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5 Best Portable Induction Cooktops of 2018 – Reviews and Comparison

surface of one and two heating zone black induction cookers with touch controls

We review some of the best portable induction cooktops and provide a buyer’s guide and FAQ section. This innovative and efficient cooking method is becoming more popular. Home designers hear more requests to have them built directly into their kitchen, while homeowners who provide basement suites to tenants are now offering single and double induction hobs to their renters.  Limited space doesn’t mean that a quality cooktop isn’t needed.

Top 5 Portable Induction Cooktop
Comparison Chart

feature
max burton 6450
EUR
KITCHEN
SECURA
9100MC
DUXTOP
9600LS
Cuisinart ICT-30
Power Levels
10
17
15
20
0
​​​​Power Range
500-1800W
200-1800W
200-1800W
100-1800W
300-1600W
Temp Settings​​​​
15
18
15
20
8
Temp Range
100º-
450ºF
120º-
460ºF
140º-
460ºF
100º-
460ºF
-
Function Lock
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Weight
6
5.95
5.75
5.75
6.45
Size (in.)
12.75x11.55x2.55
 15.2 x 11 x 2.4
14 x 11.4 x 2.5
14 x 11.4 x 2.5
14.10x11.5 x 2.00
Our Review
Price
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Single Burner Induction Cooktop Reviews

Induction cooking is becoming more popular in the United States as its advantages are becoming more well-known. As consumers learn about this cooking method and research available products, they are able to envision how this fits into their culinary style and personal lifestyle. The number of portable induction cooktops from which to choose has increased in the last few years since as more companies enter the market.

Induction compatible cookware must be used with all induction cookers. Most, if not all induction pots and pans can also be used on conventional stovetops such as electric and gas.

The base of the pot or pan should be flat and made of carbon steel, cast iron, enameled cast iron, iron/steel, or magnetized stainless steel. To check your cookware, place a magnet on the base of the cooking vessel and if it strongly sticks, it will work.

Center the cooking vessel on the cooktop surface for best results.

When taking your pot off of the burner, lift it off rather than sliding and then lifting.  This will ensure the bottom of the cookware doesn’t touch the controls.

1. Max Burton’s 6450 Digital LCD 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop

Max Burton #6450 Digital LCD 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop Counter Top Burner

Max Burton is a well-established brand of Aervoe Industries Inc. whose headquarters are located in Gardnerville, NV.  Their products are designed and developed in-house. Aervoe is known for producing reliable products and using high-quality components and cooling fan motors in their manufacturing process.

The subject of this review is the new Max Burton Induction Cooktop - the Max Burton #6450 Digital LCD 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop Counter Top Burner. The 6450 model is a versatile, user-friendly, portable, and easy to clean. It is an upgraded version of the Max Burton 6400 Digital Choice Induction Cooktop.

Although the Max Burton 6450 has similar specifications to those of the 6400 model, there are a few notable differences.  First, the shape of the 6450 model is more visually pleasing and has rounded edges. Second, the cooktop surface goes all the way to the edge of the cooktop. Third, the computer hardware and software has been upgraded. Fourth, the unit design has been modified to improve temperature control.

pros
cons
  • One touch boil and simmer functions
  • Cooking surface goes all the way to the edge of the cooker
  • 10 power levels (500-1800W)
  • 15 temperature settings
  • Settings lock
  • Touch screen controls
  • Temperature setting gap
Max Burton #6450 Digital LCD 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop Counter Top Burner

Max Burton 6450 Induction Cooktop

Cook up a delicious dinner with this top of the line, easy to use induction cooker.

Product Highlights

Control Panel

The Max Burton #6450 Digital LCD 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop Counter Top Burner has an angled control panel (as opposed to a tablet style unit)  which lessens the chances the touchpad settings are accidentally changed or spilled food or liquid migrates to the interface. The LCD is a single pane of glass that displays error codes and alternates showing the heat/temperature setting or the time remaining if the timer function is being used.

How to Use the Max Burton 6450

After plugging the unit in the outlet, place the cooking vessel (with the ingredients) on the ceramic surface (in the center of the cookware guides), turn the unit ON, press the “F” icon to select the heat or temp mode, change levels with the up or down arrow, and set the timer (optional).  As with all induction cooktops, the right kind of pots and pans must be used.  

Max Burton 6450 Specifications
  • Digital LCD screen
  • 10 power levels (500-1800W)
  • 15 temperature settings (25º increments from 100º to 450ºF)
  • Coil diameter – 6.3 inches
  • One touch boil (immediately goes to power level 10)
  • One touch simmer (100ºF)
  • Timer – up to 3 hours in one minute increments
  • Diameter of outer ring – 10 inches
  • Settings lock  
  • Auto shutdown in event of short circuit, over voltage, overheating
  • Auto-pan detection
  • 120V
  • ETL approved
  • FCC Part 18 compliant

What's to like about the Max Burton 6450 Induction Cooktop

The Max Burton #6450 Digital LCD 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop Counter Top Burner is worthy of serious consideration if you are in the market for a single burner induction cooktop.  

Features

Two of the most useful features are the one touch boil and simmer functions.  Stocks and sauces can be cooked at 100ºF by touching the simmer touchpad.

The control panel has an LCD touch screen which is easy to operate.  Touch controls are so much better than the push buttons as they are quicker and easier to use. 

This 1800W induction cooker is equipped with a settings lock and a built-in safety feature that automatically shuts the unit off in the case of overheating, short circuit, and high voltage levels. The unit will not function unless there is a suitable cooking vessel on the cooktop and will cease operating after a period of three hours of non-stop use.

12” cast iron skillet can be used to prepare your meal since the diameter of the outer ring is 10 inches.   

 

Design

The modern and sleek shape along with the black ceramic cooktop make it an elegant addition to any culinary collection. Its portability allows for use as an extra burner or food warmer at a potluck, small dinner party, family dinner or buffet.

Max Burton Customer Service

Max Burton has superior customer service. They offer full U.S. based customer support for technical and warranty issues. Consumers can speak directly with someone who has technical and design knowledge about Max Burton products. This reviewer has contacted technical support on four occasions to ask questions about the Max Burton 6400 and 6450 units. Each time, a knowledgeable expert answered my queries in great detail.

This is in stark contrast to companies who do not have telephone customer support and do not respond to emails or to businesses whose chat, email or telephone customer service representatives only have access to the product manual.

No Third Party Retailers

The Max Burton 6450 model is being sold exclusively on Amazon and only by Max Burton Enterprises (no third party retailers).  It is manufactured in China, as are most induction cooktops.

Additionally, many parent companies of induction cooktop brands are headquartered outside the United States with no U.S. based customer support, leaving the third party seller as the only point of contact for questions or issues with the unit.  

2. EurKitchen Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

Safe and Powerful Portable Induction Cooktop Burner w/Cloth Bag by EurKitchen - 1800W - Quick-Adjust Precision Control Dial - 18 Temperature Settings - REQUIRES INDUCTION COOKWARE (NOT INCLUDED)

EurKitchen is a brand of Rohego, LLC whose headquarters are in New York, NY.  Rohego was involved in the design and development of the subject of this review, the EurKitchen Induction Cooktop.

Review

Displaying a stylish and minimalist design, the Safe and Powerful Portable Induction Cooktop Burner w/Cloth Bag by EurKitchen - 1800W - Quick-Adjust Precision Control Dial - 18 Temperature Settings - REQUIRES INDUCTION COOKWARE (NOT INCLUDED) has a wide range of power and temperature levels. The settings are adjusted with a control knob and the functions are selected using touch sensor controls. This  120V EurKitchen model is a strong competitor in the portable induction cooktop market.

pros
cons
  • Control knob and touch sensor buttons 
  • Vast selection of temperature and power levels
  • 1 year money back guarantee/warranty - 100% refund of purchase price
  • No settings lock
Safe and Powerful Portable Induction Cooktop Burner w/Cloth Bag by EurKitchen - 1800W - Quick-Adjust Precision Control Dial - 18 Temperature Settings - REQUIRES INDUCTION COOKWARE (NOT INCLUDED)

EurKitchen 1800W Induction Cooktop

Prepare meals quickly and easily with the latest EurKitchen induction burner. Enjoy the ease of operation with the touch sensor and knob controls.

Enhancements to the EurKitchen Induction Burner

This new model, manufactured during the summer of 2018, is an upgraded version of the previous EurKitchen Induction Cooktop. Based on customer feedback, several improvements were made.

  • Redesigned the unit (slightly) to give it a sleek appearance and to provide sufficient cooling capability.  
  • Increased the height of the wall below the knob for protection in the event the contents of the cooking vessel overflow. 
  • Added the temperature setting of 120ºF.   
  • Replaced the ball bearing fan with a durable and less noisy sleeve fan which is expected to operate for a significant period of time.  When operating at full strength, the cooktop’s maximum dBm is in the middle 60’s.  
  • Increased the coil diameter to 7.5 inches.
  • Included a temperature guide and protective bag for storage in the package.

Features

Two really nice attributes of this cooktop are the control  knob and the touch sensor controls. It makes changing settings and functions a lot quicker. 

Design

The cooking surface of this sleek, modern looking single burner induction cooktop is a black heat resistant glass. A coil diameter of 7.5 inches allows for the use of induction ready cookware with a base diameter up to 10.2 inches.

The sloped control panel holds the touch screen controls and the dial knob. The touch sensor button functions are: temperature, wattage, timer, and ON/OFF. The control knob is plastic and has blue LED’s behind it to illuminate the dial.  The temperature, wattage and timer settings are quickly adjusted using this knob.

Dimensions and Weight

The physical dimensions of the EurKitchen 1800W induction cooktop are: 15.2 x 11 x 2.4 inches (L x W x H). The glass cooktop portion measures 11”x 11.2” and the diameter of  the outer placement guide is 7.9 inches.

This unit weighs 5.95 pounds and can hold cookware and contents up to 20 pounds.

The cord has a two prong polarized plug and is about 4.5 ft long.  

Power

There are 17 power levels with a range of 200-1800 Watts in 100 watt increments. The power function can be accessed by touching the wattage (W) button.  The light to the left of the “W” symbol (above the knob) will light up and the default wattage of 1000W will appear on the screen display.  The wattage can be changed by the turning the Control Knob. 

The electrical requirements for this 1800 Watt induction cooktop are 120V/60MHz.

Temperature

The temperature range is 120º – 460ºF with 18 temperature levels adjustable in 20 degree increments.  

The temperature mode is useful if accurate temperature control is needed or if the recipe calls for a temperature of 120ºF.  This function can be accessed by touching the Temperature (ºF) button. The light to the left of the “ºF” symbol (above the knob) will illuminate and the default wattage of 300ºF will be shown on the LCD.  As with the wattage function, the temperature can be changed by the turning the Control Knob. 

Timer

The EurKitchen ​model has a built-in three hour timer. To use this function, press the Timer button (a light to the left of the “Timer” label will light up and the LCD will show “0.00”), and rotate the Control Knob to obtain the desired setting.

The cooking time can be increased in ten minute increments and decreased one minute at a time. After the desired time is reached, the LCD will flash five times. If for example, you are using the Temperature mode, the “ºF” light will illuminate as well as the “Timer” light. This indicates the cooking temperature and time have been set.

Safety  
  • This unit is both FCC compliant and ETL approved. 
  • The unit will not turn on unless an induction ready cooking vessel is on the cooktop.
  • If the cooking vessel gets too hot, the unit will switch off automatically.
  • If the input power supply is too high or too low voltage an error message will appear in the digital display.
  • If you do not set the timer when using the Temperature or Wattage modes, as a precaution, the cooktop will automatically turn off after 2 hours of use.

Cookware

The size of the base of the cooking vessel must have a minimum base diameter of 4.7 inches and a maximum of 10.2 inches.

When a pot or pan is removed from the burner, the cooktop will stay on for 60 seconds. After that, the unit will shut off if no induction ready cookware is detected.

Warranty

This EurKitchen Induction Cooktop has a 1-Year Money-Back Guarantee/Warranty (excluding issues arising from customer misuse or mishandling). If it does not perform to your expectations, you can return it for a 100% refund of your purchase price or a replacement with a new fully functioning device.  

Customer Service

The customer service of Rohego LLC is outstanding.  They provide U.S. based customer telephone and email support for technical and warranty issues. This reviewer emailed customer service with a list of technical questions and received a thorough and complete response in less than 24 hours. 

What's to like about the EurKitchen Induction Cooktop

One of the best features is the ability to use a knob to change the temperature and power levels and the timer instead of having to repeatedly press buttons.

The temperature, wattage, and timer functions are selected using touch sensor buttons instead of physical buttons.   

The 1-year risk-free purchase policy (absent misuse or mishandling) provided with the EurKitchen induction cooktop demonstrates confidence in the product design and manufacturing process as well as a genuine interest in consumer satisfaction.  It’s comforting to know that if you don’t like the cooktop or it doesn’t work, you can return it for a refund or replacement.

A temperature conversion guide and cloth carrying bag are included with the cooktop. While these two items might seem trivial, they are indicative of a company that considers consumer needs.

3. Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Black

Review

Bringing in the next model on the list, is the Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Black. This cooker comes with all of the standard features of induction cooktops including an impressive 15 power levels and simmering capability.

pros
cons
  • Simmer capability
  • Angled display panel
  • 15 power levels
  • 15 temperature levels
  • Noisy ventilation and cooling fan
  • Testy temperature controls

Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Black

Secura 9100MC Portable Induction Cooktop

If you want to try induction cooking this unit is a good option. It is reasonably priced and has all the features needed to prepare daily meals.

Features

The Secura 9100MC induction cooktop is a robust unit and overall a very good value.

Power  

The 15 power levels range from 200 to 1800 watts. The first 12 power settings are in 100 Watt increments and the last three settings are 1500W, 1600W and 1800W. The default power level is 5.

The electrical requirements for this 1800 Watt induction cooktop are 120V/60MHz/15A.

The cord has a two prong plug and according to Secura Customer Care, is 5 ft long (they apologized for the typo in the user manual).

Temperature

There are 15 temperature settings which range from 140°F to 460°F. The first 11 settings are in 20 degree increments and the last 4 readings are 370, 400, 430 and 460°F.

The default temperature setting is 320°F. The 9100MC The power and temperature levels (from 1 to 15) are adjusted using the plus and minus buttons on the control panel.

A reference table is provided in the 9100MC user manual that equates the power level with wattage and the temperature level with temperature in both degrees Fahrenheit and Centigrade.

Timer

This Secura model has a built-in countdown digital timer with one minute increments up to 170 minutes

Design

This is a well-designed unit that is portable and easy to operate.  It is also lightweight and compact which makes it easy to carry and store.  As you can see from the above picture, the front panel is angled. This is preferable to tablet-like designs because it reduces the chances of the pan edges touching the controls.

The digital panel includes functions for power, temperature, and timer (adjustable in one-minute increments).   In the center is a LED display. The other controls are for increasing or decreasing the power and temperature levels and switching the unit on or off.

Dimensions and Weight

The physical dimensions of the Secura 9100MC are: 14 x 11.4 x 2.5 inches (L x W x H).

The glass cooktop portion measures 10 5/8" x 10 7/8.

The diameter of the inner ring is 8 5/8 inches and the outer placement guide is 9 3/8 inches. The minimum diameter of the pot or pan that can be used is 4 inches and the maximum is 8-8.5 inches. 

This unit weighs 5 pounds 12 oz. 

Safety

This single burner induction cooker will automatically shut off under these conditions:

  • Does not detect a compatible pan 
  • Cooktop surface temperature exceeds 460°F
  • Voltage input too high or too low

The cooktop will switch from the Power mode to the Temperature mode when overheated.

The Secura 9100MC is both FCC certified and ETL approved.

What's to like about the Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

The biggest selling points of the Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Black are the 15 power levels and the fact that the food is cooked thoroughly and evenly on this cooker. 

Another advantage of this Secura cooktop is that the temperature can be controlled so that simmering jams, stocks, soups and sauces is very easy.

4. Duxtop 9600LS 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

Duxtop LCD 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 9600LS

Review

Secura's most recent induction cooktop offering under the Duxtop brand, is the Duxtop LCD 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 9600LS. This upgrade from the 9100MC model offers a better designed unit with touch controls, one touch boil and keep warm functions, a child lock, and an additional 5 temperature and power setting options each.  The electrical requirements for this unit are 120V/15A.

pros
cons
  • Angled control panel
  • Touch controls
  • 100ºF setting
  • Temperature readings not always accurate  
  • Fan noise

Duxtop LCD 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 9600LS

Duxtop LCD 9600LS Portable Induction Cooktop

This cooktop is the most recent offering from Duxtop/Secura.  The 100Watt setting is useful for low heat preparations.

Features

The following is a list of the Duxtop 9600LS features that are not included in the 8100MC and 9100MC models.

  • 20 Temperature settings
  • 20 Power levels
  • Lower temperature option (100ºF)
  • Lower power level (100 Watt)
  • Boil setting
  • Keep Warm setting
  • Child lock
  • Timer can be set to up to 10 hours instead of 170 minutes
  • LCD Sensor Touch Control Panel  
Temperature Mode

This tabletop induction burner provides the option of cooking in either the power mode or temperature mode. The 20 temperature settings have a range of 100º-460ºF. The settings are in increments of 20º from 100º-360ºF. The remaining settings are 375º, 390º, 405º, 420º, 440º, and 460ºF.

Power Mode

The 20 power levels have a range of 100-1800W. From 100-900W the increments are in 80W increments. The remaining power levels, from 900-1800, are in 100W increments.  

The levels are increased or decreased using the plus and minus buttons on the control panel. The power levels are adjustable in .5 increments from .5 to 10.

As in the other Duxtop/Secura offerings, a table equating the power and temperature levels to watts and degrees Centigrade and Fahrenheit can be found in the Duxtop 9600LS user manual.

It is important to remember that if the unit is switched off, the surface and the cooking vessel still stay hot for a short period of time.   

Timer

The timer can be set in one minute increments up to 10 hours.  However, the unit stops operating after two hours.  Secura customer service stated this was a safety feature.

Dimensions and Weight

The physical dimensions of the Duxtop 9600LS are: 14 x 11.4 x 2.5 inches (L x W x H). The glass cooktop portion measures 11”x 11.”  The minimum diameter of the pot or pan that can be used is 5 inches.

This unit weighs 5 pounds 12 oz. The cord is 5 feet long.

Safety Features
  • If no cookware or unsuitable cookware is detected the unit will automatically shut off. 
  • If the voltage input is too high or too low the unit will shut down after one minute.
  • If the cooking surface temperature exceeds 460ºF, the cooktop shuts off automatically.
  • FCC Part 18 Compliant
  • ETL Approved

What's to like about the Duxtop 9600LS

Display Panel

The Duxtop LCD 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 9600LS is well-designed and user-friendly.  It has an angled control panel which greatly minimizes the chance of a hot pan on the cooktop touching it.

The control panel interface is straightforward and the LCD display is easily read. One of the better improvements over previous models is having touch sensors instead of push buttons as they are easier to use and clean.

Delayed Shut Off

This model has a delayed shut off that is handy in case the pan needs to be taken off the burner for just a few seconds.

Keep Warm and Boil Functions

Greater heat control and overall flexibility is now available with the 20 temperature and power settings provided. The lower temperature setting provides the option of simmering at a 100ºF instead of 140ºF.  The keep warm function sets the temperature at 140ºF for 30 minutes. When the boil feature is selected, the unit will be set to level 10 in the power mode for 10 minutes and then will shut off. 

Settings Lock

The addition of the settings lock is an important safety feature that prevents children and pets from changing the settings while the unit is in use. However, it does not affect the ON/OFF control as the unit can be shut off even if it is locked.

The ON/OFF button has to be held for 3 seconds.  Some people might find this annoying; others perceive it as good safety feature.

Customer Service

Secura customer service for inquiries regarding their products is handled via email. Telephone assistance is only available for checking the status of an order placed directly with Secura. This reviewer wrote Secura an email at 4:11 pm Monday, June 18 and received answers to both of my questions at 11:04 am the next day.  Their response to my query regarding the diameter of the coil was that it is about 6.5 inches. They also clarified that the cord length for the 9100MC is 5 ft. 

5. Cuisinart ICT-30 Induction Cooktop Review

Cuisinart ICT-30 086279096142 Induction Cooktop, One Size, Black

Review

Our next review is of the Cuisinart ICT-30 086279096142 Induction Cooktop, One Size, Black

This single burner induction cooktop made our list because it is a no-frills unit and one that can be used by someone who is not very tech savvy. It only has two functions: TIMER and a HEAT mode with 8 pre-set levels. 

pros
cons
  • No-frills
  • Easy to operate
  • 3 year-limited warranty
  • No temperature readouts
  • Tablet design

Cuisinart ICT-30 086279096142 Induction Cooktop, One Size, Black

Cuisinart® ICT-30 Single Induction Cooktop 

Design

This Cuisinart® induction cooker has a tablet-like design.  While some consumers prefer this type because it is easier to clean, others believe it is better to have an angled control panel. Either way, you’ll want to take care not to allow the cooking vessel to touch the display panel when placing the cooking vessel on the unit or when removing it.

The LED display only shows HEAT levels, not temperature readings.

Display Panel

From left to right the functions are:

  • Timer
  • Heat
  • LED display – only shows the levels not the temperature
  • Up and down arrow - increase or decrease the timer setting and the temperature levels.
  • ON/OFF
Features
  • Dimensions: (L x W x H) 14.10" x 11.50" x 2.00"
  • Weight:  6.45 lbs
  • Electrical requirements:  120V
  • Heat Mode - 8 heat settings range from levels 1 to 8 with a default level of 4.
  • The user manual states the power range is 300-1600W. However, there is no power mode, only heat.
  • FCC Part 18 Compliant
Safety

The unit will beep and automatically turn off after 30 seconds under these conditions:

  • Cookware that is not induction ready is placed on the cooktop.
  • The unit is turned on and no cookware is placed on the cooking surface.
  • If cookware is removed from the cooktop while in the operation mode.
How to Use

The cooker is very easy to operate. After plugging the unit into an electrical outlet, place your induction ready pot or pan (with ingredients) on the cooktop, press ON/OFF button, press the HEAT button and use the up and down arrows to select the desired setting. It really is that simple. Although there is a timer function, it does not have to be used.  

As with all induction cooktops the proper cookware must be used. The smallest diameter of a pot or pan that can be used is 4.7 inches.

NOTE: This review is not as detailed as the others as the only information available online is what is written in the user manual and on Cuisinart.com. The Cuisinart telephone customer service representatives are very nice; however, they can only answer a question if the information is in the user manual. There is no telephone technical support available. 

Final Verdict

After carefully going through features, testing, reviews, and performance, of these five induction cooktops I believe the best portable induction cooktop is the Max Burton 6450.  It has a lot of advantages over the cheaper models and is worth the extra investment. This is a well-designed and user-friendly unit with important safety features and flexible heat settings while still reasonably priced.

Buyer's Guide

Induction cooktops are incredibly impressive, especially when you want thorough and even cooking in a short period of time.

Induction cookers stay cool to the touch, come with a variety of features and cooking solutions, and work with different cookware. Use this guide to help you narrow down the type of portable induction cooktop you need.

Induction Cooktop Size

Understanding the type of cooking that you’re doing and the space you have available is going to help you determine the size of the induction cooktop that you need.

The majority of all portable induction cooktops are used by individuals who have small cooking spaces, require an additional element, or who want something to take camping or on outdoor adventures.

While most portable cooktops only have single elements, some models have dual burners.

Number of Cooking Zones

The cooking zone on an induction cooktop is considered the area that you place your cookware that heats up with a magnetic current when the induction process starts.

Inset induction cooktops typically have four cooking zones, where portable induction cooktops range between a cooking zone of one or two. Once you know what you are using your cooktop for, you can determine how many cooking zones you need.

Induction Cooktop Touch Controls

The touch controls on your induction cooktop are essential. Make sure they are clear, easy to read, and positioned in a place that isn’t too close to the pan.

Additionally, you should be able to control temperatures quickly, easily turn the cooktop off, and manage safety settings from the touch controls on the appliance.

Automatic Pan Size Recognition

Induction technology works in a few different ways, and one is energy efficiency. The technology built within induction cooktops allows the cooktop zone to recognize the size of the pan once it is placed on the element.

It’s that technology that causes the magnetic current to provide an accurate heating source to the size of the cookware being used and nothing larger.

Timer

Timers on induction cooktops are very important, especially as you get accustomed to the new appliance. When looking at which induction cooktop to purchase, the one bought should come with a timer that has one- to five-minute increments included.

If you are a seasoned induction cooktop user, five minute increments are typically fine. However, first-time users should consider the cooktops with one-minute intervals.

Automatic Safety Shutoff

Even with a cooktop that doesn’t have an open flame and isn’t hot to the touch, safety is still a vital element and is always something that should be considered when purchasing any type of cooktop. There are plenty of induction cooktop models that include an automatic shutoff feature for your safety.

With most models, the unit shuts down once the automatic pan-detection sensors no longer recognize cookware on the cooktop. There are also models that have safety options that shut the appliance off after 30 to 60 minutes without a pan on the cooking zone.

Temperature Sensor

The temperature sensor of portable induction cookers is located underneath the glass cooktop. When the temperature is initially set, the sensor does not immediately measure the temperature of the food in the cooking vessel since it takes time for the cooktop to heat up. Similarly, when after the unit has been shut off, it takes a period of time for the temperature of the pot or pan to reach the temperature sensor. If the food is left on the cooktop it will continue cooking for a short time.

Power Wattage

The maximum wattage output of portable induction cooktops appears to be dependent upon the pot/pan diameter, the materials used to manufacture the pan and the amount of liquid in the cooking vessel. For example, if the diameter of the pot is 4.5 to 6 inches, then the maximum power reached is around 1000-1200 watts. However, a higher wattage will result if a pan with a diameter of 6 inches is used.  

Induction Cooktop F.A.Q.

How to Clean an Induction Cooktop?

Depending on the induction cooktop that you have, cleaning is going to be quite simple. Your owner’s manual tells you everything you need to know about maintenance, but for regular cleaning, simply use a small amount of cooktop cleaner.

You can use a sponge or paper towel on the cold surface to clean it thoroughly. If the induction cooktop needs heavy duty cleaning, you can replace regular cooktop cleaner with ceramic cooktop cleaner and use white vinegar for water spots.

How to Use an Induction Cooktop?

How you’re going to use the cooktop is going to be dependent on the model that you’re using, and you should always consult with your owner’s manual to ensure you’re using it properly.

Once you’ve made certain that you are using the correct cookware for your induction cooktop, it’s quite simple and a matter of setting your desired temperature and making sure that the cookware is in alignment with the magnetic element.

The temperature sensors underneath the ceramic or glass/ceramic plate on induction cooktops do not immediately measure the temperature of the food in the pot.  This is because it takes a period of time for the ceramic to heat up. When using my induction cooktop I use the power mode first, (usually at a low to medium level) and stir the food for a little while, giving the sensor time to catch up to the temperature of the contents of the cooking vessel. Then, if necessary, I switch to the temperature mode and select a setting.   

What Pans Work with Induction Cooktops?

Induction cooking is very different from standard cooking, so specific cookware is required. The easiest way to tell if your cookware is induction ready is to test the bottom of your pots and pans with a magnet.

Alternatively, cast iron, many types of stainless steel, and enamel cast iron cookware are induction ready. Before purchasing any kind of cookware, look for an induction ready symbol or ask a sales associate to assist you further.

You could also go a step further and have them remove a pot from the box, so you can test to make sure that it’s induction capable.

The temperature of the food in the pot is dependent upon variables such as the materials used in the manufacturing of the cooking vessel, the diameter of the bottom of the cookware, and the amount of liquid in the pot. Therefore, it will probably be necessary to experiment with the temperature levels to determine the correct one for simmering a particular recipe.

What do ETL and FCC Certifications Mean?

In products reviews, sometimes the acronyms ETL and FCC are mentioned.  The ETL Mark is proof of product compliance to North American safety standards.  The FCC Declaration of Conformity certification mark on electronic products manufactured or sold in the United States certifies that the electromagnetic interference from the device is under limits approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

Can You Use Cast Iron on Induction Cooktops?

Yes. Cast iron cookware can get used on induction cooktops and are recommended. It is essential to keep in mind that your cast iron skillet could scratch the surface of your induction cooktop, and the heightened induction heat could warp your cast iron cookware over a period of time.

Do Induction Cooktops Need Venting?

With many induction cooktops, there is a whirling sound when cooking, and that noise comes from the cooling and ventilation fan.

While induction cooktops work differently, it doesn’t eliminate the need for proper ventilation as there is still heat involved. The air movement helps to remove steam that naturally comes from cooking, and there are typically grease traps built directly into ventilation hoods.

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