I set out to find the best portable induction cooktop after I began watching those infectious recipe videos on Tasty, but I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg. They are truly liberating devices which will allow you to cook efficiently freeing counter space, and quickly as they heat up like nobody’s business.
So if you want to look boss in the kitchen check out our buyers guide and review to find the
- 1 Best Portable Induction Cooktop
- 2 NuWave 30602 Double Induction Cooktop – Editor’s Choice Dual
- 3 Gourmia GIC-100 Portable Induction Cooktop – Editor’s Choice Single
- 4 Secura 9100MC Portable Induction Cooktop
- 5 DUXTOP Portable Electric Cast Iron Cooktop
- 6 Ivation Portable Induction Cooktop
- 7 Ovente 120V Double Cooktop Burner
- 8 Max Burton 6200 Maxi-Matic Deluxe Induction Cooktop
- 9 Waring Pro ICT200 Portable Induction Cooktop
- 10 Gas One 1800-Watts Portable Induction Cooktop – Best Bargain Induction Cooktop
- 11 Cuisinart CB-30 Cast-Iron Single Burner
- 12 Best Portable Induction Cooktop 2017 Buyers Guide
Best Portable Induction Cooktop
|NuWave 30602 Double |
(Editors Choice Single)
|Ivation 1800 Watt||1800W||Y|
|Ovente Double Cooktop||1500W||N|
|Max Burton 6200||1800W||Y|
|Waring Pro ICT200||1600W||Y|
|Gas One 1800|
Please note that we included a couple of non-induction portable cooktops that we feel perform quite well, and offer those who aren’t in the market for new cookware, and option to have the benefits of a good portable countertop burner.
NuWave 30602 Double Induction Cooktop – Editor’s Choice Dual
I have a love affair with NuWave. They make in my opinion some of the best countertop portable appliances on the market. Their products are always energy efficient and make cooking a joy. I was anxious to try out this dual induction countertop burner. Immediately striking is the amount of controls that are present on this unit. There is every degree of control you could hope to have in cooking with this burner. Timing, temperature, and staging all with fine degrees of control that you’d expect in an item that costs a lot more.
The stated power is 1800w which is of course split between the two burners. The unit has 6 presets for temperature, but it’s digital selection allows you to select 96 possible temperatures! Powering the unit can present a bit of a mystery initially as the power button is located on the back of the unit. However, once you turn it on it gives you all the benefits of induction cooking times two.
The unit is lightweight and will fit on the smallest of counter spaces. This would make it ideal for a person with a camper, or tiny home who is not happy with their current stovetop set up. There’s room for two large pans or any combination you desire. This is a great unit that is more than capable of handling any cooking task you can throw at it. By far the best portable induction cooktop available.
Gourmia GIC-100 Portable Induction Cooktop – Editor’s Choice Single
The Gourmia GIC 100 portable induction cooker is a thing of beauty. I really like the design of their products, if you remember I deemed their portable ice maker the editor’s choice in our review here earlier. The design on this is super clean with a small LCD and a knob that controls eight levels of heat. Only having eight levels is probably the biggest drawback of this particular countertop burner. I prefer a much more granulated level of heat control. However, I feel like I’m nitpicking and searching for a con with this unit.
The Gourmia provides nice even heat to your stainless, cast iron, or copper induction cookware, and the few things we got to cook on here came out perfectly. Water makers will be happy with how quickly it heats water, with its max temperature of 460 degrees. Remember though, none of these countertop burners are miracle workers and you’ll need to put the top on to get optimal boil. It has the awesome safety features I’m accustomed to, being that the unit only functions with a piece of cookware seated on the surface of the burner. You also have the benefit of a built in timer on the unit that is a great feature on such a small unit.
The Gourmia is lightweight and ultra-portable, you could almost mistake it for a countertop scale. It’s 1800w of even cooking makes it a great contender for the the best induction countertop burner. Gourmia continues to impress whether its there cooktops, or if it’s there entry for best air fryer on the market with the Gourmia GAF400 Electric Multipurpose Classic Rapid Air Fryer, they continue to put forth great portable appliances.
The Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Countertop Burner comes in at a smoking 1800w of available current, and a max temperature of 450 degrees. I’m actually surprised that it was capped at this temperature as I’m sure it could easily exceed 500 with its power set. That’s ok, as this thing heats very quickly when using my favorite All-clad stainless steel fry pan. The even heat had me feeling like Bobby Flay, as I easily defeated some tasty chicken thighs cooking them to a beautiful golden brown.
For you water boilers, the Secura countertop burner took about 20 minutes to bring a 4-quart pot of water to a boil, cooking pasta (which I don’t eat) in what I deem to be average time for any stove burner.
The burner itself is attractive with digital controls which have 15 power levels, with temperatures conducive to everything from simmer, to full on make fire so to speak. I also enjoy the safety system, because the unit shuts off when you remove your pan from the surface. Nice. As with all of these units, the portability is its biggest plus, allowing you to place it away from the stove and pay special attention to a special dish. Don’t be confused by the 1800 watts, the Secura uses a regular 15 amp outlet. You can’t go wrong with this little beaut.
Dual portable cast iron countertop burner, now that’s what I’m talking about! Right off the bat I’m in love with the Duxtop and its offering of one burner that is larger than the other. I can put a larger pot on to boil or simmer while I cook the main dish, or perhaps simmer a sauce on the smaller side while sautéing on the larger burner. This thing is a pasta lover’s dream, boiling water quickly for all my aqua cookers out there. 3 quarts heated up in about 10 minutes on this portable induction burner, and that size seems to be the sweet spot for fitting two pots on this dual burner.
The look of this thing makes you feel like a gourmet chef. It’s stainless steel finish looks great and belies what is already a great performer. The heat controls are independent for both sides but unfortunately, they aren’t marked by temperature increments, something I enjoy when doing a controlled cooking. Also, be aware that the larger burner gets 1300W of power, while the smaller burner gets 500W of power.
I enjoyed how quickly it heats cast iron and searing chicken and steak was nothing short of a dream. Beware, that this thing gets hot on all sides. It is not an induction oven so as it heats up everything around it does. You’ll want to give it plenty of room to vent and keep anything flammable away from it.
Another one of my favorite brands. I’ve reviewed Ivation portable ice makers as well Ivations washer which made our best small washer list. Ivation products are well designed mid-range appliances that are affordable and dependable. So, going into this review I expected them to make the best portable induction cooktop list no problem. This is indeed a very nice burner, giving the choice of 10 programmable levels and 10 temperature level settings for cooking. What’s kind of counter intuitive about the level choices are the actual increments. There is no numerical reasoning to why they are defaulted the way they are. However, you get a clear digital display so there are no surprises.
The controls are simple in clean with six of them from left to right. The design is super clean giving you a small efficient footprint from which you can work in the tightest of spaces. You also have the benefit of the safety controls I believe are necessary to use these portable cooktops in a confined space. Auto shutoff is a must, even though these units do not heat up the heating surface area outside of the burner.
I’d also like to see the product literature clarify what is meant by “heating” up water in 90 seconds. They must mean a very small amount of water, because everything I’ve seen indicates it heats water in the same amount of time as the other burners in the 1800w class. Small complaints aside, Ivation makes another great small appliance.
At first I was concerned about the review that explained the heat control settings… you have to go all the way to high before you can go to low. It seems a bit counter-productive. But now that I have the cooktop, I see it’s not a big deal. It’s all pretty quick and you just keep your finger on the control and the temperature setting zooms up to the to top and back to the beginning.
After thoroughly enjoying my foray into the world of induction cooking, along comes the Ovente double portable countertop burner. It uses “infrared” technology, and I think to myself “what the hell is that?!”. Well it looks like a traditional stove when it heats up, with coils that sit underneath the glass top. The benefit of this technology in a unit like this, is there is no need to have “special” cookware to use it. This is a great benefit to anyone traveling with one of these, as you don’t have to lug around your expensive magnetic pots and pans.
It has a max temperature of 640 degrees, and why this seems impressive, I get the impression that It’s due to inefficiency verses how induction works with magnetic cookware. This is not concern however because this “hotplate” cooks extremely well, and heats evenly across my favorite cast iron cookware. Fried chicken came out lovely, and it was nice to cook bacon, eggs, and pancakes on the same portable unit. It also features a timer, which is something I think is paramount for all portable appliances. Their convenience makes it easy to forget you’re using them.
It it’s a concern for you, you will miss a few of my favorite induction features. One, this thing gets hot and radiates the heat all over the kitchen. It raises the ambient room temp. Two, it doesn’t have any of the safety features like auto shutoff so you’ll want to make sure you set far back away from kids as it cools. Two burners and even heat make it a contender for best induction countertop burner.
Max Burton is a popular name in small kitchen appliances. They produce a high power portable induction cooktop that while offering nothing new in the way of features is a capable and performer with, the minimum features of other burners in this category of appliance. At 1800 watts it is powerful enough for most cooking tasks using the appropriate pots and pans. It comes with 10 power programs, but no gradation between them unfortunately.
However, the lowest setting seems to be “lower” then other units. It’s stated to be 140 degrees, on other burners that may be problematic when simmering or reheating, but the Max Burton did an excellent job of reheating a potato bacon soup without scorching the bottom of the dish even while unattended.
Its physical dimensions are small, making it a pleasing fit in small apartment kitchens or travel RV’s. Take two of these camping and you won’t miss your stove one bit. It heats very fast and even, even though it’s heating element is only 6 or so inches of the entire heating surface. The glass top does a good job of spreading the heat and then allowing your magnetic cookware to take over the rest of the cooking duties.
The unit has basic controls and a non-descript appearance. The LED is not large, but is sufficient for setting most functions including the handy timer function. Not a bad unit and definitely worthy of best portable induction cooktop consideration.
I’ve never had prior experience with the Waring brand of small appliances. Upon first blush is an extremely plain and unassuming device. In fact, my first impulse was to weigh some chopped onions on it. But looks are often deceiving with such simple things. This is a very capable portable induction cooktop. It heats up fast as any of the other more expensive units.
The only caveat being, that I believe this is the first time I’ve actually heard a fan kick in on one of these units. Is it loud? Well considering all of the other things going on in a kitchen, it’s no louder than any other appliance that may be going. Not a big deal at all.
Its small and super compact and has a shut off feature which occurs thirty seconds after the pot is removed. The controls are super simple with access to temperature and a timing function. The heat gradation is my least favorite feature, as the low setting lacks the sophistication to heat or simmer continuously. It’s a sort of pulsing function that keeps water close to a boil, and would be disastrous for sauces or other items that may need a little finesse while cooking. This would be a great cooker to toss in the car on a trip, but a little more money would get you one of the better items in the list of best portable induction cooktop.
Gas One 1800-Watts Portable Induction Cooktop – Best Bargain Induction Cooktop
I’m pretty sure that the Gas One portable induction cooktop is a knock off of at least three other units on this list. That is not a bad thing, because I think it’s important to find competent units that perform at a price point that people can afford for a variety of reasons. What better way to try out induction cooking than with a mid-range pan and an inexpensive cooktop? This unit gives you just such an option, and guess what, it performs admirably. I’m not going to prattle on too long about the unit because it has what it needs to be a value here.
Firstly, it has the safety features that are essential to an appliance that create this much concentrated heat. This unit doesn’t turn on without the proper cookware placed on it. Secondly it begins to shut off as soon as the pot is removed (I consider 30 seconds to be immediate). The heating element can accommodate up to a 10 inch pan, of which you can cook anything your heart desires and fast. Water within reason, boils very quickly on the top , and meat sears within minutes.
The temperature is regulated in increments by 10 presets. This is my least favorite feature of any of these cooktops no matter how capable. Sometimes you just want to dial in an exact temperature. But hey at this price point, Gas One is giving you a lot to love in this cheap portable induction cooktop.
its up to a 10” Pot or Pan allowing even distribution when cooking.
This is a great solid portable induction burner. This thing heats up super-fast with it’s coiless cast iron design. You will see some people describe it as being ceramic, and that is untrue. I bought this unit after watching so many of those infectious tasty videos on Facebook. I enjoy the steady temperature control of this unit which allows me to focus on the time to cook a particular dish. If you’re a cast iron cook like myself, you’ll love how quickly this burner fires up your favorite pan with 1300w of pure heat.
A lot of people use these to boil water for pasta or canning etc. Sorry that’s not my bag, because I believe without 220v of power to any electric burner, bringing water to a boil on a burner whether it’s a portable induction burner, or your stove will take a while. You want to can? Well I’d look at a propane burner, or your stove. If you want to get a phenomenal sear on your steak in cast iron, check out the Cuisinart.
The unit has a wonderfully small physical footprint, but can accommodate a 13-inch pan with no problem. I had no problem cooking with it using my Lava enameled cast iron Dutch oven, which has a pretty wide bottom. The unit is super portable, allowing me to place it on the island and frees up additional room on the stove top.
Best Portable Induction Cooktop 2017 Buyers Guide
Induction cooktops are convienient and fun to cook on. It’s on of those things you never think you need, but can do without once you own one. Here are some things to consider before you purchase
- First, you’ll want one that is at least 1800w with the ability to use that power from 200w to it’s max.
- Next, you must know that you’ll need Induction cookware that is optimized for use on these cooktops. Price will vary with quality. You’ll know you have the right type of cookware if it is “magnetized”. Simply place a magnet anywhere on the pots cooking surface, if it sticks you’re good to go.
- You’ll want one with some type of safety shut off. This is standard, but you should check your specs as there are so many off brand induction cooktops on the market.
- Be aware that portable dual induction cooktops will have their maximum output distributed between the two burners. It will often be proportional to size.
- Induction cooktops are super-efficient with little to know heat fall off to its immediate area, making them a joy to cook with.