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Best Overall: NuWave PIC Gold Precision Induction Cooktop at Amazon
"Has 1,500 watts of power for fast, even heating in a lightweight burner."
Best Double: Cuisinart Double Induction Cooktop at Amazon
"Lets you choose a larger or smaller induction burner, or use both at once."
Best Portable: Max Burton Digital Choice Induction Cooktop at Amazon
"A powerful and portable model with a simple digital touchpad."
Best High-Powered: Mai Cook Stainless Steel Induction Cooktop at Amazon
"Countertop cooker with a 3,500-watt burner and 13 power levels."
Best Budget: Rosewill Induction Cooktop at Amazon
"Budget-friendly and has five pre-programmed settings."
Best for Small Spaces: DUXTOP UltraThin Induction Burner at Amazon
"Ultra-thin induction cooktop can tuck away in a cabinet."
Best Overall: NuWave PIC Gold Precision Induction Cooktop
NuWave was one of the first manufacturers of at-home induction cooktops, and their latest model continues is another high quality, solid product—not to mention incredibly safe. This cooktop features a digital control panel, with a built-in countdown digital timer and 94 different temperatures (with precise temperature control, down to five degrees). It’s equipped with auto-pan detection, which will shut it off if no cookware is detected after 60 seconds. By virtue of it being an induction heater, the PIC surface remains entirely cool to the touch.
Reviewers love this burner for its versatility and quality; the temperature control is closer to that of a standard convection range but uses almost 90 percent less energy. They say that it’s great for any cooking that requires specific temperatures, such as broths, which need to be maintained at a simmer for hours on end. Note that the unit can get a bit louder than convection ranges, as it uses a fan to operate.
Best Double: Cuisinart Double Induction Cooktop
Two can be better than one, like this double-burner induction cooker that lets you choose a larger or smaller induction burner, or use both at once when you’re doing a lot of cooking.
This has eight temperature settings for the larger burner and five settings for the smaller burner. There are individual 150-minute timers for each burner, as well as separate on-off switches and separate time-temperature displays. For safety, the heat turns off 30 seconds after a pot or pan is removed.
This has a sleek, attractive black cooking surface, while the controls are on a light strip that’s easy to see. While this is obviously wider than a single burner, it has a low profile that makes it easy to store.
Best Portable: Max Burton Digital Choice Induction Cooktop
When you need just a little more power, this 1,800-watt induction burner has you covered. It heats quickly and the simmer and boil buttons make it easy to get that pot of pasta water boiling or simmer a sauce perfectly without adjusting the controls.
The temperature adjusts from 100 to 450 degrees in 25-degree increments and you can set the timer for up to 180 minutes, which is great for slow cooking or braising. Another great feature? This model has a simple digital touchpad that controls the cooker. While you can’t control the temperature as precisely as some other models, it’s good enough for most home cooking, while the simmer and boil buttons make it even easier to set for the most common temperatures.
Best High-Powered: Mai Cook Stainless Steel Induction Cooktop
If you’re looking for an induction cooker that’s close to commercial quality for heavy-duty use, this countertop cooker is just what you need. It packs a wallop of power with a 3,500-watt burner that has 13 power levels. Push-button controls and a digital display make it easy to keep track of the time, temperature and wattage. An on-off button makes it simple to turn it off without looking for the right setting, while arrow buttons make it simple to change any of the settings.
For safely, this has an overheat sensor and auto-shutoff. The maximum weight it can safely handle is 133 pounds (about 14 gallons, depending on the weight of the pot), so you can heat giant batches—great for beer brewing. The temperature can be set from 140 to 464 degrees and the timer can be set for up to 24 hours for very long cooking projects. When the time is up, the burner shifts to standby mode.
While this is designed for function rather than aesthetics, it has an industrial/lab look that wouldn’t be out of place in a kitchen. Users have said that it looks better in person than in the photo.
This operates on 20 amps instead of the normal 15 amps of standard home outlets and it has a plug that’s specific to 20-amp circuits (probably just like the one on your clothes dryer), so you’ll need a dedicated circuit and outlet for it.
Best Budget: Rosewill Induction Cooktop
This budget-friendly, 1800-watt induction burner has features that many other burners don’t, like the five pre-programmed settings for warming milk, making soup, stir-frying, frying, and cooking hot-pot dishes.
This has a large LED display, easy-touch controls, and overheating protection. It has eight temperature settings from 150 to 450 degrees in 50-degree increments, so it doesn’t have the fine control of more expensive models. But, combined with the presets, it should be fine for most home cooking needs.
This has a sleek black surface that looks good and is easy to clean. A stainless steel pot that will work well with the burner is included.
Best for Small Spaces: DUXTOP UltraThin Portable Induction Burner
If you have a small kitchen but need extra cooking space, this ultra-thin induction cooktop can tuck away in a cabinet when you’re not using it and come to the rescue when you have the extra company to feed. It’s also great for bringing along to potlucks or parties to keep your Dutch oven full of chili at serving temperature.
This has 15 power levels from 100 to 1,500 watts and 15 temperatures from 140 to 460 degrees, so it’s versatile enough for all of your cooking needs. The digital control panel and 170-minute countdown timer make it easy to operate.
For safely, the pan recognition will turn the burner off automatically when the pan is off the burner for 60 seconds. Other safety features include a diagnostic message system and low- and high-voltage warnings.
Features Some induction burners are quite fancy with features that allow you to save your cooking programs or help you hone your technique. Some even come with pans, so you can get to cooking right out of the box. How much you intend to use an induction burner as well as your budget will help you narrow things down.
Power How hot do you want your induction burner to get? Some models offer more power levels than others and reach higher temperatures. Consider how precisely you want to heat your food, as well as how many watts of power a burner produces, to make sure you’re able to cook up all your favorites.
Size When choosing what size induction burner you want, think about how many people you cook for regularly, as well as the types of food you want to cook. Most versions offer a single burner, but others offer double the cooking capacity with two burners.