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Secura 9100MC Portable Induction Cooktop Review (1800W)

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Overview

The Secura 9100MC Portable Induction Cooktop is an affordable, versatile 1800 Watt cooktop with basic features. It has a large range of power and temperature levels, safety features, and a digital display. Its  lightweight and compact size make it a great burner for any countertop.  

Secura is well-known for its high-quality, feature-packed cooktops and kitchen appliances. 

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Pros

  • 15 Power and 15 Temperature Levels
  • 60 second delay shutoff
  • 2-year Warranty
  • Reasonably priced
  • Can use for simmering

Cons

  • No child lock
  • Noisy fan

Features

Design

The cooking surface is made of glass-ceramic, and the unit is encased in plastic. There are two placement guides (circles), so you can easily center your cookware.  

The front panel of the Secura 9100MC is angled from the cooking zone. This design is preferable because a pan's edges are less likely to touch the control panel and overheat the electronics.

The control panel has six buttons and an LED readout display. The buttons need to be pushed as opposed to touch buttons.  

The cord is 5 ft long (per Secura customer service) with  a 2-prong plug. The electrical requirements are 120V/60Hz. 

This cooktop is portable and lightweight as it only weighs 5 lbs 12 oz. Its dimensions of 11.4" X 14" X 2.5" make it compact and practical to use in RVs, cabins, or boats.

As long as the environment isn't wet, it can be used outdoors, whether on a camping trip or in your backyard. 

Power

There are 15 power levels with a range of 200-1800 Watts. The  first 12 power settings are in 100W increments, from 200 to 1300 Watts. The last three settings are 1500, 1600, and 1800 Watts.

The power levels are increments of .5 from 1 to 6, then 7, 8, 9, and 10 for a total of 15 levels. This provides better heat control where it is most needed - at the lower end of the spectrum.

Power is provided in cycles, with a cooling fan switching on to cool things down; quicker when temperatures rise for an extended time. 

Secura recommends using the Power mode if no specific temperature is required and for boiling water.

Temperature

This unit has 15 temperature levels ranging from 140º to 460ºF. They help ensure steady cooking from a slow simmer to moderately high heat cooking.

The temperature settings available in Fahrenheit are in 20-degree increments from 140°-340° and then in 30° increments from 370°-460°.

The Temperature mode is recommended for frying or browning foods. If overheating is detected, you can switch to the Power mode.

Timer

The timer is adjustable in one-minute increments and is simple to configure. It can be set to a maximum of 170 minutes and functions in either the temperature or power mode.

The unit will beep and then shut off when the time has expired. If the timer is not used, the device will shut down after 120 minutes (the fan will continue to run for a minute or so).

Safety

Although the unit does not have a child lock, it has other safety features.

If the cooking surface is above 460°F, the unit will automatically shut down. This usually occurs when the Power Mode is being used. If this happens, switch to the Temperature Mode. 

Another feature is a built-in low and high voltage warning system that sets off an audible alert to prevent further damage or fire risk. The unit will shut down after one minute.

The auto-pan detection system shuts the unit off automatically after one minute if it does not detect cookware or if cookware that is not induction compatible is placed on the cooking zone. 

If the cooking surface exceeds 460°C, the unit will automatically shut down.

This unit is ETL approved.

Who Would Like the Secura 9100MC?

The Secura 9100MC is a good option for someone who wants a basic, easy to use, and affordable induction cooktop. It has plenty of power and temperature settings, a timer, and safety features.

If you have an electric or gas stove and don't want to switch to induction cooking entirely, this unit can prepare quick meals or boil water for pasta. It can also be used as a warming plate to keep food warm during a home-cooked meal. 

If you are short on kitchen space, living in temporary quarters, or are renting an apartment that doesn't have a stove, you can use this cooktop for preparing quick and healthy meals.  

As you can see from the above description on operating this unit, the cook does not have to be technologically savvy.

Troubleshooting

As with most induction cooktops, this unit has a diagnostic error message system. If there is a problem with the unit functioning, an error code will appear in the LED display. The user manual provided with the unit has a list of error codes, the problem, and steps for the solution.

Additional Model Available

Secura manufactures another induction cooktop, the Secura 9120MC, with the same features as the Secura 9100MC. The 9100MC has silver lettering and borders, while the 9120 has gold lettering and borders.

Warranty

The user manual for the Secura 9100MC states there is a two-year warranty. However, this is only available to the original purchaser, used in a residential kitchen,  if purchased directly from the manufacturer or an authorized reseller or distributor, and a receipt proving purchase.

As with most warranties, normal wear and tear or damage caused by misuse, abuse, negligence, accident, acts of nature, or unauthorized modification or repair are not covered. 

Important: According to the user manual's warranty description, Secura has the right to replace the defective unit with a refurbished one.

User ManualModel: 9100MC (Silver) / 9120MC (Gold) states:

"Manufacturer will, at its option, repair or replace with a new or refurbished product."

Given this practice, it might be worth it to look at purchasing an extended warranty.

If Secura wants to examine the product, the cost of shipping and warranty service is borne solely by the purchaser. 

Customer Service

We have written Secura customer service, using the contact form on thesecura dot com website several times and always received a prompt reply. On a couple of occasions, they did not answer the question. We replied and received an acceptable answer.

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Cookware to Use

The proper cookware must be used, or the device will not work. To determine if the cookware is induction ready, turn the cooking vessel upside down, place a magnet on the bottom, move the pot or pan around a little, and if it firmly sticks, you can use it on the induction cooktop.  

Stainless steel (as long as the pan's base is a magnetic grade of stainless steel) and cast iron pans are known to give a great spread of heat.

The smallest diameter of a pot supported is 5”, while the maximum is 8". The cooking surface dimensions are approximately 10 5/8" x 10 7/8".

How to Use the Secura 9100MC

  1. Ensure the unit is on a flat, non-metal surface with four inches of space around the cooktop for ventilation. 
  2. Plug the unit into the wall outlet.
  3. Place the cookware and ingredients in the center of the cooking zone. Make sure you have everything you need as the food cooks quickly.
  4. Press the on/off button, and the default setting of 5 in the Power mode appears.
  5. If necessary, adjust the setting. lf you want to switch to the temperature mode,  press that button and change the setting using the + and - buttons.
  6. After you are finished cooking your food, turn the cooktop off. The fan will run for a minute or so. Once the fan stops running, unplug the unit.
  7. When the cooktop surface is cool, wipe the surface with a damp cloth. If necessary, put a mild detergent on the damp cloth, and wipe the unit.

Final Thoughts

This is a quick-heating, portable induction cooktop with the necessary features. With the right cookware, you will have water rapidly boiling in under three minutes. Heat is spread evenly across the cooking surface. 

The design features a stainless steel frame, a beveled control panel, and a durable, glass-like ceramic surface. Not only does it cook well, but it will also look great on your counter.

Alternative

The Duxtop 9600LS is a step up from the Secura 9100MC. It has additional power and temperature levels, a child lock, and one-touch boil and simmer. Here is a quick comparison table of the two models.

Feature

Duxtop 9600ls

Secura 9100mc

Power Levels

20

15

Power Range

100-1800W

200-1800W

Temp Settings

20

15

Temp Range

100°-460°F

140°-460°F

Function Lock

Yes

No

Weight

5.75

5.75

Size (in.)

14x11.4x2.5

14x11.4x2.5

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