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Best Commercial Induction Cooktop of 2018 – Complete Reviews with Comparison

Best Commercial Induction Cooktop of 2018 – Complete Reviews with Comparison

There are certain circumstances where you might want to purchase a commercial induction cooktop instead of one designed specifically for residential use.  

For example, if you would like to home brew beer or you have a commercial business such as a food truck or small convenience store then a commercial cooktop is preferable. ​

Some commercial induction units can also be used for everyday home cooking while others should only be used for home brewing and large boils.

Be sure to check the warranty and electrical requirements.

Top 4 Commercial Induction Cooktop Comparison Chart

Aervoe Industries 6535 Max Burton Digital ProChef-3000 Induction Cooktop, Stainless-steel body, Larger 9" coil to handle larger cookware, 10 temperature levels (100° - 464°F)
Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner
Vollrath 59500P Mirage Pro Countertop Induction Range Cooker, 120-Volts, 1800-Watts, NSF
Mai Cook Stainless Steel 3500W Electric Induction Cooktop, Electric Countertop Burners
Aervoe Industries 6535 Max Burton Digital ProChef-3000 Induction Cooktop, Stainless-steel body, Larger 9" coil to handle larger cookware, 10 temperature levels (100° - 464°F)
Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner
Vollrath 59500P Mirage Pro Countertop Induction Range Cooker, 120-Volts, 1800-Watts, NSF
Mai Cook Stainless Steel 3500W Electric Induction Cooktop, Electric Countertop Burners
Aervoe Industries 6535 Max Burton Digital ProChef-3000 Induction Cooktop, Stainless-steel body, Larger 9" coil to handle larger cookware, 10 temperature levels (100° - 464°F)
Aervoe Industries 6535 Max Burton Digital ProChef-3000 Induction Cooktop, Stainless-steel body, Larger 9" coil to handle larger cookware, 10 temperature levels (100° - 464°F)
Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner
Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner
Vollrath 59500P Mirage Pro Countertop Induction Range Cooker, 120-Volts, 1800-Watts, NSF
Vollrath 59500P Mirage Pro Countertop Induction Range Cooker, 120-Volts, 1800-Watts, NSF
Mai Cook Stainless Steel 3500W Electric Induction Cooktop, Electric Countertop Burners
Mai Cook Stainless Steel 3500W Electric Induction Cooktop, Electric Countertop Burners

Best Commercial Induction Cooktop Reviews

1. Aervoe Industries 6535 Max Burton Digital ProChef-3000 Induction Cooktop

Aervoe Industries 6535 Max Burton Digital ProChef-3000 Induction Cooktop, Stainless-steel body, Larger 9' coil to handle larger cookware, 10 temperature levels (100° - 464°F)

Review

Max Burton is a brand of Aervoe Industries Inc. which is headquartered in Gardnerville, NV. The subject of this review is the commercially rated induction cooktop, Aervoe Industries 6535 Max Burton Digital ProChef-3000 Induction Cooktop, Stainless-steel body, Larger 9" coil to handle larger cookware, 10 temperature levels (100° - 464°F). This high quality unit can be used in commercial businesses as well as your home kitchen. It is a reliable, safety certified, programmable unit. Two impressive features of the 6535 Model are the detachable temperature probe and the 9 inch coil.  This sensor can measure food temperatures within 5 degrees. This commercial induction cooking equipment must be connected to a 220 Volt power outlet.  A 120 Volt, 1800 Watt commercial induction cooktop, the Max Burton 6515 Digital ProChef-1800 Induction Cooktop is also available. Induction ready cookware must be used with both units.

Design

The body is made of stainless steel and the cooking surface is glass.  The top burner section has two placements guides to assist in positioning the induction ready pots and pans. A coil diameter of 9 inches allows for the use of larger pots and pans. 

The control panel is angled from the top portion of the cooktop. It holds a large LCD display and the touch screen controls and dial knob used to adjust the settings.   The buttons include the temperature probe function, function (select HEAT/TEMP), boil/simmer, timer, program cooking function, lock, and the ON/OFF power control.

Cookware

As with all induction cooktops, the proper cookware must be used.  The base must be flat and made with ferrous materials, such as iron and other magnetic materials. Examples of induction ready cookware materials are: carbon steel, cast iron, enameled cast iron, iron/steel, and magnetized stainless steel. To check your cookware, place a magnet on the base of your pans and pots and if it securely sticks it is induction compatible. The unit will not operate if unsuitable cookware is placed on the surface.  

The size of the pots and pans used is an important factor in obtaining optimal results. The cookware must have a height of at least 1.5”.  The operating instructions for this commercial grade induction cooktop state the minimum base diameter of the cooking vessel is 4.5” and the maximum is 15 inches. The maximum weight of the cookware and contents is 75 pounds. To obtain the best results be sure to center the pot or pan on the cooktop surface.  

Warning: Do not use an induction disk on this unit or any induction cooker that is greater than 1800 Watts as it might damage the unit and the cookware.

Cooking Modes

There are four cooking modes available in this commercial induction cooktop.

  • Programmable cooking –three different temperature and time settings can be stored
  • Temperature probe mode –the food temperature can be controlled within +/- five degrees F.
  • Temperature - 100ºF to 450ºF (15 levels)
  • Power - 500 to 3000W (13 levels)

Dimensions and Weight

The physical dimensions of the entire Max Burton 6535 model are:  16.75” x 13.2” x 3.97” (L x W x H).  The glass cooktop measures 11.25” x11.25”. This unit weighs 12.5 pounds and can hold cookware and contents up to 75 pounds. The cord length is 5 ft.

Power

This 3000 Watt commercial induction cooktop operates on a 220 AC power and requires 15 Amps. The first power level is 500 Watts, the second 800 and the remainder is increments of 200 watts for a total of 13 levels. The one touch boil feature will automatically select power level 13.

The power function can be accessed by pressing the function button and selecting the HEAT mode. Power level 1 (default) will then appear and can be changed using the control knob. 

Temperature

The heating and temperature modes function independently.  The TEMP mode is useful if more accurate temperature control is desired. The temperature can be adjusted in 25 degree increments from 100º-450ºF.  It is important to remember that the temperature measured reflects the temperature of the base of the cookware and not the food temperature in the cooking vessel.

To access the TEMP mode, press the function button. The default temperature is 100ºF as is the SIMMER function temperature. 

Timer

To use the timer in either the heat or temp modes press the TIMER symbol and adjust the number of minutes desired by turning the CONTROL KNOB. The LCD display shows the initial minutes.  The heat and timer settings are alternated while the cooker is in use. The LOCK symbol can be activated at any time to lock in the settings.  The unit can be unlocked in one of two ways: 1) touch and hold the LOCK symbol for 3 seconds or 2) Turn the unit off.  The timer can be set for a maximum of 180 minutes in one minute increments.

The timer function can also be used when using the temperature probe. The maximum timer settings vary according to temperature. The timer can be set for 8 hours when the temperature is between 100º- 250ºF.  However, when the cooktop is operating between 275º-450ºF, a maximum of only 180 minutes is available. 

As with the TEMP and HEAT modes, press the TIMER symbol and use the CONTROL KNOB to adjust the number of minutes desired.  The lock can also be used when using the temperature probe mode to prevent setting changes.

Safety Features

  • An overheating sensor detects excessively high glass top temperature which causes the unit to automatically shut down.
  • If the 220V input power supply is too high or too low voltage, the unit will shut down after one minute.
  • The cooker will not operate if cookware that is not induction compatible is placed on the surface. 
  • The lock prevents changes in temperature or heating settings.

Warranty

A limited one-year warranty is provided.

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Aervoe Industries 6535 Max Burton Digital ProChef-3000 Induction Cooktop, Stainless-steel body, Larger 9" coil to handle larger cookware, 10 temperature levels (100° - 464°F)
  • Stainless-steel body, Larger 9" coil to handle larger cookware
  • Durable, commercial-grade materials; 10 temperature levels (100° - 464°F)
  • 13 levels between 500 - 3000W, 170-minute timer, Touch screen controls with function lock
  • Cookware detection & overheat sensor, Temperature Probe & Program Cooking modes up to 480 minutes
  • Heat & Temperature modes up to 180 minutes, Auto Shut-off, LED display

What's to like about the Max Burton 6535  Pro-Chef 3000

  • Can be used in commercial or residential kitchens
  • Detachable temperature probe maintains temperature +/- 5 degrees
  • 9 inch coil
  • Ball bearing fan construction
  • Maximum load of 75 lbs.  
  • Lock can be activated to prevent setting changes
  • Dial (control knob) to adjust temperature, power and timer – faster than buttons
  • Sous vide and slow cooking methods can be used in the programmable cooking mode
  • One touch boil and simmer functions
  • Easy to operate

What’s not to like

The only drawback to this unit is the 25 degree temperature setting gap.  However, this is not an issue for everyone. 

PROS

  • 3000 Watts Power
  • Well-built
  • Aervoe controls unit design
  • Can be used for brewing beer
  • Excellent customer service from Max Burton
  • ETL US approved  
  • ETL Sanitary approved 
  •  FCC Part 18 Compliant

CONS


  • Temperature probe could be a little longer

2. Waring WIH400 Commercial Induction Cooktop 

Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner

Review

The Waring Commercial Range was built with the everyday consumer in mind, as it has all of the features that you would expect from a cooktop as well as a couple of others.  While it is does not have a sleek, thin, high gloss exterior it is certainly deserves a place on our list of induction cooktops.  The Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner has an array of preset temperature options, all the necessary safety features and most importantly is very easy to operate.   

Easy Touch Controls

In addition to the LCD display there are six buttons on the front of the unit.  They are: heat, temperature, timer, two controls (+ and -) for adjusting the heat, and the on/off button. With this incredibly easy user-interface, it works similarly to a traditional stovetop. Choose your cooking mode (temp or heat) and then use the + and - buttons to adjust the temperature or wattage.

Design

With the combination of stainless steel and ceramic glass, you’ll have the same integrity that you would get with a traditional oven range, plus, its design helps it to seamlessly fit into any aesthetic.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the unit 16" x 13" x 4" (LxWxH).  The size of the glass cooking surface is 11" x 11".

The optimum size of the bottom surface area of the induction ready cooking vessel should be 4.75" to 10" in diameter.

Power

This 1800 Watt cooktop must be plugged into a 120V outlet.  Either the HEAT or the TEMP function can be used, although not simultaneously.  The HEAT mode allows one to choose the number of watts to use when cooking.

Temperature

The TEMP mode allows one to choose the temperature to use while cooking.  The display can be read in either ºF or ºC. When cooking in the TEMP mode, the maximum temperature is 500ºF. The 12 preset temperature settings in Fahrenheit are: 120, 140, 160, 180, 210, 250, 280, 320, 380, 420, 460, and 500.

Timer

The timer can be adjusted using the + and - buttons for any length of time between 1 minute and 10 hours. It will start to countdown when it reaches 59 seconds. When the time has expired the unit will beep 4 times and the screen will blink. However, it is important to note that the unit will NOT automatically shutoff.

Safety Features

The Waring WIH400 has a nice complement of safety features. The unit will shut off after an extended period of time  if there is an empty pan on top of the cooker. It also has an overheat sensor, which when activated will cause the cooker to cease operation. This cooktop also has a low (75V) and high (145V) warning system. The unit will shut off after 1 minute if an induction compatible pot or pan is not on the glass cooking surface.

Warranty

A limited one-year warranty is provided.

Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner
  • Easy-touch controls with 12 temperature settings from 120°F to 500°F/79°C to 260°C
  • Large 11" x 11" Schott ceramic glass surface & Stainless steel construction
  • 10-hour timer
  • Small-article and pan detection
  • Limited One Year Warranty; Completely NSF and ETL approved

What's to like about the Waring WIH400 Commercial Range

  • Boils quickly
  • 12 preset heat settings
  • Easy to move

What's not to like about the Waring WIH400 Commercial Range

  • Too powerful to simmer
  • When using the timer, the unit does not automatically shutoff when time has expired

PROS

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    NSF and ETL approved
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    Maximum Temperature - 500 degrees Fahrenheit

CONS

  • Fan is slightly loud
  • No child lock

3. Vollrath 59500P Mirage® Pro Countertop Induction Range Cooker

Vollrath 59500P Mirage Pro Countertop Induction Range Cooker, 120-Volts, 1800-Watts, NSF

Review

The Vollrath Company, LLC develops and manufactures kitchenware products and appliances for the foodservice industry. They are headquartered in Sheboygan, WI and have facilities in the United States, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and China. This review discusses the Vollrath 59500P Mirage Pro Countertop Induction Range Cooker, 120-Volts, 1800-Watts, NSF. This product is intended for use in ONLY commercial food service businesses. The warranty is voided if it is used in a residential kitchen (Vollrath customer service verified this information).  This commercial grade induction cooktop is designed by Vollrath and is manufactured in a China factory that is a subsidiary of Vollrath, thus affording them manufacturing control.

Design

This Vollrath induction range has a stylish, modern design. The case frame is made of 18 gauge-stainless steel.  The surface is black ceramic and has a placement guide to assist in centering the induction ready pot or pan. A ball bearing fan is used which is more durable and emits less noise than a sleeve bearing fan.  The coil diameter of 8.6 inches (per Vollrath) allows for the use of larger pots and pans.

The Vollrath Mirage® Pro 59500P has four insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) switches that share the induction process load. This is preferable to having just one switch because it improves the efficiency of the unit thereby using less electricity and provided faster cooking times. It also stands to reason that sharing the load among four switches would increase the longevity of the unit. Most portable induction cooktops have one IGBT switch that powers the whole cooktop.

The four rubber feet on the bottom of the unit keep it raised off the countertop or table. The cord is six feet long and has a three pronged plug. This unit must be plugged into a dedicated 15A outlet.

The control panel is slightly angled which lessens the chance of a hot pan touching the front section and damaging the controls. 

From left to right the features on the panel are:

  • Three green buttons representing on/off, power/temp, and timer settings.
  • A clear and easily read LED digital and troubleshooting display communicates messages such as:
  • “ADD PAN” which lets you know a pan can be placed on the cooktop
  •  “BAD PAN” signals a pan that is not induction compatible is on the unit
  •  “HOT” alerts that the unit is warm are communicated
  • Three LED which illuminate when the timer is being used and signals whether the temperature displayed is a Fahrenheit or Celsius reading.
  • A manual knob is used to select the power/temperature level making it easy to change those settings.  

Cookware

As with all induction cooktops, the proper cookware must be used. The base must be flat and made with ferrous materials, such as iron and other magnetic materials. Examples of induction ready cookware materials are: carbon steel, cast iron, enameled cast iron, iron/steel, and magnetized stainless steel. To check your cookware, place a magnet on the base of your cooking vessel and if it strongly sticks it will work. The unit will not operate if unsuitable cookware is placed on the surface.

The size of the pots and pans used is an important factor in obtaining optimal results. The operating instructions for this commercial grade induction cooktop state the minimum base diameter of an induction ready cooking vessel is 4.5” and the maximum is 10.25  inches. Cookware that has a footed base will not work on this cooker. To obtain the best results center the pot or pan on the cooktop surface.

A humming or buzzing sound produced by the pot or pan while cooking is normal. Cast iron or enameled cast iron cookware tend to make less noise than those that are lighter in weight such as multi-ply stainless steel.  The sound level also depends upon the size of the pan and the amount of ingredients it contains.  Pans that are the same size as the burner ring tend to produce less noise.

Dimensions and Weight

The physical dimensions of the entire Vollrath 59500P are: 15.25” x 14” x 3” (L x W x H). The glass cooktop measures 11” x 11” and the unit weighs 12.8 pounds.

Power

This 1800 Watt commercial induction cooktop operates on a 120 AC power and requires a 15 Amp dedicated outlet.  There are 100 power levels with the approximate temperature range of 80°F to greater than 525°F. This large number of power levels is advantageous since the chef is able to select precise temperature controls during food preparation.

Temperature

The temperature range of the Mirage® Pro 59500P  is 80°F -400°F in increments of 10 degrees for a total of 32 temperature levels which can be displayed in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. As with all portable induction burners, it takes 30-45 seconds for the desired temperature to be obtained since the thermometer is under the ceramic. It might take longer for cast iron than it would for multi-ply stainless steel. Unless the unit is unplugged, it will remember the last temperature setting used.

Timer

The timer can be set from 1 to 180 minutes (in one minute increments) by pressing the TIMER button and using the CONTROL KNOB to select the desired time.  

The unit shuts off when the set time has elapsed. If the timer is not set, the unit will run indefinitely as long as there is an induction ready cooking vessel and contents on the cooktop.  

Safety Features and Certifications

This Vollrath induction burner has these safety features and  certifications.

  • Auto shut off if the unit is overheating, the voltage is too high or too low, the pan is empty, or the cookware has been removed from the cooktop for more than five minutes.
  • The words “HOT PAN” will flash on the display panel if the ceramic is too hot after a heating cycle has finished. 
  • The unit will not heat if the cookware is too small or is not induction ready.
  • An error message appears if no pan is detected.

This commercial induction cooktop is NSF and UL certified. NSF is a non-profit organization that evaluates and tests food service and restaurant supply products to make sure they are designed and built in a way that promotes food safety. [1] To be NSF certified, products must meet certain standards. Not only is the equipment evaluated, the manufacturing plant is audited by an NSF representative. This examination is conducted to make sure the product is manufactured using sanitary methods and is repeated annually if the company wants their product to continue to be NSF certified.

One of the activities of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is to develop product safety standards. If a product and its components has been UL certified, then it has met specific safety standards that ensure the product is safe for the consumer to use. This includes the electrical, design, and structure of the unit.

[1] http://blog.etundra.com/food-safety/food-safety-tips5/

Warranty

A limited two year warranty is provided if this Vollrath induction cooktop is used in a commercial kitchen. Vollrath will not honor this warranty for residential use.

Customer Service

I was impressed with Vollrath’s technical support.  I called twice with several specific questions regarding the Mirage® Pro 59500P induction cooktop.  Each time my questions were fully answered in a friendly and professional manner. 

Vollrath 59500P Mirage Pro Countertop Induction Range Cooker, 120-Volts, 1800-Watts, NSF
  • G4 engine
  • Stainless case top and aluminum bottom
  • 100% framed ceramic top
  • 100 power levels
  • 80°-400°F

What's to like about the Vollrath 59500P Mirage® Pro

  • Stainless steel case frame
  • 8.6 inch coil diameter
  • Four IGBT switches instead of one
  • Ball bearing fan instead of sleeve fan
  • Dial knob - change settings quicker  
  • Low heat is 80°F as opposed to 100°F or 140°F in other units
  • 100 power levels
  • LED display is easily readCan take pan off burner for up to 5 minutes before unit shuts down
  • 2 year warranty (commercial use only)

What's not to like about the Vollrath 59500P Mirage® Pro

Some consumers who have complained about reliability issues and the lack of accurate temperature control.

PROS

  • Well-built
  • Easy to operate
  • Vollrath controls the unit design
  • Vollrath owns the manufacturing plant
  • Excellent technical support
  • FCC Part 18 compliant
  • NSF and UL certified

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Warranty not honored for residential use

Conclusion

If you are looking for a commercial induction cooker for commercial use, the Vollrath 59500P Mirage Pro Countertop Induction Range Cooker, 120-Volts, 1800-Watts, NSF is certainly worth considering.  It is more expensive than other 1800 Watt induction cooktops; however, chefs appreciate its portability, solid design and construction and the ability to control the temperature while preparing food. Some consumers decide to purchase this unit for their home kitchens because of its durability and construction, the large coil, and the flexibility of having 100 power levels despite the lack of warranty protection.

4. Mai Cook 3500W Stainless Steel Induction Cooktop

Mai Cook Stainless Steel 3500W Electric Induction Cooktop, Electric Countertop Burners

Review

The Mai Cook Stainless Steel 3500W Induction Burner is a commercial grade induction cooktop. The brand is MAI DA CHU (MDC) and is manufactured by Hua Dao Energy-saving Technology Co.,Ltd. This cooktop can be used in a commercial establishment or in your home kitchen.  Many consumers use it for home brewing. The Mai Cook Stainless Steel 3500W Electric Induction Cooktop, Electric Countertop Burnershas preset temperature and power options. Many consumers use this 3500 watt induction cooktop for home brewing. This is a powerful unit - maybe too much so for regular home cooking with the exception of using it for large boils. The control labels are in both Chinese and English.

IMPORTANT: This unit has a US 6-20P Plug. Prior to purchasing this unit, review the electrical requirements.

Controls

One of the nicest features of this cooktop is its simplicity and ease of use.  It has minimal controls which are easy to navigate. Choose either the temperature or watt cooking mode and use the up and down arrows to adjust the timer setting, temperature and wattage.

Design

The cooktop frame is stainless steel and the surface is ceramic glass. This is a fairly modern looking commercial induction cooktop. It has a maximum load of 133 pounds.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the unit 17.5" x 13.9" x 4.1" (LxWxH).  The size of the glass cooking surface is 11.8" x 11.8". The diameter of the heating coil is 9 inches.

The maximum size of the bottom surface area of the induction ready cooking vessel is 15" in diameter.

Power

The voltage range for this 3500 Watt commercial cooktop is 200V-240V. the power range is 400W-3500W. The 13 preset power levels in watts are: 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, 1800, 2100, 2400, 2700, 3000, 3300, and 3500. Once the WATT mode is selected, the default power is 1800 Watts.

Temperature

The temperature range is from 60℃~240℃. To use this mode, simply press the TEMP button at which point the default temperature of 130ºC will appear.  Then you the appropriate setting for your recipe can be selected. The 13 temperature pre-sets in centigrade are: 60, 80, 100, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180, 200, 220, and 240.

Timer

The digital timer can be adjusted using the up and down arrow buttons for any length of time up to 23 hours and 59 minutes.  When the time has expired the unit will transfer to standby. However, it is important to note that the unit will NOT automatically shutoff.

Safety Features

The Mai Cook 3500W commercial induction cooktop has an overheat sensor and automatic shut-off when the pot is removed from the cooktop.

Warranty

A limited one-year warranty is provided.

NOTE: There may be a shipping fee.

Mai Cook Stainless Steel 3500W Electric Induction Cooktop, Electric Countertop Burners
  • 3500-watt commercial-quality induction cooktop with 13 power levels
  • Push-button controls and digital display; Timer, Temp, Watts
  • Overheat sensor; Auto shut-off; Max load bearing: 133lb (about 14 gallon)
  • Stainless steel body; Digital timer setting, max time 23:59
  • 3500W~208/240V,6-20P plug ; Measures:13.9'' x 17.5'' x 4.1''

What's to like about the Mai Cook 3500 Watt Induction Cooktop

  • Heats up quickly
  • Large cooktop surface
  • Great for home brewing beer

What's not to like about the Mai Cook 3500 Watt Induction Cooktop

  • Lowest temperature is 140ºF/60℃
  • Non-NSF
  • The US 6-20P Plug

PROS

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    Power – 3500 Watts
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    Easy to use

CONS

  • No US telephone customer service; only email

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