Induction Pros

Induction Pros

Budget Portable Induction Cooktops

modern single burner induction hob with stainless steel pot and lid on surface

If you are looking for an energy efficient, quick and precise way of preparing delicious food, induction cookers are an affordable option. The most popular ones are portable and are equipped with one or two induction burners. These cooktops vary in temperature and power levels, safety features, design, and cooking surface dimensions.

We selected three quality cooktops to review that have a lower price point than some of the others on the market. If you aren't sure you want to switch to an induction cooktop, then a less expensive model might be a good option. Also, if you just want to use a cooker for an extra burner or warmer once in awhile, then one of these three will work just fine.

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Feature Comparison Table

feature
rosewill rhai-16001
nutrichef
PKSTIND24
duxtop 8100mc

ECO4US

Power Levels
8
10
10

NA

Power Range
300-1800W
100-1500W
200-1800W

NA

Temp Levels
8
10
10

10

Temp Range
140-460ºF
 140-460ºF
140-460ºF

NA

Function Lock
Yes
Yes
No

No

Weight (lbs)
5.1
7.3
5.75

5lbs 14 oz..

Size (in.)
10.6 x 9.6 x 2.4
14.2 x 11.4 x 1.9
13 x 11.4 x 2.5

14.25 x 11.5 x 2

Rosewill RHAI-16001 1800W Induction Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot

Rosewill 1800 Watt Induction Cooker Cooktop , Included 10

The Rosewill RHAI-16001 1800W Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot has eight temperature and eight power levels which are pre-programmed as well as a child lock. An 18/8 3.5 quart stainless-steel pot (10 in) and removable lid are included with this cooker.

Pros

  • Touch control panel
  • Safety lock
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use
  • ETL approved
  • FCC Part 18 compliant

Cons

  • The temperature increments are large

Features of Rosewill RHAI-16001

The Rosewill RHAI-16001 Induction Cooker Cooktop has a touch control panel, a settings lock and a large LED display. In terms of aesthetics, it is an elegantly designed device with a polished crystal cooking surface.

Standby Mode

Once the cooktop is plugged in to the outlet, the ON/OFF key flashes, indicating it is connected to a power source and is in standby mode.  

After placing the induction compatible pot or pan on the cooktop, press the ON/OFF button to power on the unit. The cooking mode (power or temperature) and wattage or temperature can then be selected from the available levels/settings.

The power and temperature levels are adjusted using the [+] and [-] buttons on the control panel.

Power  

The 8 power levels range from 300 to 1800 watts. The settings are: 300W, 500W, 700W, 1000W, 1200W, 1400W, 1600W, and 1800W. The default power level is 1200W.

The electrical requirements for this 1800 Watt induction cooktop are 110-120V/60MHz.

Temperature

There are 8 temperature settings which range from 140°F to 460°F. The settings are: 150°F, 200°F, 250°F, 300°F, 350°F, 400°F, 425°F, and 450°F. The default temperature setting is 425°F.  

Timer

This Rosewill model has a built-in countdown digital timer with one minute increments up to 3 hrs. The default time of 30 minutes appears and can be adjusted using the [+] and [-] buttons on the control panel.

When time has expired the unit will switch to the standby mode. 

Design

At a weight of 5.1 pounds it really is a portable, lightweight and compact unit. The size of the crystal glass surface is 10.6" x 9.6" (per Rosewill customer service). The pan size should be between 4.7 and 10.2 inches for optimal performance.

The display panel and cooktop surface are separated by a piece of material. The digital panel includes function lock, timer, controls to adjust time, temperature and power, LED display, mode function (select either power or temp mode) and the ON/OFF control.  

Dimensions and Weight

The physical dimensions of the Rosewill RHAI-16001 are: 10.6 x 9.6 x 2.4 inches (L x W x H).

Safety

The unit will shut down when it senses internal overheating or when a pot or pan is removed from the cooktop.

It is also equipped with cookware detection that determines whether the cooking vessel placed on the cooktop will work with the unit. The cookware has to be induction ready for the unit to heat up.  This prevents your pots and pans from being damaged thus saving money and aggravation.   

If issues arise such as too high or too low voltage, internal circuit, or open/short circuit an error message will appear in the LCD display. The manual has troubleshooting information that will help the user address these problems.

NutriChef Electric Induction CookTop - Upgraded Single Burner (PKSTIND24)

NutriChef Electric Induction CookTop - Upgraded Tech Single Digital Portable Countertop stove Burner, Kids Safety Lock - Made For Magnetic & Cast Iron Pots - 120V (PKSTIND24)

Pyle USA, the parent company of NutriChef, manufactures electronics and technology products. Their NutriChef (PKSTIND24) Single Induction CookTop has a tablet-like surface with an Digital LCD Display Screen. This interface allows you to monitor, the timer, temperature and power consumption. This is a 1800 Watt, 120 Volt cooker.

The 10 temperature and 10 power settings are pre-programmed. This tabletop induction burner has a 100 Watt setting and a child lock.  

Pros

  • 100 Watt setting
  • Child Safety Lock
  • Straightforward control panel
  • ETL approved
  • FCC Part 18 Compliant

Cons

  • Maximum wattage is 1500W
  • Unit will not shut off if the voltage is too low or too high

Features NutriChef Electric Induction CookTop

Power

  • 10 Power levels
  • Range: 100-1500 Watts
  • Settings (W): 100, 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500

Temperature

  • 10 Temperature settings
  • Range: 140-460ºF
  • Settings: 140, 212, 250, 280, 310, 340, 370, 400, 430, 460ºF

Timer

Timer can be set up to 4 hours in one minute increments.

Design

  • Child Lock
  • Ceramic tempered glass surface
  • LCD display
  • Total unit size:  14.2" x 11.4" x 1.9"  (L x W x H): 
  • Accommodates pots and pans w/ diameter of 4.7” to 10"
  • The fan sound is comparable to a computer fan (per Pyle USA customer service).
  • Power cord length 4’9”

Safety

If cookware that is NOT induction compatible is placed on the cooktop, the unit will NOT automatically shutoff.  It will beep, alerting you the cookware will not work.

When cookware is removed from the cooktop surface, the unit will beep. 

Customer Service

I was impressed with Pyle USA's customer service. I emailed a list of questions and received a prompt reply. Their employee was clearly familiar with the unit and didn't merely rely on a user manual for the answers.

Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop

Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Gold

Duxtop is a company known for its quality cookware and induction cooktops.  This Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop is easy to operate, lightweight and reasonably priced.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • A one minute delay between the time the pan is removed from the burner to when the unit shuts off.
  • FCC Part 18 compliant
  • ETL approved

Cons

  • No child lock
  • The tablet design increases the chance of the settings being changed or liquid spilling onto them.

Features Duxtop 8100MC 

The Duxtop 8100MC is an 1800 Watt unit that has 10 temperature and 10 power settings (pre-programmed).

Power

The 10 power levels range from 200 to 1800 watts. The level number, from 1 to 10, appears on the LED screen. The default power level is 5.

The levels equate to these wattages: 200W, 500W, 800W, 1000W, 1200W, 1300 W, 1400W, 1500W, 1600W, and 1800W. 

The electrical requirements for this 1800 Watt induction cooktop are 110-120V/60MHz.

Temperature

There are 10 temperature levels which range from 140°F to 460°F. The default temp is 390ºF.

The settings are: 140°F, 180°F, 210°F, 250°F, 280°F, 320°F, 360°F, 390°F, 430°F, and 460°F.  

Timer

Timer can be set up to 170 minutes in one minute increments any time during operation.  When time expires, the unit will beep and the cooker will turn off

Safety

The device will shut off after one minute under these conditions:

  • Proper cookware not detected
  • Voltage input is too high or low  
  • Cooking surface temperature is over 450°F

Product Specifications

The dimensions of this table top induction cooktop are 13 x 11.4 x 2.5 inches (L x W x H) and it weighs 5 pounds 12 oz. The diameter of the pan should be at least 4 inches.

The electrical requirements are 110/120V with a 15 amp capacity.

The cookware and contents must not weigh more than 25 pounds.

The 8100MC user manual provides a table that equates the power level to wattage and cooking level.  It also has a chart that links the temperature level to the temperature reading in both Fahrenheit and Centigrade. 

Eco4us Induction Cooktop

Eco4us - Induction Cooktop with 10 Temperature Levels and Digital Touch Controls. Safe & Easy To Use

The design of the Eco4us - Induction Cooktop is sleek, lightweight, and compact.  The cooking surface is made of high temperature-resistant black-crystal.  This portable induction cooktop is different from most other induction cooktops in that the temperature is not displayed in degrees. Rather, the power is shown as a percentage from 10 to 100 in increments of ten.

Pros

  • No frills – easy to use
  • Heats quickly
  • 4 hour timer
  • Aesthetically pleasing

Cons

  • Shows power as a percentage and not temperature in degrees
  • Unit beeps each time a button is pressed
  • Fan is loud

Features of the Eco4us Induction Cooktop

Control panel

The panel includes timer, minus button, sliding touch controls to adjust temperature (in percentages), plus button, and power button.  The LED display shows the percentage of power and timer details.  

Eco4us - Induction Cooktop with 10 Temperature Levels and Digital Touch Controls. Safe & Easy To Use

Specifications

  • Wattage: 1500W
  • Electrical requirements: 120V/~60MHz/15A.
  • Dimensions: 14.25" x 11.5" x 2"
  • Power cord:52 inches long; standard 2 prong plug
  • Weight: 5lbs 14 oz
  • The bottom diameter of the pot or pan must be between 5 and 8 inches.
  • The heating element of the cooktop is approximately 7.5 inches in diameter.
  • Induction compatible cookware must be used.
Eco4us - Induction Cooktop with 10 Temperature Levels and Digital Touch Controls. Safe & Easy To Use

Temperature/Power

This 1500 Watt Eco4us - Induction Cooktop has a sliding touch temperature control. The power is shown as a percentage from 10-100 in increments of 10.  No temperatures are displayed on the LED display, only the percentage of power.

Timer

The timer function allows you to set the desired cooking time between 1 minute and 4 hours.  

When the set time expires, the unit will go into standby mode, the fans will continue to run until the unit has cooled down.

Safety

  • As with all induction cooktops, this unit has a fan that prevents the unit from overheating and emits a noticeable sound. After the unit is turned off, the fan will continue to run for about one minute.
  • The unit will turn off after 1 minute if a pan is not detected.
  • Unit shows error if induction compatible cookware is not detected.
  • High/low voltage warning
  • Inadequate fan ventilation warning
  • Diameter of pan too small warning

How to use Eco4us Induction Cooktop

  • Plug unit into a wall outlet (100-120V)
  • Place induction ready cookware and ingredients on cooktop surface.
  • Press the power button.  The fan will begin to run and the default power percentage of 100% will appear.
  • Use the slider temperature control to obtain the desired setting.
  • If you want to pause cooking, simply press the Power button and do the same when you want to resume cooking. If you want to stop cooking completely, press the Power button for 3 seconds.
  • Once the cooking has been completed, hold the Power button down for 3 seconds. The fan will continue to run until the unit has cooled down.
  • Once the fan stops running, unplug the unit.

Heating

At the lower power levels of 10, 20, 30, this unit (as with most induction cooktops) cycles on and off so the unit can obtain the desired heating level. At the higher temperature levels, the power is constant.

Bottom Line

If being able to know the temperature in degrees is important to you, then the Eco4us - Induction Cooktop is not for you. However, if you want an inexpensive unit without frills, don’t mind not knowing the cooking temperature, and are willing to experiment with various power percentages then this is an inexpensive option. 

FAQs

How Induction Cooking Works

Conventional electric or gas stoves distribute heat differently than induction cooktops.  Food is heated on standard ovens when an open flame or a hot surface comes into contact with the bottom of the cooking vessel. Whereas with induction technology, the cooking vessel generates the heat. 

This type of cooktop contains a ceramic plate with a coil underneath it. When the unit is turned on, an electric current passes through the coil producing a magnetic field.  Electric currents are then generated in the vessel's metal when an induction ready pot or pan is placed on the cooktop.  The surface is then heated, with the heat being transferred to the pot or pan containing the food or liquid.

What Cookware to Use

Pots and pans made of cast iron, cast enameled iron, steel and cookware that have a base made of a magnetic grade of stainless steel are all induction ready.

A lot of people first check the pots and pans they have on hand to see if they are induction friendly. This is done by placing a magnet on the bottom of the cookware and if the magnet sticks securely, then it is suitable for use on an induction cooker. The cookware must also be flat so that it will be in contact with the surface of the cooktop.

If you decide to buy new cookware, you can either purchase a set or just the pots and pans you use on a regular basis. Induction ready cookware can also be used on gas and electric cooktops.

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