NuWave Personal Induction Cooktop Review




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There are several things you think about when you enter the kitchen to cook your favourite recipes. You want to make sure your cooking task is done efficiently as you conserve energy, it should be healthy and done safely without taking too much of your precious time as well. If you base your cooking decisions on these considerations too then you can benefit from the revolutionary NuWave Personal Induction Cooktop, which has many brilliant advantages for you. This is a portable cooktop, which ensures that you get the perfect temperature control by a simple click of a button.

 

NuWave Personal Induction Cooktop
When you start using this cooktop at home, you will not have to worry about boil overs, which can be a complete nightmare because you have to contend with mess all over that has to be cleaned later. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about burnt food too because now you will cook efficiently using this cooktop, which lets you control the temperature precisely. It’s an extremely versatile product and works with an indoor grill, deep fryer, veggie steamer, and can be used to make fondues too. And since it’s portable, you can use it to cook outdoors if you want to and have a nice cook fest with your friends and loved ones.

NuWave Personal Induction Cooktop comes packed with many brilliant features and the fact that it is energy efficient, saves you costs too. Moreover your safety while cooking is ensured because it remains cool to touch and you won’t be burning your fingers handling it. And there are no flames and fire involved, which puts your mind at rest about using this brilliant product for your every day cooking needs.

NuWave Personal Induction Cooktop FAQs

What is Induction cooking all about?
Series of burners known as induction coils working on magnetic principles are at the heart of an induction cooktop. Magnetic fields leading to warming reaction on steel and iron pots are formed by these coils. Thus it’s more energy efficient then regular electric or gas cooktops because heat is produced in the pot itself. There’s no residual heat left behind because there are no flames and since no toxins are emitted, it’s also an eco-friendly way of cooking. Moreover in places where magnetic surface is not activated, NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop will stay cool to touch.

Why is there a need for specific type of cookware?
That’s because induction cooking uses magnetic principles and it’s necessary that the cookware has a ferrous bottom. In some cookwares the bottom is directly magnetic while in others a ferrous layer is a part of the base, which leads to distribution of heat. Superior quality Stainless Steel, Tri-ply and cast iron cookware is ideal for induction cooktops. Medium and heavy gauge pots work well, but glass, copper or aluminium pots will not work for induction cooking.

Do existing pots in the kitchen work with NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop?
To know whether your existing cookware works with NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop you can follow these steps;

  • See whether the pot has induction symbol at the bottom.
  • Put water in the pot and if it’s induction compatible, water will begin to boil.
  • Usually a magnet sticking to the pot shows it is induction compatible. But in some cases the magnetic properties of the cookware might not be strong enough.

Compatible cookware for induction cooking includes All NuWave Precision Cookware, Cast Iron, Enameled iron and steel, and stainless steel that has a magnetic base.

Non-compatible cookware could be copper, aluminium, glass and other pottery type of vessels.

What parts of the system get heated when in use?
The larger red ring contains the heating surface; there will be no flames and where the magnetic surface is not activated, the cooktop will remain cool to touch.

Why does NuWave Precision Cooktop work better than gas and electric cooktops?
It’s because cook times and temperatures can be programmed so that you can cook precisely. It’s portable unlike other cooking ranges and where there is an electric outlet this cooktop can be used. You can use it indoors or when you are boating, camping, in college dorms, buffets etc. It’s fast and easy to clean too.

Is there an indicator that shows that the cooktop is working?
When you press ‘Start’, if the E1 message doesn’t come on then pans will start heating immediately. You can stop the heating process by pressing “Pause/Clear” and it can be continued by pressing ‘Start’ again.

The fan is operational when “Clear” is pressed. Does that mean the system is still on?
When “Pause/Clear” is pressed twice, the fan stays on for about 60 seconds longer after which the system turns itself off.

What are the corresponding temperatures for the six heat settings?
Low: 100°F (37°C) / Warm
Med-Low: 175°F (79°C) / Simmer
Med: 275°F (135°C) / Steam
Med-High: 375°F (191°C) / Stir/Deep Fry
High: 425°F (218°C) / Boil/Saute
Max/Sear: 575°F (302°C) / Sear

Can people with pacemakers use NuWave PIC?
According to scientific tests, NuWave PIC doesn’t cause any health risk however it’s recommended that if you have a pacemaker, you should keep a distance of at least 2 feet from the cooktop. Oxygen users should also maintain safe distance from the cooktop and as a precautionary measure aerosol (spray) products should be avoided.

Induction Cooktops are not recommended for people with above mentioned health conditions but the manufacturer Hearthware Inc. states that its flagship product NuWave Oven Pro doesn’t lead to any health risks to people with pacemakers as anyone can prepare healthy meals from frozen.

Is there specific wattage required to use NuWave PIC?
It requires less energy than gas and electric ranges; 1300 watt is the maximum setting (Sear), while you enjoy benefits of induction cooking. You can plug the cooktop in any electrical outlet. If you are cooking on a boat or RV, 10.83 amps wattage is required.

This information is based on line voltages that register 120V.

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What do I get?
You can buy NuWave Personal Induction Cooktop for three easy payments of $33.33 plus P&H of $29.95 at www.m.nuwavepic.com. You can get another NuWave PIC with your offer by paying additional S&P. You also get Precision Recipe Book, Precision Quick Easy Cooking Chart, Precision Instructional DVD, 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty and Precision Cooking Club Membership with your offer.

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7 Responses to “NuWave Personal Induction Cooktop Review”


  1. E J says:

    I phoned NuWave for clarifications BEFORE I ordered via their website 11-14-2013. Sales rep also confirmed I can simply pay all at once. The online process was overly treacherous, but I read each succeeding question/offer carefully. I went for the “BOGO” 2-for-1 offer, and I upgraded to the “PIC Pro” model. PIC PRO unit #1 base price was $129.94 ($24.99 more than the PIC2’s price of $99.99). S&H on that unit was another $29.95, for a total of $154.93. For PIC Pro unit #2, I paid the $24.99 ‘premium’ for getting the ‘pro’ version, and paid another $29.95 for S&H. Total cost of the 2nd unit was $54.94. So both Pro units cost a total of $209.87, or $104.94 apiece, including the S&H. I also went for the free “Complete NuWave PIC Cooking Package”. This introduced another $29.95 for S&H. The final total cost I paid was $239.82 on my credit card. NuWave sent me prompt e-mail confirmation of my order, but I had to email them on Nov. 18 to request a UPS tracking number. They sent me the tracking number, and the shipment arrived intact on the morning of Nov. 20th.
    In one big, heavy box I rec’d the two PIC Pro units, and the cookware set (consisting of: a 9″ frying pan; a 10.5″ frying pan; a 10.5” dia. x 3” deep stainless steel pot; a 10.5” dia. glass lid; a stainless steel steamer insert that can be used with the pot; a fondu-ring insert that can be used with the pot, and; eight fondue forks. The frying pans are stainless on the outside, with a copper-colored, “Duralon” nano-ceramic non-stick coating inside. Their bottoms are almost ½” thick. The stainless steel pot also has the thick bottom (but has no non-stick coating inside). The glass lid fits either the 10.5” pan or the 3”-deep pot and has a little steam-vent hole in it.

    Each PIC PRO unit is about 12” dia. x 2.5” high, except it’s 14” across in the front area where the push-button controls are. The actual induction heating area (within the red circle) is 6.5 inches in diameter. The outer white ring (cosmetic only) is 9” in diameter. All controls except ‘program’ (staged cooking) are EZ to figure out without the manual. A big, red LED displays your settings. Panel has six temperature presets: Low (100F); Med. Low (175); Med. (275); Med. High (375); High (425), and; Max. Sear (560F or above). You select a preset, then adjust the temperature up-or-down in 5F degree increments to your desired setting.

    I did some quick tests on both the units I rec’d, and I must agree with everyone that the displayed temperature readings are inaccurate, even when using NuWave’s own induction cookware. Here’s how I performed my little tests… I put the 10.5” frying pan (at room temperature, 72F) onto the first PIC Pro unit (#1), added 10 cups of 72F water, and turned ON the unit to its highest “Max Sear” setting. It took 7 minutes to bring the water to a full, rolling boil. My home’s line voltage was 122.5V.

    I then set the LED display to 215F: the boiling quickly stopped and the water temperature dropped to 190F before stabilizing, as measured using an ASCI-certified Kessler lab thermometer at proper immersion. To maintain full boil, I had to set the temperature to 275F. Water boils at 212F (at sea level). When set for 215F and given time to stabilize, that particular PIC Pro unit (#1) produced actual water temperatures that were 12% lower than the LED setting indicated. When set for 275F, it got the water gently boiling at 212F, which is 23% lower than the unit’s LED readout was showing.
    I performed the exact same test on the 2nd PIC Pro unit I rec’d, and it performed EXACTLY the same as the first unit I tested. They were both “off” by the EXACT same amount. I was surprised by how consistent they were with each other.

    And, I noticed that once each unit stabilized itself at a certain temperature (such as when my 215F LED reading produced an actual water temperature of 190F), I could hear its electronics rapidly cycling off-and-on to maintain whatever target temperature it thought it had achieved. I allowed each unit to do this for 10 minutes, while continuously checking the lab thermometer readings. When the LED was set at 215F, both units maintained the water within a narrow temperature range of 188-191F degrees. These things really are able to maintain a precise temperature. The only problem is that the LED readout did not match the actual water temperatures I was seeing.

    In all fairness, let me point out this was an amateurish testing setup. Water heats up differently than cooking oil. If I’d heated up 10 cups of oil instead of water, or maybe only 5 cups, perhaps the LED readings would’ve been closer to being accurate. Some of you readers may want to do your own little tests and report them.

    My results also could have been skewed by the fact I had the water in the 9” dia. shallow pan, which has a large surface area to “lose” (dissipate) heat, as compared to a narrower, deeper pot. And, I don’t even own the optional grill, griddle or oven: perhaps the readings would be more accurate when used that way, instead of when heating oil, or water.

    I have a science background, and know that highly accurate, laboratory-grade “oil bath” heating equipment can cost way over a thousand dollars, so I don’t think it’s realistic for consumers to expect a $100 kitchen-based unit to achieve that level of accuracy. But I do think NuWave should make an effort to get its readout temperatures to better reflect reality. Or, perhaps NuWave should provide more-detailed information about the various ways the LED temperature setting can vary from the actual temperature produced, and how we users can compensate for the difference(s). I have to give NuWave credit for the fact that BOTH my units performed identically, and BOTH of them are able to maintain a stable temperature that varies by only a few degrees (F). That’s not easy to do. These things aren’t toys. But if NuWave is unwilling to acknowledge and/or explain these temperature differences we all are seeing, they deserve all the negative comments their PIC products are generating.

    Since NuWave apparently won’t do it, I will humbly suggest a simple way you can get your own PIC units to become a little more ‘predictable’ temperature-wise…
    OK. Regardless of manufacturer, I believe there is always going to be a temperature difference between the setting you enter into these induction-type units and what you actually get. Variations in your own cookware’s dimensions and induction properties, and the purpose to which it is being used (as griddle? as oven? as oil fryer? as water steamer?), can produce widely varying results. The only way any of these induction-type heaters could be truly accurate is if they came with an external probe you could stick right into the water, oil, or oven. Otherwise, the best they can do is measure the temperature of the bottom of the object being heated (bottom of the pan, pot, oven, griddle, etc. you are using) where it contacts the ‘glass’ heating surface of the unit.

    Since you don’t have the external probe (‘thermometer’), you have to come up with your own thermometer as a means to independently check the true temperatures being produced. So go out and buy a cheapo (but accurate) candy thermometer for maybe $5, and buy one of those cheapo (but accurate) in-the-oven thermometers for maybe another $5. Using these inexpensive items, you can easily determine what setting you need to enter into your NuWave PIC unit (or any other similar induction heater) to produce your target temperature. For example, if you enter 350F into the PIC unit, but your oil only gets to 280F, you know you need to enter a higher PIC setting, -maybe try 440F. If you enter 350F into your unit and your oil is getting way too hot, you know you have to enter a lower setting. Once you’re successful, write down the ‘good’ setting you’ve figured out, and note which pot or pan you used. Some pots/pans are “hot” induction-wise, some are “cooler”. I’m only being realistic. I’m not making excuses for NuWave or any other manufacturer. I’m just another guy who bought these things and is now trying to make sense of them and figure out the best way to use them. I’m sure there were plenty of complaints about microwave ovens in the 1960’s and 70’s when they were the ‘latest thing’.

    On the NuWave website, they play this video showing how you can even place sheets of paper between the PIC unit and the cooking pan. I haven’t tried it, but I’m quite certain that would cause the pan to heat a little more slowly because the pan is now a little farther separated from the ‘glass’ induction surface. Seems to me this would produce yet another difference between the LED setting and the actual temperature you get.
    On a positive note, –the cookware they sent me is the bomb! No complaints at all about the quality of their cookware. Time will tell whether that Duralon non-stick coating holds up on the frying pans, but there’s no doubt that the cookware I rec’d is top notch.

    In summary, I figure I got TWO of the bigger Pro model PIC’s for about $105 apiece, including S & H. Not bad! These things may have their quirks, and they may not boil 10 cups of water in 90 seconds or whatever, but I don’t feel as though I got ripped off. (I’m giving the extra PIC Pro unit {#2} to my sister as a holiday gift.)

    Plus, I got some really high-quality ‘free’ cookware for only $30. The 9” pan alone is worth more than that. And, I like the technology, with its relatively low consumption of electricity. Hurricane Sandy left me without power for 8 days, and I was using a 6500W generator to struggle along. My home’s electric stove would’ve been too much for my little generator to handle, so I had to cook on my outdoor BBQ grill. If I’d had an energy-efficient induction cooker, I would’ve still been able to do some indoor cooking.
    ( According to NuWave, the PIC Pro’s power consumption ranges from 600 watts on “Low” setting, to 1800 watts on “Max Sear” setting, at house line voltage of 120V.)

    I just rec’d these things from Nu-Wave yesterday: for all I know they’ll short-circuit tomorrow, right? But right now, this newbie is willing to give NuWave the benefit of the doubt. If that changes, I promise you that I will have a nice, juicy, unfavorable follow-up to my current review. I’m not going to complain about their customer service etc. yet, because I personally haven’t experienced any of that (yet).

    So, Mr. NuWave. Quit hiding in your office and explain to us the conditions under which your PIC’s are calibrated. Be honest and tell us what we need to do
    to get the LED settings to better match the temperatures we are actually getting. I’m just some goofball with a thermometer in my kitchen, –you’re the pro. How’s about giving us a little peak into your crystal ball? And “chill” with the hype! Whether you realize it or not, your excessive hype is creating expectations in peoples’ minds that you are unable to meet. If you became “more real”, you would get far less negative reviews (and returns) from your customers. I guarantee it is hurting your bottom line more than you may think.

    So far, I rate it at 4 stars out of 5. I’ll be back with a follow-up review, later.

  2. Steve says:

    Read the fine print!!! This will NOT work with most cookware sold at places like Walmart, Target, etc. Cookware MUST be magnetic: i.e. if a magnet won’t stick to it, it won’t work! No Aluminum, ceramic, etc. SERIOUSLY?!? Cast iron and MOST stainless steel!! READ BEFORE YOU BUY!! AND DON”T BUY!!

  3. Where are REAL REVIEWS? says:

    I was looking for an energy saving cooking solution and had shortlisted a couple of new products for the same. Out of the shortlisted ones, NuWave Personnel Induction Cooktop was my first choice but like a cautious customer I had to make sure that my money is going in for the right product. I quickly checked for “NuWave Personnel Induction Cooktop Reviews” online hoping to get a feedback from someone who has used it before. For a minute I was quite happy reading some review sites flowering praises for its working. But there was something fishy about these sites; apart from carrying glorified reviews they also had buttons with Buy Now over them. I smelled a scam in process and quickly tried to exit the website. The sites blocked my exit by opening annoying pop ups asking confirmation about exiting. I was disheartened by the whole process but thankfully I found this website. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience.

    • RE: REAL REVIEWS? says:

      These websites mentioned having pop ups and Buy Now buttons are a marketing strategy by manufacturers to promote their products. They write fake reviews about how well the product works and fool them into buying it. This is a common thing nowadays and they cannot be caught since no search engine has the ability to distinguish between a fake and a real review site. Here genuine and honest reviews are maintained and kept untouched.

  4. Harold says:

    I almost ordered the PIC until I saw the “extra” shipping charges.
    The 99 dollar cook-top with free second one would have cost 200 dollars to ship. What the heck is “free” about that

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