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Portable cooktops can be a lifesaver — here’s how to choose one that works for you

Portable cooktops are on the rise as interest in maneuverability and convenience continue to grow. More than ever, people are interested in maximizing their time and space when preparing and cooking food in the kitchen.

Finding the right cooktop to suit your needs can be difficult and time consuming. We’ve rounded up some of our best hacks to help you choose the right portable cooktop for your needs.

What is a portable cooktop

Portable cooktops are quickly becoming a must-have in many kitchens. Thanks to their ingenuity and space-saving perks, people are quick to implement them into their homes. 

A portable cooktop comes in many varieties. Gas and induction cooktops are the most common. These  are powered by a cord that connects to a nearby outlet. Since they don’t require much electricity, they’re a cost-effective option for many food lovers.

What is a single induction burner

Single induction burners are a type of cooktop that utilizes induction rather than gas to heat up the cooktop. Induction burners operate through electricity that travels to a hot coil beneath a ceramic or glass plate. The coil heats up to the desired temperature and allows for flameless cooking.

The main benefit of induction burners is the lack of a gas flame. Flames can be dangerous in small spaces. Not to mention, the smell of propane burning is not always so appealing. 

A single induction burner simply refers to an induction cooktop with one (or a single) coil/cooking range. 

pan on portable cooktop on counter

Why portable cooktops are great

Benefits:

  • Maneuverability
  • Small size
  • Ease of use

Portable burners allow the opportunity for increased mobility. They are small and can fit on even the tightest of counter spaces. Their maneuverability enables them to be placed anywhere they may be needed throughout the kitchen or dining room. You can also bring them on camping trips or to a relative’s house to help keep food warm during the holiday season.

What to look for in a portable cooktop

Before choosing a cooktop, it’s essential to consider the following factors. These aspects will determine whether or not a portable cooktop suits your needs and space equally. Portability, ease of use, functionality, and size are some of the main determinants to help you decide which portable induction burner works best for your home.

Maneuverability

Maneuverability is one of the primary considerations when choosing the right cooktop for you. You want to select a portable cooktop that is easy to carry and requires little setup to use. 

The size of the cooktop is important as this will determine where it can be placed and used inside your home.

The Duxtop 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop is a better option for people who want a small, single induction burner that allows for maximum portability and saves on space.

Ease of use

Ease of use is another important consideration when choosing the right cooktop. Sometimes, having all of the bells and whistles is not as convenient as it seems. Cooktops that do the job efficiently are often enjoyed the most.

Another thing to consider is whether or not you are comfortable with a gas cooktop. While these versions of portable cooktops certainly have their perks, they require more upkeep and caution than induction burners.

person cooking tortilla on portable cooktop

Cord length

The length of the cord is not often considered when buying a cooktop, but it certainly makes a world of difference. While some cooktops can be compatible with extension cords, they are not all the same. The chance of a fire or short increases with the use of extension cords.

Choosing a burner with a longer cord by default may come in handy down the road and will often provide peace of mind when it comes to fire hazards. The iSiLER 1800W Sensor Touch Induction Cooktop comes with many great features, including a long and durable cord.

Capabilities

The number of capabilities provided in a cooktop can make or break your decision. Avid food lovers may enjoy a cooktop with more functions and better control. On the other hand, an average home cook may find that simplicity is easier to use and more enjoyable.

While everyone holds a different opinion, we really enjoy the Gastrorag 1300W Portable Sensor Touch Induction Cooktop for its versatility and multitude of cooking capabilities.

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