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Nuwave PIC 2 Review

Nuwave PIC 2 Review

The Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop 2 or PIC 2 is an excellent cooktop for an extra cooking surface or if you need one in places like dorms or break rooms.

Ease of Use/Performance: 5/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Total: 5/5

A little over two years ago I reviewed the Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop and found the product delivered extremely well but the company had problems. In researching the Nuwave PIC I found people did not like the shipping and handling charges the company used for an extra PIC or the accessories like pans.

Nuwave now sells the Precision Induction Cooktop at local stores but has gone one better and really did listen to some complaints about the product and improved it. The Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop 2(PIC 2) is available at local stores like Wal-Mart and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop 2
Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop 2

The Precision Induction Cooktop 2 is an induction cooktop that uses magnetism to heat pans and cook your food but the features are what make this a great cooktop. The induction cooktop has a precise control for temperature and has a glass surface that does not heat up as much as other cooking surfaces.

The glass top will heat up but cools quickly and only heats because of the pan or pot sitting on it that heats up during cooking. You need to press the start button and the temperature you want to start cooking and it will stop if you lift the pan.

Chicken on the PIC 2
Chicken on the PIC 2

The PIC 2 now has your choice of Farenheit and Celsius display of the cooking temperature as well as the larger internal induction coil for better cooking on larger pans. The Nuwave PIC 2 has six heat settings as well as an up and down feature that changes the current temperature by ten degrees.

This exact heat setting allows you to precisely cook foods for better control which is the best feature of the cooktop. We have been working with chocolate which needs a precise temperature to make sure you don’t overcook it for the best taste and look to your confections.

Melting Chocolate
Melting Chocolate

The Precision Induction Cooktop 2 has a timer so you can cook at one temperature then switch to another at a preset time. This allows for precise cooking on all kinds of foods and makes another great feature but there are some drawbacks of induction cooking.

An induction cooktop uses magnetism to heat the metal of a pan so you need a pan that is a metal that is very susceptible to magnetism. Some steel and stainless steel works well and cast iron is usually great but aluminum will not work with an induction cooktop without some help.

Polenta on the PIC 2
Polenta on the PIC 2

I wanted to try something I found on the internet and rushed off to my local hardware store for a plate of metal that worked well. I made sure the plate would attract a magnet well and bought a quarter inch plate about four inches wide.

I placed the plate on the induction cooktop and used my Moka pot which is solid aluminum to brew some coffee and it worked just great. You can buy larger plates and use pans that are not attracted by magnets to cook with the PIC 2 using just about any pan.

Making Candy
Making Candy

The plate will get hot and will be hot for a while after using it so be careful and use protection if you pick it up and warn others not to touch it. I have been using the PIC 2 and am very impressed with the Precision Induction Cooktop 2.

The PIC 2 works well for just about any cooktop cooking and does make an excellent way to cook foods at a precise temperature. I can easily recommend the Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop 2 for a great extra cooktop or for a main cooking surface for rooms that don’t have a regular stove.

PIC 2 @ Nuwave.com

PIC 2 @ Bed, Bath & Beyond

Pros
Precise cooking temperature
Portable Cooktop
Easy storage
Timer for shutoff & changing temps
Shuts off when pan is removed

Cons
None

NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop

Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop

The Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop adds a new way of cooking to your repertoire including a new cooktop if you already have a stovetop as well as a more energy efficient way to cook.

Ease of Use/Performance: 21/25
Convenience/Storage 21/25
Appearance/Design 23/25
How much I enjoy 20/25

Total: 85/100

NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop

There is more than one reason to buy a new cooktop and if you already have a stove for cooking adding a new cooktop may not make sense. Having another cooktop to help cooking big meals like Thanksgiving or Christmas really can help and the new induction cooking can help save money as well.

Whether you need a cooktop because you don’t have a stovetop or just want another burner for pots or pans while cooking an induction cooktop is a great investment. An induction cooktop can save you money by using more of the electricity to cook with instead of being wasted as heat to the room.

When using a regular electric element or a gas stove to cook you can waste up 60 percent of the energy to the room as heat from the pot or pan heating up. The stovetop around the burner also heats up and even those burner grates will waste some of the money you are paying to cook by the heat that does not go to the pan.

One of my Best Dishes

An induction cooktop uses magnetism to heat the pan and only the pan, you don’t waste money heating up the stove around the pan or the grate the pan is resting on. Induction cooking is much safer as well by not having open flames or heating up parts of a stove for potential burns which makes a lot of sense when kids are around.

The Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop comes with the cooktop itself and a manual with recipes as well as a chart for cooking times and temperatures. The cooktop does need a steel or iron pot or pan to cook with as aluminum or copper cookware does not work with induction cooktops.

If you have cast iron cookware or metal like stainless steel pots or pans you can start using the Nuwave right away with the simple controls. To cook using any of the setting you press the setting and then the start button, you can easily change the temperature by simply pressing one of the other settings or the plus and minus buttons.

Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions

The Nuwave Cooktop has six settings from low to sear but you can also set the temperature using the plus and minus buttons to increase or decrease the cooking temperature. The LED screen has a temperature reading and the cooktop has increments of five degrees from a low of 100 to a high or sear of about 430.

The various settings give you a good range while being able to use the increase and decrease adds to the cooktops versatility from low simmers to searing for great steaks and other meats. Using the cooktop takes a little getting used to for some of the techniques and induction cooking but the cooktop is easy to use once you get past the heating time.

The main difference when using the cooktop beyond the necessary metal cookware you need to be aware of is preheating the pans when cooking. Normally a pan or pot on an electric or gas stove takes some time to heat up but an induction cooktop heats much faster than other types of burners.

Simple Eggs on the Induction Cooktop

I started cooking with the Nuwave Induction Cooktop and had to alter the way I cook, I would usually heat up the pan while preparing what I am cooking. With the Nuwave Cooktop you don’t have much time before the pan or pot is ready to use and will start to overheat if you don’t have anything in there.

I made the mistake of putting a thin pot on the stovetop and turning to get water to start boiling but when I turned around after filling a pitcher the pots bottom was cherry red hot. This usually doesn’t happen with my cooking as warming up my pans on a gas stoves takes a minute or so but the induction cooktop heats up very quickly.

You just need to take this into account when preparing to cook and you should have everything ready before starting up the cooktop as there really is little warm up time. The cooktop really is nice to use as a main cooktop or just another large cooktop for more cooking like when you’re preparing a large meal or if you have company.

Adding a Large Burner for More Cooking

The induction cooktop cooks well with the metal pans like my Farberware Millennium skillet and set of cast iron pots and pans that I have had for years. The induction cooktop works very well with cast iron pots and cooks evenly with the thicker metal of the bottoms.

I have a cast iron enameled French oven from Le Creuset that also works very well on the induction cooktop especially for long cooking like stews and soups. The induction cooktop works very well for simmering and slow cooking as it does keep a constant temperature easily just like a slow cooker.

The glass top of the Nuwave Cooktop is easy to clean with a simple wet rag or cloth when you do spill on it and the sides and even buttons can be cleaned with a wet cloth. The buttons are plastic covered without any gaps so spilling anywhere on the cooktop will not result in shocks or short circuits.

I really enjoyed using the Nuwave Precision Induction cooktop and it works extremely well for an additional cooktop or as a sole cooking surface for an apartment or dorm room. During holidays or whenever you have company an additional cooktop will really help and the Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop really works well for this.

I highly recommend the Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop for a great additional burner or a single burner for a smaller place like an apartment.

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