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Best Double Induction Cooktops – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

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A double induction cooktop can be used as your only cooking appliance or in conjunction with your gas or electric stove. People who live in small spaces, or who travel in RVs appreciate the portability and convenience two burner induction cooktops offer. 

Since there are quite a few models to choose from we put together a list of factors to consider when buying a double induction cooktop. We also present our top picks for your consideration.

Double Induction Cooktop Buying Guide

Portable or Drop-in Unit

There are three types of double induction cooktops: 1) portable, 2) drop-in, and 3) a unit that can be used on the countertop or installed in a cutout in the countertop.

double induction cooktops

A portable induction cooktop is versatile since it can be placed anywhere on the countertop with easy access to an electrical outlet. It can be stored in a cabinet. They can be taken to social events, on vacation, used as an extra burner, and, depending upon the model, can be used outside in a dry environment. 

If you live in a small space or in a rental unit that doesn't have a full-size stove, a double portable induction cooktop is a great option. They are also helpful if you need extra burners for a social occasion or prepare several dishes simultaneously.

double built-in induction cooktop

A drop-in unit or built-in unit is limited to a fixed position. The counter inset will be installed in a specific place in the kitchen and will remain there. 

Since portable induction cooktops are freestanding, they can be taken from the box and placed on the table or countertop. Built-in induction cooktops need to be installed. If you don't have the skillset to install the unit, it's best to hire a qualified person to install the cooktop.

Dimensions

Before purchasing your double burner induction cooktop, take accurate measurements at the places where you plan to use your unit. The user manual usually specifies the number of inches of air space above and on all sides for air circulation (some say 2-4 inches or 4-6 inches). 

Burner Size

Check the size of the burners on the double burner cooktop, as they are not always the same size on a particular unit. One burner may be smaller than the other one. 

Safety

If you have children or pets, then a unit with a settings lock provides one less thing to be concerned about while cooking.

An automatic shutoff feature is non-negotiable for some folks.  Most units shut off after two or three hours.

Although most units have overheating protection and low/high voltage warning, check to make sure.

Outdoor Use

Some user manuals (Cuisinart, Ovente) specifically say their cooktops are not to be used outdoors. The manual for the Duxtop 9620LS states it is not to be used in a "wet outdoor environment."

Wattage

The power level relates to wattage generated by the cooktop. You'll want to check the total maximum power of the unit and the wattage for each burner.

Most double induction burners have a shared heating capacity, which means when both burners are being used, the power is divided. Some product descriptions and reviews refer to this as power-sharing technology.

Each burner has a different maximum wattage. For example, the Duxtop 9620LS has full power of 1800W. (left is 1800W and right is 1000). The left burner has a maximum wattage of 1800 Watts, and the right burner's full power is 1000.

Even though most portable double residential cooktops require 120V, check the manual for the electrical requirements.

Temperature

The Temperature Mode is usually used when a specific cooking temperature is required. Double burner induction cooktops typically have good temperature control.

Not all units have a temperature function. For example, Cuisinart ICT-60 has levels that correlate to a specific wattage. The wattage is NOT displayed. The upside to this unit is that it is straightforward to operate.

Since the temperature sensor is under the ceramic and does not touch the base of the cooking vessel, temperature readouts in all induction cooktops are approximations.

Cooking Settings and Modes

You'll want to match your cooking needs with the settings/modes offered. For example, if you are cooking steak on an induction cooktop in a cast iron pan, you'll want to use between the medium and high temperature on your induction cooktop.

Boiling potato on induction cooker in kitchen

Induction Ready Cookware

There are many advantages to having an induction cooker, but one drawback is that you can only use certain types of pots and pans with the cooker.

Although it may seem annoying at first, if you know what materials are induction compatible, you won't have a problem. If the pan base contains bare or enameled cast iron, carbon steel, graniteware, and magnetized stainless steel, they will work with induction cooktops.

An induction cooktop can only operate (transfer of heat) if there is direct contact between the surface of the stove and the base of the pot or pan. Therefore, the base should be flat and free of dings and dents.  

Most aluminum and copper cookware won't work with induction cookers as the base usually doesn't have any iron compounds. However, if there is an iron core in the base, it might work, but it isn't guaranteed. The iron core may not be large enough. 

For best results, place the pot or pan in the center of the placement guide. 

Test Your Cookware

It is very easy to test if your cookware will work. Take a kitchen magnet and place it on the bottom of the cooking vessel; if it strongly sticks, then you can use it with your induction cooker.

Reviews of the Best Double Induction Cooktops

Duxtop 9620LS LCD Portable Double Induction Cooktop

The first of our induction cooktop reviews is the Duxtop 9620LS Double Induction Cooktop. This was added to the Secura product line in late 2018. 

This 1800 watt induction cooktop is designed to be used on the countertop. The black crystal glass cooking surface has two independent heating zones, with each burner having its LCD display and sensor touch control panel.

Duxtop 9620LS LCD Portable Double Induction Cooktop 1800W Digital Electric Countertop Burner Sensor Touch StoveCheck price and availability

Pros

  • One-touch boil and keep warm features
  • Can be used to simmer soups, stews and sauces
  • 20 temperature  and power settings  
  • Angled control panel
  • ETL Approved

Cons 

  • Only one burner (left) has 1800W capability
  • Housing is not stainless steel
  • Weight limit is 25 lbs

Controls

  • 20 temperature settings with a range of 100-460°F 
  • The pre-set temperatures are in 20-degree increments from 100 to 360°F and then 375, 390, 405, 420, 440, and 460°F. 
  • 20 power levels from 100W - 1800W
  • The maximum power of the left burner is 1800W, and the right is 1000W.
  • The right burner cannot be used if the left burner is set to 1500W or above because the right burner has to have 400 Watts available to operate.

How Duxtop 9620LS Power Sharing Works

When using both burners, the combined power available for the Duxtop 9620LS is 1800 Watts. If both burners are used simultaneously, the cooktop self-adjusts so that the total power level will not exceed 1800W. For example, if the left burner is set at 1200 Watts, the right burner will self-adjust to 600 Watts.

However, it is important to note that  the wattage on the right burner must be 400W or above when both burners are being used. For example, the left burner cannot be used at 1600W while the right at 200W.

The user manual has a chart that correlates setting and wattage and shows power distribution settings when both burners are used. Since power cycling occurs in the .5 to 4.5 settings, the wattage shown is an average number of watts.

Duxtop 9620LS LCD Portable Double Induction Cooktop 1800W Digital Electric Countertop Burner Sensor Touch Stove

Features

  • Sleek design and a smooth glass surface
  • Meals can be prepared using either the temperature or power mode
  • Menu - allows you to switch between temperature and power
  • Keep Warm - this is great for keeping food warm (140°F for 30 minutes)
  • Boil - Power Mode level 10 for 10 minutes. At that point, the unit will "beep" and turn off
  • Timer - If the timer is set to 10 hours, it will run consecutively. Unless the timer has been set, this cooktop will shut down automatically after 120 minutes.
Safety Features
  • Child safety lock - ensures that no button except the ON/OFF can be used. While this setup isn't perfect in that children can still turn the unit off and on, it does prevent accidental setting changes.
  • The unit will shut down and beep if:
    • The temperature of the cooking surface exceeds 460°F  
    • The voltage input is too high or too low.
    • It has been on for two hours, and the timer is not set.
  • Specifications

    • Volts: 110/120V
    • Total Wattage: 1800W
    • Size (LxWxH): 14.1 x 23.6 x 2.6 inches
    • Heating element diameter: 6.5 inches
    • Cooktop surface of each burner (LxW): 10.8x11.5 inches
    • Weight: 13.8 pounds
    • Minimum pan size: 5"
    • Maximum pan size: 12"

    Warranty

    Secura provides a limited two-year warranty (from the date of purchase) for the original purchaser of the unit. It only covers defects in workmanship and materials under regular use and service and the unit must be purchased from an authorized reseller/distributor or directly from the manufacturer. It is not covered if it is used in a commercial or institutional establishment.

    Email Secura customer service with the product name and model number, pictures of the defect, proof of purchase, and contact information to file a warranty claim. The consumer is responsible for shipping costs if Secura wants to inspect the product.

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    Inducto Dual Burner Induction Cooktop

    The Inducto Dual Induction Cooktop is an 1800 Watt portable double portable induction cooktop with a one-piece ceramic glass top. Each burner has its control panel LED touchscreen controls that can be quickly changed. 

    The power is shared between two burners. This model has heat (power) and temperature modes and a built-in timer for each burner.

    Inducto Dual Induction Cooktop Counter Top Burner, BlackCheck price and availability

    Pros

    • Boils water fast
    • 4 hour times
    • ETL Certified

    Cons

    • Fan is noisy
    • Unit is bulky
    • Large temperature gaps
    Controls
    • 8 power levels for each burner
    • The preset power levels are: 200W, 400W, 600W, 900W, 1200W, 1400W, 1600W,1800W.
    • 8 temperature levels with a range of 176°F to 460°F *
    • The preset temperatures are 176°F, 212°F, 260°F, 300°F, 350°F, 390°F, 425°F, 460°F.
    • If you are using temperature settings on both burners, the maximum total temperature is 600°F.

    How Inducto Dual Burner Power Sharing Works

    The burners split wattage between the left and right sides. Both burners can be used at 1800 Watts, although not simultaneously as the power consumption is automatically balanced.  

    • Power-sharing works in this manner: if one burner is set at 2, the other side will automatically adjust to level 6.
    • Inducto Customer Care states: "If you are using power on one burner and temperature on the other burner, 440F° is the highest it'll go." Source: Response to my email to Inducto

    Inducto Customer Care realizes they have incorrect information on their website regarding the number of cooking modes. The temperatures listed are indeed correct.

    Source: Response to my email to Inducto

    Features
    • It is possible to use the HEAT function on one burner and the TEMP setting on the other.   
    • The timers can be set from one-minute to four hours in one minute intervals. The unit shuts off automatically when the desired time is reached.
    • The cooktop will beep if cookware is not induction compatible, is not centered, or does not have the minimum pan diameter of 4.7”.
    • Warranty: Inducto offers a one-year warranty.
    Safety Features
    • Child safety lock for each burner
    • This portable two burner induction cooktop is ETL certified, which means the product has been tested to specific safety standards. Intertek’s Electrical Testing Labs provide the certification. 
    • An error message is displayed in the LED panel and shuts off automatically under these conditions. 
    1. Voltage is too high or too low.   
    2. No induction compatible cookware is on the cooking zone
    3. No liquid in the pan.
    4. If the surface or internal temperature gets too high
    Specifications
    • Volts: 120V/60Hz
    • Total Wattage: 1800W
    • Size (WxDxH): 26″ W x 15-1/4″ D x 3″ H
    • Weight: 14.25 pounds
    • Minimum pan size: 4.7"

    Customer Care

    The method of communication with Inducto is email. We emailed them asking two questions. The answers have been incorporated in this article. Inducto Customer Care responded the next day to my queries and fully addressed my questions. Their website is inductocooker dot com.

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    NutriChef Portable Dual 120V Electric Induction Cooker 

    The NutriChef PKSTIND48 Double Induction Cooktop is an 1800 Watt unit with multiple cooking modes. It, too, has a control panel for each burner. This cooktop operates differently from the other induction cooktops we reviewed.

    This NutriChef model has three manual cooking modes and an automatic control function: Warm. Once the manual mode is selected, one of the eight temperature presets can be chosen. The Warm mode only operates at 140°F.

    There is NOT an option to select power levels. 

    Double Induction Cooktop - Portable 120V Portable Digital Ceramic Dual Burner w/ Kids Safety Lock - Works with Flat Cast Iron Pan,1800 Watt,Touch Sensor Control, 12 Controls - NutriChef PKSTIND48Check price and availability

    Pros

    • Multiple Cooking mode
    • Timer can be set up to 4 hours or 23 hrs 59 minutes, depending upon the cooking function selected
    • Great customer service

    Con

    • No power (wattage) option.

    Controls

    • Manual functions: Fry, Steam, Water
    • Automatic control function: Warm, The default temperature of the Warm setting is 140°F. This cannot be changed.
    • 8 temperature levels from 140°F to 460°F
    • Temperature presets: 140, 210, 260, 300, 350, 390, 430, 460°F

    How the Nutrichef Induction Cooktop Works

    1. Select one of the Functions: Fry, Steam, Water, and Warm.

    2. If you select Fry, Steam, or Water function, you can choose from one of eight PRESET levels.

    These PRESET levels are: 140, 210, 260, 300, 350, 390, 430, 460°F

    3. If you select the Warm function, it only operates at the default temperature of 140°F.

    Power Sharing

    The total maximum temperature for this double cooktop is 460°F.

    If both burners are used simultaneously, the maximum temperature on each burner is 230°F. (per PyleAudio - NutriChef telephone customer service).

    Features

    • The timer can be set after the cooking mode is selected. The maximum time when using the Fry or Water functions is 4 hours. 
    • The maximum time the Preset can be set when using the Steam or Warm functions is 23 hours 59 minutes.
    • Warranty - 1 Year Limited Manufacturer
    Safety Features
    • Child safety lock 
    • An error message is shown in the LCD digital display under these conditions.
    1. Low and high voltage warning 
    2. Auto pan detection (detects incompatible cookware or if there is no cookware on the burner)
    3. Top plate and IGBT overheating protection
    4. Internal circuit errors
    5. Top plate open and short circuit
    Specifications
    • Volts: 120V
    • Total Wattage: 1800W
    • Size (LxWxH): 14.2 x 23.6 x 2.6 inches
    • Weight: 15.5 pounds
    • Minimum pan size: 4.7"
    • Maximum pan size: 10.2"
    • The heating zones have a diameter of 6.7 inches. 

    Customer Service

    I called PyleAudio-NutriChef customer service and asked several questions.  A representative answered them thoroughly and in a professional and friendly manner. He took the time to consult with the technical department to ensure he provided the correct answers.   

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    Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop

    The Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop is straightforward and easy to use. As with the previous two burner induction cooktops, it has a separate control panel for each burner.  

    The maximum power of the burners is 1200 and 600 watts and can be used simultaneously.

    Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop, One Size, BlackCheck price and availability

    Pros

    • Max settings on both burners can be used simultaneously
    • Burners are different sizes
    • Suitable for those who are not technologically savvy
    • 3-year limited warranty

    Cons

    • Wattage and temperature are not shown
    • No settings lock
    • Fans are a bit noisy

    Controls

    • The left burner has eight settings with levels 1 to 8 with a power range of 200-1200W.
    • The right burner has five settings with levels 1 to 5 with a power range of 200-600W.
    • Since this is a 1800W unit, both burners can be used at the maximum power setting simultaneously.
    • The wattage is NOT shown, nor is the temperature, only the power level.

    Settings for the LEFT Burner

    Power Level

    Wattage

    1

    200

    2

    300

    3

    450

    4

    600

    5

    750

    6

    900

    7

    1050

    8

    1200

    Settings for the RIGHT Burner

    Power Level

    Wattage

    1

    200

    2

    300

    3

    400

    4

    500

    5

    600

    Features

    • The individual timers can be adjusted up to 150 minutes by pressing and holding the up arrow. 
    • If the food has been cooking for 30 minutes, the timer can be set for up to 150 minutes since it will shut off after 180 minutes.
    • The burners are different sizes. I wrote Cuisinart asking for the diameter of each burner and will update if I receive a reply.
    • Cuisinart offers a three-year limited warranty on this induction hob. It is best to register the product at cuisinart dot com as soon as you receive the cooktop. If you need warranty service, call Cuisinart (the number is in the instruction booklet). If you have to send it to them, you are responsible for the shipping costs to Cuisinart and are required to enclose a check or money order for $10 to cover the return shipping costs. The coverage for California residents is different and is explained in the instruction book.
    Safety Features
    • The unit will automatically shut off after 180 minutes.
    • If the power is switched on and no cookware is on the cooking surface, the unit will beep and turn off after 30 seconds.
    • If the cookware placed on the cooktop is not induction compatible, the unit will beep and automatically turn off after 30 seconds.
    • If you remove cookware from the cooktop surface while cooking, the unit will beep and automatically turn off after 30 seconds.
    Specifications
    • Volts: 120V
    • Total Wattage: 1800W  
    • Size (LxWxH): 14.25 x 23.5 x 2.5 inches  
    • Weight: 11.6 pounds
    • Minimum pan size: 4.7"
    • Maximum pan size: unknown

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    Comparison Chart of the Best Double Induction Cooktops

    Product

    Power Levels Left

    Power Levels Right

    Temp Settings

    Settings Lock

    20

    10

    20

    Yes

    8

    8

    8

    Yes

    NA

    NA

    8

    Yes

    8

    5

    None

    No

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