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Best portable induction cooktops

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Last updated: 19 April 2024


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Portable induction cooktops are great for people who want an extra hot plate using quick, effective technology. We lab test and compare models from Breville, Ikea, Tefal, Westinghouse and more to help you find the best hot plates for your kitchen.

Our test results will tell you which cooktops:

  • are best at low-heat, turn-down and high-heat cooking
  • are fastest at boiling water
  • have automatic heat-up functionality
  • are easiest to use.

Looking for a full-size induction cooktop? See our separate induction cooktop reviews.

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Our experts provide good and bad points for each model in this review, and you can use our Recommended list to quickly find out which cooktops have the best test results overall.

Not sure which type of cooktop you need? Learn more about the pros and cons of gas, ceramic and induction cooktops with our cooktops buying guide.

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    Cooking performance score

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    Cooking performance is calculated using simmering, turn-down and high heat scores, weighted equally.

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    Ease of use score

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    We rate how easy it is to use the controls, the size, type and positioning of cooking zones as well as ease of cleaning.

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    Based on $0.40 per kWh, using the appliance 3 times a week for 30 minutes at a time.

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    To use temperature controls and manage cooking zones, you slide and/or touch the cooktop surface.

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