Due to being in a power chair, which limits her ability to get close to our range to cook (or high enough), the PIC was purchased for her so she could sit on the (wood, not carpet) floor in the kitchen (actually used mostly in the living room) to cook. Because she cannot feel herself being burnt, the cool top features are a godsend. Because of her dietary restrictions, she needs to cook healthy (another review mentioned oil frying, which is not healthy; you can fry with the PIC without oil).
If I could offer any negative feedback it is that the PIC cooks so freaky fast she has burnt food, as have I. But clean-up is, as advertised, as simple really as wiping with a paper towel (although we still use dishsoap and water). It most certainly boils water (here at altitude) much faster than our electric range! And cooking time for pasta is notably shorter 2/3rds the time).
The fan is not loud (very similar to fans we use under our laptops) or the least annoying. Probably could cook at the public library. Yes, the PIC is lightweight and very portable.
As to longevity, we've not had the product that long.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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