Fagor 670040240 110-Volt Portable Induction Cooktop
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- Portable single-burner induction cooktop delivers heats instantly (no flames or fumes)
- 6 adjustable heat levels ranging from 190 to 430 degrees F; cool-touch housing
- Cookware detection, low- and high-voltage warning, and auto shut-off for safety
- 180-minute countdown timer; digital control panel; compatible with all induction-ready cookware
- Measures 14 by 12 by 2-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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But I'm going to try a different brand next time I buy an induction cooktop. Here's why:
1) There are only six heat settings. I've found that to simmer many items, I need a setting in between 2 and 3. So I have to stand over it and manually switch between the two.
2) It appears to cycle on and off (at least on setting 3). A pot of stuff will bubble for a while, then stop, then bubble for a while, etc. I don't know if this is normal for an induction cooktop, but obviously it isn't very smooth.
3) The controls are indeed difficult to get used to, though it can be done. You need to give them a rather sharp tap, instead of just pressing them. There's also a delay, so if you want to turn the heat down from 6 to 1, you have to tap at certain intervals.
4) It seems to produce a hot spot in the center of the pan. That part will bubble when the edges stay cooler. I don't know if this is normal with induction cooking. I use All-Clad pans.
All told, these negatives don't outweigh the positive experience of using an induction cooktop. But I'll try another brand next time. And there will be a next time, because compared to my lousy electric stove, induction cooking is wonderful!
What makes me happy:
-incredibly quick response, I think as good as gas
-less heat in the air makes the kitchen more comfortable and cooking is safer
-no charred mess from spillovers etc. Really easy to clean
-fabulous low temperature setting that is barely more than warm. It will melt chocolate beautifully on the lowest setting. No more fiddling with a double boiler.
-I like the timer feature. When the timer ends, it turns off the unit. That's a boon for a distracted cook.
-It's harder to burn things with this cooktop than with gas or electric. Partly because it's so responsive, but I really think it does a better job of maintaining a consistent temperature.
Things you should know:
-as another reviewer noted, there is a hot spot in the middle where all the action is. If you use a really big pan, you'll see where the heat is concentrated. However, I haven't had any actual problems with this. It heats even large pans quite well even though it says somewhere in the manual to use smaller pans.
-if you lean on the front edge it will tip.Read more ›
I was very disappointed with the Fagor cooktop. I found the controls to be difficult to use (I had to wet my finger to get them to work) and very slow to react - You need a quick response when adjusting heat, and this just wasn't up to the task.
Also, the unit did not provide a well spread heat source. I was using All-clad stainless steel pans and found that the area heated was roughly 3" across - this lead to a very hot center of my pans and much cooler edges. All Clad pans give very good heat dispersion, and this was the worst I have ever seen them perform.
This cooktop just isn't up to snuff for anyone who wants a solid cooking experience. Frankly, my little Thermos dual-burner propane camping stove is much better than this - and much cheaper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just looking at my order history and was amazed at how long I have been using this induction cooktop. Read morePublished 10 months ago by CDJ
Just take a refrigerator magnet and test all your pans, especially the thin ones, before purchasing an induction cooktop. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Will
Very impressed. Love that you can lock the control settings. I was shocked that I could actually touch the unit while it was on and it never got hot to touch. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Missq
After about 10 uses, this device just stopped working and a horrible electrical burning smell started to emit from the inside of the device. Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by Nicole Etienne
Rcv'd the induction cook top and love it. Just as long as you have the correct type of pots and pans. They have to be able to have a magnet stick to the bottom. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by ThomA
I found out about this product at an outlet store which sells Le Crueset. They were using one and suggested I try it. It works very well. We hardly use our stove any longer. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by mmorrishp
Please beware of this product. I purchased my unit in April 2010. By August 2011, it had stopped working - the display flashes "EC" which stands for electrical connection. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Pimenton
This cooktop is everything I needed. I use it for cooking class demos and it sets up intantly and preforms perfectly. A very beautiful piece of hardware too. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by tjgust
It works well except that I find I always have to switch between the #3 and #4 setting when cooking a lot of things. #3 isn't quite hot enough and #4 is too hot.Published on January 25, 2011 by Monique