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Best Induction Cooker/Cooktop/Stove in India in 2022 Review Reviews & Buyer's Guide

By on September 29, 2022 with 127 Comments  

When it comes to taking a step forward in technology that changes the traditional methods of doing a specific task, people think a lot. Here the specific task is cooking, the traditional method is using a gas stove, and the step is to start using an induction cooker. There are a lot of questions when it comes to using an induction cooker, which makes it difficult for people to take a step ahead. We at Bijli Bachao are here to answer them and help people get rid of the confusion. This article aims at providing all the relevant information on Best Induction cookers/cooktop/stove in India in 2022.

How induction cooker works

Induction cookers work on the principle of electromagnetism. There is a coil of copper wire placed below the cooking surface (generally made of glass-ceramic), above which the cooking vessel is placed. An alternating current flows through the coil, which creates a magnetic field. The vessel kept above the cooking surface gets induced with a current due to the magnetic field. This current flowing in the vessel, through the cooking surface, generates resistive heating which inturn heats the food in the vessel. Instead of heating the area around the vessel, like in the case of a gas stove or an electric stove, an induction cooker heats the vessel only. This leads to less wastage of heat, in turn keeping the kitchen cool.

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Induction cookers in Indian kitchen and cookware

Most of the Indian dishes that are cooked on a regular basis in every house, can be prepared using an induction cooker. Some brands of induction cookers also provide specially programmed cookers with preset functions for Indian cooking. But some Indian food like phulkas (chapattis) can get difficult to be cooked on it.

Induction cookers require compatible cookware to work with it. Utensils made up of ferromagnetic (having magnetic properties) material like iron and steel can only be used. If you want to test whether your existing cookware is compatible or not, simply take a magnet near the base of the cookware, if it clings, your cookware is compatible.                                      

Cost of cooking on induction cookers

The cost benefit of using induction cooker depends on the price of electricity and gas (PNG or LPG) in your city. If cost of electricity is much higher (more than Rs 5 a unit), then it might not be economical to use Induction Cookers. If cost of electricity is low and PNG/LPG are unsubsidized or expensive, then Induction cooker will turn out cheaper to use. In a previous article (Comparison of Cooktops) we did a comparison of Gas and Electric cooktops and we analyzed that at Rs 5 a unit and PNG at regular rates, the costs of using Induction cooker as compared to PNG/LPG comes out to be close (with Induction cooker being slightly expensive). Here is the calculation that we have put in that article:

LPG Stove

PNG Stove

Induction Cooktop

Electric Coil Cooktop

Unit Definition

1 Cylinder (14.2 kgs LPG)

1 SCM

1 kWH

1 kWH

Energy (in Joules) per unit

654620000

41868000

3600000

3600000

Energy (in Joules) per unit factoring efficiency

261848000

16747200

3024000

2664000

Units Required to heat 10 lts of water.

0.012

0.188

1.042

1.182

Cost per Unit (in Rs)

Rs 423 (Subsidized),

Rs 900 (Un-Subsidized)

Rs 23

Rs 5

Rs 5

Cost of heating 10 lts water (in Rs)

Rs 5.09 (Subsidized),

Rs 10.8 (Un-Subsidized)

Rs 4.33

Rs 5.21

Rs 5.91

Are induction cookers expensive?

Yes, they are more expensive than the conventional cookers. But due to their high efficiency operational savings can ensure payback of the extra cost. The cost may vary depending on the brand, type and wattage of the cooker. Approximate price range of induction cookers available in Indian market based for different wattage of cookers is as follows:

Wattage PriceRange*
1400W, 1500W Rs. 2400 — Rs. 3700
1800W Rs. 2900 – Rs. 3700
1900W Rs. 1700 – Rs. 4300
2000W Rs. 2600 – Rs. 4500
2100W Rs. 4600 – Rs. 6000

*The prices are indicative and may vary depending on the type of cooker and brand.

Are induction cookers faster than LPG stoves?

Cooking definitely gets faster with the use of an induction cooker as compared to the LPG stoves. This is so because in induction cookers the vessel itself becomes the heat source, heat loss decreases and cooking is faster. Consumer Voice, an organization that raises consumer awareness published a report based on the tests that were conducted on various brands of induction cookers. They found that depending on the brand, an induction cooker consumes a minimum of 2.58 minutes to a maximum of 4.04 minutes to boil 1 litre of water. On the other hand, an LPG gas stove takes about 5.36 minutes to boil the same quantity of water. Also, heating time is inversely proportional to the wattage of the cooker. 

Efficiency of induction cookers

Efficiency of induction cookers compared to gas and electric stoves as per the boiling water tests conducted by the US department of energy is as follows (Source:US: DOE):

Gas Electric Induction
Efficiency 40% 74% 84%

The efficiency is measured in terms of the ratio of energy that gets delivered to the food to the energy consumed by the cookers is dependent on the size of the pan and the heating flame/surface. So yes, induction cookers have the highest efficiency. 

Safety of induction cookers

  • Absence of open flames make them very safe to use.
  • Since the heat is eventually produced by the vessel itself, the surface of the cooker below the vessel is much cooler than the vessel, making it less risky to use.InductionCooktop2
  • There is a control system that stops the heating process if a vessel isn’t kept on the cooker or the vessel isn’t large enough.
  • The magnetic field produced gets projected about 2-3cms, which does not pose any harm to users (People with cardiac implants should consult their doctors before using it though). Some induction cookers also have an anti-magnetic wall that ensures safety for users from the magnetic radiations.
  • Temperature control feature regulates the energy supply very easily and efficiently, making it very safe to use.
  • Overheating of food can be restrained by setting up the timer.

Induction cookers are very safe to use compared to other conventional cookers, but certain precautions need to be taken to make it completely safe to use like, not to touch the vessel without some hand protection, not to forget to turn it off, avoid taking a magnet too near to it.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

o   Very safe due to the controlled mechanism and the safety features.

o   Easy to clean and manage.

o   Consumes less energy, which makes it environment friendly.

o   Heat wastage is minimized, which increases efficiency and results in cooler kitchens.

o   Faster than conventional gas stoves.

o   Temperature controller and timer make it easy to use.

  • Cons

o   Expensive than regular cooktops.

o   Requires special cookware.

o   No electricity, no cooking.

o   Food that require open flame to be cooked (e.g. Chapatti) cannot be cooked.

o   Works only with flat bottomed vessels/pans and very small or very large vessels can raise issues .

So, what did we cook?

Induction cookers havea few limitations, but when it comes to energy saving, cost effectiveness, faster cooking, easy to use, and safer means of cooking, induction cookers can be considered. Induction cookers have not yet started replacing the LPG gas stoves but have started complementing them in Indian kitchens. Here are some popular models of Induction Cookers:

Best Induction Cookers in India in 2022

  • PHILIPS HD4928/01 2100 Watts Induction Cooker

  • PHILIPS HD4928/01 2100 Watts Induction Cooker
  • The Philips HD4928/01 Induction Cooktop is a great choice for anyone looking for an easy to use and efficient cooking solution. This cooktop features induction technology, which means that it uses electromagnetic energy to heat your cookware, resulting in faster and more even heating than traditional stovetops. The included user manual makes set up a breeze, and the cooktop itself is very easy to operate. Just press the cooking mode button of your choice after you've turned on the unit, and you're ready to go! Additionally, the induction cooktop will automatically turn off after one minute if no cooking mode button is pressed, so you don't have to worry about accidentally leaving it on. This Philips model also includes a timer function, so you can easily keep track of your cooking times. Overall, the Philips HD4928/01 Induction Cooktop is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an efficient and easy-to-use cooking solution.

  • PRESTIGE PIC 20 1600 Watts Induction Cooker

  • PRESTIGE PIC 20 1600 Watts Induction Cooker
  • The Prestige PIC 20 Induction Cooktop is a great choice for anyone looking for an affordable and reliable induction cooktop. This model comes with a number of great features, including Indian menu options, an aerodynamic cooling system, and automatic voltage regulation. It also has a push button control panel for easy operation. The only downside to this model is that it can only be used with induction base cookware with a diameter between 12cm-26cm.

  • PRESTIGE PIC 16.0+ 1900 Watts Induction Cooker

  • PRESTIGE PIC 16.0+ 1900 Watts Induction Cooker
  • The Prestige PIC 16.0+ Induction Cooktop is a great product with some excellent features. The three differentiators "the great features, Indian menu options, and aerodynamic cooling system" make it a very convenient option for those who want to cook Indian food. The pause function is also a very useful addition, allowing you to stop the cooking process without having to turn off the cooktop entirely. Finally, the voltage of 230 V makes it compatible with most standard household outlets.

  • USHA 3616 1600 Watts Induction Cooker

  • USHA 3616 1600 Watts Induction Cooker
  • The USHA 3616 Induction Cooktop is a great choice for anyone looking for a quality cooking experience. This cooktop is 1600 watts, making it powerful enough to handle most cooking needs. It's also resistant to voltage fluctuations up to 1500 volts, ensuring that your cooking experience is not interrupted by power outages or other electrical issues. Additionally, the cooktop features pan sensor technology and manual setting options, allowing you to customize your cooking experience as needed. The 10 amp plug with earthing provides safety and peace of mind, while the extra long cord ensures that you have plenty of room to work. Finally, the flexible power cord makes it easy to move the cooktop around as needed.

  • PRESTIGE PIC 6.1 V3 2200 Watts Induction Cooker

  • PRESTIGE PIC 6.1 V3 2200 Watts Induction Cooker
  • The Prestige PIC 6.1 V3 Induction Cooktop is a high-quality appliance that has many features to make your cooking experience better. For one, it has a built-in Indian menu with dual heat sensors for more accurate temperature control. It also has an automatic voltage regulator and anti-magnetic wall to keep your cooktop running smoothly. Plus, the feather touch buttons make it easy and convenient to use.

  • PRESTIGE PIC 15.0+ 1900 Watts Induction Cooker

  • PRESTIGE PIC 15.0+ 1900 Watts Induction Cooker
  • The Prestige PIC 15.0+ Induction Cooktop is a great product. It's very easy to use and has a lot of features that make it stand out from the competition. For example, the automatic voltage regulator is a great feature, as it ensures that you'll always have the correct voltage no matter where you are in the world. Additionally, the unique design for protection against insects is a nice touch, and the full glass body looks great and is very easy to clean. Overall, this is an excellent product and I highly recommend it.

  • PHILIPS HD4938/01 2100 Watts Induction Cooker

  • PHILIPS HD4938/01 2100 Watts Induction Cooker
  • The Philips HD4938/01 induction cooktop is a great appliance for anyone who wants the convenience of cooking without flames. The high quality full glass panel finish and easy cook sensor touch keys make this cooktop look great and easy to use. The auto-off program cooks food safely, and the cool-to-touch surface ensures that you won't get burned while cooking. This cooktop also has a timer function so you can delay your cooking time if needed. Overall, this is a great product that would be perfect for any kitchen.

  • PRESTIGE PIC 3.1 V3 2000 Watts Induction Cooker

  • PRESTIGE PIC 3.1 V3 2000 Watts Induction Cooker
  • The Prestige PIC 3.1 V3 induction cooktop is a great choice for Indian kitchens. It has a voltage regulator to ensure it works with any voltage, and it also has a wattage of 2000W, making it perfect for heavy frying or grilling. The baffle filter is also suitable for Indian kitchens and needs to be cleaned every 6 months.

References:

http://consumeraffairs.nic.in/consumer/writereaddata/Induction%20cooker-12.pdf (Consumer Voice Report)

http://circulon.uk.com/about-us/induction-cooking-with-circulon

http://theinductionsite.com/proandcon.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Induction_cooking

http://www.keralaenergy.gov.in/emc_reports/Induction%20Cooker_a%20brief%20investigation.pdf

About the Author:
Abhishek Jain is an Alumnus of IIT Bombay with almost 10 years of experience in corporate before starting Bijli Bachao in 2012. His passion for solving problems moved him towards Energy Sector and he is keen to learn about customer behavior towards Energy and find ways to influence the same towards Sustainability. .

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