Induction cooking keeps getting hotter—figuratively speaking, of course. In my opinion, this model from Siemens most accurately reflects the way many people work the stove when preparing a meal. It combines a pair of dedicated heating elements with a field of continuous burners that's able to 'remember' the temperature settings for multiple pans, regardless where they sit on the surface. Touch-and-slide controls keep the unit's profile smooth. As it's a 2012 Red Dot winner, I'm looking forward to seeing this appliance in design-conscious kitchens soon.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.