The Best Double Induction Cooktop – Consumer Reports for 2021
Double induction cooktops are some of the most versatile kitchen appliances on the market. These compact and often portable two-sided hot plates are excellent range alternatives for individuals who are looking to downsize. They usually serve as substitutes for more standard kitchen offerings. Some people even use them when their conventional four-burner stove setups are not enough.
Unlike electric ranges, induction cooktops generate heat through an electromagnetic field. They work in conjunction with magnetic cookware, such as stainless steel, cast iron, and aluminum pots and pans. Since induction cooktops transfer heat directly to the cookware, they tend to be faster and more energy-efficient than electric and gas alternatives.
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We’ve seen induction cooktops used for everything from buffets to science labs. However, when it came time for us to narrow in on just double induction cooktops, we were sure to select only the most culinary-advanced models. Check them out!
The NutriChef is a portable double induction cooktop that boasts a whole lot of bells and whistles. The burners use electromagnet heat fields. As such, there is a direct transfer of heat between the cooking surfaces and cookware. As a result, users can enjoy less stressful, faster meal preparation. The cooker boasts two side-by-side cooking zones. Each area features a small white bullseye for easier placement of cookware. The cooktop is constructed of black tempered glass.
The NutriChef’s various heat settings are available to you in the form of a high-contrast touchpad. You can select between “water,” “fry,” “steam,” and “warm” presets. Otherwise, you must manually adjust the temperature using up and down toggles. We used a heat gun to check the accuracy of the temperature settings. It’s safe to say that this little cooker’s thermometer is correct. The temperature and cooking time are shown on a brightly lit LED screen.
The device pulls air through the front. As a result, the machine makes a faint sound as it cooks. The sound is no worse than that of the fan in a conventional oven hood. However, some customers were not fond of the unexpected noise.
This compact yet versatile cooking device can be paired with steel, cast iron, enameled iron, and stainless steel cookware. Pots and pans must measure between 12 and 26 centimeters in diameter. The glass top is unexpectedly durable. Plus, you can easily wipe the tempered glass down when you’re done cooking. Just make sure the cookware that you are using is magnetic.
The NutriChef also comes equipped with a child safety lock. The cooktop weighs just over 12 pounds. It’s 14.18 inches tall, 23.63 inches wide, and 2.64 inches thick. You should have no trouble squeezing this compact cooker into a small apartment or taking it on the road. We are happy to name this the best double induction cooktop of 2021.
- Two independently configurable heat zones
- Small, compact, and highly portable
- Cooking presets make it super easy for users to switch modes
- Equipped with a built-in child lock
- Heavy-duty 120-volt motor for fast, energy efficient heat
- Electromagnets prevent the loss of heat during transfer
- Some complaints of a noisy fan
The Gatrorag is a 1,800-watt electric induction cooker with two side-by-side burners. We were blown away by the portable cooktop’s energy-saving design. The self-adjusting burners can detect the size of the cookware you’re using. The device’s heat rings shrink and grow to accommodate a wide variety of pans. This energy-saving process translates to less wasted energy and speeder meal production. Meanwhile, the consistent heat sets the stage for tastier, more consistent results.
This induction cooktop relies on a powerful electromagnetic heating unit. It has a glass-like ceramic surface that’s super easy to wipe down. Both burners can accommodate a wide range of pans ranging from 4.8 to 10.2 inches in diameter. It’s worth noting that the Gatrorag can be paired with cast iron, iron, steel, and enameled iron cookware.
The Gastrorag uses 120 volts of power. It can be plugged into just about any standard household outlet. We love that the appliance boasts a child safety lock system. A second benefit of the device’s automatic pan detection feature is that it automatically shuts off after 30 minutes of inactivity. The smart range is even capable of issuing high and low voltage warnings and system error messages. This makes it easier for consumers to troubleshoot issues as they arise.
We found it super easy to toggle through the machine’s 10 temperature settings. The plus, minus, and power buttons are all located on the bottom of the stove. The buttons are flush with the surface of the cooker, so you don’t have to worry about crumbs and liquids seeping into any crevices. Since the surface of this induction cooktop doesn’t get hot, you also needn’t deal with burnt spills and splatter.
- Portable 1,800 cooker with two independent burners, take it where ever you need
- 10 power settings and a 180-minute timer
- Powerful motor with overheat protection and safety lock
- The burners are clearly marked, making it easier for you to position various pots and pans.
- Energy-saving alternative to convention ovens
- Easy-to-clean ceramic surface
- Two individual control pads with touch sensors, temperature presets, and LED screen.
- The burners have built-in sensors that are engineered to detect the circumference the pans set on top of them.
- Each heat zone has a whopping 22-pound weight capacity
- The fans under each burner run continuously. They can get pretty noisy.
- The flashing “ready” lights can become a nuisance.
Another one of our go-to picks is the Cheftop Induction Burner Cooktop. This portable 120-volt range boasts two side-by-side burners and an easy-to-use control touchpad. With multiple cooking zones and power levels within arms’ reach, you’ll be able to whip up Michelin-grade dishes in even the most pared-down kitchens. Keep in mind that this appliance can only be used with magnetic cookware, such as cast iron, steel, iron, and enameled iron pots and pans.
- Automatic pan detection
- Automatic off after 60 seconds of cookware absence
- Dual cooking zones with multiple heat settings
- Onboard touchpad makes it easy for users to toggle through the settings
- Digital display screen
- Rated at 120 volts and 1,800 watts of power
- Faster, more energy-efficient cooking at your fingertips
- You can only use this model with select pots and pans.
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, then you’re going to love this next offering. Cuisinart has been in the kitchen appliance game long enough to understand what it takes to create a top-selling budget-range induction top. This appliance boasts two extra-large, side-by-side burners. It has a black glass cooking surface and a sleek brushed stainless steel touch console. It weighs just under 12 pounds.
Each burner has a set of individualized settings, a 150-minute timer, and an on/off switch. There are eight heat settings on the left, and five heat settings on the right. The heat on both burners automatically turns off 30 seconds after a pot or pan is removed. Like all induction cooktops, the ICT-60 can only be used with induction-ready cookware.
This is a wonderful exhaust-free, flame-free alternative to a conventional range. You could also keep it on hand for times when you need more than four burners. According to the manufacturer, it uses 70% more energy than most conventional ovens. It’s hard to see a downside to lowering electricity bills and cooking times.
- Uses 70% less energy than conventional ranges
- Sleek black and silver aesthetic
- Eight heat settings on the left; five heat settings on the right
- Offers safe, portable, exhaust-free, flame-free cooking wherever there’s an electrical outlet
- Automatic off within 30 seconds of pot or pan removal
- Super bright LED display
- No child safety lock
This compact double induction cooktop will blow your socks off. It offers up to 1,800 watts of power via two side-by-side induction-heated burners. The black glass surface is super easy to clean. The touchpad settings and cool blue LCDs make it easy for users to navigate between the temperature controls and timers.
We love that the Duxtop automatically adjusts to avoid overloading. However, it’s sort of frustrating to see find out that both burners cannot emit high heat at the same time. The double induction cooktop has marked pot and pan placement indicators. We love that there are loops for both small and large vessels. This makes it much easier for users to make the most of the range’s heat distribution.
- Uses 120 volts of electricity (the standard amperage in all North American homes
- Easy-to-operate touch control panel with a brightly backlit LCD screen (blue)
- Since there is no open flame or direct heat, food does not burn upon contact.
- The heating zones are clearly marked.
- There are 20 preset heat settings divided between preset temperatures and powers.
- Powerful yet energy-efficient electromagnetic heating unit
- Low- an high-voltage warning system prevents the motor from overloading
- The burners automatically self-adjust to ensure that the appliance does not put out more than 1,800 watts of power. As a result, right burner is going to be less powerful than the left one when both burners are set to max power.
It takes a lot of consumer support for a cooktop to make it as an Amazon Choice product. The Evergreen Home has received plenty of due praise. This portable dual-zone induction cooktop is one of our favorite kitchen range alternatives. The exhaust- and flame-free cooker is suitable for RV camping, minimalist homes, off-the-grid living, and so many more unconventional settings.
We love that the induction burners are encased in a single piece of black glass. The smooth, flat surface is easy to wipe down. The touch buttons and LED light screens are right at your fingertips. The Evergreen induction range boasts 15 unique heat settings that range from 140 to 460 degrees Fahrenheit. You can simmer, boil, fry, sear, and steam.
This model also has a reliable child lock, rounded edges, and a four-hour timer. Plus, it boasts built-in overheat protection. No more, “honey, I think I forgot to shut off the stove.”
- Alerts you to whether your pot or pan is compatible with it
- Compact design without any food-trapping knobs or gaps
- Built in 4-hour timer and 15 different preprogrammed heat settings
- Sleek one-piece crystal surface is super easy to clean
- Temperatures range from 140 to 460 degrees Fahrenheit
- It only reaches its maximum power (1,800 watts) when one of the burners is turned off.
Here we have another affordable and powerful cooktop that is absolutely deserving of a spot on our list. The Costway Double Induction Cooktop is a double induction cooktop that boasts eight temperature settings and power levels. Its sleek black appearance makes it a good match for just about any cooking space.
You can make just about any burner-based dish with the help of this little workhorse. The onboard timer (which boasts an automatic shutoff) can be set anywhere from 1 minute to 4 hours. The right zone offers a maximum of 800 watts of power. Meanwhile, the left induction zone maxes out at 1,000 watts. Temperature settings range from 140 to 460 degrees Fahrenheit.
The product comes with a well-written instructional booklet. Here, you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions and solutions to easily solved dilemmas. Keep in mind that this cooktop is one of the safest models in our roundup. It boasts an automatic power off, dual pan detection sensors, and a locking function. These settings enable you to keep the cooktop plugged for long periods.
- Eight preset settings that range between 140 and 465 degrees
- Sleek touch control board with digital display screen
- Easy to clean
- Up to 1,800 watts of power
- Automatic power off and child-friendly safety lock
- Only works with magnetic pans
If you’re looking for a more permanent induction cooktop, check out this offering by Empava. The double burner has a smooth tempered glass surface. It’s designed to be installed under-the-counter. The unit’s built-in pan sensors help
- Covered by a 2-year warranty
- Flawless tempered glass surface
- Lock feature prevents accidental activation
- Nine temperature level settings ranging from 120 to 460 degrees
- Eight power level settings on the left, ranging from 300 to 1,800 watts
- Six power settings on the right, ranging from 300 to 1,300 watts
- Accurate and easy to change temperature settings
- Preset buttons for common cooking techniques, such as boiling, searing
- For permanent installation only
Rounding off our list is this lovely induction cooktop by True Induction. The cast iron cooker houses four individual heating elements. It’s 2.5 inches high, 23.6 inches long, and 14.125 inches wide. The cooktop can be used just about anywhere that there is an outlet. It’s small enough that it can be packed into a car trunk or overhead compartment. For this reason, it’s a popular pick for camping, barbecues, and other outdoor gatherings.
The True Induction’s long list of safety features makes it a wonderful option for assisted living facilities or households with young children. The oven’s 1,800 watts are split between the right and left burners. So, you can use a burner at max power if the other is turned off completely. This setback could become frustrating to someone who was trying to cook an entire meal on the cooker.
The unit can be placed on just about any horizontal surface. There are no installation requirements, and it does not need ventilation.
- Energy-efficent double induction cooktop
- Lightweight, portable
- Helpful temperature presets
- Durable cast iron cooking surface
- Easy to clean
What to Look for in a Double Induction Cooktop
Portable induction cooktops allow you to cook food just about anywhere. They’re fast, compact, and super convenient. Here’s what we looked for when choosing our top selections:
Portable vs. Permanent
You may have noticed that all of the induction cooktops on our list are portable. They’re not to be confused with the hard-wired alternatives. Some double induction burners are designed to be installed directly into kitchen counters and islands. The portable variety looks very similar. However, these units have standard wall plugs that allow them to be used just about anywhere with an electrical outlet.
Induction cooktops usually offer a range of power. This range is expressed in watts. Most cooktops offer a range of wattages. A cooktop that boasts varying degrees of adjustable power is likely to have multiple temperature settings.
Keep in mind that the wattage is often split between the right and left burners. For example, a 1,800-watt stove may designate 1,000 watts to one burner and 800 to the other. Meanwhile, other cooktops boast something called phantom power. This enables the burners to borrow power from one another.
Most induction cooktops have a small power console in the front, just before the burners. Most control consoles have touchpads with various controls and some sort of LED indicator window. The settings should be numerous, though not so plentiful that they could become frustrating. Most cooktops in our roundtop boast a mix of presets and adjustable temperature dials. As we mentioned earlier, not all models allow you to set both burners to high at the same time.
Since induction burners are makeshift kitchens and outdoor spaces, they must boast numerous built-in safety features. Automatic shut-offs, lock features, and stay-cool exteriors are just a few of the design elements that make us more comfortable setting up a cooktop in an unconventional spot.
Many people do not realize that induction cooktops are only compatible with magnetic cookware. Be sure to check each manufacturer’s suggested pot and pan materials to ensure that you won’t need to purchase a whole new set of cookware just to use your new dual burner setup.
We hope you enjoyed our rundown of the top double induction burners of 2021. These versatile cooktops are lifesavers in both underequipped and extra-busy kitchens. They’re popular with minimalists, campers, caterers, and more.
If we had to choose just one favorite, it would have to be the NutriChef Double Induction Cooktop. The NutriChef’s dual circular top panels offer rapid and intense heat despite their minimal power consumption. The 14.2-by-23.6-inch appliance is easy to stow away when it’s not in use. Plus, it’s light and compact enough to take on the go.
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