The Best Electric Cooktop – Useful Than You Might Think!

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    Key Features

      The USA & Canada ETL Certified Electric Stove

      Hot surface indicator with child control lock feature 

      Easy to clean

      Works for all inductive pans.


    Induction stove

    Having an electric cooktop around is more useful than you might think. Having a stove available is something you can take for granted, but when camping or motel hopping (or even during busy cooking months) it always pays to have one of these on hand.

    So let’s take a look at the best around, and the different types of cooktop!


    Here are the best electric cooktops you can buy:

    For the complete product list, please continue reading…


    Top 9 Best Electric Cooktop (2020 Reviews)

    1. Empava Induction Cooktop Electric Stove

    Pros:

     Powerful and well made

     Can be built in anywhere

     High performance induction cooktop

     Energy efficient

     Cooks food very quickly

    Cons:

     Induction cooktops can be very finicky to cook with
     Fairly expensive compared to the portable units

    Specifications:

      • Burner type: induction
      • Number of burners: 2
      • Cookware compatibility: induction compatible (flat bottomed magnetic cookware)
      • Power: 1800 watts.
      • Dimensions: 13” x 21” x 5”.
      • Total weight: 13.67 lbs.

    This is a built in model, and quite a good one. It boasts stellar performance and a sleek modern look that complements a lot of nice design aesthetics.

    This is an induction stove meant to be built into a stationary platform of your choice, like a table or of course a regular stovetop setup. This provides a lot of advantages, and can make for nice intimate dining experiences at home, like fondue or even just a nice pot of tea you can make right at the table without needing to bustle around, keeping things focused on your guests.

    Induction stovetops are also quite efficient cooking machines, being energy efficient and very fast to cook food (so fast that a lot of people have trouble using them at first before they get used to the fast preheating), making them a great addition to your home.

    They’re also not too expensive, though that comes with a bit of an asterisk. A built in electric cooktop like this is going to be a bit more expensive on average than the portable models that make up the bulk of this list, but as things go you’re still only paying about twice as much as the mid to high end models, and getting a significant boost in the quality of your cooking from it. That makes something like this easy to recommend if you don’t need the portable nature of the average portable electric cooktop.


    2. Costway Dual Burner Induction Cooktop

    Pros:

     High performance

     Easy to use

     Full temperature control

     Built in up to 240 minute timer

     Easily packs away in most luggage

    Cons:

     Very expensive for a cooktop of this type

    Specifications:

      • Burner type: induction
      • Number of burners: 2
      • Cookware compatibility: induction compatible (flat bottomed magnetic cookware)
      • Power: 1800 watts (100 watts left burner, 800 watts right burner).
      • Dimensions: 26” x 16” x 3”

    Neck and neck with our winner (in terms of both performance and price) is this more portable, countertop capable induction cooktop.

    This is great for cooking a wide variety of meals in pretty much any setting. It’s great to take with you on trips to campgrounds where you have access to electricity, to make delicious meals outdoors. It’s also quite good in a hotel setting, especially if you plan on a long term stay for business or travel around a lot and stay in places that might not have a kitchenette, but still want to make most of your own meals instead of eating out constantly (a good way to make the most of your expense reports, but maybe not as friendly to your health).

    It’s also great to have around the holidays, providing a few extra eyes to work with alongside your home stove for making those larger, more complex meals.

    This functions pretty much identically to how a full stove would work, with a solid 1800 watts of power (1000 watts to one side and a further 800 to the other side) to work with, providing a good division of labor between the :strong” eye and “weak” eye for cooking on.

    Whether you’re making a pot of soup, sautéing something nice you picked up at the store, or just need to boil water for your pour over, this little induction cooktop has you covered, with a few caveats.

    The first is that it’s an induction cooktop: you NEED to have metallic (and more importantly, magnetic) cookware with a flat bottom to use this with. The second is the price. 

    This costs about double what a normal electric cooktop does, and while to be fair it is about twice as good, being easier to use and more exact in terms of temperature control than most with a  high power to back it up it can also be a hefty expense.

    Don’t pick this one up to be something you occasionally use, is what I’m saying. It’s best bought for frequent, regular use.


    3. Cuisinart Cast Iron Double Burner

    Pros:

     Easy to use

     Independently adjustable dual burner design

     Retains heat well

     Great price point for the quality

     Durable cast iron and steel construction

    Cons:

     A bit hefty and could be hard to transport when weight restrictions are tight

    Specifications:

      • Burner type: cast iron
      • Number of burners: 2 (one primary, one burner)
      • Cookware compatibility: any
      • Power: 1800 watts (1300 watts primary, 500 watts secondary)
      • Dimensions: 11.5” x 19.5” x 2.5”
      • Total weight: 10.6 lbs.

    This is a great, durable burner with an easy to understand interface of properly labeled knobs. It controls just like your home stove would, but also comes equipped with cast iron burners that provide excellent heat retention. This is your ideal burner for making a pot of coffee or soup on and leaving it to stay warm for a few hours afterward.

    Each of the burners is individually adjustable in temperature, though are not created completely equally. The burner on the left is not only larger, but more powerful, with 1300 watts of power. The one on the right is smaller, and nearly a third as powerful, with 500 watts of power flowing into it.

    That makes this less a true dual burner model than a single burner with a suped up warmer, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

    Combined with the quite good midrange price point and durable construction, the only thing you really need to worry about with this one is the heft. Cast iron is pretty heavy, and leaves this cooktop as being about twice the weight of the average electric cooktop.


    4. Cusimax Portable Electric Stove

    Pros:

     Great price for the quality

     Well made and sturdy

     Slim line and lightweight for easy packing in luggage

     Great performance

     Easy to use

     Better than average temperature gradient

     Heats up quickly

     Compatible with any cookware

    Cons:

     Infrared burners don’t stay hot as long as others

    Specifications:

      • Burner type: infrared
      • Number of burners: 2
      • Cookware compatibility: any
      • Power: 1800 watts (900 watts per burner)
      • Dimensions: 20.3” x 3” x 8.9”
      • Total weight: 7.48 lbs.

    Another mid range infrared electric cooktop, this time with an ultra slim appearance.

    This one is exceptionally easy to pack away, standing at only 3 inches thick. There are some others with roughly the same dimensions, but few with this level of quality and attention to making it compact and easy to slip into a bag or suitcase.

    I especially like the way the knobs are arranged on this one. They’re out of the way in the corners, and designed to be very flat so they don’t scrape against stuff and get knocked out of whack when slipped into a sleeve of some kind, like a lot of portable cooktops tend to.

    Combined with its performance, this is potentially the best infrared electric cooktop out there. It heats up quickly and has a wide number of vague temperature settings; more than the average of 6 temperatures at any rate.

    It’s well built and sturdy, with a quite affordable price for the quality as well, and puts out a great amount of power (900 watts to each burner).

    This is a great one to pick up for the avid traveler that needs a reliable cooking surface to bring with them on the regular. It’s reliable, well made, and doesn’t take up much space or weight in luggage.


    5. Cukor Portable Electric Stove

    Pros:

     Easy to use

     Lightweight and portable

     Compatible with any kind of cookware, including glass

     Heats up quickly

     Cools down slowly to keep food warm on the eye

     Great price for the quality

    Cons:

     Temperature settings require guesswork

    Specifications:

      • Burner type: infrared
      • Number of burners: 2
      • Cookware compatibility: any
      • Dimensions: 18.1” x 12.1” x 4.3”
      • Total weight: 6.98 lbs.

    This is a great midrange option to use as a camp stove (at an RV park or the campgrounds that have a bit of electricity run through), or to keep around in a dorm, office, or other temporary dwelling as an easy and convenient source of cooking power.

    These infrared burners  heat up quickly and can be adjusted to any temperature with the convenient knobs, though the lack of actual listed temperatures is kind of a pain to deal with; you need to estimate the optimal temperature scale for your stove top here.

    However that’s mostly a minor gripe. With the low cost and fairly well made body (plus compatibility with any kind of cookware giving it added versatility over some models), it’s still worth picking up. It’s not the best on the market (it sits around the middle of the pack in both price and performance), but for a stove top in this price range you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that really rivals it.


    6. Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop

    Pros:

     Easy to use

     Full temperature range

     Built in timer and other settings

     Well built and sturdy

     High performance induction cooktop

     Very low price

    Cons:

     Induction stovetops can be cumbersome and finicky to use

    Specifications:

      • Burner type: induction
      • Number of burners: 1
      • Cookware compatibility: induction compatible (any flat, magnetic material)
      • Temperature range: 140 degrees to 460 degrees Fahrenheit
      • Dimensions: 13” x 11.5” x 2.5”
      • Total weight: 6.51 lbs.

    If you want an extremely inexpensive option that still has some nice little extras to it, this is a good choice. It’s a well made induction cooktop, with all the advantages and disadvantages that entails.

    The temperature is adjustable in 1 degree increments with the plus and minus keys on the display. A bit cumbersome, but you can’t argue with the accuracy of the temperature selection. It also comes with a built in timer, making it a complete all in one cooking device for taking with you places you might not otherwise have a reliable way to cook (it’s great for motel rooms especially in this regard, since it’s so small and easy to slip into baggage).

    The main issue with it is the induction cooktop. It’s high quality and performs quite well, but also only works with induction compatible cookware. Namely, that’s cookware with a flat bottom made of some kind of magnetic material, like cast iron or steel.

    That can be a bit hard to manage on the move, when you want to pack light. Aluminum cookware is lighter and easier to move around, and also tends to be a bit smaller as well. Not so for cast iron or even steel, which are many times heavier than aluminum cookware and tend to be thicker and bulkier as well.

    This isn’t completely a dealbreaker, but overall may make this a less desirable option depending on what you want to use it for. If you’re going RVing, or traveling fairly light cross country in a car, it’s fine. I’d perhaps think twice before taking this to a campground or something where you might want to use glass cookware or something lighter.


    7. Ovente Electric Glass Infrared Countertop Burner

    Pros:

     Extremely inexpensive

     Easy to use

     Good temperature range

     Easy to clean

     Lightweight and portable

     Slim and stores away well

    Cons:

     Relatively low performance

    Specifications:

      • Burner type: infrared
      • Number of burners: 2
      • Cookware compatibility: any
      • Power: 1500 watts (750 watts each burner)
      • Dimensions: 17.9” x 11.4” x 3.1”
      • Total weight: 5.1 lbs.

    Ovente Electric Double-Plate Burner  is one of the cheapest electric cooktops on the market, but that doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer. It has decent enough performance, with a solid and easy to clean infrared cooktop, that’s compatible with just about anything in terms of cookware.

    The power is solid, 1500 watts split between the two plates, and it allows this infrared cooktop to heat up quickly for easy and fast cooking, with fully adjustable temperature ranges between the two sides.

    There’s not much more to say here, honestly. It’s decent enough and cheap, but nothing really to write home about. Grab this if you want a reliable cooktop to throw in the backseat of your car for when you get stuck at the office or something, and don’t have to worry about spending too much on a device you’re not going to get much use out of. It’s a good backup electric cooktop, mainly.


    8. Cuisinart Cast Iron and Stainless Steel Single Burner Electric Cooktop

    Pros:

     Stays hot for a long time, making it great for making soups, stews, and hot drinks

     Great price

     High performance burner

     Good temperature range

     Compact and easy to carry

    Cons:

     Heats up slowly
     A bit hefty for the size, even heavier than a lot of dual burner cooktops

    Specifications:

      • Burner type: cast iron
      • Number of burners: 1
      • Cookware compatibility: any
      • Power: 1300 watts
      • Dimensions: 11.5” x 11” x 2.5”
      • Total weight: 8.2 lbs.

    This is the half sized, single burner version of the Cuisinart double burner cooktop above, with most of the same specs, save the obvious.

    Almost everything to like about that one in terms of performance is available here. It has the same 6 setting temperature knob, and heavy duty cast iron and steel construction that gives you maximum performance and durability, at the cost of a higher than average weight.

    Much like the double burner version, this one is especially excellent for liquids, be it a thick and hearty stew or a pot of coffee or tea, it’s good at heating up fairly slowly but steadily and staying warm for a bit to keep things at a comfortable temperature, even when turned off and especially when using the minimum heat setting.

    It’s also very compact, as you’d expect, and can fit into pretty much any luggage, or even an especially large handbag should you happen to keep one around (though it’s a bit heavy for that). This is great to keep around for when you’re not sure where you’re staying will have the essentials you need to heat up and cook a meal.


    9. Mainstays Double Burner Electric Cooktop

    Pros:

     Extremely cheap

     Widely available

     Good power output; heats up fast

    Cons:

     Bulky

     Easily snags in luggage

     Fairly low performance

     More of a fire hazard than other options might be

    Specifications:

      • Burner type: coil
      • Number of burners: 2
      • Cookware compatibility: any
      • Power: 1800 watts
      • Dimensions: 19.35” x 12” x 3.75”
      • Total weight: 5.15 lbs.

    In terms of quality, this is the absolute bottom of the barrel on this list…but it’s also by far the lowest in terms of price, coming in at under half the cost of the next cheapest option.

    That is a huge upside in itself, because it makes this what I would call an “emergency option”. This is not necessarily a product I would suggest buying in advance and keeping around, though it’s certainly not TERRIBLE if you choose to do that.

    No, this is the model you go out to pick up at 11 PM as you’re rolling into a cheap motel in the middle of your road trip and realize nothing is open, you’re hungry, and your motel room doesn’t even have a microwave.

    That may sound more insulting than I mean it, but it’s not; that is a legitimately good niche for a product even if it isn’t one that wholesale recommends it for most purposes.


    Final Verdict

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    There’s a lot of overlap among these electric cooktops. While I think all of these are good, and the best options I could find, you’re most likely best off sticking with the top 4 of this list: the Empava option (the built in cooktop), Costway’s induction cooktop, Cuisnart’s cast iron cooktop, and Cusimax’s infrared cooktop.

    These are the best on offer of these four broad types of electric cooktop, and should be perfect for most people.


    How Do I Pick the Best One?

    The main thing to decide here is which of the three broad types of cooktop you want: infrared, cast iron, or induction.

    Infrared cooktops are made of cheap glass and heat up incredibly quickly. These are great for getting a quick meal done and going on with your day, so they’re awesome for a lot of uses.

    If you have a bit more time to work with though, a cast iron cooktop is usually going to be better. It’s more durable and also heats up slower, but STAYS hot much longer, being great for gently coaxing a stew to life from fresh ingredients or keeping that all important pot of coffee warm for a while.

    Induction cooktops boast typically more impressive performance than either (being highly energy efficient and heating up lightning fast) but are a bit more finicky; they work with magnetic flat bottomed cookware only (so basically just stainless steel and cast iron). This makes them great for home use, but potentially poor for travel.

    Portability is also fairly important for an electric cooktop, but it isn’t technically necessary; being a built in model is fine too if it provides what you want.

    Durability, however, is in all cases desired. You want something built to last years, if not a lifetime if you take care of it properly and service it periodically.

    Finally, think about price. At the high end you might pay about $200, but the average hovers somewhere around half or even a quarter of that, with a commensurate drop in overall quality. Determine what you’re willing to pay before taking the plunge.