NuWave 30602 Double Precision Induction Cooktop: QUICK OVERVIEW
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The appliances and equipment used to prepare your food can either make the experience enjoyable or exhausting. Induction cooktops allow you to prepare food in a smooth, efficient, and hassle-free manner.
These innovative devices have been popular in Europe and Asia for quite some time and are steadily gaining traction in the United States. The portable induction cookers can be used in many types of cooking environments such as standard kitchens, tiny houses, apartments, dorm rooms, boats, cabins and RVs. Some people are switching to this type of cooktop because the food cooks quickly and efficiently and the units are easily stored and cleaned.
NuWave 30602 Double Precision Induction Cooktop Review
This dual burner induction cooktop is manufactured by NuWave, a company that is popular in the culinary world. When founded in 1993, they set out to make cooking more manageable for the everyday user, and its products have been featured on many news channels, and the “As-Seen-On-TV” store.
NuWave offers multiple induction cooktops, however, the 30602 is the only model that has two burners.
Who is This Product For?
One of the best features about this model is its versatility and user friendliness.. Regardless of whether you’re new to cooking, or an experienced chef, you can use the NuWave 30602 with ease. The owner’s manual provides easy-to-follow instructions and set-up guidelines, so you can start cooking right away.
The fact that it’s portable makes it the perfect opportunity for campers who don’t want to cook their hot dogs with a stick over an open fire. Additionally, the induction technology provides smokeless cooking, so it’s safe to use indoors, regardless of how small the space is.
Overview of Features
The NuWave 30602 design has two burners that can be used simultaneously or independent of one another. This countertop unit provides a control panel for each element to manage the temperatures and timers.
The dimensions in inches are: 23.6 x 14.1 x 2.6. The heating surface on each burner is 8 inches. The NuWave fact sheet states that when both sides are being used, each burner can accommodate a pan up to 10.5". When using one burner the pan can be as large as 12 inches. The cooktop weighs just over 16 pounds and has a surface that’s coated with an easy-to-clean, heat-resistant glass.
This NuWave double induction cooktop has a total maximum output of 1800W. If both burners are used simultaneously, the power will automatically be 900W on each side. When using one burner, the default wattage of 1800 can be changed. The power supply is 110/120V.
Whether you’re looking to warm or sear food, or boil water, there shouldn’t be any issues with the temperature controls. The temperature range is 100-575ºF. The user can select the temperature to appear in either Celsius or Fahrenheit. It comes with six preset levels, though you can adjust the temperature to suit your cooking needs. These settings are low, med/low, medium, medium/high, high and sear.
The temperature can be controlled in 5 degree increments. [Since the sensor is underneath the glass cooktop, it takes time for the sensor to read the temperature of the pot.] A programmable memory (up to 100 hours) that can run without shutting itself off is available as well as an end time programmable clock. It also has a 2-hour program feature that can be used to keep food warm (at 155ºF).
This cooktop also has a memory that lasts for 100 hours which is a unique feature amongst other induction cooktops.
This double induction burner has an automatic stop feature to prevent food from burning. It also has a sensor that recognizes if the cookware on the cooktop surface isn’t compatible and it also recognizes when there is no cookware on the surface. In either of these cases, the unit will shutoff after one minute if the appropriate cookware is not placed on the cooktop. This unit is ETL approved.
How to Use
Using your NuWave induction cooktop is straightforward and easy to figure out, but the most important thing to remember when you set it up is to read your owner’s manual. This guide that comes inside of the product’s box provides you with everything that you need to know.
There is a slight learning curve to using an induction cooktop. Due to the efficiency and isolated heat source, induction cooktops cook quickly and medium to medium-high temperature settings could differ from your regular stovetop. In other words, what would usually take 20 minutes to cook, might now only take 10 minutes. Also, the settings used might be different. For instance, if you used medium on your electric stove, you wouldn't necessarily use medium setting on the induction cooktop. It takes a little experimentation to determine the appropriate settings for your recipes.
While this model does tell you if your cookware is compatible with induction technology, you can find out another way. Simply, hold a magnet to the bottom of your pots or pans, and if the magnet attaches itself to the cookware, you’re typically okay to use it with induction cookers.
There are other two burner induction cooktops on the market to choose from if the NuWave model isn’t what you’re looking for. Ovente offers a really nice double burner cooktop with similar features. It has a single touch lock, while the NuWave requires the user to press the low and med/sear buttons simultaneously to lock the unit.
Another difference between the NuWave and Ovente units is that there is more flexibility in the power levels in the Ovente cooker. If both NuWave burners are used, only one power option exists - 900 Watts on each burner. In contrast, there are several power options on the Ovente cooktop when both burners are in use. The total wattage that can be used for both burners is 1800 Watts. The wattage settings are: 100, 300, 500, 700, 900, 1100, 1300, 1800. Therefore, if you wanted to use the maximum wattage of 1800, the burners could be set at 500 and 1300, 700 and 1100 or 900 and 900. Also, you do not have to use a total of 1800 Watts. You can use 300 on the left side and 700 on the right side.
Ovente customer service is able and willing to answer technical questions about their products.
The NuWave 30602 double induction cooktop is a straightforward unit with the basic safety features. The user-friendly design makes it easy to use in the kitchen regardless of your skillset. This induction cooktop is a reasonable value. Some people prefer to have two single burner induction cooktops instead of a dual burner cooktop. They find it easier to store and have more flexibility with the power controls.
The drawbacks to this unit are the lack of flexibility of cooking power when both burners are used, the power cord is a bit short (around 3 feet long) and the lack of a one touch child lock feature.
As with all products, be sure to call Amazon or write the seller email and inquire about the terms of the warranty and ask if there is extra warranty protection available.