Chefs have enjoyed induction appliances for years, but now the technology is showing up in homes with increased frequency. Dacor's recently introduced Renaissance 30-inch Induction Range is the first induction model for the brand and it offers four different trim styles and a bunch of neat features. That's a professional-grade range in your kitchen -- for $6,090. And, if you like what you see, it's available for purchase now at Dacor showrooms nationwide.
But first, the basics
Price: $6,090 (for all four trims)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 29 15/16x35-37x23 3/8 inches
Electrical requirements: 240V, 50A
Color finish: Stainless steel and black ceramic glass
Inside the oven
The total capacity clocks in at 4.8 cubic feet. Two racks with handles are included and you can adjust them to seven different heights. This large oven claims to be able to cook two 20-pound turkeys in just 2.5 hours. That sounds like something worth testing, with Thanksgiving on the way and all.
It also comes with six cooking modes: Pure Convection, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, Convection Broil, Bake, and Broil. Pure Convection has a 2,200-watt heating element, complete with baffle, fan, and filter. This is supposed to reduce cooking time while simultaneously offering optimal heat distribution.
This self-clean oven also offers GreenClean. GreenClean is intended for small messes and light residue. It uses steam and can complete an entire cleaning cycle in just 30 minutes. This would be a nice supplement to longer cleaning cycles.
One cooktop to rule them all
OK, I can't definitively say that induction heating will take over the cooktop industry, but it really is a neat technology. Basically, the magic is created with electromagnetic fields. Each burner contains copper coils that create a magnetic field when an electrical current passes through it. Interestingly, the current passes straight through the cooktop directly to the pan. This means that the coil and the ceramic finish itself will not get warm; it only heats the cookware and your food.
Since the ceramic cooktop will be cool to the touch, there's very little heat loss, so you save energy and your food will cook more quickly. There's one condition, though -- your cookware must contain iron. If you're unsure, see if a magnet sticks to it. If it does, it will work on an induction cooktop.
More specifically, this model comes with four induction SimmerSear Zones; two 7.75-inch elements at 2,800 watts each and two 5.5-inch elements at 2,200 watts each. It also has 11 Induction Power Settings per zone and three presets: melt, simmer, and sear. Not only that, but SenseTech Induction Technology knows when you place cookware on the cooktop and it can sense the size of the pot or pan. This ensures that the energy transfers efficiently, minimizing any potential for heat loss.
This 30-inch induction range is offered in four different styles: two freestanding and two slide-in models. All of them come in a stainless-steel and black ceramic glass finish and they all share the features and specs noted above.
The RR30NS and the RR30NFS are both freestanding models. Freestanding ranges come with full side panels, so you can install them pretty much anywhere. Both of these trims come with a 6-inch backguard with side panels. The only obvious difference between these two is their handles; the RR30NS has an Epicure handle finished in stainless steel with chrome trim, while the RR30NFS comes with a flush handle.
The RR30NIS and the RR30NIFS are both slide-in models. With slide-ins, the sides of the range are unfinished and need to be installed between two cabinets. Both trim types come with 3.75-inch side panels. Once again, the only difference is the handles. The RR30NIS has the Epicure handle finished in stainless steel with chrome trim and the RR30NIFS has a flush handle.