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The 5 Best Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews & Comparison

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Although gas and electric stoves are popular in American households, the induction cooktop market is growing. Ease of use, convenience, energy efficiency, and speed are some of the main features that draw cooks to induction technology.

Based on our research including consumer comments, we reviewed the best portable induction cooktops.

In case you’re in a hurry, here is my top recommendation for the best portable induction cooktop.

Editor's Choice

Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop, Countertop Burner Induction Hot Plate with LCD Sensor Touch 1800 Watts, Silver 9600LS/BT-200DZ

Duxtop 9600LS Portable Induction Cooktop 

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Best Portable Induction Cooktops Reviewed

Next we will look at the detailed reviews of each of the single induction cooktops covered in this article.

Duxtop 9600LS 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

I use this cooktop and am pleased with it. While some consumers are annoyed by the fan noise, I don't find it irritating. It heats food evenly, is easy to operate in either the power or temperature mode, and is lightweight.

Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop, Countertop Burner Induction Hot Plate with LCD Sensor Touch 1800 Watts, Silver 9600LS/BT-200DZ

Features

The Duxtop 9600LS is an upgrade from the 9100MC model. It offers a better designed unit with touch buttons instead of push buttons, one touch boil and keep warm functions, a child lock, additional 5 temperature and power setting options each and a built-in timer that goes up to 10 hours rather than 170 minutes.

Quick Facts

  • 20 Temperature settings from 100°-460°F
  • 20 Power levels from 100-1800W
  • Power levels are adjustable in .5 increments from .5 to 10.
  • Low temperature option (100°F)
  • Low power level (100 Watt)
  • Boil setting: Power level 10 for 10 minutes; unit then shuts off
  • Keep Warm setting: 140°F for 30 minutes
  • Child lock
  • Timer can be set to up to 10 hours 
  • LCD Sensor Touch Control Panel  - easy to read
  • Limited Warranty: 1 Year

* Temperature setting: Increments of 20 degrees from 100°-360°F and 375, 390, 405, 420, 440, and 460°F.

** Power level settings: Increments of 80W from 100-900W and 100W increments from 900-1800W.

Pros

  • 20 Temperature & 20 Power Settings 
  • Angled control panel minimizes chance of pot touching the controls
  • One touch boil and keep warm
  • FCC Part 18 Compliant & ETL approved

Cons

  • Temperature readings not always accurate
  • Some consumers remark the fan is loud

Specifications

  • Volts: 110/120V
  • Size (LxWxH): 14" x 11.4" x 2.5" 
  • Cooktop surface: (LxW)11"x 11"
  • Weight: 5 lbs 12 oz
  • Minimum pan size: 5"
  • Cord: 5 ft

Safety Features

  • If no cookware or unsuitable cookware is detected the unit will automatically shut off. 
  • If the voltage input is too high or too low the unit will shut down after one minute.
  • If the cooking surface temperature exceeds 460°F, the cooktop shuts off automatically.

Customer Service

Duxtop is a brand of Secura. 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.

In my experience, emails to customer service are handled within 24 hours. They confirmed the coil diameter for the 9600LS was 6.5 inches.

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Max Burton’s 6450 Digital LCD 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop

This next review is of the Max Burton #6450 Digital LCD 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop. The 6450 model is versatile, user-friendly, portable, and easy to clean. It is an upgraded version of the Max Burton 6400 Digital Choice Induction Cooktop.

Max Burton #6450 Digital LCD 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop Counter Top Burner

Features

Although the Max Burton 6450 has similar specifications to those of the 6400 model, there are a few notable differences.  

1. The shape of the 6450 model is more visually pleasing and has rounded edges.

2. The cooktop surface goes all the way to the edge of the cooktop.

3. The computer hardware and software has been upgraded.

4. The unit design has been modified to improve temperature control.

The Max Burton #6450 Induction Cooktop has an angled control panel. This sloped display is preferable to units that have the controls on the same level as the cooktop surface.  It lessens the chance of the edge of the pan overheat the electronics. 

Quick Facts

  • 15 Temperature settings from 100°-450°F (25° increments)
  • 10 Power levels from 500-1800W
  • One touch simmer 100°F
  • One touch boil
  • Child lock
  • Timer can be set to up to 3 hours 
  • LCD Sensor Touch Control Panel  
  • Limited Warranty: 1 Year

Pros

  • Cooking surface goes all the way to the edge of the cooker
  • One touch boil and simmer functions
  •  ETL approved and FCC Part 18 compliant.
  • High quality fan motor
  • Knowledgeable technical support 

Con

  • Temperature setting gap

How to Use the Max Burton 6450

After plugging the unit in the outlet, place the cooking vessel (with the ingredients) on the ceramic surface (in the center of the cookware guides), turn the unit ON, press the "F" icon to select the heat or temp mode, change levels with the up or down arrow, and set the timer (optional). 

Specifications

  • Volts: 120V
  • Coil diameter - 6.3"
  • Diameter of outer ring - 10"
  • Size (LxWxH): 12.75" x 11.55" x 2.55" 
  • Cooktop surface:(LxW)11.5" x 11.5"
  • Weight: 6 lbs.
  • Minimum pan size: 4.5"
  • Cord: 5 ft.

Safety Features

This unit has a built-in safety feature that automatically shuts the unit off in the case of overheating, short circuit, and high voltage levels. The cooktop will not function unless there is a suitable cooking vessel on the cooktop and will cease operating after a period of three hours of non-stop use.

Max Burton Customer Service

Max Burton has superior customer service. They offer full U.S. based customer support for technical and warranty issues. Consumers can speak directly with someone who has technical and design knowledge about Max Burton products.

This reviewer has contacted technical support on four occasions to ask questions about the Max Burton 6400 and 6450 units. Each time, a knowledgeable expert answered my queries in great detail.

This is in stark contrast to companies who do not have telephone customer support and do not respond to emails or to businesses whose chat, email or telephone customer service representatives only have access to the product manual.

Company

Max Burton is a well-established brand of Aervoe Industries Inc. whose headquarters are located in Gardnerville, NV.  Their products are designed and developed in-house. Aervoe is known for producing reliable products and using high-quality components and cooling fan motors in their manufacturing process.

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Max Burton 6600 Digital Induction Cooktop 

The next portable induction cooktop review is of the Max Burton 6600 Digital 1800 Watt Induction Cooktop 18XL with Wireless Temperature Probe.

This versatile induction stovetop can be used to make an omelet, a one-pan meal, boil pasta in a 10-qt stockpot or for home brewing. 

Max Burton #6600 Digital Induction Cooktop 18XL Counter Top Burner

Features

The best features of this cooktop are the 9 inch coil and the 3 time/temperature zones  

The interface on this induction hob is easy to navigate. It has a large LCD display, a touchpad to select functions and a push-to-set knob. Turning a knob to select the power and temperature levels is much easier than continuously pressing a touch pad button. The control knob can also be used to set the timer after the temperature and power settings are locked in.

If you have occasion to cook for a large group of people, this cooktop fits the bill. 

A wireless temperature probe is included with the cooktop.

Quick Facts

  • 10 Power levels from 500-1800W
  • 21 Temperature settings from 100°-450°F *
  • One touch simmer: 100°F
  • One touch boil: Power level 10
  • Child lock
  • Timer can be set to up to 3 hours 
  • Limited Warranty: 1 Year

 *10 degree increments between 100° and 200°F; then 25° increments up to 450°F. 

Pros

  • Large (9") induction coil 
  • Supports weight load up to 60 lbs
  • Can use large pots and pans (up to 14")
  • Program cooking mode
  • One touch simmer and boil functions
  • Wireless temperature probe
  • ETL and FCC approved

Con

  • 25° temperature increments between 200° and 450°F 

Specifications

  • Volts: 120V/60MHz/15A
  • Coil diameter - 9"
  • Size (LxWxH): 16.25” x 13.25” x 3.5” 
  • Cooktop surface: 11.5" (round)
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • Can support up to 60 pounds of weight load.
  • Pan size: 4 -14" diameter
  • Cord: 5 ft. (2 prong plug)

Temperature probe

A temperature probe is included with the Max Burton 6600 induction cooker. If you are preparing a dish that requires precise temperature control, this wireless probe will come in handy.

The probe can be clipped on to the side of the pan or inserted in the meat you are cooking. It can be used with both the temperature and program cooking modes. Another feature of the probe is that the timer can be set 1-360 minutes below 200°F or 1-180 minutes above 225°F.

At this price point, it is rare that a manufacturer is willing to include this accessory.

Program Cooking Mode

The program cooking mode allows you to set up to 3 cooking time and temperature zones to create separate stages of cooking.

All three zones can be used or just one or two. If you need to make changes after the settings are locked in, just press and hold the LOCK icon for 2 seconds and then, using the control knob, program the new temperatures. 

Here is an example of how this cooktop can be programmed.

  • Zone #1 set at 400°F for 30 minutes
  • Zone #2 set at 350°F for 30 minutes
  • Zone #3 set at 300°F for 10 minutes

Safety  

  • Automatically shuts down if the sensor detects excessively high glass top temperature.  
  • The cooktop will shut down after one minute if the voltage is too high or too low.

Final Thoughts

The Max Burton 6600 Induction Cooktop with temperature probe is a very good value. The size of the cooking surface and the capability of holding 60 pounds affords flexibility not seen in other single induction cooktops. The convenience of the control knob and the program cooking mode be overstated.

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Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

The next model on the list is the Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop. This is a basic unit at an affordable price with a wide array of power and temperature settings.

Duxtop 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Black 9100MC/BT-M20B

Secura 9210MC Model

UPDATE:  A new model, the Secura 9120MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop is now available. The only difference in the outer design is that the 9120MC has gold lettering while the 9100MC has silver.The specifications are the same for the 9100MC and 9120MC. 

Secura states in the combined 9100MC/9120MC user manual the warranty is a two-year limited warranty. The warranty stated in the previous 9100MC user manual was for one year.

Quick Facts

  • 15 temperature settings from 140° to 460°F*
  • 15 Power levels from 200-1800W**
  • Timer can be set to up to 170 minutes
  • There is NO child lock
  • Limited Warranty: 2 Year

*The first 11 settings are in 20 degree increments and the last 4 readings are 370, 400, 430 and 460°F.

**  The first 12 power settings are in 100 Watt increments and the last three settings are 1500W, 1600W and 1800W.  

Pros

  • Simmer capability (140°F)
  • 15 power and 15 temperature levels
  • Angled display panel
  • ETL approved
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Noisy ventilation and cooling fan
  • Testy temperature controls

Specifications

  • Volts: 120V
  • Size (LxWxH): 14" x 11.4" X 2.5"
  • Glass cooktop: 10 5/8" x 10 7/8"
  • Inner ring diameter: 8 5/8"
  • Outer placement guide: 9 3/8"
  • Weight: 5lbs.12 oz.
  • Can support up to 25 pounds of weight load.
  • Minimum pan size: 5"
  • Maximum pan size: 8"
  • Cord: 5 ft. (confirmed with customer service); 2-prong plug

Safety

This single burner induction cooker will automatically shut off under these conditions:

  • Does not detect a compatible pan 
  • Cooktop surface temperature exceeds 460°F
  • Voltage input too high or too low

The cooktop will switch from the Power mode to the Temperature mode when overheated.

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Duxtop E200A Induction Cooktop

Our next review is of the Duxtop E200A Portable Touch Sensor Induction Cooktop, a new addition to the Duxtop induction burner lineup. It has a stainless steel housing and a flat seamless cooktop.  

Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop, High End Full Glass Induction Burner with Sensor Touch, 1800W Countertop Burner with Stainless Steel Housing, E200A

Features

This tabletop induction stove is simple to operate as it only has the basic functions. They are: lock, timer, increase and decrease keys, function selection (temperature or power mode) and ON/OFF.  The LED panel is large and bright and easily read.

The cooking surface goes from edge to edge and the features are controlled by touch sensors. This single burner induction cooker has the basic functions including a child lock and timer.

Quick Facts

  • 20 Temperature settings from 100°-460°F * ok
  • 20 Power levels from 100-1800W** ok
  • Power levels are adjustable in .5 increments from .5 to 10.
  • Child lock
  • Timer can be set to up to 170 minutes
  • The LED panel is large and bright and easily read. ok
  • Limited Warranty: 1 Year

* The temperature increments are 20 degrees from 100°-360F with additional settings of 370, 390, 400, 420, 440, 460°F.   

** The power level can be adjusted in 80 Watt increments from 100-900 Watts and 100 Watt increments from 900-1800 Watts.  

Pros

  • Stainless steel frame
  • Heavy duty cord
  • Holds constant temperature well
  • 2 year-limited warranty
  • ETL approved

Cons

  • Can only support 25 pound load
  • Fan is loud

Specifications

  • Volts: 120V
  • Size (LxWxH): 14.7" X 11.6" x 2.2"
  • Weight: 8 lbs.
  • Maximum weight load 25 lbs
  • Minimum pan size: 5"
  • Cord: 5 ft.

Safety

If the timer is set for less than two hours, the unit automatically turns off when time has expired. For safety reasons, the unit will automatically shut-off after 2 hours if the timer has not been set or if the controls have not been touched for 2 hours.

The unit will beep and automatically turn off after one minute under these conditions:

  • No cookware is placed on the unit
  • The pot or pan on the unit is not induction compatible
  • The cooking vessel is not placed within the placement guide
  • The voltage input is too high or too low 
  • Excessive surface temperature (greater than 460F) is detected   
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TIP:  Some people get their unit and realize they don’t like it because it is too big. To save yourself the time and aggravation of returning it, make a pattern of the dimensions. Then you’ll have an idea of the size of the cooktop.

Comparing Portable Induction Cooktops

Feature

Duxtop 9600LS

Max Burton 6450

Max Burton 6600

Secura 9100MC

Duxtop E200

Power Levels

20

10

10

15

20

Power Range

100-1800W

500-1800W

500-1800W

200-1800W

100-1800W

Temp Settings

20

15

21

15

20

Temp Range

100°-460°F

100°-450°F

100°-450°F

140°-460°F

100°-460°F

Function Lock

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Weight

5.75

6

8

5.75

8

Size (in.)

14x11.4x2.5

12.7x11.5x2.5

16.2x13.2x3.5

14x11.4x2.5

14.7x11.6x2.2

Final Thoughts

As portable induction cooktops become more well-known as a heating method, manufacturers are ramping up production.

We use the Duxtop 9600LS Induction Cooktop in our home almost daily and are pleased with it. We also have the Max Burton 6450 but haven't used it as much. We are very happy with it as it too is a high-quality cooktop. Max Burton  customer service is far superior to Secura. 

The products on this list all have qualities of a good portable induction cooktop. Choosing the right one for you is based on your budget and feature preferences.

How to Pick the Best Single Burner Induction Cooktop

Size: When I received my Duxtop 9600LS and Max Burton 6450 I was surprised at how big they were. Before you buy a unit, you might want to draw a diagram of the length and width and place it on your counter or wherever you plan to use your cooktop. 

Design: Do you want a unit that has a tablet design or one that has a control panel that is angled from the cooking zone.

Type of controls: touchpad, buttons, or dial

Make sure the controls are 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.

Wattage: Power levels vary with the unit.  Some start at 100W while the lowest wattage of others is 500W.

Decide what increments of power you need. Model usually have 10, 15 or 20 levels. When reading the product review, look for the specific power levels. The user manual usually has this information also.

Temperature: Generally, the single burner cooktops have two ranges: 100-460°For 140-460°F. As with power levels, read the review, or user manual to find out what temperature settings are available.

Preset Cooking Modes: Do you want a cooktop that preset modes such as boil, simmer, keep  warm, or heat milk?

Child lock: When activated, the settings are locked.  However, the unit can still be turned on and off.

Timer: A timer on an induction cooktop is very important when you are getting accustomed to using your new cooktop. A timer with one- to five-minute increments are most convenient.

If you are a seasoned induction cooktop user, five minute increments are typically fine. However, first-time users might 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. There are plenty of induction cooktop models that include an automatic shutoff feature.

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 seconds without a pan on the cooking zone.

Warranty: Some manufacturers require the consumer to pay the cost of shipping a defective device to the seller. The extended warranty offered by many online companies is worth looking into.

Customer Service: Some companies have better customer service than others. My personal experience is that Max Burton/Aervoe offers excellent customer service. They are willing and able to answer technical questions.

Induction Cooktop Q & A

Heating Technology

Although induction cooktops look like electric smooth top burners, the heating mechanism is different.

Induction burners don't utilize a heating element or flame. Instead, they have an electromagnetic coil under the ceramic/glass surface. Induction cooktops generate heat in the pot or pan. The glass surface doesn't heat up (except for the small amount of heat that is transferred from the pan to the cooking zone).

Types of Induction Stoves

Understanding the type of cooking that you're doing and the space you have available is going to help you determine the size and type of the induction cooktop that you need.

The different types of induction stoves available on the market are: single element, two zone, built-in, large freestanding and slide-in units and commercial.

Portable units have the same benefits and are available at a fraction of the price. 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.

How do the Temperature Sensors Work?

The temperature sensor of portable induction cookers is located underneath the glass cooktop. When the temperature is initially set, the sensor does not immediately measure the temperature of the food in the cooking vessel since it takes time for the cooktop to heat up.

Since the temperature sensor is under the ceramic and not directly touching the pan, the temperature readout may be higher than the temperature of the contents of the pot or pan.

After the unit has been shut off, if the food is left on the cooktop it will continue cooking for a short time. 

When using my induction cooktop, 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.

It usually takes a couple of times making a particular recipe to get just the right heat settings. Once you do, from then on it is just a matter of preparing the ingredients and cooking your meal.  

What is the maximum wattage output dependent upon?

The maximum wattage output of portable induction cooktops appears to be dependent upon the pot/pan diameter, the materials used to manufacture the pan and the amount of liquid in the cooking vessel. For example, if the diameter of the pot is 4.5 to 6 inches, then the maximum power reached is around 1000-1200 watts. However, a higher wattage will result if a pan with a diameter of 6 inches is used.  

How to Use an Induction Cooktop?

How to use the induction 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 a matter of setting the desired temperature and making sure that the cookware is in the center of the cooking zone. Some models have a placement guide to help the user center the cooking vessel.

When taking your pot off of the burner, lift it off rather than sliding and then lifting. This will ensure the bottom of the cookware doesn’t touch the controls or scratch the ceramic plate.

What Cookware Works with Induction Stoves?

Cookware needs a ferromagnetic base for your induction cooktop to work. When this type of cookware is placed on the cooking zone, a current is induced which converts to heat inside the cooking vessel. 

Magnetized stainless steel, cast iron, enameled cast iron, and carbon steel are induction ready materials. The easiest way to tell if your cookware is induction compatible is to test the bottom of your pots and pans with a magnet. If it sticks securely, then it will work an on induction cooktop.

When shopping online, it's a good idea to read the owner's manual on the manufacturer's website to make sure the cookware is induction compatible. 

If you are shopping at a brick and mortar store, look for an induction ready symbol or marking on the base of the pot or pan. Often times it will say on the outer packaging if it is induction ready. 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.

Temperature levels

The temperature of the food in the pot is dependent upon variables such as the materials used in the manufacturing of the cooking vessel, the diameter of the bottom of the cookware, and the amount of liquid in the pot. Therefore, it will probably be necessary to experiment with the temperature levels to determine the correct one for simmering a particular recipe.

How to Clean an Induction Cooktop?

Cleaning an induction cooktop is fairly straightforward. After the cooktop has cooled down, wipe the surface with a damp sponge or paper towel and buff with a microfiber cloth.

If the induction cooktop needs heavy duty cleaning, a small amount of ceramic cooktop cleaner can be applied.

Why do people choose induction cooking?

Induction cooking is powerful and precise. Faster heating and cooking time, immediate and precise temperature control, and the lack of heat escaping from the cooktop are just a few reasons people choose to cook with induction stoves and cooktops.

Related Content: Choosing an Induction Cooktop

What do ETL and FCC Certifications Mean?

In products reviews, sometimes the acronyms ETL and FCC are mentioned. The ETL Mark is proof of product compliance to North American safety standards.  

The FCC Declaration of Conformity certification mark on electronic products manufactured or sold in the United States certifies that the electromagnetic interference from the device is under limits approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

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.

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