Induction cookers are taking the world by storm. These high-tech pieces of kitchen appliances offer better heat transfer and power efficiency plus an easy to clean surface that you won’t get anywhere else. Induction cookers evolved from electrically heated coil cooktops; since induction cookers are fairly new, they tend to cost more and require induction-compatible cookware, so that’s why I still included coil cooktops in the list. The best electric cooktop should come with the best price, feature set, and durability in mind.
- Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
- Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
- NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop
- Duxtop 1800W Electric Cast Iron Cooktop Double Burner
- Frigidaire FFEC3024LB 30″ Induction Cooktop
- Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop
- GE JP328SKSS 30″ Electric Cooktop
- GE JP3030DJBB 30″ Electric Smoothtop Cooktop
Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
The single burner induction cooktop from Secura is a standard compact cooktop that saves you from all the hassle of cleanup after a lengthy cooking session. The surface is completely flush and is gloss-coated, so you don’t have to deal with contours when wiping the cooktop clean. Made with fewer components and a lighter build, the Secura 8100MC has all the power of an 1800-watt cooktop but maintains a compact form factor and a sleek exterior that’s sure to complement your modern kitchen.
The electric cooktop comes with easy to use and intuitive controls that do away with manual timing and other minor hassles. Featuring a simple soft touch button interface and an easy to read digital LCD, you can set your cooking power, heating temperature, as well as a built-in timer with a few button presses. The unit also has safety features such as an automatic pan detection that automatically shuts the heat off after 60 seconds to prevent any accidental surface burns in case you forgot to turn off the cooktop. The helpful LCD allows for the display of error messages and various warnings so not only do you get a sleek, easy to use cooktop; you also get a smart cooktop for a decent price.
Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
As a step up to the Secura 8100MC Induction Cooktop, the Secura 9100MC is an 1800-watt portable induction cooktop that has the almost the same features as the 8100MC but is in a slightly larger package. The differences include a step up from the ten power levels of the 8100MC with the 9100MC’s 15 power levels. Aside from those differences, there’s not much to differentiate the two aside from looks.
The induction cooking technology makes use of induction cooking-compatible cookware such as pans with a magnetic bottom to take advantage of the cooktop’s ingenious technology. Induction cooking uses magnetic fields to generate heat, but not on the cooktop. The common way that we’ve been cooking for centuries involve a heating element on the cooktop which heats the cookware and in turn cooks the food. In the case of induction cooking, the cooktop does not generate a lot of heat; instead, it uses the cookware itself to become the heating element which results in a power-efficient electric cooktop but delivers efficient even heating on the cookware.
If you don’t have induction cooking-compatible cookware, you can’t make use of induction cooking because the cooktop will fail to make a solid connection on the cookware and fail to heat up the cooking ingredients.
NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop
Since induction cooking requires a magnetic field to work properly, you’ll need to have cookware that works with induction cooking. If you’re not sure if your cookware is compatible with induction cooking, try to stick a magnet on the underside of your pot or pan. If the magnet sticks, then you’re good to go for induction cooking. NuWave’s PIC2 induction cooktop is the second generation induction cooktop by NuWave. Designed with intuitive controls and precision performance, the PIC2 features advanced controls to get the temperatures just right so you can keep your cooking temperatures perfect every time you cook.
The PIC2 is programmed with six different cooking temperature settings. These settings are pre-set so you can start cooking with just a single button press kind of how the “to defrost” button on the microwave works. The PIC2 is capable of switching between temperatures in a range from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to a maximum setting of 575 degrees Fahrenheit. The precision element comes from the PIC2’s highly programmable multi-stage cooking settings. The unit can store up to 100 hours of cooking settings so you can get the best results every time if you’ve perfected a cooking program.
The compact design of the PIC 2 makes it easy to transport and use for outdoor applications or small countertops. It can even be utilized as a table top cooker that’s perfect for Eastern dishes such as a hot pot.
Duxtop 1800W Electric Cast Iron Cooktop Double Burner
The Duxtop 1800W Electric Cast Iron Cooktop Double Burner is the first non-induction cooker item in this list. Right from the get-go, you’ll see the distinction. Electric coil cast-iron burner has been around for generations and is cheap to produce. For less than the price of a single-burner induction cooker, you get a double burner cast iron cooktop. This cast iron cooktop uses the generations-old heated coil to transfer heat from the cooktop to the cookware. Duxtop has designed the cooktop to be as portable and easy to clean as possible, so it will deliver extra value when compared to induction cookers.
The 1800W doesn’t stand for the maximum power output of the burner; rather, the combined output of the two. Instead of having two similarly-sized burners, the Duxtop 1800W features two sizes of burners; a small burner that’s rated at 500-watts for keeping food warm and for power-efficient simmering, and a large 1300-watt main burner that will do all the cooking.
Due to the minimalistic design of the burner; if you didn’t read the manual, you might fail to recognize that the smaller burner is not meant to cook food as fast as the larger burner. This minimalistic design doesn’t come without merit, though, the simple and clean design makes cleaning up easier than most heated coil cooktops because most of the surfaces on this cooktop are flush and are free from and unnecessary nooks and crannies.
Frigidaire FFEC3024LB 30″ Induction Cooktop
Welcome to the future; gone are the days where you need to use a large cooktop or stove to cook your food. With the Frigidaire FFEC3024LB induction cooker, you get a sleek black 30-inch cooktop that’s flush, easy to clean, and looks so beautiful and surreal. The surface of the cooktop is completely flat and is only broken up by the four dials on the side which control each of the four burner’s heating controls. Unlike the other induction cookers in this list, the 4-burner induction cooktop does not have an LCD panel that displays temperature, time, or even cooking modes. The Frigidaire FFEC3024LB is like a mix of old and new in terms of design, but it still uses rotary dials for controls.
To compare to the programmable PIC2 from NuWave, the FFEC3024LB does not make use of any smart features; it’s just a futuristic, minimalistic cooktop that’s designed to do one thing, and that is to cook and leave all the management to you. However, the dials do come with a few presets but are still limited when compared to other fully-featured cooktops.
The surface is finished in ceramic class with a spill proof design. If you’re a messy cooker, you don’t have to worry about any mess after cooking as the cooking surface wipes to a blank slate with a damp washcloth.
Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop
If you were cut short on the features of the Frigidaire 4-burner cooktop, then the Cuisinart ICT-60 has a double burner and features the same programmability and intuitive controls of the prior single burner induction cooktops like the NuWave PIC2. The ICT-60 has dual heat presets; 8 on the larger burner and five on the smaller right burner which makes for 13 total cooking presets and each burner has a 150-minute timer for perfectly-timed cooking.
The beauty about induction cooking is because the cooktop does not produce a significant amount of heat to cook food and instead relies on the cookware itself to heat the food. You don’t get a lot of heat coming off from the cooktop unlike a stove or a heated coil burner; this results in a more comfortable cooking environment. This setup is advantageous for pregnant women since they’re not allowed expose themselves to extreme heat as the heat radiated from the cooktop may make the developing baby uncomfortable. And, as a safety feature, it has a pan auto detect that automatically shuts off the induction system after 30 seconds if it detects that there is no pan on the burner which prevents accidental burns if you forgot to turn off the cooktop.
GE JP328SKSS 30″ Electric Cooktop
If you’re looking for quality you can put your faith on; then you can’t go wrong with GE. As a brand that’s been recognized all over the world for high-quality electronics and high-precision industrial machines, you can be assured of getting your money’s worth in what GE produces. The GE JP3228SKSS is a 30″ heated coil cooktop that is finished in brushed stainless steel and comes with slim dimensions that fit your kitchen countertop seamlessly.
The JP3228SKSS comes with four burners in a two small and two large burner configuration that can cook food and keep it warm as well as let it simmer or reheat it with efficiency if you’re using the correct burner size. Designed as a classic countertop burner, this electric cooktop does not have any fancy features such as timers and LCD panels; all you get are four burners and four dials to control each of the burners. Each dial has a low, medium, and high setting, as well as additional settings such as presets for keeping warm, simmer, boil, and other cooking presets.
Unlike the Duxtop dual burner heated coil cooktop, the GE has exposed coils with no cast iron cover to dissipate the heat. It leaves gaps in the heating element where cooking ingredients can fall under and make a quick wipe down impossible. If you want to clean the cooktop fully, first you have to wait until the coils cool down, then you have to remove the coils to get under it so you can clean the cooktop to a spotless shine with zero crumbs under the heating elements. It is an oversight that makes inductive cooktops a more attractive option thanks to their seamless design.
GE JP3030DJBB 30″ Electric Smoothtop Cooktop
Picture this; you’re faced with a dilemma; you love the way an induction cooker looks but want to have a 4-burner cooktop. The most obvious answer would be to get a 4-burner induction cooker. However, to get a 4-burner induction cooktop, you have to spend thousands of dollars whereas a heated coil burner with four burners only cost a fraction of an induction cooker. In this light, why not get a heated coil burner with the looks of an induction cooker? Impossible you say? Not with GE. The GE JP3030DJBB is a 30-inch 4-burner electric cooktop that looks like an induction cooker by using a ceramic and glass surface to achieve the sleek looks while retaining the ability to transfer heat from the coils to the cookware. While it does have reduced heating efficiency because of the hidden coil and the coil not making direct contact with the cookware it does provide a power output of up to 2500-watts which more than makes up for the reduced efficiency.
If hearing reduced efficiency makes you cringe at the thought of a higher power bill, then you can breathe easy with GE’s energy saving techniques. In the end, at the cost of a conventional 4-burner cooktop, you get the looks of a 4-burner induction cooktop complete with the slim lines and easy to clean surface but at a fraction of the cost. At the same time, you maintain the adequate power output of a heated coil burner but without the excess power consumption.
When you want to purchase a new electric cooktop, you have a choice to make; go for an induction cooktop or a regular heated coil cooktop. Both cooktops have their pros and cons, and both do an excellent job of providing a low-profile countertop cooker. When picking between the pair, you need to take into account the price because there is a clear cut difference in price between an induction cooker and a heated coil cooktop. In addition to price, you need to think about the cooktop’s purpose; is a single burner good enough? Or do you need more burners to do more stuff at the same time? At the end of the day, the more burners you get, the more expensive the price, so we’re back to the same problem. To conclude, you need to establish a budget for which type of cooktop to use as well as a clear purpose for the cooktop to save money.