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Blog/Opinion: Precision Nuwave Induction Cooktop Review

When I started the review process of the Precision Nuwave Induction Cooktop, I had never heard of induction cooking . However, I quickly discovered it is a safer and more energy efficient way of cooking than traditional gas or electric burners. How so?

 

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Induction cooking uses induction coils that create magnetic fields. These magnetic fields produce a warming reaction in iron and steel-based pots and pans. As a result, the cookware is heated rather than the cooktop.Nuwave Induction Cooktop

 

Pros

  • Small size - good for dorms or small apartments
  • Portable
  • Saves time
  • Energy-efficient
  • Easy to clean
  • Stays cool to the touch

 

Cons

  • “Louder” than regular burner
  • Doesn’t work with all cookware.
  • Doesn’t work well for cooking foods in tall pots
In-depth on Features

Saves Time

The Nuwave Induction Cooktop can save time since it doesn’t rely on conduction to heat the burner, then the pan, and then the food. You can also set the temperature anywhere from 100 to 575 degrees Fahrenheit for precise, consistent cooking.

 


Small & Portable

The cooktop’s small size and light weight (5.4 lb.) makes it ideal for dorms or small apartments, or as a simple addition to any kitchen. And, since the induction cooktop can be plugged in anywhere, you can take it camping, boating, or anywhere there is a 120 volt outlet.

Uses Less Energy

The Nuwave Induction Cooktop uses less electricity than a traditional stovetop burner. I measured the one I used while cooking on medium and medium high settings. On medium, the cooktop used about 790 watts, while on medium high it used about 990 watts. Traditional small stove burners use between 1,200 - 1,500 watts.

It transfers heat very efficiently, so only a small percentage of heat escapes into the ambient air. This is an advantage on hot summer days and for areas that stay warm all year round.

Easy to Clean
Induction Compatible Cookware

Induction logo
Induction compatible cookware needs to have a flat base that contains iron or steel. You can buy specific induction-compatible cookware or look for cookware that is cast iron, enameled iron and steel, or stainless steel with a magnetic base. How can you tell if your pans are compatible? First, look for the induction symbol (see image above). If there is no induction symbol, you can test the pan out by placing a small amount of water in a pan. If it starts to boil when placed on the cooktop, it is compatible. Or, you can use a magnet to test it. If the magnet sticks to the base of the pan, it will most likely work on an induction cooktop. However, some cookware may not have strong enough magnetic properties to cook effectively.

Like a flat top stove, it’s smooth surface is easy to clean. However, it also has additional advantage. Since the cooking surface itself don’t get burning hot, spilled food doesn’t burn to a crisp, making it easier to remove.

Safe

As mentioned before, since the NuWave only generates heat within the cookware, the cooktop itself stays cool. This is definitely a plus for small children’s safety (and for adults’ safety too). It also reduces grease splatters, and doesn’t release carbon monoxide or other dangerous gases (note: ventilation is still important for induction cooktops to remove grease and water vapor).

Although this induction cooktop is thought to be safe for persons with pacemakers, people with pacemakers should double check with their physician before using an induction cooktop.

Other Differences

Because the induction cooktop only heats the bottom of a pan, it doesn’t work well for evenly cooking large quantities of food in tall pots. It also makes a difference sound when running which takes a little time getting used to. This is caused primarily by the inner fan, which isn’t loud but is noticeable. There can also be an additional buzzing during the induction process. Higher quality, and solid cookware (such as cast iron) shouldn’t generate this noise, but some induction-ware can as was discovered in our testing.
Overall
The NuWave Induction Cooktop is definitely a safer, energy-efficient way of cooking. Although, I doubt it will make a huge dent in your energy use, it’s safety and easy-to-clean features make it a definite healthy cooking option.

 

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Precision Nuwave Induction Cooktop Review:  Created on December 7th, 2012.  Last Modified on December 27th, 2012

About Allison Rathey Kirby

Allison Rathey Kirby is Healthy House Institute's (HHI’s) Associate Editor and Director of Social Media. Formerly HHI's Tool Listing Editor, Allison has been with HHI for seven years - managing, editing, and contributing "healthy" content to the site. Allison is also the Associate Editor for HHI's sister site, The Housekeeping Channel.

 

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