If you are living like me in a metropolitan city then most probably you have space restrictions everywhere including the kitchen.
If you have an induction or an oven and are wondering if induction cooktops can be installed over an oven, the answer is yes.
You can install an Induction cooktop (or even an electric or gas cooktop) over wall ovens. In some cases, you can also find models where the wall oven has space cut out to install an induction cooktop over it (with all the electric hooks). In other cases, you make fit cooktops over wall ovens easily.
What I would advise is that it is a good idea to purchase both from the same manufacturer and get a site check done by the company – so that a perfect fit can happen and both of them can work with superior performances.
Sometimes it so happens that due to two different companies, one with induction and other with oven, a good fit does not happen.
It is easy to go to the same manufacturer who will fit a cutout in the wall oven for the induction.
This trend of installing induction over the oven is gaining a lot of popularity in modular furnished kitchens.
Advantage of placing an induction over an oven
An induction over an oven looks very elegant and pretty. You can design in such a way that you get to keep the granite and the toe kick below.
A toe kick is a recessed space built into the bottom of the cabinet which sits on the floor. It is designed to allow people to stand close to the cabinet without stubbing their toes against it. It is typically only 3 inches deep and about 3 and a half inches high.
It is better to install induction over wall oven then purchase a range. The advantage is that a wall oven has more functionality than a range with steam, dual convection, and guided cooking.
Both the induction and the oven provide a variety of different cuisines cooked differently to suit the occasions and needs of all members of the family and friends.
What do you need to install induction over oven?
The induction cooktop is built into a counter and paired with a separate wall oven. It requires a cutout in the countertop where the cooktop can be dropped into the hole.
If your space is even smaller, go for a 24-inch cooktop with a 24-inch wall oven. Do note that there is a very limited section for the 24-inch range.
Certain companies have certain requirements for a space or gap between the two and other specifications. Which, if you don’t follow, they cancel the warranty.
Browse through different induction cooktops. Some require small space about 2-3 inches while some big space about 6 inches for ventilation. The clearance for induction does not work for all brands though.
As I have said before, stick with the same manufacturer. They will fit a cutout for your induction cooktop. Make sure to take measurements to know the precise dimensions required. The dimensions should be the same.
The same manufacturer or different manufacturer, it is a good idea to call an installation team to perform a site check. This will help you to invest in an induction cooktop and ensure that the installation of induction over a wall oven takes place smoothly.
The company GE has a whole list of cooktops approved for installation above wall ovens!
Checklist and Installation
- The area just above the induction cooktop is the hot zone. Make sure the area is free from flammable items such as wood, wallpaper, plug sockets or wiring.
- In case you wish to have a hood set up above your cooktop. It should be at a distance of at least 75 cms above the hob.
- There should be a suitable connection point within reach of the induction appliance with complete screws and cable clamp
- If you previously had a gas hob over the oven and are replacing it with induction, make sure the gas pipe has been capped off by a registered gas engineer.
- Read the installation guide properly, and have the manufacturer’s mechanics come in to install, or a certified authorized person come in to install. Keep ready all the necessary equipment/tools mentioned in the guide for installation.
- Check the installation guide for suitable ventilation space needed by the induction.
- The worktop cutout must match the size requirement of the induction hob model. To see the model number turn the induction upside down and check the rating plate.
- The cutout position should be at 60 cms away minimum from a rear wall and the thickness should be around 20 and 50 mm.
- Keep the depth around 600 mm minimum.
- 2 inches minimum clearance from cutout to the side wall, both left and right. Maximum clearance depends on the induction company.
- A separation plate is recommended between the stove top and the oven to assist with air flow. The vertical clearance distance is different for different manufacturers. GE recommends 12 inches
- There are fixing brackets or sealants to be used to fix or fasten the induction hob depending on different manufacturers. Follow the instructions to the letter.
- Gently lower the induction cooktop into the worktop cutout and push firmly into position. If there are brackets they will snap in position with clips. Some companies like whirlpool work on that system.
- Companies like GE use housing screws with clamps to hold the hob in position
- Boil water in a pan to check for normal operation in each cooking zone.
- Cross check the manual for any additional steps that may be required to set up and commission at the end of the installation
- Apart from reading the installation manual, please read the user manual as well. Here you can read about features, safety and usage tips for more support and product information.
Benefits of an Induction Cooktop
Let me also very briefly mention why you should choose an induction cooktop?
Here are some of the benefits of using Induction cooktops
It’s energy efficient
Induction cooking is energy efficient as the energy is not wasted heating up the burner or element and then the vessel. Instead, all the energy goes straight into the cookware.
According to UK based trade magazine,’ caterer’, when a person uses induction, more than 90% of every pound spent on energy goes straight into the pan.
It’s Time efficient
As soon as the power is switched on, the heat is almost instantaneous. The pot and whatever is inside it heats up at lightning speed. The time is taken to cook is 50% faster in Induction cooktops.
Water can be brought to boil in just 90 seconds. It heats up and cools down very speedily.
The induction stove is highly responsive. The strength of the electromagnetic field can be easily controlled.
This means one can control the temperature precisely. It might take time to get used to cooking without watching the flame or element but with practice one will be able to know precisely which temperature should one use for excellent results.
Apart from these, there is a good bonding on the comfort level with induction cooktops due to the ease of use. There are many safety features that avoid overcooking, burning, unnecessary wastage of energy, child lock, etc.
It’s Easy to Clean
With a flat surface, induction cooktops are extremely easy to clean (especially when compared with gas cooktops).
No matter how much you spill, all you need is a damp cloth or soft sponge to wipe off.
Induction cooktops installed over oven has its own advantage and bring in a lot of convenience and variety in your cooking. It’s quite popular as of now and a lot of prefer it that way.
Just keep in mind that installation also has room to go wrong and if possible, it’s best to get the oven and induction from the same manufacturer and have them install it for you. You can also get a site visit to ensure you have the right space to install the over and the cooktop.
While it may be a little more work to get in installed, I assure you it will be worth it.
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