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Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range Review

Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range Review

Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range: QUICK OVERVIEW

Design

Features

Durability

Affordability

What We Like

  • Easy-Touch Controls
  • 10-Hour Timer
  • Small Article Detection

What We Don't Like

  • No auto shut-off with timer
  • No child lock

Little do most people know that a countertop induction range could be the perfect small appliance they’ve been looking for. At times, you might not want to rely on your traditional stovetop to make certain things ranging from bacon to soups. There are also people who prefer to use energy-efficient appliances rather than traditional ones, which is another great reason to consider the Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range.

If you’re in the market for a new countertop induction cooker, this is certainly one to consider.

Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range Review

Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner

If you’ve never had the opportunity to use an induction cooktop, you might be wondering what it is and how it can help you in cooking. With the Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range, you’ll have access to a brand new burner that is entirely separate from your regular stovetop, meaning that you can place it absolutely anywhere you desire. This can make it simpler to work with larger pots and pans or to keep it away from children. This unit can also be used  for single-pot meals or other cooking.

Who is This Product For?

As the Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range is entirely ETL (it is compliant with North American Safety standards) and NSF (met certain public health and safety standards set by NSF International) approved, this single burner induction cooktop is for absolutely anyone. You don’t have to worry about having experience with induction cooking before, because it’s just as simple, if not simpler than using a regular oven. Plus, it offers more features than you would expect, particularly those pertaining to safety.

Overview of Features

Display Panel

The Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range has features that help to make this unit incredibly easy to use, and is similar to how you would use your regular oven. The controls from left to right on the display panel are:

  • Heat
  • Temperature
  • Timer
  • Plus/minus to set the desired temperature or wattage
  • On/Off

The display panel shows the mode (Temp or Heat), the temperature, and the time remaining if the Timer function is activated. The temperature can be displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit.

Housing and Dimensions

The stainless steel housing on this single burner induction cooktop from Waring is one of the features that set it apart from many other portable induction cookers.   The unit dimensions are: 16"x13"x4".  The ceramic glass cooking surface is approximately 11"x11". 

Easy-Touch Controls

Designed specifically to be user-friendly, the easy-touch controls allows you to adjust a variety of different aspects of the unit. For example, you can adjust the heat, temperature, set the base temperature, set a timer, and even power the unit on and off with a single touch.

Temp/Power Modes

This unit is designed so that either the TEMP mode or the HEAT (power) mode is used. 

The TEMP mode allows one to choose the which temperature preset to use while cooking.  The 12 preset temperature settings (displays can show either C or F) in Fahrenheit are: 120, 140, 160, 180, 210, 250, 280, 320, 380, 420, 460, and 500. Only the preset temperatures can be used.

This is a 1800 Watt unit and a 120V outlet must be used. The power settings (per Waring Telephone Customer Service) are: 200W, 350W, 500W, 650W, 800W, 1000W, 1200W, 1400W, 1600W, and 1800W. 

10-Hour Timer

The timer can be set up to 10 hrs. However, it is important to note that the unit will NOT automatically shutoff. It will start to countdown when it reaches 59 seconds. When the time has expired the unit will beep 4 times and the screen will blink. 

Safety

The Waring WIH400 has an impressive complement of safety features. The unit will shut off after an extended period of time if there is an empty pan on top of the cooker. It will also shutoff if there is no cookware on the cooktop or if the cooking vessel is not induction compatible. If the cooktop overheats in the TEMP mode, the unit will shut off. An error message will also be displayed if the temperature inside the unit is too hot, if the overheat protection sensor is activated or if the voltage is too high or too low.

Small Article Detection

Another useful feature that keeps the unit safe while it is plugged in, the small pan detection, helps to determine if there is something lightweight on the surface, causing the range to shut off so it doesn’t cause a fire.

Tutorial/How to Use the Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range

Using the Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range is incredibly simple to use. The unit is designed for residential and commercial purposes and with the help of the easy-touch controls, you’ll be able to use one of the 12 pre-set temperatures and set a timer up to 10 hours. It is also possible to adjust the heat settings to one of the 10 pre-set wattages.

A detailed instruction booklet is available online.

Cookware to Use

Induction compatible cookware must be used on this cooktop. Cast iron, enameled cast iron, steel, and magnetic stainless steel are examples of materials that are induction ready.

The size of the glass cooking surface is 11" x 11".  The optimum size of the bottom surface area of the induction ready cooking vessel should be 4.75" to 10" in diameter.

Cleaning

The ceramic surface should be cleaned after each use.  After the unit has cooled, wipe the surface with a damp cloth and dry with a soft cloth.  Never use abrasive sponges or cleaners.   White vinegar can be used to wipe away hard water spots. If you use vinegar be sure to wipe the residue off with a damp cloth and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Stainless steel can be cleaned with white vinegar or soap and water. Afterwards, remove the residue with a damp cloth and wipe dry. Some people place a small amount of mineral or olive oil on a soft cloth and polish their stainless steel housing. When cleaning stainless steel be sure to rub the cloth in the direction of the grain.

Conclusion

Whether you’ve never used an induction cooktop or if you’ve owned one for years, the Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range gives a range of temperature and power settings, as well as stainless steel housing, and several safety features.  

Its small and compact design helps it to fit in any kitchen, regardless of size, and you’ll certainly appreciate having an additional burner at your disposal for personal or family meals.

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