Best Electric Cooktops of 2021
The top 30- and 36-inch models from CR's tests
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
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.