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 buy the best induction compatible utensils for this product.  

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.

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 PIC Titanium Model 1800 Watts Induction Cooktop – Review

NuWave PIC Titanium Model 1800 Watts Induction Cooktop

With induction technology based cooktops being a new trend in everyone’s kitchen, cooking has become a lot easier and friendly for professionals and amateurs. The ease in cleaning the cooktop surface and the straightforward controls make 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 a 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 its 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 inbuilt with a delayed shut off 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 practice 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 backward. 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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NuWave PIC Titanium Model – Specifications

ModelNuWave PIC Titanium
PricingCheck Price
Dimensions (LxBxH)16.2 x 14.3 x 3.6 (Inches)
Weight6.5 Pounds
Shipping Weight7.5 Pounds
Power Ratings1800 Watts
Voltage Ratings120 V/60 Hz AC - 15 Amperes
ColorBlack Body
DisplayLCD
Timer Mode10 Hours @ 1 Minute Interval
Temperature Mode100 Deg F to 575 Deg F @5 Deg increments
Power Mode100W to 1800W
Cookware Base Diameter9.5" (max)
Cooktop SurfaceCeramic Glass
Power Cord Length6 Feet
Warranty1 Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
CertificationsETL Approved

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 do 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.

True Induction S2F3 Counter Inset Double Burner Induction Cooktop, 120V, Black

A Very Cool Induction Burner That Works Excellent!

Induction cooktops are getting more and more popular each day. They are more convenient and energy efficient than conventional cooking units. They use ‘electromagnetic induction’ based technology to produce heat. In the case of an average stove top, the burner generate heat in all directions thereby wasting some of the heat energy. On the other hand induction cookers produce a magnetic circuit with ferromagnetic cookware causing the cookware to produce heat inside of it. It keeps all the heat concentration in the utensil rather than the air around it. This concentration of heat allow to cook the food very fast while consuming less energy. It saves your time as well as money.

Since electromagnetic induction priciple is used, not all cookwares are compatible with induction cooktops. All cookwares whose base is made of ferrous materials can be considered induction compatible.

‘True Induction’ is a popular brand in the United Stated and they manufacture top quality induction cooktops. Because of their dependability and ease of usage, ‘True Induction’ is used as the OEM for many additional brands. One of the greatest well known is Winnebago. Winnebago uses the model dual burner induction cooktop in all of their Electric Coach Package.

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Apart from this model, True Induction has other double burner variants like the S2F2 and MD-2B models. They have some best selling models in the three burner category like the TI-3B model, and the TI-1B model in the single burner category. Select the right model after going through these links.

S2F3 Induction Cooktop by True Induction

Design

This is an ‘inset’ counter-top cooktop; you can actually install it in your counter-top. This makes it look more like apart of the counter-top itself. But definitely this is portable and you can place it anywhere you like in the kitchen.  It is 3 inches thick with a length of 24.5″ and a width of 15″. It has a wattage of 1800 and operates at 120V. It has two burners fit for pans with bottom diameters ranging from 4.5″ to 10 inches. Its surface is mode of high quality ceramic glass that is scratch and high temperature resistant. It is operated by touch controls. Since it has no physical buttons or crevices it is totally flat and is easy to clean. Colored black it is one of the most modern looking induction cooktops.

Power Variance Technology

True Induction S2F3 cooktop uses power variance technology. It is a dual burner cooktop with a maximum power level of 1800W. But when both the burners are used simultaneously this power is divided between them. For example if you operate burner one at level 7 you can simultaneously operate burner 2 only at a maximum level of 3. On the other hand if you use a single burner it can be operated at full power. This power variance technology helps you to cook faster and at a lower cost than most other dual burner induction cooktops.

Wide range of temperature and power levels

True Induction S2F3 cooktop can produce temperatures ranging from 150-450 degree Fahrenheit. The default temperature setting is 270 degree Fahrenheit. This temperature can be varied at intervals of 30 degrees by using the +/- temperature setting buttons. It also has 10 levels of power settings with level 5 as default.

Inbuilt Timer

This induction cooktop has an in-built timer where you can set cooking time in increments of 5 minutes until the maximum limit of 150 minutes is reached. This is very helpful while cooking dishes that has timing instructions. And you can cook without having to monitor the entire process.

More Features

  • Maximum power level – 1800W
  • 10 Power Levels that is you can choose the power level from 1 to 10.
  • Ceramic glass top which can hold upto 35lbs of weight
  • Can be used with a standard 110V outlet.
  • Child lock safety feature

What You Will Like

  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Easy to use touch buttons with key stroke tones
  • Dual burners
  • Easy to clean
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Energy efficient and fast
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Cons

Some people find the sound of cooling fans a bit annoying. But if used as an inset cooktop this won’t be a problem.

Customers Reviews

This product has received more than 30 reviews till date on Amazon.com Out of this 90% of the buyers give it 4+ star rating. Most people greatly praise the flat, aesthetic design of this inset counter-top cooktop. The ceramic top makes cleaning easier. It takes only 90 seconds to boil a pot of water. And moreover it looks great in the kitchen.