Walmart Review by Elewpier5
57 people found the following review helpful
the next step into the future
I am quite impressed with this technology. I feel like I step into the future each time I use it.
I purchased it as a test to see if I’m ready for this technology in a new kitchen I’m planning. So far my test is going well and I’m glad I purchased it. I’m using it alongside my older cast-iron element electric range, and I find I gravitate to the Sunpentown instead. In summer I’m sure this will be very welcome since there is no heat leftover afterwards to overheat the kitchen.
Other reviewers have well discussed the type of cookware needed. Basically, if a magnet sticks to at least the bottom of the pot, you’re good to go.
The power rating of 1300 watts is more than adequate for all my needs so far. It will sear scallops with very high heat, and then cool instantly to just barely warm if you choose which eliminates the need to move the cookware to a cooler spot. Heat responds instantly to temperature or power increases, and slows down just as fast. No need to bother thinking about residual cooking time when switched off as you do with older style resistance burners. I have some cast iron pieces which seem to work even faster than the induction-purposed cookware. Both types work fine. Surprisingly, the cast iron handle on my 10" frypan did not get more than touchably warm since the heat concentrates to the bottom of the cookware.
I think the cook levels which are based on wattage and the temperature selections which sample the actual heat in the pot are a useful design. I tested the temperature settings with an electronic thermometer and the readings were accurate within a degree or two. Others have mentioned hearing a very faint clicking sound when in temperature mode, but this is normal. Cooking by temperature demands a different kind of thinking, but then most of us adapted to the microwave oven after a little practice. A fan inside keeps the circuitry cool, which I think is quiet enough. I don’t mind it, it’s just different.
I gave only four stars for durability only because with less than two weeks of use I don’t feel I can fully answer that yet, but will update in a few months. It seems well built for its purpose, the ceramic glass is beautifully made, the design is sleek and easy to clean, and is surprisingly lightweight but not too. The controls are logically positioned, easy to see and understand, and I like the overall design.