I bought two of these units; one for my daughter and one for myself. Both units blew up (with a bang) just before the warranty ended. Both units were repaired, but I had to pay postage to and from for both units, so it was up for $60 postage for each unit.
My daughter had a new stove top installed, so she no longer needed her unit and gave it back to me. I used my unit for about six months after repair, and it again blew up. I started using the one my daughter returned to me, and within two weeks, it too blew up. They are now out of warranty, and if I have to pay $60 postage for each unit (probably more now), plus the cost of the repair, it's not worth it. We found the units did not heat uniformly, as one side would burn while the other would not heat enough. The pan had to be constantly rotated to get a uniform heat.
These units were very disappointing, and certainly NOT worth what I paid for them, especially since within about 20 months, they are both worthless.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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