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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
We bought this induction cooktop a month ago for our new house. We have electric stove in the house as well - We have always worked on gas and therefore did not like electric. My sister in law highly recommended induction cooking to us - she is a leading endocrinologist and an expert in nutrition. I was a bit apprehensive in the beginning but before spending $3000 on a Bosch or a Miele, I decided to try with a single cooktop. But wow what a machine. It cooks in 1/3rd the time of electric or gas. My mom has been using gas stove for years and she was blown away by how quickly she can cook anything on induction. I clean the kitchen, and what a relief this machine is. Since the surface (Ceram Schott glass surface) does not get hot (induction cooking is based on magnetic base and only heats the base), you can just wipe off the spills. I use CeramBryte to keep the Ceram Schott surface looking like new and it takes no more than 27 seconds (yes I times it!).

Now onto this machine - Fagor 1800 Watt Induction cooktop. This amazing little machine is brilliant with one flaw. it has easy temperature control, timer (90 minutes max), and surface lock. It cooks really really well. So much so, that my mom is now getting one too. We cook twice a day so you can imagine. Flaw - it is loud. The fan is quite loud. For the life of me I cannot figure out why this induction cooktop has a loud fan.

I am sold!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
It's a nice looking product that does what it is designed to do. The interface is easy to use and allows you to quickly control the temperature. The buttons are a little touchy, but the loud beeps will alert you when buttons are pressed. I thought this would be an annoying feature, but it's actually pretty nice that the unit turns itself off when the cookware is removed from the plate for a number of seconds. If you want to avoid the beeping though, it's just as easy to tap the power button when finished cooking. The power cord is really my only complaint. It's a very thick cord and hard to manage. I find myself having to rearrange things on the counter just to allow for the cooktop to be plugged in. Otherwise, induction cooking is turning into a personal preference thanks to this cooktop.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Wow! I just cooked up some chicken the way I've dreamed of making it: small bite size pieces fried/steamed/ and crustied in a mix of oils: I used coconut, sesame and olive; and then a little bit of honey; and the juice of one lime.... This mixture never would fly in my electric fry pan - because of the many different heat levels I use.

I put the chicken in the oils and cook until it turns white and I put the lid on the pan so it steams through.

Then I add the honey and lime and throw in the lime skins for extra flavor, but then I turn up the heat really high to brown it; and then, here's the trick: I turn the heat off so it doesn't burn.

With the way induction heating goes, its really instant. Press the button and the heat goes up and down that quickly and it doesn't stay on the burner, just in the pan the food its being cooked in.

No more chopping and preparing while the meal is cooking--this is a quick way of cooking and everything needs to be ready to go, go, go!

I thought the cooktop would be intimidating. But I just turn it on, go to power and click the plus and minus thing. I haven't had a need to use the timer yet. I noticed when I click -- actually its just a very light touch -- like on a smart phone -- I noticed the temperature scrolled through the various settings from warm to stir fry.

It cooks quick or slow, depending on what number you put it on. This morning I fried eggs. I like the centers firm and no wiggly white stuff. I put them on a high heat to get them going, and a lower heat to cook it the way I like... and they were perfect.

This is the best cooking investment I have made. I'm going to get a ''magnetic'' saucepan and possibly retired the microwave, if I find a sauce pan with a pour spout. With all the fuss going on today about microwave food, I think its about time.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
We were very happy with the 1,300 watt unit. My wife had it on the stove top and melted the base. No parts available. Now we ordered the 1,800 watt unit and it works well just that the glass does not have bleeding edge like the 1,30o watt unit and when a hot pan touches the trim it melts....

Not a deal breaker but not a good design for something rated to make temperatures of 450 degrees F

There are no caution signs on the unit about the plastic trim so be careful if you like things to stay looking nice

We bought two and are seriously considering them as this is a deal breaker sooner or later
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
A Christmas present we opened 4 days ago but so far:
-Very attractive design
-Arrived quickly and in good condition (I ordered it a few weeks before but opened on Xmas)
-Gets to heat level/temperature very, very quickly (water boils about 2x faster)
-The 1800 watts allows it to create a lot of heat on "high" -plenty to get a good sear.
-Responds very quickly when you change heat level/temperature -even more control than our Thermador gas stove. (example: made eggs over-easy, lowered temp during cooking so wouldn't overcook -instant response -eggs were perfect)
-Holds temperature very well (a simmer for example)
-Doesn't add heat to the room when you're cooking. This is probably my favorite feature. You don't feel the heat as you're standing in front of it as you're cooking. Unlike every gas & electric stove I've used, there's no wasted heat. One thing we've cooked on it was a big pot of stew; with the lid on you couldn't feel the heat (the pot gets hot of course but you don't).
-Clean up is easy. Because it's a glass top any spills wipe-up easily.
-It's light so easy to move around, store
-the only negative is that it makes a little noise but less than our built-in microwave, The microwave cabinet absorbs some of the noise and even so the induction cooktop is quieter.
-This isn't a negative but it takes a little getting used to because it's so responsive.
I think the next kitchen will have a full induction cooktop instead of gas.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2012
This unit was purchased to replace a failed induction cooktop from another manufacturer (W*ring Pro - actually I went through two units in just 13 months!). I couldn't be happier with the decision to buy the Fagor. The smooth top is easy to clean and the touch controls work very well (sometimes too well, but no complaint). The unit has 7 power levels, all of which work as described. My only "quibble" is with the timer - once it's set it doesn't show on the display and if you go back into the timer function it clears the previously set timer, it's definitely not a deal breaker for me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2014
This model has a defect in design that causes the heat to shut down unpredictably. Impossible to maintain an even temperature, as the unit must be recycled to get the heat going again.

The 1st of these I purchased I returned for replacement as Fagor told me it had a "defective sensor". The replacement started behaving the same way in a few months. Note a number of other comments here on the same problem.

Fagor customer service is very poor - they know about this problem by now, yet continue to sell a defective design. I am looking elsewhere for a dependable unit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2014
had previous model for years before it died, so had no qualms about replacing with another from this company. this model is more powerful, but has fewer settings. and between setting 5 and 6, it goes from 212 degrees to 360. WAY too big a gap. then, the heat cuts out altogether, never cycling back on unless you turn it off and back on, or change the power level. not good.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
At first I was so pleased with this unit, decent size, nice looking, not as loud and functioned properly for about eight month. Then, the control over the heating levels is no longer there, it either boils or nothing no mater what heating level you select. I thought Fagor Brand would do better than that, very disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 10, 2013
I own this cooktop and it's older sibling. I must say I prefer the older model. I use them as my main cooking unit and have for several years while I wait for the kitchen remodel I so richly deserve. Induction is wonderful and cooking on it is a dream. However, this unit seems to heat things up and then cycles off for too long and the cooking cools down. It's very irritating. The old one did not do that. I sometimes make candy and things that require a steady, consistent heat and this cooktop is just not up to the job. It works fine for short cooking tasks like eggs or a cutlet. It also has more settings (7 instead of 6) and a lot more useless buttons. I do not think they've improved it at all.
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