The Best Induction Cooktops Buying Guide of 2015 & 2016

Induction Cooktop Features To Look For


Induction power is faster, more consistent, and more efficient than traditional stovetops. Induction works by heating the cookware instead of the cooktop, which is a simple way of describing the chemical process of electromagnetism. There needs to be a high rate of change in the magnetic field between the cooktop and cookware in order for heat to happen. This is why the cookware needs to have a high resistance to electricity. Though the process is the same for all induction cooktops, they don’t all put out the same power. Power is measured in volts and watts, with volts measuring what the induction stovetop requires in order to work. Most stovetops just need the standard 120 volts of a household outlet. Many induction stovetops have a range of the watts they put out, so they can be as small as 200 to as powerful as 1800. 1500-1600 watts is a more common range.

Induction-compliant materials

Since induction stovetops require cookware with a high resistance to electricity, not all pots and pans will work. Make sure your cookware is made from a ferromagnetic material, such as cast iron, enameled cast iron, steel, or stainless steel. Many induction cooktops have a magnetic feature so you can tell if the pot will work based on if it sticks to the cooktop. You can also test a pot by just sticking any magnet to its surface. When ferromagnetic material comes in contact with the induction cooktop, triggering a flow of electrical currents within the cookware. This is how induction cooktops heat up the cookware itself.

Touch controls

You can control an induction cooktop using the touch controls. Cooktops come with different settings, so you can select power or even function, such as melt/warm, boil, and sear. Some cooktops have as many as 7-10 power levels, so you can more gradually increase the wattage power and cook more precisely. The touch controls also offer digital displays with features like auto shut-offs and a minute timer.

Temperature range

Induction stovetops have a wide range of temperatures. It should be noted that they do not offer temperatures as high as ones you get with a traditional stovetop with gas or an open flame, but they still get very hot. The lowest temperature setting you can get on most induction cooktops is around 100-150 degrees. You can usually adjust the temperature up to 450-degrees, or even close to 600-degrees. This is a versatile range that allows you to prepare a variety of dishes, from those that require lower temperatures and a slow cooking time, to fast and hot sears.


Induction cooktops come in very convenient sizes. Some are even portable, so you can use them outside for camping or in a RV. A standard cooktop measures about a foot wide and a foot long, though some come with two burners, so those will take up more space. Induction cooktops are designed to be compact and lightweight, so they start at about 5 pounds. The heavier ones only get to about 8-10 pounds


If you want to go greener, induction cooktops are a great addition to your eco-friendly lifestyle. They can be 70-90% more efficient than traditional stovetops, and include energy-saving features like a sensor that turns off the cooktop when no pot is present. With no wasted energy, you can forgo a double boiler and just melt chocolate in one pot.

Best Induction Cooktop Brands

True Induction

The True Induction brand is owned by Sequoia, a company that dips its toes in a little bit of everything, from the luxury kitchen appliances of True Induction to hardware. All the brands are joined by Sequoia’s commitment to quality products. The True Induction brand, with its exclusive focus on induction technology, produces some of the best, field-tested cooktops available. They have two models available now, which are affordable and easy to use whether you’re a home cook or a professional.


DuxTop produces induction cooktops for Secura, which is a major household appliances company based in the US. DuxTop induction cooktops are designed to be affordable, environmentally-friendly, and effective.


Nesco has been around for nearly a century and made its first product, the Nesco Roaster, in the 1930’s. The company sold the roaster in partnership with electrical companies, who would offer a new electrical system and a Nesco Roaster to the rural community, who was just being introduced to electricity. Nesco eventually broke up into several parts and was bought out by different companies, including The Metal Ware Corporation from Wisconsin. They currently produces its portable induction cooktops under the Nesco name, as well as other kitchen appliances like griddles and burners.

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