Induction cookers are special types of cookers which use electricity and conduction for heating rather than gas which is the primary source in conventional cookers. The main advantage of induction cookers is the convenience that they offer in terms of portability and size. This makes it great for carrying with you when going on a journey or trips as you do not have to carry heavy gas cylinders with you. They don’t consume much power so it will not affect your electricity bill all that much. The drawback with induction cookers is that they can only operate when the certain type of kitchen utensils, which are made for induction cookers, are placed on it. For this reason, you may have to replace some of your kitchen appliances as well if you plan on purchasing an induction cooker. Here is a list of some of the best induction cookers.
1. Secura Portable Induction Cooker
This is one of the best induction cookers that we could find. The Secura 9100MC is powered by 1800W of power which allows it to efficiently heat up to cook the food. The cooker costs just over $100, however, you could find it for a lot less if it comes on sale. There are three different purchasing options for the cooker. You can either go for the one pack, two pack or three pack which may offer better savings. The power levels can be adjusted to your preference from 200 Watts of power to the maximum of 1800 Watts. There is also a setting to adjust the temperature with fifteen different levels. The temperature can be changed from 140 degrees to 460 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooker is quite small and light in weight. This gives it good portability and makes it easy to store it. You can also set a timer in increments of one, for a maximum of 170 minutes. It also has an auto pan detection system so that it functions only when the pan is placed on the surface.
2. NuWave Precision Induction Cooker
If the Secura 9100MC is too expensive for you, then this induction cooker may be a lot more affordable to you. The cooktop alone costs only about $70, but you also have the option of choosing the model which comes with a 1.5 Quart Saucepan as well for a little over $100. There are six different temperature presets that you can choose from, but you can still vary the temperature manually for 15 different temperatures ranging from 100 degrees to 575 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperatures can be incremented in steps of ten. The cooktop also comes with built-in memory as it can store information for up to 100 hours. You can use the cooker to perform a variety of cooking tasks such as barbecue, melt, slow cook, simmer, etc. It is also light in weight and offers portability. There is also a pan detect feature built in so the cooker can shut-off when the pan is removed from the surface.
3. DUXTOP Portable Sensor Touch Induction Cooker
This induction cooker uses a touch-based system for controlling the various settings on the cooker. The capacitive touch zones are all labeled per the setting that they control, so there is no need for guessing its functionality. There are two different colors that you can choose from for the induction cooker, those being black and gold. The gold colored model is slightly more expensive but is worth the extra bucks due to its improved appearance. The black model costs around $130 when it is not on sale, making it on par with most of the other induction cookers that we found. The cooker operates on 120 Volts power and uses 15 Amperes of current. It is quite light in weight and has a compact size, giving it great portability. The child safety lock feature improves its safety from children accidentally touching the buttons. The cooker has a countdown timer as well which lets you set a countdown for up to 170 minutes. There are also ten different temperature settings which range from 140 to 460 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Rosewill RHAI-13001 Induction Cooker
The Rosewill RHAI-13001 is a very affordable induction cooker, as it costs less than $50. It may not have the same quality and features as some of the other more expensive induction cookers on our list, but is still worth the price. There are two options when purchasing the cooker. You can either go for the non-programmed model or the pay a few extra dollars for the pre-programmed model. They don’t differ in features or build quality so it is entirely up to you to decide if you want the added program features or not. There are 8 different temperature levels that you can choose from, which can be set between 150 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The LED display is quite large and easy to read. You also get the option of setting a timer but are only limited to setting it to a maximum of three hours, which may not be enough for some purposes. The control panel is touch operated and clearly labeled.
5. Gas One 1800W Induction Cooker
This is another one of the cheaper induction cookers out there, and it is priced quite like the Rosewill model we reviewed earlier. Though it is cheap, it does come packed with some of the basic features that you would expect from an induction cooker. The heat levels of the cooker can be easily adjusted between ten different power levels. You can either set it to a minimum of 200 Watts power or the maximum of 1800 Watts, with 10 different increments in between. The cooktop itself is quite compact and is light in weight. The control panel of the cooktop is touch based and uses a digital sensor to detect the touch, rather than a capacitive touch sensor. One thing we really liked about this cooktop is that is very efficient in terms of its energy consumption. There are also various safety features such as auto shut-off and a child lock option.
6. Secura 8100MC Portable Induction Cooker
This model of the Secura series of induction cookers may be a bit outdated compared to the model we reviewed for our top pick but is still certainly worth its price. The Secura 8100MC costs only $100 when not on sale, but you could get it for even less if it does come on sale. There is no option of choosing the color of the cooktop as it comes in the standard gold color, however, there is the option of purchasing the two pack for better savings. This could be a great option if you want to gift one of the cooktops or if you have a friend or relative who wants one as well. The cooktop has a built-in countdown timer which lets you set a timer for up to 170 minutes. There is also a setting to adjust the temperature between 140 degrees to a maximum of 460 degrees Fahrenheit in ten different increments. It also uses 1800 Watts of power as its maximum input power, just like the other cooktops on our list.
7. Midea 1500W Induction cooker
The Midea 1500W Induction cooktop has been the cheapest cooktop that we could find. It does cost slightly more than $50, but it does come included with a stainless-steel pot, free of charge. This makes it an immense value for your money if you are looking for a cooktop on a low budget. It does have a slightly lesser maximum operating power of 1500 Watts, compared to the 1800 Watts in most of the other cooktops that we reviewed. However, it does not fall short in build quality and features, even though it costs so much less than most of the other cooktops out there. There is a touch control panel for adjusting your preferred settings such as temperature, timer and power levels. The power levels can be adjusted in 10 stages, which gives you great flexibility in optimizing the power consumption of the cooktop. There is also a built-in timer which can be set to a maximum of 3 hours.
8. True Induction S2F3 Induction Cooker
Since we featured the mid-ranged cooktops and the cheaper cooktops, we decided to throw in one of the more expensive cooktops that are out there as well. The True Induction S2F3, is significantly more expensive than all the other cooktops on our list, as it costs more than $400. You could get it for a lot less if the item comes on sale. The prominent feature about this cooktop is that it has double burners compared to the single burner cooktops that we have reviewed. It also is quite superior to most other cooktops out there with its sleek design and build quality. The build quality is what impressed us the most with this cooktop which makes it well worth the price if you can afford it. It is not built to be portable, however, so you might have to leave it on your countertop.