Induction cooktops are becoming more and more popular as they are easy to use, portable, efficient and becoming more affordable.
Read this guide to find out what to expect when buying an induction cooktop and what makes a top induction cooktop standout. Here I will list some of the best induction cooktops in India based on features, performance, flexibility, and price.
This cooktop from Philips is my top choice. This is a high quality induction cooktop with a good combination of features and affordable price.
Philips HD4938 comes with 10 pre-programmed heating modes suitable for Indian cooking.
This cooktop features a full glass panel with simple and elegant design. The keys on the control panel are touch sensitive.
This induction cooktop comes with an automatic shut-off safety feature. It turns off automatically when no cooking pot is placed while it’s running. It also shuts off when the internal temperature of the stove becomes too high or voltage is too low or too high. It also offers a child lock feature.
Philips HD4938 cooktop also has a preset timer which can be used to schedule cooking timer in advance. Using preset timer you can set cooking timer in advance starting from 10 minutes to 24 hrs.
This device has a maximum heat setting of 2100 watts which allows you to cook everything faster.
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Philips 4928 is our second choice in best induction cooktops in India. Philips 4928 is slightly more affordable option than HD4938 mentioned above while having mostly the same features. This model does have pressable buttons instead of touch sensitive panel.
In this model the control panel has a different color than the glass top. This one has a more tidy and sleek design while missing out on a couple of features like preset timer and child lock. It also has a less number of inbuilt cooking modes.
This model is also a little bit lighter, weighing in at only 2.8 kg. This cooktop also has a top-wattage of 2100 watts.
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Bajaj Majesty ICX7 has a crystal glass cooktop and a nice control panel. Eight cooking modes including a keep warm mode, are provided for easy cooking. This device also has a pre-set (delayed start) mode which can be used to set cooking timer in advance.
Pan sensor, auto voltage regulation and auto shutoff are provided for safe cooking. ICX7 has maximum heating power of 1900 watts. The plate on this one has dimensions of 28x27cm. This device includes one year warranty.
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If you are looking for an affordable and lightweight induction cooker this one is for you.
It comes with 9 cooking modes and a manual timer option. It has a very simple and intuitive interface. This device also features a voltage protection and dry heat protection mechanism.
This product comes with one year warranty.
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Why use induction cooking?
Efficient– induction cooking directly heats up the cooking vessel unlike gas cooking where a lot of heat is lost in burner and in between. This makes it more energy efficient.
Fast– induction cookers with as much as 2100 watts are commonly available in the market. With high wattage and efficient induction heating these cookers will enable you to cook in even lesser time.
Less space– portable induction cooktops like ones mentioned above, require very much space as they are about 1ft by 1ft in area and a couple of inches thick. Weighing in the range of 1 to 3 kgs they are easy to carry and convenient to store.
Safety– with inbuilt safety features like heat protection, voltage protection, child lock, pan detection sensor induction cooker have become easy and safe for use; even more so than traditional cooking methods.
How induction cooktops work?
Induction heating is based on the principle of electromagnetic induction. When a changing magnetic field is applied to a metal it generates emf (voltage) and thus current in the material. If the resistance of the material is significant it will produce a lot of heat. This is especially true for ferromagnetic materials.
This means that an induction cooker directly heats the cooking vessel and then this hot vessel transfer heat to the food by conduction and convection.
The cooktop which is made of ceramic glass doesn’t become hot itself. However it does get some heat being in contact with the hot vessel. The material is however poor conductor of heat and doesn’t take away much heat from the vessel thus saving energy and being relatively cool.
A temperature sensor is provided beneath the glass top which measures the internal temperature of the device. To cool off the internal components and the cooktop ventilation fan is also provided. Generally you can hear it running.
Induction cooking is different from traditional gas stove cooking in the sense that there are no flames working and automatic controls are provided making it even safer.
What to look for when buying an induction cooktop:
Heat protection: heat protection safety will shut off the device if the cookware is left on the cooktop while empty and it overheats. When the temperature of the glass plate becomes too high it will cut off the power.
Voltage protection: most devices today can handle voltage fluctuations and have a wide working voltage range.
Pan detection: a sensor is placed inside the device to detect a properly sized cookware. This avoids heating up in case a small metal piece like a knife or spoon is placed on the cooktop by mistake. This is also used to power off the device once the cookware is taken off the top.
Child lock: this feature makes induction cooking even safer, when children are around. For child lock safety check out our top pick- Philips HD4938.
Most of induction cooktops come with a maximum power of 1000 to 2100 watt. More wattage enables you to cook faster. Generally you would want to buy one with 1800 to 2100 watts. Remember that it’s very easy to adjust heating levels on cooktops so buying one with a little bit higher power makes sense.
Cooking modes– cooking modes are default heating levels with different temperature and cooking time. They are really handy once you become comfortable with them especially if you don’t want to press that button multiple times. Some cooktops have as many as 10 or 15 cooking modes, which is not really required because if you want that much of a control, manual settings are better.
Preset timer: preset timer can be used to set a cooking timer in advance. Philips HD4938 and Bajaj Majesty ICX7 have this feature.
Design: a quality build and friendly interface is something to look for in the best induction cootop. If you are going to use it every day buy one that looks easy on the eye and is easy to use and clean.
4)Warranty and customer service
This applies to every product out there. Most products have the same one year warranty period but buying from a brand that has good service and quick response helps.
Tips for using your induction cooktop:
• Regularly clean your induction cooktop. Before switching on the cooker, make sure the cooking surface is clean and dry.
• Don’t wash the appliance under water. Just wipe the surface clean with a cloth.
• Don’t use glass, copper or aluminium utensils on the cooktop. Avoid cookware which doesn’t have a flat bottom. Also avoid cookware which has very small or very large bottom area.
• After cooking the cooking surface will become hot since it was in contact with the cooking pot. You should avoid touching the cooktop surface after use.
• Don’t put knives, spoons or any other object which you do not intend to heat up.
• Make sure that there is enough space around and under, so that air can move around and cool it properly.
• Don’t forget to let it cool down before you clean it.
• Read user manual or manufacturer instructions for best use of your appliance.
• Only use cookware with proper size. For most cooktops it’s around 5 to 8 inches.
• Never use or place aluminium foil in contact with induction cooktop.
Q. Do I need special cookware for using an induction cooktop?
Induction cooktops work only with iron or magnetic stainless steel cookware. Don’t use copper, aluminium, glass or ceramic cookware on these. To check, see if a magnet sticks to the bottom of the pot. If it does, it will work on an induction cooktop.
Q. Will they spike up the electricity bill?
A typical induction cooker is around 2100 on maximum power setting. If you use if for 2 hr daily with an average power of 1500 watts it will add upto 3 kWh (3 Units) per day or 150 units in a month. This may increase your electricity costs but overall induction cookers can be more economical than gas cooktops.
Q. What size of cookware to use?
To make the best out of your induction cooker use a properly sized cookware. Read the product manual for recommended cookware size.