By Alan Wolf On Jan 23 2012 - 5:01am
LAS VEGAS –
Premium majap brand Thermador
introduced a full-surface induction
cooktop at 2012 International CES.
Like all induction models, the company’s
Freedom cooktop uses electromagnetic induction
to heat iron cookware without conventional
burners, leaving the cooking surface
cool to the touch.
The new appliance differs in that it is
among the first to feature a natural-mapping
user interface that recognizes cookware
size, shape and position to deliver heat anywhere
and in any shape across the cooktop
surface, Thermador said.
The absence of predefined cooking elements
adds 63 percent more cooking area
to the surface, providing what Thermador
described as the largest cooking surface in
the industry. The cooktop is powered by 48
individual 3-inch induction heating elements
which output from 15 Watts to 4,600 Watts.
Introduced at the show’s CES Unveiled
press event, here, where the manufacturer
held the cooktop’s first public demonstration,
Freedom also features a 6.5-inch, full-color
touchscreen display that controls power settings
and cooking duration while showing the
position of all cookware in real time.
“Induction is perhaps the most revolutionary
cooking technology,” said Thermador
brand marketing director Zach Elkin. “Thermador
takes induction cooking to the next
level by answering two questions with the
new Freedom induction cooktop — what if
you could place cookware anywhere on the
cooktop? And, what if you can use cookware
of any size and shape on the cooktop?”
To that end, the new cooktop, for which
parent company BSH Home Appliances
holds 30 international patents, allows home
chefs to place specially shaped cookware
such as griddles and oval pans anywhere on
the cooking surface.
Freedom is expected to hit dealer floors
this July with a manufacturer’s suggested retail