Duxtop 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop 8100mc Review
The Duxtop 1800-watt portable induction cooktop countertop burner 8100mc is one of the most popular single-burner units. In fact, at the time the writing it is the top rated and most popular induction burner on Amazon. Why is it so popular?
Well, several reasons. First, as induction cooking takes off portables like the Duxtop present an attractive way to try this new technology without breaking the bank or having to do a major appliance upgrade. Second, Secura, the maker of Duxtop, has been carving out a reputation for quality home goods at affordable prices. And last, it just works great and customers love it. Word of mouth says a lot! Read on for our full Duxtop induction cooktop review.
Criteria for a Great Portable Induction Burner
Well, if you’re interested in a portable unit, you’re probably either interested in saving space or just want to try induction without spending the kids’ college funds. That means these units must be light and small enough to store away and must also be inexpensive.
That said, you are going to be cooking on it and it’s going to cost substantially more than a dorm-room single electric burner. So it still needs to have the power, features and solid construction to make it worthwhile. All induction units need specific cookware too, so it’s still not a minor purchase. We’re looking for that perfect blend of performance and value.
The Duxtop 1800-watt portable induction cooktop countertop burner 8100mc has many great features that customers love. The cooktop is one of the largest available for single-burner units, measuring 13” x 11.5” and sitting 2.5” off the countertop. This is an inch or two larger than many competitors and provides a nice, solid feeling when you set a larger pan or pot on it. The burner itself is 8” in diameter which is important. With induction your pot must make contact with the burner ring to work so you don’t want a much larger burner ring as a smaller pot won’t work. At 6.5 pounds, it’s still easy to move and store without feeling light and flimsy.
As for looks, the Duxtop is one of the more attractive portables on the market with a black body and ceramic-glass top highlighted with gold trim and solid-feeling upward-facing push buttons on the front.
Cost wise, the Duxtop currently retails on Amazon for under $60 which is right in line with many competitors. This is less than the popular NuWave and Ivation models while offering much of the same functionality; it really is a great value!
Some of the Duxtop’s key features include:
- 10 temperature settings from 140° F to 460° F which should cover all your cooking needs
- 10 power setting from 200W – 1,800W
- A digital timer that goes up to 170 minutes
- An auto-detect mode that shuts off the burner if no pan is on it for more than 60 seconds
- Hi and low voltage indicators and self-diagnostics
Well, there are a lot of advantages to the Duxtop. Like all induction cooktops, it heats up fast (boil water in 2 minutes!) but without giving off as much heat so the entire kitchen doesn’t warm up when cooking.
The nature of induction combined with the variable power settings also make it more energy efficient. It also cools off quickly, making it safer than conventional electric burners. This particularly important for a portable and also helps with cleanup. Add to this the reputation (customer love it), functionality and attractive look. Finally, the price is tough to beat for this level of quality.
There’s aren’t many negatives. Some customers complain about the low hum that the unit makes. But this is true of all induction cooking and it has more to do with using clad cookware than with the cooker itself.
Another general negative is the need to have ferrous cookware that will work with induction; not every type of cookware works. Again, this isn’t specific to the Duxtop but may require some extra expense if you’re going to try out induction cooking.
If you’re tight on space or just looking to try induction cooking without spending a fortune, then a portable cooktop might be perfect.
For around $60 you can get a feel for whether induction is for you. Among portables, the Duxtop is one of the most popular options with a great mix of features, functionality and happy customers, all for a reasonable price. I give the Duxtop two big thumbs up!
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