NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop Review

Portable induction cooktops are really taking off. If you don’t have one or know someone who does, you will soon. The NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop is giving the Duxtop a real challenge for the top single-burner unit on the market. Why is it so popular? Well, some of it is just great marketing with a huge infomercial push by NuWave.

But quality portable units like this one also present an attractive way to try induction without a huge appliance upgrade. In the end, it really comes down to a quality product at an affordable price and NuWave customers generally love it, though with some reservations. Read on for my full NuWave induction cooktop review. Also, check out my review of the top 5 portables here.

Criteria for a Great Portable Induction Burner

People who are thinking of buying a portable induction burners generally fall into two groups. The first group just wants to try induction without spending a lot of money. They want to know if it’s really as exciting as it sounds. The second group wants to save space or just isn’t ready for a big appliance upgrade. Or, if you’re like me, you fall into both groups. So, the ideal portable unit should be light and small enough to easily store away and also be pretty inexpensive. But it’s still a real investment for real cooking, so it still needs to have the power, features and quality construction to make it worthwhile.

Product Overview:
NuWave Induction Cooktop

NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop

I’ve got a NuWave induction review for you. Overall, the NuWave is quite attractive in shiny black with white and red button outlines and highlights. It’s plenty large, measuring 14.4” x 15.9”. It’s definitely large enough for almost any pot or pan. In fact, for storage, it may be a little on the large size, though at 6.3 pounds it’s still light enough to move easily. The NuWave’s circular design is distinctive though not for everyone.

The LED display on the front features six different preset temperature settings, plus the ability to adjust in increments of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This is an unparalleled amount of control over temperature, and the adjustments are made very quickly. This technology can adjust the temperature very quickly, and very precisely. Customers report boiling water in about 2 minutes and being able to adjust the temperature almost instantaneously. You’ll love the amount of control you have over your cooking! One of the coolest feature is the ability to program the unit to cook for a certain length of time, and have it automatically shut off when it’s done.

Any kind of cooking you could do with a regular stove you can also do with this model. It will boil, simmer, deep-fry, stir-fry, sauté, steam, sear, slow cook, barbecue, melt, and grill with the rest of them. And it will do so with a lot less energy – 70%-90% less, depending on who’s counting. The smooth ceramic-glass top makes it easy to clean, as well.

One of the nice features of the NuWave is all of the available add-ons such as a griddle and carrying case made specifically for this model.

Pros

The NuWave PIC has several pros. Like all induction cooktops, it heats and cools incredibly quickly making speedy meals and cleanup a breeze. The PIC is quite attractive and has all of the standard features you’d expect. Overall, customer NuWave induction cooktop reviews are positive and it’s reasonably priced under $60. The available add-ons are also a plus.

Cons

Negatives mostly center on poor quality and customer services. Though overall reviews are good, a relatively small number of customer note quality issues and problems dealing with NuWave customer service. Another complaint is not so much about the product but rather about confusing upsell offers when purchasing via phone. I’d recommend ordering from and dealing directly with Amazon to keep things simple and clear.

Conclusion

If you’ve heard a lot about induction cooking and want to see what all the fuss is about, a portable cooktop might be right for you. The good news is that you can try out induction cooking for under $60! Among portables, the NuWave is one of the most well-known and popular items on the market. Overall, customers like the looks, functionality and performance all at a reasonable price. That said, customer also voice concerns about NuWave’s customer service and upsell tactics. So, while I like the NuWave overall, I’d definitely recommend buying direct from Amazon. I’d also recommend you take a good look at the Duxtop which has very similar features and price but with fewer customer service complaints.

Product images via their respective pages on Amazon.com


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