Induction cooktops are getting very popular in India. Gone are the days when we didn’t have electricity and had to rely on other forms of cooking. Induction cookers offer a wide range of conveniences including faster cooking, lesser cleaning and especially lesser chances of getting a burn. They are also less space consuming and easily portable.
There is a common misconception that these induction stoves take up a large part of your electricity consumption but that’s wrong. Induction cooktops are now much efficient and are available from ratings 1200 to 2100W, that’s a maximum of 2 units per hour of cooking. With increasing LPG prices these cooking appliances are getting sold more and more everyday.
Before going to the review know that most induction cooktops available in india have only a single burner while many international brands have those with multi-burners. This is probably because we use induction cooktops as an accessory rather than as a main cooking stove. However with their increasing popularity we may see multi-burner stoves soon.
While there are many international brands, India has its own brands of induction cookers. Some popular Indian brands are;
That doesn’t mean international brands are any bad either. For eg. Pigeon is a Korean company but for decades they have been one of the most trusted brands in India.
Another thing I love about the induction cooktops available in India is they all are programmed for Indian cooking, they have special settings for our favourite dishes like roti, dosa, idly, curry and more. What could we ask more!
Best 10 induction cooktops available in India.
There are obviously lots of models for this kitchen appliance, so I have taken the best from each popular brand.
1. Philips Viva Collection HD4928/01 2100-Watt Induction Cooktop
The first one in my list is manufactured by Philips. Every Indian know of this company, and they live upto their name in this product as well.
This Philips cooktop comes with a lot of features including Roti-Dosa and curry settings though I doubt if any experienced mother would need that. But as most of the buyers of these cooktops are newgen (Don’t call me sexist, I merely mean they, like my wife have jobs) who needs easier time of cooking while balancing their hefty work and life.
Its power is 2100W, that’s around 2 units of electricity per hour, which makes cooking faster. While this figure may not be attractive to an average household know that these cooktops generally feature an auto-off system which turns off the appliance on removal of the cookware. This prevents any un-necessary loss of heat, so I am pretty sure you can do a lot more cooking while paying for those 2 units.
This is undoubtedly the most power rated cooktop in my review. It also sport 0-3 hours’ time setting so don’t worry if you forgot to turn it off.
2. Prestige PIC 20 1200 Watt Induction Cooktop with Push button
The highlight in the title is ‘push button’. Well there isn’t anything new about it, most cooktops have push buttons, and costlier ones are touch controlled, and that’s the least reason I can think of while buying such a product.
Lets go check the better things. This Prestige induction stove has a power rating of 1200W which is on the economical side of things. It comes with push buttons, auto-off technology, Indian menu and a lot more features which you can see more or less in every other cooktops. I can give you a list but that’s not what you are looking for. What you want is something thing the other cooktops do not have, and that is ‘Anti-magnetic wall’.
As you know induction cooktops work based on electro-magnetic induction and generally some part of the electro-magnetic field is wasted as it doesn’t touch the cookware. Anti-magnetic wall is a feature which points all the electro-magnetic lines to the centre cooking area to reduce any such loss. While I am not sure whether the other brands have this or not this is the first time I am hearing of such a technology and it is worth noting.
And it also have a ‘keep warm’ mode which most others don’t have. This mode helps to keep your food just warm enough after cooking is completed.
3. Pigeon by Stovekraft Cruise 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop
To be frank the only things that makes this any different from the above two products is its power rating, which is 1800W, and a dotted surface texture. Other than those the Pigeon cooktop is mostly the same as the above two minus the Anti-magnetic wall feature.
There is nothing that makes it stand out of the competition but it is equally good, so if you want to purchase this go ahead.
4. Havells Insta Cook PT 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop
This one also is much similar to the others in its features. It has a power rating of 1600W and comes with 5 preset cooking modes. It is golden in color which is actually the first thing you notice about it.
Havells is a brand known for its reliability and this cooktop is one of their best products. There are no notable, outstanding extra features so I am skipping to the next product.
5. Bajaj Majesty ICX 7 1900-Watt Induction Cooktop
Bajaj is a much heard name in our households. They are known for their reliable, long-life and economic range of products, and this one is no different.
The Bajaj induction cooker has a power rating of 1900W which allows to reach high temperatures pretty fast. It comes with 8 pre-set cooking modes which is more than that of the above ones I reviewed. One of these pre-set modes is ‘keep warm’ mode which lets you keep the food warm even after cooking is done.
It also comes with a ‘delay start’ feature which waits a few seconds before turning on.
6. Preethi Trendy Plus 116 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop
Preethi is brand I like personally; I have one of their mixies for a long time. The trendy Plus 116 is a 1600W induction cooktop. It is light-weight but has more surface area (31 x 10.5 x 40.5 cm ) than any of the other cooktops reviewed here. This gives you a much larger cooking area to use different sizes of cookware.
It also comes with 5 pre-set cooking options. And it aesthetically looks better than the others (beauty is subjective, I know) if that matters.
7. Pierre Cardin Induction Cooker
Pierre Cardin is not a much heard name in India. Named after a popular fashion designer their products are known for design, and their pens are very popular. But still the bright orange color on this product doesn’t appeal to me.
Well color doesn’t matter as far as features go. This cooktop comes with 8 pre-set indian cooking modes, it have a power rating of 1900W, and touch controls which you can see on every other cookers listed here.
One notable thing is its touch controls are nicer and smoother. While this can be subjective I really like their controls.
8. Usha Cook Joy (3616) 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop
Usha is another popular brand in India with lots of electronic products. This induction stove is one of the cheapest and smallest available here. This product is absolutely known for its reliability which is the main reason I listed it in this review. It has less pre-set options than any other cooker but it does its job really well.
This product may not be apt for main stream cooking because of its smaller size but this is one hell of a choice as a backup plan.
9. Cello Blazing Blaze-600A 1600-Watt Induction Cooktop
This is a knob controlled induction top, yeah it doesn’t have any buttons, it is fully controller by a knob on its side. It is just like using a gas stove without the flames. You can adjust the temperature using the knob like you does on a gas stove and instead of the flames it gives an audible feedback which is actually cool. The lack of fancy control makes it suitable for older people. As you can see in the picture it doesn’t have any digital indicators so you may want to do a few rounds of cooking before getting accustomed to the temperature settings.
10. Glen GL3074 2000-Watt Induction Cooktop
Glen is not as popular as any of the above brands but they do have some products in the electronics appliances industry. This is a 2000W induction cooker with a 0-4 hour timer which is ample for any household cooking. It offers a decent, value for money performance and has all the features other cooktops in this range have.
Common features any induction cooktop should have
As you can see in my review I have skipped a lot of things. I could fill my review with repeated jargons but I frankly don’t believe that adds any value to the reader. There are a lot of features common for all induction cooktops so there is no point in repeating them over and over again. What I said in my above reviews are the highlights of each products but they all have the following common features;
As electricity is not cheap induction stoves are crammed with energy saving features and auto-shut off is one of them. All these appliances detect pan presence and shut off if no pan is detected on its top.
This lets you operate the cooktop for a fixed period of time without supervision. The same is possible with gas stoves but here incase you forget about it the machine will turn off after the set time preventing over-cooking, spillage and any such incidents.
Pre-set cooking modes
Pre-set modes are temperature settings and timings programmed into the cooktop to suite different dishes like dosa, roti etc. These come handy while operating them with minimal supervision.
Control panel with a digital indicator and controls
All except the knob type induction cooktop have a control panel with multiple switches either touch or press. They also have a digital indicator to show time and temperature.
Smooth and even cooking area
Induction cooktops are easy to clean owing to their glassy smooth and level cooking surfaces. I never saw a cooktop with uneven, rough surface so it goes without saying that this is a common feature among all.
Manual power setting
In addition to pre-set modes all induction cookers have the option to set power and temperature manually.