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"Life in Japan 2023" How to choose a tabletop induction cooktop and recommended manufacturers!

Induction cooktops use electricity to cook food. Although they have a simple structure and at first glance there appears to be no difference between manufacturers, each has its own characteristics. In order to buy the right product for you, let's examine them carefully!

Temperature setting

All the models we looked at had a heated cooking mode and a deep fryer mode, but there were differences in the temperatures that could be set. Please refer to the table below for the number of watts required for cooking. Some products have a maximum of 1,000W, but most manufacturers now only sell products with a maximum of 1,400W. (Note that this is limited to 1,500W per typical outlet.)

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Easy to use guide

 

Size of pots and pans that can be used

The minimum size of 12 cm is the same for all manufacturers, and there were some that could accommodate pots up to 22 ~ 26 cm. (Note that some pots are compatible with induction and some are not.)

Other Functions

Most products have a function that automatically turns off the power when the temperature is too high, when no pot is placed on the table, or when small metal objects such as knives and spoons are placed on the table.

Product Comparison Chart

Here is a table comparing the two. The cords are omitted because all manufacturers used magnets to attach them. (You can scroll to the right.)

Manufacturer Panasonic T-FAL Koizumi Iris Oyama Yamazen
model number KZ-PH34 Daily IH KIH-1405 IHK-T37-B YEN-S140
cooking with heat 7 steps 6 steps 6 steps 6 steps 6 steps
deep-fried food 7 steps 6 steps 7 steps 6 steps 6 steps
Size of pots and pans
that can be used
12 ~ 26 cm 11 ~ 22 cm Cooking ... 12 ~ 26 cm
Deep fryer ... 12 ~ 22 cm
Cooking ... 12 ~ 24 cm in diameter
Deep fryer ... 18 ~ 22 cm in diameter
Cooking ... 12 ~ 26 cm
Deep fryer ... 12 ~ 22 cm
weight 2.5kg 2.2kg 2.2kg 2.2kg 2.5kg
Price*1 11,818 yen 17,900 yen - 5,990 yen 6,980 yen

*1...Prices on Amazon as of April 8, 2023.

 

Panasonic and other advanced products have fine temperature settings and are fully flat. However, I could not afford to pay twice as much as Irisoyama and Yamazen, which are products for beginners, for this purpose.

For beginner products, we recommend Iris Oyama because it has the same functions as Yamazen and is inexpensive.

I hope the above is helpful.