One of the best induction cooktops.

It’s exceedingly rare for a product to earn a nearly perfect score in Consumer Reports’ tests, but three induction cooktops we recently reviewed earn a 99 out of 100, and two more earn a 98.

In fact, 18 of the 21 induction cooktops in our current ratings of electric cooktops make our list of recommended models. The radiant electric and gas cooktops we test don't post such consistently high scores.

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The secret to induction’s success? The power and precision of the electromagnetic field, below the glass surface, that quickly provides heat. “Since you’re heating the pan directly, you’re not losing time while heat transfers from a radiant electric burner,” explains Tara Casaregola, who oversees our cooktop testing.

Of course, not all induction cooktops ace our tests, and we do see differences in how individual models perform. And price doesn't always track with performance. Some lower-priced models in our ratings actually heat water faster and simmer more steadily than high-end models.

How We Test Induction Cooktops

We test every cooktop at low and high heat. Just about any cooktop will fare well enough when cooking over medium heat, but a stellar model will also boil quickly and simmer steadily. “The extremes between low- and high-heat tasks are where we really see differences,” Casaregola says.

For high-heat cooking, we use a standardized pot, filled with about 4 quarts of water, on the largest cooktop burner. We jack up the burner to the highest setting and note the speed with which the water heats up.

For low-heat cooking, we use the smallest burner to melt chocolate and then simmer water and tomato sauce, gauging how well cooktops hold a steady simmer temperature without dropping too low or scorching the contents of the pan.

We test 30- and 36-inch induction cooktops from such brands as Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Samsung, and Whirlpool. We also test pro-style induction cooktops from Bosch, Dacor, GE Monogram, and Thermador.

Start with our cooktop and wall oven buying guide if you’re deciding what kind of cooktop to buy or debating whether it makes more sense to choose a range.

Do You Need Special Cookware?
If you’ve considered an induction cooktop or range, you’ve probably heard that not all cookware is induction-compatible. Any magnetic pot or pan will work on an induction cooktop. If you’re shopping for new cookware, check the Features & Specs tab of our cookware ratings to find out which sets are induction-friendly.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of six of the best induction cooktops.

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