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Induction Cooktop

For those who are confused about the new phenomenon of induction cooktops, here is a detailed discussion of the working and use of induction cooktops so you can choose the right one for your kitchen. These are also knows as Induction stoves or induction chulhas or induction plates or just ICs.

As India catches up with the rest of the world with rapid progress, our way of life is also changing accordingly. Our lifestyle is improving every day and almost all aspects of our life have now gone electronic. So it is no surprise that induction stoves have now presented the electronic answer to the good old gas stove. But have you understood everything about this power packed appliance? If not, you will find all the relevant information here.

What is an Induction Cooktop?

Let us understand what an Induction cooktop really is. Most conventional cooktops, ovens and stoves use radiation, convection or thermal conduction from an electrical heating element, or from a flame. An induction cooktop uses none of these elements.

An induction plate or stove or cooktop is an appliance that heats a cooking vessel by eletro-magnetic induction. This new technology is a game-changer and is being increasingly adopted by households and professional cooking establishments rapidly. It is now a fundamental aspect of the modern modular kitchen.

Pros & Cons of induction cooktops

  • Safe
  • Efficient
  • Faster cooking
  • Easy to clean
  • User friendly
  • Optimum use of energy
  • Minimum loss of heat
  • Temperature control and timer available
  • Expensive as compared to other types of cooking stoves including gas stoves
  • Requires specific type of cookware
  • Cannot be used without electricity
  • Food that requires an open flame cannot be cooked

How does an induction cooktop work?

In an induction cooktop, a coil of copper wire is placed under the cooking pot and an alternating electric current is passed through it. The resulting oscillating magnetic field induces an electrical current in the pot. This large eddy current flowing through the resistance of the pot results in resistive heating.

Source: Wikipedia.org

Types of induction cooktops

There are approximately five main types of induction cooktops available in the market today:

 

Built-in Induction Hob

Built in Induction hobs are fitted right into your kitchen counter-top itself. They will usually have multiple burners or cooking zones. These are high-end models and have not yet broken into the Indian market too well although we do come across modular kitchens including these cooktops in their design element. These cooktops are ideal for large families and professional kitchens.

induction hob fitted into kitchen countertop

Freestanding Induction Cooking Range

Freestanding Induction range

These cooking ranges come with a multi-zone Induction cooktop as well as one or two ovens and a heating cabinet. You get these ICs in different colors and sizes. They are easy to install, use, and clean. However, these are rather expensive.

Compact and Portable Induction cooktop

These are single cooking zone appliances. These portable induction cooktops are the most popular in India. They are compact and easy to clean. It is ideal for small families and students. Double cooking zone cooktops are also available and can be included in the same category.

portable-induction

Hybrid gas cum induction chulha

hybrid induction-n-gas-stove

These look like normal double burner gas stoves but they have an Induction plate at the centre with one or two gas burners on the sides.

Commercial grade Induction stove

These are only meant for professional use in commercial kitchens. They have extremely high power from 3000W to 4000W.

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Induction Stove versus Gas Stove

  • ICs work faster as compared to gas cooktops because of the high amount of heat that they produce. However, when you regulate the temperature, the performance of both these cooktops is more or less the same.
  • Gas stoves have an open flame and the cooking is regulated by reducing or increasing the flame. On the other hand, with portable induction cooktops, you can pre-set the timing and let the cooktop do the rest without much need of human intervention.
  • Induction stoves are comparatively easier to clean as compared to gas stoves.
  • An IC seals nutrition into the food and vitamin loss is comparatively reduced when cooking on an induction plate.
  • Induction plates require cookware of specific size and material whereas gas stoves work with any type of cookware.
  • Gas stoves are cheaper than induction stoves in terms of purchase price.
  • The monthly cost efficiency of usage also varies slightly.

Advantages of using induction chulhas

  • Minimal heat loss
    The most significant advantage of using an IC is that there is very little heat loss by way of dissipation of heat into the environment as opposed to cooking on a direct flame, which causes significant heat loss.
  • Speed of cooking
    Induction stoves heat up the cooking vessel in a snap and without much loss of heat since they do not dissipate much heat into the environment. They are also capable of switching between low and high temperatures quickly. Hence, the speed of cooking on an induction cooktop is faster. Studies have proven that an induction stove will take between 2.58 min to 4.04 min to boil a liter of water while a gas stove takes about 5.36 min for the same. (Source: bijlibachao.com)
  • Frees up time
    When you are able to wrap up your cooking fast enough, you save enough time to do other essential tasks in and around the house.
  • Easy to clean
    The top surface of an induction chulha is made of high quality ceramic that does not adhere to burnt food as much as other surfaces do. Hence removing cleaning spills and burnt food is relatively easier.
  • Low maintenance
    Induction plates are very low maintenance and can last a long time without needing any servicing or repairs if used with care.
  • Safe to use
    The danger of a fire accident is minimized when using induction stoves because there is no open flame. Hence, these appliances are safer to use as compared to gas stoves.
  • Maintains nutrition
    Seals nutrition into the food and prevents vitamin loss.
  • Energy efficiency
    ICs are energy efficient as they transfer heat directly to the cooking vessel. The below comparison of heat transfer in boiling 1 liter of water makes it clear as to how induction cooktops are more efficient.
Appliance used for heating Heat energy actually transferred to the water
Gas stove
70%
Microwave oven
50%
Electric cooktop or kettle
80%
Induction cooktop
84%

Source: insideenergy.org

The energy efficiency is measured in terms of the ratio of energy that gets delivered to the cookware to the energy that is consumed by the cooktop. The efficiency also depends on the size of the cooking vessel and the heating surface.

Frequently Asked Questions about Induction cooking

Yes. You can cook all kinds of food including Indian, Italian, Chinese etc on an Induction chulha. Here’s a video of a roti or a phulka being made on an induction chulha.  

ICs cook much faster than gas stoves. They work by transferring heat directly to the cooking utensil with very little heat being dissipated into the environment. But with gas cooktops, a significant part of the heat is lost into the environment. Some of the modern induction plates come with anti-magnetic walls that further prevent dissipation of the magnetic energy into the environment.

Yes. Induction plates are safe and good for health. The quality of the food does not suffer in any way when it is cooked on an IC. In fact, induction cooking is good for locking in the vitamins in the food.

Yes, induction plates are comparatively pricier to buy than conventional gas stoves. But due to their high efficiency, a portable induction cooktop will bring more savings in terms of monthly fuel bills.

Approximate price range of various cooktops available in India:

The price of the portable Induction cooktops available in India vary significantly based on the power (wattage ‘W’) of the IC model. Other features like touchscreen control panel, quality of top plate, sensors and safety lock etc can also affect the price of an IC unit.

Power / Wattage

Price range

1400-1500W

2000 – 4000

1800W

2500 – 4000

1900W

1500 – 4500

2000W

2500 – 5000

2100W

4500 – 6000

As seen above, the initial cost of buying a portable induction cooktop and suitable cookware is surely high. However, this high purchase price is offset by the monthly fuel cost of cooking on an induction cooktop which is comparatively cheaper which means you will save more money in the long run with an IC.

Induction plates are faster than gas stoves in transferring heat to the cooking vessel. They also do not dissipate much heat into the environment. Reduced heat loss means less wastage of fuel which adds to fuel efficiency and savings. They also come with pre-set timers. By setting the timer for each cooking operation, you can be sure that your food will be ready in that time and you do not need to supervise the cooking as much as you have to with gas stoves.

Only for those who receive subsidized LPG cylinders, it is cheaper to use a gas stove. Otherwise for people who do not get any subsidy cooking gas, portable induction cooktops offer the most economical option. The cost of heating 10 liters of water in various appliances is as follows:

Mode of cooking

Cost of usage

LPG (Unsubsidized)

₹ 10.80

LPG (Subsidized)

₹ 5.09

Electric oven

₹ 5.91

Induction

₹ 5.21

Source: bijlibachao.com

For using any pot or pan on an IC, what matters is the bottom of the vessel. The induction heating element will work with any vessel with a ferromagnetic bottom surface. As long as the bottom of the pot or pan you are using is comprised of an induction-compatible material that renders it ferromagnetic, like cast or enameled iron (like cast iron or steel) the rest of the body of the vessel can be of any other metal like copper or aluminum or even glass or ceramic for that matter. In other words, aluminum or copper or glass utensils with sandwiched steel bottoms are usually compatible with induction.

Also, you can only use flat-bottomed cookware that will cover the entire area of the cooking plate. Cookware of too big or too small sizes may not work.

No, it does not matter if the circular patterns on the bottom of your pot or pan do not align perfectly with those on the induction chulha. As long as the vessel you are using has an induction-friendly ferro-bottom, it will work.

ICs from the following brands are available in India.

  • Philips
  • Prestige
  • Pigeon
  • Havells
  • Preethi
  • Usha
  • Bajaj

Yes, induction cooktops are emission-free and environment-friendly.

 

  • Absence of open flames means that ICs are safer than other stoves.
  • The concept of induction is based on transfer of heat directly to the vessel without heating the cooktop.
  • Induction plates have inbuilt sensors that can detect when there is no vessel on the cooktop and stop the heating.
  • Overheating of food can be avoided with a timer.
  • The magnetic field produced by an induction cooktop gets projected only about 2-3 cm which poses no harm to the users.

Hopefully, we have been able to answer all the questions and doubts you might have had regarding induction cooking. But if you still have any questions or doubts, do feel free to comment below and we will try our best to satisfy them.

Induction Cooktop usage and care instructions

Induction cooktop

We have listed together several tips and ideas that will be helpful for anyone using an induction cooktop in their kitchen. An Induction cooktop is an electronic appliance that can prove extremely useful with a little care. So do read up…

  • For most induction cooktops, you need to use a dedicated high quality, high power outlet with high power rating of 10A-16A.
  • Do not use poor quality or low power outlets of less than 10A power.
  • It is advisable not to share the same power outlet with other electrical appliances with high power ratings, such as an air conditioners, electrical stoves etc. to avoid any danger of electrical fires caused by overloading the outlet.
  • Always check to make sure the plug is inserted firmly into the wall socket before switching on the cooktop.
  • Never let the induction stove run unattended, especially if you have pets or children in the house.
  • Place the cooktop in a well-ventilated area on a non-metallic flat surface.
  • Do not put the induction cooktop on a metallic surface (such as iron, stainless steel, aluminum).
  • Keep the cooktop away from other sources of heat – gas stove, kerosene stove, gas cooker, burner, ovens etc. and direct sunlight. Avoid exposure to extreme heat, open fire or an environment with high
  • Do not place the induction cooktop on paper, on a carpet, on a tablecloth while in use to avoid blocking the air inlet opening or air outlet opening, which will affect the heat emission.
  • Before running the induction cooktop, you need to check that there are no objects (glass, paper, etc.) that could obstruct the inlet under your induction hot plate.
  • Do not keep cloth, paper or any flammable material close to the cooktop.
  • Do not place paper, aluminum foil, cloth or other unsuitable articles onto the induction cooktop heating plate.
  • Do not place empty vessels on the cookotop to avoid affecting product performance and to prevent injury. Also an empty vessel could deform due to intense heating if the cooktop is turned on.
  • Do not place metallic objects, especially iron objects on the induction cooktop heating plate, particularly not while it is turned on.
  • When using the induction cooktop, place it horizontally on a dry, stable and level surface and allow at least 10 cm of free space on all the sides of the induction cooktop. Do not use the induction cooker in an extremely narrow space.
  • Keep the ventilation opening obstruction-free.
  • Do not block the ventilation in any way or insert any foreign objects (such as iron wire etc) into the air ventilation opening or entry port.
  • Do not rinse the induction cooktop under water.
  • Avoid spilling liquids like water and soup into the internal parts of the induction cooktop.
  • Do not place the induction cooktop on a gas stove while it is on (the magnetic lines can heat the metal parts of the gas stove).
  • Metal objects, such as knives, forks, spoons and lids should not be put on the surface of the cooktop’s cooking zone, as they will get heated.
  • Do not place heavy objects on the cooktop plate as it is breakable.
  • Avoid causing impacts on the heating plate as it may damage the plate.
  • Do not touch the heating plate during or immediately after cooking, as it retains heat from the cookware and takes some time to cool down.
  • Do not touch the metallic surface of a vessel kept on an induction cooktop with your bare hands.
  • Unplug the power cord from the socket after cooking, while cleaning and when not in use.
  • Unplug the power cord from the outlet or atleast switch off the power switch where the power cord is plugged in, after use to avoid fire and/or damage to the electronic components caused by prolonged electrical connection.
  • Do not unplug or switch off the main power switch immediately after cooking for a minimum of 3 minutes or until the fan is running. Switching off immediately after cooking will cause the cooktop to overheat and malfunction.
  • People with heart pacemakers or other cardiac implants should consult a doctor or pacemaker manufacturer before using n induction cooktop.
  • Do not use the cooktop if the plug or the main cord or the top plate is visibly damaged like there is a cut, crack or burn etc. If the power cord is damaged, have it replaced before using.
  • Keep the power cord out of the reach of children. Do not let the power cord hang over the edge of the table or countertop on which the induction cooktop stands.
  • Always clean the induction cooktop after use to avoid any dirt from getting into the fan, which could influence the normal working of the cooktop.
  • Do not clean the cooktop immediately with water after cooking, as the glass or ceramic top may crack.
  • Clean the top plate of the cooktop with a soft damp cloth to remove dirt and spills if any.
  • Never use scouring pads, abrasive cleaning agents or aggressive liquids such as petrol or acetone to clean the cooktop.
  • Do not put vinegar on the cooking plate.
  • Protect the induction cooktop from bugs, dirt, dust and humidity. Avoid letting cockroaches and other pests fall into the internal parts of the induction cooktop as that might get trapped in the fan or cause a short circuit of the electrical board.
  • Remove all metallic, plastic items, electrical objects, electronic gadgets and canned foods from near the cooktop.
  • An induction cooktop is not meant to be operated by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or by anyone who lacks of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the cooktop by a person responsible for their safety.
  • Children should be operating this appliance only under supervision to avoid injuries. Keep the induction cooktop away from the reach of children.
  • When not in use for a long period, clean it and put into a plastic bag and store it in a cool and dry place.
  • Do not use a domestic induction cooktop for commercial purposes.
  • Induction cooktops are not meant to be operated by means of an external timer or any kind of remote-control system.
  • Do not plug in the appliance or operate the control panel with wet hands.
  • Never heat food in sealed containers such as compressed products like cans or coffee pots, to avoid explosion caused by heat expansion.
  • Make sure the ingredients are ready before you start cooking on an induction cooktop.
  • Use manual mode for any kind of cooking that requires the heat to be constantly monitored.
  • Use only iron, stainless steel and aluminum with SS Cladding Vessels for cooking on an induction cooktop.
  • Always heat oil slowly, and watch as it heats before deep-frying.
  • Pay attention to foods being fried at high/medium temperatures and at the time of milk boiling.
  • Avoid keeping metallic objects such as knives, forks, spoons and lid on the top plate since they may get hot.
  • Do not move the cooktop with the vessel on top of it, while and immediately after cooking.
  • Do not handle the Power Cord and Plug with wet hands.
  • Avoid placing magnets or other electro-magnetic devices near an induction cooktop.
Let us know if you would like to add something.

Induction Stove Buying Guide

We have put together a quick guide for new buyers who are buying an IC unit for the first time. This may also be helpful for people who are buying their second IC or otherwise. The following points will guide you in choosing the best Induction cooktop for your specific needs. 

Cooktop Size

If you have a small kitchen like most urban Indian families, you should be paying attention to the size of the Induction cooktop that you are going to buy.

Number of cooking zones

Most cooktops being bought in India have a single cooking zone. However, there are induction cooktops with multiple cooking zones as well. Besides, companies are now introducing hybrid models with gas as well as Induction cooking. So if you don’t have too much of a budget constraint and if you would like to spend some money now in order to save more time later on, please go ahead and look for ICs with multiple cooking zones or hybrid models.

Power / Wattage

The Induction cooktop models currently available in the Indian market are in the range of 1400W to 2100W in terms of power-usage. The more powerful an induction cooktop is, the faster it cooks. However, it also consumes more electricity. The cooktops being favored by most urban Indian consumers are the 2000W models.

Hence you need to choose between whether you want to save on time or you want to save on electricity consumption when deciding on the power of the IC you choose to buy.

Heating range

The performance of any induction cooktop is determined by its temperature range. Multiple temperature modes help the user to choose the ideal cooking temperature based on the requirements of the recipe being cooked. Low-temperature for slow cooking, higher temperatures for stir-frying etc are all possible with the temperature range available when using an IC. Most induction cooktops have 10-15 temperature levels. A state of the art digital control panel with an easy-to-read display makes it a breeze to set up the required cooking temperature. In addition, manufacturers have now started to provide their Induction Cooktops with touch control panels.

Induction Coil

Different types of induction cooktops utilize induction coil components of differential strength. Induction coils of higher wattage produce heat instantly and touch greater temperatures as compared to a coil component with low watt strength.

Auto Switch-off

Most induction cooktops have the auto switch-off feature enabled. This means your IC should switch itself off automatically as soon as the timer touches zero or when there is no vessel on the IC.

Touchscreen Controls

Almost all induction cooktops have a touchscreen control panel. Because liquids cannot penetrate the touchscreen controls, that makes it an ideal feature to have. Besides, the touchscreen makes sure that operating the IC is easy.

Timer

Almost all induction cooktops come with pre-set timer settings for individual tasks like boiling water, milk, preparing soups and curries and so on. Also it lets you choose the number of minutes you want the IC to keep running while you have put something on it to cook.

The advantage of having a timer is that the device will switch off automatically at the pre-determined time.

Surface

All induction cooktops have a flat surface made of either ceramic or glass Nowadays, you get induction cooktops having anti-skid steel surface. These surfaces ensure that the vessel does not slip off the cooktop.

Sensors

The latest induction cooktop models are equipped with sensors such as a sensor for safety lock for locking the control panel while the IC is running. There are also sensors fitted for auto power off, pan detection, auto heat up etc.

These sensors help in increasing the efficiency of the induction cooktop. They reduce power consumption and provide high levels of safety to consumers.

Food Warming function

This feature enables you to keep the food warm for some time after cooking. Keeping the food warm is the best way to serve it hot and fresh.

Safety Lock mechanism

induction cooktops come with inbuilt safety lock mechanisms which disable the control panel buttons while the unit is in use. This ensures that children or pets do not accidentally press any buttons on the IC unit while it is running.

Other buyer considerations

Besides the features in the IC Unit, you also need to look at the following factors:

Warranty

It is best practice to purchase an induction cooktop that comes with a good manufacturer’s warranty. Look for the manufacturer’s warranty for components like the induction coil, the top plate as well as the control panel. The models available in the market come with one to two years’ warranty. It is always better to select a brand that provides a longer warranty period.

Servicing

It is always good common sense to buy an IC from a brand or seller that provides after sales servicing in case the unit malfunctions or there are problems after the initial couple of years.

Price

When it comes to buying induction cooktops, price is likely to be the main factor for several middle-class families. The prices of induction cooktops vary drastically depending on the model, style, quality and features. The price is higher for models having touchscreen panels, or a bigger cooktop size, or for the brand that has manufactured it. The energy-saving features, automatic cookware recognition sensor, and safety lock might add up to the cost of the model. 

If you are on a low budget, consider buying an induction cooktop of lesser power / wattage. We have also researched and brought you the list of best induction cooktops for a low budget.

Hence it is wise to gauge the needs of your own kitchen and accordingly decide as to which features you may or may not need. Out of the cooktop models available, the least expensive ones are the compact / portable IC models followed by the inbuilt induction cooktops. The Induction Cooking Ranges are the most expensive.

Cooking Requirement

If you tend to cook in a hurry or if you are cooking for several people or if you are simply one of the superwomen who can prep an entire meal in a jiffy, you require more zones for cooking so that you can cook the whole meal at the same time, you can choose accordingly or suppose if there is a need for various power settings it is better to go for in-built induction oven as there is a lot of in-built features.

Burner Configuration

The burner output is also an important requirement and needs to be given importance before purchasing any induction cooktop. The higher burner wattage gives more efficiency and hence cooks faster. These simple factors help in saving a lot of your hard earned money.

Platform Space

The available space on your kitchen platform is also an important factor to consider for the selection of the right IC unit for you. Do consider whether you need a compact and portable unit or you should look for the freestanding induction cooking ranges if there is no restriction of kitchen-space or budget. Also think about the number of cooking zones you are likely to require.

Long power cuts

If you tend to have power cuts too often and for too long, you might want to consider buying a hybrid gas+induction cooktop.

So do pay attention to the needs of your kitchen while choosing the right induction cooktop for your family or yourself.

It is ideal to buy Induction cooktops from online shopping sites like Amazon because you get to compare different products from various brands and you can also see the latest product reviews from actual consumers who have already bought the same product. This helps you to know the best induction cooktops for you.

Amazon also provides comparatively cheaper prices, several deals, discounts, cashback offers etc which you might not find elsewhere.

You can also get free shipping, EMI offers as well as cash-on-delivery offers when you buy the best induction cooktop of your choice from Amazon.

You also get a replacement guarantee when you buy an induction cooktop from Amazon so if there is any manufacturing problem with the induction cooktop you buy from Amazon it will be replaced for free.

Amazon is a trusted global brand and all the sellers on this site are verified by Amazon.

We do hope you find this buying guide to be helpful in deciding which brand and model of IC you want to buy.

Best Induction Cooktops under 2000 in India

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We find a substantial number of people searching for low-cost and budget appliances for their kitchen needs including induction cooktops. So we have made this list of induction cooktops for consumers who want a low budget yet good quality IC. 

These cooktops are currently selling for under 2000 rupees on Amazon (as on 23rd April 2019). We will keep updating this article to bring you the latest list of induction stoves under 2000 rupees every month.

Quick Comparison - Best induction stove

IC Model Power / Wattage Weight Colour Preset Cooking Modes

Prestige PIC 20

1200 W
2.2 kg
Black
8 Indian menu options

Pigeon by Stovekraft Cruise

1800 W
1.99 kg
Black
7 preset menu options

Usha Cook Joy (3616)

1600 W
Approx 1 kg
Black
6 preset menu options

Pigeon by Stovekraft Favourite

1800 W
1.99 kg
Black
7 preset menu options

Prestige PIC 1.0 Mini

1200 W
1.81 kg
Black
3 preset cooking options

Our Selection Criteria for picking the best induction chulha

  • Best-sellers

    This list includes only the best selling induction cooktops.

  • Customer ratings and reviews

    Ratings and reviews given by customers who have already bought these induction cooktop models and are satisfied with their purchase are a strong indicator of a good product.

  • After sales servicing

    This list only features induction cooktops from companies that offer the best pan-India after-sales services for their customers across the country.

  • Price

    Price is the most important factor we have considered as we wanted to come up with a list of the best induction cooktops under 2000 rupees.

Prestige PIC 20 1200 Watt Induction Cooktop with Push Button

  • This cooktop comes with an inbuilt Automatic Voltage Regulator so you don’t have to worry about high or low voltage fluctuations.
  • The voltage regulator also moderates the charge being absorbed by the cooktop thus ensuring long life.
  • It has an anti-magnetic wall which means that the top glass panel only heats in the center while keeping the remaining surface cool while effectively blocking surplus magnetic radiation into the surroundings, making the cooktop more efficient.
  • It has preset Indian menu options that help you to prepare Indian foods at the touch of a button.
  • It comes with feather touch buttons to prevent accidental entry of moisture into the control panel.
  • Comes with an inbuilt timer for unattended cooking which makes it possible to complete other chores while the food it being cooked.
  • Flat and smooth cooktop surface makes for quick and hassle-free cleaning. Being portable, makes it convenient to place anywhere or to move and carry it.
  • It has full-procedure computerized control mechanism that automatically adjusts the power and temperature for different cooking options and helps in efficient cooking.
  • Auto-switch off function enhances  the safety aspect.
  • It also has aerodynamic cooling system to ensure the unit does not heat up.
  • It comes with a one-year warranty.
  • This cooktop is highly suitable for low-budget users.
  • It is one of the highest selling IC models.
  • This is a low-power Induction stove so cooking on this cooktop is slower than other high-power ICs.

Pigeon by Stovekraft Cruise 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop

  • This induction cooktop packs 1800 W of power so cooking becomes pretty swift.
  • Comes with a cool touch surface that lets you handle the cooktop safely even during use.
  • Made with high-grade electrical components that protect against short circuits.
  • It’s superior top plate can withstand very high temperatures, making it extremely durable.
  • Being lightweight and compact in size it does not occupy much space on the kitchen table and it is also portable.
  • It has a bigger heating element for better heating efficiency.
  • Sleek and trendy design makes it a modern appliance to enhance the look of your kitchen.
  • The top panel being made of microcrystal plate ensures efficient transfer of heat.
  • Retains all the nutrients and vitamins in the food unlike conventional modes of cooking.
  • Smart timer with auto switch off helps you to leave the food to cook on the cooktop while you complete other chores.
  • Comes with dual heat sensor technology.
  • Soft push button panel makes it a breeze to operate the cooktop. 
  • 93-percent energy saving technology 
  • It comes with a lengthy connecting cord of 1.2 meters that makes it flexible to move.
  • Comes with one-year warranty on product.
  • Being a high-power induction cooktop makes this a great option for those who want superfast cooking. 
  • Like other high-power induction cooktops, this one will also increase your electricity bills.

Usha Cook Joy (3616) 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop

  • This cooktop will deliver upto 1600 W of power so you can cook at a medium pace.
  • It includes power saving technology that ensures efficient cooking as it automatically switches to power saving mode to prevent overheating.
  • This cooktop comes with a 10 Amp Plug with earthing for extra safety.
  • It comes with pan sensors which will shut off the cooktop if no pan is detected.
  • It has five preset menu options so you can choose the option that is best suited for what you want to cook.
  • It has an extra long 1.2 meter power cord that makes it flexible enough for use in urban kitchens.
  • This cooktop is designed with a safety device (metal oxide varister) to make it resistant to fluctuations in voltage up to 1500 volts which helps with longevity of the appliance.
  • This cooktop has anti-skid feet that keep it firmly in place.
  • It also has a one year warranty.
  • Being equipped with a metal oxide varister, this cooktop is less vulnerable to voltage fluctuations so it is most suitable for those who live in areas of much power-fluctuation.
  • Comes with a 10 Amp Plug with earthing so that is an added advantage for people living in areas of power-fluctuations.
  • We did not find much to complain about with this cooktop.

Pigeon by Stovekraft Favourite 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop

  • This powerful IC packs a decent punch at 1800W
  • Comes with a push button control panel that makes it easy to operate
  • With seven preset menu options, various cooking options are as simple as pressing a button
  • Comes with auto pan-detection so it shuts off by itself when a suitable pan is not detected
  • Dual heat sensor enables the cooktop to shut off when over-heating is detected
  • Inbuilt timer makes it possible to time the cooking as per your liking so the food is ready while you go about sorting other priorities
  • Automatic shut off enables the cooktop to be used safely
  • Has a function to keep food warm so you can eat fresh food every time
  • Prestige provides a one-year warranty on this cooktop
  • The company also provides after-sales servicing, so you can buy this cooktop with a free mind
  • Being a high power cooktop, it is extremely suitable for anyone looking for high-speed cooking.

A high power cooktop like this one will cause your electricity bill to surge a little but that mightnot be a concern for people who want to save time.

Prestige PIC 1.0 Mini 1200-Watt Induction Cooktop

  • At 1200 W, this cooktop is designed to balance lower cooking speed with lower power consumption. 
  • Soft touch buttons make it easy to operate this cooktop.
  • Has an anti-magnetic wall that blocks surplus magnetic radiation entering the surrounding.
  • Flat and smooth cooking surface makes cleaning quick and hassle-free.
  • This cooktop is designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind.
  • It heats the pot or pan rapidly.
  • Being compact and portable, it can be placed and moved according to your convenience.
  • Designed with power-saver technology to make it energy efficient.
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  • Low power consumption makes this cooktop highly suitable for anyone who is on a tight monthly budget.
  • Also people who are not very tech-savvy, like the elderly, will also be able to use this cooktop without much of a hassle because of its simple control panel which does not have too many options.
  • This cooktop is not very useful for anyone who is looking for the performance level of high power cooktops.

Our Top Pick

So which is the best cooktop as per our analysis? We think the Usha Cook Joy has the right balance of power and safety features to prevent the cooktop from getting damaged due to voltage fluctuations which are common in several parts of our country.

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