I got one of these on Newegg last year for $70, and have been using it as my primary burner ever since.
If I had one big complaint, it's that most of my existing cookware wasn't ferromagnetic, and wouldn't work on it. I already used cast iron, skillets, griddles, etc. a fair bit and had a couple of dutch ovens (steel or enameled cast iron) and stock pots, so It wasn't a big issue for me, but it might be for some.
The other issue I had was: precisely because I tried to do as much of my cooking as possible, I occasionally found myself wishing I'd gone for the 1800W Max Burton that I saw from time to time on eBay for a little more $. A 230V unit with even higher wattage would have been really sweet.
I don't regret my purchase: the electricity savings paid for it many times over. I didn't realize deep down how many kilowatts my standard resistive range used for minor cooking tasks, much less the all-day simmer to make a good stock (with the inductive burner, I could simmer a large 12qt stock pot on the lowest or second lowest setting, wrapped in a bath towel for insulation -- something too dangerous to even consider on an electric resistive or gas range) I had mine hooked up to a power meter, which showed that I was often using more electricity to light my kitchen than to cook in it!
I was also struck by how little it heated the kitchen & house. If someone uses the electric range to fry up some eggs for breakfast, I can feel the residual heat when I walk in 45 minutes later -- and I have a pretty big kitchen!
For a one-burner, it has had a surprising impact on how I cook routine daily meals. In fact, part of the change was *due* to cooking on one burner vs the 2-3 I often had going before. My next range will be an inductive with one gas burner for those times you want really fast high heat (woks, searing, etc)
This would be an outstanding alternative to a hotplate for apartment or dorm dwellers
Last edited by fivetrees; 12-04-2011 at 10:04 PM..
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