Best Induction Cooktops for Fast and Efficient Cooking

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 7, 2018
If you need a portable energy-efficient kitchen appliance, try cooking on an induction cooktop! Owing to innovative technologies and a sophisticated design, you will cook your favorite meals faster and easier than ever! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Number of burners
Control panel
Temperature range
Power levels
Maximum power
Conveniences
Size
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS
Each burner of the True Induction cooktop can use the full capacity of the appliance or its power can be shared between them, depending on what you are going to cook.
CONS
The appliance is rather weighty.
OUR VERDICT
This induction cooktop is a wonderful choice for using in a mobile home owing to its two cooking surfaces with convenient temperature and power regulation. In addition, this ergonomic device is easy to maintain.
detailed parameters
Type
Countertop
Number of burners
2
Control panel
Touch Control Panel, Digital Display
Temperature range
150°- 450°F (with a 30°F increment)
Power levels

10 power levels

Maximum power
1800 W
Conveniences
150 min timer, Patented Power-Sharing Technology
Size
23.5" x 14" x 2.5"
Weight
11.2 lbs
Warranty
2-year limited warranty
PROS
For safe and comfortable use, the Secura portable induction cooktop has high and low voltage warning and diagnostic error message systems. This ergonomic induction cooktop has a 6' cord.
CONS
The default cooking temperature is 320°F but is easy to adjust before use.
OUR VERDICT
Its portable size allows using the Secura induction cooktop in a small kitchen where every inch matters. Besides, the appliance is lightweight enough to ensure an easy transportation.
detailed parameters
Type
Countertop
Number of burners
1
Control panel

Digital Control Panel, LED Display

Temperature range
140° - 460°F (with a 20°F increment)
Power levels

15 power levels

Maximum power
1800 W
Conveniences
Countdown digital timer up to 170 minutes (1 min increment), Auto-pan detection
Size
14" x 11.4" x 2.5"
Weight
5 lbs
Warranty
1-year warranty
PROS

The Duxtop induction cooktop features a count-down 170-minute timer with 1 min increments, so you will be able to follow the recipe exactly and cook each dish to perfection.

CONS

Some users are not quite happy with the provided instructions.

OUR VERDICT

Practical and economical, this single induction cooktop will come in handy in any kitchen, saving your money on electricity and reducing cooking time. Packed with all essential features, it is compact and easy to operate.

detailed parameters
Type

Countertop

Number of burners

1

Control panel

Digital Control Panel, LED Display

Temperature range

140 °F to 460 °F (with a 20°F increment)

Power levels

10 power levels

Maximum power

1800 W

Conveniences

170 min timer, Auto-pan detection with 60 seconds auto shut-off

Size

13" x 11.5" x 2.5" 

Weight

5.9 lbs

Warranty

1-year warranty

PROS

This Cuisinart double induction cooktop shuts off automatically if no cookware is detected for 30 seconds, which makes this model even more safe and economical than its competitors.

CONS

The timer beeps at the end of the preset time, but it doesn't switch the unit off.

OUR VERDICT

Featuring two burners, the Cuisinart ICT-60 allows preparing the first and the second course at the same time. This stylish black and silver model will perfectly blend with any interior. 

detailed parameters
Type

Countertop

Number of burners

2

Control panel

Digital Control Panel, 2 x LED Displays

Temperature range

~ up to 450 °F

Power levels

8 settings (left burner),
5 settings (right burner)

Maximum power

1800 W

Conveniences

150 min timer, Auto-pan detection with 30 seconds auto shut-off

Size

23.5" x 14.25" x 2.5"

Weight

14.2 lbs

Warranty

3-year limited warranty

PROS

With up to 100 hours programmable time and multiple-stage programming this powerful unit offers, you can follow your favorite recipes with no hassle at all, spending less time and effort on cooking.

CONS

There could be more power levels.

OUR VERDICT

Reasonably-priced and functional, the NuWave PIC Pro is a good fit for smaller kitchens. The unit has a neat round design; it is both safe and convenient in use. It has a wide cooking temperature range and even boasts a sear function.

detailed parameters
Type

Countertop

Number of burners

1

Control panel

Digital Control Panel, LED Display

Temperature range

100 °F to 575 °F (with a 5°F increment)

Power levels

5 power levels

Maximum power

1800 W

Conveniences

Auto-pan detection with 60 seconds auto shut-off

Size

15.2" x 14.3" x 6.4"

Weight

7.55 lbs

Warranty

1-year warranty

True Induction 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop

Built-in Look

If you are looking for a Hi-Tech appliance that will suit your kitchen well, get this wonderful True Induction dual cooktop! The item has a stylish ceramic glass cooking surface. In addition, it is easy to clean the device after you have finished cooking. The induction cooktop is so thin, it looks like a built-in device! Touch control panel adds to the cutting-edge design of this stove (each burner is adjusted separately). The True Induction cooktop will perfectly look in both your up-to-date kitchen and brand-new trailer. By the way, some RV manufacturers equip their vehicles with induction cooktops. For example, the Winnebago Industries have replaced gas cookers with innovative True Induction appliances. If you are looking for a one-hob model to get an additional burner in your kitchen, it is also available!

Review of True Induction 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Double Burner

History of Induction Cooktop

It is known that induction cooktops are powered by electricity. However, they were introduced not so long ago, though electromagnetic induction had been discovered by Michael Faraday at the beginning of the 19th century. The first 'Cool Top Induction Range' was introduced to the public in the USA back in 1971. However, the appliance was too expensive even for the majority of restaurant owners.

In 1987, German AEG (General Electricity Company) introduced the first induction cooktop that failed to become popular. However, restaurant chefs appreciated it for a quick and efficient cooking.

Only 20 years after the invention, induction stoves became widespread. Today, everyone can get this user-friendly and energy-efficient device to make cooking easier!

True Induction 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Double Burner in the use

Convenient and Safe Cooking

The True Induction two burner stovetop has adjustable temperature settings (from 150 up to 450 degrees °F) in 30°F increments. Also, it features a built-in 150-min countdown timer; the remarkable feature is that you can alter the timed cycle duration at any stage during the timer operation.

We should also add that this stove top is safe in use: it features a built-in auto shut off that turns the unit off automatically after 150 minutes of use. If your dish requires longer cooking, just turn the unit on again and choose the needed setting.

Detailed review of True Induction 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Double Burner

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What customers say about this product

Power

Fast heating.

Features

I absolutely love that when a recipe says "simmer for 18 minutes" I can set it by temperature for 18 minutes and know that I can get on with the rest of the prep.

Key Specs

Easy to clean.

Size & Weight

Great for outdoor picnic.
 

Secura 1800-Watt Portable Induction

Ease of Use Grants Delicious Meal

What is the best appliance to prepare yummy meals? Get the Secura induction cooktop and you will cook the most sophisticated dishes just like that! There are 6 buttons on its front panel, 5 of them are responsible for a comfortable and effective control. What benefits does it offer? Let’s take a closer look at each button. The first one (on the left) allows for a power mode adjustment. You can choose either slow or fast cooking, depending on what you need. The next button will help you adjust the temperature for an even cooking of meals, without burning the ingredients. It is so easy that you will surely be inspired to cook new meals! The next button, a timer, makes cooking any dish super easy. Plus, there are two comfortable mode level buttons (increase and decrease). The last one is a power button. As you can see, this fantastic induction cooktop is a cutting-edge appliance with a user-friendly control panel. The manufacturer has provided this portable induction cooktop with the most convenient controls.

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Perfect Pots and Pans for Your Induction Cooktop

It is known that induction cooktops heat the cookware made of ferromagnetic. If you do not have such pots and pans in your kitchen, it is time to get them! There are several things to bear in mind. It is recommended to choose cookware with an even and smooth bottom, minimum 0.07" thick. In addition, it should have a diameter of at least 4.5" to provide a sufficient contact area with the hob. As for materials, the most common ones are stainless steel and cast iron. The first one is oxidation-proof and allows preparing the healthiest meals. Induction cooktops also heat cast iron cookware. This material is rather heavy. However, it ensures an even heat distribution and helps maintain the temperature. To make your choice easier, manufacturers usually mark induction-compatible vessels.

Secura 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Single Burner in the use

Precise Temperature Control

Cooking with the Secura induction cooktop is easy. It provides 15 power levels and a temperature range of 140° - 460°F which allows for cooking virtually all kinds of dishes. Furthermore, it has a digital timer so you can precisely follow a recipe with minimum effort. What it doesn't have is a thermometer (not like it has to be there, but still), so if you want to achieve brilliant results time and time again, we'd recommend you additionally acquire a cooking thermometer to check the readiness of your meals.

Detailed review of Secura 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Single Burner

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What customers say about this product

Power

More energy efficient than gas or electric.

Key Specs

This 15 temperature setting is definitely welcome and oh-so-practical.

Features

Does a good job cooking steaks.

Size & Weight

The size is just right and not too space-taking on the counter.
 

Duxtop 8100MC

For More Efficient Cooking

Whether you are looking for a compact cooking appliance to bring along when camping or an additional cooking burner to use in your kitchen, the Duxtop 8100MC is a great choice. This one burner unit is lightweight and has a small footprint: it needs little space for storage and it doesn't take up much space on the countertop. Needless to say that it, like all other induction cooktops, is also very energy-efficient, just make sure you use it with a right cookware - cast iron, stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or, certainly, induction ready pots and pans. In case you do not have such and plan to buy a new cookware set, make sure to check out if it's induction compatible.

To ensure that users can use the Duxtop 8100MC safely, the manufacturer equipped it with an auto-pan detection feature that will switch it off automatically if no pan or pot is detected for 60 seconds. A diagnostic error message system will let you know if any errors occur (the error code will be displayed), so you will be able to refer to the error code guide in the user manual and find a remedy for the problem.

Review of Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

Cook Your Meals to Perfection

The appliance has 10 power modes and 10 temperature modes that can be independently adjusted. Multiple power modes will help you quickly select an appropriate cooking level: low modes for keeping warm or simmering, medium for boiling or stewing, and high ones for fast cooking or frying. Likewise, when a specific cooking temperature is needed, you can choose from 10 temperature settings, pressing increase/decrease buttons to select the desired one. Finally, an ergonomic countdown timer with a 1-minute increment (up to 170 minutes) will allow you to preset the cooking time: press the timer mode button and then press the increase and decrease buttons to alter the cooking time by 1 minute; if a quick increase/decrease of the parameter is required, press and hold the button until the desired numbers appear on the display. In a word, you can adjust all the important parameters with ultimate precision to cook each dish to perfection.

Simple in use, the Duxtop 8100MC is easy to maintain. When it is not in use, cover the appliance to protect it from dust. To clean grease and stains, use a moist cloth and a bit of liquid detergent. Please, read the manufacturer's instructions for more detailed information.

Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner in the use

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Cuisinart ICT-60

Excellent Kitchen Helper

While single induction stovetops are the most compact, two burner models provide twice as much cooking space while being quite portable as well. The Cuisinart ICT-60 can be used in your RV or boat kitchen for hustle-free cooking two-course meals. Ideal for small cooking areas, it can also be a real saver in any kitchen, providing additional burners to prepare a variety of side dishes and dips for a party or family gathering. Since the appliance uses electromagnetism for transferring energy to your cookware, it gets heated very quickly and preparing foods does not take much time. Besides, this high-end induction cooktop emits less heat compared to conventional cookers and consumes a lot less energy (up to 70%). Plus, it automatically switches off in 30 seconds after a dish is done and you remove the cookware, which allows saving more on electricity bills and helps prevent risks of fire. Speaking of safety features, the Cuisinart ICT-60 has an overheating protection too.

Another benefit of the Cuisinart ICT-60 is that it's very low in maintenance. It has a smooth glass top so it is very easy to clean with a damp cloth; just remember to use mild non-abrasive soaps that don't ruin the glass finish. If kept properly, the Cuisinart ICT-60 will serve you a long time being a nice addition to the interior of your kitchen thanks to its stylish black and silver design.

Review of Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop

Dual Settings for Ultimate Control

To ensure the most comfortable use, the Cuisinart induction stovetop has dual heat settings - both burners are individually controlled and have a separate On/Off switch, timer button, heat button, increase/decrease buttons with arrows, and an LCD display.

  • The left burner has eight heat settings: 1 is the lowest and 8 is the highest. To make adjustments, press the "Heat" button and then press buttons with arrows to select a higher/lower setting; the current one will be displayed on the screen. To activate a 150-minute timer, press the "Timer" button and then press buttons with arrows (press and hold for quicker adjustment). Please, note that at the end of the preset cooking time you will hear an audio signal, but the appliance will not turn off, so it's necessary that you stay near the appliance to manually switch it off. It's a bit of a shame and we wish the manufacturers would improve this, even though the stovetop's runtime is only 180 minutes: 30 minutes is still a long time.
  • The right burner has five modes, from low (1) to medium (5), and the principle of its operation is the same; as soon as you select the setting, the number will appear on the display.

As you can see, the Cuisinart induction stovetop is not difficult to use and it should be easy for anyone to cook meals just the way you like them, the more so if you use special kitchen scales for that.

Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop in the use

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NuWave PIC Pro 1800W

In Pace With Times

Day after day, we are getting more used to smart devices packed with smart features and expect more useful functions from household appliances. The NuWave induction stovetop uses innovative technologies to make cooking as easy and comfortable as possible. The unit can be programmed for stage cooking to help you prepare your favorite dishes in a breeze. With that, its countdown timer can be set for up to 100 hours with 1-minute increments allowing you to prepare literally any dish from soft-boiled or sunny-side up eggs to jellied meat. Boasting a wide temperature range (100 °F up to 575 °F), this single induction stovetop is perfect for warming, slow-cooking, simmering, and even searing foods! Moreover, the NuWave PIC Pro features a delay function so you can set it to start the cooking programme at a later time to have your dish prepared for the dinner.

To add to its benefits, the unit has a stylish and portable round design, so not an inch of your kitchen space will be wasted. The cooking surface is made of heat-resistant glass and it can remain hot after cooking, so please be careful when you remove pots and pans from the appliance.

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User-Friendly Control Panel

Let's look at the NuWave PIC Pro control panel. It has an ergonomic LED display, increase and decrease buttons, Start, Pause/Clear, Time, and Prog buttons plus six buttons with preset temperatures. The operation is quite simple, just place your cookware on the stovetop and press the Start button. By default, the device will cook on a High temperature setting for 1 hour; you can reset it by pressing Low, Max/Sear, and Start and then increase or decrease cooking temperature by pressing "-" or "+" buttons.

To select stage cooking, press Prog button and choose one of the preset temperatures (Low, Med Low, Med, Med High, High, or Max/Sear). If you need to increase or decrease the temperature, press a "-" or "+" button. To preset the cooking time, press the Time button and then use increase and decrease buttons as needed. You can add up to 10 stages (including a start delay) for preparing your dish.

It might take you some time to learn how to use all the settings, though with the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions provided with the purchase it should not take you long, if any time at all. Even if you do something wrong, a diagnostic error message system will let you quickly resolve the problem by providing an error code so that you can look it up in the manual. Other protection features include an auto-pan detection feature that switches the stovetop off if no pan is detected for 60 seconds, and a low/high voltage warning so you know when it's best not to use it.

Summing up, the NuWave PIC Pro is a reliable and efficient induction stovetop that is easy to store and easy to maintain. Though it doesn't provide 8-10-15 power levels like other models we reviewed, it offers a wide range of temperature adjustments and it has all essential features you need in this kind of stovetop. A great model for small households looking for a single-burner model.

NuWave PIC Pro 1800W Highest Powered Induction Cooktop in the use

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What Is an Induction Cooktop?

Looking for a new cooker for your kitchen? Consider choosing an innovative energy-efficient induction cooktop! Conventional electric stoves have heating elements, induction cooktops work in a different way. They use magnetic induction to heat the cookware while the hob is heated only by the cookware on it. The main advantage of an induction cooktop is efficiency. Your pots and pans are heated immediately and your meals are ready in no time, whereas common electrical and gas cookers emit a lot of heat. At the same time, induction cooktops are safe. The device turns on only when you place some cookware on it. As soon as you remove it, an induction cooktop automatically turns off. However, this appliance has a peculiar feature. It will heat only those pans and pots that are made of ferromagnetic (e. g. stainless steel or cast iron). We have reviewed five best induction cooktops, so you can compare them and choose the one that fits you most.

If you love cooking complex and sophisticated dishes consisting of many different ingredients and often taking more than one hour to cook, you won't do without a good set of measuring cups and a digital kitchen scale.

What Features to Compare

Type

The first issue you should keep in mind while choosing an induction stovetop is its type - you can choose either a countertop or a built-in unit for your kitchen.

  • Countertop induction cooktops are usually equipped with one or two burners. They are lightweight and portable, so they are perfect for any small kitchen, RV, campsite, or a dormitory room. Just place the appliance on your countertop for the most convenient cooking. Moreover, portable induction stovetops can also be used when you need additional burners for cooking an assortment of dishes when preparing a party.
  • Built-in induction cooktops have higher power compared to countertop models; they are usually equipped with 3-6 burners of various sizes and shapes, which makes them a great alternative to conventional stovetops. However, built-in cooktops have larger dimensions, while a small kitchen requires a portable device.

Performance

The main feature that determines your chosen induction cooktop performance is a temperature range the unit provides. Multiple temperature modes will help you select the right one for preparing your favorite dishes. Some recipes require a low-temperature cooking, others need a higher temperature, consider the appliance cooking temperature range and you will be able to choose the optimal device to meet your daily needs!

One more thing to keep in mind is the unit's power levels number. Most induction cooktops have 10-15 power levels so it is easy to pick the one for your cooking task. Lower levels are perfect for keeping your meals warm and slow cooking, middle ones for stewing, and high ones for fast cooking.

Extras

Innovative appliances make our daily chores way easier; induction cooktops are often equipped with user-friendly features that make preparing foods as easy as it has never been before. An up-to-date digital control panel with an easy-to-read display will allow for a comfortable and intuitive operation of the unit. Some manufacturers provide their induction cooktops with ergonomic touch control panels that are both convenient to use and simple to clean.

To control the process of preparing meals, an induction cooktop can be equipped with a timer that makes an audible beeping signal and/or switches the unit off when your dish is ready. Thanks to Auto Pan Detection feature, the appliance shuts off if there is no cookware on it for a certain period of time (usually for 60 seconds). Parents will appreciate a Child Lock System that won't let their kids use the device without adults' supervision.

Now, that we have given you tips on choosing your perfect induction stovetop, it is time to select the appliance that suits you best!

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