Are you in the market for a portable kitchen appliance that can give you an ample amount of cooking power without consuming a large amount of electricity? If so, you might consider investing in an induction cooktop because not only are they portable and simple to use, they excel in performance and help you to make meals similar to those prepared on a traditional stove.
An induction cooktop does not have a gas flame or electric heating element. Rather it has an electromagnetic coil under the glass cooktop. When the cooker is turned on, electric current flows through this coil. A magnetic field is produced which generates electric current in the cooking vessel. The induction ready pot or pan acts as a heat source and the heat is transferred to the food.
The Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop, Black is a well-regarded model as it not only exudes class and elegance with a modern aesthetic, but it also offers a number of features that help you to get the most out of your cookware.
Cuisinart ICT-60 Induction Cooktop Review
The Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Cooktop, Black is portable and has an uncomplicated control panel. The temperature reading is shown in Watts and has pre-set settings.
The total maximum wattage for the unit is 1800W. The left burner can be used from 200-1200W and the right from 200-600.
Overview of Features
The Cuisinart Double Induction Cooktop weighs 11.6 pounds and has dimensions of 14.25" x 23.5" x 2.5"(LxWxH). The base of pots and pans greater than 4.7 inches (12 cm) should be used.
This unit has two separate burners, instead of just one and can be plugged into a 120V outlet (60MHz). The total wattage for the unit is 1800W. The left burner can be used from 200-1200 W while the right has a power range of 200- 600 Watts. The burners can be used simultaneously. The left burner has eight settings, from low (1) to high (8) while the right cooktop has five settings from low (1) to medium/moderate (5).
The controls on the display panel for each burner are:
- Down/Up Arrow
- Display (Heat and Timer) and Error codes
There are two numbers that are important when describing the timer feature. First, the timer function can be set to a maximum of 150 minutes. Second, the unit will shutoff after 180 minutes. This means you can cook something for 30 minutes and THEN set the timer for 150 minutes. The unit will beep four times and shutoff after 180 minutes. The unit can only run for 180 minutes at a time.
It is important to know that the unit ONLY shuts off after 180 minutes has elapsed. For example, if you set the timer for 45 minutes, when that time is up, the unit will beep 4 times but it will NOT shut off.
This Cuisinart double induction cooktop will automatically shut off if:
- Incompatible cookware is detected - 30 second delay
- Unit is turned on and no cookware is placed on cooktop -30 second delay
- The pan has been removed - 30 second delay
- Unit overheats
This appliance is FCC Part 18 Compliant.
Who is This Product For?
One of the greatest advantages of this double burner Cuisinart induction cooktop is that it is designed with everyone in mind, regardless of age or whether you have professional cooking experience or not. Another feature that adds to its versatility is that it can be used everyday, at dinner parties or taken to social occasions.
Since this type of cooktop is portable, it gives you access to delicious meals regardless of where you are, as long as you have a source of power. If you live in a small apartment or house and kitchen space is limited, this appliance is an efficient solution. College students who are on a tight budget or who prefer to cook healthy meals, can certainly use an induction cooktop in their dorm room or room in a co-living space.
An induction cooker will certainly come in handy if your stove stops functioning. It happens far too often that homeowners are stuck with a broken stovetop, only to have to wait weeks until a repairman diagnoses the problem, contacts the warranty company, receives permission to repair the unit, waits for the parts to arrive and then finally, weeks later, fixes the stove. Instead of being without a cooktop, you’ll be able to pull out your induction cooker and continue making substantial and great tasting meals.
Pots and Pans to Use with Induction Cooktops
This type of cooktop requires induction friendly cookware. Cast iron, enameled cast iron and magnetic stainless steel are examples of induction compatible materials. You may already have one or two pots or pans that can be used. A quick way of determining whether your cookware will work on an induction stove is to test it with a magnet. Hold the magnet to the bottom of the pan and if it clings strongly, then it will work. In addition, make sure the bottom is flat and smooth. When cooking, it is important to use cooking vessels that are the right size for your burner.
Induction-ready cookware can also be used on gas, electric, and glass top stoves as well. However, the reverse is not always true.
Tutorial/How to Use Cuisinart ICT-60 Induction Cooktop
When you’re trying to decide on which induction cooktop to buy, it’s important to consider your alternatives. Depending on your personal cooking style and needs, you might find that the Ovente Induction Countertop Burner, Cool-Touch Ceramic Glass Cooktop with Temperature Control, Timer, 1800-Watts, Digital LED Touchscreen Display, Indoor/Outdoor Portable Double Hot Plate (BG62B) is a better fit for your culinary needs. There are 8 pre-set temperature levels from 140-465ºF and 8 pre-set power levels from 100-1800 Watts.
Features the Ovente cooktop has that the Cuisinart ICT-60 lacks
Total maximum power can be 1800W on a single burner vs Cuisinart max is 1200W
Lock to prevent setting changes vs no lock in Cuisinart ICT-60 model)
Timer programs cooker to turn off at a certain time vs no unit shut off for Cuisnart)
Timer maximum is 180 minutes vs Cuisinart 150 minutes
LED Display shows temperature, watts, and remaining time (if timer set) vs Cuisinart -screen shows the power level only
Our review of the Ovente Induction Countertop Burner BG62B can be found here.