NuWave PIC Pro 1800 Watts Induction Cooktop – Review

NuWave PIC Pro 1800 Watts Induction Cooktop

For cooking hobbyists and serious cooks, the one main answer they normally give when asked why they prefer induction cooking, is the instant heat changing feature available in such cooktops with great precision. In other conventional cooking methods like electrical or gas cooktops, the adjustment in heat to increase or decrease the temperature only acts slowly which is a great drawback when making heat dependent foods. Such heat settings are greatly noted by chefs.

Other than this, there are many common features an induction cooktop possesses that clearly makes it worth replacing other cooking methods. The greatest advantage is the energy saved in cooking due to less heat dissipation. As the heat produced by the magnetic fields is applied directly to the base of the cooking utensil, and no other heat is spread across the cooking surface, more than 40% of the energy is saved when compared to other cooking methods. Also, the safety provided by an induction cooktop cannot be provided by any other cooking methods. Further safety is in the form of radiations or wastes, where nothing harmful is created in such cooking methods.

The NuWave PIC Pro model 30331 AQ  with a power rating of 1800 Watts will be reviewed in detail. All the characteristics, pros and cons, along with customer reviews will be given in detail.

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Apart from this high powered cooktop, Nuwave has low powered high efficiency cooktop variants like the 30101 model and the PIC2 with grill model. There are other best selling models like the Precision Induction Cooktop, 14.5″ PIC model, Titanium model and the double precision induction cooktop which has two burners.

About the Product

The single heating element induction cooktop is round in shape, which allows you to put round pots or kettles on the cooktop surface. The whole cooktop is given a black color which makes it stylish with added round red markers for placing the cookware on the surface. A bulge is provided in the front to provide all the controls to customize the cooking power, temperature, timer and so on. The biggest advantage is the high power rating of this product-1800 Watts. This power is more than enough to boil a kettle of water under 90 seconds. The controls are equipped with pressing buttons like the Start/Stop button and the Pause/Clear button on the right hand side. On the middle is the easy digital LCD control panel, with a ‘-’ and ‘+’ sign to decrease and increase the different parameters of the cooktop. On the left is the programme button, and the timer button. Default settings in temperature, timer and power are given for buttons like Low, Med-Low, Med, Med-High, High and Max. Other than this these parameters can also be changed manually by pressing the increment or decrement sign.

Features   

The NuWave PIC Pro 1800 Watts induction cooktop has a total product dimension of 16.2″ x 14.4″ x 4.7″ with a product weight of 7.3 lbs. This makes it lightweight and thus highly portable. It is easy to use anywhere, as just a plug is needed to make it work. The programme button can be set to change the temperature from a minimum of 100 degrees  Fahrenheit to a maximum of 575 degrees Fahrenheit. All the variations comes in increments of 5 degrees, which further helps in obtaining the precise temperature needed for cooking as there are 94 different temperature settings. The power and timer settings can also be changed in this manner. It is to be noted that this is the only model with the highest power rating when comparing it to other models of NuWave. The cooking surface has a dimension of 9.5 inches An auto-shut down feature is built-in with the product to automatically turn off the power when the pan is removed from the pan for some time. The top surface is run with a glass finish, which makes it easy to clean after preparing a messy dish. The cookwares used on the cooktop must be induction compatible. That is the cookware bottom touching the cooktop surface must be made of a magnetic material in order to convert the electromagnetic fields to heat. So, cookware bottoms made of stainless steel, cast iron, or enameled iron and steel products are compatible for cooking. Child lock feature is also provided to prevent accidental touching on controls to change settings by locking it. Please note that this model is strictly used for home cooking purposes only, and is not intended for commercial purposes. The product has a warranty of 2 years. 

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Customer Reviews

Most of the reviews suggest that this model is totally worth for such a low price. The high power rating and high temperature rating are the favorite features that most people like. But one review suggest that since the lowest temperature is 100 degrees even butter cannot be melted without scorching continuously. Another reviewer said that his cooktop had certain problems with the pause/clear and the high preset buttons as they were caving into the control panel. But that was after 2 years of continuous use.

Author: Linda Baker

Mother of two awesome children.