Best Induction Ranges of 2022
Top-scoring induction ranges from Consumer Reports' exhaustive lab tests
In an era of inflation and runaway energy costs, induction ranges are gaining new attention. The big appeal of induction has always been its efficiency, which in our tests often translates into stellar performance. But induction ranges can also save you money over time: According to Energy Star, induction burners are 5 to 10 percent more efficient than electric burners, and a staggering three times more efficient than gas. For those who cook quite a bit, that could translate into some decent savings.
If you’re looking to replace an old range, don’t let fear of the unfamiliar keep you from switching. The fact is that induction ranges outperform all the competition, and the payoff is considerable: Induction ranges boil rapidly and simmer steadily, meaning you don’t have to stir tomato sauce constantly to avoid scorching or make constant adjustments to a burner.
How Consumer Reports Tests Ranges
To put a range through its paces, our experts use a combination of calibrated time and temperature measurements that size up how evenly an oven distributes heat and how quickly a cooktop warms water.
We also cook up different foods to see what results you’ll get at home: tomato sauce and chocolate to test simmer functions, and burger patties in the broiler to see whether they emerge uniformly browned. Over the course of a year, our test engineers bake more than 2,400 cookies and 400 cakes in dozens of ranges, including induction ranges.
The induction ranges in our ratings start at around $1,000. Here, we highlight three of the best induction ranges in our tests.