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Best Single Induction Cooktops – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

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A single induction cooktop is a handy affordable, efficient appliance to use in a small kitchen, dorm room, or in a tiny house or apartment. They can also be used in small spaces or to create a cooking space if you are on the road as a truck driver or in an RV.  

An induction cooktop generates a magnetic field that transfers heat to the pan’s metal. Thus, the cookware you plan to use with the induction burner must be made of a ferromagnetic material such as cast iron, carbon steel, or a magnetic stainless steel base.  

Each of the single induction cooktops in our reference list are considered by consumers to be among the best on the market today. They were selected to help you choose the right one for your lifestyle and culinary needs.

Reviews of the Best Single Induction Cooktops

  1. Best Overall:Duxtop 9600LS Portable Induction Cooktop
  2. Best Tablet-type: Duxtop E200A Portable Induction Cooktop
  3. Best Cooling Fan: Max Burton #6450 Induction Cooktop
  4. Best High-end: Max Burton #6600 Induction Cooktop
  5. Best Budget: Duxtop 9100MC Portable Induction Cooktop

Duxtop 9600LS 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop

The Duxtop 9600LS is a well-built, portable induction cooktop that heats food evenly and operates in either the power or temperature mode.  

We use this cooktop to prepare at least one meal a day and are pleased with it. While some consumers are annoyed by the fan noise, we don't find it irritating. 

The Duxtop 9600LS is an upgrade from the 9100MC model. It offers a better-designed unit (digital control panel) with touch buttons instead of push buttons. The 9600LS has one-touch boil and keep warm pre-sets, a child lock, an additional five temperature and five power options, and a built-in timer that goes up to 10 hours rather than 170 minutes.

Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop, Countertop Burner Induction Hot Plate with LCD Sensor Touch 1800 Watts, Silver 9600LS/BT-200DZ
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The 20 temperature settings range from 100°-460°F, while there are 20 power levels from 100W to 1800W. This unit has a user-friendly interface with a sensor touch panel. The readings are easy to read.

The angled control panel minimizes the chance of the pot touching the controls.

Specifications of Duxtop 9600LS

  • 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
  • Temperature setting: Increments of 20 degrees from 100°-360 degrees Fahrenheit and 375, 390, 405, 420, 440, and 460°F.
  • Power level settings: Increments of 80W from 100-900W and 100W increments from 900-1800W.
  • Limited Warranty: 1 Year

Safety Features

This unit has the essential safety features seen on quality portable induction cooktops. The unit will automatically shut off if no cookware or unsuitable cookware is detected or the cooking surface temperature exceeds 460°F.

If the voltage input gets too high or too low, the unit will shut down after one minute. As we mentioned previously, a safety lock is available for use.

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.

Final Thoughts

What We Like
  • The temperature gaps are not too wide
  • Low-temperature option (100°F)
  • Boil setting: Power level 10 for 10 minutes; unit then shuts off
  • Keep Warm setting: 140°F for 30 minutes
  • FCC Part 18 Compliant & ETL approved
What Makes Us Think Twice
  • Temperature readings are not always accurate.
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Duxtop E200A Portable Induction Cooktop

This review is of the Duxtop E200A Portable Touch Sensor Induction Cooktop, a new addition to the Duxtop induction burner lineup. This unit has a sleek and modern design. The cooking surface is glass, and the housing is stainless steel. 

The Duxtop E200A has a tablet-like design - the control panel is not angled from the cooking zone. While we prefer portable induction cooktops to have an angled design, this unit is an exception. The controls are under the glass. There is no concern about the buttons or electronics being damaged if you accidentally slide hot cookware over the controls. A flat surface is also easier to clean.

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

The cooking surface of this single burner induction cooker goes from edge to edge, and touch sensors control the features.  

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Features

The Duxtop E200A has the same temperature and power levels as the Duxtop 9600LS. There are 20 temperature settings from 100°-460 degrees Fahrenheit and 20 power levels from 100-1800W. This unit holds constant temperature well.

The timer on the E200A goes up to 170 minutes as opposed to the 10 hours available on the 9600LS. If you plan to make bone broth or homemade stock, the Duxtop 9600LS is the better choice.

The E200A does not have a boil or a keep warm setting. However, it is easy to adjust the power levels (10 for boiling and .5 to 2 for keeping food warm) for these tasks. 

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 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 is detected   

Specifications of the Duxtop E200A

  • 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.
  • 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.  
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Final Thoughts

What We Like

The design of the Duxtop E200A is top-notch. The stainless steel housing, one-piece glass-covered control panel, and modern look are great design features. 

The wide range of temperature and power levels and design are good reasons to buy this single induction cooktop. 

The two-year limited warranty offered by Duxtop is unusual since most portable induction cooktops carry a one-year limited warranty. This unit is ETL approved, unlike many of the cheaper units.

What Makes Us Think Twice

There are only two downsides with the Duxtop E200A: 1) loud fan noise and 2) lack of a one-touch boil and keep warm functions. It is easy to use the power levels for boiling and keeping food warm.

Max Burton #6450 Digital Induction Cooktop

This assessment is of the Max Burton #6450 Digital LCD1800 Watt Induction Cooktop. This 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
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Max Burton #6450 vs. #6400

Max Burton is a well-established brand of Aervoe Industries Inc., located in Gardnerville, NV. Their products are designed and developed in-house. Aervoe produces reliable products and uses high-quality components and cooling fan motors in its manufacturing process.

Although the Max Burton #6450 model has similar specifications to the Max Burton #6400 model, there are notable differences.  

1. The shape of the upgraded Max Burton #6450 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 have been upgraded.

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

Design

The Max Burton #6450 has a modern design with its black glass-ceramic surface. The cooking surface goes to the edges of the cooktop.

The control panel is angled from the cooking zone. This sloped design is preferable to units with controls on the same level as the cooktop surface. It lessens the chance of the edge of the pan overheating the electronics or accidentally changing the settings (if the lock is not activated). 

Its flexibility permits for application as a food warmer or an additional burner in a meal – may it be a buffet, family dinner, or small dinner gathering.

Control Panel

The control panel on the Max Burton #6450 has an LCD touch screen that is easy to operate. The touchpad controls are preferable to push buttons because they don't wear out and are easier to activate.   

The LCD panel shows power or temperature settings, the time remaining if the timer is used, and error codes.

Settings

There are 15 temperature settings from 100°- 450°F in 25-degree increments. If you would rather use the HEAT mode, there are ten levels from which to choose. The power level is adjustable from 500 to 1800 Watts.

If you want to cook a dish at a low temperature of 100°F, the simmer function can be used. The boil feature is convenient if you're going to boil water quickly. The boil setting automatically goes to power level 10.

The timer can be set in one-minute increments up to 180 minutes. The unit automatically turns off after 180 minutes. If you wish to change the timer setting or turn it off, touch the TIMER symbol.

Safety  

This Max Burton 1800 Watt induction burner is also equipped with a lock. When activated, the unit can be turned off by powering the unit off or touching and holding the lock symbol for two seconds.

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

As with all induction hobs, stainless steel cookware with a magnetic base, bare and enameled cast iron, carbon steel, and hard-anodized aluminum with a magnetic base can be used with the Max Burton 6450.

How to Use the Max Burton #6450

The Max Burton #6450 is well-built, user-friendly, and energy-efficient.

After plugging the unit in the outlet, place the pot or pan (with the ingredients) on the ceramic surface (in the center of the cookware placement 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 of Max Burton #6450 

  • Volts: 120V
  • Coil diameter: 6.3" (per Max Burton engineer via email)
  • 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.
  • Cooking temperatures can be adjusted in 25° increments
  • Limited Warranty: 1 Year

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, an 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.

Final Thoughts

What We Like

The Max Burton #6450 Induction Cooktop is a good balance of quality and price. The temperature precision is acceptable for a unit in this price range. 

The large cooking surface gives more flexibility to the cookware that can be used. This unit is equipped with the two convenient characteristics of the one-touch boil and one-touch simmer functions.   

High-quality products and excellent customer service set Aervoe/Max Burton apart from most other companies that produce induction cooktops.

Although there are quite a few cheaply made single induction burners on the market, this is not one of those. This is evidenced by the ball-bearing fan construction and the higher-efficiency copper motor. The unit is ETL approved and FCC Part 18 Compliant.  

What Makes Us Think Twice

Concerning the Max Burton #6450, my only complaint is the loud beeping sound emitted when using the controls.

The temperature gap of 25 degrees might be too wide for some cooks. If you want an induction cooktop with temperature control down to the degree, the Breville Science Control Freak Induction Cooktop is better. 

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Max Burton #6600 Digital Induction Cooktop

The Max Burton #6600 Induction Cooktop 18XL is another offering from Max Burton. A wireless temperature proble is included with this cooktop.

This versatile portable induction burner can be used for home brewing or to make an omelet, a one-pan meal, or boil pasta in a 10-qt stockpot. If you need to cook for a large group of people, this cooktop also fits the bill. 

Two features of the Max Burton #6600 that stand out are the 9-inch coil and the ability to create three cooking stages by setting each for a particular time and temperature. This model also has one-touch simmer (100°F) and one-touch boil (power level 10). 

The interface on this induction burner is easy to navigate. It has a large, easy-to-read LCD, a touchpad to select functions, and a push-to-set knob. 

Turning a knob to choose the power and temperature levels is easier than continuously pressing a touchpad button. The control knob can also set the timer after the temperature and power settings are locked in.

The Duxtop #6600 has 21 temperature settings from 100°- 450°F and 10 Power levels from 500-1800W. This unit is also equipped with a child lock and a timer which can be set to up to 3 hours.

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

  • Volts: 120V/60MHz/15A
  • Coil diameter: 9 inches
  • Size (LxWxH): 16.25” x 13.25” x 3.5” 
  • Cooktop surface: 11.5" (round)
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • The unit can support up to 60 pounds of weight load.
  • Pan size: 4 -14" diameter
  • Cord: 5 ft. (2 prong plug)
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  •  *10-degree increments between 100° and 200°F; then 25° increments up to 450°F. 

Temperature probe

A temperature probe is included with the Max Burton #6600 Induction Cooker. If you prepare a dish that requires precise temperature control, this wireless probe will come in handy.

The probe can be clipped onto the side of the pan or inserted into 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, a manufacturer is rarely willing to include this accessory.

Program Cooking Mode

The program cooking mode of the Max Burton #6600 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  

This unit automatically shuts down if the sensor detects excessively high glass top temperature. It also shuts down after one minute if the voltage is too high or too low.

Final Thoughts

What We Like

Overall, the Max Burton 6600 Induction Cooktop is a very good value.  A wireless temperature probe is included with the cooktop.

The cooking surface's size and capability to hold 60 pounds affords flexibility not seen in other single portable induction burners. This unit can accommodate cookware up to 14 inches.

The convenience of the control knob and the program cooking mode can be overstated.

As with the Max Burton #6450, the Max Burton #6600 model is ETL approved and FCC Part 18 Compliant.

What Makes Us Think Twice

The 25° temperature increments between 200° and 450°F might be too wide for some cooks.

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Duxtop 9100MC Induction Cooktop 

The next model on the list is the Duxtop 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop. This is a basic unit at an affordable price with a wide array of power and temperature settings. The controls are on the same plane as the heating element.

UPDATE: A new model, the Duxtop 9120MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop, is now available. The only difference between the Duxtop 9100MC and the Duxtop 9120MC is the exterior design.

The Duxtop 9120MC has gold lettering.

The Duxtop 9100MC has silver. The specifications are the same for the 9100MC and 9120MC. 

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

The unit is designed with an angled display panel. Thus it is not on the same plane as the cooking surface. The cooking area is 11"x11" and the display panel is 3".

There are 15 temperature settings with a range of 140° to 460°F and 15 powers level from 200-1800W. There is no child lock on this unit. A timer can be set up to 170 minutes.

Secura states in the combined 9100MC/9120MC user manual, the warranty is a two-year limited warranty.   

Safety

The Duxtop 9100MC is ETL approved. 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.

Specifications of Duxtop 9100MC

  • 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" (Less if using cast iron)
  • Cord: 5 ft. (confirmed with customer service); 2-prong plug
  • The first 11 settings are in 20-degree increments, and the last four 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.  

Final Thoughts

What We Like

This is an affordable, basic single induction cooktop manufactured by a reputable company. The front panel is angled, which is our preference. The lowest temperature is 140°F, so it is possible to use it to simmer stock. 

What Makes Us Think Twice

Although the cooling fan is noisy, the Duxtop 9100MC is still a good value.  

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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.

Comparison Chart of Single 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

Conclusion - Best Single Induction Cooktop

As single 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 very happy with it. We also have the Max Burton 6450 but haven't used it as much. We are pleased with it as it too is a high-quality cooktop. Max Burton's customer service is far superior to Duxtop's. 

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

Induction Cooktop Buyer’s Guide

Size: When I received my Duxtop 9600LS and Max Burton 6450, I was surprised at how big they were. Before you buy a portable induction burner, 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. 

The burner size and how much weight the single burner unit can hold are other features to consider.

Design: Do you want a unit with a tablet design or a control panel angled from the cooking zone? Should the controls be touchpad or push buttons?

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. Models 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: Typically, the single burner cooktops have two ranges: 100-460°F or 140-460°F. As with power levels, read the review or user manual to determine what temperature settings are available.

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

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 helpful when getting accustomed to using your new cooktop. A timer with one or five-minute increments is most convenient.

If you are a seasoned induction cooktop user, five-minute increments are usually acceptable. However, first-time users might consider the cooktops with one-minute intervals.

Shutoff: Even with a cooktop that doesn't have an open flame and isn't hot to the touch, safety features are vital elements. 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. Some models have safety features 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 considering.

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

Induction Technology

Although induction cooktops look like electric smooth top burners, the heating mechanism is different. Gas and electric stovetops use thermal conduction (flame or heating element) to heat food while induction burners heat using electromagnetic induction.

Induction burners have an electromagnetic coil under the ceramic/glass surface and generate heat in the pot or pan. The glass surface doesn't heat up (except for the small amount of heat transferred from the pan to the cooking zone).

What are the types of induction stoves?

Considering the type of cooking and the available space will help you determine the size and type of portable cooktop you need.

The different induction stoves available on the market are a 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 want something to take camping or on outdoor adventures.

Power and Temperature

What is the maximum wattage output dependent upon?

The maximum wattage output of portable induction cooktops depends on the pot or pan's diameter, the materials used to manufacture the pan, and the amount of liquid in the cooking vessel. For example, if the pot's diameter is 4.5 to 6 inches, 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 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 food temperature in the pot or pan 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 to make a particular recipe to get the correct heat settings. Once you do, it is a matter of preparing the ingredients and cooking your meal from then on.

Do induction cooktops heat evenly?

The factors contributing to food being evenly heated on induction cooktops are construction, thickness, pan placement, and burner size.

One attribute of fully clad metal cookware is that it results in an evenly heated cooking surface. A fully clad cooking vessel distributes heat evenly better than an aluminum disc between two stainless steel pieces.

The thickness of the cookware’s material affects heat distribution more than the number of layers of the metals. It also alleviates vibrations that can cause a pan to be unbalanced, which leads to uneven heating.

The base of the pan should be smooth and flat, so the entire base is in contact with the induction cooktop surface.  Placing the pan in the center of the placement guide and using one that matches the burner size contributes to an evenly heated pan.

Induction Cooktop Use and Care

How to use an induction cooktop?

How to use the induction cooktop depends on the model you’re using, and you should always consult with your owner’s manual to ensure you’re using it properly.

Once you’ve made sure that you are using the compatible 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 the burner, lift it off rather than sliding and then lifting it. This will ensure the bottom of the cookware doesn’t touch the controls or scratch the ceramic plate.

The temperature of the food in the pot depends on variables such as the materials used in the manufacturing pots and pans, 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 a particular recipe.

How to clean an induction cooktop?

Cleaning an induction cooktop is reasonably 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. If you have to use a scraper to remove food, be sure to hold the scraper at a 45-degree angle.

Cookware

What pots and pans work 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, bare and 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 on an induction cooktop.

When shopping for cookware 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 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.

Can you use stainless steel cookware on portable induction stovetops?

Yes, if the base is made with magnetic stainless steel. To test your stainless steel pot or pan, place a magnetic on the bottom, and if it sticks firmly, it is induction ready.

Can you use cast iron on induction cooktops?

Yes. Cast iron cookware can be used on induction cooktops and is recommended. It is essential to keep in mind that your skillet could scratch the surface of your induction cooktop, and the high induction heat could warp your cast iron cookware over a period of time.

Why do people choose induction cooking?

Induction cooking is powerful and precise. Faster heating and cooking time, immediate and accurate 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.

Do induction cooktops need venting?

There is a whirling sound when cooking with many induction cooktops, 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 heat is still involved. The air movement helps remove steam that naturally comes from cooking, and there are typically grease traps built directly into ventilation hoods.

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