The best eco-friendly, high-performance 36-inch induction stovetop.
- Features 9 power levels for each zone, all operated with a slide touch control panel
- Option is available to create two extended bridge zones
- Smeg products may be difficult to find in the U.S.
EU directive UNI EN ISO 9001, EU directive UNI EN ISO 14001, EU directive OHSAS 18001 , EU directive RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), EU directive REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemical Substances)
Country of originItalian-designed (no information on manufacturing location).
Volts: 240/208 Volts
Amps: 40 Amps
Frequency: 60 Hz
Front-left, back-left, front-right, back-right – Bridge zone – 1,800W (Booster 2,500W)
Central – 2,800W (Booster 5,000W)
The Smeg SIMU536B 36-Inch Electric Induction Smoothtop is a high-performance, environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient beautiful piece of engineering. This model features 5 elements, Pan Presence Sensor, Hot Surface Indicator, a Simmer Function and a Melt Function, as well as a Child Safety Lock and Automatic Safety Cut-Out, as well as a safe start function to prevent against accidental start-up.
This induction cooktop by Smeg comes with 9 power levels for each zone, all operated using a simple slide touch control panel. You can set an individual timer for each zone. The Smeg SIMU536B includes 5 “full-power” cook zones and the option for two extended bridge zones. These comprise: two 7.5” 1800W (2500W with booster) on the left and two matching elements on the right, as well as a high-power central 11 8/11” 5000W (with booster) element.
Where Smeg really shine, however, is in their safety, sustainability, and environmental policies. The Italian company strongly adheres to and aims to exceed European safety standards for eco-friendly manufacturing practices. The company’s headquarters has won awards for its environmentally-friendly design and policies, which include not building on more than 30-33% of the site, so as to foster habitat conservation (the company also planted more than 4,000 plants).
In addition, Smeg are very selective in all the components and materials that go into their products, choosing steel, glass, aluminum and brass, where possible, as these can be easily recycled.
Smeg also fully complies with the EU directives RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemical Substances), which lay out strict restrictions on the use of hazardous materials and substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium VI, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and regulate the handling of chemical substances to ensure that human health and the environment are protected to the fullest extent.
Smeg are also committed to choosing eco-compatible suppliers and use recyclable packaging, and also take steps to make their transport/haulage more environmentally friendly. They’re committed to further reducing water consumption, emissions, electricity, and packaging materials and have policies in place for improved waste management systems.
On top of all these great steps, Smeg produce kitchen appliances with high performance and low energy consumption top of mind. And, they have their own Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE) policy, which fully complies with UNI EN ISO 9001, UNI EN ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 standards. EU directive UNI EN ISO 14001 outlines the requirements for the adoption of an environmental management system, helping a company draft corporate policy on eco-sustainability and pollution, specifically looking at optimizing the use of energy and natural resources, and quality systems for waste disposal.
Basically, if you’re looking for an eco-friendly induction stovetop, it’s hard to beat Smeg.
Smeg SIMU536B vs. GE Monogram vs. Bosch Benchmark
The Smeg SIMU536B is a fantastic 36-inch induction stovetop from a company with a solid record for eco-friendliness and reliability. As this model offers much the same as the GE Monogram and the Bosch Benchmark, this is our top pick for the ecoHome directory. The Smeg even offers a little more firepower than the Bosch, with a huge central 5000W booster element. The Bosch is the only model to feature their innovative PowerMove® technology for ease of use, however, and the GE Monogram will tempt some with its optional silver glass surface aesthetic.