Best Electric and Induction Cooktops of 2018By James Aitchison, Lindsay D. Mattison, Kori Perten, and Jessica Teich
Many pros might swear by gas, but electric—and especially induction—affords a host of advantages that simply can't be denied. Impressively wide temperature ranges and even heating are just a couple of these.
Whether you're looking to melt chocolate for a tasty dessert or sear the heck out of a sous vide steak, these cooktops can get it done. And rest assured, we've tested enough models to know exactly what separates the best from the rest.
Whether it's our top-rated induction, the KitchenAid KICU509XBL (available at Home Depot for $1,619.10), our top-rated electric, the Maytag MEC9536BS (available at Home Depot), or any other cooktop, we've got you covered.
Updated March 23, 2018
KitchenAid KICU509XBLBest Induction Cooktop
The KitchenAid KICU509XBL Architect Series II series cooktop is yet another great argument in favor of induction cooking. It performs as well as other induction cooktops we've tested, and offers cool features like a bridge burner and surprisingly excellent touch controls. The cooktop itself delivers low, even heat that'll melt chocolate without scorching, and blazing heat that boils water in 2 minutes. Without a doubt, this cooktop is worth every penny. Read full review.
Maytag MEC9536BSBest Electric Cooktop
We love this Maytag cooktop. With sale prices around $800, we also think it's a smart investment for a remodel or replacement. If you can reconcile its cluttered knob arrangement, we think it's one of the best electric cooktops you can buy. Read full review.
How We Tested
The ranges in this roundup were tested over a period of years, all adhering to the same careful procedures in a lab environment. We consider set-up and ease of use, cooking performance, and fit, finish & feel.
The cooking tests are, as you might expect, the most involved and the most heavily weighted part of the process. We use cake, cookies, toast, and pork roast as the food samples—always from the same source and prepared in exactly the same way. If an oven has a convection fan, we usually test with convection on and off. If it's a double oven, we usually test both upper and lower.
Read the super-detailed version of how we test ovens here.
Other Electric and Induction Cooktops We Tested
Where To Buy$989.99 Home Depot Buy
If you’re looking for a stellar example of cooking technology, look no further than the EI36EC45KS. Offering a great mix of elegant design, effortless control, and staggering performance, it blew away most of the electric competition and came close to matching the quality of our favorite induction models. At 36 inches, it's a great pick for showpiece kitchens where a pro-style range isn't the desired look. Read full review.
Where To Buy$893.10 AppliancesConnection Buy
The EI30EC45KS is an awesome cooktop by any standard, combining a sleek appearance with truly staggering performance. Some may be turned off by the unusual design quirks, but rest assured that under the surface lies a beast of an appliance. Multitasking parents will love the rapid boiling times and safety-conscious controls, while those who simply enjoy cooking will appreciate the wide range of temperatures. Read full review.
A good cooktop delivers versatility, speed, and power. The Whirlpool Gold GCI3061XB nails all three thanks to its underlying induction tech, which makes it safer to use, more responsive, and easier to clean. And that's saying nothing of the fine control that covers a huge range of temperatures. It doesn’t have a flashy design, but it'll surely impress the neighbors. In our eyes, everything’s rosy with the GCI3061XB. Read full review.
Frigidaire Professional FPEC3677RF
Where To Buy$879.99 Abt Buy
Frigidaire Professional FPEC3677RF
This Frigidaire FPEC3677RF electric cooktop excels in reaching both high and low temperatures and has great range and versatility across burners. The bridge burner allows you to easily create a large cooking surface, perfect for large pans and griddles. A dual burner that easily changes size with the push of a button and a warming zone add to the appeal. It’s a reasonable price for the caliber of its cooking ability. Read full review.
Where To Buy$1,658.10 AppliancesConnection Buy
We've been in love with induction cooktops for quite some time now. They boil incredibly quickly, hit temperatures out of the reach of gas ranges, and easily pinpoint the right setting. The keeps this love affair going, once again delivering induction's uniquely strong blend of performance and features. At an MSRP of $1,999, it's not a cheap cooktop. But with its design and impressive lab scores, it might not be a bad way to spend your kitchen remodel budget. Read full review.
The Electrolux EW36IC60LS induction cooktop is the larger 36-inch version of the EW30IC60LS. At under $2,200, this cooktop is by no means cheap. But what a prospective buyer may lose in financial solvency, they will gain in useful features and truly impressive performance. Read full review.
The W5CE3024XB is a prime example of function over form, but hidden beneath the unassuming exterior we found solid performance. This cooktop excelled in our high- and low-temperature tests, and provides enough control to maintain simmering lows and the blistering highs needed for rapid boiling. If you want reliable results and don't need to show off the latest design trends, this may be the cooktop for you. Read full review.
Kenmore Elite 45119
Where To Buy$649.99 Sears Buy
Kenmore Elite 45119
We were pretty impressed with the performance of this electric cooktop. We thought we might dislike the cheap-looking plastic knobs, but they turned smoothly and easily. The staggered burner design leaves plenty of room to multitask when you’re using multiple pots and pans.
While the turbo boil burner cooked unevenly in our tests, the burners were nice and hot and boiled water quickly. For the price, you really can’t go wrong with this well-designed cooktop.