- 1 Induction Cooktops: Our Top Picks
- 2 How we selected
- 3 Reviews of the Best Induction Cooktop of 2018
- 3.1 Best Overall: Samsung 30″ Black Stainless Steel Induction Cooktop
- 3.2 Best 36-inch Induction Cooktop – Frigidaire FGIC3667MB 36″ Induction Cooktop, Black
- 3.3 Budget Pick: True Induction 30″ Electric Built-in Induction Cooktop
- 3.4 Premium Choice: Thermador CIT365KM 36 in. Induction Cooktop
- 3.5 Best GE Induction Cooktop – GE PHP9036DJBB Profile 36″ Black Electric Induction Cooktop
- 4 Induction Cooktops Comparison Table
- 5 Best Induction Cooktop Buying Guide: What you should know
- 6 Conclusion
Induction Cooktops: Our Top Picks
How we selected
We evaluated the major buying factors: budget/affordability, features, value, size, number of burners and brand reliability.
Reviews of the Best Induction Cooktop of 2018
Best Overall: Samsung 30″ Black Stainless Steel Induction Cooktop
Even though the Samsung 30” induction cooktop is on the expensive side, it’s worth every penny.
The cooking zones on this Samsung cooktop are divided into three: they include the Flex zone, one large induction zone, and a smaller induction zone.
This flex zone is undeniably one of the coolest things we’ve seen on an induction cooktop. This zone consists of four segments which automatically adjusts to the shape of your cookware.
In its entirety, the Samsung 30” cooktop measures just 30” x 4” x 21.3”.
Features We Love
- Combination of digital and analog controls.
- 4 elements with flex zone for easy cooking.
- Multiple cooking zones for various pot sizes.
- Wi-Fi connectivity with Samsung hood.
- Control lock.
- The central lock feature prevents users from mistakenly switching on the unit.
- Enjoy seamless integration and sync with Samsung hood.
- You can cook on a plethora of cooking zones including an auto-adjusting flex zone.
- The combination of both analog and digital controls make setting the cooker easy and stress-free.
- It’s only con is that it’s expensive. However, there are similar models with similar features for less price.
Ever seen an induction cooktop with Wi-Fi connectivity?
Of course, it’s rare. Well, this Samsung induction cooktop comes with Bluetooth connectivity that syncs effortlessly with the Samsung hood.
This enables the hood to automatically turn on when you’re using the cooktop.
The digital and analog control knobs and interface make controlling the cooktop easy. There is a control lock feature that can be easily activated. It ensures that the whole family especially one with small kids are protected from shocks and burns in the event that the cooktops elements are accidentally turned on.
Other handy features include the safety shut-off, Direct Access feature, and the quick controls. The quick control allows you to easily stop, start and pause the cooktop whilst you are cooking.
In addition to the long list of features on the cooktop, we should also mention that there is a virtual flame. This adds a touch of beauty to the cooktop – frankly, it looks great when the kitchen lights are dim.
The Samsung 30” induction cooktop is quite pricey, but it’s worth every penny you spend on it.
Best 36-inch Induction Cooktop – Frigidaire FGIC3667MB 36″ Induction Cooktop, Black
The Frigidaire 3667MB 36” induction cooktop is one out of the many cooktops made by Frigidaire.
As a matter of fact, it’s one of the few induction cooktops that are being marketed by the company. Like the Thermador 36” induction cooktop, the Frigidaire FGIC induction cooktop has 5 heating elements.
We tested the cooktop in the home of one of our review team members and honestly, we weren’t disappointed. However, there were only a few things that we didn’t like.
The large size of the unit is a chief letdown of this induction cooktop. This leads to a large cut on the countertop. If eventually, you decide to move away from this model for any reason, you may have to replace the countertop.
In addition to that, the burners are only marked with a + sign. Hence, placing a pan on the burner can be quite tricky.
These two downsides are nothing compared to the immense benefits you get for using and owning this cooktop.
First, Frigidaire designed the 3667MB induction cooktop to be a countertop induction cooktop.
The cooktop has a measurement of 21.5” x 36.8” x 4.4” and comes in a black color. Sorry, no shiny silver surfaces for you. The unit is easy to clean and the popular Cerama Bryte cleaner can be used for cleaning it.
Features We Love
- Power assist function.
- 5 heating elements.
- Easy cleaning.
- Seamless integration with countertops of its size.
- Low wattage.
- Responsive touch control features.
- Cooking more food in less time is possible, thanks to the 5 burners on the cooktop.
- The touch controls are responsive and settings work perfectly, responding almost immediately.
- There’s a power assist button that helps to increase power efficiency.
- The timer can be tricky to set.
- Pricey unit.
The controls on the unit are intuitive. You will most likely notice the instant results as soon as you change the settings.
Each burner can be set to work independently via dedicated intuitive control buttons. Using the timer can be a little bit tricky. It takes a bit of playing around with it to get to know how to make it work with the 5 burners.
Power wise, the Frigidaire 3667MB induction cooktop comes with a power assist feature. This ensures that the unit is power efficient.
Additionally, the elements on the unit are rated 400W. A significant decrease from the high wattage we’ve seen on some other competing models.
The True Induction cooktop is the next best induction cooktop on our list. Like the Samsung 30” induction cooktop, the True Induction cooktop is also a 30” model.
It’s quite interesting to see an unpopular brand like True Induction produce a great induction cooktop. That’s not to say that they are new to the business of manufacturing kitchen appliances.
There’s not much difference between the True Induction cooktop and other induction cooktops on the market. However, the arrangement of the burners and perhaps the aesthetic features of the True Induction cooktop make it stand out.
Talking about aesthetic features, the True Induction cooktop is available in black color. This is in contrast with the Thermador Induction cooktop which is available in silver color.
It has a glass surface which is popular amongst induction cooktops. This glass surface is easy to clean and doesn’t get dirty easily.
Features We Love
- The 4-burners
- Smooth and responsive EZ touch controls.
- 90% energy efficient.
- Compact size.
- A plethora of safety features such as the auto shut-off and pan detection feature.
- The 4 burners allow you to cook 4 separate meals simultaneously on this cooktop.
- Each burner has its own touch control interface and this makes cooking a lot easier.
- The cooktop is energy efficient and this is backed by an ADA rating.
- A handful of safety features is present to help protect you, the food you’re cooking and the cooktop itself.
- The cooktop cannot be placed on top of the countertop.
You’ll appreciate the fact that this cooktop is ADA Compliant. Simply put, the cooktop integrates special features that makes it 90% energy efficient.
This, however, cannot change the fact that the cooktop uses 7400W to power all the four burners simultaneously. The cooktop doesn’t sport the Flex zone which is found on the Samsung induction cooktop. We wish it did though.
Installing the unit requires the services of a professional. It will save you from making any mistakes.
Finding a space to install the cooktop wouldn’t be a task as the compact size of the unit makes it easier. This explains why they are one of the most sought-after induction cooktops for RVs.
Premium Choice: Thermador CIT365KM 36 in. Induction Cooktop
To survive in a competitive industry, one has to either stand out or be outstanding.
The Thermador 36” induction cooktop is one that stands out distinctively whenever you mention the best induction cooktops. First, it’s premium quality and as such is very pricey.
Secondly, there’s nothing that beats the beauty of the cooktop’s silver color. It’s breathtaking, to say the least. Additionally, the silver color is polished in such a way that the cooktop is reflective, thus, it can double as a mirror, literarily.
For homeowners who have a white kitchen, the silver finish of the Thermador induction cooktop will add a touch of class and finesse to your kitchen.
The Thermador induction cooktop measures 36” inches and has 5 burners. Cooking 5 meals at the same time has never been any easier.
After cooking, it takes only a few wipes from a clean cloth to restore the clean state of the cooktop. Surprisingly, you won’t see any wipe marks on the silver model.
This is in contrast with the wipe marks that are left behind after cleaning the black model – that’s what a team member who knows someone that owns the black model said.
Features We Love
- Large 36” size with 5 burners to go with it.
- Energy efficient rating.
- Easy to set intuitive controls for each burner.
- Premium build quality.
- Astonishing silver mirror color.
- Keep warm setting.
- The 5 burners on the cooktop decrease cooking time significantly.
- It’s silvery color with a reflective finishing blends seamlessly with any kitchen. In fact, it looks better when used in a white kitchen.
- Cleaning the cooktop is easy. A cooktop cleaning solution with a neat cloth wipe would take off stains on the cooktop.
- The keep warm setting allows you to keep food warm for a certain amount of time.
- This induction cooktop is very pricey.
- It requires professional installation.
Controlling the Thermador induction cooktop is pretty easy. The burners can be controlled individually, thanks to the intuitive control buttons.
As with most induction cooktops, you can set the cooktop and walk away. When the desired setting is reached, the cooktop turns itself off automatically.
Installing the unit is not an easy task. Hence, it requires the services of a professional. Having 5 burners significantly increases the wattage of the cooktop.
However, the Thermador cooktop is energy efficient, although it may not be 90% efficient as the 30” True Induction cooktop.
There’s one feature that caught our attention. It is the keep warm feature. This allows you to set the cooktop to keep food on a particular burner warm for a certain period of time.
It’s important for households and perhaps restaurants that cater to a large number of individuals. The only downside is that with constant usage of this feature, your power bills will likely increase.
Best GE Induction Cooktop – GE PHP9036DJBB Profile 36″ Black Electric Induction Cooktop
Last, but definitely not the least induction cooktop we’re reviewing is the GE PHP9036 induction cooktop.
The GE induction cooktop is available in both gray and of course, black colors. It sports a distinctive design that sets it apart from the rest of the induction cooktops on our list.
Firstly, there are 5 burners each with the ability to sync with the other burners. In addition to that, the cooktop has a pan presence and pan size sensor.
The digital touch controls at the center of the cooktop make it easy to control your cooking. Aside from that, the cooktop also sports a timer as well as a central lock feature to prevent accidents.
All these work in tandem to make cooking fast and stress-free.
Features We Love
- Silent fan for internal cooling.
- 5 burners.
- 3700W power rating.
- Intuitive touch controls.
- Safety features come standard with the equipment.
- The cooktop has a power rating of about 3700W which is impressive.
- It has 5 burners all of which can be synced or controlled individually when cooking.
- Safety features on the unit protect the user, the cooktop, and the food itself.
- The touch controls make selecting desired settings easy and effortless. It does get less responsive when wet but that’s a minor thing.
- You can’t turn off the beeping notification.
The GE induction cooktop has a power rating of 3700W, almost 4000W less than the 7400W power required by the True Induction cooktop.
Inside the GE cooktop is a fan that comes up occasionally to cool down the interiors of the cooktop. It makes an audible whoosh sound but not enough to be categorized as noise.
Perhaps, if you’ve ever used the smaller portable induction cooktops, you may have heard such noise.
There are a plethora of power options to select from when you are cooking. The lowest settings allow can be used to melt items like butter and chocolate. On the other hand, the higher settings live up to expectation.
We did notice that our test model had a few scratches. The owner of the test model has had the product for just about a year and cleans it after each use with the Ceramabryte cleaner.
It’s easy to control the unit via the intuitive control layout located in the default position for all cooktops. As the owner rightly pointed out, the touch units are slow to respond when they are wet as a result of spills.
However, that doesn’t impede the functions in any way.
Induction Cooktops Comparison Table
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Best Induction Cooktop Buying Guide: What you should know
Buying an induction cooktop is a major investment and shouldn’t be done in haste. There are several factors that should be evaluated, which we’ve outlined below:
Get ready to spend a minimum of $1,000 for a quality induction cooktop, and even higher. They are the latest and greatest in cooktop technology so you should expect to pay more. You should always keep in mind that this investment should pay for itself if you ever listed your home for sale.
Size of the cooktop
Induction cooktops come in various sizes; the most common being the one with a width of 30 inches. This width is large enough to accommodate only two burners and thus can only cook with two pots at the same time.
On the other hand, large cooktops with widths of up to 36″ have up to 4 burners/cooking zones. It is important to take note of the size of the cooking top you are about to purchase especially if you are about to replace the one that used to be in your kitchen.
Type of Induction Cooktop
There are only three types of induction cooktops categorized based on their physical features.
Portable Induction Cooktops: They are small, and weigh just a couple of pounds. Taking them from one place to another is simple.
Fixed Counter-Top Induction Cooktops: This type of induction cooktop is permanently fixed to a surface. They tend to blend well and look great. However, they mostly require professional installation which in turn, can increase the price of owning one.
Oven Induction Cooktops: An oven induction cooktop is ideal for a large household. Moreso restaurants that cater to an extensive number of customers need an oven induction cooktop. They can have as much as 4 to 5 cooking zones/burners.
Portable or Fixed
There are portable induction Cooktop as well as fixed models. If you intend to cook more often in outdoor places or in grandma’s house, a portable model is what you need.
On the other hand, a fixed model is appropriate if you will do most of the cooking in your kitchen. It is, therefore, important to take the installation process and cost for the fixed model into consideration. DIY geeks may not be able to install fixed models especially if they have little experience with electrical appliances. In essence, a professional should be the one to install the fixed model.
Induction cooktops are specifically designed to work with induction cookware. To this effect, you may be needing new pots and pans. However, you can check your old pots and pans to see if they are compatible with the Cooktop. You need a magnet for this.
Get a magnet and place it at the bottom of the pot which is placed on the cooktop. If it sticks, the pot will be compatible with your induction cooktop. Simply use a marker to mark the pot with C whilst the non-compatible ones should be left unmarked. This is undeniably a great kitchen hack that can save you several dollars.
Induction cooktops consume power no doubt, but a power efficient model with certain power management features will significantly lower the cost of the cooktop. Most of the cooktops available on the market have a power rating between 1000W and 1800W at 120V or 240V. The higher the power rating, the faster the cooking time, and unfortunately, the higher the electricity cost.
Based on the power requirements, certain appliances need to be installed alongside your induction cooktop. This will prevent damages to the regular power outlet in your home. Product user manuals often list the required items.
Furthermore, induction cooktops often allow a user to adjust power settings. This is necessary as some certain type of food requires lower power so as not to get burnt. This adjustable power setting is a standard feature. For example, you’ll find an induction cooktop with varying power levels – about 10, 15 or more. They can be increased from 100 to 1800W through those 10 settings.
There are a plethora of features you’ll find on induction cooktops. Some are standard on all cooktops while others are available only on high-end models. Let’s take a look at some of the features below.
One thing that distinguishes induction cooktops from electric and gas cooktops is the absence of knobs. Instead, you will find touch controls. This adds to the aesthetics of the Cooktop and makes cleaning easy. In place of touch controls, you may find buttons on the less expensive and budget-friendly cooktop models. With these buttons and touch controls, you can easily adjust settings at the flick of a finger. Please ensure that you don’t touch the cooktop with wet hands while it’s in use.
Safety sensors are often installed in the bottom of most induction cooktops. A safety sensor monitors temperature changes in the bottom of the cookware placed on top of the cooktop. If you leave an empty pot/pan on the cooktop while it’s on, the safety sensors alert the cooktop. This prompts the cooktop to lower the power output on the burner and this prevents damage to the cookware.
Auto Switch off Feature
This is one of the standard features you’ll find across all categories of induction cooktops irrespective of price. An auto-off feature automatically turns off the unit if it overheats or you remove the pot/pan from the cooktop. This prevents damages to the user and also reduces electricity cost.
Auto Heat Up
There might be occasions you’d need to heat up your food to a certain level before allowing it to cook. The auto heat up feature can serve the purpose of heating up the food. However, this is not a standard feature across the board. On some induction cooktop models, there will be a booster feature in place of the auto heat up feature. They both serve the same purpose.
Auto Pan Detection
Most cooktops auto-detect the pan placed on it. Using an unsuitable cookware will trigger the cooktop to shut off pending when you place the right cookware on it. Additionally, the auto pan detection feature helps regulate the auto off and on. More so, on some induction cooktops, the cookware needs to be placed correctly on the burner for the cooktop to be activated for cooking.
Child lock on an appliance such as this is very important especially if you have little kids at home. Opt for an induction cooktop with this feature. It will be worth it.
For safety purposes, some induction cooktops come with a spill protection feature. This makes a small beep and shuts off the machine via the auto shut off feature. The cook is required to clean the machine before continuing to cook. You can choose to turn this setting off if you so desire.
This isn’t a must-have feature, however, having it on your induction cooktop won’t hurt at all. An LCD screen will display vital data such as temperature, time, wattage, etc. A countdown timer will come handy especially if you cook time-sensitive food.
Preset Cooking Setting
Induction cooktops can come with preset cooking settings for grilling, boiling, stirring etc. Selecting any of these presets will activate the necessary settings that have been preprogrammed into the machine. It is not a standard feature on all induction cooktops.
Buying an induction cooktop can be financially intensive especially if you have a penchant for high-end induction cooktops. Not to worry, a simple application of some of the tips we’ve shared in this review will no doubt take care of that area.
The Best Induction Cooktop
- Our Rating
After testing the Samsung 30″ induction cooktop alongside other induction cooktops for several hours, we had no choice than to crown it the best induction cooktop of the year. It is an embodiment of all you’ll ever need in an induction cooktop. 4 burners, several power features, energy efficient and intuitive controls are a few features that you’ll find on the unit.
It’s an embodiment of craftsmanship and it certainly takes on the day to day cooking tasks thrown at it effortlessly.