Best Induction Cooktops: 2017 - Buyer's Guide

If you've grow up cooking on gas the only thing you’re probably going to wonder about is why you've waited so long to purchase an induction cooktop!

It will significantly cut your time in the kitchen (expenses, too), and improve the cooking experience as well.

Not all induction cooktops are the same.

Not all induction cooktops are the same!
They have a few characteristic in common:

  • energy efficient
  • quick and easy to clean
  • you need a specific cookware
  • safe to use
  • suitable for both, indoor and outdoor cooking
  • quiet (no noisier than a computer fan)
  • cooking on induction cooktops has a learning curve
  • they are not recommended for people with pacemakers.

If you ask me, the most important one is: they are quick and easy to clean.

 

1. Rosewill 1800W Induction Cooker Cooktop

Rosewill 1800W Induction Cooker Cooktop
Rosewill Induction Cooktop is one of the "best value for the price" items on the list. It comes in pre-programmed and non-programmed version. Both are easy to operate and easy to clean.
The company puts an accent on its efficiency, but to be honest, it's not more efficient than the other products on the list. It has built-in overheating protection and three-hour timer feature.

The main difference from the other induction cooktops on this list is that this one comes with stainless steel pot, which is pretty handy since the company puts the important note that not every cookware piece will work with the induction cooktop. If a magnet sticks well to the sole of the pan, it will work on an induction cooktop. Please avoid using any cookware made with aluminum, glass or copper.

2. Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
This stylish and lightweight cooktop fits well for outdoor parties same as for indoor family cooking.

As the manufacturer states it uses 90% of released energy, since it has built in self-adjusting burners. That means that burner adjusts itself to the size of cookware base, so very little energy is wasted.

That makes this cooktop extremely energy efficient.

Also, the 1800W in the name of the cooktop says it's much faster than older generations.

It's equipped with diagnostic error message system, so there is no need to panic or mess with the manual if you experience some kind of issue. We highly recommend it.

3. NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop

NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop
Even though this cooktop counts as a portable appliance ( it's often used in the RV's ), it's more powerful than its competitors.

It has a wider temperature range - and precise temperature control up to 575 °F. Although it looks smaller than other cooktops, you still can use bigger based cookware. It works great anyway. Only that counts is that magnet on the cookware bottom sticks to the cooktop.

They come in two versions: 1300W and 1800W. If your model can go up to 1800W it means that you will be able to cook faster. However, you have to make sure that the wiring for your kitchen outlet is 20A. Otherwise, you can face installation issues or even fire hazard. So, make sure to take a look at the bottom of your cooktop.

4. Quantum 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

Quantum 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
Now, Quantum tells you exactly how much you’ll be spending if you replace your old gas stove with their induction cooktop. Here’s the statement: Quantum induction cooktop operates at 12 cents per hour.

It’s quiet, faster than anything you’ve ever experienced, simple to use and comes with easy to use short manual.

Temperature ranges from 140 to 460°F with 8 power levels, from 200 – 1800W. The bottom is made of metal and top is made of glass.

This powerful induction cooktop, in general, works as advertised, and if you are not satisfied with it, you can ask for your money back, and you’ll get it because they offer 100% No-Questions-Asked Money-Back Guarantee.

5. Rosewill RHAI-13001 1800W Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot

Rosewill RHAI-13001 1800W Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot
Here comes another 1800W cookpot. It heats up to 460°F, has a built-in shut-off function, and an easy readable display.

We’ve noticed that it occasionally “overheats”, but don’t panic, just let it cool down for a while. The solution for the problem is not to use it on the highest temperature setting for long.

Also, another drawback is a pot which comes with it. It’s thin and low quality. Otherwise, we think it’s a really good device.

 

 

6. Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop

Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop
This cooktop comes with two induction burners and each of them has its own temperature control and on/off switch. The wattage goes up to 1200W on the large burner and having this in mind, you need to know that this cooktop heats up slower than most on this list.

That doesn’t affect its performance. After it heats up it will provide you a consistent heat throughout cooking. We highly recommend it.

 

 

 

7. DUXTOP 1800-Watt Portable Sensor Touch Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 8300ST

DUXTOP 1800-Watt Portable Sensor Touch Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 8300ST
Safety features of this cooktop include Child Safety Lock system, and it’s the only cooktop with such feature on this list. Another important thing about this cooktop is controls. They are under the glass where they can’t be damaged.

It has 10 power levels (up to 1800W) and 10 temperature levels (460°F).

It comes with a very detailed manual which contains a table that equates temperature settings to amps/watts. It’s extremely easy to clean.

Although it seems like any other product from the same price category, we highly recommend it.

8. Chef's Star 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner - 120V / 60Hz

Chef's Star 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner - 120V / 60Hz
Although this cooktop counts as a portable device, for the money it’s more powerful than some other products on this list. Not all induction cookpots are fast! This one is fast, lightweight, and simple to use. It has 15 power levels (up to 1800W) and 15 temperature levels (up to 465 °F), and very precise timer settings (up to 3 hours).

It has a glass top, so you must be careful, and it only works for iron pots, not for stainless, aluminum and glass pots.

 

 

9. GForce GF-P1369-854 Portable Electric Double Induction Stove Burner Cooktop with Heat Function, Temperature Control & Timer - 1800 Watts

GForce GF-P1369-854 Portable Electric Double Induction Stove Burner Cooktop
It is another cooktop with two burners on the list. The heat function ranges from 1-10, and temperature range is 150-450°F. It’s not just a cheap two-burner portable cooktop.

However, the best way to use it would be to cook only on one burner at a time. We’ve tried using both burners and we were able to do so but only on minimum power.

That’s why we think it’s made for singles. And if you don’t want to buy new cookware, you can buy a plate which goes directly on the burner that allows you to use any pan.

 

 

10. NuWave 30602 Double Precision Induction Cooktop Burner

NuWave 30602 Double Precision Induction Cooktop Burner
Double Precision Induction Cooktop, or the PIC as manufacturer loves to call it, is ultra programmable and still simple to operate, so even your mom will do just fine with it ( in case you have some doubts on how to use it, the unit comes with a very detailed manual ).

This Induction Cooktop offers you a complete temperature control and wider temperature range than the competition.

2 hour "Keep Warm" feature (155 degrees F) and "100 hours of memory that allows you to program your favorite cooking procedures" are among most powerful features it has (since company puts a strong accent on it).

It's a way cheaper than other products of the same quality. At the end, it has a very modern and attractive design. Simply: it's worth every cent!

Best Induction Cooktops: 2017 - Buyer's Guide