Although it is somewhat counterintuitive induction heating has been around for many decades now, and it has even made it to the private homeowner’s cooktop. It works by inducing a magnetic field in the iron particles that make up the bottom of the pot and thus the pot itself begins generating heat. The obvious advantage is that you are no longer using energy to heat the cooking element and then need to wait for that heat to be transferred to the pot and then to the food in the pot. By cutting out the middle man as it were, induction cooktops are a lot more energy efficient which is what really recommends this technology to be transferred into portable induction cooktops. They can be operated on hunting camps, boats and camper vans, helping you prepare delicious meals on the go, but also helping you start the conservation process before you need to get home. So we decided to help you find the best portable induction cooktop for your needs by putting together a list of the best choices you currently have on the market at different price ranges and with different functions. Besides the list itself, you can find in depth reviews that we have prepared for you by just scrolling down past the list.
1. Duxtop 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 8100MC
As you are bound to find out and discover on your own if you read all of the reviews we have prepared for you, Duxtop are actually the best portable induction cooktop manufacturer currently on the market. Their products are versatile, resilient, and reasonably priced. That is why our top 2 choices actually come from Duxtop. The Duxtop 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 8100MC is the older model, but you really cannot tell that from its function. It can hit temperatures between 140 degrees Farhenheit to 460 degrees, using anywhere between 200 and 1800 watts. That means you can take a little bit more time to get to that maximum temperature, but save up on power, if you are using a small generator, or you can bring your morning tea cattle to boil in less than 3 minutes, if you have enough power. It also means that you can set the temperature on its minimum setting and use the Duxtop to kill of any bacteria from your tools and jars. Basically, you can control both the temperature and the power setting so you can perfectly control your cooking.
2. Duxtop 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 9100MC
We already warned you that our second choice would also be a Duxtop and here it is, the Duxtop 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 9100MC. It is the same basic device, it has the same power rating, the same temperature controls, except that it has been given a very significant facelift and brought to the 21st century. It is also somewhat more expensive than the first Duxtop we have talked about, and given that the differences are mostly cosmetic, we are not quite sure the price difference is worth it. Unless that is, if you have already invested in a modern kitchen or a modern trailer, and then the price difference between these 2 Duxtop cooktops will not seem that great, and you will probably want the more modern of the 2 so that it will not clash with the rest of your setup. There is also the fact that with the Duxtop 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 9100MC the digital display is bigger and easier to read, and there are situations where that is truly useful.
3. Rosewill Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot
If you need to keep your expenses to a minimum, you do have an interesting alternative with the Rosewill Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot. Its temperature range is significantly lower at 150 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and you do not get control about how much power is getting used. Considering all that you may think that the price difference is not really worth it, but we need to draw your attention to the fact that you also get a stainless steel pot for the same price. The problem with all induction cooktops is that you need special pots with thick iron bottoms so that the magnetic coil will have something to interact with. So the fact that Rosewill are giving you a stainless steel pot that was specifically designed to work with their induction cooktop, is no small feat.
4. Nuwave Precision Cooktop
When it comes to modern kitchen gadgets Nowave are among the best brands, so when we found the Nuwave Precision Cooktop we just had to test it. It did amazingly well, and, considering the less techie of our readers, we were actually impressed by just easy to use this cooktop is. You do not need to choose between power settings and the such, but instead you choose how much heat you want the cooktop to generate and it does. It even has a maximum output setting that they deem should be only used for searing, and, after having tested it, we can only agree that it is a pretty powerful setting. There is also the fact that the design of the Nuwave Precision Cooktop is among the most modern we have seen, so, if it were not for the relatively high price point, we would have chosen this as our number one product.
5. Inducto A79 Professional Portable Induction Cooktop
The last product we are going to look at is also the cheapest one you can find that will still get the job done and provide you with an adequate level of quality. The Inducto A79 Professional Portable Induction Cooktop does not come with its own pot, so, taking that into consideration the Rosewill is still the better deal. However, if you already have all the pots and pans that you need for induction cooktops, then the Inducto is the better choice for you. The simple way to tell if your current pots are going to work with an induction cooktop is to take a magnet and see if it sticks to their bottom. If it does then they will work on an induction cooktop, although it should be noted that specially designed induction pots might work better than ones that were not specially designed for it.