Moved to a new home? Going for a long trip? Or just felt like upgrading your kitchen a little? Regardless, an induction cooktop is one of the best choices you can make when it comes to home appliances. It is easy to carry, saves space, and above all, cooks your food faster. There are so many recommendations for induction cooktops online. And most of them look quite similar.
It must be hard for you to choose the right one for your needs. Don't worry. We have done the hard work for you. Below, you will find our top 10 list featuring the best induction cooktops from top brands like Prestige, Philips, Pigeon, and more. We got more. In case you feel the information is overwhelming, just scroll down further to read our buying guide. That'll help for sure!
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We discuss some important factors like cooking zone size, number of cooking zones, wattage, safety features, and many more in the sections below. We recommend reading the buying guide below for more clarification, if you can't make up your mind about which induction cooktop to choose,
Single zone induction cooktops are the most common type in the Indian market. But double, triple, and 4-zone induction cooktops are also available. Do you have a gas stove at home? Are you planning to use both induction and gas stoves? Then a family of four would only need a single or double zone induction cooktop.
If you are switching to induction cooking entirely, we recommend going for a 4-zone induction cooktop. The more zones you have, the more dishes you can cook simultaneously. For single-zone induction cooktops, you don't have to worry about the cooking zone size. It will be big enough to place the majority of your household cooking vessels.
But if you are going for a product with more than one cooking zone, we recommend reading the product description to find out the cooking zone size. The bigger it is, the better the induction process and faster the heating when you place large cookware on top. Make sure that you don't overlap the cooking zone and place the cookware on the control panel as the heat can damage it.
The wattage of induction cooktops ranges between 1500 and 3000. What has wattage got to do with cooking? The higher the wattage, the faster you can cook your food. Of course, you will be able to control the temperature and time. You may not need all your food to be cooked faster, but it helps sometimes. For example, when you want to boil water.
Induction cooktops don't run at full power all the time. It depends on the preset you selected or the temperature you set. For example, at 100 - 120 degrees celsius, the device will draw 500 watts of power (vary across products). Or if you select the deep fry preset, the cooking temperature will go up to 270 degrees celsius, with the induction cooktop drawing maximum power.
Induction cooktops come with a knob, press button, or a touch control panel. All three are prone to damages if you don't take care of the device properly. Other than that, it's all a matter of personal preference. The popular opinion is that the touch sensor control panel is more convenient and long-lasting.
Sharp objects can damage press buttons easily while turning too hard could damage knob controls over time. The control panel also has a display that shows the temperature, time, and the selected preset.
It also shows error codes to alert you of instances, such as the utensil is not placed properly or the voltage is too low. Error codes can also warn you of a potential safety hazard, for example, over-voltage or internal circuit malfunction.
Before you buy an induction cooktop, make sure that cooking presets for Indian dishes are available. It will help those who are new to cooking and experienced chefs save valuable time. The number of presets available varies across brands and models.
Almost all induction cooktops will have presets for warming and boiling milk/water, sauteing, pressure cooking, making dosa/roti, curry, and idli, and deep-frying. We came across some models that have a preset for keeping the food warm, which is beneficial if you are expecting guests and have food prepared for them quite early.
Do you want to save space in the kitchen or carry the induction cooktop with you while traveling? We recommend choosing a portable, single-zone induction cooktop. It can be helpful if you stay at a hostel and feel like cooking and eating on your own.
Read the product description to find out the dimensions (including the thickness) and the cord length before buying. Here is another reason to prefer a portable induction cooktop. You don't need to learn the cooking times. There are cooking presets available, and you just have to choose one.
Accidents can happen, but it is preventable by investing in an induction cooktop with enough safety features. Some induction cooktops come with temperature sensors, which adjust the output power in case the cookware on top gets too hot. This could happen if any empty utensil is left on the zone with the induction cooktop running. Brands may choose to call this feature a safety cut-off.
It also prevents the pan from getting overheated even if there is food in it. Small-item detection will prevent small items like spoons, forks, etc., from heating up if left on the heating zone accidentally. Automatic pan detection and auto-shutoff will ensure that the induction cooktop stops operating as soon as the cookware is removed from the top.
Some induction cooktops come with a child lock too. This feature is a must-have, especially if the induction cooktop has a touch control panel. It can prevent kids from accidentally altering the cooking settings you have set. You may not get all the safety features in one product, so choose an induction cooktop that has the ones that you need the most.
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Elegantly Designed Induction Cooktop With 10 Cooking Presets
Easy-to-Use and Easy-to-clean Glass Panel Induction Cooktop
Dedicated Preset for Keeping Your Food Warm After It’s Cooked
Cook Joy 3616
Resistant to Voltage Fluctuation up to 1500 Volts
Comes With Automatic Voltage Regulator That Ensures Durability of the Product
Recommended to Those Who Are Staying in Hostels
ProHome Induction Cooktop
Pan Sensor Technology Saves Energy
Extremely Simple to Use and Portable
Anti-Roach Design to Keep Pests Away
Slim Design Makes This Induction Cooktop Portable
The Indian market has induction cooktops that look pretty much the same regardless of the brand and model. Philips Viva Collection HD4938/01 induction cooktop doesn't come under this category. It is designed to add to the aesthetics of the modern Indian kitchen.
With a power rating of 2100 watts, this induction cooktop is suitable for anyone who wants their food cooked faster to save time. Don't worry if you are new to cooking. The Philips Viva Collection HD4938/01 comes with ten cooking presets (of which seven are recipe presets) to help even novice chefs cook with ease.
It has wattage and temperature printed on the glass panel so you can calculate power consumption when cooking at a certain temperature. We recommend this product to anyone looking for a quality induction cooktop with safety features like a child lock and auto-off.
Havells Insta Cook ST 2000 is the most user-friendly cooktop on our list. It has got eight cooking presets (all of them are recipe presets), temperature control, and a timer. But that doesn't make it any less efficient.
Just like our previous recommendation, it has a temperature and the corresponding power consumption indicator to help you cook at the right temperature and save electricity. It also has safety features like pan detection and auto-shutoff. For the price, we feel that the manufacturer could have included a child lock.
Prestige PIC 16.0+ has enough and more features to make cooking safe and easy. This 1900 W induction cooktop comes with eight cooking presets, which include presets for cooking methods like deep frying and sauteing.
It also has a "Keep Warm" preset. Now you can keep the food warm until the guests arrive or take a shower and settle down comfortably for your meal without worrying about it going cold.
As for safety features, Prestige PIC 16.0+ comes with two heat sensors that ensure the temperature stays within the permissible safe range. There is a pause button in the control panel. You can use this instead of the power button to temporarily suspend the heating process to save time.
If you already have a gas stove and need an induction cooktop only for occasional use, we recommend Usha Cook Joy IC 3616. It only has a power rating of 1600 W, which is sufficient for slow cooking to preserve nutrients present in vegetables and meat.
The five presets in this induction cooktop make boiling water and milk, preparing dosa, roti, idli, and curry, and deep frying meat easier. What we didn't like about this product is that it has a push-button control panel. You need to be careful with hot utensils and sharp objects to prevent causing any damages.
For the price point, Prestige PIC 20 provides good value for money. The product is similar to our third recommendation, which is the PIC 16.0+. You get eight cooking presets with a timer and temperature control.
Compared to the PIC 16.0+, this induction cooktop has a lower power rating (1600 W) and also doesn't have a pause button. Also, the design of the PIC 20.0 is not as elegant as the PIC 16.0+.
One feature that is present in both models is the anti-magnetic wall that blocks excessive magnetic radiation, providing you a healthy meal without any radiation hazards. We recommend Prestige PIC 20.0 to those who want an affordable induction cooktop with the right features for easy and safe cooking.
Pigeon Cruise is the most affordable induction cooktop on our top 10 list. For the price point, the power rating of 1800 W is pretty impressive. When no utensil or non-induction base cookware is placed on the cooking zone, the cooktop will display an error code to warn us.
Also, there is an auto-shutoff feature to prevent any hazards if left unattended. We recommend this induction cooktop to those who are staying at hostels since it is affordable and much more portable than our previous recommendations. You may not like the design and the push-button control panel, but that's the best you can get for this price.
If you are looking for an induction cooktop that can lift the aesthetics of your kitchen but still be affordable, look no further! Sansui ProHome 1800 W induction cooktop with its mirror-like crystal glass top and blue control panel is sure to impress anyone visiting your home.
It has two cooking-recipe presets for making dosa/chapati and heating milk, and three other presets for cooking methods like deep frying and pressure cooking. The product has safety features like pan detection and over-voltage protection, thus making the product durable and safe to use.
Looking for a travel-friendly induction cooktop that is easy to use? We recommend Cello Blazing 600A. We are used to seeing induction cooktops with lots of controls and presets. This one right here has just one knob that you can use to control temperature and time.
The compact design makes this induction cooktop extremely portable and space-saving. The company hasn't compromised on the design. It is as elegant as it can get. Although it has a power rating of 1600W, the price is too high, which may turn away some potential customers.
Morphy Richards Superchef 2000 is beautifully designed to boost your cooking spirits. Those who are tired of seeing the black induction cooktops can go for this good work of art from Morphy Richards. It's useful as it is good-looking.
You can find seven auto cook menus and eight power levels ranging from 300 W to 2000 W to help you cook food the right way. Induction cooktops have air vents and fans underneath to keep the device cool while operating.
Sometimes pests can get in and cause damages. This induction cooktop's anti-roach design prevents such instances, thus ensuring the longevity of the appliance. It also has an auto shut-off feature that turns off the device in case of overheating or when the utensil is removed from the plate.
Some induction cooktops marketed as portable may be small length and breadth-wise, bulky in design. Bajaj Majesty SLIM looks like a regular induction cooktop, but it is so slim that you can easily carry it in a medium-sized travel bag.
It is a bit on the expensive side because of the power rating of 2100 W and several other features like eight cooking presets, variable temperature and time selection, etc. The product comes with a warranty of one year.
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We hope that this article has helped you choose the best induction cooktop for your needs. Here are some key points to note. Depending on the number of family members and the type of cookware you have, choose an induction cooktop that comes with the desired number of cooking zones and zone size.
Remember, the more the wattage, the faster you can cook your food. The induction cooktop you are buying should have enough safety features to protect anyone operating or near the induction cooktop. Auto-shutoff, pan detection, safety cut-off,m and child lock are some of the safety features that we recommend looking for.
Author - Arun F Xaviour
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