Best Induction Ranges of 2022

Top-scoring induction ranges from Consumer Reports' exhaustive lab tests

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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.

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Contrary to what you may have heard, induction ranges also work with the vast majority of cookware—any pot or pan that will stick to a magnet will work with induction.

Depending on what kind of range you have now, switching can be easy, too. Most induction ranges use the same outlet as a regular electric range. However, if you’re switching over from gas, expect to pay an electrician a few hundred dollars to install a new outlet.

Below, we highlight some of the best induction ranges from CR’s extensive tests. To learn more about induction ranges, see our range buying guide. CR members can also dive right into our full list of ratings for induction ranges.

Keep in mind that with induction ranges, only the burners (or elements) are different. Their electric ovens work just like the ovens in any electric range, so performance can vary more than it does with induction cooktops.

“But the high-power burners on induction ranges are faster to heat water than even the most powerful gas or radiant electric burners,” says Tara Casaregola, who oversees range testing for Consumer Reports. Indeed, every single induction model currently in CR’s ratings earns an Excellent for our cooktop-high test, which reflects how quickly a burner heats water.

Induction ranges are compatible only with magnetic cookware, but that’s not as limiting as it might sound. Magnetic stainless steel, cast iron, and pretty much all cookware made from multiple layers of metal is magnetic. Stamped aluminum fry pans and anodized aluminum cookware are not.

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.

Best Induction Ranges

Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.