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.

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.

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.