This is a very safe portable cook top. I find the directions sort of confusing, but it's just a matter of getting used to using the item and not a design flaw. I bought an everyday tri-ply pan that fries, sautes, and boils. It makes traveling with it easier because I can do it all in one pan. It is also not as loud as I thought it would be. The fan runs while it cooks and even after you turn it off so it can cool down. There has to be a pan on the cook top or it will not heat up. I think that is a very good safety feature. It heats up very fast. Last holiday I used it in the laundry room on top of the dryer because the kitchen was being used, by someone who did not want to share a stove. The clean up was easy, just a simple microfiber cloth with some warm water on it to wipe of any food. It's a little bigger than a traditional hot plate, but with much less risk. One thing just because the cook top doesn't get hot to the touch doesn't mean the pan doesn't. The pan will be hot so you still need to be careful not to get burned by the lid, handles, or spattering hot food. Also the center of the cook top where the pan was will be warm to the touch after you take the pan off. It can still burn food if you leave it unattended. Still it's not as dangerous as an open flame. Some of this maybe obvious to a seasoned cook, but to a newbie like me, I hope you found it helpful.
Bought this for the granny suite our daughter was moving into. The cooktop is perfect for one person, heats up quickly as promised, is energy efficient and a lot safer than a traditional electric cooktop. The cooktop is sleek and looks great in the room and doesn't take up a lot of space. Finding affordable pots and pans is a bit challenging, but possible. We took a magnet to several stores and tested. Not all pans that are magnetic will work, so be sure to test first before using.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Excellent
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Quality is very good
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Perfect
Amazed at the quickness of heating and the instantanious change in cooking levels. It is true that very few of my pots and pans qualified for use with this product, however I still seem to use it more than my smooth top stove.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfect.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Seems AOK
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Right on, except for description minus pot compatibilities.
We bought 2 units over 1 year ago. Use daily in lieu of stove.
Even as average to poor quality as these are, still saves money off power bills; no more burned food; safer than regular old stove was. Lots easier to clean.
One burner will boil 2 liters or quarts of cold tap water, using its highest, 1300 watt setting, takes 9 minutes, at 100' above sea level.
Love timer and temperature settings, easy lock-out feature, instant temp response.
Pans: many of our existing pans work on these--surprise!. Pans best if perfectly flat-bottomed [no warps or riser rims], though a few of or old warped ones still work, they can cause hot spots where contact with burner is greatest.
1. Temp control not always what it says on setting. We measured temps which can vary 20+ degrees F. from temp set, so if what you are cooking requires tight temp controls, know that you must test unit and hope it keeps temp the same variable each time---our units can be spot-on one time, and up to 20 degrees out next time, or, can get stuck on a higher temp even after turning it down one click, Resolved that by turning temp down 2 or 3 clicks, then back 1 or 2 clicks to where it's wanted.
2. Hot spots: No matter how perfect the pans, these burners seem to lack uniform heating of pans. Pan will get hotter under segments of it, leaving other segments slightly cooler---this seems more a problem with one unit, less the other.
3. Limited to 1300 watts, the top-end range of what a wall plug can handle.
REAL induction [full efficiency] should at least reach 1800 watts+, but higher limits require a 220 plug on a 40 amp or better circuit, and cost a lot more.
4. Electric wall plugs should be grounded, 20-amp circuits with GFI sockets..
Our 2 burner units can limitedly be both used on one 20-amp wall plug, or two wall plugs on same circuit--BUT not when using both at same time on higher wattage.
We usually ONLY use 1300 watts to boil water on one, NEVER use second unit at same time as that, IF plugged into same circuit.
But we normally can use both burners on same circuit IF only using medium or lower settings.
Our circuit has a resettable GFI socket, and, we got a small, Heavy-Duty Appliance mufti-plug strip to plug both units into, with short cord and it's own overload switch. If the 2 units draw too much, the 1st to shut it down is the strip, backed up by the GFI, before it makes a breaker switch issue.
KNOW your house wiring quirks!
The newer, more digital appliances will reveal many bad wiring tricks that got passed by flaky inspections of work done by whoever wired the place, in the past!
Older, less efficient appliances were far more forgiving of those wiring glitches, than the newer ones.
NOTE: We are seeking other venues that sell these units at more realistic price..
If one stops working, we'll need to replace it fast.
Unfortunately, pricetags obscenely bloated on these units, almost everywhere.
We paid $**** each on *****, over 1 year go---that is about all they are worth, IF that.
Immediately after purchase, ******* listing jacked up to $**** / unit on that posting, and other postings for same, both as "Mr Induction" and as "Sunpentown", started listing prices of up to a few hundred dollars each! Ridiculous Piracy!
What are the actual temperature settings for the power settings. I need to know the lowest temperature setting. I already have a very good portable induction cooker, and it's lowest setting is 150 degrees, which is too high some times.iamasking on Apr 16, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hi iamasking, the lowest keep warm setting is 100-120 degrees. Please note that this setting is simulated by heating for 2 seconds and stopping for 8 seconds repeatedly. I hope this helps, thanks for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 17, 2014
Will this product work with power provided by a low cost Modified Sine Wave inverter?drover2000 on Dec 25, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello drover2000, Since our support team does not have the said inverter on hand, we cannot test it. In addition, MSW inverters are not all alike, I would say this is more of a trial and error. We are sorry that we couldn't be more helpful on this. Thank you for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 27, 2013
What is the maximum size pan for use with this or what is the diameter of the heating element?digitalmd on Feb 15, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello, thank you for your question. The heating element is about 8 inches in diameter and will take cookware between 4 to 10 inches.overstockcustomercare1 on Feb 19, 2013
Why is it that reviewers are saying that there needs to be a specific cookware for this product? on Aug 28, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Not all cookware can be used on an induction cooktop. You must use the right kind of cookware to safely and efficiently use the item to its fullest.overstockcustomercare1 on Aug 29, 2012
Do you need special induction cookware or does this work with any metal cookware?kipsparrowk on Apr 1, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
It will not work with glass, corning ware, aluminum and some stainless steels. Check your cookware with a magnet... if it sticks to the bottom of the cookware (where it contacts the cooktop) it will work.fayber66 on Oct 4, 2012
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