The TV Introduction to Induction Cooking
If you’ve decided to have a look at this review on my website, the chances are you have seen the Nuwave commercial on television.
You see, Nuwave knows that moving away from traditional modes of cooking like standard electric or gas can be a decision that’s difficult to make, and have tried to make it easier with this entry-level portable induction cooktop. And they’ve really managed to get the message across.
So I really couldn’t ignore the Nuwave PIC 2 and just had to include their precision cooktop to my website.
The good thing about this model is it is a great starting point for those who are new to the world of induction cooking, but as with any appliance you buy, there are pros and cons. So with that in mind, you’re not about to read a review that is an extension of their infomercial.
I will however start with the pros for this cooktop, before I touch the negatives.
- Unlike many other single burner cook tops, Nuwave has opted for a circular design. The reason behind this is it doesn’t take up excess space where no cooking takes place, and it also means it’s easier to use at your dinner table.
Imagine replacing a warming plate with this instead. At breakfast, the whole family can enjoy watching and getting involved with cooking bacon and eggs, or at dinner you can chat while keeping an eye on your stir-fry. After all, mealtimes are about family.
- This cooktop is safe! And, that’s highly important when you’re using it in close proximity to other people (such as the dinner table). If you remove the pan from the burner, the unit will automatically shut off. You also have the benefit of a delay function which means you cook on your own schedule, and the unit will also shut-off automatically once a program has been completed.
- Temperature control is something that’s highly important to any cook, and Nuwave has done a great job. You get the benefit of choosing from 100 – 575 Fahrenheit which will move up in 10 degree implements. This gives you a whopping 52 settings, and not just that but you can pre-program up to 6 different settings which makes cooking your favorite dishes a breeze.
- The controls are push button with LED displays, and are located conveniently at the front. Just press the appropriate button and you’re away!
- I have to mention this as a pro because it’s one thing you have to consider when turning to induction cooking. This model (like many others) is up to 70% more efficient than using gas or traditional electric. This is because induction heating doesn’t send heat out into the air, or other parts of the unit. It simply heats the cookware you’re using.
Below are some points you might want to consider.
- Nuwave may have taken safety a little too far with this cooktop because when you remove the pan, it will shut-off (as mentioned above). However, if you’re the type of cook that likes to show off your “flipping” skills, you will have to manually switch the heat back on.
- While the circular design does offers space advantages, there’s also the downside that it might not fit all your cookware. For instance, if you’re currently using square steak pans, you won’t be able to use them with the Nuwave.
- You cannot use cookware that isn’t induction compatible. In fact, I have come across comments that you should only use the pans Nuwave offer.
- I’ve seen quite a few complaints about Nuwave’s customer service (or the lack of it..), and mixed reviews on reliability. To me, these are two very important aspects when buying online, and they were the main reason I decided to look elsewehere.
That said, this unit is pretty cheap, and the last time I checked I could even find better deals at Amazon than at their own website. That’s Amazon.. great deals and quick delivery.