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Duxtop 9600LS Induction Cooktop

Pot and vegetables on induction cooktop

Duxtop, a premier manufacturer of induction cookware and countertop burners, exhibits quality and good service throughout their product line. The Duxtop LCD 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 9600LS is another example of their high-quality craftsmanship. This feature-rich 1800 Watt, portable cooktop has 20 temperature settings and 20 power settings. 

Here we’ll be guiding you through what makes this one of the easiest to handle single plate induction cookers around. From its pros and cons, to its features and a comparison against other leading products, we’ve got all the information that you need to make an informed decision.

Features

The varied power setting and temperature ranges gives you excellent control over your cooking, while added benefits come in the form of safety features and a lightweight, sleek design.

  • 20 Temperature Ranges from 100°F to 460°F
  • 20 Power Settings from 100 – 1800 Watts
  • Dimensions of the entire unit 11.4x14x2.5 (inches)
  • Built-in count-down digital timer – 10 hours
  • Child Safety Lock  
  • Diagnostic Error Message System
  • Auto-Pan Detection
  • Low and high voltage warning system
  • ETL approved; built to North American Standards
  • LCD Sensor-Touch Control Panel
  • 120 Volt/15 Amp  
  • 5-Foot Cord
  • 1 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty

Advantages

Stylish, easy to operate, and supportive of cookware sizes up to at least 8 inches, the Duxtop 9600LS is packed with advantages.

  • High Temperature Cooking
  • Stable Low Temperature Cooking
  • Boiling & Warming Buttons for One-Touch Operation
  • Large Easy-to-Read LCD Display
  • Slanted, Durable Touch Panel

Disadvantages

While the temperature monitoring is fairly close, professional chefs or those who need a spot-on reading would do better by opting for a digital thermometer.  A high-pitched sound is emitted from the vibrating composite plates as they heat up.  However, this is generally only heard by those with extremely acute hearing.  Therefore, it is not an issue for everyone.  

  • Slightly Inaccurate Temperature Readings
  • Fan noise

Summary

The Duxtop 9600LS is convenient and offers a flexible low and high temperature cooking with a surface that heats up in no time. It is light and small enough to be used almost anywhere, making it the perfect cooker for entertaining outside or as a replacement to a conventional electric or gas stove. The LCD is large enough to clearly see the temperature and power settings as well as the timer display. The slanted control panel and the cooking top itself are both covered with a high-quality coating which resists grease and grime extremely well and cleaning up becomes a breeze. As with all induction cookers, the proper cookware must be used.  This can be easily determined by placing a magnet on the bottom of the pots or pan and if it adheres well then the cookware will work. Use of pans greater than 5 inches is recommended on this cooktop.  

Thanks to the direct transfer of heat from plate to pot or pan, there are no fumes emitted, while still having precise temperature control. The power and temperature controls are independent of one another and either can be used to control the temperature.  This device heats up fast and if a pan is remove for a second to flip or stir, it resumes at the setting when set back on the surface.  It is an extremely energy efficient unit which reaches boiling point far quicker than gas.  

Most induction cooktops have problems maintaining a low temperature; however, this model from Duxtop suffers from no such problems. It works great across all of its temperature and power settings, with the manual providing a handy reference. The temperature settings in Fahrenheit are: increments of 20º in temperature range of 100º-360º, then 375º, 390º, 405º, 420º, 440º, and 460º.  This unit has a cooling down period. Within just one minute of being at full heat, the cooktop cools down completely, being cool enough to touch.   

Duxtop has added other great touches to the 9600LS.  They include a safety button which when held down for three seconds automatically activates a child lock. This locks out all of the other buttons except the ON/OFF button.

Another feature is the automatic pan detection system. The unit shuts down if no cookware has been detected for 60 seconds or if cookware that is not induction compatible is placed on the surface.  There is also both a low and high voltage warning system that triggers an alert tone and shuts down after one minute. This induction burner also ceases operation if the cooking surface temperature exceeds 460ºF.

Secura (the manufacturer of both Secura and Duxtop brands) is known to have customer service that responds to queries promptly. This reviewer found this to be true.  A query was submitted via email asking if the unit shut off after two hours even if the timer was set for more than two hours.  The prompt (less than 12 hours) response was yes, it does stop operating after two hours. It was noted that this is a safety feature. The unit is backed by a one-year warranty.

Comparison

Purchasers of induction cooktops frequently comment on the noises the unit emits. The fan on this unit is far quieter than similarly priced brands. Although the cooker emits a high pitched sound, there is a wide range of opinions as to just how annoying the sound is.

The design of the control panel and the temperature setting increments are different than some of Duxtop’s competitors.  The slanted control panel makes cleaning effortless. It is unlikely that any food that is cooked would splash over onto the LCD display or on the buttons on the unit.  The readout on the LCD is also far better than most other single-plate induction cooktops and the brightness is also much better. The temperature setting increments (15 and 20 degrees) are less than some of Duxtop’s competitors (e.g. Max Burton 6400 – 25 degrees) which allows for greater temperature control.

In addition, the two quick-use buttons (fast boil and keep warm), make this the perfect unit for those who want to fuss as little as possible while in the kitchen. A digital count-down timer is also integrated, stepping at 1-minute increments to a maximum of 10 hours. Note: the unit will shut down after 2 hours regardless of the timer setting.  

Verdict

The Duxtop 9600LS portable induction cooktop is a well-designed product with a variety of temperature and power choices and safety features.  The service life is outstanding, temperature regulation is faultless and low temperature cooking is no hassle. The boil and keep warm settings are welcome attributes.  When paired with the Duxtop Whole-Clad premium cookware, it truly shines.  However, it works just as well with any premier induction ready cooking mediums. This induction cooktop solves many of the problems which commonly plague cookers in its price range.

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