The Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop at CES Unveiled

by Mark R

Last night, at CES Unveiled, I got a chance to see some very interesting products, and I am always on the lookout for ones with the most “neat” factor. Thermador showed me what the future of the kitchen range cookers will look like.

Thermador’s new Cooktop uses induction technology for cooking. If you are not familiar with it, it uses magnets instead of a burner to heat what is inside of a pot. Their Freedom Induction Cooktop allows the user to place their pots anywhere on this surface, and the contents inside will be heated to boiling while the area around it will be cool to the touch. (By the way, this induction cooking will work on an uncovered pot, provided the pot is magnetic.)

That alone was enough to sell me, but the company showed off a natural mapping user interface that can instantly recognize cookware size, shape, and position. It comes as a 6.5-inch full color touchscreen.

I honestly believe that a system like this should be in every household. Not only is it safer, but it is also easier to clean. Considering that it already has a touchscreen, I see no reason why it can’t store recipes on that as well. Unfortunately, this system is pretty expensive as it costs $4,949. If you can afford it, it will be available in July 2012.

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