Using a standard stovetop in your home is still very common, but induction cooktops are quickly making their way up the ranks. Home designers hear more requests to have them built directly into their kitchen, while homeowners who provide basement suites to tenants typically offer portable induction cooktops to their renters. Limited space doesn’t mean that a quality cooktop isn’t needed.
With the number of induction cooktops on the market, we’ve broken down some of the best to find out what makes them stand out from the rest and have provided a buyer’s guide and FAQ section.
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1. Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
Duxtop is a company known for its quality cookware and induction cooktops. They continue to manufacture new and innovative products which are energy efficient and easy to clean.
Kicking off our comparisons, we start with the Duxtop 8100MC Induction Cooktop. This product has outstanding consumer reviews and is listed as an Amazon Choice.
The features you get for the price make purchasing this Duxtop single induction stove a no-brainer for anyone who needs induction heating. Whether you live in a smaller space or just require an extra burner, the Duxtop 8100MC could be what you need.
The portability of this unit allows it to be easily packed and taken with you on a trip or for use in a boat or cabin. It has also become quite popular with those living in RV's, mobile homes, dorm rooms, micro-apartments, and tiny houses.
This Duxtop portable stove top is easy to operate and users can get the hang of operating it quickly. The digital control panel is located at the bottom of the device and the unit has temperature, power and timer buttons, an LED display and controls for increasing and decreasing the power and temperature levels.
As with all induction cooktops, the proper cookware must be used. Pots and pans made of cast iron, cast aluminum enameled iron, and cookware that has a base made of a magnetic grade of stainless steel are all induction compatible.
If you do not want to invest in a new cookware check your pots and pans for induction compatibility. Simply place the magnet on the bottom of the cookware and if the magnet sticks securely, then it is suitable for use on an induction cooktop. The cookware must also be flat so that it will be in contact with the surface of the cooktop.
The Duxtop 8100MC single induction cooktop is a compact and lightweight design that makes it easy to carry around. It has 10 temperature options and 10 power levels which allows for versatility in food preparation. These features put to rest concerns about the instabilities that sometimes take place with common stovetops that only have low, medium, and high settings. The 8100MC user manual provides a table that equates the power level (from 1 to 10) to wattage. Similarly, a table is given that equates the temperature level (from 1 to 10) to temperature readings in degrees Centigrade.
This Duxtop 1800-watt burner includes a simple diagnostic error messaging system. There are four common error messages. First, is automatic pan detection. This comes in handy in case the cookware is taken off of the cooktop and the user forgets to switch the device off. Second, is an error message giving notice that the voltage input is too high or low. Third, the user is notified when the temperature of the cooking surface is over 450°F. Fourth, the unit will show an error message if the temperature of the unit (internally) is too high. This could happen if the cooling fan is not working properly or if there is not adequate ventilation for the cooktop. When any of these four errors occur, the unit will shut down after 1 minute.
Another great feature of the Duxtop Induction Cooktop 8100MC is the digital timer that counts down the time in one-minute increments and allows its users to set the time up to 170 minutes. This is beneficial because it guarantees that you will not forget the dish you have on the cooker and it also gives you the option of using the kitchen timer for other dishes that are being prepared.
- Duxtop Induction Cooktop uses 120 volts, 15 amps of electricity - standard in all homes; Lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage
- Digital control panel. Built-in count-down digital timer with 1 min increments up to 170 minutes; 10 temperature range from 140 Degree Fahrenheit to 460 Degree Fahrenheit; 10 power levels from 200-1800Watts
- Requires induction compatible cookware. Compatible with Duxtop and other induction ready cookware such as stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron
- The auto-pan detection will shut the unit automatically after 60 seconds if no cookware is detected; Equipped with diagnostic error message system, Low and high voltage warning system; ETL approved
- Note: In order to use this and any other induction cooktops, you need to have the right kind of cookware
What's to like about the Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
This Duxtop induction cooktop is an incredible portable cooktop. It will boil water quickly and cut down on your cooking time overall. Additionally, it heats up very quickly, is cool to the touch and is very easy to clean.
The auto-pan detection is a high power saver, and it is convenient that the cooktop turns off after 60 seconds if it doesn’t recognize a pan on it. The temperatures are easy to control, and the heat provides thorough cooking.
What's not to like about the Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
This particular Duxtop cooktop is a bit noisy which is distracting to some people. The fan is the cause of the noise and one that seems to be a common occurrence among Duxtop models.
One feature missing from this Duxtop induction cooktop is the control panel (child) lock.
The controls are easy to use, but one needs to be careful with the temperature settings as some users have mentioned that they have had trouble cooking at the higher end of the temperature range.
2. Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
Bringing in the next model on the list, the Secura 9100MC is another highly rated induction cooktop that is also an Amazon Choice. Secura is a brand that’s known for producing appliances with both the Secura and Duxtop brand names.
This portable cooktop provides convenience, affordability, reliability, safety, and the efficiency that induction cooktops provide. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why this is one of the most sought-after cooktops on the market.
The 9100MC comes with all of the standard features of induction cooktops, and then some. The model has an impressive 15 power levels that range from 200 to 1800 watts, with a temperature range of 140°F to 460°F. 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 degrees Centigrade.
In terms of design, the unit is lightweight and compact which makes it easy to carry and store. As you can see from the picture, the front panel is angled. This digital panel includes controls for power, temperature, and timer (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.
- 15 power levels from 200-1800Watts; 15 temperature range from 140 Degree Fahrenheit to 460 Degree Fahrenheit
- Digital control panel; Lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage
- Built-in count-down digital timer with 1 min increments up to 170 minutes; The auto-pan detection; Equipped with diagnostic error message system, Low and high voltage warning system
- Compatible with Duxtop and other induction ready cookware such as cast aluminum enameled iron and steel, stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards, 120V 60Hz AC; 1-year warranty; ETL approved
What's to like about the Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
The safety features of auto pan detection and the low and high warning system are a big selling point. In addition, the diagnostic error messaging system allows one to troubleshoot any challenges with the cooktop.
Food is cooked thoroughly and evenly, and water boils much faster with the Secura 9100MC than it does on a regular stove. The lack of coils is nice because there’s little risk of anything catching fire.
Other beneficial features of this model are: the controls are easy to manage, the 1-minute increment timer, and the unit cools down very quickly.
What's not to like about the Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
As with all induction cooking devices, the 9100MC doesn’t work with all cookware so one needs to do a magnet test on the bottom of their pots and pans to ensure they will work.
The ventilation fan that cools the cooktop is reported to be a bit loud and distracting and seems to continue for a couple of minutes after the unit ceases operating. Also, it has been noted that the temperature control takes getting used to.
If there is no food in the pan when setting the temperature, it gets much hotter than needed. There is also a 25-lb. weight limit with the unit, which is fine unless boiling huge pots of water.
3. Duxtop 9600LS 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
In addition to the previously reviewed Duxtop 8100MC and Secura 9100MC, 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 additional functions and more temperature and power setting options.
The following is a list of the Duxtop 9600LS features 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
This single-burner induction cooktop provides the option of cooking in either the power mode or temperature mode. The temperature settings in Fahrenheit are: increments of 20º in temperature range of 100º-360º, then 375º, 390º, 405º, 420º, 440º, and 460º. The first twelve power are in 100W increments, then 1500W, 1600W, and 1800W. The mode level is increased or decreased using the plus and minus buttons on the control panel. The power levels are increased in .5 increments from .5 to 10 while there are 20 temperature settings. As in the other Duxtop/Secura offerings, a table equating the power and temperature levels to watts and degrees Centigrade can be found in the Duxtop 9600 LS 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.
- Digital LCD Sensor-Touch Control Panel; Child Safety Lock system (press and hold the Safety Lock Key for 3 sec to activate), Fast Boil button & Keep Warm button.
- Duxtop Induction Cooktop uses 120 volts, 15 amps of electricity - standard in all homes; Lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage.
- Built-in count-down digital timer with 1 minute increments up to 10 hours; 20 temperature ranges from 100°F to 460°F; 20 power levels from 100-1800Watts; 5 ft cord.
- Compatible with Duxtop Whole-Clad premium cookware and other induction ready cookware such as cast aluminum enameled iron and steel, stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron. The auto-pan detection will shut the unit off automatically after 60 seconds if no cookware, or the incorrect cookware is detected; Equipped with diagnostic error message system, Low and high voltage warning system; ETL approved and built to North American Standards. 1-year Manufacturer's warranty.
- Note: In order to use this and any other induction cooktop, you need to have the right kind of cookware. The "rule of thumb" to determine if your cookware is induction ready is; if a magnet sticks to the bottom of the cooking vessel, it is induction ready. Induction itself is a noiseless process; however there may be high pitched sounds from clad cookware, the base of which has multiple layers of metals sandwiched together.
What's to like about the Duxtop 9600LS
The Duxtop 1800W induction cooktop 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 LCD display is easily read; and the touchscreen is easier to use and clean than the covered buttons. The control panel interface is straightforward and provides the option of selecting either the power mode or the temperature mode for food preparation. 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.
The lower temperature setting provides the option of simmering at a 100ºF instead of 140ºF. Greater heat control and overall flexibility is now available with the 20 temperature and power settings provided. 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. The addition of the 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.
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. not 6 ft as is stated in the Duxtop 9600LS user manual.
What's not to like about the Duxtop 9600LS
The noise level of the fan on the 9600LS bothers some people but not others. It has been described as pretty loud, a bit loud, not very loud, noisy, little noisy, no noise, quiet, negligible, and the same level as a kitchen exhaust fan. This diversity of opinion could be due to the size of the room where the unit is used or individual noise level perceptions.
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 Duxtop 9600LS, 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.
4. NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop 1300 Watts
NuWave manufactures several induction cooktops. One of the most popular induction cooktops on the market is the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop 1300 Watts. The solid consumer reviews and its Amazon’s Choice listing convinced us to include the NuWave PIC 1300 Watts in this induction cooktop list.
This NuWave model is shaped differently than other brands of cooktops in that it is round. It has an angled control panel with an LED display in the center and 12 control buttons. The 6 preset buttons are: low, medium low, medium, medium high, high, and sear (maximum level). The timer and programming buttons are to the left of the LED while the pause/clear and start buttons are to the right of the digital screen. The minus and plus buttons used to control the temperature, are on either side of the electronic display. These two controls allow one to cook at over 50 temperatures ranging from 100°F to 575°F adjustable in 10 degree increments. Given the temperature range and increments, a variety of dishes can be prepared on this cooktop. For example, it can be used to boil eggs, grill fish or vegetable, warm soup, or fry a hamburger or chicken.
This compact, lightweight and portable design has the safety feature of automatic shutoff function. This is activated when the cooking vessel is lifted from the cooktop surface. The heating element is about six inches in diameter. The surface is about 9 inches in diameter and is said to be able to accommodate up to that pot or pan size. This NuWave PIC also has 100 hours of program memory that stores preferred stage cooking and is affordably priced.
As with all induction cooktops, only induction compatible cookware can be used.
- Magnetic cookware, or more accurately, induction-capable, is needed for induction to work. If a magnet sticks to the bottom of the pot, it will work with an induction cooktop. Please make sure you have the proper cookware for it to function properly.
- The NuWave PIC has 6 different pre-programmed temperature settings, but has the flexibility to cook at 52 different temperatures between 100°F and 575°F, adjustable in 10-degree increments.
- The NuWave PIC is equipped with programmable stage cooking functionality with up to 100 hours of program memory and performance.
- Uses up to 70% less energy than conventional gas or electric ranges, lightweight and portable. Versatility to boil, simmer, deep-fry, stir-fry, saute, steam and sear, slow cook, barbecue, melt and grill.
- The NuWave PIC boasts state-of-the-art safety features such as automatic shut-off when an induction-ready pan is removed from base, pan sold separately.
What's to like about the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop 1300 Watts
Outside of the neat tricks that are shown on the NuWave infomercial, this model does what it claims and provides evenly cooked dishes. The temperature range was a high selling point because most induction cooktops have a capacity at 500°F, whereas the NuWave PIC goes up to 575°F.
The adjustable and preset temperature settings on the cooktop make it extremely versatile and easy to cook a wide range of different foods. The automatic shut-off function and pause button are great features to have on this lightweight device.
What's not to like about the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop 1300 Watts
According to some customers, the temperature readings are not accurate.
This particular model isn’t suitable for a square pan and is best used with a round one. In addition, one cannot use a cooking vessel greater than 9" in diameter on this cooker. Larger cookware seems to have an issue until the parameters have been adjusted to meet the individual’s needs.
There are many models of NuWave induction cooktops from which to choose. If you decide to purchase a NuWave product, be sure to call Amazon first and inquire about the terms of the warranty.
5. Eco4us - Induction Cooktop with 10 Temperature Levels and Digital Touch Controls
Last, but certainly not least, the Eco4us induction cooktop is included in our list due to its high consumer ratings affordability, and performance.
This Eco4us induction cooktop is a 1500 Watt unit with a sleek and appealing design. It also comes with a wide range of features that are more than worth the price.
The cooktop has a sensor control system with an automatic shutoff for safety and a high-temperature resistant panel. It has a 10-level temperature adjustment and cools down quickly for secure storage. Additionally, it includes a 4-digit LCD and overheating protection to keep food from burning. You might notice there is no temperature range given. The power is shown as a percentage. The dimensions of the unit are: 14.25" x 11.5" x 2". It works on a voltage range of 100-120V.
- To see the Induction Cooktop in action, please visit our Eco4us Brand Store at www.amazon.com/eco4us
- Induction Compatible Cookware Required, Not Included.** If a magnet sticks to the bottom of your cookware, it is compatible with induction cooking surfaces.
- Low Profile Design with Sensor Control System, High Temperature-Resistant Black-Crystal Panel
- 4 Digit LED Display, Auto-Off Function, Durable & Easy To Clean, 4 Hour Timer Function
- Cools Down Quickly, Sliding Touch Control, Power & Time Indication. 1500 Watts, Overheating Protection Function, 10 Level Temperature Adjustment
What's to like about the Eco4us - Induction Cooktop with 10 Temperature Levels and Digital Touch Controls
This unit heats up very quickly with stable temperatures and is user-friendly.
The quick cool down feature is also something that I like because I’m not one to keep appliances stored on the countertop. The sensor control system, automatic shutoff (if it senses no pan on the cooktop it will cease operating after one minute) and overheat protection safety features make the Eco4us a great choice and a suitable option for people of all ages.
Commenters have raved about the great customer service provided by Eco4us. In this day and age, that means a lot to consumers, myself included.
What's not to like about the Eco4us - Induction Cooktop
One of the things people have commented on is the beeping that the Eco4us induction cooktop makes. It lasts for about five minutes and then turns into a hum similar to that from a ventilation fan. Customers have said the sound is audible but not loud.
First time users should be aware that the power button needs to be held down for a few seconds for it to shut off completely, otherwise, it remains in a pause state.
Some people might be uncomfortable with the power being shown in percentage as opposed to an exact temperature.
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.
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.
Best 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.
What Pans Work with Induction Cooktops?
Induction cooking is very different from standard cooking, so specific cookware is typically 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.
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.
After carefully going through features, testing, reviews, and performance, of these five induction cooktops I believe the best portable induction cooktop is the Duxtop 9600LS. 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 useful safety features and flexible heat settings while still reasonably priced.