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Categories > Induction Cookers > TATUNG > TATUNG TICT-1502MW Portable Induction Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot (Latest version)

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Good burner, cheap pot
Pros: Induction is amazing. Using the standard 84% formula (84% efficiency -- that is, 84% of the energy used by the burner is converted directly into heat -- unlike ~40% for gas and ~79% for resistive/coil electric burners), at 1.5kw, this is roughly equivalent to a 10,000BTU gas burner. Boil some water in a cast iron or high-quality induction-ready stainless steel pot and you'll see what I mean.

Induction is famous for near-instantaneous responses to the throttles, and this burner is no exception. Press the button and you'll see the water go from a boil to a simmer in less than a second (unless you're using cast iron, but if you're using cast iron you should be familiar with the heat reserve capabilities).

The burner is clearly marked on what the various settings mean, so you can judge what you're doing without having to refer to the flawed manual, but more on the manual later. The controls are pretty obvious and intuitive, so once you get going with it you should have no real problems.

The burner has a "suitability detector", which basically means if you power it on with nothing on it, use non-magnetic cookware, or remove the pan while the burner is turned on you'll hear a few beeps and the burner will shut off. This prevents a lot of wasted electricity but can be very frustrating if you put the wrong pan on by accident.

The overheat protection works perfectly, though it can be an annoyance if you're trying to use an interface disc to use non-ferrous pans on it. See "Other Thoughts" below for, well, other thoughts.
Cons: First off, the manual is useless. Also, if you're going to be boiling for more than two hours, be aware that mine shut off at the two-hour mark without warning. That may be because I haven't used the timer feature. See other thoughts for more information. That's half a star gone right there.

Second, the pan that's included is cheap with a capital add-on-item. It works. It's works pretty well, actually, though having to wipe down the pan with vinegar to clean up the impurities that get expelled with every use is a bit of a pain. Mine arrived with a broken handle, though it's held up to the use I've put it through. Just keep in mind the pan is a little more fragile than you might like. Take care of it and it'll work for quite a while, but what do you expect for free?

Next on the hit parade is the fact that the temperature control isn't very granular -- nor is the power output, but that's easier to use for general cooking, so I hardly use the temperature setting versus steady power output. I realize that with only 9 levels it's hard to get exactly what you want, but we're talking a powerful piece of electronics generally priced well under a hundred bucks. Some compromises had to be made. Speaking of compromises, some of the temperature outputs just don't make sense unless you remember this is primarily a Chinese product, and therefore these are conversions from Celcius. Doesn't make them more appropriate to an American mindset, but it does excuse them. Also keep in mind that the 212F setting will keep your water simmering, but certainly not at a hard boil. Between the lack of absolute granularity and weird-ish temperature levels, it's just off enough for my needs to finish knocking off that fifth star.

The actual area of heat output is about 6" across, which means cast iron suffers from a large hot-spot in the middle unless you move the pan around while pre-heating it.

So, some cons that I don't think are big enough to matter, but things you should be aware of. First off, stainless steel pans (I haven't seen too much of this with cast iron) make a weird vibrating noise while using this burner, though it's usually just while warming up or if the power level changes dramatically (like going from a 4 to a 9, which is 1100w more juice). It's not a hum, it's not a crackle, but somewhere in between. It can be unnerving if you're not used to it. Next is the fact that the cooling fan runs for a while after the burner is turned off. It's not loud, but it is noticeable, and this might make some people unhappy. Finally, the blinking H. That stands for Hot and it means the surface of the burner has absorbed enough heat from the cookware to be anywhere from warm to hot to the touch. It could be hot enough to burn unprotected skin, so be careful if you just took the pan off.
Other Thoughts: Induction is amazing, as I said above. It's insanely fast, incredibly precise, and responds instantaneously to changes in input. However, it does have it's problems. Arguably the biggest is the fact that unless you're shelling out for super high-end equipment you can only use cast iron, forged iron, carbon steel, and certain grades of stainless steel on it. That's the one you need to worry about buying this burner.

I've had mine since the Black Friday 2014 sale, and I've used it heavily for everything from boiling water to add humidity to the air (very dry in NNY in January) to cooking bacon and eggs. For the most part I've used cast iron and the included pot, having only recently purchased a commercial-grade stainless steel pan at [warehouse club] to use on it as well, and I've found performance to be excellent. I was given an aluminum "whirley pop" popcorn popper a couple years ago and fell in love with it, so I was hopeful when I bought an interface disc that it would allow me to continue to use it. No such luck. The overheat protection cut in and only allowed a few kernels to pop, while the others burned in their hulls.

I haven't had any of the quality problems (other than the broken handle on my free pot, but that wasn't a dealbreaker for sure) others have reported, but I want to point out that we ARE talking about a mass-produced piece of electronics. Failures are going to happen. There's also the question of if people are using suitable cookware or left their burner outside and it rained or some other issue not specifically the fault of the burner.

One last thing -- I've found that some of my cookware seems almost to "float" on the burner. Since heat is produced by a magnetic field, I wouldn't be surprised if what I'm experiencing is the pan actually lifting microscopically above the surface of the burner on said magnetic field, allowing it to move at the slightest touch. Usually if this occurs I can turn the pan slightly and it'll offer some resistance to movement again, so it's not troublesome, merely interesting.
Reviewed By:furbearingmammal,3/21/2015 12:03:07 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Induction Cookers > TATUNG > TATUNG TICT-1502MU Portable Induction Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot (Latest Version)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Great Intro To Induction Cooking
Pros: Very fast and efficient.
Reactive (versus resistive) load is good for generators or solar inverters and eases the strain and mileage you get.
Heats 10 ounces of tea to 120 degrees F in about 45 seconds.
You can move it anywhere in kitchen to make more space or take it with you, very light.
Cons: Manual is somewhat lacking as has been stated but there is a cooking temperature scale on their website. Fan is indeed somewhat loud but acceptable.
Other Thoughts: Several members of our household use this several times daily. It is quick and easy learn the different settings and once learned you get exactly what you expect. Power levels 1-4 duty cycle (turn on and off) to achieve lower powers but then again so does an electric stove. This is a great introduction to induction cooking towards making a decision about a full range top. Remember that the standard outlet is limited to 1500 watts or so but we can still cook a very large pot with a lid. The larger models that use 250 volts can achieve 3600 watts like a regular large burner. Recommended for the price, thanks NewEgg!
Reviewed By:N/A,3/21/2015 11:30:51 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Induction Cookers > Rosewill > Rosewill 1800-Watt Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot RHAI-13001

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Love It
Pros: We got the cooktop basically to save a bit of money on the electric bill. I read somewhere that a normal electric range uses .60 cents of a dollar to cook something while an induction cooker uses .90 cents. Anyway, the thing is amazing. It heats cast iron twice as fast as our electric range and I was very surprised how much faster water boils. If you are a gas user and like the fact you can decrease and increase temperatures almost instantly you will really like this system.
Cons: Nothing so far is a con. The settings are somewhat strange as the increments aren't what I would have used in designing it, but other than that I love it.
Other Thoughts: For those complaining about the pan you should be ashamed of yourselves. That is hardly a reason to buy an induction cooktop. It is probably thrown in for those that don't do a bit of homework and try using their aluminum pans with it.
Reviewed By:N/A,3/19/2015 4:24:38 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Induction Cookers > Rosewill > Rosewill 1800-Watt Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot RHAI-13001

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 It's Guaranteed to brake
Pros: no pros. get a better brand that is guaranteed not to break or you money back. This offers extended warranty for garbage. means your going to be wasting your time dealing with it.
Cons: its going to overheat and break. I didn't use it enough to Identify it as normal wear. I only used it like one week a month. I would use it to heat up bread or tortillas and it would shut off * after cooking 9 tortillas at 300. then I would have to wait until it cools. now it doesn't didn't turn on.
Reviewed By:The Gonz,3/17/2015 11:02:53 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Induction Cookers > TATUNG > TATUNG TICT-1502MU Portable Induction Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot (Latest Version)

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 noisy but interesting
Pros: Cooks real fast.. and heat tranfer is very efficient.. surface does not get hot. but the pan gets quite hot so be careful.
Cons: I don't know about others but the fan noise is quite loud.. and it doesn't seem to matter what setting it is set for.
Other Thoughts: Nice introduction to induction cooking.
Reviewed By:teckguru,3/10/2015 2:01:35 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Induction Cookers > Rosewill > Rosewill 1800-Watt Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot RHAI-13001

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Ridiculously small
Pros: 0
Cons: The pot is ridiculously small.
Reviewed By:N/A,3/8/2015 2:37:26 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Induction Cookers > Tayama > Tayama Digital Black Induction Cooktop 1500 Watts SM-16A3 With Cooking Pot

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Tayama Digital Black Induction Cooktop 1500 Watts SM-16A3 With Cooking Pot
Pros: It functions as a high heat cooker. It looks good.
Cons: If I had it to do again this would not have been the product to purchase even at the good price they have here at Newegg. This product will certainly end up in a thrift store for someone else to dispose of. Hate to see the land fills fill with junk that does not work well!
Reviewed By:N/A,3/7/2015 2:40:11 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Low and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Induction Cookers > Tayama > Tayama Digital Black Induction Cooktop 1500 Watts SM-16A3 With Cooking Pot

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Failed After One Use
Pros: Looks good... Came with a cooking pot
Cons: Unit failed after one use.
Other Thoughts: On the first use i set this on medium heat and the unit went to full power and scorched the pan. I shut it off and when i tried to turn it back on "error" shows on the screen.
Reviewed By:Neutrino,3/2/2015 7:25:09 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Induction Cookers > Rosewill > Rosewill 1800-Watt Induction Cooker Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot RHAI-13001

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5
Pros: Excellent stuff
Cons: I would like to introduce it to my friends
Reviewed By:Tim Wong,2/18/2015 6:10:00 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Induction Cookers > Tayama > Tayama Digital Black Induction Cooktop 1500 Watts SM-16A3 With Cooking Pot

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 To Dean P.
Pros: To Dean P. Simmering is a food preparation technique in which foods are cooked in hot liquids kept just below the boiling point of water (which is 100 °C or 212 °F at average sea level air pressure), but higher than poaching temperature.
Cons: Don't own but don't Spread stupidity and ignorance, it is transmissible like the clap
Other Thoughts: May buy so that I can do a Proper review, makes me sad how ignorance can pass itself off as Tech level 4 REALLY!!????
Reviewed By:Es0terin,2/14/2015 9:44:47 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product less than 1 day.
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