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Thermador CIT304KB 30-Inch Induction Cooktop Review

Even by induction standards, it ain't cheap. But this Thermador cooktop performs as good as it looks.

$2,499.00
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9.6 score Tested by Experts
  • The Thermador CIT304KB is better than 76% of the cooktops we tested.
  • It is better than 72% of the cooktops we have tested under $2,500.
  • It is better than 14% of the induction cooktops we have tested.
  • This product is scored relative to other ovens we've tested. Learn more.
# of cooktops Product Score This graph shows the Thermador CIT304KB’s score compared to other cooktops we tested.
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Introduction

If you want the look and feel of a high-end European kitchen right here in the USA, the Thermador CIT304KB induction cooktop ($2,499 MSRP) is for you. Paired with a Thermador Masterpiece series wall oven, it's the polar opposite of the gargantuan gas ranges that dominate upscale American kitchens. When subtly installed right into your counter, either with or without a stainless frame, this cooktop delivers the impressive performance of induction and sleek style. The only downside? The $2,499 price tag.

Design & Features

High tech that even a technophobe will appreciate.

For those who want a streamlined, modern kitchen, the built-in Thermador CIT304KB is an unobtrusive cooktop option. With no buttons or knobs, this appliance looks truly two-dimensional when installed. The minimalist design is also simple enough that it won't look dated in a few years.

Perspective
Like many induction cooktops, this 2D product looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.

The Thermador features relatively intuitive controls, with a touch-sensitive number-line from zero to ten, and a power boost feature for one of the burners if you're really in a hurry to boil. While we do feel nostalgic for the easy control of a knob, it would seem garish and inelegant on this flat surface. And anyway, with induction's quick response time, it should be easy to dial in the right temperature.

Along with the standard induction features of pan recognition, a child safety lock, and a keep-warm function, the {product.name}} has a auto-off timer, plus a boil over prevention setup that turns off the cooktop and sounds an alarm if liquids overflow onto the cooktop. As with most induction cooktops, cleanup is especially quick and easy since the surface never really gets hot.

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Performance

It's induction. Need we say more?

There's something incredible about the consistency of induction's superior performance. When we brought the CIT304KB into the lab, we weren't at all surprised by its phenomenal boiling power: it could bring six cups of water to a boil in four and five minutes on the main burners and seven minutes on the smaller burners. Like the other induction burners we've tested, these could turn on a dime, going from a rolling boil to still water in a second or two. We like that control.

Controls
Too smooth for knobs, apparently. View Larger

The Thermador CIT304KB produced a wide temperature range conducive to searing and simmering. The Keep Warm temperature—around 112°F in our tests—lets the user melt delicate foods such as chocolate or butter without the help of a double boiler. The upper end wasn't quite as high as we often see from induction, but it was as much heat as you'd need: two burners got our test pans to 492°F.

Simmer
Searing? Simmering? No problem for this Thermador. View Larger

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Thermador CIT304KB, take a look at these other cooktops.

Conclusion

Bring a touch of Europe to your kitchen

With a sleek design and excellent induction performance, the Thermador CIT304KB seems to have come straight out of a high-end European kitchen. Performance alone doesn't justify the high $2,500 pricetag—induction cooktops are all pretty good, regardless of price—but that's where design comes into play. This minimalist cooktop wouldn't look out of place in the most contemporary of kitchens, and it will match any wall oven from Thermador's slick Masterpiece series. We can't judge whether the will fit into your personal aesthetic, but we do know it won't disappoint when it comes to cooking.

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