This post was most recently updated on February 17th, 2020
Looking for a portable induction cooktop? This is a guide to help you choose the right one for you.
What makes the best portable induction cooker? A lightweight compact single, or in some cases, 2 burner induction cooktop will serve you best. Apart from size, look for weight and safety features to rate when choosing a unit from the induction burner portable range.
- How Induction Cookers Differ
- Benefits of Using A Countertop Induction Cooktop
- Guide To Choosing Best Induction Cooktop (Portable)
- Brands and Makes
- Reviews Of Popular Portable Induction Cookers
How Is Induction Different To Normal Cookers
I cover how induction heating works in my article on how to use induction cookers.
Unlike normal cooktops, induction cookers use an electromagnetic field to generate heat. For this reason, you generally need to use special cookware.
Induction ready cookware contains a magnetic base. This could be cookware made from cast aluminum, enameled iron or steel, or stainless steel, as long as its base is magnetic. Cast iron cookware qualifies also. I cover a selection suitable in my article on choosing a cast-iron skillet.
You’ll also find induction cookware included in my article covering the best nonstick ceramic cookware sets.
Benefits: Induction Cooktop Portable
Induction hot plates that make the best portable cooktops are easy to transport and store. They are safe and effective to use in small spaces, compact kitchens, and
The heat is direct and so portable induction cooktops are energy efficient. Heating is fast, resulting in instant cooking.
In addition, a precision induction cooktop will give you precise temperature settings for confidence in meal preparation.
These small induction cooktops typically include safety features and are easy to clean.
In a nutshell, the best induction cooktops have one or two hotplates are energy efficient, easy to clean and offer safety features to give you confidence when cooking in small confined spaces and outdoor camps.
Buying Guide: Best Induction Hot Plate
What to look for when choosing the best induction cooker for your space?
Apart from the quality and size of the induction cooking plate or burner, there are a few other design features that will affect your ease of use.
- For one, consider the temperature settings or power levels of the unit. Things to weigh up here: Are the temperature settings and power levels on the control panel easy to read? Are there precise temperature settings and are these suited to your needs?
- Regarding the quality: Are the markings likely to wear off? Does it sit firmly on the counter? Does the cooker
comewith a warranty?
- As well, you might want to look for a control panel that is easy to clean.
- What safety features does the unit have? The options include pan recognition, child lock protection, spill protection, advanced safety features, and residual heat sensor.
- Regarding the size, will one burner be enough? If you are looking at two burners, will the unit be compact enough to fit your needs?
Some Brands And Makes of Portable Induction Cooktops
Here are some portable induction cooktop brands/models covered here.
- Max Burton
Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews
The following are best rated induction cooktop reviews for cookers that are portable.
#6450 Max Burton Induction Cooktop
In the Max Burton 6400 digital choice range, you have this single burner induction cooktop with a digital timer of 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: This 1800 watt portable induction cook top has an auto shut-down in the event of a short circuit, overvoltage or overheating, incompatibility of cookware, or where operation exceeds the 3-hour limit. No mention of child lock.
A reasonable price.
Duxtop Portable Induction Range Review
Two in this range are covered here: Secura 9100MC and the 9600LS.
Duxtop Secura 9100MC 1800W 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.
Great buy for those with a smaller budget.
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.
A good price for this popular unit.
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 460 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.
A smaller budget buy.
Portable Induction Cooktop, iSiLER 1800W
This 1800 watt portable induction 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.
Economical for this popular choice.
NutriChef Double Induction Cooktop – Portable
This portable cooker has two induction burners. Easy clean surface: It is sleek with an easy-to-clean design of the ceramic glass top surface.
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.
Having two hot plates makes the price of this one a bit more than the others listed here, but still reasonable for what you get.
Best Cookware Induction Cooktop Overall Feature
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