The Best Induction Cooktops Reviewed

What is Induction Cooking?

To keep things really simple, induction cooking is an alternative method of applying heat to a pot or pan. Instead of using gas or standard electrical burners to provide the heat required for cooking, heat is supplied by way of induction. The presence of iron in a cooking pot or pan acts to complete a magnetic circuit that is located below the surface of the stove’s top. Completion of the magnetic circuit results in the creation of energy (aka heat) in the base of the cookware. It is considered to be an energy efficient method of cooking that allows a higher level of control.


A coil of copper wire is the key design feature in induction cooking and it is situated underneath the cooking surface or hob. Alternating current (AC) is passed through the coil and creates a magnetic field. When the cooking pot, which must contain iron (ferromagnetic) or stainless steel for induction to occur is put in contact with the cooktop the result is resistive heating which heats up the pot or pan. The cookware containing iron provides the necessary electrical resistance for heat production to occur.

Induction cookers can vary in design however the most common designs are standalone surface cookers, built in surfaces and range-top cookers. The common feature is the copper coil which must be sealed underneath a heat resistant, easily cleanable glass-ceramic sheet. Range-top cooktops and built in cooktops generally have several elements, just as you would find in a regular electric or gas stove. The stand-alone units usually have a single induction element although sometimes a manufacturer may produce units with two elements.

Induction cookers can also be used in commercial kitchens in which case the design of the unit is enlarged to include additional cooking elements, proportionate to the volume of cooking that would be undertaken in a restaurant, for example. At the opposite end of the design spectrum, single induction cooking surfaces are popular in populated cities where limited living space is available.

Induction Cooktop Comparison

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Gourmia Portable 1800W Induction CooktopDuxtop 1800MC induction cooktopMaxBurton 6200Rosewill Induction CookerVollath Mirage Pro Induction Cooktopnuwave precision cooktop_100x100True Induction Cooker
Gourmia 1800WDuxtop 8100MCMax Burton 6200Rosewill
Vollrath 59500P Mirage ProNuwave PrecisionTrue Induction P3D
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ModelGIC-1008100MC6200RHAI-13001 59500P 30141 P3D
Our Rating4.
8 Temperature
8 Power Levels
10 Temperature
10 Power Levels
10 Temperature
10 Power Levels
8 Temperature
8 Power Levels
100 Power Settings6 Temperature
5 Power Levels
10 Temperature
10 Power Levels
Auto Power OffYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Sense cookwareNoYesNoYesYesNoNo
Dimensions14.5 x 11.2 x 2.5 in13 x 11.5 x 2.5 in13.3 x 12.5 x 2.6 in13.6 x 10.6 x 2.4 in15.25 x 14 x 314.4 x 15.9 x 6.3 in11.8 x 14.9 x 2.5
Warranty1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year2 Years1 Year2 Years
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Benefits of Induction Cooktops

There are several benefits of induction cooking, the most obvious being heat and energy efficiency, heat consistency, precision control and safety. Possibly the main attraction to consumers is heat and energy efficiency as it directly relates to the current focus on using energy more wisely, also known as ‘green living’.

1. Heat and Energy Efficiency

Induction cooking is much faster than cooking with gas or regular electric cooktops because of the induction process. In other words, the power transfer between the cooking pot and the induction coil is fast and efficient. This means that cooking times are less, which effectively saves energy.

Also, because of the fact that only the cooking pot becomes hot, energy is not wasted by heating the cooktop itself. In fact, approximately 90% of the energy created by the induction process is used and this is much higher than regular electric cooktops which are known to waste a significant amount of the heat produced.

2. Safety

This is an important to consider when considering an induction cooktop, particularly for anyone who is prone to forgetting that a cook pot is in use. There is no naked flame with induction cooking which immediately eliminates the risk of a kitchen fire. Also, because it is only the pot that gets hot, the risk of being burned from inadvertently touching part of the cooktop is also reduced.

Another important safety feature of induction cooking relates to an automatic shutdown. This means that if there is no cooking pot present or the pot is too small, the system turns itself off. Many induction cookers also have an automatic shut off feature if the cooking time has exceeded a default amount of time. Again, this saves the inevitable clean-up of burnt pots and kitchen fires compared to standard gas or electric cooktops.

3. Cleaning

Another benefit of using an induction cooker is that the cooking surface is very easy to clean. This is because the surface is glass ceramic as well as being smooth and flat. Spilled food on the cooktop will never burn as there is no direct heating of its surface. The flat surface avoids the need for difficult cleaning where navigating nooks and crannies on a traditional cooktop is necessary.

A wipe of the surface with a damp cloth is all that is necessary after each use. The only things to remember are to never use abrasive cleansers or cloths and to avoid immersing the cooktop in water. This also includes spilling water on the cooktop. A ceramic-glass safe cooktop cleaner can be used to clean and polish the surface.

4. Precision Cooking

Induction cookers are able to monitor the precise amount of energy being absorbed by the cooking pot and consequently, it is possible to take advantage of the heat settings that are programmed into the induction unit. Most induction cookers have at least ten heat levels so it is possible to maintain a precise temperature over an extended period of time. This is ideal for slow cooking, simmering, boiling, or melting chocolate, for example. The thicker the base of the pan the better the amount of heat conductivity for both high and low temperature cooking processes.

5. Accessibility

This benefit is important to some because it can provide an increased level of independence to people who must spend their days in a wheelchair. A kitchen bench built to a customized height with clear access underneath to accommodate a wheelchair can easily support an induction cooktop or indeed, a single or double portable induction cooker.

Limitations of Induction Cooking

Anyone who is considering purchasing an induction cooktop should also be aware of their limitations, although most of these are not difficult to overcome.

1. Cookware

If you existing cookware does not contain iron, you will need to replace it with cookware that does. Copper, aluminum, glass or ceramic cookware with no iron cannot be used. The iron, enamel or stainless steel cookware you buy should also have a flat bottom to enhance the performance of the magnetic induction field. Cookware with a thick bottom will prevent intermittent boiling. The thicker bottom also provides even heating when cooking. It is possible to use existing cookware by purchasing an induction disk that is placed between the cookware and the cooktop.

2. Damage to the Surface of the Cooktop

It is possible to damage the ceramic glass cooktop if you are not careful with your cookware. Dropping a cast iron pot on the surface could cause the glass to crack. Exceeding the recommended weight and size of pans can also result in damage to the cooktop surface. Use of aluminum foil is not recommended because it can melt on the cooktop, also resulting in cracking.

3. Noise From the Cooling Fan

Induction cooktops contain an internal cooling fan that can be audible. While this is not an issue for most, those who are sensitive to noise might find it irritating. In addition, some users are able to detect a humming or buzzing sound emanating from the cookware at high power, particularly if the cookware is of the cheaper, low grade type. The noise produced is minimal however, anyone who is sensitive to noise might find it troubling.

4. Not Suitable for Persons with Electronic Implants

This is an important consideration for anyone who has a pacemaker or any other electronic medical device. While magnetic fields should not interfere with these devices, it is always advisable to check with a heart specialist first. Electronic interference can also affect radio receivers that are located in close proximity to an induction cooker.

What Cookware Can I Use?

This is an important consideration when considering changing over to induction cooking because it may result in changing out your existing cookware. It is essential that cookware contain iron at the base, if not all over. The base is the key when it comes to induction cooking because it is closest to the cooktop’s induction coil. The base of the pan completes a circuit with the induction coil, thereby producing the electromagnetic field which results in heat being generated. This means that the base of the cookware must contain iron, although it does not matter if the sides of the pans do not.

The best way to test your existing cookware is to place a magnet on the base of the pan. If it adheres to the bottom of the pan, it is OK to use it for induction cooking. When purchasing new cookware, check the box to see if it is induction compatible. Iron, cast iron, black metal pans, enamel and stainless steel are all suitable to use on induction cookers. Sometimes it is possible to purchase aluminum or stainless steel pans that have an iron base and these are fine to use as well, particularly if there is a layer of aluminum on top of the iron base. Aluminum has a high level of thermal conductivity that results in a more even temperature across the pan.

Thermal conductivity is important with induction cooking because it means that cooking processes such as frying, boiling and slow cooking are more precisely controlled if heat is spread evenly across the base of the pots and pans. Usually the higher quality the cookware the better.

Summary of Induction Cooking

The induction process in effect allows you to have an individual heating element in every pot and pan you use. When switched on, the coil underneath the ceramic glass surface of the induction cooktop interacts with the cookware to produce a magnetic field that result in the pan and its contents being heated.

It is an efficient method of cooking because energy is not wasted, such as when the pan you use does not completely cover the stove element. Faster cooking also occurs so that overall, energy is saved. It also makes cooking processes easier to control as well, particularly when using low heat such as for melting chocolate and making thick sauces.

The safety factor is also a big advantage as there are no flames or hot burners to worry about and the units also automatically switch off when no cookware is detected. While induction cooking has a lot going for it, having the appropriate cookware as well as the fact that it is possible to crack the ceramic glass surface, can be a barrier.

Best Induction Cooktops

Here are just a few of the best reviewed cooktops that will help you narrow down and decide on your choice of induction cooktops. Checkout some of the more popular cooktops listed below and you should be able to find one that will meet your needs.

Eurodib 1600w induction cooktopEurodib 1600w induction cooktop – The Eurodib is a quality single burner cooktop. Small in size but feature rich, this induction cooktop is more efficient and cooks quicker than normal electric or gas appliances. With a temperature range from 150 to 450 degrees and a capacity of 35 lbs, this burner can handle almost any cooking job. The glass ceramic top is easy to clean and safe to touch. The unit comes with a one year parts and labor warranty.  Read full review .


Rosewill Induction Cooker

Rosewill 1800 Watt Induction Cooker – The Rosewill induction cooker is attractive and easy to use with its LED readout and touch panel. This burner produces 1800W so it is one of the more powerful units we’ve reviewed. Combining both the wattage output and temperature settings make for extensive heat control for all your cooking needs. This unit also includes a stainless steel pot that is induction compatible, even though this is a nice addition, you may want to opt for better cookware. Though since this is a complete package, it’s a great way to try out induction cooking. Read review


nuwave precision cooktopNuwave Portable Induction Cooktop – The Nuwave cooktop is perfect for RVs, boats as well as home use. Boiling water can be accomplished in 90 seconds. Combining the temperature settings with the wattage settings you can do everything from keeping food warm to deep frying. The Nuwave can reach temperatures up to 575 degrees. This unit also comes with a hard anodized 9″ pan, which makes it a great buy. Read review


True cooktop - inductionTrue Induction Single Burner Induction Cooktop – This single burner is 90% efficient and has a sensor that automatically shuts off the burner when there is no cookware present. All controls are accessed through a digital touch panel and the power level can be controlled from a scale of 1 to 10 corresponding to 150 degrees to 450 degrees. A timer is also included and is great if you forget to turn off the unit.  Read full review


Max Burton 6200Max Burton 6200 Deluxe 1800 Watt Cooktop – This single burner dynamo boasts 1800 watts of power which will cook your food fast! It features ten temperature and power levels, auto power off, timer and digital display. It also includes a detector to determine if you are using suitable cookware. The combined features including the power and safety components make this a great buy, especially for its low selling price. Read full review

Micro induction cooktop


SPT Micro Induction Cooktop – The SPT Micro Induction has a 6 inch heating ring compared to 4 inch heating rings for many other single burners. Even though this burner produces less wattage than other burners, many customers preferred the tradeoff for the larger burner. This unit is also quite economical without sacrificing features. This is a great unit if you want to give induction a try without spending a lot of money upfront. Read full review


Fagor induction countertop cooking set


Fagor Induction Cooktop – The single burner 1600w cooktop features a 10 inch heating ring so almost any induction compatible cookware will work with the Fagor. It also includes a skillet so you will be ready to cook as soon as the burner arrives. This is a very popular cooktop and the company goes out of their way to make sure you’re satisfied with your purchase.  Read full review


GE Profile Induction Cooktop


GE Profile PHP900SMSS Induction Cooktop – This cooktop takes advantage of safe efficient cooking with the advantage of having 4 burners, the burners range in size from 6 to 11 inches. The top is black ceramic glass with a stainless steel frame. As with all induction cooktops, it is easy to clean and will look great for years. The GE Profile is the ultimate cooktop.  Read full review


Mirage Pro


Vollrath Mirage Pro 59500P Countertop Induction Cooker – This cooker is not only well designed and finished, but has outstanding functionality too. More expensive than most single induction cooktops, but well worth the extra spend and in most people’s opinion, you get a superior appliance for your kitchen. It has a 10″ burner and one of its trademarks is the fine adjustment you can make to the temperature settings. Read full review

Gourmia Portable 1800W Induction Cooktop


Gourmia GIC-100 – 1800W Induction Cooktop – The Gourmia features 8 temperature and 8 power level settings all available via the convenient main control knob. This cooktop includes most of the features commonly found on induction units including an off timer, auto shut-off and overheating sensors. This is a powerful cooker which will make short work of any cooking task you may take on. Read full review

Top 5 Induction Cooktops


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