6 Best Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews of 2020
So what is the big deal about portable induction stovetops?
Maybe you’ve heard they are a cook’s “next big thing” or, quite possibly if you are like many people, you have never heard of portable induction cooktops (PIC) at all!
For any of you that want to learn more about them, below all the reviews, we will go through everything you need to know about portable induction stove tops.
If you already know all about induction cooktops, then you can begin choosing which one best suits your needs, based on our in-depth reviews.
The Best Portable Induction Cooktop Reviews – Single Stovetops
(Best All Around!)
The Duxtop Induction Cooktop is safe to use, fast and easy to clean.
This versatile and feature rich cooktop is great for entertaining; and is so beautiful you can even use it as a warming platform or extra cooking area at even the most stylish of events.
Awesome extras, the digital LCD sensor-touch control panel has a child safety lock system (simply press and hold the Safety Lock Key for three seconds in order to activate), a Fast Boil button, and a Keep Warm button.
This portable induction cooktop uses 120 volts, 15 amps of electricity (standard in all homes), and is, of course, lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage.
This model has a built-in count-down digital timer with one minute increments (up to 10 hours), and 20 temperature ranges from 100°F to 460°F.
This appliance includes a 5-foot cord and the entire unit comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
As with most induction stovetops, the auto-pan detection will shut the unit off automatically after 60 seconds if no cookware, or the incorrect cookware, is detected.
Of course don’t forget that to use this (or any other induction cooktop) you will need to have a compatible set of cookware. Start by checking to see if a magnet will stick to the bottom of your existing set. If it does, those pots and pans can be used on the induction stove top. If not, check out this article on how to select an induction ready cookware set.
There have been a few updates to this set including the addition of a boiling and warming buttons that are great additions. Both automatically initiate the timer for 10 minutes and 30 minutes respectively.
The LCD display is also a significant improvement over the old LED display and much easier to read.
(Quickest To Heat Up)
his NuWave model has had a number of updates that have made this portable induction stovetop even better.
For example, this model now has a larger heating surface of 9 1/2 inch; the original NuWave PIC had only a 9 inch surface.
In addition, this portable stovetop now comes with 94 temperature settings for your own personalised temperature control (set in 5-degree temperature increments).
Which gives you more temperature control (the original could only adjust in 10 degree segments).
NuWave does make several models so here is a breakdown of the available portable stovetops and their specifications:
NuWave pic 2 1300 watt model (10 degree temperature adjustment, 6.5″ heating surface)
NuWave pic 2 Gold 1500 watt model (10 degree temperature adjustment, 8″ heating surface)
NuWave pic 2 Pro 1800 watt model (5 degree temperature adjustment, 12″ cooking surface)
It may not seem like much, but the finer temperature segments of 5 degree Fahrenheit will help you to control your cooking precisely;
even melt chocolate without burning!
One important aspect to note is that after you have completed your cooking and turned off the stovetop, the fan does not continue to cool the cooking surface so this portable induction cooktop can stay warm to the touch for a while.
(Best On Budget)
The Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner has 15 power levels (ranging between 200 – 1800Watts), and a temperature ranging from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 460 degrees Fahrenheit.
This little induction cooktop does everything it needs to do very well on a countertop; cooks your food without heating the entire room or counter.
The digital control panel has a built-in count-down timer (in one minute increments) up to 170 minutes.
The safety features include auto-pan detection, a diagnostic error message system, and a low and high voltage warning system.
This product is built to North American Electrical Standards and includes a 1-year warranty.
The settings and controls on this unit are clear and easy to understand; we’ve also heard kudos for the numbers which light up but are not LCD (which many people find to be tough to distinguish as they grow older).