Updated 15 Feb 2018

Westinghouse

WHI645BA

Snapshot: The Westinghouse WHI645BA induction cooktop has 4 cooking zones plus auto heat-up. How well does it cook?

WHI645BA
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$2649

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Test results

Overall score
83
Cooking performance
?/10
White sauce
?/10
Rice
?/10
Stir-fry
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • A very good performer.
  • Excellent results in our white-sauce test.
  • Good results in our rice test.
  • Excellent results in our stir-fry test.
  • Easy to use.
  • Has 4 cooking zones in 2 sizes (includes flexi-zone).
  • Good cooking-zone layout (small zone at front, large zone at rear).
  • Includes a flexi-zone.

But

  • May not have even heat distribution when using flexi-zone.
  • Cookware larger than 21cm diameter may not be efficient.
  • “On” indicator light isn’t obvious.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Cooking performance (60%): We conduct 3 tests to assess the performance of the cooktops:

White sauce on the smallest element with the lowest setting:
This tests the cooktop’s ability to perform at a low temperature for a long time.

White rice on the medium-sized element:
This tests the “turndown” capacity of the element (starting on a high heat and reducing to a simmer) and whether it can maintain a suitable heat at the lowest temperature setting.

Beef and vegetable stir-fry on the large element:
This tests whether the cooktop can deliver continuous high heat.

If a cooktop has a flexi-zone, we test how evenly the heat is distributed. This doesn’t contribute to the performance score.

Ease of use (40%): Rates the ease of using the controls, ease of cleaning, and the user-friendliness of the cooktop layout.

Price is based on a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$2649
Type
Induction

More test results (/10)

Chocolate-melting
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Specifications

Dimensions (WxD, cm)
59 x 52
Number of elements, burners or cooking zones
4
Cooktop surface material
-
Control position
-
Trivet material
n/a
Cut-out dimensions (WxD, cm)
n/a

Features

Touch controls
Yes
Flame-failure protection
n/a
Timer
Yes
Child lock
Yes
Automatic switch-off
Yes
Dual- or multi-element
n/a
Flexi-zones
Yes
Auto heat-up
Yes
Power boost
Yes
Keep-warm function
Yes
Safety sensors
Yes
Residual-heat indicator
Yes
Overflow protection
Yes
Pan detection
Yes

More Info

Availability

-

Notes

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