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Excellent, easy, high control,
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I've been using the Viking Portable Electric Induction Cooker (15x12-in.) since October 2008. It is fantastic. There are some limits, for example, no Le Creuset will work on it, and Staub works intermittently. But all Lodge work fine (both regular cast iron, and their enameled which has a better cooking surface than the more expensive brands), as will any carbon steel. Pretty much any pan or pat that a magnet can stick to strongly will work. The high is much hotter than a normal cooktop, and the low is lower. With induction, the amount of heating changes the instant you change the power. I have more control over heating than with gas now. The traditional-style control knob is essential, I think. I would not want to be tapping little buttons in the middle of a sauté. Cleans like a charm. It sits on top of my old electric range, which I never use.
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2009 8:54:52 AM PDT
Does the rotary knob give an infinite number of settings between lowest and highest, or are there marked heat settings with no other choices? This is expensive for a single hob, but having exact control over temperature would be worth it. I have a Magneflux that I like, but I would like even better with more control over temperature than the 9 settings it has.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2009 5:24:53 PM PDT
Michael D says:
It appears to be infinite variations. I can't say for sure, but if I adjust it a little, the amount of heat seems to change.
This is a great burner, but I can only use it on Lodge cookware (regular and enameled), and with carbon steel skillets.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2009 1:37:53 AM PDT
Thanks Michael! After trying one out it does seem to have response to small settings. I liked it enough to buy one and replace my Magneflux. My review to follow.
Posted on Jan 13, 2010 4:36:56 PM PST
rice lover says:
I don't agree with your statement "no Le Creuset will work on it." I have a 6 3/4 quart oval enameled cast iron Le Creuset dutch oven that I purchased last week. When I saw your review, I placed 2 cups cold water in it and placed it on the Viking portable induction cooktop on medium high. The water got plenty hot very quickly. So I would say that certainly some Le Creuset pots work on this unit, and they work well.
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