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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
I recently moved and had to leave my 5 burner Miele induction cooktop behind. The house I am renting has gas and I hate it compared to induction. There is no true simmer with gas. This Duxtop burner is powerful enough to cook at high temperatures, but low enough to get a true simmer. I can finally make sauces again. With all induction units, you need to match your pan size with the ring on the unit. This unit has an 8 inch diameter ring which will fit small to medium pans. There is no hot spot in the center. If you cook with a larger pan, then the part of the pan outside the circle will not get heated. When you buy a full cooktop, there are multiple size rings for various pots and pans. The 8 inch ring will not fit a large frying pan. Just measure the bottom of the pan before you use it. My All Clad sauce pans all fit on this burner. They heat all the way up the sides and the handle stays cool to the touch - unlike gas where I have to use a pot holder to move the pot off the burner.

The controls are great and instantly increase or decrease the temperature. When my butter was boiling at level 3, I pressed the minus sign and the temperature immediately reduced. No need to ever grab a boiling over pot, just hit the minus sign. The fan is very quiet for a cooling fan. It cooled the unit down in about 1 minute, then it was ready to unplug and clean. Because the unit itself does not get hot, it only heats the pan, cleanups are a breeze. No more baked on food. After using this, you will be ready to replace your gas or electric stove/cooktop with induction. I can't wait to buy a house again, so I can have one again. But until then, this does the trick!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2011
I recently received the Duxtop 8300ST cooktop, which arrived one day earlier than the predicted date of delivery. Induction cooking and these portable cooktops have been intriguing me for quite some time and I finally decided to go ahead and place my order for this particular unit. It seems like most other folks who have reviewed them here have been delighted and my experience has been nothing short of complete satisfaction.

So far, I have tried cooking everything from a ribeye steak in a cast iron skillet to a large pot of cabbage soup. It seems that I have several pieces of cookware which work well with the cooktop and that includes both cast iron skillets and several steel saucepans or cooking pots. This has been a good thing in that I didn't have to rush out to purchase any additional cookware.

I am amazed at the speed with which an induction cooktop heats the pan and the resulting cooking times are equally impressive. For instance, a quart of water boiled in a saucepan in about 2 minutes at 1,800 watts, while I was able to fully cook a thin ribeye steak in about 4 minutes using a small cast iron skillet at the 1,200 watt setting. I do recommend using parchment under any cast iron piece to prevent scratching the beautiful glass surface of the unit.

Having had the cooktop for 5 days now, I have cooked something with it every single day and am quickly learning how to adapt to the use of this marvelous piece of kitchen equipment. To summarize my experience in three words, "I love it." Now if I can just get my wife to try using the Duxtop, we'll likely find it quickly becomes a "go-to" appliance in our kitchen.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2013
I checked out all the induction countertop burner noise complaints, generally for fan noise, and settled on this Duxtop 8300 ST. When it arrived, I filled my Circulon Stainless Steel Nonstick Cookware (bought at Amazon "Suitable for use on all cooktops, including electric, gas, glass and induction") with water, put it on the cooktop burner, and turned it on. (The cookware was highly magnetic, btw.) At half power, it worked. But who heats water for boiling at half power? One of the customer benefits of induction cooking is fast heating.

So I turned it up to high, 10 on the scale, and listened to a buzz begin and get much stronger. Such a loud buzz, that it was like an alarm clock 15 feet away. Very distinct, distracting and unsatisfactory.

So back it goes to Amazon with its convenient return policy. My Amazon-bought cookware + Amazon-bought Duxtop induction burner = completely unacceptable buzz.

The Duxtop induction burner fan, by the way, created a noise far less than my high-powered Broan exhaust fan. It was acceptable, a background noise not at all irritating. Compared to the burner's buzz, the fan created a mild white noise.

UPDATE March 27, 2014

I should have reported back sooner. I replaced this cooktop with the Max Burton 6200 Deluxe 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop. Same cookware. Same electrical outlet. No buzz. So in my case, it was not the cookware at all.

Since then, I have noticed I can get a buzz with the Burton if the slightest bit of moisture is on the bottom of the pan or on the cooktop surface directly above the induction device in the center. So replacing the cooktop, and not the cookware, solved my buzzing problem.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2011
I am so thankful that I finally bought this cook top. My husband and I travel a lot, and we can take this wherever we go. I thought I would only use this cook top on trips, but I like it so much that I use it all the time. When I just want to heat up some soup or cook pasta, this cook top works better than my electric burners. I really can't say enough about how much I enjoy this product. The look, the design, and the digital features make it a great product for anyone that wants a more versatile way to cook.

I've been using this induction cook top for almost a year, and I am so pleased with the way it performs. It looks good in my kitchen, and I can store it very easily because it is compact and lightweight. It cooks my food thoroughly, and it cleans up very easily. I have read the reviews where people say that there are some hot spots with this type of burner. I have not experienced that with mine. We have special induction cookware that is designed for this type of burner, but we have not experienced any problems with it.

I will say that you have to learn how to use the settings correctly. This cook top is so powerful that you can set it lower and still get the same heat as a traditional burner. The first couple of times using it was trial and error, but as soon as we figured it out, we are able to cook our dishes much faster. We are amazed at how quickly it heats up, and if we have any spills on the cook top, they can be easily wiped down. I highly recommend this to anyone that needs a lightweight, portable induction cook top.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
The temperature control is erratic. Burns the bottom while the liquid isn't even boiling, then drastically drops in temperature. Tried stir frying in a wok (would not maintain high heat), tried bean soup in a large stockpot, which burned and didn't cook through after several hours. The only item I have been able to cook successfully is rice....quite an expensive rice cooker.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2011
This induction cooktop works exactly as supposed to. The top surface is a single piece black crystal plate making it very easy to clean. The key pad is very easy to use, I just need to put my finger and slightly touch the surface, no need to press hard. There is something under the cooktop can detect the touch and it works like miracle. The cooktop stops heating once the cookware removed from the top. It can detect if the cookware is put on the cooktop, and it does not turn on if I put my hand on the cooktop surface. This eliminates the burning accidents, very useful!!
One thing I am not sure about is the fan keeps turning for a few minutes after I turn off the heating. It may be another safety feature though.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
The unit works pretty much as advertised and may be fine depending on how you use it. My problems with it are probably typical of most, maybe all, tabletop induction burners. It has a typically small heating area about 4 (maybe 5) inches diameter. It emits energy across the entire circle. That causes your pan to get much hotter in the center than toward the outside. The larger the pan, the bigger the problem. It has two modes as advertised. The temperature mode cycles on and off to supposedly maintain the temp that you set. It doesn't work very well. You can only set the temperature in 40 degree (F) increments. So you can set it at 180 or 220, but not in between...try and maintain a slow simmer...it can't be done. Same problem for frying. It cycles between not hot enough to way too hot, over and over. I don't know what that mode would be useful for. The power mode works better, but you have to zero in on the best setting. It seems to put out a steady amount of energy/heat, rather than cycling on and off. I was able to get closer to a slow simmer in this mode, but it was actually more of a slow boil. The next level down was well below a simmer. I haven't tried boiling a large volume of liquid, but for frying, sauteeing, etc. it has plenty of power to get way hotter than you want - at least in the middle of your pan. Food in the middle of a 10 inch skillet (DeBuyer Iron frypan - pretty good heat conductor) will burn while around the outside of the pan it will barely get lightly browned. Maybe my copper clad will work better, but I have low expectations at this point. Some have compained about fan noise, so I was expecting it to be annoying, but it wasn't. Far quieter than a microwave and not an issue at all.

Note to product designers. This could be a great product if (1.) the heating element put out energy in a larger ring, with no energy output in the center (like a donut) - that way the pan could heat much more evenly. (2.) It needs at least twice as many power/temperature settings to be able to cook at a correct and steady temperature. When I find one made like that, I will buy it. There is nothing wrong with the induction concept, it is simply poor product execution. Until those design flaws are fixed I would not recommend this, or any similarly designed product, for the serious home cook.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2012
I have been reading articles in cooking magazines about induction burners. All of the pricing of the models they reviewed were much higher than this so I was very skeptical I almost bought a different burner, until I did a bit more research and found that it was only 1600 watts. This burner is 1800 watts. The reason I wanted to buy an induction burner is because I have been desperately trying to cook in a wok on my electric stove-top and I could never get the pan hot enough to do it right, the high heat and fast recovery you need when cooking in a carbon steel wok. After receiving this new burner I did an even comparison against my electric stove, just boiling 6 cups of water. This burner produced a fast rolling boil 5 minutes before my stove top.

The next test - the wok. Wow! It was hot fast, (almost too fast, I wasn't quite ready after my desperate tries on my stovetop.) The meal was cooked to perfection in just minutes. I absolutely love it! Gotta go, making another great stir fry on my new burner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2011
I must admit that I didn't expect much out of this low-priced unit. Boy, was I wrong! It came packaged very well. Out of the box it is gorgeous. And it performs like a champ. We've used it several times now and it really works well. Temperature control is excellent and changes take place quickly. Others have complained about the cooking diameter being rather small. I have been using cast iron cookware with the unit and have found the heat distribution to be rather even, but that may be due to the higher density of the cast iron.

The bad? Yes, it makes some fan noise - about as much as a bathroom fan. It's really not bad. Yes, the funny red lights flash when it's off. I have heard some squealing at low temperatures on non- cast iron pans, but again, not significant, and not at all on cast iron. But for the price, it's a great piece of gear. If this were the next expensive model (about 2x the cost) I would give it 4 starts, but at $89 it can't be beat!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I have practically stopped using my electric glass top range in favor of this induction cooktop. With the correct cookware, magnetic (i.e. cast iron), it heats up and cools down as fast as a gas range, at a fraction of the cost. The temperature and timing settings are very good. Using a cast iron dutch oven, and a temp setting of 200 degrees, and timer, eliminates the need for a crock pot. Only two drawbacks, noisy fan, and it does not have a unit on/off switch. Must be unplugged from the wall. Using an adapter plate for non-magnetic cookware like, aluminum or glass, works, but then it's not any faster than a standard range. Is great for outdoor cooking next to the grill (those side burners on the grills are almost useless), or a dorm room. Highly recommend. John Schimmelmann, the cook in this household.
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