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Last updated: 21 February 2017

If you want a sleek surface that's easy to clean, cooks well and has a mid-range price tag, then a ceramic cooktop is worth a look. We lab test and review the latest brands and models to help you find the best one for your kitchen. Our buying guide will help you decide which type of ceramic cooktop you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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This test covers 60cm ceramic cooktops. Our expert testers give every ceramic cooktop a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at low, medium and high heat cooking
  • have an automatic switch-off feature
  • are easiest to use

We also give you good and bad points for each product as well as their installation dimensions. And our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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The overall score is made up of performance (60%) and ease of use (40%).

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We assess each cooktop's performance by cooking white sauce and chocolate on the simmer element, rice on the medium element and a stir-fry on the large element. The performance score is 60% of the overall score.

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We assess the position, handling and setting of the controls, and the marking and labelling of the controls and burner areas. We also assess how easy each cooktop is to clean. The ease of use score is 40% of the overall score.

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  • Low heat setting (white sauce)
  • Turn down capacity
  • Low heat setting (melting chocolate)
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