Bosch cooktops are second to none in the world of appliances. Since 1967, Bosch has been one of Europe's — and the world's — top appliance manufacturers. The company is an innovator in everything from built-in coffee systems to water heaters, and even Bosch dishwashers. This tradition of innovation continues in their new FlameSelect® burners on select gas cooktops in the 800 Series and the Bosch Benchmark Series. How do FlameSelect® gas cooktops work, though, and what makes them stand out when it comes to improving your experience cooking at home? The experts at Appliances Connection are glad to explain.
Powerful and Efficient Gas Burners
One of the primary concerns regarding gas cooktops is their efficiency and energy usage. As a brand, Bosch cooktops are some of the most efficient gas cooktops on the market today. The 18,000 BTU dual flame power burners on the Bosch Benchmark Series rival the cooking surfaces professional chefs use, while the sleek black glass control panels and LED displays make it easy to see what's going on with your cooktop. Meanwhile, the FlameSelect® technology means that you never have to worry about setting your cooktop to too high a level: you get the same results every time you set the cooktop to any level. Bosch cooktops even come with SMARTFLAME technology that uses a thermocouple to sense the presence of a flame. If the flame is ever extinguished, the sensor will automatically turn off the flow of gas to your room, allowing you to relight the cooktop safely.
Precise, Consistent Heating
With traditional gas cooktops, you have to carefully monitor the level of the flame to ensure that it is the size you want it to be. With FlameSelect®, you have nine precisely set power levels for consistent results every time. Using the same power level will always lead to the correct flame size, completely eliminating the guesswork that's the least convenient element of gas cooking. FlameSelect® also works in conjunction with Bosch's OptiSim® dual burners: on lower heat levels, only the smaller inner ring ignites (making it perfect for sauces and custard), but on higher heat levels, you get two powerful burner rings which provide you with up to 18,000 BTUs of heat. Even the layout of the burners makes it possible to cook multiple large items at the same time.
Bosch FlameSelect® cooktops come in sizes between 30 and 36 in., and colors that include dark silver, black, and stainless steel. In the Bosch Benchmark Series, you can expect tempered glass cooktops that are the easiest in their class to clean, as well as heavy-duty continuous cast-iron grates so you don't have to lift heavy pots and pans to transfer them between burners. These grates are also safe to run through the dishwasher, making cleaning them even easier. In the 800 Series, look for porcelain enameled cooking surfaces and control knobs that are lit with LEDs. All Bosch's gas cooktops come with a recessed design, containing any spills and adding smooth curves to your kitchen's aesthetic.
What is the difference between Bosch 500 and 800 Series gas cooktops?
The Bosch 500 Series has fewer professional-grade features than the 800 Series, while some 800 Series and Bosch Benchmark models have FlameSelect® technology and dishwasher-safe cast-iron grates. The Bosch 800 Series also comes with illuminated knobs that indicate at a glance which burners are on.
Where are Bosch cooktops made?
Bosch primarily makes the cooktops that it sells in the United States market in their factory in North Carolina.
What is the difference between Bosch and Bosch Benchmark?
While all Bosch appliances are made from high-end materials, Bosch Benchmark appliances are more likely to integrate professional-grade technology. Bosch Benchmark appliances also tend to be more powerful.