Best Electric Cooktops of 2021

The top 30- and 36-inch models from CR's tests

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Electric radiant cooktops are the happy medium of cooktop options. They cost a lot less than induction models, and because the surface is a slab of glass, these smoothtops are sleeker and much easier to clean than electric-coil models. And that’s not all that electrics have going for them.

In our labs, we test 30- and 36-inch electric cooktops from brands such as Bosch, Dacor, Frigidaire, KitchenAid, LG, Samsung, Viking, and Whirlpool. Start with our cooktop buying guide if you’re deciding which kind to buy or debating whether it makes more sense to choose a range instead. CR members can read on for reviews of six of the best electric cooktops from our ratings. Browse our comprehensive cooktop ratings for even more details and options.

Advantages of Electric Cooktops

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“Most people think that gas burners boil faster because you can see a giant flame heating your pot,” says Tara Casaregola, who oversees cooktop testing for Consumer Reports. “But the best radiant electric cooktops are actually faster than the best gas models to heat a large pot of water in our highly controlled testing.”

Electric cooktops are also plenty capable of maintaining a steady simmer. Worth noting: Induction cooktops rate higher overall, so if you’re replacing an old electric cooktop, you could also consider induction because the electrical requirements and installation are the same.

How We Test Electric Cooktops

We test every cooktop at low and high heat. 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.

Here are six of the best electric cooktops from our tests.

Best 30-Inch Electric Cooktops

Best 36-Inch Electric Cooktops

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.