|Item Weight||60.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||34 x 25 x 9 inches|
|Item model number||NZ30K7880UG|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel|
Samsung NZ30K7880UG Cooktop
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30" Induction Cooktop.
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My husband and I are both glad we got it. Note - it DOES take a bit of time to get adjusted to it but the perks are so significant that we'd do it again...so far. It hasn't given us any of the problems others have complained about. The controls are easy to use, just different from what you're used to. We don't use the magnet knob...we just gently tap the control spot and it adjusts up or down, tap again to fine tune it. You can also adjust it with just a finger gently rubbing the circle of the control. It doesn't need a hard touch, in fact, it works better without a firm touch. It's like the touch screen on your smart phone. I'm glad to be done with the knobs that take up space or gather gunk under them.
I love the rectangular units to the left that sense the right number of spaces to activate. I have an oval enameled iron dutch oven that uses three of the spaces. I'm able to adjust the spaces so that I can use it as a slow cooker. You can put a pot on each of the four spaces if you need - they will individually work. The fast heat is amazing - the water boils faster than my hot pot. One thing that is either good or bad, depending on how you feel about it...when the pot boils over, the burner automatically turns off and with that, the contents of your pot immediately stop boiling. It's not like the other electric stove - it's more like a gas stove in this way. You are not likely to make such a mess. Nothing gets cooked on it as the burners don't get as hot as other types of units. It's the pots that get hot. The glass does get very, very warm but not enough so that you'd blister if you accidentally touched it or ruin it if you spilt sugar on it.
With the controls, I have discovered a greater range of temperatures with this cooktop - the low is cooler and the high is hotter. I find I've had to be careful of the temps I choose as I can easily burn food. I don't cook things on the same temp as I used to, I choose a cooler setting. Until you get used to it, start cool, slowly adjust up, then stay with it for a minute.
The burners are just as flexible as a gas stove without the sticky, smelly gunk build up from a gas unit. It also won't set your kitchen or hair on fire. I was watching a friend with a gas stove cleaning her top...way more trouble than this. The induction is VERY easy to clean...soap and water with a microfiber cloth dry. Again, things don't get burned onto the glass.
I have a little 3 yr.old with fingers that explore. You can lock the cooktop on or off. If the lock isn't on and she touches the control, a burner doesn't begin to heat if a pot isn't on the burner. If the burner doesn't sense the pot, it turns itself off without heating. This is so much safer than gas!
The pots are not hard to find nor terribly expensive. C05TC0 carries a very nice set and they frequently go on sale. Enameled cast iron works great on them. Cast iron works, too, but I'm a bit hesitant to use it as it might scratch the glass. Oh, by the way...be cautious of sugar or salt being left on the glass and then putting a pot on it and sliding it - the crystals will scratch. This is the same as the electric cooktop we used to have. A friend of mine had a glass top a number of years ago, scratched it and it cracked. I leave a microfiber cloth near the stove and wipe it off occasionally. Again, it just stays clean sooo easily!!
So far, I'd do it again. I simply can't see any advantages to other types of stoves. Over the years, I've owned and used so many stoves: the old ring elements, gas, glass cook top and I really enjoy cooking on a wood stove during the winter. This is my preferred way to cook in the kitchen. The only down side we see with this is that this cooktop requires a Samsung specialist with parts from the parent company. I'll update this if we have problems.
One of my fears of getting this cook top was that I wouldn't be able to can my garden bounty any longer. Well, I've just been very successfully canning on this Samsung induction. I used a hot water canner that is found on Amazon. (Key words: Stainless Steel Multi-Use Canner Victor.) The main thing is to be careful to not drag the canner across the glass, thereby scratching the glass. This is tricky as the canner is heavy. I took a clean terry cloth dish towel, placed it very close to the boiling canner and pulled the canner up onto the towel. I love, love, love that I can get a towel so close to the burner!!
I'm noticing I'm mentioning scratching the glass a lot. Huh...actually, while cooking - or otherwise - I don't pay that much attention to scratching. It's not THAT big a deal. I would definitely get this again if I had do overs.
Year 2: Still love it, still prefer it, still looking nice, still working fine with no problems. I'd buy it again with no qualms.
Cons: More expensive than other high-rated models because of features that are not very useful.. One is called “virtual flame” , a series of blue dots that appear on the cooking surface you are using. That is just silly. I can’t imagine who would need that. Another is WiFi connectivity so you can control it from your phone, something I suspect most would not use. A third is a magnetic knob that can be used instead of a finger to control the settings, something I thought would be useful, but it is not - see below.
Serious cons: The touch controls are unpredictable. You are supposed to move your finger clockwise on the control to increase the setting and counter clockwise to decrease it. But sometimes it skips numbers or even goes in the opposite direction. And forget the magnetic knob - it is totally unpredictable! I have had two service calls from Samsung (under warranty). They have replaced the touch sensor module, but the unpredictability continues.
I bought this because it got the top rating from Consumer Reports, but I wish I had bought the number two rated and less expensive GE.