Best Induction Ranges of 2021

Top-scoring models from Consumer Reports' exhaustive lab tests

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Induction ranges routinely top our performance tests, yet they account for only 5 percent of all ranges sold. That may be because folks have heard tales of induction ranges working only with certain cookware.

But if you’re looking to replace an old electric range, don’t let fear of the unfamiliar keep you from switching. 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.

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 ratings of induction ranges.

Their electric ovens work just like the ovens in any electric range, so performance can vary quite a bit.

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“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.

The induction ranges in our ratings start around $1,000. Here, we highlight three of the very 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.