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Thanks...From what I understand, the French makes I mentioned use cast iron for their French tops, while Wolf uses stainless. Do you know of any other makes that use cast iron?

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Can someone provide the pros and cons of an induction cooktop with stainless steel around it and just plain induction cooktop?

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Alexander Timofeyev

If you mean an induction cooktop with a decorative band of stainless steel framing the cooktop, then the benefit would be the appearance (if you like the decorative band), while the downsides would be that the band would catch crumbs, salt, grease, etc and be harder to clean. You'd have to carefully clean the band to avoid a build up of grime.

I think an induction cooktop without a band, as seen in the photo on this page, looks cleaner and sleeker, and is a lot easier to keep clean since you can easily wipe it down from edge to edge.

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