The 8 Best Induction Cooktops of 2021

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Our Top Picks
"This four-burner induction cooktop is perfect for any type of chef, thanks to its easy operation and efficient heating abilities."
"At a fraction of the usual price, this piece offers four, powerful burners that can be installed over a wall oven."
"There are 17 different temperature settings, and an intuitive AutoChef mode that adjusts heat so your food doesn't stick or burn."
"Digital controls and a fit guarantee make this an easy and hassle-free purchase for those looking for a smaller cooktop."
"A guided cooking function helps you gain inspiration for new meals and learn new skills, all while adjusting your cooktop."
"This high-end cooktop allows you to place up to six pots and pans anywhere on its surface, and start cooking a gourmet meal."
"With 16 temperature settings and a ceramic glass surface, this compact model is both stylish and suitable for a range of kitchens."
"Each burner has its own power switch and timer, so you can cook separate dishes with ease in a small living space or on the go."

Gourmet chefs and casual cooks alike can benefit from an induction cooktop. It not only keeps messes at bay, but it can also be installed in a variety of different homes and kitchen set-ups. Unlike electric versions, they don't use a radiant coil to heat up. Unlike gas models, they don't require a flame either. Instead, each of these induction cooktops uses electromagnetic fields to conduct heat and create a tasty meal for your table.

The advantage to this type of engineering is that the heat is directly transferred to the cookware, and will stop as soon as you remove a pot or pan. Baked-on spills are also a non-issue, which is convenient whether you're cooking on your kitchen island or in an RV.

Here, the best induction cooktops for every set-up and type of chef.

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Best Overall: GE Profile PHP9036SJSS 36 in. Built-In Electric Induction Cooktop with 5 Elements

The GE 36 in. Built-In Electric Induction Cooktop has five heating elements for your convenience.
What We Like
  • Can accommodate larger cookware

  • Low temperature setting

  • Controls can be locked

What We Don't Like
  • On the expensive side

  • Can scratch easily

This four-burner induction cooktop is popular thanks to its easy operation, quick-cleaning surface, and efficient heating abilities. Digital touch controls allow you to adjust heating functions for each burner, and a sync feature allows control of two, 7-inch burners at once for heating a larger griddle and oversized cookware. The largest burner measures 11 inches across and has 3,700 Watts of power, while a small burner measures 6 inches across and has a low temperature setting that's perfect for melting butter.

You'll appreciate that this induction cooktop is made with lots of safety features, like a cool-to-the-touch surface, and a lock button which disables controls while you clean. While newbies to induction cooking may be surprised by the buzz of the magnets inside the cooktop, it's actually a routine aspect of this style and is not concerning. Like most induction cooktops, this model heats very quickly and offers similar control of cooking with gas, that's great for any type of chef.

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Best Budget: Empava EMPV-IDC24 24 in. 4 Elements Black Induction Cooktop

The Empava EMPV-IDC24 24 in. 4 Elements Black Induction Cooktop can be installed over a wall oven.
What We Like
  • Inexpensive

  • Can be installed over a wall oven

  • Nine unique power levels

What We Don't Like
  • No burner syncing

  • Applies power in 30-second intervals

The benefits of a drop-in induction cooktop often come with a steep price tag, but this model from Empava gives you the same efficiency for less than $500. With a 24-inch-wide design and four burners, this unit delivers the same cooking power and clean look of other induction cooktops, just at a fraction of the price. 

The four burners range in size from 6 to 8 inches in diameter. There are a total of nine different power levels, as well as a power boosting mode for prepping meals quickly. Now, it does skip some features found on other models, such as burners that can be linked together to create a larger cooking area. However, if you want instant, adjustable heat and the convenience of an induction cooktop, then this is certainly the model for you.

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Best 36-Inch: Bosch NIT8669UC 800 Series 36 in. Induction Cooktop in Black with 5 Elements

Bosch 800 Series 36-inch Induction Cooktop
What We Like
  • Heats quickly and evenly

  • Variety of temperature settings

  • Individual timers

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Smart features can be tricky

Make room for more culinary masterpieces with this 36-inch induction cooktop by Bosch. More space means more elements to prep your favorite meals wherever you are. The Bosch NIT8669UC combines the versatility with advanced control, as it allows for 17 different temperature settings. The largest burner is 12 inches across, and has 3,300 Watts of power—but an additional power boost gives this unit a max setting of 5,400 Watts.

This 36-inch cooktop also includes intuitive cooking features, like an AutoChef setting that monitors cooking temperatures and automatically adjusts the heat. This can be useful when frying eggs, stirring vegetables, and cooking cutlets in the pan.

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Best 30-Inch: FRIGIDAIRE GALLERY FGIC3066TB 30 in. Smooth Electric Induction Cooktop

Frigidaire Gallery FGIC3066TB 30-Inch Induction Cooktop
What We Like
  • Comes with a fit guarantee

  • Can quickly boil a pot of water

  • Controls can be locked

What We Don't Like
  • On the expensive side

  • Can't fit two large pieces of cookware at one time

This model from Frigidaire is a great option for anyone seeking a small, 30-inch induction cooktop. Like most other models in this size range, it has four burners but leaves nothing in lacking in terms of power and performance. A larger burner measures 10 inches across, delivers 3,800 Watts of power, and includes a Power Boil feature that brings a pot to a rolling boil in less than two minutes. 

In addition, the digital controls let you quickly adjust cooking temperatures when searing steaks or simmering sauces. Frigidaire also offers a fit guarantee and will compensate homeowners up to $300 for any modifications that need to be made during installation. This peace of mind—along with easy and powerful operation—make this a top-notch purchase.

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Best Smart: Cafe CHP95362MSS 36 in. Smart Induction Cooktop

Café CHP95362MSS 36-inch Smart Induction Cooktop
What We Like
  • Guided cooking function

  • Burners can sync

  • Equipped with WiFi

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Has a larger footprint

This model from Cafe takes the concept of a smart induction cooktop to a new level. Equipped with built-in WiFi, this 36-inch model has five burners which are ready to whip up any culinary feast. You can gain inspiration as well as new skills by using the appliance’s Gourmet Guided Cooking function. Simply follow along with video recipes from professional chefs while the cooktop works to adjust the temperature, time, and cooking pace, and turn out mouthwatering dishes. 

This Cafe model's additional features are on par with other full-featured models. There are two, 7-inch elements that can be synchronized for even cooking with large pots, griddles, and more. There's also digital touch controls that help you adjust the temperature with a quick swipe of the finger. A precise control mode keeps target temperatures within one degree for accurate cooking, and tops off this stellar, intuitive pick.

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Best Splurge: Thermador CIT36XWBB 36 in. Masterpiece Series Smart Electric Induction Cooktop

Thermador Masterpiece Freedom CIT36XWB 36-inch Induction Cooktop
What We Like
  • Can place cookware anywhere on the surface

  • Looks stylish

  • Equipped with WiFi

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

  • Has a larger footprint

Thermador is one of the leading names in gourmet induction cooktops, and the Masterpiece Series Smart Electric Induction Cooktop leaves little to be desired in terms of function and performance. This splurge-worthy cooktop offers a total of 56 inductor elements, and allows essentially limitless placement options for up to six pots and pans. Cookware detection enables the model to sense the presence and size of a pan, while a full-color, interactive touch display helps you to make adjustments for cooking temperature and wattage.

You’ll spend a considerable amount on this Thermador cooktop, but the precision and versatility of this gourmet appliance is tough to beat. Ultimately, this is a top-notch pick for gourmets.

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Best Two-Burner: Kenyon B81335 Silken 21 in. 240V Induction Cooktop with 2 Burners

The Silken 21 in. 240V Induction Cooktop has two burners and 16 different settings.
What We Like
  • Individual timers

  • Easy to clean

  • Good for small living

What We Don't Like
  • No smart features

  • Not as powerful as other models

A two-burner induction cooktop gives you the instant heat and quick power of induction cooking, just in a small space. Often installed in a compact kitchen, boat, RV, or suite, this model from Kenyon only measures 21 inches wide and has two, 6.5-inch burners that offer 1,300 Watts of power each. 

This model has 16 temperature settings, along with an individual timer for each burner. You'll appreciate how easy it is to clean the ceramic glass cooktop, but a silicone mat is also included to protect against spills and to keep pots from sliding on the smooth surface.

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Best Portable: Cuisinart ICT-60 12 in. Glass Double Induction Cooktop

cuisinart-double-burner
What We Like
  • Individual timers

  • Automatically shuts off

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • No burner syncing

  • No smart features

With dual side-by-side burners, and a total cooktop width of 23.5 inches, this pick offers plenty of cooking power for those who need a portable appliance. The left burner has eight temperature settings, while the smaller, right burner has five. If you only want to use one at a time, you're in luck. Each burner has an on and off switch, and an individual timer that can be set for up to 150 minutes. 

Compared to more basic hot plates, Cuisinart's double-burner induction cooktop offers more rapid heating and powerful cooking temperatures. To combat this, it also has built-in safety features, such as an automatic shut-off that cuts off heat to the burner 30 seconds after a pan is removed. This is ideal for anyone in tiny spaces, or who frequently forgets to tend to their kitchen appliances.

Final Verdict

When it comes to an induction cooktop, our top pick is the GE PHP9036SJSS (view at Home Depot) which offers four burners, intuitive digital controls, and efficient heating abilities. This model is easy to operate, and can handle oversized cookware or a griddle. If you're looking to spend less, the Empava EMPV-IDC24 (view at Walmart) doesn't have the ability to sync many burners, but offers four cooking elements and lots of power at a lower price.

What to Look for in an Induction Cooktop

Portable or built-in Consider how you want to use your induction cooktop and opt for one that fits your needs. If you want your new cooktop to be your primary cooking surface, a built-in option might do the trick. On the other hand, if you're looking for an extra burner or two to add to your cooking space when you need it—or if you want to bring your burner out onto your patio or deck—opt for a portable model.

Number of burners From a single burner that gives you a little extra cooking space to multiple-burner units, you’ve got a multitude of options. Think about what you expect to cook and choose accordingly.

Heat settings While any induction cooktop will get your water boiling, more power means you’ll get that water boiling faster, and searing steaks and chops will be more efficient. However, if you’re looking for a portable burner to keep food warm for serving—or if you only plan to use it for slow simmering—a lower-powered unit might be just fine.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was edited and updated by Marisa Casciano, who is our large appliance expert for The Spruce. Throughout her career, she's researched the ins and outs of air purifiers, dishwashers, cooktops, and more in the home and lifestyle space. She's an avid home cook, with ample experience cooking on gas, electric, and smooth-top surfaces.

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