NuWave Induction Cooktop Review

NuWave Induction Cooktop

KEY FEATURES

  • 6 different pre-programmed temperature settings
  • Equipped with programmable stage cooking functionality
  • Uses up to 70% less energy
  • Lightweight and portable

Induction cooking is an up-and-coming heating method that allows for quick temperature increases at high powered settings. Standard cooking devices, such as convection ovens, instead rely on indirect sources of heat. 

An induction cooktop takes an alternating electric current and transfers that through a copper wire placed under the cooktop. This allows the electric current to operate without the use of wires or direct power. 

The NuWave Induction Cooktop is a portable heating mechanism that is perfect for those cooking in smaller spaces or even on-the-go. It has a simple design and easy-to-use interface, all at an affordable price, making it a stand-out item among its competitors. 

It has been tested and certified by cookware professionals, ensuring a durable product that exceeds industry standards. You can cook with confidence, anytime and anywhere.

Specifications

  • Brand: NuWave
  • Color: Black
  • Power Source: Induction
  • Cooking Surface Dimension: 12 inches 

Key Features

Heating Method and Capabilities

This cooktop uses advanced heating technology to produce 1800 watts of power. It is made with several coils that create a magnetic effect and ultimately produce a sufficient amount of heat. These magnetic coils are then wrapped around an 8-inch surface, distributing heat to iron and steel-based pots and pans evenly. 

This method makes an impressive amount of heat. Other induction-based cooktops generally can reach temperatures of around 200°F to 400°F. The NuWave option, however, can produce temperatures as high as 575°F. 

It also has the ability to significantly lower temperatures in order to reheat foods or keep them warm for extended periods of time. In fact, this cooktop is so intricate that it can be programmed to adjust temperatures in 5-degree segments

Material and Durability

It has a glass surface that’s durable enough to avoid cracking, scratching, or breaking under most circumstances. When stored with items made with alternative materials, the surface is durable enough to avoid any damage. You can feel free to place it alongside your cutting board, metal kitchen utensils, or any plastic-based products. 

Of course, if you drop it from a high vantage point, this could cause the device to break or get damaged. Try to avoid a situation like that at all costs.

All-in-all, it’s a relatively durable product even though it’s partly made from glass.

Adjustable Settings

This induction cooktop comes with many advanced features, in terms of settings and other distinguishable capabilities that set it apart from other available options on the market. 

This device can remember previously used settings, temperatures, and cook times for up to 100 hours of use. You can program any frequently used recipes that you make on rotation. This will speed up the preparation process and add convenience to the overall cooking experience. 

Additionally, there is a delay-start feature that allows you to preset your desired functions, and the cooktop will automatically begin cooking when indicated by the user. 

Finally, in terms of custom settings, you can adjust the wattage output. If you’re making food on the go, you may not have access to a high-powered outlet. This feature is extremely convenient for times like those. 

Overall, this product can be customized to your preferences and needs, adding a layer enjoyment to your cooking experience. It’s a great tool for avid travelers.

Safety

I’m sure you’re questioning whether a portable cooktop is actually safe to use and store. Luckily, this cooker avoids the use of any hot coils or open flames. The only section of the device to heat up is the surface itself. Every other area, including the base, will remain at room temperature. It’s a safe product to use at home or while traveling.

Efficiency

Surprisingly this is an extremely efficient and energy-saving product. It is able to directly generate heat, which helps to save on its overall energy output. 

This induction cooktop ends up using up to 90% less energy compared to other heating mechanisms. It only uses 1800 watts of power at most.

Shape and Size

This induction cooktop is definitely on the smaller size. The surface measures around 12 inches in total. It will not take up too much room on your countertop or when storing. 

Beneath the surface, this cooktop is secured with a wide base that will not shake or wobble. It’s sturdy enough to withstand any spillage, which is helpful during the cleanup process. 

You can rely on this cooktop to do its job without making a mess or adding stress to the situation.

Cleaning and Maintenance  

Because this cooktop is built with a flat, glass surface, it is easy to clean. All you have to do is wipe it down with a little soap and water. And that’s about it. 

Try to avoid scrubbing with rough material items, like a scrub brush or Brillo pad. A simple sponge, paper towel, or disinfectant wipe should do the trick.

Magnetic Heat Explained

Induction cooktops are powered by magnetic heat. It’s a nifty alternative to using an electric or gas burner. 

The only section that heats up significantly is the cooktop itself. All other areas should remain at a relatively low temperature. This makes the device extremely safe to hold and use. 

On the other hand, a convection oven tends to heat up all over. You should always use a potholder or cloth when touching anything inside. It can be easy to sustain a burn when adding or removing food to the interior tray. Though more widely used, this method of cooking can be more dangerous. 

Additionally, the induction burners are able to heat up and cool down very quickly. When you turn it on, you won’t have to wait a long time for the surface to preheat. Because the heat is so focused to one specific area, the magnetic coils can work quickly. Alternatively, once the device is turned off, the heat should release fairly quickly, and the cooktop burner will cool down substantially. 

An induction cooktop is among the many convenience cooking devices on the market today, including pressure cookers, air fryers, etc.

Downsides

Although the automatic shut-off feature can be helpful, it can also be frustrating. Essentially, when you lift a pot or pan off the cooktop, the device is programmed to turn off immediately. This feature is great for safety and convenience purposes. However, if you’re simply flipping something over or running to get another ingredient, this function can prove to be very counterproductive in terms of heat production. 

Additionally, the design is meant to be compact, built with a small, round surface. This narrow profile will not take up a lot of countertop space and will be easy to store, especially in smaller-sized spaces. While this is great for storing purposes, it can be an issue fitting different sized cookware. Anything that has a different shape or is larger in size, may not fit completely on the surface. This could result in unevenly cooked food. 

Other than those minor concerns, the NuWave Induction Cooktop could be a helpful and convenient addition to your lineup of cooking appliances and accessories.