Best Induction Cooktops

Searching for the best type of cooktop to install in your home? Induction cooktops are much more efficient than both gas and electric cookers and quicker to heat up. Get a handle on everything you need to know about induction cooktops below. Read more…

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$149 to $8,999
$149
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Based on 329 reviews
Lenoxx Induction Cooker IC400

Lenoxx Induction Cooker IC400

4.3  (13)
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scott
scottNSW
 
Bosch PIJ611BB1E

Bosch PIJ611BB1E

3.7  (13)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,499
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones3
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
jmbau
jmbauMelbourne68 posts
 
Julie Hammond
Julie HammondAU3 posts
  TIP 744 DOL / TIP 844 DOL
A joy to cook withThe ease of use and the instant rapid heat is fantastic, love the booster function. Best of all it is a dream to clean.

Bosch PVS675FB1E

Bosch PVS675FB1E

4.3  (7)
$2,199RRP
Jett
JettVIC18 posts
 
Tefal Express Induction Cooktop IH720860

Tefal Express Induction Cooktop IH720860

3.4  (8)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones1
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
Tracoi
TracoiNT12 posts
 
Tracoi
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I see Tefal monitors these review. So I can only assume they know their product has these limitations.

Highlander Bi-I8Vi2

Highlander Bi-I8Vi2

4.4  (5)
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Steve
SteveNew South Wales17 posts
 
Wow it's still going wellBought this years ago. Not only keeps working but does everything well. Thought I would get another and tried a Breville - piece of you know what. The Highlander does what I tell it, the Breville knows better . . . well it doesn't . . . stuffs most things up. Show details ·  1
Bosch PIV975DC1E

Bosch PIV975DC1E

2.8  (10)
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Neelima
Neelima2 posts
 
Bellini Oven & Cooktop Pack BP470EC

Bellini Oven & Cooktop Pack BP470EC

2.4  (13)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
Vellimalai K.
Vellimalai K.
 
Bosch PKE611CA1A

Bosch PKE611CA1A

2.8  (9)
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  • Price (RRP) $699
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Suzie Q
Suzie QSA25 posts
 
ALDI Induction Cooktops

ALDI Induction Cooktops

2.2  (16)
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  • Price (RRP) $299 to $349
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Steve
Steve5 posts
  Fair Incentive Induction Cooktops
Faulty out of the boxAfter one use it stopped working giving a flashing display of "LO"
The only way to get it to go again is pull the fuse. Dissapointing as it looks the goods.
Now have to go thru warranty. Show details
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After pulling fuse twice it is now working as expected

Bosch PXE875DC1E/01

Bosch PXE875DC1E/01

2.1  (16)
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Chris M.
Chris M.WA21 posts
 
Button issueSame issue with buttons not working, purchased new in 2016, had very little use and button issue has been ongoing since 2019 Show details
Bosch PUE611BB1E

Bosch PUE611BB1E

3.2  (6)
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$1,399RRP
Mike
MikeTAS16 posts
 
Siemens iQ700 EX975LVC1E

Siemens iQ700 EX975LVC1E

4.0  (4)
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Callum
CallumNSW7 posts
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Sukhmani
SukhmaniVIC2 posts
  Fisher & Paykel 90cm 5 Zone Touch & Slide Induction
Worst cooktopVery disappointed with the cooktop and the customer service as well. Faulty display can't cook anything and wouldn't get any appointment from technician to come have a look. Only appointment I got is 20 days from now. Show details
Ikea Hogklassig

Ikea Hogklassig

3.4  (5)
$1,199RRP
RVR
RVRQLD
 
Siemens EH975SZ17E

Siemens EH975SZ17E

2.3  (9)
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James p
James pVIC
 
Electrolux EHI645

Electrolux EHI645

2.8  (6)
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Hotly
HotlyAU4 posts
  EHI645
Brand new unit faulty within days of installPoor service, waiting weeks and still unresolved. Posted review on Electrolux website, but they removed. Don’t seem to take customer service seriously, send you to a repair person, not in house (here in New Zealand). Have to wait on parts, no offer of a replacement etc. Given this is a brand new product, service is very low.  Show details
Smeg SAI64

Smeg SAI64

2.6  (7)
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$2,590RRP
Livia C.
Livia C.SA
 
Bosch PVS675FB5E

Bosch PVS675FB5E

3.5  (4)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,899
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
Joe
JoeNSW18 posts
 
Westinghouse WHIC02K Twin Induction Cooktop

Westinghouse WHIC02K Twin Induction Cooktop

2.1  (8)
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  • Price (RRP) $199.95
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Robyn H.
Robyn H.16 posts
 
Westinghouse WHI643BD

Westinghouse WHI643BD

5.0  (2)
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  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneYes
Patricia M.
Patricia M.NSW7 posts
 
Scholtes MULTIPLO SF

Scholtes MULTIPLO SF

5.0  (2)
PiPi
PiPi
 
Fisher & Paykel 70cm Induction CI704CTB1

Fisher & Paykel 70cm Induction CI704CTB1

3.7  (3)
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Anita
Anita2 posts
 
Chef CHI643BA

Chef CHI643BA

3.0  (4)
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$1,269RRP
Schniz2
Schniz2NSW6 posts
 
AEG HK654070XB

AEG HK654070XB

2.3  (6)
ihateaeg
ihateaeg
 
so badIt is so terrible constantly turns off. no matter when, what, how, it will find a way to turn itself off. I think it tries to annoy you, its AEG's goal Show details
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IKEA Bejublad

IKEA Bejublad

2.2  (6)
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$799RRP
Rita
RitaNSW4 posts
 
Rita
Rita  
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Still waiting for support nearly 2 months later

Bosch PVS875FB5E

Bosch PVS875FB5E

4.5  (2)
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  • Price (RRP) $2,199
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
leanne
leanneBanyule20 posts
 
Omega OIC20B

Omega OIC20B

4.5  (2)
Tony N
Tony NMELBOURNE50 posts
 
ARC CI6SE2

ARC CI6SE2

2.5  (4)
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Clixton
ClixtonQLD13 posts
 
AEG IPE64551FB

AEG IPE64551FB

3.0  (3)
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  • Price (RRP) $2,199
  • Number of Cooktop Burners / Zones4
  • Wok Burner / ZoneNo
jmbau
jmbauMelbourne68 posts
 

Man cooking on an induction cooktop

What are induction cooktops and how do they work?

An induction cooktop turns your pan into a cooker itself by using electromagnetism to create heat energy inside the pan instead of applying external heat to it. This cooks your food more quickly, evenly, efficiently and safely when compared to other types of cooktops.

How exactly does this work compared to gas or electric? 'Induction' in the title stands for electromagnetic induction which means electricity is generated using magnetism. Under the stovetop is a magnetic coil that generates a fluctuating magnetic field. When a compatible (ferromagnetic) cooking instrument is nearby, it is heated up via the magnetic field.

In theory, if you were to place your hand on top of an induction stove, you will not feel any heat. (Warning: do not do this after cooking as the stovetop may still be hot from your cooking pan being on top of it).

The other types of cooktops to choose from include gas, electric and a combination of both induction and gas cooktops. These include 2 induction surfaces and 2 gas, enabling you to have the advantages of both.

Pros and cons of induction cooktops

Are you considering an induction cooktop for your kitchen? Here are the main advantages and disadvantages of using this type of cooker.

Pros
Very quick to heat up
Responds instantly to temperature changes
The cooktop doesn't get hot
Easier to clean than other cooktops
Safety features such as auto shut off
Lower likelihood of grease fires
Flexible placement in the kitchen
Cons
Generally more expensive than other cooktops
Cookware has to have a ferrous base
Small buzzing noise accompanies the magnetic field
Susceptible to scratching & damage
May interfere with pacemakers
May need to be hard-wired by an electrician

Induction cooktops are great for those who want to take their cooking seriously - the extremely reactive surface makes cooking much more precise and efficient. However, for many, this costly installation will require buying a whole new host of compatible pots and pans. Induction stovetops are also easily scratched by sliding pans. However, if you take care of them, they can be a valuable addition to your kitchen that can save you in electricity costs in the long run.

It's important to note that if you have a pacemaker (which works by monitoring electrical activity in your heart), it may be safer to choose a non-induction cooktop as it can interfere with your pacemaker. Keeping a safe distance of at least 60cm/2ft is recommended, but remember to consult with your doctor before making your purchasing decision.

Induction cooktop sizes and cooking zones

Extremely versatile, induction cooktops can range from having 1-5 cooking zones depending on your need.

Portable induction cooktops allow you to cook anywhere with an electrical outlet including a dorm room, an RV or at a table to keep your hotpot warm. They can also work as an extra burner for a busy or small kitchen.

In case you want the advantage of an induction cooker without committing to installing one, portable induction cooktops offer a more compact, affordable and easier to use solution than a fitted benchtop induction cooktop.

Induction cooktops that can be fitted into the kitchen typically come in four sizes. 30cm is usually the smallest size and can accommodate two cooking zones. It's suitable for single or couple households.

The most common sizes include 60cm and 90cm. 60cm can hold three heating zones quite comfortably and possibly four, although this might be cramped. 70-75cm can fit four zones very comfortably and 90cm can have up to five zones. This may be useful for large households or recipes that require a lot of multitasking.

Every kitchen and household is different so the size you choose should take into account the space you have available and how many people will be cooking at once.

It's useful to have a choice of large and small cooking zones depending on what you'll be cooking. It's recommended that the large cooking zone has a diameter of 21cm or larger for the most efficient and even heating when using large cookware. Induction cooktops with defined cooking zones will be easier to use than those without.

Features to look for in an induction cooktop

Now that you've decided to make the switch to an efficient induction cooktop, here are some handy things to look out for in your cooktop model:

Safety features

Safety is a very important feature to consider when buying a stovetop unit as many accidents occur when a stovetop is left unattended. Similarly, if you have children running around the house, it's useful to invest in some safety features.

Safety sensor: This feature monitors the temperature at the bottom of the cookware and adjusts the power output automatically to avoid both cookware and cooktop damage through overheating.

Power on light: These lights should be bright and obvious enough to indicate when the stovetop is on so there are no accidents, and an additional 'residual heat' light can inform you of when the cooktop is still hot after use so you do not touch it.

Auto switch-off: When your stove goes unused for long periods, this feature will automatically switch it off, making it safer and more energy-saving than other cooktops.

Timer: For stock-making, steaming and other slow-cooking tasks, having a cooktop with a timerthat shuts the stove off automatically after the desired amount of time could not only save you from accidental fires but is also a convenient feature to have.

Pan detection: With a pan detection feature, there is no need for an on or off switch. Simply placing your pan on the cooktop will activate the heating element and removing it will switch it off so you never forget.

Child lock: For those with toddlers running around, you won't need to worry about them hurting themselves with a child-lock that can be activated and deactivated before and after use.

Ease of use

Above all else, you'll want a cooktop that is easy to navigate and heats your food efficiently. Look for these features to ensure you get the best product:

Power rating and requirements: Most induction cooktops range in power from 1000-2000W, with those on the higher end heating up quicker and being more expensive. Depending on how quickly you'd like your pot of water to boil will depend on what power you require.

Since they use a lot of energy, some models may require special power connections. Check the wattage requirements before purchasing. For reference, an everyday plug has a 10Amp connection whereas induction stovetops may require a 20A, 32A or 42A connection which has to be hard-wired by an electrician.

Controls: You'll want to know how to control your new cooktop, therefore it's useful to take into account the positioning of the controls and how reactive they are - especially if your model comes with touch control. Some models have the controls on the front and others, in different locations but make sure they are not too close to the elements. Touch controls also offer the extra luxury of being very easy to clean.

Automated cooking: Many features automate elements of cooking so you don't have to do much work or pay much attention. An auto-heat up/booster setting will allow you to heat food quickly to a high temperature and then automatically reduce the heat after a set amount of time - without you having to do any of the work. Similarly, you can set a timer to have the stove turn off after 10 minutes so you never over boil pasta again. A keep warm function then allows your food to stay at a constant warm temperature as you and your guests go back to get seconds.

Cost: Induction stovetops tend to range from $60 (portable) to $5000 with those in the higher range offering convenient additional features such as an integrated and quiet cooling fan, a pause button that temporarily locks your heating settings as you clean around it, digital readouts of temperature, a framed vs edgeless design, booster heat up modes and more cooking zones.

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