A variety of dishes cooking on an induction cooktop.

INDUCTION COOKTOP QUICKSTART GUIDE

START COOKING WITH SENSOR INDUCTION

30" 5 ELEMENTS

KCIG550J

GET TO KNOW YOUR COOKTOP

Video

GET STARTED

basic controls

Induction heats and cools quickly, so keep a close eye on food while learning the different settings.


PLACE PAN ON ELEMENT

Pan.

Press On/off for 1 second

On/Off button.

press + or - to set heat

Low: 1-2

Medium: 3-5

High: 6-9

Plus/Minus button.

Max: P (Power Boost)

Power Boost indicator light.

Press On/off for 1 second When Done

On/Off button.

Timer

set cook time in minutes

Press + or - to adjust.

cancel timer

Hold - until you see 00 or press both + and - at the same time.

Timer screen.

Control lock

Lock to disable cooking mode

Hold for 3 seconds until light turns on.

A lock.

UnLock to start cooking mode

Hold for 3 seconds until light turns off.

A lock.

Indicator lights

Pan detection

Flashes if no pan is detected – check placement or switch pans.

Pan detection indicator.

Hot surface

Lights up when surface is hot – allow to cool before cleaning.

Hot surface indicator.

Auto Presets

Automatically set the right heat for different techniques and stages of cooking.


PLACE PAN ON ELEMENT

Pan.

Press On/off for 1 second

The on/off button.

Press auto to toggle between options

Auto button.

Melt

Low heat for delicate ingredients.

Melt indicator light.

Simmer

Med-low heat for sauces, soups and rice.

Simmer indicator light.

Boil

High heat for rapid rolling boil.

Boil indicator light.

Keep warm

Hold cooked items at serving temperature.

Keep Warm indicator light.

Press On/off for 1 second When Done

On/Off button.

Induction cooktop controls.

BASIC CONTROLS

 

A pot on an induction cooktop.

AUTO PRESETS

For Melt, Simmer, Keep Warm and Boil.

TIPS & TROUBLESHOOTING

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Induction cookware.

check your pans

Look for the induction symbol

Induction symbol.

or test with a magnet

If it sticks to the bottom, the pan will work.

Magnetic pan chart.

Induction-Compatible pan materials

Multi-ply stainless steel

Multi-ply stainless steel pan.

enameled steel

Enameled steel pan.

Cast iron

Cast iron pan.

Other types of pans may work

Even some non-stick options if they have a base made of iron or steel.

Non-stick pot.

Pan placement

flat-base pans work best

Avoid using warped or uneven pans.

Pan placement chart.
Pan placement chart.
Pan placement chart.

Match pan size to element

If pan is more than 1/2” wider, switch to a larger element.

Size guideline does not apply when using Assisted Cooking Modes with required KitchenAid® pans.

Pan size chart.
Pan size chart.

Center pan within cooking area

Pan must cover “X” reference mark.

Pan center chart.

Pan detection indicator

flashes if no pan detected

Check placement or switch pans.

Pan detection indicator light.

COOKING SOUNDS

You may hear a humming or buzzing while using your induction cooktop. These noises are normal.

Sounds may get louder when:

  • Using pans of different sizes and materials
  • Cooking with multiple pans at once
  • Cooking on high power settings

 

You may also hear a fan while the cooktop cools.


Cleaning

Cleanup is quick and easy, since spills don't cook onto the surface.


Use recommended cleaners

Such as affresh® Cooktop Cleaning Kit.

affresh® Cooktop Cleaning Kit.

Turn off all elements

Press ON/OFF for 1 second.

On/Off button.

Set control lock

Hold for 3 seconds to disable cooking mode.

On/Off button.

Wait for surface to cool

If H displayed, surface is still hot.

Hot indicator light.

Wipe with soapy water and soft cloth or sponge

Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials.

Hand and wipe.

Polish glass with cooktop cleaner

Cleaning cooktop.

Buff with soft cloth or paper towel

Buffing cooktop.

Turn off control lock

Hold for 3 seconds to start next cooking adventure.

On/Off button.

Induction cooktop controls.

Indicator Lights and Error Codes


Surface is hot

Allow to cool before cleaning.

Hot indicator light.

Pan not detected

Check placement or switch pans.

Pan detection indicator.

Pan detected but not compatible

Press ON/OFF twice to remove code. Try using different element or switch pans.

Error code.

Internal temperature too high

Wait for cooktop to cool down.

Code.

Disconnect cooktop from power supply

Wait a few seconds, then reconnect. If code reoccurs, contact service.

Error codes.

The bottom of a pan.

PAN TIPS & BONUS COOKWARE OFFER

A person cooking at an induction cooktop.

cooktop sounds

A person cleaning an induction cooktop.

cleaning

A person seasoning food at an induction cooktop.

indicator lights & error codes

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