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Induction Cooktop

Best Induction Cooktops in India - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best induction cooktops in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

Induction cooktops are slowly gaining popularity over conventional gas stoves in India due to its sophisticated operation, efficient cooking and low maintenance cost. Indeed, this new-age appliance is a useful component for most of the kitchens. If you believe that too and want one for your kitchen, refer to our buyer’s guide and pick up the best induction cooktops in India.

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Viva Collection HD4928/01 Watt Induction Cooktop

Philips

Viva Collection HD4928/01 Watt Induction Cooktop

HD4928/01

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9.7 / 10

11/2020

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2.8 kg

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Highly efficient
Eco-friendly
Menus for Indian cuisine
Tricky control interface, yet comfortable
6.5 x 28.1x 35.6 cm
2100 W
220-240 volts
1 year

Pigeon

by Stovekraft Cruise 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop

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9.5 / 10

11/2020

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1.87 kg

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Highly efficient appliance
Eco-friendly
Easy to use
Suitable for small families
Less energy efficient
9.5 x 32.5 x 38.5 cm
1800 W
220 volts
1 year

Prestige

PIC 15.0+ 1900-Watt Induction Cooktop

PIC 15.0+

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9.4 / 10

11/2020

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2.48 kg

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Plastic

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Preset menus
Less durable
Not mentioned
1600 W
220-240 volts
1 year

Havells

Insta Cook PT 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop

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9.4 / 10

11/2020

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1.9 kg

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Full Glass

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Overall great performance
Eco-friendly
Easy to use
Fluctuation regulation function
Less energy efficient
10.8 x 34.3 x 42.4 cm
1900 W
230 volts
1 year

Bajaj

Majesty ICX 7 1900-Watt Induction Cooktop

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9.3 / 10

11/2020

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3.72 kg

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Plastic

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Delay start button
Energy efficient
Less durable
Not mentioned
1900 W
130V- 260 volts
1 year

Preethi

Trendy Plus IC 116 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop

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9.2 / 10

11/2020

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1.84 Kg

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Plastic with Glass

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Excellent power saving
Durable ceramic plate
Menus for Indian cuisine
Overheats at maximum power
6.4 x 27 x 35 cm
1600 W
230 volts
1 year

Usha

Cook Joy (3616) 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop

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8.9 / 10

11/2020

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2.36 kg

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Excellent power saving
Pan detection
Pre set menus
The fan makes noise
Less durable
3 x 20 x 30 cm
1600 W
230 volts
1 year

Philips

Viva Collection HD4928/01 Watt Induction Cooktop


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9.7 / 10

11/2020

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Highly efficient
Eco-friendly
Menus for Indian cuisine
Tricky control interface, yet comfortable

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2.8 kg

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2100 W

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220-240 volts

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Chitransh Waghmare

Chitransh Waghmare

Buyer's Guide - Best Induction Cooktops in India

Know all about induction cooktops and buy the best one.

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for induction cooktops

Here’s a sneak peek into the most significant features to consider before buying an induction cooktop.

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for Induction Cooktops

Best practices for Induction cooktop usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best induction cooktops in India

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for induction cooktops

1.1 Types

  • Built-in Stoves

These induction stoves are mounted on the kitchen platform, having more than two cooking zones. These are fixed, non-portable and are meant for large families.

  • Compact and Portable Induction Cookers

These single cooking zone appliances are top-rated among students, bachelors and small families. They are highly portable and pocket friendly.

  • Induction Cooktops

These cooktops fit in between counters and are typically coupled with an electric oven. They can be easily installed, used and cleaned.

  • Built-in Stoves

These induction stoves are mounted on the kitchen platform, having more than two cooking zones. These are fixed, non-portable and are meant for large families.

  • Compact and Portable Induction Cookers

These single cooking zone appliances are top-rated among students, bachelors and small families. They are highly portable and pocket friendly.

  • Induction Cooktops

These cooktops fit in between counters and are typically coupled with an electric oven. They can be easily installed, used and cleaned.

1.2 Built-in or Freestanding

There is no difference between the two when it comes to function. It is just that a freestanding hob is easy to move. You can put it anywhere in case of a requirement. However, the built-in set permanently and calls for the right size.

Choose whether you want to have a hob and whether you want a built-in model or a freestanding one. A built-in hob is not always possible. If you do opt for this, measure the sizes well before time. This is even more important than with a free-standing specimen. Of course, it looks very nice to build a hob in your kitchen. However, this has the disadvantage that when you move, you have to build it in again. Then it just has to be the right size.

There is no difference between the two when it comes to function. It is just that a freestanding hob is easy to move. You can put it anywhere in case of a requirement. However, the built-in set permanently and calls for the right size.

Choose whether you want to have a hob and whether you want a built-in model or a freestanding one. A built-in hob is not always possible. If you do opt for this, measure the sizes well before time. This is even more important than with a free-standing specimen. Of course, it looks very nice to build a hob in your kitchen. However, this has the disadvantage that when you move, you have to build it in again. Then it just has to be the right size.

1.3 Electrical Connection

Electrical connection should be considered because not all hobs have the same socket. Usually, two cooking zones induction call for a regular socket, 4 cooking zones variants need 2 phase connection, and for more cooking zones, you need a 3 phase connection.

If you don't have a connection as per your favourite hob, no worries, you just need to call a professional electrician for the socket to be installed. Since you will have to bear extra costs for this, that’s why this feature is essential to consider.

Electrical connection should be considered because not all hobs have the same socket. Usually, two cooking zones induction call for a regular socket, 4 cooking zones variants need 2 phase connection, and for more cooking zones, you need a 3 phase connection.

If you don't have a connection as per your favourite hob, no worries, you just need to call a professional electrician for the socket to be installed. Since you will have to bear extra costs for this, that’s why this feature is essential to consider.

1.4 Size

The size of induction is one of the most important features to consider. The cooktops range from sizes of 30 cms to 90 cms, but an average 60 cms cooktop is one of the most common and popular. Also, the size of the cooktop determines the number of cooking zones invariably.

The size of induction is one of the most important features to consider. The cooktops range from sizes of 30 cms to 90 cms, but an average 60 cms cooktop is one of the most common and popular. Also, the size of the cooktop determines the number of cooking zones invariably.

1.5 Number of Cooking Zones

The size of the cooktop and the number of cooking zones go hand in hand. The bigger and wider the size, the more number of cooking zones can be accommodated in it. The average 60 cm cooktop has 3-4 cooking zones suiting most basic needs of small households.

If you have a large family or there is a requirement to set up many pans at one time, choose a cooktop with at least 4 cooking zones. So that the pans do not come in each other's way. For a small kitchen or a campsite, get a hob with one or two cooking zones.

Besides having a specific cooking zone, some induction hobs have flexible cooking zones as well. You can place the pan, and it will automatically adjust to the pan size. Zoneless induction plates are also there, which, as the name says, have no zones at all. You can place the pan anywhere on this hob, and the appliance will detect and heat the pan. 

The size of the cooktop and the number of cooking zones go hand in hand. The bigger and wider the size, the more number of cooking zones can be accommodated in it. The average 60 cm cooktop has 3-4 cooking zones suiting most basic needs of small households.

If you have a large family or there is a requirement to set up many pans at one time, choose a cooktop with at least 4 cooking zones. So that the pans do not come in each other's way. For a small kitchen or a campsite, get a hob with one or two cooking zones.

Besides having a specific cooking zone, some induction hobs have flexible cooking zones as well. You can place the pan, and it will automatically adjust to the pan size. Zoneless induction plates are also there, which, as the name says, have no zones at all. You can place the pan anywhere on this hob, and the appliance will detect and heat the pan. 

1.6 Control Panel

Induction cooktops usually have a touchscreen menu. You can exercise all the functions with touch buttons. However, nowadays, control panels also have a different feature where you can choose the function with a sliding movement whether the appliance should give off more or less heat. You can choose between the two as per your preference. 

Both the features are any day better than glass or plastic knobs present in the normal gas hobs. It also helps to keep the shape compact and makes the induction hob user-friendly.

Induction cooktops usually have a touchscreen menu. You can exercise all the functions with touch buttons. However, nowadays, control panels also have a different feature where you can choose the function with a sliding movement whether the appliance should give off more or less heat. You can choose between the two as per your preference. 

Both the features are any day better than glass or plastic knobs present in the normal gas hobs. It also helps to keep the shape compact and makes the induction hob user-friendly.

1.7 Pan Detection

Pan recognition sensors help in detecting the size and shape of the cookware you’re using. Any non-compatible cookware will cause the cooktop to turn off, and it will indicate the same. While when the utensil suiting the needs of an induction cooktop is placed over it, the cooktop will start functioning again. Also, when there is no pot on the cooktop, the cooking zone will be switched off automatically.

This feature makes the hob not only environmentally friendly but also handy and safe just in case you forget to switch off the hob.

Pan recognition sensors help in detecting the size and shape of the cookware you’re using. Any non-compatible cookware will cause the cooktop to turn off, and it will indicate the same. While when the utensil suiting the needs of an induction cooktop is placed over it, the cooktop will start functioning again. Also, when there is no pot on the cooktop, the cooking zone will be switched off automatically.

This feature makes the hob not only environmentally friendly but also handy and safe just in case you forget to switch off the hob.

1.8 Delay Start

The delay start button enables you to start cooking after a stipulated time. So, if you want that the cooking should start after 15 minutes, it is possible with this feature. It comes in handy especially when you are juggling multiple tasks in the kitchen. Based on the settings made, the cooktop will also stop cooking after a stipulated time.

The delay start button enables you to start cooking after a stipulated time. So, if you want that the cooking should start after 15 minutes, it is possible with this feature. It comes in handy especially when you are juggling multiple tasks in the kitchen. Based on the settings made, the cooktop will also stop cooking after a stipulated time.

1.9 Residual Heat Indicator

Though an induction hob cools down quickly compared to other hobs, yet it is helpful to know whether the hob is still warm to avoid burning or any kind of injury. A residual heat indicator tells you if the hob is still warm to touch. The indication is usually given by an "H".

Though an induction hob cools down quickly compared to other hobs, yet it is helpful to know whether the hob is still warm to avoid burning or any kind of injury. A residual heat indicator tells you if the hob is still warm to touch. The indication is usually given by an "H".

1.10 Child Lock

Lately, prominent brands have started incorporating the child lock feature in the induction cooktops. And it is a crucial feature to consider if you have young ones at home and they have access to the kitchen.

Lately, prominent brands have started incorporating the child lock feature in the induction cooktops. And it is a crucial feature to consider if you have young ones at home and they have access to the kitchen.

1.11 Timer

Probably the most important comfort functionality in an induction cooktop that prevents you from the yesteryear hassles of constantly monitoring the cooking process is the timer. A timer allows you to program your cooking by setting durations regarding raising/decreasing the temperature or turning off the cooktop after a certain period of time. However, it is advisable not to solely rely on the timer and you should supervise the process occasionally if not frequently.

Probably the most important comfort functionality in an induction cooktop that prevents you from the yesteryear hassles of constantly monitoring the cooking process is the timer. A timer allows you to program your cooking by setting durations regarding raising/decreasing the temperature or turning off the cooktop after a certain period of time. However, it is advisable not to solely rely on the timer and you should supervise the process occasionally if not frequently.

1.12 Automatic Safety Shut-off

This safety feature (again a functionality limited to a certain range of cooktop models) automatically turns the power off if the cooktop detects overcooking or over boiling of ingredients.

This safety feature (again a functionality limited to a certain range of cooktop models) automatically turns the power off if the cooktop detects overcooking or over boiling of ingredients.

1.13 Cooking Modes

Some induction hobs come with multiple cooking settings. You can select the mode as per the dish you are cooking. Temperature settings are also directly proportional to this. The more cooking settings the hob has the more choice in the temperature you have. Also, more cooking settings simply means precise cooking. So, if the hob has 17 cooking settings, you can cook very accurately. While if the cooktop only has four cooking settings, you have to settle for less flexibility.

Some induction hobs come with multiple cooking settings. You can select the mode as per the dish you are cooking. Temperature settings are also directly proportional to this. The more cooking settings the hob has the more choice in the temperature you have. Also, more cooking settings simply means precise cooking. So, if the hob has 17 cooking settings, you can cook very accurately. While if the cooktop only has four cooking settings, you have to settle for less flexibility.

1.14 Extra Functions

  • Keep Warm: The name says it all. This feature keeps the food warm after cooking. It maintains the nutritional value and preserves the taste of the food. This is a godd-to-have feature to consider when buying induction cooktops.

  • Melting: There are induction hobs that come with a ‘melting’ feature to melt chocolate, etc.

  • Boost: Use this feature to set an extra-strong setting for an induction cooktop. It lets you heat the contents of a pan faster.

  • Frying Zone: It is an extra-large cooking zone that is used for a large induction grill plate. This is an excellent alternative to an electric grill plate.

  • Boil-over Protection: Thanks to this feature, the induction hob recognises when it boils over the pan and switches off the hob.

  • TFT Screen: A TFT screen provides a detailed and clear view of all cooking zones. You get a bird’s eye view of how high the cooking zones are and how much of a flexible cooking zone has been up to use.

  • Keep Warm: The name says it all. This feature keeps the food warm after cooking. It maintains the nutritional value and preserves the taste of the food. This is a godd-to-have feature to consider when buying induction cooktops.

  • Melting: There are induction hobs that come with a ‘melting’ feature to melt chocolate, etc.

  • Boost: Use this feature to set an extra-strong setting for an induction cooktop. It lets you heat the contents of a pan faster.

  • Frying Zone: It is an extra-large cooking zone that is used for a large induction grill plate. This is an excellent alternative to an electric grill plate.

  • Boil-over Protection: Thanks to this feature, the induction hob recognises when it boils over the pan and switches off the hob.

  • TFT Screen: A TFT screen provides a detailed and clear view of all cooking zones. You get a bird’s eye view of how high the cooking zones are and how much of a flexible cooking zone has been up to use.

1.15 Price

Though induction hobs are not as expensive as they once used to be, price is still an essential factor because the appliance still costs quite a bit. An induction cooktop with 4 cooking zones will cost you anything between €250 and €1300. Of course, there are more options available with the more expensive variants. At the same time, inexpensive versions of reputed brands such as Etna and Inventum also have a good reputation.

Though induction hobs are not as expensive as they once used to be, price is still an essential factor because the appliance still costs quite a bit. An induction cooktop with 4 cooking zones will cost you anything between €250 and €1300. Of course, there are more options available with the more expensive variants. At the same time, inexpensive versions of reputed brands such as Etna and Inventum also have a good reputation.

2. FAQ: Learn more about the details

2.1 How does an induction cooktop work?

The induction cooktop works on the principle of electromagnetics. A copper wire coil is placed beneath the cooking pot & an alternating electric current is passed through it. The induction cooktops utilize this magnetic reaction to create heat and cook food.

The induction cooktop works on the principle of electromagnetics. A copper wire coil is placed beneath the cooking pot & an alternating electric current is passed through it. The induction cooktops utilize this magnetic reaction to create heat and cook food.

2.2 Does induction cooktops cook faster than traditional gas cooktops?

Yes, the induction cooktops cook way faster than the traditional gas cooktops as it transfers the heat directly through the utensil to the ingredients.

Yes, the induction cooktops cook way faster than the traditional gas cooktops as it transfers the heat directly through the utensil to the ingredients.

2.3 What are the top user-friendly amenities of the induction cooktop?

Induction cooktops come with pre-set timers which reduces the need for supervision while cooking. You get an auto-alert when the timer goes off.

Induction cooktops come with pre-set timers which reduces the need for supervision while cooking. You get an auto-alert when the timer goes off.

2.4 Are the induction cooktops more pocket friendly than the traditional gas cooktops?

The induction cooktops are usually costlier than the traditional gas-tops but spending a few extra bucks on such a smart and energy-efficient appliance for once is totally worth it. After all, it comes with a lot of comfort functionalities and safety features which are absent in gas cooktops.

The induction cooktops are usually costlier than the traditional gas-tops but spending a few extra bucks on such a smart and energy-efficient appliance for once is totally worth it. After all, it comes with a lot of comfort functionalities and safety features which are absent in gas cooktops.

2.5 Which are the best brands of induction cooktops in India?

Philps, Prestige, Pigeon, Havells, and Usha are some of the most popular and reputed manufacturers of the induction cooktop in India.

Philps, Prestige, Pigeon, Havells, and Usha are some of the most popular and reputed manufacturers of the induction cooktop in India.

2.6 Are induction cooktops environment friendly?

Yes, the induction cooktops don't involve any burning of petroleum fuels and thereby there is no emission of gases. These cooktops use electricity to function.

Yes, the induction cooktops don't involve any burning of petroleum fuels and thereby there is no emission of gases. These cooktops use electricity to function.

2.7 What is the major limitation of an induction cooktop?

One major drawback of using an induction cooktop is you can not put all the utensils on it for cooking. The choice of the right kind of utensil is essential. The induction friendly utensils are primarily made of steel or iron (as they are magnetic). Glass, ceramic, copper and aluminium utensils cannot be put on the induction stoves. The stove can damage the glass and ceramic utensil. While aluminium can melt onto the top causing permanent damage to the cooktop. Moreover, the utensils should also have a flat and even bottom.

One major drawback of using an induction cooktop is you can not put all the utensils on it for cooking. The choice of the right kind of utensil is essential. The induction friendly utensils are primarily made of steel or iron (as they are magnetic). Glass, ceramic, copper and aluminium utensils cannot be put on the induction stoves. The stove can damage the glass and ceramic utensil. While aluminium can melt onto the top causing permanent damage to the cooktop. Moreover, the utensils should also have a flat and even bottom.

2.8 What are the advantages of using an induction cooktop over a ceramic hob?

The advantages of using an induction cooktop over a ceramic plate are listed below:

  • An induction cooktop heats up faster.

  • An induction hob is more energy efficient.

  • It has flexible cooking zones.

  • It is safe to use than a ceramic hob.

The advantages of using an induction cooktop over a ceramic plate are listed below:

  • An induction cooktop heats up faster.

  • An induction hob is more energy efficient.

  • It has flexible cooking zones.

  • It is safe to use than a ceramic hob.

2.9 What is the lifespan of an induction cooktop?

An induction cooktop has an average lifespan of about 10 to 15 years.

An induction cooktop has an average lifespan of about 10 to 15 years.

2.10 What is the difference between a ceramic hob and an induction cooktop?

An induction cooktop works with magnets, whereas a ceramic hob works with heating elements like halogen radiators. Also, an induction hob heats up faster, is more energy-efficient, safer and offers flexible cooking zones. However, it is expensive than a ceramic hob.

An induction cooktop works with magnets, whereas a ceramic hob works with heating elements like halogen radiators. Also, an induction hob heats up faster, is more energy-efficient, safer and offers flexible cooking zones. However, it is expensive than a ceramic hob.

2.11 Is an induction hob easy to clean?

Induction hobs have smooth glass tops, and burners do not heat the surface of the induction plate or burn hob. So, there is only spilling or splashing, which is not a big problem. Hob doesn’t take long to cool down, and once that happens, you can immediately start cleaning.

Induction hobs have smooth glass tops, and burners do not heat the surface of the induction plate or burn hob. So, there is only spilling or splashing, which is not a big problem. Hob doesn’t take long to cool down, and once that happens, you can immediately start cleaning.

2.12 What if I put a regular pan on an induction cooktop?

When you put a magnetised base on the hob, the magnetic field causes it to heat up directly. The cooktop more or less remains cool; it just has some residual heat from the pans. If you put the standard or non-magnetic pan on the hob, it will remain cold.

When you put a magnetised base on the hob, the magnetic field causes it to heat up directly. The cooktop more or less remains cool; it just has some residual heat from the pans. If you put the standard or non-magnetic pan on the hob, it will remain cold.

2.13 Does an induction hob uses electricity to operate?

An induction cooktop doesn’t use electricity directly but electromagnetism to cook food.

An induction cooktop doesn’t use electricity directly but electromagnetism to cook food.

2.14 Are induction hobs safe to use?

Indeed, induction cooktops are safe to use. The cooking plate does never get hot; only the pan does due to the electromagnetic fields created by the induction cooktops.

Indeed, induction cooktops are safe to use. The cooking plate does never get hot; only the pan does due to the electromagnetic fields created by the induction cooktops.

2.15 Is the food cooked on induction hobs bad for health?

An induction hob creates electromagnetic waves which do not cause any harm to the health of a human being. The radiation emitted is very low, and since there is no heat emission, so there is no possibility to release CO, CO2 or burn O2.

An induction hob creates electromagnetic waves which do not cause any harm to the health of a human being. The radiation emitted is very low, and since there is no heat emission, so there is no possibility to release CO, CO2 or burn O2.

2.16 Can I install an induction cooktop over an oven?

You can install an induction cooktop over an oven, provided hob’s installation specifications specifically allow it because by deploying a cooktop over an oven, the risk of overheating and damaging the electronics of the cooktop increases.

You can install an induction cooktop over an oven, provided hob’s installation specifications specifically allow it because by deploying a cooktop over an oven, the risk of overheating and damaging the electronics of the cooktop increases.

2.17 Can an induction hob cause fire?

No. The elements do not heat up. The only thing that can cause fire is unattended oil. Moreover, most of the induction cooktops turn off automatically when a pan is empty or boils over and do not reach ignition temperatures.

No. The elements do not heat up. The only thing that can cause fire is unattended oil. Moreover, most of the induction cooktops turn off automatically when a pan is empty or boils over and do not reach ignition temperatures.

2.18 Can I use a cast iron pan for the induction cooktop?

Cast iron works well with induction, but it can scratch up the cooktop surface. However, it will not scratch the surface if it is an enamelled cast iron because of the enamel.

Cast iron works well with induction, but it can scratch up the cooktop surface. However, it will not scratch the surface if it is an enamelled cast iron because of the enamel.

2.19 Does an induction hob make noise?

Induction hobs can produce a small amount of noise from built-in cooling fans. You may also hear sounds when hob settings are high, such as silent humming, whistling or chirping. Also, when electrical switches are engaged, you may hear a clicking sound.

Induction hobs can produce a small amount of noise from built-in cooling fans. You may also hear sounds when hob settings are high, such as silent humming, whistling or chirping. Also, when electrical switches are engaged, you may hear a clicking sound.

2.20 Should there be ventilation with an induction cooktop?

Yes. Therefore, consider buying a hood with the hob as air movement is necessary to remove excess steam from cooking. The built-in filters help in trapping the grease and accumulating food articles. Moreover, the smoke and tiny oil droplets spread out more laterally, so a strong exhaust fan is required to suck them out of the kitchen.

Yes. Therefore, consider buying a hood with the hob as air movement is necessary to remove excess steam from cooking. The built-in filters help in trapping the grease and accumulating food articles. Moreover, the smoke and tiny oil droplets spread out more laterally, so a strong exhaust fan is required to suck them out of the kitchen.

2.21 Can I use a stainless steel pan for the induction cooktop?

Induction cooktops work with stainless steel if it has magnetic properties. So, perform a test to find out if the stainless steel will work on an induction unit. If a magnet sticks to the steel cookware's bottom, you can use it for the induction cooktop.

Induction cooktops work with stainless steel if it has magnetic properties. So, perform a test to find out if the stainless steel will work on an induction unit. If a magnet sticks to the steel cookware's bottom, you can use it for the induction cooktop.

2.22 Can I use a pressure cooker on an induction hob?

You can use a pressure cooker on an induction cooktop only as per the manufacturer instructions. You can also do canning as well. However, avoid pre-heating of the cooker and be there for heat adjustments within the first five minutes of pressure. You can also use the timer function for the same.

You can use a pressure cooker on an induction cooktop only as per the manufacturer instructions. You can also do canning as well. However, avoid pre-heating of the cooker and be there for heat adjustments within the first five minutes of pressure. You can also use the timer function for the same.

2.23 Can I put a hot pan straight from the oven on an induction hob?

Yes, this is possible due to two reasons. First, an induction hob heats the base of a pot to a high temperature that the food from the oven will not be any hotter. Second, the cooking surface is often made of heatproof glass.

Yes, this is possible due to two reasons. First, an induction hob heats the base of a pot to a high temperature that the food from the oven will not be any hotter. Second, the cooking surface is often made of heatproof glass.

3. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for Induction Cooktops

3.1 What are the general usage and care practices for induction cooktop?

  • Use iron or steel bottom utensils only. Unsuitable utensils will not only affect overall safety but cooking performance as well.

  • The utensils to be used with the induction cooktop must have magnetic properties, else it will not heat properly.

  • Avoid using cooking utensils that have a round, convex, concave or warped bottom.

  • Choose cookware according to the amount of food to be prepared.

  • Placement of the cookware is equally important. Always keep the cookware in the centre of the cooking zone. Cookware that isn't placed properly often activates the “No pan detected“ sensor, and turns off the power of the cooking zone.

  • Do not use broader plates which may cover more than one cooking zone. Also, don't place dirty pans on the cooktop.

  • Use iron or steel bottom utensils only. Unsuitable utensils will not only affect overall safety but cooking performance as well.

  • The utensils to be used with the induction cooktop must have magnetic properties, else it will not heat properly.

  • Avoid using cooking utensils that have a round, convex, concave or warped bottom.

  • Choose cookware according to the amount of food to be prepared.

  • Placement of the cookware is equally important. Always keep the cookware in the centre of the cooking zone. Cookware that isn't placed properly often activates the “No pan detected“ sensor, and turns off the power of the cooking zone.

  • Do not use broader plates which may cover more than one cooking zone. Also, don't place dirty pans on the cooktop.

3.2 How to use an induction cooktop?

  • Ensure that the cooktop surface is clean and dry.

  • Place the pan on the specified cooking zone and in the centre.

  • Locate the ON/OFF key for the chosen cooking zone. Touch and hold your finger on the ON/OFF key for a while. When the power light activates, remove your finger.

  • Select the required power level by touching the UP or DOWN key repeatedly. The power lights illuminate and let you know about the power level.

  • The power level setting can be changed at any point during the cooking process.

  • When selecting the power level, you need to hold your finger on the UP or DOWN control key until the desired power level is displayed.

  • Ensure that the cooktop surface is clean and dry.

  • Place the pan on the specified cooking zone and in the centre.

  • Locate the ON/OFF key for the chosen cooking zone. Touch and hold your finger on the ON/OFF key for a while. When the power light activates, remove your finger.

  • Select the required power level by touching the UP or DOWN key repeatedly. The power lights illuminate and let you know about the power level.

  • The power level setting can be changed at any point during the cooking process.

  • When selecting the power level, you need to hold your finger on the UP or DOWN control key until the desired power level is displayed.

3.3 How to install an induction cooktop?

It is effortless to install an induction cooktop. Place it on the kitchen counter and connect the wiring. In case of any confusion, refer to the instruction manual.

It is effortless to install an induction cooktop. Place it on the kitchen counter and connect the wiring. In case of any confusion, refer to the instruction manual.

4. Fun Facts: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about induction cooktops

4.1 Patents of the induction stoves were issued in the early 1900s. Demonstration stoves were presented by the Frigidaire division of General Motors within the mid-1950s on a touring GM showcase in North America.

4.2 The first induction cooker was demonstrated by heating a pot of water with a newspaper placed in between. This unit was never put into production.

4.3 Modern developments and implementations of induction cooking started in the early 1970s at the R&D Center of Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the USA. These modern induction cooktops used transistors developed for automotive electronic ignition systems to drive the 25 kHz current. The stand-alone single-burner range that was developed then was named the Cool Top Induction Range.

4.4 In the mid-1980s, Sears Kenmore sold a free-standing oven/stove with four induction-cooking surfaces. The unit also had a self-cleaning oven, solid-state kitchen timer, and capacitive-touch control buttons.

4.5 In 2009, Panasonic developed an all-metal induction cooker that used frequencies up to 120 kHz.

4.6 The best induction cooktops/stoves in the world hails from German manufacturers.

4.1 Patents of the induction stoves were issued in the early 1900s. Demonstration stoves were presented by the Frigidaire division of General Motors within the mid-1950s on a touring GM showcase in North America.

4.2 The first induction cooker was demonstrated by heating a pot of water with a newspaper placed in between. This unit was never put into production.

4.3 Modern developments and implementations of induction cooking started in the early 1970s at the R&D Center of Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the USA. These modern induction cooktops used transistors developed for automotive electronic ignition systems to drive the 25 kHz current. The stand-alone single-burner range that was developed then was named the Cool Top Induction Range.

4.4 In the mid-1980s, Sears Kenmore sold a free-standing oven/stove with four induction-cooking surfaces. The unit also had a self-cleaning oven, solid-state kitchen timer, and capacitive-touch control buttons.

4.5 In 2009, Panasonic developed an all-metal induction cooker that used frequencies up to 120 kHz.

4.6 The best induction cooktops/stoves in the world hails from German manufacturers.

5. Our Picks: How we picked the best induction cooktops in India

5.1 Philips Viva Collection 2100-Watt Induction Cooktop

Philips is one of the premier brands manufacturing electronic merchandise in India. This mammoth brand also brings in some of the top-notch kitchenwares for its customers. The Philips viva induction cooktop is undoubtedly the best package you can seek in the market.

Crafted specifically for the dynamic Indian cuisine, it has 10 preset menus dedicated to Indian dishes. From the 0 to 3 hours time setting to the auto-off program and easy to use touch screen button, it has every element catering to user comfort. In the name of safety, it not just offers auto-off function but also a cool-to-touch surface that makes cooking easy and secure.

It consumes 2100 W power and yet it is economical compared to the much-used LPG options. Furthermore, the induction comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

While not one of the cheaper options on the list. It almost overrides that limitation with superstar performance and enhanced ease of use. The range of comfort options like power level controls, pre-set menus and compact design makes it highly storage-friendly.

Philips is one of the premier brands manufacturing electronic merchandise in India. This mammoth brand also brings in some of the top-notch kitchenwares for its customers. The Philips viva induction cooktop is undoubtedly the best package you can seek in the market.

Crafted specifically for the dynamic Indian cuisine, it has 10 preset menus dedicated to Indian dishes. From the 0 to 3 hours time setting to the auto-off program and easy to use touch screen button, it has every element catering to user comfort. In the name of safety, it not just offers auto-off function but also a cool-to-touch surface that makes cooking easy and secure.

It consumes 2100 W power and yet it is economical compared to the much-used LPG options. Furthermore, the induction comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

While not one of the cheaper options on the list. It almost overrides that limitation with superstar performance and enhanced ease of use. The range of comfort options like power level controls, pre-set menus and compact design makes it highly storage-friendly.

5.2 Pigeon by Stovekraft Cruise 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop

The Pigeon cooktop is one of the most budget-friendly and yet a feature-rich appliance. The quality of the cooktop remains unquestionable as it comes from one of the most renowned brands manufacturing premium quality kitchenware in India.

From safety to convenience and preserving the nutrition value, this cooktop does it all efficiently. Seven segments LED display aids in controlling the power and temperature. A high-grade electrical mechanism protects the appliance against short circuits. The premium quality top plate is designed to bear extremely high temperature making the cooktop very safe and long-lasting.

It is equipped with a smart timer for hassle-free cooking, the ceramic top ensures durability and soft push (feather touch) buttons offer the maximum comfort while cooking. On the downside, it lacks the preset menu.

This highly energy-efficient kitchenware (using 93-per cent energy-saving technology) is having a 1-year manufacture warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

It is as economical as a cooktop can get. However, the consumption of electricity can be an issue and may make you consider other options.

The Pigeon cooktop is one of the most budget-friendly and yet a feature-rich appliance. The quality of the cooktop remains unquestionable as it comes from one of the most renowned brands manufacturing premium quality kitchenware in India.

From safety to convenience and preserving the nutrition value, this cooktop does it all efficiently. Seven segments LED display aids in controlling the power and temperature. A high-grade electrical mechanism protects the appliance against short circuits. The premium quality top plate is designed to bear extremely high temperature making the cooktop very safe and long-lasting.

It is equipped with a smart timer for hassle-free cooking, the ceramic top ensures durability and soft push (feather touch) buttons offer the maximum comfort while cooking. On the downside, it lacks the preset menu.

This highly energy-efficient kitchenware (using 93-per cent energy-saving technology) is having a 1-year manufacture warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

It is as economical as a cooktop can get. However, the consumption of electricity can be an issue and may make you consider other options.

5.3 Prestige PIC 15.0+ 1900-Watt Induction Cooktop

Prestige is an allrounder manufacturer of kitchen appliances in India and has been in the business from generations. This appliance is another jewel in the crown of Prestige.

The cooktop contains both feather-touch buttons and concealed buttons keeping in view the ease and convenience of the user to understand the essentials of use.

The automatic voltage regulator is among the most thoughtful features added to the cooktop with a view to tackling the issue of frequent voltage fluctuations in India. The regulator helps to continue with the cooking smoothly even when there are issues as fluctuations, without interrupting the process and spoiling the cooked food.

The Indian menu option which is an absolute delight for any person handling a typical Indian kitchen is a major highlight of the product. Delicacies like idli, dosa to essentials like chapati and curry, all of that are just a few settings away. Moreover, the appliance automatically adjusts the time, power, and temperature.

The keep-warm function ensures that food remains warm for a long duration. The cooktop has a 1-year manufacture warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

You cannot ask for a better appliance. You will get a dynamic and user-oriented cooktop at this price. From the ease of use to durability, comfort and efficiency, this kitchen favourite has it all. Barring the limitation of power consumption, its definitely a perfect package and doesn't seem pricey given the added functionalities and user comfort.

Prestige is an allrounder manufacturer of kitchen appliances in India and has been in the business from generations. This appliance is another jewel in the crown of Prestige.

The cooktop contains both feather-touch buttons and concealed buttons keeping in view the ease and convenience of the user to understand the essentials of use.

The automatic voltage regulator is among the most thoughtful features added to the cooktop with a view to tackling the issue of frequent voltage fluctuations in India. The regulator helps to continue with the cooking smoothly even when there are issues as fluctuations, without interrupting the process and spoiling the cooked food.

The Indian menu option which is an absolute delight for any person handling a typical Indian kitchen is a major highlight of the product. Delicacies like idli, dosa to essentials like chapati and curry, all of that are just a few settings away. Moreover, the appliance automatically adjusts the time, power, and temperature.

The keep-warm function ensures that food remains warm for a long duration. The cooktop has a 1-year manufacture warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

You cannot ask for a better appliance. You will get a dynamic and user-oriented cooktop at this price. From the ease of use to durability, comfort and efficiency, this kitchen favourite has it all. Barring the limitation of power consumption, its definitely a perfect package and doesn't seem pricey given the added functionalities and user comfort.

5.4 Havells Insta Cook PT 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop

Havells Insta Cook PT is an easy to use all-purpose cooktop with timer and one-touch operation function. A 3-hour preset timer, 6 different modes (idli, dosa, curry, milk/tea, fry and manual), digital LED are some of the mention-worthy features. It also comes with obvious features like auto-pan detection and auto power-off. The appliance is compatible with stainless steel pots, rice cooker, oil boiling pots, cast iron frying pots, stainless steel water jugs, and grilling iron plates.

The product has a 1-year manufactures warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

This appliance is our best value product. You can go for it as long as you are willing to forgo some of the comfort functionalities like a feather touch.

Havells Insta Cook PT is an easy to use all-purpose cooktop with timer and one-touch operation function. A 3-hour preset timer, 6 different modes (idli, dosa, curry, milk/tea, fry and manual), digital LED are some of the mention-worthy features. It also comes with obvious features like auto-pan detection and auto power-off. The appliance is compatible with stainless steel pots, rice cooker, oil boiling pots, cast iron frying pots, stainless steel water jugs, and grilling iron plates.

The product has a 1-year manufactures warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

This appliance is our best value product. You can go for it as long as you are willing to forgo some of the comfort functionalities like a feather touch.

5.5 Bajaj Majesty ICX 7 1900-Watt Induction Cooktop

Bajaj has ventured into the manufacturing of numerous products in India and it has proved its mettle for each one of them. The brand is known for quality, service, and usability of the product. This esteemed automobile manufacturer slowly slipped into the kitchen space with its efficient and top-class kitchen products.

With eight preset menus viz. stew, soup, braise, boil, deep fry, fry, hotpot, and stir fry, it suits the Indian needs in the best manner. It is stainless steel and cast iron-compatible cooktop and comes with an auto-pan detection and delay start features.

This energy-efficient appliance has a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

Though providing an almost similar level of services as its peers, this appliance may have some durability issues in the long run due to the plastic body.

Bajaj has ventured into the manufacturing of numerous products in India and it has proved its mettle for each one of them. The brand is known for quality, service, and usability of the product. This esteemed automobile manufacturer slowly slipped into the kitchen space with its efficient and top-class kitchen products.

With eight preset menus viz. stew, soup, braise, boil, deep fry, fry, hotpot, and stir fry, it suits the Indian needs in the best manner. It is stainless steel and cast iron-compatible cooktop and comes with an auto-pan detection and delay start features.

This energy-efficient appliance has a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

Though providing an almost similar level of services as its peers, this appliance may have some durability issues in the long run due to the plastic body.

5.6 Preethi Trendy Plus 116 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop

Preethi is a popular Indian brand especially in the medium tier cities of India. Preethi Trendy Plus has a broad base cooktop with many enticing features but the one-touch menu is its USP.

The automatic shut-off feature helps in the reduction of power consumption, thereby, saving electricity bill. With an excellent heat transfer mechanism, this cooktop transfers more than 80% of the heat to the cooking reducing the loss of heat while cooking and also accelerating the cooking time. Preethi has the credit to introduce some incredibly useful pre-programs as per the Indian menu such as gravy, chapati, and South Indian delicacies.

This cooktop is highly durable and it has high-end electrical features to prevent against short circuits. Last but not least, it has a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

The brand offers decent services and its cooktop falls in the budget segment.

Preethi is a popular Indian brand especially in the medium tier cities of India. Preethi Trendy Plus has a broad base cooktop with many enticing features but the one-touch menu is its USP.

The automatic shut-off feature helps in the reduction of power consumption, thereby, saving electricity bill. With an excellent heat transfer mechanism, this cooktop transfers more than 80% of the heat to the cooking reducing the loss of heat while cooking and also accelerating the cooking time. Preethi has the credit to introduce some incredibly useful pre-programs as per the Indian menu such as gravy, chapati, and South Indian delicacies.

This cooktop is highly durable and it has high-end electrical features to prevent against short circuits. Last but not least, it has a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

How is it affecting your pocket?

The brand offers decent services and its cooktop falls in the budget segment.

5.7 Usha Cook Joy (3616) 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop

Usha is an extremely reputed kitchen appliance and consumer durable brand in India. Its 1600-watt induction cooktop is a user-friendly appliance and an ideal choice for students, bachelors and small families.

The auto-power saving mode is one of the most significant functionalities preventing overheating without a constant need for supervision. The pan sensor ( due to which the cooktop switches off if it does not sense cookware on its surface) is a magnificent power-saving function cum amenity in the cooktop.

The five pre-set menus and additional manual controls to cook a range of dishes make it a versatile kitchen component. Adding to that, the cooktop has the ability to control the voltage fluctuations up to a massive 1500 volts!

It is compatible with a range of kitchen utensils and has anti-skid feet to prevent disbalance while cooking.

How is it affecting your pocket?

Usha appliances are usually the most affordable once and so is this cooktop. This is one of the major reasons behind its popularity and constant demand in the Indian market. However, durability can be an issue due to the plastic body. Checkout buying guide, reviews and comparison of best frying pan, best pressure cooker, best gas stove in India.

Usha is an extremely reputed kitchen appliance and consumer durable brand in India. Its 1600-watt induction cooktop is a user-friendly appliance and an ideal choice for students, bachelors and small families.

The auto-power saving mode is one of the most significant functionalities preventing overheating without a constant need for supervision. The pan sensor ( due to which the cooktop switches off if it does not sense cookware on its surface) is a magnificent power-saving function cum amenity in the cooktop.

The five pre-set menus and additional manual controls to cook a range of dishes make it a versatile kitchen component. Adding to that, the cooktop has the ability to control the voltage fluctuations up to a massive 1500 volts!

It is compatible with a range of kitchen utensils and has anti-skid feet to prevent disbalance while cooking.

How is it affecting your pocket?

Usha appliances are usually the most affordable once and so is this cooktop. This is one of the major reasons behind its popularity and constant demand in the Indian market. However, durability can be an issue due to the plastic body. Checkout buying guide, reviews and comparison of best frying pan, best pressure cooker, best gas stove in India.