Induction cooktops are a smarter alternative to gas cooktops because they’re safer, more energy-efficient, and easier to use. Plus, they are easier to clean compared to a gas stove. They are a great alternative for smaller kitchens or people who like to occasionally entertain, as induction cooktops are smaller and take up less room.
The GetAmyCakes Lab tests induction cooktops for performance, energy efficiency, ease of use and cleanup, and durability. We evaluate how quickly the cooktop heats up, how long it takes for the surface to cool down, how easy it is to clean up, and how safe it is. We also evaluate the cooktop’s safety features, such as automatic shut-off, overtemperature protection, and overload protection. We also test its features, such as safety features, temperature ranges, cooking modes, and automatic shut-off.
What are the advantages of an induction cooktop?
There are several different advantages of using an induction cooktop. One advantage you should be aware of is that an induction cooktop is much safer than those cooktops in your kitchen. An induction cooktop does not produce sparks when it contacts the pans and food you are cooking. This means there is less chance of a fire breaking out when using an induction cooktop. An induction cooktop is also extremely easy to clean. You can wipe the cooktop with a hot cloth, and your cooktop will be clean. A fan is also located at the bottom of the induction cooktop. This fan ensures that there is adequate air circulation when you are cooking. The fan helps ensure that the food you are cooking does not stick to the pan.
Our portable induction cooktop picks rank well based on performance and safety, plus they have nice safety features, such as automatic shut-off, overload protection, and overtemperature protection. These portable induction cooktops get the job done, plus allow you to easily move from room to room. Here are our picks for the top 10 best portable induction cooktops of 2022, according to testing and consumer reviews.
Duxtop 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Black 9100MC/BT-M20B
The Duxtop Induction Cooktop is the best combination of settings, consistency, features, and usability in its category. It costs a bit more than our former main pick, the Duxtop 9100MC, but the extra money buys you a slicker control panel and the ability to cook everything with more precision and less frustration. The 9600LS has 20 power and 20 temperature settings, the most extensive range of any burner we tested, and it maintains lower temperatures than its predecessor. Of all the induction cooktops we tested, this one was also the smoothest at maintaining a target heat or temperature level, so there’s less scorching or spattering and less need to hover over a simmering pot. It has an all-glass interface and a bright LCD screen that’s easier to clean and read than our previous pick, and it takes just a little less room on a counter. It also has several valuable features, including a rare 10-hour timer and lock, boil, and warm buttons, which we found were extremely useful for everyday cooking.
Hamilton Beach Portable Single Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner with Fast Heating Mode
The Hamilton Beach Portable Single Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner is a quick, versatile, and effective portable stovetop. It has ten heat settings, ranging from a low of 180 C to a high of 450 C. Its 1800-watt capacity heats quickly, and it even has a built-in sensor that detects a pan’s temperature and adjusts power accordingly. The cooking controls are intuitive, and the unit has a magnetic test magnet that tells you whether a pan is induction-ready. And because it’s powered by electricity, it’s safe to use on any countertop, kitchen tile, or table. The cooktop has a sturdy, all-glass surface that’s easy to clean. It’s also portable, making it a good choice for camping or RVing. The only drawback is the unit’s limited maximum 45-minute timer, which means you have to manually shut off the cooktop if you want to cook for more than that.
HUWAVE Flex Precision Induction Cooktop
The NuWave Flex cooktop has a more extended range, precision, and a better feature set than our previous top pick. It retains heat amazingly well and has easy-to-use digital controls. It can boil water faster than other cooktops, and its 45 temperature settings range from 100F to 500F, more than any other cooktop we tested. It also has a powerful 900-watt setting and 1300-watt setting, along with three wattage settings, letting you cook everything from delicate sauces and melting chocolate to searing steak or steaming vegetables. The glass surface is easy to clean and has a 2-year warranty.
Mueller RapidTherm Portable Induction Cooktop Hot Plate Countertop Burner 1800W
The Mueller RapidTherm Induction Cooktop is a fantastic product that compares favorably with our top recommendation. It cooks food faster than nearly all induction cooktops, its extra-wide temperature range makes it suitable for a wide range of cooking, and its auto shut-off feature is a welcome addition. The cooktop has many intelligent features, including auto-pan detection, a child lock, and a functional LED touch panel. The cooktop’s power levels, temperature range, and control panel layout all compare favorably with the 9100MC, and the price point is in the same ballpark. The cooktop doesn’t last as long as our top recommendation, but it’s an excellent option for anyone looking for an extra burner, especially in an RV or a small apartment.
COOKTRON Double Induction Cooktop Burner with Fast Warm-Up Mode
If you are looking for something small and portable for traveling or camping, the COOKTRON 1800W Double Induction Cooktop Burner with Fast Warm-Up Mode is worth buying. It cooks evenly and quickly, and you can easily adjust the temperature. However, the induction cooktop has a short cord, which may limit its placement, and the temperature settings are limited. Induction cooking is a highly efficient way to cook food, and this induction cooktop makes induction cooking fast, simple, and convenient. The induction cooktop has adjustable temperature settings, so you can adjust it to match whatever you’re cooking. The fast warm-up mode on this induction cooktop is faster than a standard electric burner, so you can make soup in one minute. The cooking surface is also larger than most induction cooktops we tested, making cooking several dishes at once more accessible. It also has a digital timer, so you don’t have to worry about overcooking your food. The induction cooktop also has a child safety lock, which is helpful when cooking with a child. Thanks to a large, responsive, clear touch panel, the induction cooktop is also easy to operate. The induction cooktop also has the wok accessory, a nice bonus. The only drawback is that there are no temperature controls or power adjustments on the induction cooktop, so you can’t adjust the temperature or power level while cooking. This portable induction cooktop is ideal for everyday cooking, such as steaming, boiling, frying, and slow stewing. The induction cooktop has ten temperature and nine power settings, which can be quickly adjusted by touching the buttons. The induction cooktop has a child safety lock, preventing children from getting burned. It takes less than 5 minutes to heat the induction cooker, reaching maximum temperature in 1 minute.
COKLAI Portable Induction Cooktop 1800W Induction Burner for Cooking with 6 Programs
The COKLAI Portable Induction Cooktop is a budget pick that delivers a smooth and painless cooking experience. It has a range of power settings, temperature settings, and programs that allow it to cook various foods. Like our previous pick, the GS2, the COKLAI’s sensor touch panel is intuitive and easy to program, and we liked that it came with a spoon. The display is bright and easy to read, and the COKLAI has a one-year warranty. The only drawback is that the cooktop’s glass surface tends to get hot, and we didn’t like that we couldn’t use any cookware other than induction-compatible pans.
Aobosi Portable Induction Burner Cooktop 1800w Fast Efficient Cooking.
This 1800-watt portable induction burner cooktop from Aobosi has an attractive, glass-ceramic surface and can accept 4-10-inch cookware. It has an extensive power range, with nine power levels and ten temperature settings, allowing us to get cooking quickly. The glass-ceramic surface is effortless to clean. The digital touch control panel is easy to use and has “instant on” and “instant off” settings and a timer.
CUSIMAX 1800W Portable Induction Burner with Timer
The Cusimax Induction Cooktop delivers plenty of power and is much faster than traditional stovetops. This cooktop provides even heat across the surface and is easy to clean. In addition to being energy efficient, this induction cooktop is very safe, with no open flame and no gas. The 9-amp outlet it runs off is standard in most homes, and because of its 1800W power, it’s capable of heating large pots, so it’s a good choice for large families. And while it doesn’t come with any cookware, it does come with an instruction manual with a list of compatible cookware. The instruction manual also warns users that, while most cookware will work with the cooktop, some won’t, so users should test their cookware before buying.
The different types of portable induction cooktops
The main types of portable induction cooktops are:
Portable induction cooktop with a single pot or frying pan. Single pot or frying pan cooktops include a trivet, or metal stand, that secures your cooking vessel. This type of cooktop is best for small apartments or compact kitchens.
Portable induction cooktop with trivet. Like the single pot or frying pan cooktop, the trivet cooktop includes only a trivet. It functions the same way as the single pot or frying pan cooktop but provides more stability and allows you to cook larger dishes.
Portable induction cooktop with pot. Pot cooktops allow you to prepare larger dishes. You can place a larger vessel on the cooktop, secured with a trivet, and fill it with your favorite ingredients.
Tips and tricks for reducing cooking time when using a portable induction
If you are cooking with a portable induction cooktop, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to make this process easier. When cooking with an induction cooktop, make sure that you use metal cookware. This will help to ensure that the cookware does not conduct electricity. This will help reduce the heat transfer through the cookware’s walls. Another thing that you can do is to cook your food on the burner that is at the highest temperature. Make sure that your cookware is completely dry before cooking with it. Water gets into the cookware’s surface and can cause a short circuit.
What to look for when buying a portable induction
When buying a portable induction cooktop, you first need to find a model that is the right size for the amount of space. For example, if you have a small kitchen, you will want to purchase a small portable induction cooktop. If you have a larger kitchen, you will want to purchase a larger model. When choosing your portable induction cooktop, make sure that it is portable. The portable aspect of the cooktop should be easy to move. The cooktop should be easy to carry, and you should be able to quickly transport it whenever it is not in use. Also, when selecting your cooktop, make sure that you choose one made of stainless steel. The stainless steel will also make it easier to keep the cooktop clean. When choosing a portable induction cooktop, you first need to find a model that is the right size for the amount of space. For example, if you have a small kitchen, you will want to purchase a small portable induction cooktop. If you have a larger kitchen, you will want to purchase a larger model. When choosing your portable induction cooktop, make sure that it is portable. The portable aspect of the cooktop should be easy to move. The cooktop should be easy to carry, and you should be able to quickly transport it whenever it is not in use. Also, when selecting your cooktop, make sure that you choose one made of stainless steel. The stainless steel will also make it easier to keep the cooktop clean.