Looking for a portable induction cooktop? This is a guide to help you choose the right one for you.
How Is Induction Different To Normal Cookers
Induction cookers use a electromagnetic field to generate heat, but you need to use magnetic cookware.
The induction cookware requires a magnetic base. This could be cast aluminum, enameled iron and steel, and stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron cookware. I cover some best cast iron frying pans here.
Benefits of An Induction Hot Plate
Induction hot plates make the best portable cooktops being easy to transport and store. They are also perfect for small spaces and outdoor cook-ups.
Because the heat is direct, portable induction cooktops are highly efficient.
Heating is fast giving you instant results. Precise temperature settings are also a plus.
They are considered safe and easy to clean. They come with various safety features.
What Makes The Best Portable Induction Cooker
Size is one thing. For portability you generally would want a small induction cooktop. Maybe a single induction cooktop or in some cases a 2 burner induction cooktop. The weight will count also.
The quality of the induction cooking plate or burner is another.
Consider ease of use of the temperature settings or the power levels of the unit.
Look for a control panel that is easy to read (are the markings likely to wear off?) and easy to clean.
What safety features does the unit have?
Here are some common ones: pan recognition, child lock protection, spill protection, advanced safe features, and residual heat sensor.
Some Brands And Makes of Portable Induction Cooktops
- Max Burton
Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews
The following are best rated induction cooktop reviews for cookers that are portable.
#6450 Max Burton Induction Cooktop
This single burner induction cooktop has a digital timer up to 3 hours. With this cooker you can use their 6010 Induction Interface Disk to use any cookware, not just the magnetic type.
Power levels and temperature settings: This cooker has 10 power settings up to 1800 watts and 15 settings covering the temperature range of 100 °F to 450 °F (25°F increments).
Safety features: It has an auto shut-down in the event of a short circuit, overvoltage or overheating, incompatibility of cookware or exceeds the 3 hour limit. No mention of child lock.
Duxtop Portable Induction Range Review
Two in this range are covered here: Secura 9100MC and the 9600LS.
Duxtop Secura 9100MC Review
This is a 1800W portable induction cooktop countertop burner, in black.
Power levels and temperature settings: This one has 15 power levels from 200 to 1800 watts covering the temperature range of 140 °F to 460 °F. The control panel is tilted for easy reading.
Safety features: Low and high voltage warning system. No child lock.
Duxtop Induction Cooktop 9600LS
This one is also in black with a slanted control panel for ease of reading. It features a timer of up to 10 hours.
Power levels and temperature settings: It has 20 power levels from 100 to 1800 watts covering the same number of temperature level settings from 100 °F to 460 °F.
Safety features: This one has a child lock.
Cusimax Portable Induction Cooker Review
This Cusimax single induction burner is an affordable option. It has a digital display with titled panel for ease of reading.
Power levels and temperature settings: This one has only 9 power levels 200 to 1800 watts covering the temperature range of 140 to 464 degrees Fahrenheit. You can choose between functions of simmer, deep fry, boil, sear, steam, and slow cook.
Safety features: This unit has a child safety lock to prevent children from turning the cooker on.
Portable Induction Cooktop, iSiLER 1800W
This unit has a 3 hour timer.
Power levels and temperature settings: This single induction plate has 9 power levels from 100 to 1800 watts (200W increments). It has 8 temperature settings covering the range of 140 °F (60 °C) to 460 °F (238 °C); (in 40°F increments).
Safety features: It boasts a system of overheating protection, child lock, and rounded edges for ultimate safety.
NutriChef Double Induction Cooktop – Portable
This portable cooker has two induction burners. It is a sleek with an easy-to-clean design of the ceramic glass top. A timer can be set for up to 4 hours.
Power levels and temperature settings: Power settings up to 1800 watts. The unit has a temperature range of 140 °F to 210 °F but no precise temperature control.
Safety features: Has a built-in child safety lock.
Best Cookware Induction Cooktop Overall Feature
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