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My Nuwave Made it Happen

Updated on January 14, 2017

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The Nuwave 2 Induction Cooktop looks nice on my counterClose up of the display panel - lots of easy options!warming jars prior to canningCooked 2 lbs of hamburger in 10 minutes in preparation for pressure canning
The Nuwave 2 Induction Cooktop looks nice on my counter
The Nuwave 2 Induction Cooktop looks nice on my counter
Close up of the display panel - lots of easy options!
Close up of the display panel - lots of easy options!
warming jars prior to canning
warming jars prior to canning
Cooked 2 lbs of hamburger in 10 minutes in preparation for pressure canning
Cooked 2 lbs of hamburger in 10 minutes in preparation for pressure canning

Not being one to jump on the wagon for the newest kitchen gadget put on the market, I am the first one to be surprised that I own a Nuwave Induction Cooktop. I don't enjoy the info-commercials or the endless reviews one comes across for the newest, must-have invention. Now, my husband does, and I am constantly having to rein in his determination that we certainly need the turbo-charged can opener, or the meat slicer that doubles as a knife sharpener.

He did manage to slip in one of the first quick-cooking counter ovens. That baby nearly burnt my retinas when first turned on, and heated the kitchen to a quick 100 degrees. I put my foot down after that lovely venture.

So, how did this come to be that I own, use and love the Nuwave cooktop?

It started out of necessity as we moved into our unrented rental for what was to be an undetermined amount of time, and it was without a stove. The situation was such that we wouldn't be able to move our stove into the house for at least a month. My response . . . WHAT?!

We had the microwave and a camper refrigerator and this was supposed to work for me for weeks. Not a happy wife, let me tell you. I love to cook, and I love to make healthy meals and this wasn't looking good.

So . . . yep, the Nuwave cooktop subject came up. As much as I wanted to convince my husband that this was not going to make me any happier, I agreed to the purchase with the knowledge that it would be trotted right back for a refund when I proved it was not going to help our situation.

I am gladly eating my words this time! This is certainly one product that has lived up to it's promises.

I have learned not to wander away when boiling water because it gets to boiling unbelievably fast; it cooks everything I throw at it with such ease at maintaining the temperature I want, it can handle very heavy pots (can even be used for canning), and one big bonus for me is that my cast iron cookware that I use nearly exclusively are perfect on it. There isn't one bad thing I can say about the Nuwave cooktop for our kitchen, and believe me, I tried to come up with something.

We now have our stove in the house and for that I am happy, but, I still use my Nuwave pretty much every single day! We still talk about how easy it is to use, and how fast it heats up and cooks quickly. The added bonus is that is saves us up to 90% of the energy we use with our traditional stove.

NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop with Cookware Set
NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop with Cookware Set

A complete set would be a terrific gift for the college student or anyone on your list.

 

I would like to give you a run down of the features (what I find to be good and bad points) of the Precision Nuwave 2 Induction Cooktop so you have as much information as possible to make a decision as to whether the Nuwave is for you and your kitchen.

Good Points:

  • Cooking time really is faster as it gets to the desired temperature quick. From warm to sear, it is fun to use and because you can program time and temp, it would be hard to under or overcook.
  • Induction cooking emits no flame, and less residual heat means that my kitchen doesn't heat up.
  • It stays cool where ever the pot or pan isn't touching due to the way the magnetic surface works, so that lessens the chance of a burn.
  • It only uses 1300 watts (less than my hair dryer), so it conserves up to 90% of the energy wasted by my traditional stove.
  • The automatic shut-off is a great safety feature that eliminates the risk of fire. That would make it perfect for the elderly and also for college students in dorms!
  • Fast cooking. The heating is like "right now" and you have 6 different temperature settings that adjust in 10 degree increments.
  • It's really light! it weighs 5.4 pounds, so you can easily move it anywhere in your kitchen, take it to a get-together to keep your dish warm, take it in your camper for really great meals with that fish you caught. Use it anywhere there is an electrical outlet.
  • Easy to clean. Drips and spills don't burn and stick to the cooktop surface. I just wipe it down after each use.


Bad Point:

Honestly, the only bad point I can think of regarding the Nuwave cooktop is that you have to use cookware that will work with the magnetic surface. Electo-magnetic coils under the glass surface transfer generated heat to induction-ready cookware.

Therefore, the cookware must have an iron based, magnetic bottom. Copper, glass and aluminum cookware will not work unless they have a sandwiched magnetic base. Lucky for me, I mainly use cast iron pots and pans and griddles, so I am set, but when we did shop for another pot size, we took along a magnet to make sure it would work (the store clerk, I'm sure, was wondering what the heck we were doing :)

Solution for this issue: Some Nuwave's come in a package set that includes the Nuwave Induction Cooktop along with one or more pieces of cookware, or . . . there is available an induction interface dish that enables non-induction cookware to be used on induction surfaces.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Wow! If this works as well as you say, it may eliminate the need for my Vegetarian Cooking Without a Stove lens....as I would seriously consider getting one of these. However, right now Amazon says there are none avail. and it does not list a price!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      WoW, what a great review, Thanks for sharing all this info. Hope you are having a great day

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      You are so right Kathy, I do so many things in the kitchen with my Nuwave and choose it over my stove top all the time.

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      Kathy McGraw 3 years ago from California

      Very good review...I hadn't heard of these before, but I can think of all sorts of situations where the Nuwave would be useful besides not having a stove :)

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      I have to say, I have not been a bit disappointed with the Nuwave. One kitchen appliance I am certainly enjoying literally daily.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just bought a Cuisinart Griller and I'm taking it back because its junk. I'm glad I came by to read your review of the Nuwave, as I think this something I'd love.

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      What an interesting story about the nuwave cooktop, I can see it being a very useful kitchen gadget

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      I hear you about the boxed food. We eat only live food when ever possible and preserve as much food as we can. I use the Nuwave over my stove, unless of course I need an extra burner. Thanks for the comment!

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      Wow! This sounds cool, though I can't imagine being without a stove because I cook every day. I can easily go without a microwave which I used to use all the time, but I've given up nasty boxed foods and goon back to traditional cooking. What a fun gadget this looks to be!

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      Thank you favored1 - I appreciate it!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Haven't had a stove in years, so this would be nice. I thought I'd miss my stove, but rarely need one. Congratulations on your winnings.

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      Thank you bikerministry and veryirie!

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      bikerministry 3 years ago

      Congratulations! My parents use one of these in their kitchenette. They love it. Great lens, enjoy the $$$$.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      These induction stovetops sound like a wonder in the kitchen. Congratulations on your great review!

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      Thank you Merrci - I gotta tell you, I truly do use this daily - Russ loves the grilling!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Nice lens. This looks so effective--the grilling alone might be worth it!

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      Thank you RenaissanceWoman2010! It surely made my day . . .

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      I agree smine27 . . . I would be tempted to have an induction stovetop when we need a new one.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I have been shopping around and looking at portable induction appliances. I'm thinking I might like one when I downsize further. Excellent review. Congrats on your win!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      We have induction installed as our stovetop in our kitchen. induction heating is really the way to go.