Laureen V.
ColoradoMember since December 2019

Reviews (1)

    • Jan 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    NuWave PIC

    Most used appliance in my kitchen

    Overall Experience:

    I received my first PIC as a gift more than 5 years ago. The fan died last year (I forgot to clean the ventilation ports on the bottom), and I've since purchased two more units. I think everyone should have at least one of these, and here is why:

    Mine is convenient, I can use it anywhere. It does heat FAST, especially if I'm using heavy-based sandwich-bottom induction pans. Both temperature and time can be programmed, which means I can set up my stew for the day and leave; I can set it to cook on High for 10 minutes, then simmer for 4 hours, then warm for an hour - or whatever. The pause IS useful (maybe you have to go answer the door). I can melt chocolate or butter on its lowest setting. (Both of my PICs showed inaccurate temperatures, and my soups simmered at a 215* setting, on both.) It does not heat up my kitchen. The SEAR setting is HOT and functional. I use my PIC for pressure cooking and consider it indispensable; once I get my cooker up to pressure, I drop the temp down to keep it at 15 psi, set the timer, and leave. Done. The PIC coupled with a pressure cooker uses just a TINY bit of energy, but even just small amounts with average induction pans. For me, it's a no-brainer. The temperature control is effective and immediate, lessening chances for boil-over: a push of a button "removes from the heat" with no heavy pan to move. I have yet to burn myself on a PIC "hot Burner."

    A few cons, tips, and advice: The cord is short, you must make provision to keep your appliance safe in use. If you will be using other high-wattage appliances on the same circuit with it, you may want to get a model with adjustable wattage. If you are brewing beer - or mashing wort - you may want to get a model that heats with 1800 watts. Same goes for canning. You must keep a fair amount of space around the PIC while cooking, for ventilation, just as you must keep its ventilation ports clear. You have to learn the buttons. The buttons on my first NuWave lost their "skin" after a short while.

    IMO the caveats in the article are minor compared to all the advantages of this PIC. I've had no personal experience with NuWave Customer Service, though, and I am still counting my blessings for that.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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