Fagor Countertop Induction Burner 1600 Watts – Review

With gas prices relatively high, along with the difficulty and risks that comes with these kind of conventional cooking methods, most people prefer modern cooking methods like induction cooking for their daily meals. Though the initial investment is a moderately high, the total money spent can be easily gained within 6 months to 1 year. The heat generated from induction cooktops are quick enough to boil water in under 2 minutes. There is no risk involved in cooking as the the cooktop surface does not generate temperature, but instead the cookware used is indirectly heated. This heat is uniformly distributed on the cookware base, and thus the efficiency in cooking is significantly high when compared to other modes. Induction cooktops consists of only one small unit which can be placed on any countertop. But, for gas cooking, space must be accommodated for the stove as well as the gas cylinder.

There are many sorts of induction cooktops available online. They may vary in different parameters like number of burners used, Wattage, make, controls, temperature levels and more. Taking all these features into consideration, a typical home use single burner counter induction cooktop by Fagor is reviewed in this article.

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About the Product

The product is given a plain design with a plain surface for placing the cookware. An additional tilt is provided in the front for positioning all the controls. The controls are all push soft touch buttons, and are used minimally to increase user interface. The surface of the cooktop has two white circles that depict the place where the cookware is to be placed. The outer circle depicts the maximum diameter of the pan surface and the inner circle depicts the minimum diameter. The maximum diameter is 9” and the minimum is 6”. Since the heat produced is spread throughout the cookware base, a 10” diameter pan can be used for cooking.

The controls include a power settings button, lock button, an increment and decrement button, the timer button, and an easy to read display button. All the values parameters selected and their corresponding values changed will  be shown in the display.

Please note that the pans and cookware used must have a magnetic base to make it suitable for cooking. Induction technology allows only magnetic substances to heat up. Such utensils, if not available must be bought along with this unit. We have provided a list of some of the best induction compatible utensils for you to buy. Check it out!!

Features

  • The unit is quite compact with a width of 11.8” and a length of 14” and a height of 2”. The product has an overall weight of 8.5 pounds. The shipping weight is also the same.
  • The unit has a voltage rating of 120 Volts/60 Hertz and a power rating of 1600 Watts. This high wattage is more than enough for deep fry and steaming.
  • The surface of the induction cooktop has a layer of a single sheet of ceramic glass. This makes the device easier to clean after use. Rubbing a damp cloth on the surface of the cooktop makes it clean instantly.
  • All the controls are designed with the sensitivity of a soft touch. This makes the controls easy to use and is placed in the perfect place, and thus is easy to access.
  • The power function key when touched, will activate it. There are mainly 10 levels of power varying from a minimum of level 1 to a maximum of level 10. The minimum power that is provided by the unit is 300 Watts, and the maximum power is 1600 Watts. The different power levels are 300 Watts, 560, 650, 720, 800, 940, 1100, 1300 and 1600 Watts.
  • A lock button function is provided to lock the controls in-between cooking. Thus, an accidental press on any of the controls will not change the settings.
  • A cookware detection function is also present in the unit. If no cookware is present on the surface, or if a cookware that is not induction compatible is kept on the surface, the unit automatically detects it and turns off the device. Thus, very little energy is wasted.
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Customer Ratings

One major disadvantage as per some of the Amazon customers is the uneasy high-pitched noise that can be heard in between cooking. Some customers have even complained about it, which urged the service to repair the unit for them. Another review is on the heat produced by induction. A user has stated that the inner circle dimension is the only area where heat is dissipated. Thus, pans of smaller sizes must be used for ideal cooking. All the users are equally satisfied with the cooking time. The heat produced by the unit is ideal for cooking liquids like water, milk and so on, because the heat is easily dispersed throughout the base. But for solid foods, cooking is cumbersome as the food has to be rotated within the hot area to have an evenly cooked dish. The power settings are accurate for all kinds of food. It’s lightweight and ease to use makes its highly portable for re-heating food in parties, use in recreational vehicles and so on.

 

True Induction TI-3B 3300 Watts 3 Burner Induction Cooktop – Review

If you are looking for  a powerful cooktop that is not only comfortable to use, but also saves time by cooking 3 meals at the same time, then the True Induction TI-3B Induction Cooktop is the best choice to consider. The device is packed with high power ratings that can heat up all the heating elements at the same time. The device is built with the most modern design and is highly praised for its innovative technology and versatility. All the controls provided are placed separately for the three burners and that too in the simplest way possible. It’s design is made to drop in a countertop, to make a seamless, continuous surface. This device is also highly portable and apt for cooking in recreational vehicles. Like all other premium models manufactured by True Induction, this model is also equipped with power sharing technology. All the features are explained in detail below.

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We have also reviewed some compact True Induction models with a single burner like the TI-1B and double burner models like MD-2B, S2F2 and S2F3. Do check their reviews as well to get a better idea.

About the Product

The TI-3B model has separate controls all assembled on the left bottom of the cooktop. The right burner is placed above the controls, and the other two are placed on the left. All the controls are touch enabled, and is built with their unique “EX control technology”. This makes the touch controls highly sensitive and very much responsive.

All the three burners are recognized by the white circles marked on the cooktop. There is an outer circle and an inner circle for each burner. The outer circle represents the maximum diameter of a pan surface that can be used to cook on top of the burner. The inner circle represents the minimum diameter of the utensil. Either way, the utensil used must have a flat bottom. The two burners on the left are 7” each and the one on the top right has a diameter of 9”. Since the induction based magnetic field is provided to the base of the utensil in all directions, the utensils can have a maximum of 10”. Please note that only induction compatible cookwares can be used to cook on this cooktop.

All burners have three different controls, but their keys are exactly the same in design. Three displays are provided for the burners. Each display shows the power, temperature, and timer value selected, so that the user can set the optimum ranges. To the side of the display is the “=/-” button that is used to change the values of the functions. The heat, temperature, and timer buttons are also provided along with it.

Features

  • The whole device has a dimension of 23.25 inches  width, 20.5 inches depth, and 2.5 inches height. The product weighs 18 pounds and the shipping weight is 23.8 pounds.
  • The product has a whopping power of 3300 Watts, out of which both the left burners can use a total of 1800 Watts, and the right single burner can use a power up to 1500 Watts.
  • The power sharing technology feature of this device helps all the burners to reach maximum power, while requiring only half the circuit capacity.
  • Unlike any other induction cooktop, this model has both the left side burners run on a 110V outlet, while the third heating element on the right requires another 220 Volt plug to heat it. The main thing to notify the electrician is that each plug must utilize its own separate dedicated 15 Ampere circuit breakers. Thus the total voltage rating of the device is 110 Volt/220 Volt/60 Hertz.
  • The whole surface of the cooktop is made up of a single piece of glass ceramic element that gives it a dignified look. Moreover, the surface becomes easy to clean by just rubbing a damp cloth all over the surface. The rest of the product is placed inside a high quality metal case. Other high quality materials like stainless steel, aluminium, enameled steel, cast iron are also used to manufacture this device.
  • A fan driven ventilation unit is placed under the device to drive the heat out of the device. Extreme care must be taken in  placing the device for cooking, such that the vents are not blocked by any walls or such. This will cause damage to the device for sure.
  • The heat function has a preset value of level 5 written on the display. There are 10 different heat levels for the user to choose from. Pressing the “+/-” button will help in doing so. After selecting the required heat level, press the timer to set the desired time and start cooking.
  • If a particular temperature is needed to cook your food, you can select it by pressing the temperature function button. All the different heat levels are expressed in terms of temperature in this function. The temperature ranges from a minimum of 150 degrees to a maximum of 450 degrees F. There is a 30 degree increment between each temperature. The temperature ranges are 150F, 180F, 210F, 240F, 270F, 300F, 360F, 390F, 420F, 450F.The default value when the cooktop is turned on will be 270F.
  • Many sensors are integrated to this device to make it work smoothly. One of them is the pot recognition sensor. If there is no pot kept, and the induction cooktop is turned on, the device automatically goes to standby mode. The same happens if the pot placed is not induction compatible. The bottom of the pot placed must be made of magnetic material for the cooktop to recognize it. Such sensors help in saving a lot of electricity as well.
  • The overvoltage and undervoltage sensors help the device from getting fried from sudden voltage spikes and low voltages.
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Customer Reviews

There are mainly two complaints that were reviewed by some consumers. One was the unavailability of child lock button, and the other is the presence of an additional power cord. Two plugs being installed for two different burners is not an idea that is being grasped by most users. This is because both the power cords are made to generate power from one single device.

On the other hand, most of the users are happy that this product has a warranty of two years.

NuWave 30602 Double Precision Induction Cooktop Burner – Review

People cook food mainly for two reasons: One reason would be for the fun of it, and the other is because you have to! Either way, cooking can be made simpler when you have the right cooking tools. One of the main appliance used for cooking is the cooking stove. Though there are conventional methods to cook, like the electric and gas stove, we are going to discuss about the induction stove, as it is known to be the safest, most efficient and least expensive mode of cooking.

If you are looking out for a cooktop to add to your kitchen, then here is the review for one of the best induction based cooktops of all time – The NuWave 30602 Double Precision Induction Cooktop (PIC). This model manufactured by NuWave is given a bold black color altogether, with control panel at the bottom of the cooktop.   

The PIC 30602 model gives you a cooking experience that you will never forget. As the name suggests, all kinds of food can be cooked in the exact temperature that is needed, and is thus precise. This is one of the reasons why all the competitor models fails to succeed, when compared to this. Another reason would be the two cooktops instead of one at such an affordable price (Please visit Amazon to know the current price).

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Along with double burners, Nuwave has single burner cooktops like the PIC model, PIC with 14.5″, PIC2 with Grill, 30101 model, Titanium model and the PIC Pro model. All these products have been reviewed in detail with all the features and specifications. Check it out.

About the Product

The double burner cooktop is rectangular in shape, with all the control buttons in the front. Each burner is given its own control panel, with some common controls for both of them as well. All the control keys are built with touch sensors. Both the burners have inner diameters of 8 inches, and outer diameters of 9 inches. Both are marked with the help of white circles on the burners. Unofficially, a pan as large as 12” in diameter can be used to cook on the surface, as the heat is distributed uniformly over the surface. The whole unit runs on 120 Volts, with a maximum output power of 1800 Watts. Each burner has the following touch controls:

  1. Start
  2. Pause/Clear
  3. Increment and Decrement
  4. Low, Medium Low, Medium, Medium High, High, Max/Sear Buttons
  5. Program Button
  6. Stage Button
  7. Cook Temperature
  8. Cook Time
  9. Clock
  10. End Time
  11. 0-9 Buttons
  12. AM/PM
  13. 1800 Watts

This is the only double burner induction stove with so many touch keys. The whole product has a 1 year warranty cover. Each burner is provided with a display unit that provides the info on what kind of settings are selected and their corresponding values.

Features

  • This double burner cooktop has an overall dimension of 26 x 18 x 12 inches and has a weight of 16 pounds (17.6 pounds shipping weight).
  • The cooktop surface is coated with a glass finishing, so that it can be cleaned and maintained easily. The glass surface is also heat resistant, that adds more safety while cooking.
  • One of the main features of this cooktop is the 6 different pre-programmed temperature buttons that are provided for both the burners. The temperature range is between 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 575 degrees Fahrenheit. There are 94 different temperature levels, with an increment/decrement of 5 degrees. The Low button provides a temperature of 100 degrees, while the low medium button provides a temperature of 175 degrees. The medium button provides a temperature of 275 degrees, and the medium high works in 375 degrees. The high buttons provides a temperature of 425 degrees and the maximum temperature that the device can provide is 575 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking certain foods with precise temperature can be done easily on this cooktop.
  • Another feature of this device is the 2 hour program function which can be used to keep the food warm at a temperature of 155 degrees F for a time of 2 hours.
  • The minimum output power of the device is 900 Watts. And the maximum power is 1800 Watts. You can attain the maximum power for the device by pressing the ‘1800W’ button.
  • An automatic stop feature has been provided for the device, so that overheating due to temperature rise above a certain level can be stopped. This protects the device from overheating, and the food from getting overcooked.
  • An over voltage and under voltage protection is provided in the device to avoid damages due to both voltage extremes.
  • A cookware recognition sensor is also in-built with this cooktop. This sensor identifies whether the cookware on the cooktop is induction compatible. If not, the device is automatically shut down. The same process happens if no cookware is detected. Please make sure that you use induction compatible utensils for cooking.
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Customer Reviews

Even though most of the reviews are positive, some of them have expressed some cons in using the device. One of the negative comment suggests the short length of power cord (3 foot long). This seems so short that the power switch cannot be kept far away from the induction stove. Another con was the unavailability of the lock feature. The lock feature can be used to lock the whole device from accidentally changing the settings, by just a simple press of the lock button.

But, other reviews suggest that the double burner is one of the best option for everyday cooking. A comment says that the product works like two different stoves, with separate control panels, that makes cooking very easy. When comparing this model to others, this one works by degrees, while most of the other cooktops works by changing watts. Most of the customers were happy by the five degree changes in temperature that makes cooking precise.

Electrolux Frigidaire FGIC13P3KS 1300 Watts Portable Induction Cooktop – Review

The Electrolux Frigidaire FGIC13P3KS model portable induction cooktop is definitely the product you need to buy if you are looking for a cooktop with efficiency, quality, and ease to use. With this unit in hand, your cooking experience will be more fun and simple. The manufacturer, AB Electrolux, is known for committing their work in making high quality cooking appliances all over the world.

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About the Product

  • This black colored beauty has a total weightage of 10.1 pounds and has a product dimension of 12.8 x 15 x 3 inches. Being lightweight, this cooktop is easily portable and can be used for all home purposes in RV’s and for small parties as well. It’s compact design does not take much space as well.
  • The product has a cookware diameter of 9″ which is pretty standard for all home used induction cooktops. Usually, the standard rating implies that cooktops with diameters above 9″ cannot be used. But for a flat surfaced cooktop, pans with diameters up to 11″ can be used, since the heat produced is distributed equally among the surface. The place where the cookware is to be kept is marked by a white circle. Only induction compatible cookwares, that is, utensils that have their base made up of ferrous materials can be used for cooking.
  • The controls are all touch sensitive and are placed on the front part of the unit for easy access. The surface of the stove is made of a non-porous material called vito ceramic glass that leaves no kind of marks on the surface. The glass ceramic finish on the surface also enables you to clean the cooktop with ease and speed. The controls include the power on/off button, the power control, timer control, and the up and down control.
  • The power levels can be set on 6 different ratings and are changed using the low and up controls. The timer can also be used to set the time for cooking food. This will help you to rest in between as you need not worry about the food being overcooked. The maximum power output is 1300 Watts.
  • A hot surface indicator feature is inbuilt with this product. This feature warns the user if the cooktop surface is hot so that the surface is not touched before it is cooled down.
  • The different temperatures can enable cooking in all modes- boiling, heating, frying, deep fry  and so on. There’s no smoking or oil burning the food when set on lower heat levels.
  • An automatic shutdown feature is also provided in this unit which automatically turns the cooktop off when the timer period is over. Thus no power is wasted by leaving the device plugged on. E customer is
  • A control lock function is also provided which prevents the controls from being accidentally turned on or having the values changed between cooking.
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Customer Reviews

Most customers boast about the safety this unit provides, and the speed in heating. One major setback, according to one customer is the lesser number of settings this unit has, for this price. Also, the wattage ratings is also a little low, compared to the price.

Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop 2 (PIC2) with Grill – Review

The use of electric and gas cooktops for everyday cooking has long been gone since the arrival of induction cooktops. The efficiency an induction cooktop provides in not even worth comparing with other conventional methods. Apart from double the efficiency, induction stoves also provide incredible safety and emergency warning measures that no other cooking methods can give. Through induction technology no heat or open flames are produced that can hurt anyone. The only disadvantage is the extra money that has to be spent on the initial cost. But this loss will also be negated by the less expense in cooking. Also, the time saved in cooking on an induction stove is much more than other traditional methods. The induction range can be used for all types of cooking like boiling, warming, deep frying, searing, and also for grilling purposes.

The cookwares used on top of induction stoves must have a magnetic base. Only magnetic based induction compatible cookwares can be used for cooking purposes. The common pots/pans used in cooking are made of enameled iron and steel, stainless steel with a magnetic base or mostly cast iron.

Such an induction cooktop is being reviewed with this post. The NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop 2 (PIC2) model, that comes with a combo offer of a cast iron made induction compatible grill alongside it.

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Apart from the PIC2 model, Nuwave is also known for other single burner models like the 14.5″ PIC model, 30101 model, PIC Titanium model, PIC Pro 1800 Watts model, and the first and original PIC model. The double burner 30602 PIC model is also one of their best sellers. All these models are reviewed with their features and specifications explained clearly. We want to give you a thought on which Nuwave model to buy according to your needs.

About the Product

The product has a reasonable power rating of 1300 Watts that is more than enough to boil water under 2 minutes. Also, this intermediate power rating will help in saving electricity. This induction cooktop a round cooking surface, with an outermost dimension of 12 inches. The cooking pan dimension is marked by a red circle on the surface. The dimension of the red circle is 9”. As this cooktop is known to generate equal amount of heat on the whole surface, it is okay to use utensils with a maximum dimension of 12 inches. The heat will slowly catch up on the outer areas. The control panel seen on the front consists of an LED display, the increment and decrement buttons, the start/stop button, the pause/clear button, the program button, and the time button. This induction model is also equipped with unique pre-programmed temperature setting buttons that can also be seen on the control panel. They are named Low, Medium-Low, Medium, Medium-High, High and Maximum buttons. They are meant for faster cooking. A combination offer is also provided with this induction cooktop model. A high quality cast iron barbecue grill that is coated with porcelain enamel coating is also available with the stove at reasonable rates.

Features

  • The PIC 2 model induction cooktop by NuWave has an overall dimension of 14.4 x 15.9 x 6.3 inches and weighs 9.1 lbs. This lightweight cooktop is most suitable for cooking in outdoors and is also highly portable. As all it needs is a standard U.S rated electrical outlet.
  • An air ventilation fan is provided in the downward back side of the product. This repels most of the heat produced by during cooking. Thus, the cooktop ensures more cooling and can be safely touched on the cooktop surface even in between cooking.
  • A heat resistant glass material is used to cover the cooktop surface. This gives a more attractive look and is also helpful in cleaning and prevents scratches from occurring. All marks and spills that fall on the surface can be brushed away neatly with a damp cloth.
  • The biggest advantage of cooking in this product is the huge temperature range that varies from 100 F to 575 F. For easy transition between temperatures 6 pre-programmed temperature settings are available. Between the temperature ranges 10 degree increments/decrements can be brought using the +/- buttons. Thus a total of 52 different temperatures can be used to cook your meal with the most precise heat. Each temperature button has a specified temperature set and is used for a particular type of cooking. The list is given below.

Low Temperature Button – 100 F – Warming food

Medium-Low Temperature Button – 175 F – Simmering food

Medium Temperature Button – 275 F – Steaming

Medium-High Temperature Button – 375 F – Deep Frying

High Temperature Button – 425 F – Saute Purpose

Max/Sear Temperature Button – 575 F – Searing

  • The time button is used for timing the meal at a specific temperature. The time can be adjusted using the +/- buttons and has a range between 1 minute to a maximum of 100 Hours. The default reading of the induction cooktop when turning it on is the High Setting with a temperature of 425 F with a time of 1 hour.
  • Some in-built features of this model includes the F to C temperature conversion and vice versa. Another one is the delay function that helps to delay the cooing by setting the program button. There are many error functions that is used to warn the user when some conditions like over/under voltage problems, air ventilation problems, overheating warning and so on. Each warning is represented with a separate code that is displayed on the LED. All these information is given in detail in the instruction manual.  An automatic shut down feature is also provided to cut off the power when no induction compatible pan is detected on the cooktop surface.
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Customer Reviews

Most customers have written positively about the temperature setting feature and the wide temperature range. But some problems have been lodged regarding the excessive noise the cooktop produces when it is turned on. Some people have referred it as “quite annoying”. Some users have expressed their amaze at the speed in which a kettle of water boils.

NuWave 1300 Watts 30101 Model Induction Cooktop – Review

The advantages of using an induction cooktop is more than enough for a common self cooking family to buy one. It has now become a trend in replacing or adding an induction cooktop to their household. Its small size and lightweight makes it adjustable to any kitchen. Since an induction cooktop does not have an open flame like a traditional gas cooktop, there is no risk of any kind of fire. Thus, it greatly enhances the safety of your family. Also, these cooktops come with automatic shut-off features that provides more safety than ever. As there is no heat produced by the cooktop, there is no danger involved even by touching the cooktop surface while cooking. The only con is that the cookwares used on the cooktop has to be induction compatible. That is, the utensils must have a magnetic bottom. The most commonly used cookwares are those with bases made of cast iron, enameled iron and steel, and stainless steel with magnetic base. Check out for the best induction compatible cookwares here!

The NuWave 30101 model 1300 Watts Induction Cooktop is being reviewed in this post. There are many combo offers available with this model, like  induction compatible frypans and  flexible turners. You can avail these offers from the amazon links given on the image below.

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About the Product

The NuWave 1300 Watts 30101 Model Induction Cooktop has a single in-built heating element that is round in shape with a dimension of 9 inches cooking space. This space is indicated by a red ring on the surface. However, since the heating on the base of the cookware is identical in all places, pans that have dimensions up to 12 inches can be used. The heat will transfer slowly but precisely to the outer edges. The maximum size of pots and pans that can be used is 12 inches. The controls are placed on the front of the cooktop in a separate bulge which adds more style to the cooktop. The controls include a start/stop button, an easy to read LED display, the +/- buttons to increase and decrease temperatures, the clear/pause button to reset settings, the program button and the time button. The control panel is also equipped with buttons like Low, Medium-Low, Medium, Medium-High, High and Maximum, which are basically pre-programmed temperature settings provided for faster cooking.

Features

  • The product has an overall dimension of 16 x 7 x 15 inches. The product weighs 5.4 pounds which is light enough to carry it anywhere you go. Whether you use it for indoor or outdoor purposes, all you need is a standard U.S electrical outlet.
  • The product comes with air vents situated at the back of the product. The main aim of this vent is to provide a path for the extra heat that is produced by the heating element to escape. This provides more cooling for the cooktop and ensures that no heat is transferred to the cooktop surface, thus enhancing safety.
  • The surface of the cooktop is made of heat resistant glass that keeps it always cool to the touch and the material is easy to clean with a damp cloth. No kind of marks or spills will stick to the cooktop surface.
  • The product offers precise temperature control, with ranges between 100 degrees F and 575 degrees F sear. There are 6 different temperature settings that are adjustable in 10 degree increments. The Low button has a temperature setting of 100 degrees F and is mainly used for warming food. The Med-Low button has a temperature of 175 degrees F and is used for simmering. The medium button maintains a temperature of 275 degrees F and is used for steaming. The med-high button is used for deep frying purposes and maintains a temperature of 375 degrees F. The high button is used for saute purpose and maintains a temperature of 425 degrees F. The Max/sear button, as the name implies is used for searing and maintains a maximum temperature of 575 degrees F.
  • The time button is used to set the actual time needed for cooking. This can be set from a minimum of 1 min to a maximum of 100 hours. When the power is given to the induction cooktop, the default values that appear on the LED screen are 425 degrees F (High setting) for a period of 1 hour.
  • The heat source under the cooktop is basically electromagnetic coils that transfers the electromagnetic current in the form of heat to the cookware above.  
  • The cooktop has a default setting to show the temperature in Fahrenheit. To convert the reading to Celsius, press the program button, followed by the – button. Press – button  again to convert to Celsius. To return to Fahrenheit, press  – button again. To opt out of the F/C conversion option, press the Pause/Clear button until a “0” appears on the LED screen.
  • A delay function is also in-built with this product. This function is used to start the set programs at a delayed time. The step by step procedure is given in the manual.
  • A lot of Error functions are also in-built to warn the user of problems like cookware detection, malfunctions, over/under voltage warning, overheating due to air ventilation problems, overheating due to temperatures above sear value, maximum time warning and so on. All these error messages will be warned by separate symbols on the LED screen and will follow a beep to notify the user.
  • The induction cooktop and all electrical components that come along with the product are under warranty of two years.
  • The product includes a Quick Start Guide, a complete cookbook/manual, and an instructional DVD.
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Customer Reviews

The customer reviews are above average. Most of them complain about the product turning faulty in less than 2 years. The temperature setting starts to change after a long use. But most of the uses are happy about the heat generated and controlled throughout the cooking process. For such a small cost, this induction cooktop is heavily loaded with features.

NuWave PIC Titanium Model 1800 Watts Induction Cooktop – Review

With induction technology based cooktops being a new trend in everyone’s kitchen, cooking has become a lot more easier and friendly for professionals and amateurs. The ease in cleaning the cooktop surface and the straightforward controls makes cooking simple enough, even when cooking for plenty of people. Regardless, the efficiency in cooking is almost 45% or more than any other conventional methods of cooking. The heat produced due to electromagnetism in induction coils are transferred directly to the cookware on the cooktop surface. Thus, there is no heat loss produced in this action. Besides, the heat produced will not bring any change in temperature on the cooktop surface. No danger is involved in touching the cooktop surface even in between cooking. Such safety is surely worth bargaining. The only drawback of using an induction cooktop is that you can use only induction friendly magnetic cookwares. The bottom of the cookware that touches the cooktop surface has to be magnetic, that is, made of ferrous material. Another drawback is that the initial cost of buying such a product will be a little more than other conventional cooking types like gas and electric. Since, the initial loss can be acquired in cooking, it should not be a problem. Since the whole product is just a “plug and play” sort of cooktops, there is no need of additional gas cylinders or so.

The NuWave PIC Titanium Model Induction Cooktop is being reviewed in this post. Although the specifications and ratings are the same as the previously reviewed model: NuWave PIC Pro 1800 Watts Induction Cooktop, there is a major difference in the type of cooktop surface. As the product name suggests the cooktop surface is made of titanium element. This provides the product a huge lifespan and many other advantages, which will be explained in detail below.

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We have reviewed other Nuwave models with single burner like the PIC 14.5″ Cooktop, PIC2 with Grill, 30101 Model, and the original PIC model. Please go through the double burner 30602 model as well to compare and buy the best product.

About the Product

The cooktop comes in a round shape with one heating element with a dimension of 9 ½”. This is the maximum size of the utensil that can be used for cooking. All the controls are placed in the front of the product in an additional “bulge” which makes the design more stylish. The control pressing one press buttons include the LCD control panel in the middle, and the program button and timer button on one side, and the Pause/Clear button and Start/Stop button on the other side. A plus and minus sign are provided on both sides of the LCD control panel to change the values of the temperature, and timer controls according to the user.  Intermediate, high and low values are built-in and can be given for all controls with the help of the Low, Medium-Low, Medium, Medium-High, High and Maximum buttons.

Features

  • The black colored NuWave branded model 30341 has a product dimension of 16.2 x 14.3 x 3.6 inches and has a weight of 6.5 lbs. Such a low weight induction cooktop is most suitable for portable uses. You can carry it anywhere, especially when going on long trips. All you need is a plug socket to make food.
  • The temperature variations that can be brought to the product lies between 100 degrees F and 575 degrees F. All these temperature ranges can be changed with a span of 5 degrees F. This small variation helps in bringing the precise temperature. Since the cooktop is made of titanium, the temperature will be precisely held.
  • The NuWave PIC Titanium model is mainly the best product for it’s given price due to two reasons. One is the power rating it provides. There is no other induction cooktop that can be availed for such an economic price with high power ratings. For a rating of 1800 Watts a kettle of water can be boiled in less than 90 seconds!! You cannot get another cooktop for the same price with such huge power ratings.  The other main reason is the enhanced product quality with the use of titanium on the cooktop surface. This one addition gives the product a life span of almost 13 to 15 years!! No other cooktop in the market can guarantee this. Most cooktop products bought at this cost may have to be replaced shortly due to their low quality. This is not the case with the NuWave Titanium model.
  • As explained in the beginning, the cookwares should be induction friendly, with a maximum diameter of 9.5 inches. Although the total diameter of the surface is 12 inches, the red circle drawn inside the surface is the maximum cookware placing dimension.
  • The product is in-built with a delayed shutoff feature that recognizes the pan taken away from the surface while cooking. The device waits for 10 seconds for the pan to be kept back on the surface. If not, the device automatically turns off and saves power. It can only be turned on manually later.
  • The product is also included with a complete cookbook to practise cooking new foods, a quick start cooking guide and an instructional DVD. There are many options that are explained in these manuals that can help while cooking. One such instruction is in changing the temperature settings from Fahrenheit to Celsius and backwards. All these short hacks can be done with the program button given in the controls.
  • The company provides a warranty period of 2 years.
  • Though the power ratings are quite high, the product is strictly meant for home use, as the cooktop dimension is usually more than 9” for commercial purposes.  
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Customer Reviews

One review says that one of the pros of this product is that there is no concentrated heat spot on the surface even with large pans. This means that even larger pans can be used, irrespective of the surface diameter. Another comment says that this product is easier to use and faster to cook than an electric stove. A negative comment suggests that even though 5 degree temperature increments are good in terms of precision, the +/- signs does not have a  push and hold feature to go through the temperatures in one touch. Another user experienced a problem saying that whatever the power level may be, the product has a loud noise, which is sometimes annoying. The underside quality of production is quite cheap. Otherwise, most of the customers have reviewed this product with a positive vibe.

NuWave PIC Pro 1800 Watts Induction Cooktop – Review

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. You must note that only induction compatible cookwares can be used on induction cooktops. 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.

DUXTOP 8300ST-Sensor Touch Panel Induction Cooktop with Countertop Burner

We always prefer natural homemade healthy cooked food than fast food takeaways, which causes more harm to our body rather than providing nutrition. But due to our busy and hectic working lifestyle, we find it almost impossible to cook food for our spouse and siblings. Cooking food using conventional methods like cooking gas takes more time for cooking as well as cleaning up. It is also less energy efficient and makes you spend more money. This is where an Induction Cooktop comes to use. For the conventional method, you will need to buy cooking gas, whenever it is over. But for an induction cooktop, you do not need any kind of fuel as it always runs on electricity.

There are many companies providing high end induction cooktops with even double burners and lot of other functions. But for home cooking, a simple yet fully functional induction cooktop with an affordable price is what you need. Thus, we present you one of the best products by Secura Inc.,  the Duxtop 8300ST – 1800-Watt Portable Sensor Touch Panel Induction Cooktop with Countertop Burner. This model – 8300ST – is the only Duxtop induction cooktop with Child Safety Lock feature. 

Note:- We have created a dedicated article reviewing the best of Duxtop Induction Cooktop models available. The review ranks all the 5 Duxtop induction cooktop models in order by handpicking the best selling models with good features and price range.

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About the Product

The 8300ST model induction cooktop is flat shaped with quite a large area to keep your cooking utensil, and one end of the cooktop is reserved for the touch sensing control keys. The The control keys include the function key for selecting the temperature mode, timer mode, and power mode. Once each mode is selected, their values can be increased or decreased to the user’s desire by either pressing the ‘+’ sign or the ‘-’ sign. All the values will be displayed on the LED display situated in between the control switches. A lock button is also provided to lock all the controls from being touched or changed by accident. All the touch controls are designed to be extremely sensitive, and thus a small touch will be more than enough to activate any controls. This model is provided with a 6 feet long power code, which is quite long enough to move your cooktop around. The specifications of the device are 120 Volts / 15 Amps / 60 Hertz AC and is built on North American Electrical Standards. It has a warranty of 1 year and is ETL approved.

Features

  • The 8300ST model DUXTOP Induction cooktop has a product dimension of 14 x 12 x 2.6 inches with a shipping weight of 7.6 pounds from Amazon. Comparing its weight and dimensions to other models, the 8300ST is easy to carry around while travelling.  
  • The digital timer which is selected using the Function sensor button can be increased with an interval of 1 minute starting from 1 minute to 170 minutes. That is, you can easily cook something heavy for a maximum time of 2.8 hours.
  • The power mode in the functions control key can be selected with almost 10 different power levels varying from a minimum of 200 Watts to a maximum of 1800 Watts. 1800 Watts is supposedly very high. Usually most cooking plans does not need more than 1200 Watts.
  • The temperature mode can also be changed from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 460 degrees Fahrenheit with 10 different intermediate levels.
  • Child Safety Lock – The lock button is mainly intended to keep children from accidentally turning on the device when no one is around. By pressing the lock button continuously for 3 seconds, the mode is activated and all the other keys will be locked down. It can be deactivated by again pressing the same key for 3 seconds.
  • This  model is built with the Auto-pan detection system which automatically shuts down the cooktop if if no cookware is detected on it for more than 60 seconds. This makes the Induction cooktop highly efficient as you can save a lot of power even if you carelessly keep it on.
  • The cooktop sends out a warning signal if an excessive voltage or a low voltage than its specified rating is passed through it. This helps in protecting the device from sudden voltage hikes.
  • If the device itself becomes faulty, an error signal will be provided by the induction cooktop to show that something is wrong with it. This is called the diagnostic error message system.
  • Any kind of induction compatible cookware can be used to cook on top of the DUXTOP countertop burner 8300ST. This includes stainless steel cookwares, utensils with a magnetic bottom, cast enameled iron and steel cookwares and so on.
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Customer Reviews

All the reviews about the 8300ST model are positive. Most of them have mentioned the ease in using this model with the smart and sensitive touch controls. Fast boiling of water, and the heat performance of the device is highly praised. Other reviews suggest that the cooktop is very less power consuming. All of them find this model, 8300ST an asset worth buying.

Duxtop-9300ST-Ultra Thin and Full Glass Top based Portable Induction Cooktop – Review

The use of induction cooktops are rising day by day due to its various advantages when compared to cooking with gas. Induction cooking is very fast and needs very short cooking time, and thus saves a lot of time for all of us with a busy lifestyle. The biggest advantage would be the safety in using this cooking process. Since no flammable materials are involved and no open flames appear, there is no risk of catching fire. When comparing the induction cooker to a cooking gas stove, the former can be easily cleaned by rubbing the flat surface with a damp cloth. Money wise, induction cooking technique is cheaper than all other conventional methods. No energy is wasted when compared to a gas stove, as the whole energy is spent on the cookware rather than the surroundings. Thus, they have an efficiency of 85%.

With all these points in mind, we bring you one of the best selling induction cooktop: The amazingly new Duxtop 1500 Watt Ultra Thin Full Glass Top Portable Sensor Touch Induction Cooktop. Please keep in mind that this product is suitable for both household cooking and intermediate commercial cooking.  

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About the Product

This lightweight cooktop has a flat design with the cooking controls like the timer, lock button, temperature controllers, indicator, function button, and the ON/OFF switch placed on one end. All these buttons are made sensor touch, and thus all the controls need just a feather touch. Due to the cooktops’  compact and sleek design, it is easy to handle and travel around with.  The entire cooktop including the place where the cooking utensils are kept, along with the sensor controls are covered in a layer of glass, which makes the cleaning much more easier. A circular pattern is drawn on the cooktop, which represents the place where the cookware is to be placed for cooking. The device is also provided with a 6ft power cord. It operates in 120 Volts/ 15 Amperes / 60 Hertz AC and has a warranty for 1 year.

Features

  • The DUXTOP induction cooktop has an overall dimension of 11.25’’ x 14.4’’. This size is appropriate for carrying around. The whole cooktop is ultra-thin, with an exact measurement of just one and a half inches from the surface of the cooktop to the resting place.
  • The heating element has a diameter of 9″. Pots with a maximum diameter of 9″ are optimum for cooking. But, because of the induction process, the heat will spread equally throughout the base. So utensis with diameters up to 11″ can also be used.
  • The timer can be set to a maximum of 170 minutes, and has a digital display to set it properly.
  • The temperature variations starts from 140 degrees Fahrenheit and can be set to a maximum of 460 degree Fahrenheit with a difference of 20 degrees between each level. That is, 15 temperature ranges altogether.
  • Different power levels are provided in this cooktop so that you can bring variations in cooking different dishes. The power level variations starts from 100 Watts to a maximum of 1500 Watts.
  • This model is provided with a lock button for preventing children from accidentally turning on the device and causing more hazard.
  • The device is built with the auto pan detection system that helps you in saving electricity. The device automatically shuts down if the cooking utensil is not kept on top of it for more than 60 seconds.  This is highly helpful in cases where the user forgets to turn off the cooktop after use.
  • The device is in-built with a diagnostic error message system which produces an error warning signal when the device itself has a problem.
  • If the voltage falls down to an extremely low level or if the voltage hikes up to a dangerous level, the device warns the user.
  • The DUXTOP induction cooktop uses all induction compatible cookwares like the ones made from cast iron or stainless steel cookwares or even aluminium enameled iron and steel.
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Customer Reviews

Most of the customer reviews suggest that this model has a fast heating speed for boiling water, and also for cooking wares. Another review suggests that even though the glass top is ultra thin, even a rough cooking attempt failed to break the glass. Another review is about the steady temperature this model maintains, that helps in cooking food without the worry of burning it. The review also mentions about the distribution of heat on the cooking utensil. The cooktop began boiling in the center and then spread outwards. This is very much different to the heat from a gas stove, where the heat is first distributed to the sides of the pan, and then moved to the center. Most of the reviews suggest that this model is definitely worth its price.