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Do you have a little trip planned, but still want to be able to cook without a full stovetop? Or maybe you’re at home, but don’t want to waste energy just for one pot. The solution to your problems is a portable induction cooktop.
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These are like the old school portable burners, but without all of that dangerous heat, the possibility of fires, and all of that energy being wasted too. Let’s talk about the 3 best portable induction cooktop Consumer Reports out there right now. If you have any questions how an induction cooktop works, check out our Induction Cooktop FAQ post.
Portable Induction Cooktop Consumer Reports 2018
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Max Burton 6400
Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
A great brand name to go with, Secura cookware has been around for quite some time now. Here we have one of their newest appliances, the Secura 8100MC 1800 Watt Portable induction cooktop. It can do everything that a normal burner can, all without being dangerous, getting hot, or using too much energy. Check out the full review of the Secura 9600LS.
The Secura 8100MC Induction Cooktop uses the standard 120 volts of power which many other appliances use. This is pretty standard and will work fine with any outlet. It features a high and low voltage reminder in case the power source does not have the right voltage.
One thing that many people like about this model is that it is very small and lightweight. This model is more compact and weighs less than ever before. This makes it very portable in case you need a burner on the go, plus it makes things easy when it comes to storage time.
The Secura 8100MC Induction Cooktop has 10 different power levels and 10 different power settings. You can turn this model on anywhere from 200 watts to 1800 watts and from 140° Fahrenheit to 460° Fahrenheit. That is just as, if not more powerful than any stovetop you might be using at home.
This model features a 170-minute countdown timer that counts down in 1 minute increments to let you know how much cooking time has passed.
For safety and power conservation, the Secura 8100MC Induction Cooktop will shut down after no cookware is detected for 60 seconds. This model also has a diagnostic error message system.
The Secura 8100MC Induction Cooktop has a digital control panel for easy and accurate adjustments
- Solid build for durability
- Wide wattage and temperature range
- Features a countdown timer
- Small and compact for convenience
- Diagnostic error system
- Automatic 60-second pan shut off
- Very energy efficient
- ETL Approved
- Can only be used with Induction Ready Cookware
Max Burton 6400 Digital Induction Cooktop
Another good induction cooktop, the Max Burton 6400 is a sleek, affordable, and highly functional option to go with. It has a number of features that make it one of the better choices on the market today.
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The Max Burton 6400 Induction Cooktop uses up to 1800 watts of power to heat your food. In other words, it is both very fast at heating up various foods, plus it is also fairly energy efficient. It will work with pretty much any standard plug.
This portable induction cooktop can be temperature adjusted in 25° Fahrenheit intervals. It can go anywhere from 100° for the smaller jobs, all the way up to 425° for those big jobs that need lots of heat. This item can simply keep food warm and it can boil water in a matter of minutes too.
The digital display which this model features is very easy to use. It features one-touch buttons for quick cooking settings. It also comes with one-touch simmer and boil buttons to make life even easier.
The Max Burton 6400 Induction Cooktop comes with a 180-minute timer which is programmable so you can simply let your food cook and forget about it until the alarm goes off.
This portable cooktop is made of high-quality materials, is built to last, plus it’s built to be sleek and compact as well.
- Easy to control digital interface
- One touch buttons for quick cooking
- Quite powerful
- Adjustable from 100° to 425°
- Features a 180-minute programmable timer
- Very durable
- Sleek and Compact
- Can only be used with induction friendly cookware
- Temperature may fluctuate slightly
DUXTOP UltraThin Full Glass Top Portable Induction Cooktop
This is another great option to consider, mainly because the DUXTOP Portable Induction Cooktop is one of the more affordable options out there today. It may be one of the cheaper ones, but it does not fail to deliver on quality or functionality. Check out these full reviews of the Duxtop 8100MC review and Duxtop 9100MC review.
The DUXTOP Portable Induction Cooktop has 15 power levels. It can be adjusted anywhere from 140 to 460 degrees Fahrenheit, plus it can be adjusted from 100 to 1500 watts.
This model is made of very high-quality materials with a full glass top. It is much thinner and more lightweight than most other models out there, making it a very convenient option to have with you on the go.
The 1500-watt 120-volt heater will work just fine when using any standard North American electrical outlet.
The DUXTOP Portable Induction Cooktop features an easy-to-use digital control panel so you can quickly choose the cooking settings you want.
This unit has a digital countdown timer that can go for up to 170 minutes, which is convenient, no doubt.
The DUXTOP Portable Induction Cooktop features an automatic 60-second shutoff feature, so if it does not come into contact with a pan for 60-seconds, it will shut down to save power.
This model also features a high and low voltage warning system, plus a diagnostic error message system too.
- Wide temperature/watt range
- Convenient timer
- Easy to use digital display
- Voltage/error warning systems
- 60-second auto shutoff—saves energy
- 40% thinner than previous models
- High quality glass surface
- Much of the heat is centered in the middle—outer edges do not heat up too well
- Can only be used with induction cookware.
Whatever your choice may be, remember that induction cooktops, especially portable ones, are the way of the future. They prevent fires, they won’t burn you, they are easy to use, portable and convenient, and they work just as well as a full-sized stovetop. It might just be time to look into getting one!
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