5 Best Quality Induction Cooktops in India
A lot of us think that Gas is really costly nowadays and it would be better to use electricity to help us cook our meals and here is a way how you could do it. It’s called Induction Cooking and deals with a little bit of magnetic science which you don’t have to worry about since we’ll just reduce your task and just throw the best induction cooktops available in the market at the moment.
Induction Cooktops is a technology that involves magnetic flux and edgy heating to help you heat thing up. I won’t be going into the details of the science behind this but let’s see what it does. You buy a cooktop which uses electricity instead of gas to generate heat onto its surface and anything that is ferromagnetic or simply speaking consists of magnetic properties can be placed on the Induction cooktop without any problem and it’ll be heated based on the temperatures selected. In case you don’t know whether the material you have is ferromagnetic or not then a ferromagnetic tray could be used as a mediator.
This type of cooking helps people who would like to prevent, reduce or stop the usage of gas and like to survive on the unlimited electricity which would reduce the gas prices and just make a minor difference in the electricity bill. The below mentioned products will guide you in the process.
This article is not about how Induction cooktops work but will give you the top 5 Induction Cooktops available in India and all these can be availed from Flipkart or Amazon at the price range of about Rs.1000-3000. All the products mentioned are not in any order and each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages mentioned below.
1) Prestige PIC 3.0 V2 Induction Cooktop
- Cost of servicing is really high
- Spare parts may or may not be found
- Automatic Starting Option
- Consists of the Indian Menu
- Anti-Magnetic Walls to avoid magnetic radiations from other devices
- Heat Sensors to keep you notified
- Power Saving Feature
A renowned brand in India for all type of Kitchenware and here we have an Induction cooktop from Prestige that comes at a price tag of Rs.2600. It comes with a touch panel. There’s no way you could make it more modern (based on 2015). The cooktop is based on the Indian Market and hence features the Indian cooking menu’s that could be used to quickly set the temperature required for that particular dish.
2) Philips HD4928/01 Induction Cooktop
- No Touch Buttons
- Higher power consumption
- No existence of anti-magnetic walls so you’ll have to keep it away from other magnetic devices and radiations
- Preset options for Indian Cooking
- Manual Temperature control and Timer
- Auto Off
Next in the list we have Philips; the international brand which tries to excel in all the fields of Electrical Appliances and this particular model is the highest sold model on Flipkart with a lot of positive reviews and ratings. This product could be brought home at the price of Rs.2718. Philips has released this also based on the Indian food favourites and hence this also consists of the Indian menu that lets you select your dish. Let’s get to the advantages and features of owning this Induction Cooktop.
3) Pigeon Favourite IC 1800 W Induction Cooktop
- Has a bigger heating element which the company states is for efficient heating. Keep children away.
- Shockproof body
- Adjust both temperature and wattage that’s being used
- Uses LED for information Display
- Has a crystal plate
- Comes with 7 preset menus
- Lower power consumption
Next up is another known brand Pigeon with its model name Favourite and the name stands up to its mark as the 223 reviews on this product prove that this is worth the price. This is the only cooktop available here that mentions the “Shockproof” body, which is a necessary feature as you might have kids around the kitchen who like to touch things. You can bring this Favourite Induction Cooktop home at just Rs.1399 from Flipkart. And here are the details.
4) Prestige PIC 1.0 Mini Induction Cooktop
- Noise from the cooling fan underneath, this is necessary to cool the cooktop and can be ignored
- Spare parts problem like before
- Really low power consumption when compared to other cooktops here
- Power saving technology
- Auto-Voltage regulator
- Indian menu presets
- Anti-Magnetic Walls
Another one from Prestige and this one degrades on the modern looks and stuff but is still full of features. This one is currently available at a price tag of Rs.1799 and might increase or decrease based on Flipkart’s deals.
5) Citron CIC 002 Induction Cooktop
- Reported events of some melting smells but that is because of not using proper utensils; not really a disadvantage but a small warning.
- 9 Power levels
- Digital Crystal Display
- 8 preset cooking menus
- Automatic shutdown
- Child Lock Technology - increase cooktops safety features
This is the most elegant looking cooktop in this whole list at the most affordable price and has eight cooking menus preset for the user with 9 preset temperature levels and manual temperature control. Also comes with a dedicated feature to help increase the safety levels of the actual cooktop by enabling the child control/child lock feature. It’s a Flipkart Exclusive product available at the price Rs.2199; let’s check this out.
There is not much that I could say but If I were you, I would seriously consider buying one of the cooktops from Prestige or Philips, Citron might be a new company but as 2-3 users have reported this issue it’s still a risky buy for people who are new to the induction cooking methods and hence Prestige and Philips would be best buys at the perfect rates.
Aparna Paliwal Posted on November 26, 2015
Aparna Paliwal is an interior designer by profession and a freelance writer with specialties in home & kitchen appliances which includes refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and other major and small appliances.