In our portable induction cooktop reviews, we take a look at some of the best countertop convection burners and cast a critical eye over each one.
Also included is a side by side comparison, which will let you quickly choose the best countertop conduction burner for your particular needs and requirements.
Below the portable induction cooktop reviews is an information section that will give you some important facts regarding convection cooking and what to look for when comparing the different models.
Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews Side by Side Comparison
|Duxtop 8100MC 1800W |
Portable Induction Cooktop
|NuWave PIC Pro |
1800W Induction Cooktop
Portable Induction Cooktop
|True Induction TI-2C|
Double Induction Cooktop
|NuWave 30602 Double
Induction Cooktop Burner
|Max Wattage||1800W||1800W||1800W||1800W (shared)||1800W (shared)|
|Power Required||110 - 120V ~ 60HZ - 15A||110 - 120V ~ 60HZ - 15A||110 - 120V ~ 60HZ - 15A||110 - 120V ~ 60HZ - 15A||110 - 120V ~ 60HZ - 15A|
|Temperature Range||140Â°F - 460Â°F||100Â°F - 575Â°F||120Â°F - 465Â°F||150Â°F - 450Â°F||100Â°F - 575Â°F|
|Power Levels||10 Preset Temperatures|
10 Power Levels in Watts
|6 Preset Temperatures.|
Also Fully Adjustable in 5-degree
increments from 100 to 575Â°F
|8 Preset Temperatures|
8 Power Levels in Watts
|10 Preset Temperatures|
10 Power Levels
|6 Preset Temperatures.
Also Fully Adjustable in 5-degree
increments from 100 to 575Â°F
|Appliance Size||11-1/2" W x 13" D x 2-1/2" H||12" W x 14-1/2" D x 2-1/2" H||10-1/2" W x 13-1/2" D x 2-1/2" H||23 1/2" W x 14" D x 2 1/2" H||23-1/2" W x 14-1/4" D x 2-3/8" H|
|Min - Max Pot Size||4" - 11"||4" - 12"||4" - 12"||4-1/2" - 10"||4" - 12" (10.5" when using both sides)|
|Countdown Timer||170 Minutes||100 Hours||2 Hours and 59 Minutes||150 Minutes||100 Hours|
|Controls||Digital Push Buttons||Digital Push Buttons||Digital Push Buttons||Digital Push Buttons||Digital Push Buttons|
|Weight||6 Lbs||6.7 Lbs||5.1 Lbs||11.2 Lbs||16 Lbs|
|Secura 8100MC||NuWave PIC Pro||Rosewill RHAI-13001||True Induction TI-2C||NuWave 30602|
Portable induction cooktop reviews
(Click Images to Enlarge)
Duxtop Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
Sold under both the Secura and Duxtop brand names, the 8100MC is a solid, durable and easy to use portable induction cooktop.
So, why has the Duxtop made it into our top 5 portable induction cooktop reviews? Read on to find out.
- Uses a standard outlet: 120 volts, 15 amps
- Light and compact for portability
- Digital cooking timer
- Touch control panel.
- 10 power levels from 200-1800Watts.
- 10 temperature range from 140◦ F to 460◦ F
- Auto pan detection
- Low and high voltage warning
- Diagnostic error message system
- ETL approved
The Duxtop 8100MC has an 1800 Watt maximum output, which enables the appliance to heat food and liquids very quickly.
The first thing to note is that the Duxtop has a very simple and easy to operate control panel. All buttons are spaced out well and require only a light press to operate.
There are 10 power level settings (200 – 1800 Watts) and 10 temperature settings (140 – 460 degrees F). These settings can be increased or decreased as required using the plus and minus buttons.
The cooking timer can be set by pressing the “timer mode” button. Increasing and decreasing the time is simply a case of pressing the plus and minus buttons.
If you are looking for a very simple to operate induction cooktop, the Duxtop will definitely meet your needs. If, on the other hand, you do require more precise control over low power levels, it may be worth looking at one of the other models.
For a low priced appliance the 8100MC is well worth a look.
NuWave PIC Pro Portable Induction Cooktop 1800W
Although the NuWave induction cooktop is one of the more expensive models featured in our portable induction cooktop reviews, it certainly delivers the goods with regards to cooking power and temperature control.
- 1800 Watts of Induction power
- Large 12″ cooking surface
- Easy to read Digital LCD screen
- Stage cooking for multiple times and temperatures
- Cooking delay function
- Change the temperature in 5-degree increments from 100 to 575 degrees
- 6 pre-programmed temperature settings
- User’s manual with more than 60 recipes, guides and usage tips
- Durable, lightweight carrying case
The most obvious and welcome advantage the PIC Pro has over the majority of induction cooktops is that the temperature can be raised or lowered in 5 degree increments, as opposed to just having pre-set temperature and Wattage settings and no fine adjustments.
Staged cooking is also available on the NuWave. This feature is ideal if you need to cook at a certain temperature for a set period of time and then increase or decrease the temperature for another set time.
The controls on the PIC Pro are very easy to understand, and, with the exception of staged cooking, are very easy to use.
The control panel has 6 temperature pre-sets; Low (100°F), Med-Low (175°F), Med (275°F), Med-High (375°F), High (425°F), and Max-Sear (560 °F). After selecting a pre-set, the temperature can be increased or decreased by pressing the plus and minus buttons.
Timer cooking is also very simple to program into the machine. By using a combination of the time and plus buttons the cooking time can be set to a maximum of 100 hours.
The stage cooking function may take some getting used to, however, the manual does explain it very clearly, in a step-by-step fashion.
Cooking can also be set for a future time by using the delay function. When set, the timer will count down to the start time and then start cooking at the set temperature, for the programed amount of time.
The NuWave PIC Pro is an excellent machine for those who need precise control over the cooking time and temperature.
With the ability to set multiple cooking times at different temperatures and have a delayed start, the PIC Pro really does have all the extras you could need.
The only negative point is that the PIC Pro does not keep the cooling fan running when the unit is switched off. Not a deal breaker, but worth mentioning.
Even though the NuWave is more expensive than the other models in our portable induction cooktop reviews, it is still well worth considering.
The Rosewill RHAI is available in two variations, non-programed or pre-programed. As the names suggest, the non-programed model is a basic, standard induction cooktop and the pre-programed version has 5 extra temperature pre-sets; Warm Milk, Soup, Stir Fry, Fry and Hot Pot.
In this review we will be covering the non-programed Rosewill RHAI-13001.
- 8 Temperature Settings
- 8 Power Settings in Watts
- Polished Crystal Plate Surface
- 4 Digit Display
- Three Hour Timer
- Touch Control Panel
A large, 4 digit LCD screen displays the cooking time and temperature settings.
There are 8 Temperature settings; 150°F, 200°F, 260°F, 300°F, 350°F, 400°F, 425°F and 450°F. Temperatures can also be controlled in Watts, there are 8 Wattage settings; 300, 500, 700, 1000, 1200, 1400, 1600 and 1800. Switching between the two modes is simply a case of pressing the mode icon.
The cook timer can be set from 1 minute to 2 hours and 59 minutes by pressing the timer icon and using the plus and minus keys.
The lock key is designed to stop any accidental key presses or changes while the cooker is operational.
After cooking is finished the fan will continue to run for 2 minutes to cool down the machine. The on/off light will also flash to warn the user that the cooktop is still hot.
As with the Duxtop Secura 8100MC, the temperature controls, especially at lower levels, do have a large division between them, which means that if you are using a medium size pan containing very little liquid or food, the low power level may not be enough to simmer and the next level may be too high. However, it does depend on the type of pan, size of pan and the amount of liquid or food in the pan.
Overall the Rosewill RHAI-13001 is a very easy machine to use. If you don’t need precise power settings, this could be just what you’re looking for.
True Induction TI-2C Double Electric Induction Burner
If you are looking for a value for money double induction burner, the True Induction TI-2C is a very robust and classy looking cooktop that is extremely easy to operate.
- 1,800W of cooking power
- Suitable for use on a countertop
- Glass-ceramic cooktop for easy cleaning
- Control panel with 10 quick-touch settings
- Adjustable temperature, from 150°F to 450°F
- Measures 23.5″ x 14″ x 2-1/2″
As with most of the double induction cooktops, the TI-2C splits its 1800 Watts between the two burners. For instance; you could run one burner at 30% and the other at a maximum of 70%. If you run one burner at 50% and then turn the other up to 60% the 50% burner will reduce to 40%.
Unlike the NuWave, the True Induction cooktop has a very simple interface. The control panel has touch icons for; heat level / temperature setting, timer, plus and minus, power on / off and an LCD display screen.
Cooking temperature can be set either as a heat level from 1-10 or as an actual temperature 150°F to 450°F. Temperature can be raised or lowered by 30 degree increments. Actual temperatures are; 150, 180, 210, 240, 270, 300, 330, 360, 390, 420 and 450°F. When first switched on, the default power level is set at “5”.
The timer can be increased or decreased my 5 minute increments, up to a maximum of 150 minutes. Once set, the timer will countdown to zero and then go into standby mode. Timer duration, heat and temp settings can all be changed while the cooktop is in timer mode.
A safety shut-down feature is incorporated into the appliance which will turn off the cooktop after 150 minutes of use.
The only drawback with any portable double induction cooktop is the fact that the two burners divide the power between them, which may limit the operation if you need to have both burners on high. However, most meals cooked will actually require a setting of 50% or less, which means both burners can be used at the same time.
On the plus side, running off a standard 110V outlet does mean that the TI-2C can be used wherever there is a mains outlet, making it very portable and ideal for a wide variety of applications.
The True Induction TI-2C heats up very quickly, is simple to operate and easy to clean. Overall, for us technophobes, not wanting to take a degree course in induction burner programing, it’s a great price and worth checking out.
NuWave 30602 Double Precision Induction Cooktop Burner
The NuWave 30602 2 burner electric cooktop is almost identical in operation to the PIC Pro single induction cooktop. The only differences being the size, weight and the fact that the two burners share the 1800 Watts of power.
So why have we included the NuWave 30602 in our portable induction cooktop reviews? The 30602 is, as the PIC Pro is, one of the most versatile and well-built portable cooktops available.
With the ability to increase and decrease the temperature by 5 degree increments, and the stage cooking mode, in terms of technology and flexibility, the NuWave models are one step ahead of the other appliances in our portable induction cooktop reviews.
The NuWave two burner induction cooktop can take two 10.5 inch pans when using both burners and one 12 inch pan when using a single side.
Each plate can use 1800 Watts when used individually. When both plates are used they are limited to 900 Watts per side.
With state of the art programing functions, the NuWave 30602 offers precise temperature control and the ability to cook in stages.
The design of the 30602 not only looks great it is also very functional. If you can afford the extra price, the NuWave is probably the best two burner electric cooktop on the market.
Everything You Need to Know About Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews
If you’re looking for a new stovetop, instead of the traditional gas or electric thermal burners, you should consider the advantages of induction cooking.
Induction cooking is more efficient and offers greater control over cooking temperatures. You just need to find the right cooktop.
Our portable induction cooktop reviews should help you make the best selection. Along with looking at individual reviews, you should take a moment to learn more about these handy appliances.
Find out how the induction cooktops work, explore the pros and cons, and learn how to make the best selection.
How Does an Induction Cooktop Work?
With induction cooktops, instead of heating the burner with thermal heat from a flame or an electric heating element, the heat is created by magnetic induction.
The magnetic heating element allows the temperature of the burner to heat very rapidly. There’s a copper coil that is controlled by the cooktop. A direct current passes through the coil to create a magnetic field. This magnetic field then penetrates the cooking vessel.
Basically, magnetic fields are used to heat the cooking vessel. Your cooking pot becomes the heating element so that the surface of the cooktop doesn’t get too hot.
I know that it sounds complicated, but you don’t need to worry as much about the science behind this heating element. You’ll discover the basics of induction cooking by looking over the pros and cons of induction burners.
Portable Induction Cooktop Pros and Cons
Induction cooking brings several advantages. It won’t take long to notice the difference that it makes in the kitchen:
- Induction cooking wastes less heat
- You can instantly adjust the temperature
- Induction cooking is safer (only the burner gets hot)
- Available in portable models for RV use and camping
We prefer induction cooking due to the fact that it wastes less heat. With less heat emanating from the burner, the cooking area doesn’t heat up. This means that the kitchen doesn’t get as hot.
You also get precise heating. For example, when you turn down the heat on a thermal burner, it takes a moment for the temperature to drop. With induction heating, the change is instantaneous. Also, the appliance itself doesn’t get hot – just the burner.
Are there any drawbacks to induction cooking?
Honestly, there’s only one disadvantage to using these appliances. You will need to use cooking vessels made with magnetic materials.
So, the advantages of induction cooking are great, but you do need to think about the cookware that you use.
How to Choose Cookware for Induction Cooktops
Induction cooking requires a magnetic cooking vessel. Generally, cast iron and stainless steel are the most common choices. But, you can’t assume that a stainless-steel pot or pan will always work on your induction cooker.
When shopping for cookware for your induction burner, you will need to look at the amount of nickel that was added to the stainless steel. This is listed as a ratio.
For example, “18/0” means that the stainless steel is nickel-free and will work on induction burners. A rating of “18/8” or “18/10” will include too much nickel to work effectively on the induction cooker.
If you can physically inspect the cookware before purchasing, you can also test it by seeing if a magnet will cling to the bottom of the cookware. A basic kitchen magnet should work. If there is no magnetic pull, the cookware isn’t suitable for induction cooking.
How to Choose the Best Portable Electric Cooktop
Before you start reading portable induction cooktop reviews, you should know what to look for. We have gathered up a list of the main features to explore. This includes everything from control panel options to the size of the appliance:
- Overall dimensions
- Control panel
- Power settings
- Temperature range
The portable cooktops that we review are designed for convenience. Generally, you should have no problem placing one of these devices on a counter in your kitchen or your RV. Though, if you decide to purchase a 2-burner induction cooktop, you will need a little extra space.
Consider the amount of space that you have and compare the dimensions listed in portable induction cooktop reviews.
The control panel and power settings can vary between models. Modern cooktops generally have digital push buttons with an LCD display.
As for the power settings, most cooktops have multiple preset temperatures. If you require full control over the temperature, then pay attention to these power settings.
The temperature range can also impact your buying decision. The average temperature range is around 120 to 460-degrees Fahrenheit. Though, this will depend on the model that you choose. You can find induction cookers with temperature ranges up to 575-degrees Fahrenheit.
Decide which of these features are most important and then start looking at portable induction cooktop reviews.
Beginner Induction Cooktop Cooking Tips
Once you get your cooker, you will be ready to start cooking. Using an induction cooktop is a little different from using an electric or gas stove or burner.
First, you need to remember to use the correct cookware. Also, keep your pots and pans clean. If the bottom gets dirty, it may impact the efficiency of your burner. A warped bottom can also prevent the cookware from heating properly.
One of the biggest differences between induction cooking and other methods is the superior temperature control. When you first start using an induction cooker, this will take practice.
Keep an eye on the temperature. Liquids tend to boil at a quicker rate. So, when a recipe tells you to bring something to boil, be prepared for the boil to occur quickly.
Basically, induction cooking has a bit of a learning curve. At first, it’s a good idea to cook at temperatures slightly lower than what the recipe calls for. For example, if a recipe says to cook on medium for 10 minutes, set it to medium-low.
It’s also important to never leave your food unattended. This is again due to the fact that induction burners heat quickly. If you don’t want to burn your food, don’t walk away from the kitchen.
When you’re done with the cooking, you should always wash your cookware and the surface of the burner. The burner will cool down fast. Simply wipe it clean after every use.
Now that you know the basics of induction cooking, it’s time to start reading our portable induction cooktop reviews. Remember the main features to pay attention to – size, temperature range, and preset cooking options.