Bosh is one of the most popular and reliable brands on the appliances market. Its products are of high quality and best valued by customers all around the world.
Bosh NIT8666UC 800 36″ has been long waited by people who were searching for a new model, a great-looking and extremely well equipped electric induction cooktop.
If you haven’t already give up to your old gas stove, this is a perfect opportunity to switch to a new device that will surely make your life easier.
Induction cooktops use innovative technology that makes the burner heat just the pan, not the space around it. This thing gives Bosh NIT8666UC 800 36″ a maximum effectiveness.
Bosh NIT8666UC 800 36″ runs on electricity and offers great flexibility when we talk about installation. It can be embedded easily into any type of kitchen furniture. Besides, it has a modern design and it will perfectly fit in every stylish kitchen. And the advantages of Bosch NIT8666UC 800 36″ Black Electric Induction Cooktop does not stop here.
If you are looking to decide if this appliance is good for your needs, you will find here many useful information. Hope it will help you make the right choice. If not, at least you will better understand the induction cooktops principles and you will be able to compare several similar units.
The control panel is very well positioned, in front of you, in the center. You can easily access it and use it. It is very comfortable.
The controls are soft, digital, touch sensitive. There are some icons on it and you will rapidly know how to work with the appliance.
There is an On/Off button on the left. Then, there are several buttons to set the temperature (from 0 to 9/ low, medium and maximum).
With Panel Lock, you can lock the control panel so that your children won’t get to it.
Select the Speed Boost button when you are in a hurry and you want to boil (water, milk) faster.
Another two buttons are the AutoChef (helps maintain the exact frying temperature) and Timer, that helps you set the precise time for cooking.
There are also 5 little circles that help you rapidly select the element you want to activate and use.
The surface is black and is made of ceramic glass. It is very elegant and the 5 cooking zones are softly highlighted.
Each of it has a horizontal white line in the center.
This will help you better arrange the pans. Down, on the center there is the control panel and the brand name Bosh. The control panel is easy to access as you have it just in front of you.
Being a black surface makes it very easy to clean and possible dirt will not be so obvious.
Anyway, it is recommended that you wipe away the spills as soon as possible so that they won’t become difficult to remove from the surface.
It is very important to clean the surface when it is cool, not hot. You can use a wet sponge or paper towel or a cloth, but don’t stab or chip the surface in any way. Try to protect it as long as possible.
Attention: If you use a cleaning detergent on the induction surface while it is hot, the fumes may endanger you health.
! Tip: If you observe smudges that remained on the surface, you can use white vinegar to eliminate it. You can also use undiluted white vinegar to eliminate stains that are caused by the minerals in some water.
You can find some other useful tips in the instruction manual you will find in the pack.
3. Heating Elements
This 36″ model has 2 equal elements on the left. However, these elements do not bridge but still work in a similar way because of their position. There are five cooktop burners on the appliance. The first heating element is on the front left and it has 7 inches. The second heating element is back left and it has also 7 inches. The third heating element is middle back and it has 9″, 12″. The fourth is on the back right and it has 6 inches. This is the smallest. Finally, the fifth heating element is front right and its dimensions are 9 inches.
All burners are with booster, which means that they can boil water extremely fast.
Having such a numerous numbers of heating elements, makes Bosch NIT8666UC 800 36″ an ideal option for cookers and people who cook with several pans and pots at the same time. Moreover, you can adapt every mode of cooking with every heating elements dimensions.
This model is an induction cooktop with high wattage and great power. This means that it can heat pans and pots faster. And faster means you have more time remaining for your other personal things. When you cook with Bosch NIT8666UC 800 36″, electric energy becomes your reliable partner and nature become your friend. What I mean to say is that this unit is not going to bring you exorbitant bills to pay or at least the total costs will be less then what you had with the old classic stove (gas or electric).
However, we are talking about a strong appliance because Bosch NIT8666UC 800 36″ has an impressive 4500 Watt 12″ Dual Element.
The five burners have a different power levels:
– the first heating element (7″) gets 1.8 kW (and 2.5kW in boost)
– the second heating element (7″) gets 1.8 kW (and 2.5kW in boost)
– the third heating element (9”, 12”) gets 2.2 ; 3.3 kW (and 3.4, 4.5 kW in boost)
– the fourth heating element (6”) gets 1.4Kw (and 1.8 kW in boost)
– the fifth heating element (9”) gets 2.2Kw (and 3.7 kW in boost)
Bosch NIT8666UC 800 36″ has electrical installation requirements, with 9600W and 40A. You should make the connection only with a cooper wire. You can find detailed instructions about installing this unit in the manual that comes in the pack or on the manufacturer’s website.
The most important sensor is the pan-size sensor. The Bosch NIT8666UC 800 36″ induction cooktop has 5 heating elements, everyone with its own pan-size. The appliance will work only when you put a proper size pan on these elements, as marked by the circle. The large burner requires a minimum of 12″, 9″ diameter pan. The other burners will need a minimum of 6″, 7″ and 8″ diameter of the pot or pan. So if the pan is too small the element will not heat.
There is also a safety sensor, that will not allow the element to heat if there is a metallic object on the element (a fork, spoon etc). In this way, the object will not heat up causing an undesirable accident.
For good functionality, the unit needs to be well ventilated so pay attention to manufacturer’s requirements. In fact, ventilation seems to be quite the same for induction burners as for any other type of cooktop. For best performance, it is recommended to extend the ventilation hood 3 inches on both sizes of the cooktop.
7. Safety Features
Safety is one of the strengths of the Bosch NIT8666UC 800 36″. Induction technology diminishes the risk of injury in case of accidental touch of the burner. There are no flames, which is another important factor of safety. Consequently it can easily be used by people less agile in the kitchen, old persons, people with minor handicaps or less acquainted with modern technology.
No compatible cookware is included with Bosch NIT8666UC 800 36″. You have to make sure that you already have or you buy induction-ready compatible pans and pots. To find out if a pot or pan suits an induction burner you have to take the “magnet test”, which means that you have to put a magnet on the pan’s bottom and see if it sticks to it. Remember this rule. There is no need to learn the hard way.
Usually, pans manufactured of cast iron, black metal or iron will work for induction burners. Stainless steel pans will also work if the sole of the pan is made of magnetic stainless steel.
But you will find in the pack some detailed instructions that will help you use and deal with your new acquisition (very useful especially if you are new to induction cooktops).
Other accessories and cleaning products, as well as parts directly from Bosh, are available separately, according to their price list.
According to manufacturer specification, the overall appliance dimensions are 5/16″ height, 4 1/8″ width and it has 21 1/4″ depth.
Although it is large enough, with 5 cooking zones, every inch is cleverly used and you can easily embed it. In fact, we do know also the required cutout size, that is 4 1/8″ heigh x 34 7/8″ width x 20″ depth. The net weight of this unit is 50 lbs.
When finding the right position for the unit, you have to respect a minimum distance of 2″ from the rear wall and 2 1/4″ from the counter front.
The appliance comes with a power cord that is 37 inches length.
– Maintains a precise cooking temperature
– Quick heating – 12″ dual heating element with 4500W
– Faster cooking than traditional burners
– SpeedBoost – can boil water extremely fast
– 17 divers cooking level settings
– 5 cooking area with different dimensions
– Complete and very detailed instructions and specifications
– Elegant surface and very easy to clean
– Less heat around in the kitchen
– Reliable safety measures
– No flame
– Intuitive and easy to use
– Good customer support
– If you don’t have compatible cookware, you need to invest in suitable pans and pots.
– You have to pay more attention when cleaning the surface.
– It may be difficult to center the pans.
– There are some minor problems on the control panel, as you need to select the burner to switch the power rate.
– Expensive, not so affordable.
– Automatic time limitation – customers reported the unit shuts off by itself after some hours of constant functioning. So you can’t program it to slow cook a whole night.
12. Consumer Ratings
I read some little reviews for this model on amazon.com and I found out that there were two customers who were very unhappy with the product mainly because it shuts off automatically after many hours of constant use. In their answer, engineers from Bosh sustained that this is an important safety measure. However, some other more reviews would have been relevant. So, in my search I found some more customers ratings on the manufacturer’s website. Here the average customer rating is 4.1.
All in all, although it seems a little bit expensive, we have to recognize that Bosch NIT8666UC 800 36″ is a complex modern and great looking induction cooktop so if this review convinced you to buy it, maybe you should. If not, keep searching. Out there, somewhere, there must be “a best option” for your needs!