A countertop induction range is an energy efficient appliance that can come in handy if you need an extra burner or don't want to be completely reliant on your traditional stovetop. Some consumers are switching to induction cooking entirely. The Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Burner can be used in a commercial business or residential kitchen.
Waring WIH400 Countertop Induction Range Review
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 Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner, you’ll have access to a brand new burner that is entirely separate from your regular stovetop and can be used it in a variety of environments.
This Waring induction cooker is simple to use and is designed for residential and commercial purposes. It has easy-touch controls, 12 pre-set temperatures and a timer that can be set up to 10 hours. It is also possible to adjust the heat settings to one of the 10 pre-set wattages.
The housing of this unit is stainless steel which is advantageous over plastic housing. This 120Volt, 1800Watt commercial quality cooker is easy to operate and clean.
The 1800 Watt induction cooktop has features that help to make this unit easy to operate, and is similar to how you would use your regular oven. The controls from left to right on the display panel are:
- Plus/minus to set the desired temperature or wattage
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 sets it apart from many other portable induction cookers. The unit dimensions are: 16"x13"x4". The ceramic glass cooking surface is approximately 11"x11".
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.
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 range is 200-1800W. The power settings (per Waring Telephone Customer Service) are: 200W, 350W, 500W, 650W, 800W, 1000W, 1200W, 1400W, 1600W, and 1800W.
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.
This Waring Induction Range is ETL (it is compliant with North American Safety standards) and NSF approved (met certain public health and safety standards set by NSF International.
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, is the small pan detection. This 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
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.
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.
A detailed instruction booklet is available online.
Whether you’ve never used an induction cooktop or if you’ve owned one for years, the Waring Commercial WIH400 Hi-Power Induction Electric Countertop Range Burner 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.