What We Like
Lightweight and portable
What We Don't Like
Limited temperature control
Uneven heat distribution
High-pitched sound on higher heats
A quality induction cooktop gives you the ability to turn any room with an outlet and a solid, sturdy surface into a kitchen. With thousands of rave reviews, the Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop has impressed a lot of home cooks with its fast-heating, fast-cooling surface. With both temperature and power setting modes, this cooktop seems desirable for both novice and advanced chefs alike. But with so many electric cooktops on the market, we wanted to see if this beloved brand’s offering was as dynamic as it seems. Read on to see how this appliance fared in our home.
Design: Lightweight and straightforward
Weighing just 6.5 pounds, this lightweight appliance is easy to maneuver, and at 15.7 x 12.7 inches, with a 5-foot cord, it will easily fit on most kitchen surfaces and stow away in most cabinets or closets. The heatable surface—which measures 10.5 x 10.5 inches—is equivalent to that of a large burner on a traditional stovetop. You should be able to fit your largest pots and pans on it, though you’ll need some extra counter space to rest cooking utensils.
Cleaning the cooktop proved fast and painless.
A few test runs of the cooktop revealed that the appliance cools down pretty rapidly after removing pots and pans. We found that after about three minutes, the cooktop’s internal, seven-blade fan cooled the surface enough to touch and even clean it. The combination of the smooth surface and the fast cooling function allowed us to scrub off spills before they had a chance to settle. Cleaning the cooktop proved fast and painless; it takes little elbow grease—just a few swipes of a sponge—despite how much actual grease you get on it.
Performance: It heats up quickly, but the temperature control is limited
In order to use this appliance, your cookware must be magnetic, as the Duxtop uses a magnetic field to produce energy. That sounds complicated, but basically, the Duxtop Cooktop is only compatible with cast iron pots and pans or stainless steel pots and pans that have a magnetic bottom.
To use, simply plug in the power cord to any standard household outlet and press the power button on the lower left corner of the digital panel. Then, choose from power level mode or temperature mode to heat the cooktop and set the timer if needed. If you pick temperature mode, you can only choose from the pre-programmed, 10-temperature range which starts at 140 degrees and tops out at 460 degrees. If you pick power level mode, you’ll find five power levels ranging from 200 watts to 1800 watts.
We found that the cooktop reached our desired heat in about a minute. But when set to higher heat, it also emitted a high-pitched whine. This electromagnetic frequency was apparent to me and my dog (only at max high heat levels), but was undetectable for my dinner guest, so it may not bother all users.
We found that the cooktop reached our desired heat in about a minute. But when set to higher heat, it also emitted a high-pitched whine.
If you’re cooking ingredients that are sensitive, like eggs, you’ll want to choose a lower heat level as medium heat will cook the eggs quickly and unevenly, burning contents that are in the center of the pan. If you’re cooking heartier ingredients, like vegetables, you’ll want to stir regularly to keep those in the center from cooking too quickly or burning.
The Duxtop Cooktop comes pre-programed with a digital timer that can be set anywhere from one to 170 minutes. It’s also equipped with auto-pan detection, so the second you lift your pot or pan off the burner, the unit will shut off. This makes it much safer than traditional stovetops and safe for use in RVs.
Price: Reasonable for a basic cooktop
Retailing for roughly $50, this cooktop is priced quite low compared to competitors. That said, the Duxtop is also pretty limited in functionality. If you’re looking to bring water to a boil or you just need a portable cooktop for camping or RVing, it will suit you well, but if you need more reliable temperature settings, you can find better (albeit more expensive) options.
Competition: There’s a lot out there, but almost all with lower ratings
Secura 9100MC Portable Induction Cooktop: There are dozens of single-burner induction cooktops on the market, and while most of them have similar features as the Duxtop, the $70 Secura 9100MC offers five extra temperature and power settings. These additional settings might offer users a bit more control when it comes to finding the right temperature and heating food with more accuracy.
Duxtop 9620LS LCD Portable Double Induction Cooktop: If you’re seeking a more permanent addition to your kitchen set up, you might find Duxtop’s 9620LS LCD Portable Double Induction Cooktop a more suitable option. With dual heating zones and 20 different temperature and power presets, this cooktop is almost as dynamic as a stovetop. Of course, it will run you more than its basic sibling. The 9620LS retails for $230.
Buy it if you’re looking for a basic portable cooktop.
If you’re looking for a cooktop that’s safe to use in your RV, dorm room, or temporary living space, the Duxtop will prove useful. If you’re hoping to use the single-burner cooktop in lieu of a stove, though, you’ll be disappointed by how limited and unreliable its temperature settings are.
- Product Name 8100MC Portable Induction Cooktop
- Product Brand Duxtop
- MPN 8100MC
- Price $49.99
- Weight 6.5 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 13 x 11.5 x 2.5 in.
- Cord Length 5 ft