Best Electric Cooktops

If you’re looking for an cost-effective cooktop that gets the job done, an electric cooktop may be the right fit for your household. As well as being more affordable than gas cooktops and induction top stoves, ceramic electric cooktops offer a minimalist, modern aesthetic to a kitchen. Continue Reading...

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$89 to $2,190
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Based on 127 reviews
Westinghouse WHC642BA

Westinghouse WHC642BA

3.6  (8)
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Irene gritton
Irene grittonBuderim13 posts
 
No replacement policyAfter putting up with this cooktop for nearly 2 years it is no longer working. Electrolux will not replace or refund. Show details
Irene gritton
Irene gritton  
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ALDI Ceramic Cooktops

ALDI Ceramic Cooktops

2.3  (12)
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$199RRP
Ron V.
Ron V.2 posts
  Stirling 59cm Ceramic
AEG HK673520FB

AEG HK673520FB

2.2  (11)
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Ana
Ana
 
$1,199RRP
Bill
BillMelbourne121 posts
 
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones2
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
Sheila B.
Sheila B.9 posts
 
Baumatic BCC600 / BCC700

Baumatic BCC600 / BCC700

2.3  (6)
hengeo
hengeoSA41 posts
  BCC600
Cooks well, dual ring burner cooks fast tooPurchased this is 2017 and have been really happy with this cooktop. Cooks well, the rear rapid burner cooks fast and the touch control is easy to use. The child lock function has been handy as well so no one accidentally turns it on. Show reply
Beko HIC 64402 / HIC 64502

Beko HIC 64402 / HIC 64502

2.1  (7)
Dipti
DiptiNelson
  HIC 64502
Whirlpool 4 Zone Radiant Cooktop AKT809BA

Whirlpool 4 Zone Radiant Cooktop AKT809BA

2.8  (4)
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Letisha
Letisha5 posts
 
Electrolux EHC644BB

Electrolux EHC644BB

3.3  (3)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,039
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
RobynS
RobynSNSW81 posts
 
Siemens ET475MY11E Domino Teppan Yaki

Siemens ET475MY11E Domino Teppan Yaki

4.5  (2)
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Jenni
JenniTAS2 posts
 
Best grill type plateHave had at least 5 different grill plates over the years this is one great & so easy to clean after it has been used. It has dual temperature we really love using it. It cooks everything beautifully. love the fact it is dish like so fat does spill on the the rest of the cook tops.

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Bellini Oven and Cooktop Pack BP170EE

Bellini Oven and Cooktop Pack BP170EE

2.0  (6)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
Kade
KadeWA10 posts
  Verified
Bad product and customer serviceOven mode selection switch fell apart after 7 months, having trouble getting it repaired through Bellini warranty, first they send the wrong part that took three weeks to arrive, now another three weeks wait for another part, it should of been replaced in a week, not stuffed around for what looks like, it’s going to be months. Poor all round.
Ariston HR 601 C A AUS

Ariston HR 601 C A AUS

2.5  (4)
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Steve
Steve94 posts
 
Just one small problem. But good product so farWe had a faulty rear right hand side element fail. The company fixed the unit with a new element, no fuss. And the technician who replaced the element was polite and punctual. Could not ask more than that.
Five year warranty. Bought from Harvey Norman. Show details
Euromaid ECCT Series

Euromaid ECCT Series

2.7  (3)
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  • Price (RRP) $649 to $699
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
Robert B.
Robert B.2 posts
  ECCT74
Horrible user interface, difficult to turn on and set a tempWorst user interface ever. The fact that a cooktop needs to be talked about from a UI perspective is telling. This this is impossible. Do. Not. Buy. Show details
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OB1johnOB
OB1johnOBSA18 posts
  WHC944BA
Nardi PVF 6E HT 45

Nardi PVF 6E HT 45

3.5  (2)
Jackbit
Jackbit2 posts
 
Can't agree so farOn second Hob which has also failed, with incorrect spare parts in between. No replacements units available at last advice and waiting to see in Nardi are going to be able to supply replacement unit or parts. Only installed last November and 1st Hob failed in first two weeks! Hoping for better.

Findo
Findo
  CE604CBX1
Excellent cooktopI've had this cooktop for nearly 5 years and it has given me no problems at all, it cooks evenly, quickly and is easy to clean. It just does what it's supposed to do with ease. I would highly recommend it. We also have an underbench oven to match. Both are very stylish.

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Omega OC64KZ

Omega OC64KZ

3.0  (2)
$499RRP
Lou fab
Lou fabNSW28 posts
  Verified
Cooks greatAttractive styling solid build easy to clean and cooks well heats up up quick keeps temperatures well and a great price would recommend as a top cooker at a low price
Westinghouse 90cm 3 Zone Ceramic WHC933BD

Westinghouse 90cm 3 Zone Ceramic WHC933BD

5.0  (1)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones3
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
Heather
HeatherWA15 posts
 
Super easy to cleanI chose this electric ceramic stove top as I didn't like the cleaning of a gas stove and all of its components. I also wanted to make a green choice. This stove is super easy to clean, and is easy to operate. I am happy with the cooking time.
IAG ICC6GE2

IAG ICC6GE2

5.0  (1)
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Anna
Annasydney5 posts
 
LOVE IT!this cooktop is amazing! and whats more amazing is that it was so cheap! you get so much more than what you pay for at IAG.

the cooktop heats up soo quickly! and i LOVE the safety function; while the cooktop is still hot a red light is flashing so you dont burn your hands!

Viali VGGCER64

Viali VGGCER64

2.5  (2)
Antoco
AntocoSA129 posts
 
Westinghouse WHC633BD

Westinghouse WHC633BD

2.5  (2)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones3
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
$699Bing Lee
Jeep
JeepQLD8 posts
 
Devanti CCT-B-5B-6Z-TOUCH-BK

Devanti CCT-B-5B-6Z-TOUCH-BK

4.0  (1)
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  • Price (RRP) $666.99
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones6
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
Denise H
Denise HQLD2 posts
 
So far working great for cheap cooktopPaid $300 for this so much cheaper than the name brands and so far working really well
Only problem is easy to bump the dials which can be dangerous so need to have the child lock on /turn off at the wall when finished to avoid this
Has 2 and a half years warranty, register on the Devanti website Show reply
Omega OCC70TZ

Omega OCC70TZ

4.0  (1)
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Susieq
SusieqBrisbane11 posts
 
Great size and looks goodReplaced my 60cm cooktop with this 70cm, fitted in my cutout only with a small alteration. Love the size, plenty of room for my pots. Heats up fast and has good temperature control. This cooktop is really easy to keep clean.

$1,549RRP
Lukey
LukeyBrisbane13 posts
 
Glass top marks and breaks easyHeats and functions well however we are on to our second replacement glass. First time we bumped the edge and it cracked, this time we just noticed a hairline crack which got bigger till it stopped working. Disappointed with glass quality and it marks really easily. Maybe a steel edge protection would help.

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Westinghouse WHC643BC

Westinghouse WHC643BC

2.0  (2)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
Peter
PeterNSW
  Verified
Bosch PKE611BA2A

Bosch PKE611BA2A

3.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
BWD
BWDQLD24 posts
 
Chef Cooking 90cm Electric Cooktop CHS942

Chef Cooking 90cm Electric Cooktop CHS942

3.0  (1)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
Brenda
BrendaTowoomba2 posts
  CHS942WA
disapointedI bought my Chef stove top from Good Guys a few months ago... I clean it with the correct cleaner using no alternatives ... I am disappointed the stove top has scratched and marked so quickly as I have been exceptionally careful with my cooking. It spoils the look of my renovated kitchen.

Brenda

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Westinghouse WHC322BC

Westinghouse WHC322BC

3.0  (1)
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  • Price (RRP) $689
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones2
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
jb4105
jb4105ACT33 posts
 
Elissar G.
Elissar G.NSW
  WHS642SA
Smeg SE394EMTBAU

Smeg SE394EMTBAU

1.0  (2)
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Bellebee
BellebeeQLD33 posts
 
Ceramic cooktop from Electrox
Image credit: Electrolux.

Are ceramic cooktops any good?

Pros
Attractive appearance thanks to the flat surface and streamlined design. This low-profile design also adds a feeling of space to a kitchen, as it’s unobtrusive.
Easy to wipe off spills due to the flat, smooth surface. You won’t have to navigate the strangely-shaped trivets on gas cooktops or other nooks that trap dirt and grime.
Cheaper to install than a gas cooktop, especially if you’re getting a natural gas connection fitted into your home.
More affordable purchase price than both induction cooktops, as well as most gas cooktops​.
Cons
Less precise heat control than gas cooktops. The current cycles on and off, meaning electric cooktops are both slower to heat up and slower to respond to temperature adjustments.
Ceramic glass retains heat. This has two consequences - temperature-sensitive ingredients such as light sauces and chocolate can burn quicker, especially if you have a shallow pan bottom. Secondly, the burning hot glass is a safety hazard to touch.
Spills can become crusty quickly as the hot cooktop surface can burn any food splattered onto it.
Can be easily scratched or otherwise damaged by pans with rough bases, dropped objects or abrasive cleaning methods. The ceramic glass construction is delicate and should be handled with care.
Less energy efficient when compared with gas and induction cooktops.

Types of electric cooktops

Ceramic cooktops

This is the most popular type of electric cooktop today. You may recognise them by their flat, sleek design. Many are finished in black ceramic glass, which offers a seamless and contemporary kitchen aesthetic

There are three types of ceramic cooktops.

Ceramic radiant cooktops

These are designed with coiled metal heating elements, which sit underneath tempered ceramic glass. When you turn on the cooktop, these hidden electric coils are heated, and then transfer heat to the zone that you’ve turned on.

Halogen cooktops

These use halogen bulbs as the heating elements. They create radiant or infrared heat, which is transferred to the ceramic glass. Since they’re filled with a gas like bromine or iodine found in gas lamps, they’ll light up straight away, so you always know when the cooktop zone is on and hot.

Semi-halogen cooktops

These use a combination of the above two heating elements, combining coiled metal with halogen bulbs.

Other electric cooktops

Electric coils

These are similar to the electric coils used in ceramic radiant cooktops. However, in this case the coil burners are exposed and visible, sitting on the cooktop rather than underneath.

The coil burners heat up quickly, and are likely to glow orange for emphasis. However, looks may be deceiving, and the heat usually isn’t as strong as that produced by a ceramic cooktop.

Electric hotplates

These use a solid heating element, which look like raised, circular flat plates.

These are less modern and typically take longer to heat up and cool down than ceramic cooktops. This can lead to the risk of getting burned if you accidentally touch or graze the hot surface.

For electric cooktops using either coils or hotplates, the baseplate material, or cooktop surface, is likely to be made from either enamel or stainless steel. Both of these are cheaper options than ceramic glass cooktops.

What is an induction cooktop vs an electric cooktop?

Both induction cooktops and ceramic cooktops are types of electric cooktops. Both are contemporary kitchen options with a streamlined appearance.

Induction cooktops use copper coils under the cooktop surface instead of the electric coils used by ceramic cooktops. These copper coils transfer heat directly to the cookware using electromagnetic radiation. This special induction cookware is warmed using an electrical current, while the cooktop surface doesn't heat up at all.

Induction cooktops - a premium type of electric cooktop

If you're wondering what the best type of electric cooktop is, induction cooktops use more advanced technology than ceramic cooktops. They heat up the pan much faster, and are highly responsive to temperature changes. For example, if you’ve brought something to the boil but need to lower the heat, and have been busy doing something else, an induction cooktop will respond faster than a ceramic cooktop, so contents won't boil.

They’re also a safe option. Since it's only the pan that heats up, the actual cooktop surface stays cool. This lack of residual heat also means food splattered onto the cooktop during the hearty cooking process won’t burn and congeal onto a steaming hot cooktop surface.

Downsides of induction cooktops

On the flipside, the advanced technology of induction cooktops gives them a premium price tag.

If you’ve never had an induction cooktop before, it’s also likely that you’ll have to replace your existing set of pots and pans with induction-friendly cookware. These are constructed with a ferromagnetic base such as iron, which can effectively conduct heat using the magnetised field an induction cooktop produces.

What should I look for in an electric cooktop?

Size

It's recommended by cooktop manufacturers and retailers that you measure the amount of available space you have on your kitchen countertop, to ensure it can accommodate a cooktop with suitable dimensions.

Not only will a prospective cooktop need to fit, but there should be extra space allowed for ventilation requirements. There is also a minimum distance required to be kept between the glass surface of your cooktop to the rangehood, or exhaust fan, above it.

Number of cooking zones

The number of electric zones you opt for will ultimately depend on your household size, and how many saucepans or pots you’re likely to have bubbling away on the cooktop at any given time.

  • 30cm cooktops: On the smaller side of cooktop sizes, these will usually house two cooking zones. They’re suitable if you have a smaller household size (for example 1-2 people) or cook more simple dishes with fewer steps.
  • 60cm cooktops: This is a fairly standard size for most households, and is likely to accommodate 4 cooking zones. However the layout may deviate from the standard a little. For example, it could have three cooking zones instead, with one zone made to house extra-large pots.
  • 90cm cooktops: These are likely to have 5-6 cooking zones, which can be useful for households with 5 people or more. They can also make your life easier if you have a penchant for whipping up more advanced dishes requiring multiple steps to prepare them.

Layout

Electric cooktops are typically available in either square or rectangular models, and the rectangular models are usually more spacious.

The layout of your cooktop will affect how easy it is to cook with. Look for the following:

A variety of zone sizes

Sourcing a cooktop with a combination of small, medium and large heating elements will allow you to cook a variety of dishes. This includes a small saucepan of custard-for-one, or a huge, comforting pot of pumpkin soup for the whole family during winter-time.

If you frequently use one size more than another, opt for a cooktop that comes with two zones in this size. For example, many cooktops are designed with two simmer burners.

Space between zones

Avoid electric cooktops that have a cramped layout. If the zones (and the circles representing them on an unlit cooktop) already look cramped, imagine how congested it will be when you place your pots and pans on top.

Having adequate space in between zones ensures that your widder-rimmed saucepans or stockpots won’t bump into smaller cookware.

It can help to have a think about the size of your favourite pieces of cookware you commonly use. Even if you’re not shopping in-store, taking your top contenders of pots and pans and placing them on the cooktop display to check whether they comfortably fit can be helpful.

Positioning

It’s a good idea to have smaller cooking zones placed in front of larger ones. Firstly, this is safer, as it means that a large stockpot won’t block your view of a baby saucepan simmering away in the background, potentially unnoticed.

It also means you won’t have to reach over large pots or pans to get to the smaller ones.

Ease of Use

Here are some factors affecting how easy your electric cooktop will be to use on a daily basis.

Dual or triple heat rings

The zones on some ceramic cooktops are designed with 2 or 3 heat rings. These rings offer flexibility in pan size - you can activate the inner ring for a small pan, or all three rings for a large pan.

Controls

These are available in more traditional dials or knobs that you turn, or touch controls. Some cooktops have a combination of the two types.

Regardless of the type, controls should be labelled clearly, and it should be clear which control pairs up with which cooking zone. Make sure they’re not positioned too closely to the cooking zones for ease of use. This is particularly the case for touch controls, which might become unresponsive to touch if they’re covered in hardened food residue.

Timers

The inclusion of a timer may make it easier to monitor dishes that require precise cooking times. Some will automatically switch off the cooking zone once the timer has finished counting down to zero. However, keep in mind that setting a timer and walking away isn’t always a safe alternative to monitoring the cooktop.

Safety features

  • Residual heat warning lights: These light up to alert you when the cooktop surface is still hot, even when the appliance has been switched off.
  • Automatic shut-off: This feature prompts the appliance to automatically turn off. Depending on the model, this happens either after a set period of inactivity, or set period of time that a pot or pan hasn’t been placed on the cooktop.
  • Child lock: This mechanism prevents kids from touching and activating the control panel.

Ease of Cleaning

Ceramic glass

Ceramic glass is easy enough to navigate while you’re cleaning, as essentially you’re wiping down a flat, smooth surface. However, both ceramic and glass are delicate materials.

To maintain the glossy aesthetic of your cooktop, avoid using harsh chemicals and rough cleaning cloths, which can easily scratch the surface. Wait until the cooktop has cooled down, and then apply a special ceramic glass cleaner onto a soft microfibre cloth to clean your cooktop.

Stainless steel and Enamel

These cooktop surfaces can also require some extra care and attention while cleaning.

Price

Electric cooktops range in price from $300 - $2,000. The price will depend on factors such as the brand, as well as the number of cooking zones and extra features.

Electric cooktops are cheaper to buy than both gas cooktops and induction cooktops, so can be a favourable option if you’re looking to save on some cash.

Wrapping up

If you’re looking for an affordable cooktop with a sleek, modern finish, a ceramic electric cooktop could be the right choice for your home. Source a cooktop that’s the right size for your household, with a variety of zone types to allow you to cook a range of dishes.

Reading reviews is also a helpful way to learn how easy to use and clean a prospective cooktop is, which can make life easier.

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