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Compare Portable Induction Cooktops: Secura Duxtop 9100MC vs. Max Burton 6600 vs. NuWave PIC Pro
Portable induction cooktops have recently become extremely popular and there are good reasons for that. In a nutshell, for those who are not familiar, induction cooking heats a cooking vessel by magnetic induction, instead of by thermal conduction from a flame or from an electrical heating element.
On an induction cooktop, you usually find separate power and temperature controls as well as a programmable timer. Using the power controls is very much like increasing or decreasing the gas on a gas stovetop without having the flame. Using the temperature controls, you can select a particular temperature the cooktop will stay at during the length of the programmed cooking time, something you can not do with a gas or electric cooktop.
Cooking with an induction cooktop is extremely fast and safe. With the push of a button the temperature changes instantly, and the cooking energy produced is supplied directly to your pot or pan. The cooktop will only heat the cooking vessel and not the surrounding air, promoting energy savings, safer cooking and a cooler kitchen.
Here are some of the advantages of portable induction cooktops over gas and electric stovetops:
This article will compare the portable induction cooktops Secura Duxtop 9100, Max Burton 6600 and NuWave PIC Pro. These were not just the most popular among Amazon customers at the time this article was written, but they had also received excellent reviews from most Amazon buyers.
Comparing the Selected Induction Cooktops
The following table compares the features of the three induction cooktops selected (please read the table notes that follow for a better understanding of the features offered by each):
Table Notes 1 - 10 Explained:
The reason the number of temperature selections are different for the three induction cooktops considered here is because they each use a different temperature increment when temperature selections are made. For instance, NuWave PIC Pro has the highest number of selections (94), because it uses the smallest increment (5 degrees) when temperature selections are made using the "+" and "-" buttons, and Duxtop has only 15 temperature selections because it uses 20 degree increments when selections are made.
With Duxtop and Max Burton, you increase the power level by pressing repeatedly the "Heating" (for Dutox) and "Power" (for Max Burton) buttons until the desired power level is reached.
With NuWave there is no explicit power level button. Instead, it is equipped with 6 specific power levels to choose from: Low, Medium-Low, Medium, Medium-High, High and Max-Sear. Once you select a specific power level, you can either keep the temperature displayed for that level or increase/decrease the temperature using the "+" and "-" buttons.
Note that the maximum power level that can be selected on NuWave PIC Pro is 1800W which corresponds to the Max-Sear selection on the control panel.
All three cooktops are equipped with a timer.
The maximum cooking time that can be set on Duxtop is 170 minutes, on Max Burton 180 minutes and on NuWave PIC Pro 100 hours!
When cooking time is over all three induction cooktops considered here shut off.
None of the three induction cooktops has an explicit "keep warm" function. But, as Max Burton 6600 and NuWave PIC Pro allow multi-stage programmed cooking, you can program a two stage cooking with the second stage being a lower temperature selection for the desired length of time. This is equivalent to having a "keep warm" function.
The following pictures show the control panels of the three induction cooktops considered here:
All three induction cooktops detect overheat situations and prevent accidents. They do so by switching to a lower temperature when overheat is detected and by notifying the user. The user has the option then of either further lowering the temperature, increasing it, or shutting down altogether the cooktop.
All three induction cooktops considered here detect whether or not the cookwere used is induction compatible.
For a quick test to see if your cookware is induction compatible, apply a magnet to the bottom of your cookware. If it sticks it will work! Note that if your cookware is not compatible, you could always use an induction interface disk (see below in Amazon products section).
NuWave PIC Pro allows you to interrupt the cooking time for a short while for any reason that you may need. To interrupt cooking time, you simply press the “Pause/Clear” button once. This will pause the unit at whatever stage the cooking process might be. The temperature will remain listed in the display panel. To resume, you just press “Start.”
With Max Burton 600 and NuWave PIC Pro, you can program multi-stage cooking. This will allow you to program both the temperature and time for each of the cooking stages of your recipe.
Please Note: For exact prices, please refer to the Amazon products section below.
So which Induction Cooktop is best to buy?
As you can tell from the above comparison table, Secura Duxtop 9100MC and Max Burton 6600 sound to be quite similar. Except for the number of temperature and power levels that can be selected, they work quite similarly. One important difference is that Max Burton has a stainless steel body with a glass top while Secura Duxtop has a hard plastic body with a glass top. Those who prefer stainless steel appliances might want to consider the Max Burton.
Another important difference between these two is that Max Burton 6600 allows multi-stage programmed cooking.
Now, as it can also be seen from the comparison table above, NuWave PIC Pro comes with a number of useful features such as multi-stage programmed cooking and the ability to pause the cooking for a short while which could be very useful under certain situations. In addition, though NuWave PIC Pro has only 6 power levels to choose from (as opposed to respectively 15 and 10 for Secura Duxtop and Max Burton), it provides a much larger choice of temperatures levels (94) that can be selected in conjunction with each of the 6 power levels, which means that it provides the user with more ways of cooking.
If you consider that these points are important to you, then you should definitely consider the NuWave PIC Pro.
Compared Portable Induction Cooktops on Amazon
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Secura Duxtop 9100MC
Max Burton 6600
NuWave PIC Pro
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COOKTRON Double Induction Cooktop
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Induction Interface Disks on Amazon
8" Interfce Disk
9.45" Interface Disk
8.5" Interface Disk (French)
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