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Best sub $100.00 portable induction cooktop

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I'm in the market for a portable induction cooktop to be used to deep fry, melt and hold chocolate, fondue, cook & hold on my patio, etc. I see several on Amazon for less than $100.00. Most have 4 star or above reviews . I used one for cooking demonstrations a few years ago. I think it was a Max Burton but I'm not sure. It worked well but broke just after the warranty expired. Can anyone a good brand both for function & reliability/sturdiness? Thanks!

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  1. Sorry about your experience with the Max Burton, because that's what I'd recommend. An 1800W one has been in daily use here for almost three years with no problems.

    1. I used a Nuwave once, with poor results. It took forever to bring a small amount of water in an All-Clad pot up to simmering.

      Like ellabee, I was about to recommend a Burton, because of generally good reviews.

      Berghoff makes some that work very well, but I haven't cooked on their sub-$100 models, sorry.

      1. Costco's been carrying one that is rated light commercial. I think it is about $170.

        1. For durability, I'd suggest a deeper commercial case. In a shallow case, like the least expensive Max Burton (mine is well beyond the warranty), the electronics are packed together and more likely to overheat. Their more expensive models, even in the 120v size, are deeper, with more space for cooling the electronics.

          Toolup seems to have best prices on MB (about 4 models).