Vollrath 59300 Model 12 inch Mirage Cadet Induction Cooktop – Review

The Mirage Cadet Induction Range 59300 series by Vollrath will be a great addition or even a substitution to other commercial cooktops in your kitchen. This unit is ideal for home cooking as well as outdoor buffet lines, omelet stations, catered events, convention displays and cooking demonstrations. The mere 10 lbs weight makes it ideal to carry around easily. Also, check out the Vollrath Mirage Pro 14 inch model variant as well if you prefer a sizable cooktop.

The makers of this unit, “Vollrath“ is one of the few companies that sells kitchen products with all its parts designed and built in their own plants, rather than assembling products that are imported from China.

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About the Product

The unit is given a black cooktop surface with stainless steel sides. All the buttons are green in color. All the controls are placed in the front, which is angled to face the user. This gives the controls a longer life, unlike flat cooktops, where the controls may get scorched due to heat from utensils. The controls include the power button, an increment and decrement button, power/temperature mode select, and a timer button. A small display is provided to show the value selected.

All the controls are plain button type, which has to be pressed (instead of a touch).

Features

  • The 59300 model induction cookware by Vollrath has a width of 12”, depth of 16”, and a height of 3 ⅛”.
  • Though the cookware diameter is 12”, the unit has a coil that is curled about 8” across, including the hub. This coil generates a hotspot in a diameter of 4.5” to 5” in the middle of the cooktop surface. The outer circle drawn in white represents the cooktop diameter which is 10” in size. This is ample enough to heat a 12: induction compatible cookware.
  • The cooktop surface has a layer of glass covered ceramic which makes it smooth enough to clean and place cookwares. This surface is further framed by a standard 18/8 stainless steel. This standard is high enough to resist the unit from corrosion.
  • The front panel is covered by a tough material that makes it resistant from wear and tear and apt for commercial and home purposes.
  • The unit has a wattage of 1800 Watts, and a specification of 120 Volts, 15 Amps and 60 Hertz.
  • The unit has four legs (½” in height) to keep the cooktop raised from the floor. The power cord has a length of 6 feet and the plug used is the three pronged (grounded) type.
  • The cooktop has 20 different power levels and has a temperature range between 100 and 410 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The timer function has a range between 1 minute to a maximum of 180 minutes, all set in full minute increments. As soon as the countdown concludes, the unit beeps three times and then shuts down.
  • Although most of the units have a noisy fan, this unit does not have a heavy one. Though this device may not be completely silent, the noise if fairly bearable. But the problem is that the fan motor is rated only for 20,000 hours. This may sound like there is plenty of life. This rating is provided to work in ideal conditions (absence of smoke, food residue, obstructions). A use of such a unit for commercial purposes will surely consume 5000 hours of this cooktop in 2 to 3 years. Use of this unit in poor, unhygienic conditions will not give the fan a life of more than 5000 hours. So make sure that the surrounding as well as the unit is lean after cooking.
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Customer Reviews

Most user reviews suggest that they are completely satisfied with the product. The rugged design, the plain but easy to use buttons, the ideal cooking temperatures, and the fast cooking have all been complemented by the users. However, one user was concerned regarding a dedicated 15 Amp wiring needed separately for the unit. The unit was kind of trouble shooting when he tried to boil water in high temperatures. The advice he got for overcoming this was to place a 15 Amp wired connection for the device. If so, this kind of wiring is provided mostly or commercial buildings rather than residential ones.

 

Fagor 670040240 Model 110-Volt Portable Induction Cooktop – Review

Introducing the Fagor 670040240 Model 110-Volt Portable Induction Cooktop, which is more precise in cooking than most other brands in its category. The manufacturers claim that this unit provides almost 90% efficiency since no heat is wasted because of electromagnetic induction technology. All the heat is produced in the form of electromagnetic waves, which directly heats the surface of the pan instead of the cooktop surface. Like all other induction cooktops, this unit also heats up only induction compatible utensils. This can be recognized by bringing a magnet close to the pan bottom. If it sticks it is induction compatible. The biggest advantage of using an induction cooktop is that is completely risk free. No heat is produced on the countertop that may create accidental burning. Neither is there any kind of cylinders that has to carry gas for cooking. Thus no kinds of flames or gas leak occurs.

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About The Product

The whole product is given a pure black color which gives it a sophisticated look. The top portion of the surface is designed to hold the pot and the bottom portion has all the controls needed to cook the food. The utensils placed on the surface can have a maximum base diameter of 8.5” and a minimum diameter of 5”. These measurements are marked as white circles on the cooktop surface. Although some models can use a bigger pan than its original diameter, since this unit runs on a mere 110 Volt, you cannot expect the device to produce the extra heat.

The controls are all touch designed and includes the timer mode, the temperature mode, the child lock touch, the increment and decrement parameters, and a big LED display to show all the settings selected.

Features

  • The Fagor 670040240 Model 110-Volt Induction Cooktop has a total dimension of 14x12x2.5 inches. It has a weight of 9.2 pounds, which is light enough to carry it around. Its portability is highly useful for cooking food in RV’s, dorms, boats and so on.
  • The top surface of the cooktop is made of a glass coating, that gives it a smooth finish. Besides, it helps in easy cleaning after cooking. All you need to do is run a damp towel through the surface. And this can be done right after cooking as no heat is present on the cooktop to burn your hand.
  • The temperature range of the cooktop is between 190 to 430 degrees Fahrenheit. There are 6 different temperature levels between them. When the unit is turned on, the device will have a preset value of the 4th mode. This value can be changed by selecting the “+/-” sign.
  • The timer touch control has a countdown from a minimum of 1 minute to a maximum of 180 minutes. Once the temperature mode is set and the timer countdown is selected, the cooking process begins by keeping the food filled utensil on the cooktop. Till then the device will be in standby mode.
  • The lock button on the cooktop is provided for the user to prevent accidental change in settings in between cooking. Once the cooking process has started, the lock button can be pressed so that all the keys are locked. Thus no one can mess up with it.  
  • The cooktop is equipped with an overvoltage and undervoltage sensor, that turns off the device as soon as it detects an extreme spike in its input voltage on both sides.
  • The cooktop will jump to standby mode if no cooktop is kept on the surface of the unit. The cooktop runs for 30 seconds before turning off. This in turn helps in saving more electricity.
  • All kinds of errors that can happen during use will be notified to the user. The errors will be shown on the small LED display using short codes. They can be interpreted by reading their corresponding message in the user’s manual. The instructions on what should be done to rectify these errors are also given in the user’s manual.
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Customer Rating

All the reviews in Amazon are mixed. While most of the positive comments outweigh the negative ones, all of them must be noted. All the positive comments include the precision in heating and cooking food in small pans. As no heat is dispersed, this unit helps cooking in a cool environment. The easy cleaning and high efficiency are also some points to be noted. The timer setting feature was also applauded. As soon as the countdown is over, the device automatically shuts down. This feature is a great help for the busy cook.

The negative comments include the difficulty in using the controls. Just a simple press may sometimes not suffice, a hard tap may sometimes be needed. Another user says that there is a hot spot in the center of the pan. That is, even though the heat is to be distributed throughout a 8.5 inch pan, the heat levels remain higher in the center around 5 inches. This may be because of the power limitations and fuse breaker size that the heat is limited to the inner 5 inch diameter. This unit should not be compared with a 220 Volt induction cooktop. Since the performance of this device is alright for the price it is delivered for, its advantages like heat adjustment precision, quick response and so on makes it a must buy.

 

Fagor 670041900 Model Portable Induction Pro Cooktop 1800 Watts – Review

The 670041900 Model by Fagor is one of the most powerful unit in the home purpose category, when comparing its economic price with other brands. With a whopping 1800 Watts, this cooktop can be used for all cooking purposes ranging from warming food, boiling water and as far as deep stir-frying. This model is also famous for its very high efficiency, where the manufacturers claim that out of 100, almost 90% of its power is utilized, whereas other cooking modes utilize a maximum of 50%. This is mostly achieved because of the heating up of the utensil bottom, throughout the entire diameter, thus saving energy, time, and money. The whole unit is absolutely risk free as there is no possibility of gas leak or open-fire flame.

This Pro model is very much handy for compact as well as modern kitchens because of its elegant and compact design. The high efficiency, low cost, ease to use, easy cleaning, and many more feature makes it just irresistible to buy.

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About the Product

The pro model looks absolutely stunning with a black cooktop surface, surrounded by a black and white rigid metallic frame. The cooktop surface contains ample space to place the cookware. On the front end, all the quick access touch controls are placed perfectly. The cooktop has most of its space reserved for placing the cooktop. This is depicted on the surface. The surface diameter is big enough to accommodate a 12” surface diameter pot. Though the surface diameter is ideal only for 10” cooktops, a 12” one can be placed because of the equal heat supply throughout the pot surface. The minimum pot surface diameter must not be less than 5 inches.

The easy touch controls include options like temperature, lock feature, timer setting, and 8 different modes of cooking. All you have to do is place the cookware on the surface, select the desired cooking mode, select the time to cook and wait for it!

Features

  • The unit has a total length of 15 inches, a width of 11.8 inches and a height of 2.3 inches. The dimensions reveal that the whole unit is not so big. The cooktop weighs only 5.9 pounds. This is light enough to carry it along with other luggage. The only extra component to carry along with this is the power cord. This portability feature is what makes induction cooking very much favorable than other cooking ways. In gas cooking, both the burner and the cylinder have to be carried.
  • The unit has a voltage and power rating of 120 Volts/60 Hertz and 1800 Watts. This is the most powerful unit in this price segment.
  • The surface of the cooktop has an outer layer of high quality glass ceramic material which gives the surface a clean look. It also helps the user in cleaning the surface easily after use. It is highly durable and can withstand heavy weights. The surface of the cooktop is guaranteed to remain cool even in between cooking. One reason for this is the glass layer, which is heat resistant. Another reason is that the electromagnetic waves that is responsible for providing the cooking temperature will only heat the cookware and not the surface.
  • The digital LED display, shows the power in terms of Watt, temperature in terms of Fahrenheit, and time in terms of minutes.
  • The temperature values range between 140 degrees to 465 degrees. There are 8 different levels of temperature. All these levels can either be increased or decreased using the “+/-” buttons or can be directly accessed by the easy buttons. Each temperature is meant for a specific cooking purpose. Similarly the power mode has 8 different levels with the maximum power of 1800 Watts. When a particular temperature mode is selected, its corresponding power mode is automatically selected. The different preset cooking modes and their corresponding temperature are listed below:
  1. Warming mode – 140F
  2. Simmering mode – 180F
  3. Boiling mode – 212F
  4. Rapid boiling mode – 260F
  5. Sauteing mode – 300F
  6. Browning mode – 360F
  7. Searing mode – 420F
  8. Stir-frying mode – 465F
  • The timer button provides a minimum time of 1 minute and a maximum time of 180 minutes. Out of this 180 minutes can be achieved only for warming, simmering, boiling and rapid boiling modes. The rest of the modes can have a maximum time of 60 minutes.
  • Child lock button is provided to safeguard the unit from accidental changes in settings during cooking. Once the lock button is activated the unit will not respond to any changes in settings.
  • Pan detection sensor is another feature that helps the unit in recognizing the presence of cookware on the cooktop. The device automatically shutdown after waiting for 30 seconds if, either the cooktop has no cooking utensil, or if the cooking utensil kept is not building heat due to its poor induction compatibility. Either way, the device is safe from losing unnecessary power, and thus increases efficiency.
  • As a machine, many errors are prone to happen during its use. These errors may happen due of various reasons like  internal circuit error, overheating protection error, overvoltage or under voltage error, and also short-circuit errors. All these errors are listed in the manual.
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Customer Reviews

The unit has a very good review in Amazon.com. All the users are very pleased by the cooking speed and the easy access temperature modes that are provided in the cooktop. Most users have mentioned the speedy cooking response time. The only complaint to be heard is in the type of cookware that is to be used. For effective cooking the whole cooking base must be magnetic in nature. Thus conventional cooking utensils made of copper, aluminium, and pottery cannot be used unless and until their base is made of magnetic materials. But since this is common for all induction cooktops, it cannot be seen as a drawback of this particular unit. If you have insufficient induction compatible cookwares, it is advisable to buy Fagor based cookwares along with the cooktop.

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 surface, 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 cookware 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.

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 MD-2B Mini Duo Double Burner Induction Cooktop – Review

Are you looking for a double burner induction cooktop that is compact, portable, and lightweight? If so, try the new True Induction MD-2B Mini Duo Double Burner Induction Cooktop, which is not only portable, but can also be installed on the countertop without losing much space. Being the most compact double burner induction cooktop, this product is ideal for homes that have very little space to spare in the kitchen. By placing it on the countertop, the kitchen gets a neat look, and the countertop becomes more stylish because of the flat paneled, blackish induction top.

Apart from the stunning design, this model is also known for its low power consumption and easy operating modes. Both the burners are very powerful and heats up cookwares very quickly. They also have a power sharing technology, which will be reviewed in detail later in this article.  

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Other double burner models provided by True Induction include the S2F2 and S2F3. The company also has a single burner model (TI-1B) and a triple burner model (TI-3B). They are reviewed in detail, so that you get a clear idea of what to buy.

About the Product

The MD-2B Mini Duo model has a rectangular shape with separate controls placed on the bottom of each burner. All the controls are touch sensitive, and have been built with the “EX Control” technology. This makes the controls easy to operate, with a quick response when compared to all other brands.

The power cord is placed behind the device, and is 3 feet long.

There are two burners – the left and right burner. Both of them have two white circles drawn on them to recognise it. The outer circle diameter represents the maximum size of the cookware base that can be placed on the countertop. The inner one represents the minimum cookware base. The outer circle has a diameter of 10” and the inner has a diameter of 4.5”.

The touch buttons are separate for both the heating elements. The buttons includes different controls like options display unit, Increment (+) key, decrement (-) key, menu key, timer control key, child safety lock, and the power button key.

The cookwares used on the cooktop must be induction compatible. That is, the bottom of the pan in touch with the cooktop must be made of magnetic materials. No pot or pan is provided with this device, so make sure that you have the right utensils after buying this.  

Features

  • The MD-2B Mini Duo model has a length of 14.1”, a width of 20.5”, and a height of 2.2”. The product weight is 15 pounds, and the shipping weight is 25 pounds.
  • The product has a power rating of 1800 Watts, and a voltage rating of 220 Volts/60 Hertz.  
  • The top surface of the induction hob is made of a single piece of glass ceramic material, which gives it a sleek look. This also makes the product easy to clean after its use. All that is needed is the wipe of a damp cloth throughout the whole body. The rest of the body is finished in metal.
  • The cooktop can be placed on a countertop and made portable, or can also be kept as a drop-in equipment. Please make sure that the air ventilation gaps are not blocked.This may cause the heat to build up inside the device, and cause permanent damage to the device.
  • The menu button is used to toggle between the power and temperature controls. By pressing each time the option changes in the display. The power option has a total of 10 levels. Each power level can be changed using the +/- signs on the cooktop. The minimum power level is 100 Watts and the maximum power level is 1800 Watts. The power levels in between are 300, 500, 700, 900, 1100, 1300, 1500, 1700, 1800 Watts. The default power setting is 900 Watts.
  • By pressing the menu button, the temperature mode is selected, and the preset value of 460 degrees Fahrenheit is selected. There are 9 different temperature levels starting from a minimum of 120 degrees F. The other intermediate temperatures are 150 degrees, 180 degrees, 210 degrees, 260 degrees, 300 degrees, 360 degrees, 420 degrees and a final temperature of 460 degrees F.
  • The most unique feature of this device is the power sharing technology, that makes cooking on both the heating elements versatile. The total power of the burners being 1800 Watts, they have a sharing power of 900 Watts each. But, when only one burner is used, it can utilize a maximum of 1800 Watts. This helps the consumer in providing high power in cooking special foods.
  • When the timer button is pressed, the device displays a default value of “00”. Please note that there is no seconds or hours displayed on the device. All the time will be entered in minutes format. If you need the cooking time of 1 hour and five minutes, you will have to enter it as 65 minutes using the “+/-” key. As soon as a desired time is selected, keeping the “=/-” key idle for 10 seconds automatically starts the countdown for the pre-selected time, power and temperature.
  • The lock button is provided as a child safety button to prevent accidental changes of any settings, except the power key. The manual lock mode is activated by pressing the lock key to lock the controls. The automatic lock mode is activated as soon as the device is turned off.
  • A hot surface indicator is used to warn the user that the surface of the cooktop is still hot enough to stay from touching it. The heat produced will not be by the product, but by the heated pan bottom. The display shows an “H” symbol to represent this mode.
  • Different error codes are integrated to the device to warn the user of faultiness that may have been caused by the user or the device. All the error codes are displayed for the user to see. They are explained below:

>> E0 – This error code is displayed when  the device is overheated. Make sure the air vent is not blocked. Turn off the device for some time to correct the error.

>> E1 – No cookware detected on the cooktop surface. Error may also be displayed if the cookware placed is not induction compatible.

>> E2 – Supply voltage is too low. Turn off the device and check the supply mains.

>> E3 – Supply voltage spiked up or too high. Turn off the device and check the supply mains.

>> E7, E8, E9 , EE – Break off or short circuit indicator. Turn the device off and shut off the power at the fuse or circuit breaker for 30 seconds. If after turning on again, the device shows error, call for service.

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Customer Rating

All the customers are pleased with its compact size, and operating speed. The controls are very easy to grasp and use. The user manual explains every slight details very well. Buying this double burner cooktop is really worth its price. The only negative review is that as the surface is black in color, the surface has to be cleaned in detail to give it a clean and tidy look.

True Induction TI-1B Single Burner 1600 Watts Induction Cooktop – Review

The True Induction TI-1B Model Single Burner Induction Cooktop is known for its unique design that makes it capable of both portability as well as a countertop installed device. In its segment, there is no other cooktop with such a feature. This helps in bringing a certain style and finish to your kitchen countertop. In addition to the amazing design, this cooktop is stuffed with superb features that makes it a must buy for all who are looking for a fast, safe and efficient mode of cooking. This model is strictly a household model and is not designed to cook outdoors. This model is also known to be highly efficient as very little heat is dissipated from the cooktop. Let us look in detail about the product specifications, and its additional features.

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Depending on your cooking needs, you can also check out the reviews of True Induction models like MD-2B, S2F2 and S2F3 (double burners), and also the triple burner variant TI-3B.

About the Product

The TI-1B model cooktop has a rectangular shape with the cooktop upper surfaCe having an extra length and width than the lower metallic case. This upper extension is provided to install the whole product on a countertop to make it fixed. The cooktop surface can include cookwares with a base diameter of 10”. The place where the cookware is to be placed is marked by two white circles. The bigger circle is shown to represent the maximum diameter of the cookware base, while the smaller circle represents the minimum size of the cookware base (4.5”).

Please make sure that the cookware used has a base that is made of ferromagnetic materials.If you do not have a cookware that sticks to a magnet buy one along with this cooktop at Amazon at affordable rates.

The whole device is given a cool black finish with the control buttons placed at the bottom end. All the controls can be selected with a quick touch. The controls include a timer button, temperature button, a heat button, and  a power button. An plus and minus button is also placed on both sides of a display. When each setting is selected, a red light turns ON on the side of the display, indicating that particular setting (heat, temperature, timer). The values can be changed using the plus and minus controls.

Features

  • The TI-1B model has an overall length of 15 inches, width of 12 inches, and an overall height of 2 ½ inches.  This small size makes it very easy to carry around.
  • The wattage rating of this device is 1600 Watts. It runs on a standard 120 Volts/60 Hertz.
  • The cooktop surface is made of ceramic glass, which makes it easier to clean and maintain. It also gives an additional beauty to the whole cooktop.
  • The heat setting key is provided with 10 different heat levels. Each level can be changed by pressing the “+/-” keys. When the device is turned On, the default value of heat setting will be level 5. This is displayed on the display screen.
  • The temperature function key, when selected will have a preset value of 270 degree Fahrenheit. The minimum value of temperature that can be selected is 150 degrees and the maximum temperature is 450 degrees. There are 10 different temperature values, which can be changed using the “+/-” button. They have values with increments of 30 degrees. The different temperatures are 150, 180, 210, 240, 270, 300, 330, 360, 390, 420, and 450 degrees.
  • Once, the heat and temperature values are set, select the timer button to set the time for cooking the desired food. At default, the reading of the timer will be 0. The total range of the timer is between 0 and 150 minutes with an interval of 1 minute. Once the timer is set, the cooking starts, and the countdown also begins. The countdown is displayed minute-by-minute in the display. Once the countdown reaches 0, the unit makes a beep, and turns into standby mode. The standby mode is recognized by the “EE” display, followed by a sound. To continue cooking, press the heat and temperature controls again. The timer values can be changed even in between the cooking process. The heat and temperature settings can also be changed after that timer is set. The built-in memory of the device can store a fixed heat and temperature value and maintains it for the next cooking.
  • The device is provided with an exhaust vent at the bottom side of the device. Please make sure to identify it correctly and to not block it while cooking. All the excess heat that is produced by the device is flushed out through this vent. Blocking it may bring serious damage to the device.
  • Different error codes are programmed to the device to be displayed during certain errors. This is provided for the user to rectify the problem and restart cooking in the normal way. Some of the error codes are given below:
  1. E1 – This error code is displayed when the operating voltage rating is below 95V.
  2. E2 – This error code is displayed when the operating voltage rating is above 145V.
  3. E3 – This device may be damaged. Contact the seller for support.
  4. E4 – This device may be damaged. Contact the seller for support.
  5. E5 – This device may be damaged. Contact the seller for support.
  6. E6 – This error signal indicates that the cooking temperature is above 450 degrees in the temperature mode. After such an error is displayed, the device goes to standby within 3 minutes, and then turns off. You can then restart again and cook.
  7. E7 – This error code denotes that the ventilation area is being blocked by something that restricts air flow out of the device. This causes the device to heat up pretty bad. As soon as this error is een, turn off the device, and turn it on only after the heat has subsided. Also, make sure that the ventilation area is not blocked,
  8. EE – This error signal denotes that the device has been on for 150 minutes. The device goes to standby mode, and should be turned off and then restart to continue using it.
  9. Another error code is in the form of a beep sound at standby mode. This represents that the cookware used at the surface is malfunctioned. It may either not be induction compatible, or the pan bottom may be small or uneven.
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Customer Reviews

All the users are completely satisfied by this product. All praises are for its beautiful look and the easy to use control functions. Fast cooking time, and the warranty period of 2 years is well acknowledged. Most induction cooktops only provide a warranty of 1 year.

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.
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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.

NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop (PIC) 14.5 Inch with Hard Anodized 9 Inch Fry Pan – Review

We are introducing the NuWave Precision Cooktop, Model NUWV1000, with a 14.5” cookware base and a hard anodized 9” fry pan that comes along with it. NuWave, the manufacturers of this product claim that this is one of their most efficient cooktops. Thus, the performance is almost 70% more than other conventional induction cooktops. The hard anodized 9” fry pan is ideal for cooking a basic omelet to an deep asian stir-fry and even more.

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Nuwave has other cooktops models that have good customer reviews. We have reviewed some of them like the PIC2 with Grill Model, 30101 Model, Titanium Model, PIC Pro Model, and the original Precision Induction Cooktop model. A double burner model of Nuwave, the 30602 Double Precision Model (Double Burner) is also specified in case you need an additional burner.

About the Product

This round shaped cooktop has all the controls and displays in the front. Though the whole cooktop surface is 14.5” the cooking zone is only 12”, and this is marked by two white circles on the surface. This also means that the utensil that is kept on top of the cooktop can have a maximum diameter of 12”. Though, in some cases, bigger pans can be kept on top, as the heat on the utensil is evenly distributed throughout the surface. This product has a wattage of 1800 Watts, which is more than enough to cook heavy meals for many. All the control buttons are placed on the front bulge. These buttons include the start button, pause/clear button, and the program and time buttons, and a display where all the values can be seen. On the sides of the display are the plus and minus buttons, which are used to vary the temperature and timing settings. There are 6 different temperature levels that are provided as buttons on the cooktop. This feature is only seen in NuWave models. The fry pan also has a guarantee of 1 year.

Features

  • This model has an outer dimension of 14.4 x 15.9 x 6.3 inches and weighs up to 8.9 pounds. The small size and light weight makes it apt for carrying it around for small functions and outdoor activities. It can also be placed in your living room for heating up pre-cooked food.
  • The cooktop is easy to clean. A you need to do is run a wet or damp towel across the surface. Since the cooktop has a glass coating, it will have a new look as soon as you clean it.
  • The device is equipped with 52 different temperature settings starting from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 575 degrees Fahrenheit. All these temperature ranges come with a 10 degree difference. Out of these, 6 different temperatures are provided as default buttons. This helps the user to select the desired temperature with ease. The different buttons with their specified temperature are given below:

>The Low Temperature Button is used for a temperature of 100 F. At this temperature you can warm all kinds of food.

>The Medium-Low Temperature Button can be used to attain a temperature of 175 F. This temperature is perfect for simmering food.

>The Medium Temperature Button can heat the food at a temperature of 275 F. At this temperature, the food can be easily steamed.

>At Medium-High Temperature, the induction cooktop rises the temperature to 375 F. This temperature is at for deep frying.  (Used for deep frying)

>The High Temperature Button is used for saute purposes, and attains a temperature of 425 F.

>The Max/Sear Temperature Button brings the maximum temperature for the cooktop (575 F). At this temperature all the searing works can be easily done.

The temperature can be read in both celsius and Fahrenheit.

  • The time for cooking can be set by selecting the time mode and changing the values using the plus/minus button. By default, when turning on the device, the reading will be 425 degrees Fahrenheit with a cooking time of 1 hour. This can be changed according to the food that is cooked. The minimum time for cooking is 1 minute, and the maximum is 100 hours.
  • The induction cooktop is equipped with automatic shut-off feature that prevents spills and prolonged use of the device. If the cooktop is pressed on without putting a cookware on top, or if a cookware is removed in between cooking, the device senses this absence after a few minutes, and automatically shuts the device off. The device also senses if whether an induction compatible cookware is kept for cooking. If not, it shuts down automatically.
  • The device is also equipped with 100 hours of program memory. Thus, if a previously cooked time and temperature setting is 40 minutes and 150 degrees F, the same setting can be made to appear for the next cooking as well.
  • The device is equipped with another feature called delay function, that helps to delay the cooling by setting the program button. Other emergency functions like overheating protection, and undervoltage/overvoltage protection is provided in this cooktop. When there is a spike in voltage, or the voltage is too less for the device to work properly, the device automatically shifts mode and stops cooking.All these modes are represented by different signs which appear on the display screen once they are activated.
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Customer Reviews

Excellent reviews are written by the buyers, among which most of them have mentioned about the speed in cooking, and its responsiveness. The fry pan is also said to have good quality.  One major problem that one of the users mentioned is the short power cord that comes along` with the cooktop. Another problem is that the device makes an unusually loud noise while cooking. But, some other reviews suggest otherwise. Altogether, this is one cooktop that is fast, lightweight, and portable.

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.
  • 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 such types of cookwares are induction compatible. 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.