it's light, compact and very efficient. at 1300 watts it's also modest enough such that lousy electrical outlets are not going to be challenged. if you're used to induction cooktops, and believe me, patience is something you come to deal with in a hurry, you'll appreciate the sheer portability of this device. you can actually cook with something you can lift. just be patient, and test your grub....
This product review is for the NuWave Flex Precision Induction Cooktop. This is a great product that is a wonderful addition to your kitchen for easy and fast convenient way of making a meal when time is minimal. The sear/max feature heats up water to a boil within seconds. I love this product and would highly recommend it to busy people and for any cook that don't always like adding extra heat to your home. Unlike a conventional stove, the cooktop immediately is cooled down once you stop cooking. The surface area is pretty much cool to the touch. Please note: you do have to have cookware that is compatible to the cooktop - not every pot and pan will work. I used my cast iron skillet and my stainless steel wok on the cooktop.
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: 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. PROBLEMS:: 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!
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