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The best electric cooktops of 2021

If you’re renovating your kitchen or thinking of adding additional cook space, one of the best investments for your countertops is an electric cooktop. Utilizing a metal coil that transfers heat to a selection of glass or ceramic-coated burners, electric cooktops provide even cooking from the glass/ceramic to the pot or pan. While operating costs and the initial investment tend to be a bit pricier than gas-powered cooktops, electric cooktops tend to offer greater energy savings over years of usage. Plus, there’s no need for a gas line.

Whether you’re in the market for a cutting-edge cooktop or something a bit more basic, we’ve put together this roundup of the best electric cooktops to help you cut down on research and store visits. Read on to learn what models we’d outfit our own kitchens with.

GE 36-inch Radiant Electric Cooktop JP5036DJBB

GE Electric Cooktop

The GE JP5036DJBB gives you a variety of options to fit every pot and pan you have — along with some impressive tech features. The middle burner has three optional size options that can certainly fit extra-large pots and provides 3,000 watts of power. The two-sized side burner is a “power boil” 2,400-watt element designed to apply extra heat to bring things to a full boil.

The glide touch controls may take some getting used to, but they do have a handy lock option so you don’t accidentally adjust the heat after turning them on. Overall, the GE 36-inch Radiant Electric Cooktop JP5036DJBB combines the benefits of electric heating with the best of recent innovations in cooktop technology, making it an easy recommendation.

Samsung NZ36K7570RG 36-inch

Samsung NZ7570 Electric Cooktop

Some people do not like the glide touch control system, which takes time to get used to. If you’d rather avoid touch dial options, this electric cooktop offers more traditional dials as well as digital touch controls, thanks to removable magnetic knobs — a neat solution. It also provides some of the same benefits as our top GE Appliances pick, including two sync burners for griddles and a rapid boil burner (3,300 watts) for quickly heating your liquids.

The Samsung NZ36K7570RG 36-inch’s Bluetooth feature links to Samsung oven ranges so that it can automatically turn on lights and fans when you start using the cooktop — also neat. There’s also Wi-Fi connectivity for remote control of the burners, a Melt Mode for slowly melting chocolate or butter, and a Control Lock that keeps your family protected by disabling stove functions when you’re not actively cooking.

GE Profile 30-inch Radiant Electric Cooktop PP7030BMTS

GE Electric Cooktop

While the offset four burners may look a little odd, this electric cooktop sports impressive, durable knob controls and powerful heating elements (no multi-size elements here, unfortunately), plus an excellent design.

The GE Profile 30-inch Radiant Electric Cooktop PP7030BMTS has the Power Boil 3,100-watt flexible element that produces rapid, powerful heat when you need it, and you can sync two burners together to cook larger pots. It also has a melt setting for when you make candy or other delicate foods. Plus, all of the knobs are backlit.

Gasland 30-inch Ceramic Cooktop

Gasland CH77 Electric Cooktop

This 30-inch cooktop by Gasland features four individual cooking zones, featuring a dual 1,2oo/2,000-watt zone for the 5.4-inch and 9.1-inch burners, a 1,200-watt zone for the two 6.5-inch burners, and a 1,1oo/2,ooo-watt zone for the  6.5-inch and 10.6-inch burners. That’s plenty of thermal customization for all your major meals!

The digital touch controls feature nine distinct power options for boils, simmers, and everything in-between. The Vitro ceramic glass is built for long-lasting endurance against pan scrapes, utensil dings, and anything else you can throw at it. Plus, there’s a kids safety lock for keeping the youngsters safe in the kitchen. You get all of this for less than $400, which is nothing to shake your wooden spoon at.

EcoTouch 30-inch Radiant Cooktop

Ecotouch Electric Cooktop

While not as big or feature-rich as some of the other cooktops on our list, this affordable four-burner model by EcoTouch is far from a value brand in terms of performance and ease of use. Prepare piping hot meals in no time with this fast-acting 6,800-watt cooktop.

A simple 1-9 heat-level selector is the only button you’ve got to work with. There are also start/pause commands and a built-in timer. It’s not bourgeois by any means, but the EcoTouch 30-inch Radiant Cooktop gets the job done while keeping things minimalist and cost-effective as a bonus.

KitchenAid KICU509XBL 30-inch

We love this impressive KitchenAid cooktop because it lets you choose between 12 heating presets for the ultimate responsive heat-level selector. There are five burners to cycle between, including one 6-inch, two 7-inch, and one 11-inch.

The cooktop also includes a sensor that measures a pan or pot’s size and alerts you if it’s not the right size for a certain burner. Another outstanding feature is the temporary performance booster that applies a flash of high heat to quickly and efficiently add texture or cook food more thoroughly. This cooktop costs more than others on the market, but its unique toolset and flawless construction are worth every penny.

LG LCE3010SB 30-inch

LG 3010SB Electric Cooktop

For cooks who prefer more high-tech controls, the LG cooktop looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. A spaceship-like control panel houses an arc of gliding dials that give you immediate control over five different elements. You can see what state they’re in with one glance.

The LG LCE3010SB 30-inch also includes multi-size elements and syncing elements, as well as a “keep warm” setting, a child lock to prevent tampering, and auto shut off for safety.

Ovente Double Hot Plate Electric Stove

Ovente Electric Cooktop

For your next big outing — whether tailgating, camping, or RVing, — this portable double-burner travel-top by Ovente is all you’ll need to prep food and drink on the go. The two hot plates are powered by the unit’s central 1,700-watt stainless steel heating tube, delivering even heating to whatever pot or pan rests on the coils.

The body of the cooktop is made of a highly-resistant metal housing that stands up to years of wear and tear. Plus, the anti-skid feet help the appliance grip to whatever makeshift counter you’re housing the cooktop on. As a budget buy, this isn’t going to give you the same slew of premium features that a permanent cooktop, but for under $30, we can’t think of a better mobile option for firing up your favorite foods on the go.

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