Generally speaking, the number and size of the element, power delivery (Watt) and brand name determine the induction stove price. The number of cooking zones (burners) vary from one to five per cooktop and all the categories (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 cooking zones) have a variety of total output (Watts). Example: Induction stoves with one element could be rated anything from 1200 to 3000 Watts output and one with two elements from 1800 Watts to 5000 Watts.
So, when comparing induction stoves, more than just one feature, like number of cooking zones, have to be considered. You start by selecting the number of elements you’re considering, then compare models with the same output (Watts).
Single burner Induction Stove Price Guide
The most popular Watt-output in the single burner induction stove range is 1800 Watt. In this category the market has been dominated by two models from Max Burton: The Max Burton 6000 1800-Watt and the Max Burton 6200 Deluxe 1800-Watt. The Max Burton 6000 1800-Watt portable Induction Cooktop the most popular of all induction stoves at Amazon and is actually the number 1 on the bestsellers list for all stoves – induction, conventional electric and gas. Of the 157 customers’ reviews at Amazon, 80 have given it Five Stars and 45 Four Stars. The induction stove price of the Max Burton 6200 Deluxe 1800-Watt is $20+ more than the standard model. It boasts 54 Amazon reviews and rated Five Stars by 29 customers. This model is the second most popular cooktop at Amazon.
An additional popular feature of these models is that they are portable as well. You can take them wherever you like and, as long as you have access to electricity, you always have the most effective cooker available when you need to make food.
- The following 1800 Watt single burner induction stoves could also be considered:
The Duxtop 1800 8100MC v 2011 (32 customers’ reviews, 20 Five Stars ratings)
- The Duxtop 1800 8300ST v2011 (16 customers’ reviews, 10 Five Stars ratings) and
- The Magneflux Portable Induction Cooktop (4 customers’ reviews, 3 Five Stars ratings). A non-stick finish pan is included in the price.
Top of the range for single burner induction stoves (1800 Watts) are the following:
- Max Burton 6500 ProChef 1800-Watt Commercial Induction Cooktop (16 customers’ reviews)
- The Viking iPortable Induction Cooker (10 Five Stars from 14 reviews).
One of the reasons why the induction stove price of these single burners is so much higher than the popular ones above, is the fact that their elements have a bigger diameter, even though the rating (1800 Watt) is the same. This means that the heat is distributed more evenly in the cooking vessel. However, as long as you use a good, quality induction cooking vessel, the heat will be distributed by the pot/pan itself.
Induction stoves only work when the cooking vessel is both electric conductive and magnetic. If this is not the case, no heat will be generated and the stove will automatically switch off in a few seconds. Good quality stainless steel pots and pans do meet these requirements and all ferrous cooking vessels. All people have pots which are not induction compatible (like aluminum and glass) and an easy way around this problem is simply to use a compatible interface disk. This can be bought at Amazon, or you can buy the Max Burton 6015, which is exactly the same as the Max Burton 6015, but with the disk included.