfect with slate countertops! And yours have such a fun story – Carrera, lovely as it is, wouldn’t come with the same Craigslist adventure background, perhaps. I’ve never used induction myself, and I always prefer the old-fashioned options (including with stoves), but if induction works best for you, enjoy.

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  10. Ann Marie
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:42 pm

    Okay, black is good.. It’s good for cars, and for cooktops, because after a while you get a LOT of dirt on them…and on a white surface you are going to be constantly cleaning… And after reading your posts (which I absolutely adore and enjoy) I think you’re better off getting the black…You’ll be going crazy looking at every little piece of whatever happens to fall on there.

    Every time I walk into an appliance store I want to throw out all of my appliances and start from scratch.. (not possible) but I know how you feel. Shiny, clean appliances are certainly drool-worthy..!

    And look on the bright side…by the time you get tired of the black one, there will probably be other colors by then.. technology changes in the blink of an eye! Good luck!

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  11. Nadege
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:43 pm

    Funny how things magically become desirable when out of reach. I had induction, twice and while it is a dream and a clinch to clean , you do have to turn a blind eye to the scratching , forget about pretending you’re Bocuse and so knowledgeable in the kitchen that you can move you pans around in that swishish chef way that makea you feel like a food network star. Exit the lodge cast iron pans though they are perfectly compatible, their rough surface will destroy the nice shiny glass remorselessly.
    What about the actual cooking ? It does do a great job of boiling water, reaching high temperatures in a nanosecond, going back to low temperatures with the touch of a finger but however lovely that may sound it has a few drawbacks . Some induction cooktops have built in security that makes them turn off after a while not ideal for very long slow cooking.
    Cooking eggs can be a bit more of a learning curve , the water boils too quickly putting your usual boil time for soft and hard boil completely out of whack…….now really that might be splitting hair but imagine your egg cup ready, your soldiers at attention to be dipped in the perfect soft boiled egg only to have to find out it’s not cooked or too cooked, a real problem!
    When we did our kitchen last year I searched high and low for a wolf copycat, because here in France it’s pretty much induction tyranny and I couldn’t let drawbacks go . Do I regret the choice ? Well to be honest and since my husband doesn’t read blogs I can say I absolutely abhor the crazy cleaning that goes with gas and heavy grates but it’s a small price to pay for pancakes on the griddle and perfect eggs.

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  12. Lizzy
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:43 pm

    Here’s something to consider: you will need either an under counter oven or a wall oven alongside your cooktop; either way it will be smaller than a conventional oven, unless you have the space and budget for 2 wall ovens.

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  13. Anja Mikkelsen
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:47 pm

    As a Scandinavian that have been using an induction for over a decade, I have to advice you NOT to choose a flush induction top. The fact is, the top actually can break because of the glass (you can drop a heavy pan on it). Not a huge problem, but it can happen. And effectivly the option where your just pop the top in the countertop isnt really more noticable than the flush one. I promise you, you wont regret it! And by the way, we also have grand white kitchens over her, and the black tops isnt really a design problem 😉 Give your head a break and just let it go 🙂

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  14. Linda
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:53 pm

    If you’re thinking of Carrera marble, you might want to look at Everest quartz. Similar look but much easier to keep up – no sealing, no wine stains, etc. I bought a portable induction cooktop from Aldi for $35. It’s okay, but I still prefer gas, and miss it in our new house. We currently have a glass top electric stove. I’ve never seen a glass top that didn’t get stained or aged looking in some way. I imagine a white induction cook top would look pretty bad after a few years. And btw, for heating water, an electric teakettle is faster than either an induction cook top or the microwave.

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  15. NevadaNy
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

    If I were you I would get a HUGE Old Fashioned Giant Black Cast Iron Wolf Professional Range with a warming oven on top.
    Would go lovely with all your Victorian Furniture. Some craftsmen take Antique wood-burning Ranges and turn them into Modern Kitchen Stoves. And there is company that sells beautiful NEW old fashioned kitchen stoves.
    Sorry, can’t think of the name offhand….

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    • Sugar R
      February 9, 2018 @ 7:28 am

      Yes!!! You are absolutely right NevadaNy, and I’m so surprised that no one else has mentioned this….Victoria, your home and kitchen are abound with GFT….beautiful, old, warm, special GFT…so why wouldn’t you use a GFT (I’m talking furniture inspired) range? Since when have you given in to practical?

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  16. Jeane Gallo
    February 8, 2018 @ 3:59 pm

    When glass top stoves first came out, I had several friends with the white cooktops. They all hated them. Couldn’t wait to get the black cooktops. I have a black cooktop (not induction) and it is easy to keep clean. I think you would regret getting the white one.

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  17. Aidan
    February 8, 2018 @ 4:08 pm

    We had an induction cooktop for awhile, it scratched easily and my OCD also hated the cloudy rings that formed from repeated heat. I just helped my friend with a kitchen remodel and we did a lot of gas stove research, ended up with choosing blue star (which has lots of colors fyi) over wolf bc all of the top components come off completely which makes it so so nice to clean. It also has a tray under the burner to catch food bits. We are looking at remodeling our kitchen soon and I wish we could afford a blue star.

    Best of luck on your hunting and choices!

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  18. Dawn
    February 8, 2018 @ 4:11 pm

    OMG, you are SO me whenever I get on the subject of induction cooking! And….yes, why doesn’t everyone know about it and have an induction cooktop? The mysteries of life. 😉

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  19. Christina
    February 8, 2018 @ 4:16 pm

    When we did our kitchen remodel a couple years ago, I wanted everything to be plain and hidden with one exception, the stove, which had to be a giant shiny French thing. We got the La Cornue Cornuefé over the Lacanche because it has two ovens of equal size which fit sheet pans directly on the rails (stainless steel with brass knobs and trim btw). Anyhoo I cook every day, sometimes multiple times a day and it is a bit of a pain to clean the stovetop, remove the grates, yadda yadda. BUT! BEAUTY! It’s a joy every time I use it and I actually like polishing the brass in a meditative sort of way. All that being said, we’re now living in Zurich for a couple years and our apartment here has an induction range. OMG, so easy to clean! And in a small kitchen, having a little more counter space when it’s not in is helpful too. But it beeps all the time (it does not like when so much as a drop of water goes near the controls area and lets me know), and is just very modern looking. It’s a modern kitchen so that’s fine, but I will choose beauty over function every time. Plus, induction means you need a wall oven and they can be rather visual black holes in the wall, no? that being said, we have plans to re-renovate our kitchen back home due to an addition and I am thinking about lobbying for a small induction zone somewhere in the new design. Which is madness because the kitchen will still be small by today’s standards, I just like the idea of having a spot I could do messy, splattery cooking (polenta, anyone?). In an ideal world I would vote for both, but if I could only pick one, I would choose GFT over the magic-y induction thing. I mean, how does it work! Don’t trust it! 😄

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  20. April
    February 8, 2018 @ 4:20 pm

    ..I discovered soapstone and induction several years before your wonderful, budget-saving slate idea. Black induction + soapstone = heaven on earth in my own kitchen!

    Black can camouflage lots of little spills pretty well, at least as the light hits mine. Better still, the black tells me when my Floofy princess, or one of the un-floofy godzilla creatures have been up exploring… little dusty footprints show up.

    I don’t even want to try to imagine cleaning a white cooktop. I think of my white Corningware casserole dish and shudder to think of it on display in my kitchen. EEUUUWWW! Nasty!

    Now a Carrera counter on the antique piano….that’s another story. It would be beautiful. But it would not be beautiful for more than 30 minutes in our house. We are strictly low maintenance, high durability type folks. After 43 years of marriage I have resigned myself to that. The pickled beats would be spilled on it. The plum jam would splash from 10 feet away as I processed it. I would not seal it often enough to do any good.

    When I neglect my soapstone oiling it just lightens a bit, no biggee. And did I mention I love soapstone?? Mine has apricot/butterscotch colored veins that tie in with our fir cabinets. So if you do choose some Carrera along with your slate, I will admire it, but not drool with envy.

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