World has already moved towards the induction cooktop and when it comes to the advantages it takes the lead from traditional electric cooktop and LPG gas stove in copious ways. Starting right from the energy efficiency to safest way to cook, it provides it all. Going with the statistics it reduces cooking time by almost 50% because of its efficiency in heat loss which is really helpful while cooking Indian recipes.
Induction cooktops comes with wide range of options suited for need of every household. The basics are very simple more the wattage the cooking will be faster. If you are thinking which is best suited for you? No worries, we have already done the research for you and luckily you are in the right place. Here is the list of 9 best induction cooktops for you-
Philips always has the best list of appliances when it comes to electronic market. Viva collection is surely one the one in list, it’s amazing features made it the bestselling for a long time now.
It’s sleek, stylish design with microcrystal plate has made it aesthetically pleasing. 2100 Watt power consumption makes it cook faster and best for Indian kitchen, 1.2m cord provides flexibility in cooking and (H*W) mm: 65*281 dimensions makes it even right for household.
|Eco friendly||More electricity consumption|
|Efficient cooking||Produces noise sometimes|
|0 to 3hrs timer setting||No voltage regulator|
|6 Pre-set menus for varied cooking options|
Looking for an induction cooktop which is electricity efficient also? Prestige PIC 20 1200W is the right option for you. It comes with anti-magnetic wall which allows keeps the rest of the panel cool except the centre of the black glass. It comes with different menu options which eases the cooking even more.
It’s easy to use feature and electricity efficient technology differs it from all the other appliances and automatic switch off technology adding up to its ascendancy.
|Eco friendly||Comparatively shorter chord|
|Energy saver||Low wattage means less powerful|
|Anti-magnetic wall makes it efficient||Makes noise sometimes|
|Automatic voltage regulator|
|Easy Maintenance ü Easy to use|
With digital timer display, temperature control and compact design makes it aesthetically attractive and its feature rich options makes it more deserving for getting a place in this list. It comes with pre-set menus for everyone’s specific needs, its 1900W capacity is filling right into the gaps for desired market.
The cooktop is also very strong for ensuring safety and its feature that is worth mentioning is that the induction does not switch on until there is not compatible utensil placed on it and there is wide variety of utensils that can be placed on it like- Stainless Steel Pots, Stainless Steel Rice Cookers, Cast Iron Frying Pots, Oil Boiling Pots, Stainless Steel Water Jugs and Grilling Iron Plates.
|User Friendly||Plastic body|
|8 pre-set menus||Soft-touch buttons are useful, but you need time to learn it.|
|Easy to use touch panel|
When it comes to home appliances Havells is definitely not behind in the league. Temperature can be low heating (120W) to high modes (1600W). 6 pre-set cooking menus makes it expedient and when it comes to the safety features the auto pan detection and auto cut off when you forgot the turn it off is up to the expectations.
Led display panel and smooth control is making the life even easier. High quality material build ensures the durability of the appliance.
|8 pre-set menus||Soft touch panel needs some time to learn|
Another Prestige product has made into the list. It comes with fully automatic control procedure and regulates power and temperature as per the requirement. One feature which differentiates this cooktop is that it comes with dual heat sensors which tracks the temperature of cooking pot and controls the temperature accordingly this prevents from overheating and saves electricity.
Prestige has added the Automatic Keep Warm feature to this induction cooktop. This unique feature allows you to keep your food warm for a long time. Adding to this the power saver technology is another benefit in this keeps power check and controls the heat accordingly to the size of pot.
|Dual heat sensors||Poor customer service|
|Anti-magnetic wall||Does not start the timer automatically|
|Automatic voltage regulator|
|Multiple cooking options|
The manufacturers have taken a special interest in embedding advanced technology for Rapido Slim Induction Cooktop. This technology not only saves power but also cooks delicious food in no time. That is the reason why this product is considered to be one of the best electric induction cooktops for home purposes.
This wonderful device comes with 8 Indian preset menus featured in a touch panel to make you enjoy the cooking experience. It operates at 2100Watts power, and 50 Hz frequency for quick processing. It also includes dual heat sensor technology to adjust the heat, automatic shut off feature switch off when the cooking is complete. Push buttons helps to navigate for smooth and efficient functioning of the device.
|8 Indian pre-set menus||Digital control touch has some issues|
|Smart and sleek||Poor after sales service|
|Timer and temperature intelligence|
|Anti- magnetic wall|
Usha is again a leading brand when it comes to home appliances. This amazing product comes with all copper coil and temperature control technology for healthy and safe cooking. It comes with 5 pre-set menus with additional manual control option.
Programmable upto 180 mins and auto cut and pause function is a big plus for this besides pan sensor technology only activates when it detects the compatible utensil on it. 1.2m chord gives the flexibility and anti-skid feet prevents the device from slipping when preparing your favourite dish.
|Pan sensor technology||Makes noise sometimes|
|Voltage regulation||Plastic body makes it less durable|
|5 pre-set menus|
|Longer cable for flexibility|
iBEll is an Indian local brand which provides the best and efficient appliances in affordable price. The IBL Cloud 4 model Induction cooktop has a sleek, stylish and high tempered ceramic single glass. Being compact and portable, it won’t take much of your kitchen counter space. High quality coils are used in this device to provide even temperature cooking experience every time. Just other products in the list, this one comes with 7-preset cooking options. Apart from that, you can also adjust the temperature using the buttons as per your requirements.
Super wide voltage adaptability and multifunction capability makes this product worth every penny you invest. In cases of overheating, this cooktop will automatically shut off the heating process. This helps to avoid any risks of burns or potential accidents.
|Auto Shut off||Makes noise sometimes|
|7 Pre-set options|
Preethi is another popular Indian brand, especially in the smaller cities and towns of India. The one-touch menu is the highlight of this product. It has a significant heating base for accommodating vessels with a broad base. There are many more attractive features of this appliance. Let us look at some of them.
This product comes with a high-quality ceramic plate to withstand high temperature. The pre-programmed settings include an automatic shut-off feature thereby ensuring the system consumes less power in comparison to others.
Preethi induction cooktops transfer 84% of heat to the cooking vessel while minimising the heat loss. It helps in reducing the cooking time. Preethi has the distinction of introducing pre-programmed Indian menus such as Gravy, Chapatti, idlis, dosas, and so on.
This cooktop is a long lasting one as it comes equipped with high-grade electrical features to protect it against short circuits. The 1-year warranty makes it a reliable induction cooktop.
|Excellent power-saving features||Tends to overheat if you set the maximum power of 1600W|
|Highly durable ceramic plate capable of withstanding high temperature|
|Introduced pre-programmed Indian menus|
Factors to be considered before buying an induction cooker
For those who need to multitask, and need to get the dishes done as the clock runs, it would be recommended to go for the cooktop with two zones so that you can cook at the same time.
An induction cooktop comes in varied sizes and can have from 1,2,3,4 to 5 induction zones. The tops with single zone can be seen very commonly.
The single zone small, portable stand-alone induction cooktops are relatively inexpensive and are commonly used and found India. The size of the cooktop also depends upon one’s personal choice and also the size of the kitchen where the cooktop would be placed and used.
The most pocket friendly inductions are the single zone countertop model inductions that are handy and can be easily moved around.
On the other hand, one can also find built-in inductions but the prices for the same soar higher. Other features that affect the price of the cooktops are the branded value of the company offering the counter top, the style, design and features in the cooktop.
Although the smaller zoned cooktops are more popular in the market, it is a better idea to purchase an induction with a bigger body size as the passage of air is better; the air circulation ensures that the insides get to cool thereby lending the induction’s life.
A point to note here would be, if there are many zones on the cooktop that are cramped very close to each other, then the cooking space becomes cluttered which might hamper the control when using all the zones at once, and cooking multiple dishes on one cooktop can make the controls greasy which will blot the sensors.
Cooking zones are largely dependent on the size of the cooktop itself. Most of the large cooking zones usually have a diameter which is larger than 21cms, this also ensures that the cooktop is handled easily without having to compromise on the comfort and ease multitasking.
The cooking zones in most cooktops are clearly defined and outlined, for each given size of cookware. It is always better to pick an induction cooktop which is spacious enough to see that you can move around, compared to a small cooking zone.
Control panel is what lends the user all the setting options for cooking are available. The control panel displays the available features like- power settings, temperature settings and other preset settings as per each model.
The standard controls in place can be categorized into 3 major panels.
One option is the rotating knob control, second being the press button control, and the third being the controls via touch.
The physically sturdy would be the knob type panel but touch panels are easier to navigate and gives a sleeker look, however it is slightly more expensive than the other 2 options.
Power/ Temperature settings
Power and temperature setting would be the biggest features that affect the rate at which the food gets cooked.
Cooking a dish becomes easier to control and cook. Would you like it rare, medium rare, soft boiled or at par? Smaller intervals ensure that such controls stay in the hands of the user.
A slight increase or decrease in the temperature if permitted to be regulated effectively, can make it a lot more user-friendly.
Also, just because an induction cooktop is marketed as a technology which sees that not a lot of time is being spent in the kitchen, it does not mean that everything has to be done in a hurry.
So it is important to ensure the induction starts with low temperature/power settings by default. It is suggested to get the temperature controllable cooktops that can be adjusted from 140-430 degree of Fahrenheit.
Most of the portable inductions have a maximum power of 2100W. Some inductions may have a lower threshold power of 1500W or 1700W.
Low power options would result in lower usage of power consumption, but if most of the cooking activity is done on the induction, it is better to opt for a robust power.
Most of the induction cookers come with varied levels of power that allows the user to control and set the amount of heat needed for cooking a particular dish.
If the wattage is high, some of the cooking zones are equipped with a power management system which divides the power between the cooking zones. In such cases, maximum power function can be set only when a single cooking zone is used at a time.
In case multiple cooking zones are used simultaneously the power will not work at its highest.
If we want to cook two dishes with maximum powers together, then they need to be in opposite zones.
Design of the Induction Cooktop
Although the design and style depends upon one’s personal choice, it is important to keep the other factors in mind.
For example, the tops that are framed can be more prone to having dirt and grime getting stuck at the corners and crevices. However, it helps in containing spills from running through on the base.
The downside of designs that don’t have edges is that they are more prone to getting cracks and can easily breaks if the unit is dropped form a height or something heavy on the edge. But such models are very simple to wipe clean and maintain.
Portable Vs. Non Portable
The biggest thing about a portable inductions is that can be carried anywhere. The only requirement that’s needed to make the unit function is an electrical socket.
Also, it is ideal for those people who are living on their own, away from home in hostels etc as it doesn’t take up much space, sufficient for a single person does not create a fuss and cooks in lesser time.
Useful Features in Induction Cooktops
With advancement in technology and increase of competition in the market, there are new features being added that can up the cooking game.
Here are some features listed which you can opt to have if you think it would add value to the cooktop. However, not all the features can be found in the same induction cooktop.
Most of the inductions have timer feature. It comes in handy especially when you are multitasking and have other chores to do.
It ensures that you don’t end up burning the food. Plus it can also be used when you want to heat or boil. You can set the amount of time one wants a particular food to be on the induction cooktop as you would for an oven.
Once the timer is over it will automatically shut down the supply of power. Generally, the cooktops come with a built-in cooktop digital timer with one-minute increments that can range up to 170 mins; but the same can vary from one brand to another. This also saves from fire accidents.
Preset Cooking Menus
Many inductions cooktop come with preset cooking menus which makes cooking that much more easier since you will just have to do the basic work and select the specific setting.
The cooking menu includes options like grill, stir, boil, fry, milk, breakfast etc.
Automatic Pan Detection feature
Induction cooktops also have an automatic pan detection feature which ensures heating is turned off as soon as the cookware is removed from the cooktop. This also ensures that there is minimal energy wastage.
In some of the models when the cookware is removed, the cooking is stopped and a symbol appears to notify the same. When the cookware is placed back on the heating zone cooking continues with the power levels set to as they were before.
Some inductions have sensors installed for cautioning the user, which monitors the temperature of the bottom of the cookware and as a safety measure from causing heat related accidents.
This also helps in case empty cookware is left on the heating zone with power on.
The sensors understand that there is no food that is to be cooked and thereby adjusts the power output to avoid damage to the cooktop and cookware.
Temperature of some of the cooktops these days scan be controlled via WIFI or smart device.
Auto switch offs
Auto switch off is another measure taken to ensure user safety. As the title suggests this automatically turns the induction down or completely switches it off in case of overheating or when the user removes cookware from the cooktop.
If incompatible cookware is used, generally an indicator turns up to help the user notice and after a short period of time the cooking zone automatically switches itself off.
In some models, the user can also hear beeping sound while in the other models the display flashes on and off to grab attention.
Small item detection
If a small sized item is mistakenly placed on the heating area of the induction like fork, spoon, ladle, etc, it is detected as ‘not’ a cookware.
To make the user aware, the display flashes, while the internal part of the induction cuts off power supply.
Almost all the induction cooktops have a child lock safety feature in it. By the use of child lock feature, the user can lock the induction cooktop even during use, due to this any operation that is present and underway will continue but no other action can be taken.
The cooktop can also be locked when cleaning. When child lock feature is on, the displayed settings remains active and locked and all the functions gets locked and only the power off button remains usable.
This feature can help in avoiding bigger mishappenings incase reopening of locking feature gets stuck or jammed.
Safety cut off feature
This feature comes in use when the induction is being used for longer duration of time without the temperature being altered, it will cut off or switch off automatically after a particular threshold.
The threshold depends on the heat settings of the cooktop at the given time. The lower the settings, the longer the cooking zone will remain on.
In case your cooking requirements are such that you need to cook for a long duration of time, ensure that the cooktop you are getting has longer safety cut out periods
Booster feature is similar to auto heat up where the cooking zone heats up the food quickly at the highest setting of temperature, and then automatically reduces the heat supply to a preselected lower heat setting.
In case of spillage on the cooktop and especially the controls the induction will beep and shut down.
In order to begin cooking again, the spillage has to be cleaned.
Some of the high-end inductions have worked their way around one of the cons of induction cooktop- the usage of woks! They have a dedicated area for wok cooking, where even if the surface of the vessel is not in complete contact with the induction cooktop, the induction functions.
A less costly alternative is to buy an induction compatible wok and use it on any inductions.
For the feel of flame as we have in a traditional gas stove, new models of induction have introduced the feature of LED flames to give the users a visual idea about the intensity of heat.
Sometimes the user may hear noises when using the induction cooktop on higher settings.
This happens since a fan is switched on inside or lids of the cookware start vibrating when it’s cooking.
A ticking sound can be heard when the induction tries to keep the power stable by the use of power controllers cycling the element on and off. Such sounds are normal and the user need not worry about it.
Induction cooktops are easy to clean and maintain. They have a plain falt surface with no dirt traps, unless ofcourse the boarders are rimmed.
Most of the controls are touch-sensitive, so there are no knobs grime can build. Since the surface doesn’t get as hot as other electric cooktops, and the cooking is stopped due to spillage, the food that spill doesn’t bake on the surface.
A soft cloth can be used to wipe the cooktop clean. For further cleaning, specific handbook and instructions can be followed.
Induction cooktops gives good value for money as it maintains a relatively cool kitchen temperature and the cooktop itself remaining cool is a win-win situation.
Its space efficient and easy to use which is ideal for bachelors, small families, teenagers beginning to learn how to cook and those having small children.
Frequently Asked Questions – Best Induction Cooktops
1. Which of the two cooking modes is faster – gas cooktops or induction cooktops?
The induction cooktops are the faster of the two. They work by transferring heat directly to the cooking utensil without suffering any heat loss. It is not the case with gas cooktops. Some of the modern induction cooktops come with anti-magnetic walls that prevent the dissipation of magnetic energy.2. What is the most significant drawback of the induction cooktop?
You cannot use all kinds of cooking vessels on the induction stove. They have to be either made of steel or iron. Copper-bottomed utensils are of no use in the induction stoves. Also, you need to have flat-bottomed utensils that should occupy the entire area of the cooking plate.3. How can induction cooktops save you time and money?
You have induction cooktops coming with pre-set timers. By setting the timing for each cooking operation, you save time as you need not supervise the cooking. The induction cooktops enable you to concentrate on other aspects of cooking and kitchen work.4. Which of the two processes is economical?
When you consider subsidised LPG cooking, it is cheaper than the induction cooktops. Otherwise, induction cooktops offer the most economical process. The cost of heating 10 litres of water in various appliances is as follows.
Unsubsidized LPG – ₹ 10.80
Subsidized LPG – ₹ 5.09
Induction Cooktop – ₹ 5.21
Electric Oven – ₹ 5.915. What are the best induction cooktop brands available in India?
Philips, Prestige, Pigeon, Havells, Preethi and Usha are the popular induction cooktops in India.6. Are induction cooktops environmentally friendly?
Yes, the induction cooktops are environmentally friendly as they do not involve any burning of petroleum fuels. Hence, you do not have any emission of gas. The induction cooktops are electrical appliances.