Cooktops

We’ve tested induction, ceramic and gas cooktops.

Man chopping veggies on cooktop.

The same test method was used for all 3 types of cooktop. In addition, ceramic cooktops were tested for chocolate-melting.

We've gathered information on 71 cooktops.

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Overall score breakdown

Our overall score is made up of the following:

Cooking performance (60%) and ease of use (40%).

We conduct 3 tests to assess the performance of the cooktops:

First we make white sauce on the simmer-burner or element with the lowest setting. This tests the cooktop’s ability to perform at a low temperature for a long time.

Next we cook rice on the medium-sized burner or element. This tests the "turn down" capacity of the hob and whether the cooktop can maintain a suitable heat at the lowest temperature setting.

We then use a beef and vegetable stir-fry to see whether the cooktop can deliver continuous high heat.

If a cooktop has a flexi-zone, we test how evenly the heat is distributed. This doesn’t contribute to the performance score.

The ease of use rates the ease of using the controls, ease of cleaning, and the user-friendliness of the cooktop layout.

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Cooktops buying guide

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