- 1 Portable Induction Cooktops: Our Top Picks
- 2 Expert Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews
- 2.1 Overall Best: Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
- 2.2 Budget Pick – Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
- 2.3 Best Value – Fagor Portable 1800 Watt Induction PRO Magnetic Cooktop
- 2.4 #4. Chef’s Star 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
- 2.5 #5. Max Burton 6400 Digital Choice Induction Cooktop
- 2.6 #6. iSiLER 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
- 3 Portable Induction Cooktop Comparison Table
- 4 How Does a Portable Induction Cooktop Work?
- 5 Buying Guide: Best Portable Induction Cooktop
- 6 FAQs on Portable Induction Cooktop
- 7 Conclusion
If you have used an electric cooktop, you’ll agree that technology is changing the way we cook. But that’s by the way. After many hours of carefully reviewing several portable induction cooktops, we have picked the overall best out of the five products we reviewed.
A portable induction cooktop is that technology that will transform the way you cook and the number of hours you spend cooking. At least, that’s how we see it here on Cookwared.
Portable induction cooktops offer great benefits just like the electric and gas cookers despite the fact that they work with magnetic cookware. Additionally, a portable induction cooktop heats up faster than electric and gas, while using less energy.
Below is a table showing the best portable induction cooktop products we are reviewing and their common features.
Portable Induction Cooktops: Our Top Picks
14 x 11.4 x 2.1 inches
140 – 460 degrees
11. 8 x 15 x 2.3 inches
140 – 465 degrees
13 x 11.5 x 2.5 inches
140 – 460 degrees
17.5 x 15 x 4.5 inches
140 – 465 degrees
17.6 x 13.9 x 4.3 inches
100 – 450 degrees
Expert Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews
Overall Best: Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
Of the seven portable induction cookers in this review, the Secura 9100MC is our overall best portable induction cooker. Though not as popular as GE, SECURA is a leading manufacturer of high-quality kitchen appliances.
We love the Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop for several reasons. First, it has distinct power levels and temperature settings.
It features 15 power levels spread between 200 Watts and 1,800 Watts and 15 temperature settings, from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 460 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows you to cook just about anything, from a quick stir fry to slow simmering of soup or sauce, at a consistent temperature.
Furthermore, it sports a digital countdown timer that is built into the cooker. This timer allows for 1-minute increments, up to 170 minutes (2 hours 50 minutes), so you can easily multitask as you cook.
The digital countdown timer is controlled via a digital control panel.
Meanwhile, it is compatible with only induction ready cookware and automatically detects compatible and non-compatible pans. SECURA recommends having a separate outlet for this unit since it may draw a sizeable amount of power at full use.
We recommend unplugging any other unit whilst it’s in use. It does work with the standard power outlet and comes with a two prong cable.
The unit isn’t entirely noiseless during operation. It has a fan that runs consistently when the unit is on – it’s barely audible anyway – and it also makes beep sounds when the buttons are pressed.
Features We Love
- 15 power levels
- 15 temperature settings
- Built-in digital countdown timer
- Low and high voltage warning system
- Auto-pan detection.
- It is easy to clean.
- The unit heats up really fast up to 350°F in 1 minute or less.
- It’s lightweight, portable, and energy efficient.
- The cooldown time is very short.
- Safety measure – low and high voltage warning.
- Built with high-quality materials.
- Compact size makes it easy to handle and store.
- The cooktop works well only with larger pots. You’ll get an error message with smaller pots.
The unit is equipped with an auto-pan feature that does the task of detecting pans. In the absence of compatible pans, the auto-pan feature automatically shuts off the unit thus helping you save on energy whilst you get the compatible pan.
SECURA makes it easy to find compatible cookware. As a matter of fact, this SECURA 9100MC portable cooktop is compatible with most Duxtop induction-ready cookware.
Unlike some portable induction cookers, the Secura 9100MC is lightweight, compact and portable. Be reassured it won’t occupy too much space on your countertop. Its compact size makes it easy to handle.
As a safety measure, it gives a low or high voltage warning to prevent any damage. Additionally, there’s a hot surface indicator that warns you of the hotness of the cooking surface.
With respect to pan sizes, the unit has a burner size of 8¼ inches. We recommend using pots and pans that are less than 11″ with this cooktop. Doing otherwise may cause the rubber on the edges to melt. This will possibly lead to a malfunction as water will easily enter the unit.
If you care about colors, this cooktop is available in only two colors; black and silver – both add a touch of resplendence to any kitchen they’re placed in.
Enjoy cooking at a higher level with this overall best portable induction cooktop. It is easy to clean and you can use it for as long as you want. It’s 2 years warranty has got you covered.
Budget Pick – Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop
Elegance meets efficiency, versatility and low price in the Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop. This stylish cooktop is arguably the most budget-friendly portable induction cooktop.
It is first a stylishly designed portable induction cooktop that efficiently uses energy to give you the best cooking experience. Give its compact size, it is versatile enough for use indoors and outdoors, to bring class and taste to your home and outdoor events.
Because of its price, one expects it to have fewer features, but that is not the case. It does come short of the features found on the SECURA model we reviewed above.
As expected, it sports a digital touch control that is easy to operate. There are even specific buttons that warm food or brings it to a fast boil in just one push – something lacking in more costly units.
Perhaps, the next feature you’ll find useful in the unit is the error message diagnostic system. This is used to show the problems encountered in the unit. The solution to the error code displayed is written on the product manual.
For your cooking, only compatible pots and pans can be used. All the Duxtop induction-friendly cookware can be used on the unit.
Features We Love:
- Digital touch controls
- Auto-pan detection
- Built-in countdown timer
- Very affordable.
- The unit is lightweight and stylishly designed yet it’s budget-friendly.
- Its compact size makes it easy to handle and store.
- Easy to clean. The elevated buttons make don’t allow for water to seep into the unit.
- Versatile – useful for outdoor and indoor cooking
- Easy to use
- It is energy efficient. You’ll notice a savings of a few dollars as soon as you start using the unit.
- Automatically shuts down when not in use using the auto shut-off feature.
- It’s available in two colors, gold, and silver. B0th colors make it romantically appealing to the kitchen.
The Duxtop 8100MC uses 120 Volts, 15 amps of electricity, which is the standard in all homes. It works with 10 temperature settings and 10 power levels. From 140 degree Fahrenheit to 460 degrees Fahrenheit and 200 to 1800 Watts respectively.
You can monitor it with the built-in digital timer that allows you set up to 170 minutes (2 hours 50 minutes) in 1 minute’s increments.
As for cookware to use, the Duxtop 8100MC is only compatible with induction ready cookware (like the Duxtop cookware, cast iron or stainless steel cookware with a magnetic bottom).
The auto-pan detector is great. It automatically detects when there is a pan on the cooktop and shuts the unit off after 60 seconds of no pan detection. This feature makes it very energy efficient and safe.
More so, though stylish, the Duxtop 8100MC heats up very fast and keeps the heat steady for a long time. Even when you use it for outdoor cooking or parties, it will efficiently manage heat and give you a great cooking experience.
The fact that it is very easy to clean, adds to the thrill. Lest we forget, it’s best suited for pots and pans that are 8″ – 10″ large.
To crown it all, added to the price, style, versatility, and efficiency, the color options of gold and silver makes the Duxtop 8100MC totally irresistible.
When it comes to the best value for money, the Fagor Portable 1800 is our choice. It is powerful, easy to use and brings versatility to cooking.
The most outstanding feature for us is the quick launch buttons. Eight temperatures (warm, simmer, boil, rapid boil, Saute, brown, sear, stir-fry) are pre-set on 8 quick launch buttons that brings your food to the directed temperature in no time.
This feature completely eliminates guesswork from cooking and gives you complete control, while it delivers the precise temperature you need.
Second to the launch buttons is the heat resistant glass surface. The glass is of high quality, durable and very easy to clean. It gives the Fagor Portable 1800 Watt Induction PRO Magnetic Cooktop its luxurious look.
Features We Love
- Quick launch buttons.
- Heat resistant glass surface.
- Built-in timer adjustable by minutes.
- Digital display.
- Color options – black, caramel and desert sand.
- It’s very lightweight.
- Easy to clean glass surface.
- It is easy to operate out of the box without consulting the product manual.
- Heats up really fast.
- The square-shaped heating platform makes it easy to use square and round pots and pans.
- Provides precise temperature.
- Very short cooldown time.
- Not cheap.
The Fagor Portable 1800 uses up to 1800 Watts of power, with a temperature range of 140 to 465 degree Fahrenheit (at 10-degree increments). A built-in timer allows you to time your cooking for up to 180 minutes (3 hours) while monitoring the temperature on a digital display.
In addition, there is the automatic shut off feature which turns off the unit when the time has elapsed or there’s no pan on the cooking surface.
Versatility is experienced with Fagor Portable 1800 in cookware. Unlike most cooktops that have round-shaped heating platforms, its heating platform is square-shaped. As such, you can use both round and square bottomed pots and pans on it. Isn’t that swell?
In the course of this review, we noticed that some of the portable induction cooktops had weight limits. This unit can hold about 17 lbs of weight without cracking. That’s pretty heavy.
Furthermore, the temperature remains steady during usage – we’ve seen units that have temperature fluctuations. So, for ease of use, a luxurious look, and versatility(not just of cookware, but also color), this Fargo portable cooktop is a great choice.
Meet our second choice of budget-friendly portable induction cooktop – the Chef’s Star 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop.
It’s a sleek looking induction cooktop that has 15 temperature levels between 140 Degrees Fahrenheit to 465 Degree Fahrenheit and 15 power levels from 200 Watts to 1800 Watts.
With a digital timer that allows you to set your cook time by 1-minute increments to up to 2 hours and 59 minutes, you can relax and do other things while your food cooks. The Chef’s Star Cooktop has clearly marked buttons with large lettering. The buttons are situated in a nice spot; all of them in a line with the display screen in between.
Weight wise, the unit weighs just about five pounds. Its presence on your countertop will be somewhat insignificant, thanks to its compact size.
Features We Love
- Digital control panel
- Auto-pan detector
- 15 power levels
- 15 temperature settings
- It looks Sleek.
- Heats up really fast.
- Intuitive controls
- Super easy to clean
- Easy to operate
- Comes with a 1-year warranty.
- For safety, the pan detector turns off the unit when not in use
- The digital timing of up to 2 hours and 59 minutes
- Only compatible with induction ready cookware.
Furthermore, the controls are intuitive, making the unit easy to use and control. The fact that it heats up really fast and is very easy to clean, makes it all the more useful.
Though compatible with only induction ready cookware (stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, cast iron or cast aluminum enameled iron and steel), it can handle pans as large as 12 inches.
What’s more? You get a one-year warranty and save a lot of money with the Chef’s Star 1800W.
As a safety measure, the unit has a diagnostic error message system that alerts you when there is a problem. In addition, the auto-pan detector automatically turns off the unit when not in use, to prevent fire and waste of energy.
The Max Burton 6400 Digital Choice Induction Cooktop is a trustworthy portable induction cooktop.
If you are a lover of all things digital, then you will love Max Burton 6400. It is a digitalized cooktop that brings ease and convenience to cooking. With the push of just one button, you can bring your food to simmer or boil.
In terms of design, it isn’t entirely different from the cooktops we’ve reviewed so far. There are, however, some distinguishing features that separate them. One prominent feature is the presence of the simmer and boil button – this button, surprisingly, is lacking in the models we’ve reviewed.
You can programme your cooking by setting the programmable timer, which saves you the stress of continuously checking time. The timer allows you to set your time for up to 180 minutes (3 hours) To make it even better, you can monitor both the timer and heat settings on an LCD screen.
Also, you can check the remaining minutes on the timer and the current heat settings on the LCD screen. Weight-wise, the unit weighs roughly seven and a half pounds. This makes it noticeably heavy, however, it’s still portable – it’s less heavy than one unit we saw in the course of this review.
The temperature adjusts from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, in 25 degrees increments. This gives a wide range of temperature options and allows for easy fine-tuning of the heat, to the right temperature for your food.
Features We Love
- One-touch simmer and boil button
- LCD Control screen
- Programmable timer.
- Strong build quality.
- Easy to clean
- Compact and takes up little space
- Easy to store in a cabinet
- Excellent temperature control
- Handy LCD screen to monitor time and heat settings
- Lock to hold settings
- Fifteen temperature settings.
- Audible beep sound when changing settings.
- Very pricey unit.
If you are on a budget, the Max Burton 6400 cooktop won’t fit in. It costs twice as much as our budget pick portable cooktop. That notwithstanding, it’s worth the price.
The Max Burton 6400 is not only a digital cooktop, but it is also easy to clean, very portable and compact (one of its irresistible features). Because it occupies very little space, you can use it anywhere. From the dorm room to potlucks and even socials. The Max Burton 6400 also makes an amazing buffet warmer.
If you’d love to enjoy a digital cooking experience anywhere, anytime, then Max Burton 6400 is the portable induction cooktop for you.
iSiLER isn’t a popular brand like NuWave, Duxtop, SECURA, and GE. These brands are known to lead the pack in the induction cooktop field. The iSiLER portable induction cooktop is definitely going to give these four a run for their money.
What’s so special about it?
First, it sports a resplendent design – one that reeks of premium quality. From afar, it’s shiny black color radiates with an ambiance only seen in premium expensive kitchen appliances.
Secondly, it’s down to earth affordable – almost the same price, if not lesser than our budget pick device. These two unique selling points aren’t enough to convince anyone to buy a product. So, what else?
The unit is only available in black color. However, it is available either in two variants; one comes with a control knob and the other with a digital control panel. We recommend the unit with the digital control panel as it is what a lot of us are used to.
Under the small hood of the iSiLER cooktop, you’ll find up to 1800W of power which helps the unit to heat up pretty fast.
The iSiLER portable induction cooktop boasts of 8 different temperature settings which can only be set using 40 degrees increments. Well, that’s what you get with a budget unit such as this.
In addition to that, the 1800W of power can be changed across 9 different power levels in 200W increases. These changes are easy to make courtesy of the large control buttons which are noticeably easy to use.
Features We Love
- Premium design.
- Strong build quality.
- Easy to use controls.
- 9 power levels.
- 8 temperature settings.
- The unit boasts of 9 power levels which peak at 1800W. In addition to it, it has 8 different temperature levels suitable for cooking a variety of meals.
- We love the intuitive and responsive touch buttons which are paired with a display screen.
- The unit is compact sized and would surely leave the much-desired space on your countertop for more countertop appliances.
- You’ll notice the unit has strong build quality even though it is very affordable.
- You can’t use pans more than 8 inches on the unit.
For safety purposes, the iSiLER induction cooktop comes with a child lock feature to protect your children from getting hurt. To the right of the child lock button is the timer button as well as the power and the temperature control buttons.
The buttons are responsive to touch and are sizeably large.
We love the cooking surface of the unit. However, don’t expect to cook on it using a pot that is more than 8 inches large. This is because of the diameter of the cooking surface which measures about 6.7 inches.
The iSiLER portable induction cooktop also has a 180-minute countdown timer which can be increased in 10-minute intervals. You can easily control the timer using the + and – buttons on the digital control panel. The corresponding numbers are displayed on the LCD screen.
As expected, the unit comes with a one year warranty but given its strong build quality, you should expect more than one year from it.
Portable Induction Cooktop Comparison Table
|Secura 9100MC||5||15||14 x 11.4 x 2.1 in||$$$|
|Chef Star 1800W||4.9||15||17.5 x 15 x 4.5 in||$$|
|Duxtop 8100MC||4.9||10||13 x 11.5 x 2.5 in||$$$$|
|Fagor Portable||4.9||8||11.8 x 15 x 2.3 in||$$|
|iSiLER 1800W||4.9||8||11.6 x 14.2 x 2.2 in||$|
|Max Burton 6400||4.9||10||17.6 x 13.9 x 4.3 in||$$$$$|
How Does a Portable Induction Cooktop Work?
A portable induction cooktop comprises of an electromagnetic coil underneath and a ceramic plate on top. Once you turn on the cooktop, electric current flows through the electromagnetic coil, which generates a fluctuating magnetic field, but does not heat up the ceramic plate.
However, once you place a magnetic cookware – stainless steel or iron pan – on the ceramic plate, the magnetic field produce small electric currents on the pan. Since iron is a poor conductor, 90% of the small currents that flow through the pan convert to heat energy.
Consequently, the heat in the cookpot does not come from the ceramic plate, but rather from the pan. This heating process makes it a more efficient way to cook. Also, the induction cooktop cooks food in nearly half the time used by other cooking methods.
Lastly, here’s a video showing the working mechanism of a portable induction cooktop.
Buying Guide: Best Portable Induction Cooktop
In this section, the first thing we would want you to note is that price is not synonymous to performance. So, here is a list of things to consider before buying a portable induction cooktop.
Cooktop Power Rating
The best portable induction cooktop has a power rating of 1000 – 1800 Watts and 120 VAC or 240 VAC. However, the higher the power rating the faster it cooks, but this might affect the price and its power consumption.
Furthermore, before you decide on the best portable induction cooktop to buy, consider the power outlet in your house. For instance, connecting a 1800W induction cooktop to a regular power outlet may lead to fuse pops, fire hazard and an increase in the cost of electricity.
Some food has precise temperature requirement and using an induction cooktop is the best way to cook food at a regular temperature. The best induction cooktop offers power levels which you can set for different food while cooking.
For example, Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop is an 1800 W portable induction cooktop with 15 preset power levels which range from 200W to 1800 and 15 temperate settings between 140 to 460oF.
Additionally, some portable induction cooktops come with an amazing feature – power-boost, which provides maximum power and makes the heating element heat food faster.
Nevertheless, some of the best portable induction cooktops share one induction generator and either burner cannot use the maximum power of the generator since the power is shared.
To enjoy different preset cook time, choose a portable induction cooktop that comes with time feature. This feature, allows you to choose the amount of time the portable induction cooktop should cook your food, after which it automatically goes off.
Usually, the best portable induction cooktop with a timer feature, has an inbuilt digital countdown timer, with the highest range of up to 170 minutes.
Cooktop Control Panel
The induction cooktop’s intuitive controls and settings are located on a digital control panel. However, the control panels can either be touch panels or tiny buttons.
Touch panel portable induction cooktops are a bit expensive and complex than press buttons cooktops.
Pre-set Cooking Menus
Pre-set features are designed for some food with defined time and heat. Majority of the best portable induction cooktops have different pre-set menus, such as stir, boil, milk, fry, grill etc.
This innovative feature is seamless which makes life easier by allowing you to select a fast cook instead of always adjusting the power and heat for each food.
Granted, the portable induction cooktops are very affordable and the portable induction cooktops in this review cost below $100. But, the price of a portable induction cooktop doesn’t mean you will get the best performance.
Portability is what every portable induction cooktop offers you. However, you can choose between fixed portable induction cooktop or smaller ones.
It gives you the chance to take your cooktop anywhere there’s electricity whenever you wish to cook. So, if you wish to take it to the rooftop when hosting a party or the backyard, the choice is yours.
Pot Compatibility of Induction Cooker
Surely, this is one factor you must consider carefully as a new user of an induction cooktop. The compatibility of a portable induction cooktop with cookware is very important because induction cooktops work only with a ferrous bottom or magnetic cookware to ensure maximum conduction of heat.
Portable induction cooktops work best with cast iron or stainless steel cookware with magnetic bottoms.
Conversely, to check if your current cookware is compatible with the best portable induction cooktop, place a magnet on the bottom, if it sticks, then it’s compatible.
Pan Size for Induction Cooktop
Portable induction cooktops usually have minimum and maximum pan size, and if your pot is smaller than the pan size, this cooktop won’t detect it and automatically turns off. Therefore, the pan size – internal cool diameter, must match your pot for maximum heat. A larger diameter offers faster heating.
FAQs on Portable Induction Cooktop
Before we wrap up this review, let’s clarify somethings with answers to some questions on portable induction cooktops.
Are induction cooktops safe?
Definitely, portable induction cooktops are safer than gas, electric and other cooking methods because the heat does not flow from the burner itself.
Do induction cooktops save energy?
Arguably, most portable induction cooktops are very energy efficient. We’d like to also point out that the energy efficient models always bear an energy efficient certification sticker.
Are induction cooktops easy to clean?
Yes, they are. The only part that heats up is the part that the pot or pan sits on, so, even when food drop on the ceramic panel, it doesn’t get burnt. Clean your portable induction cooktop regularly to make it look new and add style to your kitchen.
In the end, it all boils down to what you want and how functional you want your portable induction cooktop to be. No doubt, a portable induction cooktop is one kitchen appliance that you wouldn’t want to miss for anything.
- Our Rating
Ease of use, portability, ability to accommodate large pans, aesthetics, affordability, energy efficiency, and build quality are the seven important things we looked out for in all the portable induction cooktops reviewed in this article. The Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop tops the list of the cooktops that met all these requirements.
Also, they are very cheap and fit every budget. Make your choice today and enjoy the design, portability, and functionalities of a portable induction cooktop.