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DUXTOP 1800-Watt Touch Sensitive Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
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- Duxtop Induction Cooktop uses 120 volts, 15 amps of electricity – standard in all homes; Lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage
- Digital sensor touch control panel; Child Safety Lock system (press and hold the Safety Lock Key for 3 sec to activate)
- Built-in count-down digital timer up to 170 minutes; 10 temperature range settings from 140°F to 460°F, the default temperature is 320°F; 10 power levels from 200-1800Watts; 6 ft cord
- Compatible with all Duxtop premium induction cookware and other induction ready cookware, such as enameled cast iron and steel, stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron
- Features include: auto-pan detection, shuts the unit off automatically after 60 seconds if no cookware is detected; diagnostic error message system, safety lock key, low and high voltage warning system; ETL approved
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The Duxtop Induction Cooktop uses 120 volts, 15 amps of electricity – standard in all homes; Lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage. Digital sensor touch control panel; Child Safety Lock system (press and hold the Safety Lock Key for 3 sec to activate) Built-in count-down digital timer up to 170 minutes; 10 temperature range settings, from 140°F to 460°F, the default temperature is 320°F; 10 power levels from 200-1800Watts; 6 ft cord Compatible with Duxtop premium induction cookware and other induction ready cookware such as enameled cast iron and steel, stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron. The auto-pan detection feature will shut the unit off automatically after 60 seconds if no cookware is detected; Equipped with diagnostic error message system, low and high voltage warning system; ETL approved. 1-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty.
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I had many questions about the wide variety of induction burners available. Some can be answered by reading the plethora of reviews out there, but it was nearly impossible to find out the size of the induction coil, and whether it would work for a larger pot or pan. Basically, how long it takes to do anything more than boil a single cup of water - which I never do. That is what a microwave is for.
After much searching, I decided to simply buy the one that seemed to provide the features I wanted the most. First, I wanted the most power available for a 120v outlet - which turns out to be an 1800W element/coil/burner. Second, I wanted easy, simple controls that would be likely to last. This one fit that perfectly because the controls are under the glass, where they cannot be hurt by spills. I don't like blister buttons. They never last in my experience.
Like I said earlier, I don't care if this thing can boil a cup of water. I wanted to know if this will be a valuable addition to my kitchen. I live in southern Arizona, and in the summer, I am always trying to minimize my cooling bill. To that end, it seemed like maybe one or two of these tabletop induction units might be helpful, instead of using my ceramic/glass radiant heat cooktop (no gas in my subdivision).
Using two different pots, the new Duxtop 8300, and my traditional ceramic glass cooktop, I performed a series of tests to determine just how fast or efficient the new induction unit really is. Here are some details regarding the test equipment:
Cookware - I used Calphalon Contemporary Stainless cookware, which is a medium/high grade tri-ply stainless with an aluminum core. Not the best stuff out there, but of a reasonably high quality. I used an 8 quart stockpot containing 6 quarts of cold tap water, and a 2.5 quart saucepan containing 1 quart of cold tap water. After each test, the water was dumped, and the pot cooled.
Baseline cooktop - A Jenn-Air ceramic/glass 5 burner cooktop. For this test, I used two burners. The first is a 3kw burner - the most powerful, and the second is a 1.8kw burner, because it matches the power of the Duxtop.
Test unit - Duxtop 8300ST. Solid glass top, no blister buttons, 1800w (1.8kw).
Here are the results of my testing. Not entirely scientific, but good enough for my purposes. I took a video and will try to put it here, so you can see what I mean when I say "rolling boil".
8qt pot w/ 6qt of water
1.8kw Induction = 23min to achieve full rolling boil
3kw Radiant = 18min to achieve full rolling boil
1.8kw Radiant = 23min to achieve full rolling boil
2.5qt pot w/ 1qt of water
1.8kw Induction = 4min to achieve full rolling boil
3kw Radiant = could not use, too large a diameter for the pot
1.8kw Radiant = 6.5min to achieve full rolling boil
In summary, with a large full pot, this induction burner is not powerful enough to impress. It is not bad, and produced virtually no radiant heat like I feel with the radiant cooktop, but was 5 minutes slower than a high powered radiant heat burner. While matching the Duxtop to an equally powered radiant heat burner produce virtually the same time when boiling the large pot of water. However, you can see that when using a more sensible pot for the size of the induction cooktop, it was well able to achieve a full rolling boil more than 50% faster than the traditional radiant burner. Not bad at all.
Next, I wanted to know more about how large the coil was under the glass. I had previously emailed Secura (the parent company) and asked about the size of the coil. Frankly, I was not expecting an answer, and if I did receive one I expected the answer to be useless. However, I was pleasantly surprised to get the following response:
Thank you for writing to us about duxtop. The copper coil under the ceramic glass is about 6" diameter. It is a pretty standard diameter for almost all induction cooktops to pass safety regulations.
After using the unit, and watching the bubbles forming at the bottom of the pans, I was relatively confident that their statement was fairly accurate - but I wanted to know exactly. So, I opened it up and measured it. The copper coil has a diameter of 6.75". I've added pictures here of the disassembled unit. Hopefully Secura doesn't frequent this site and void my warranty.
The touch controls work great. They are very responsive, similar to using my HTC Android phone. As for fan noise, I can't believe people would actually complain about it. No, it is not silent, but it is very mellow. The high pitched whine is present with my cookware. I cannot hear it (too old I guess) but my teenagers do. They tell me the closer you are, the worse it is, but after about 10 seconds, it fades to the point where they have to put their ear up to it to hear it, so I guess they'll be ok.
Over all, I am really pleased with this little cooktop. It is exactly what I had hoped, and I anticipate it getting lots of use. I cannot say anything about how well it will last, but in general, I don't notice anything that I would call a weakness. The cord is very heavy. The glass is standard thickness, and the black plastic base seems sturdy enough to take reasonable use.
One last note; the unit came missing one of the rubber feet. I promptly emailed Secura and asked if they'd send a replacement. The same evening I received a reply indicating a replacement would be in the mail the next day. The following morning, I received another email with the tracking number for the missing foot. Very quick response.
I hope I've answered all the questions you've been frustrated with, like I was.
I bought this to replace my Breville electric wok, which, although great for stir-frying, died (ruptured heating element) after only 2 years of service. I had become very attached to the excellent heat-producing capacity of that wok, but want to stay away from non-stick surfaces in future cookware for health reasons..
After much research, (and a *miserable* purchase of a Sunbeam stainless steel wok which amounted to little more than a warm salad bowl on legs) I decided to take the plunge and go for this induction unit used in tandem with my trusty old carbon steel wok.
The heat performance for stir-fry has been as good as the Breville, but combined with the wok-hei flavor of the old wok, and being able to heat the wok to smoking without fear of toxic fumes, the overall wok-cooking pleasure of this combination is even higher than the Breville. Additionally, it provides FAST boiling of water..Generally, 2 quarts of water will boil in 2-3 minutes, as opposed to 10-15 minutes on my electric stove...
It has been wonderful this summer to heat coffee/pasta water and never have to worry about heating up the house with residual heat from the burner, since induction cooking produces no residual heat once the unit is turned off. We also bring it outside to deep-fry fish to keep the smell from permeating the house. It does an admirable job at wok deep-frying, and maintains a very constant temperature...Our trout, pompano and red snapper all develop a crispy, crunchy exterior and maintain a moist, juicy interior with minimal-to-no tending, so long as the unit is set to 1200 watts.
My only qualms about the unit are basically just nit-picky ones. First, when the unit is plugged in (as it is permanently in my home) the power panel flashes a row of horizontal dashes that look disconcertingly like an error code. Maybe the idea is to remind you to unplug it, but since my outlet is in an inconvenient location, and this is my permanent cooking surface, it just sits there flashing 24/7, and using unnecessary electricity.
Second, when things overflow, such as pasta is inclined to, and the water gets onto the smooth-top glass surface, the cook is NOT able to shut off or adjust temperature/wattage of the unit using the touch pad, as the water must somehow interfere with the touch pad's electrical response. Therefore, in order to stop the disaster, you must either unplug the unit, or remove the messy pot, wipe up the spill, then adjust temp/wattage/turn it off. Not a big deal if you have the presence of mind and a place to quickly move the boiling pot to, but in a panicky spill situation, it can throw you for a loop...
Third, and this is really no big deal, the unit's cooling fan makes a sound very similar to that produced by a microwave oven while cooking, and for around 1 minute afterwards...Combined with the exhaust fan and all the action in the pan, the overall decibel-level can be perhaps more lively than some noise sensitive people would prefer. Again, the sound is not really that bad, and sounds just like a microwave, but it is something to know.
These small things aside, the Duxtop induction cooktop has revolutionized my kitchen.. I now eschew my 4 burner stove, even for multi-dish meals, in favor of the Duxtop, knowing that I can heat the pan basically instantaneously for stir-fry, cook the main dish, then switch pans and make boiling hot soup in the *same time or less* than simply heating water on my regular electric stove..
This is a wonderful appliance. Convenient, affordable, versitile and low-profile. I am very grateful to have discovered it...
UPDATE: Oct 6, 2011
This unit continues to amaze with its ability to stir-fry, deep-fry, and heat large pots of soup quickly, but for pancake/griddle type applications, it is frustrating. The 4" diameter induction area heats a cast iron griddle quickly in the center, but leaves a very cool area toward the edges of the pan. Pancakes cook unevenly, and omlettes are impossible...For even griddle cooking, even a cast iron griddle on my electric range does a better job...Still-this is a fantastic choice for most other types of stove-top cooking...
I just cooked my first item on this...something I often make, Texmati Rice...usually I combine water and rice and boil, then simmer for 15 minutes...so with a gas range, the process takes over 30 minutes with wait time after.
Using a small All-Clad brand pan, the water boiled in less than 2 minutes on the high setting, 1800...I placed the lid on the pot, then reduced it to the lowest setting, 500 and only simmered for about 7 minutes and the pan, was ready to be removed. The rice was already done proper and ready to sit with the lid on to finish cooking.
COMPLETELY AMAZING! What a time and energy saver!
The unit was easy to use...it has a standard 2 prong plug, hit the power button, the fan comes on, and then the + or - button to raise or lower the setting. I looked in the book to see what the setting meant...1800 was high, and 500 was the simmer feature. Even at simmer, it seemed a little high, so I reduced the cook time and the rice turned out perfect. Had I not reduced the standard cooktime, I am quite certain it would have scorched at least.
There is also a setting to adjust the heat by temperature, but I have not tried that, but I wonder if it would have given me a lower setting.
I am very happy with the speed and operation of the cooktop. It also looks really nice in my kitchen, and oddly enough, sort of matches my VTECH smooth surface touch screen telephones.