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Does Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop (PIC) Really Work?

Click for More Info About Nuwave Precision Induction CooktopThe joy of cooking gets doubled with easy-to-use kitchen appliances. For example, more and more homeowners now prefer the use of a cooktop over the traditional stove. This is due to the induction technology present in cooktops such as NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop (PIC). With its temperature control panel that provides exact heat settings, the portable NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop claims to provide an efficient and safe method of cooking without the smoke or flame. It is also said to cut on energy use as it only runs at an energy consumption rate of 1300 watts. The NuWave PIC promises to be an ideal all-in-one replacement for various appliances like deep fryer, steamer and rice cooker. Also available with the NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop are a bonus cookware set, additional cookbooks, guides, and instructional DVD.
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Nuwave Precision Induction Cooktop (PIC) Reviews

Yes - Great Product
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I have no complaints. My PIC works great. No, it doesn’t work with every pan & pot I have but I knew that before I purchased my unit. It does what it says it does perfectly. The temperature controls are fabulous. Pans heat much quicker than the stove top & they do so more uniformly. I have cooked steaks, sausage,and chicken, fried egg rolls, melted butter, eggs and omelets,& made many one dish meals. I would recommend the PIC with no reservations.

Ray C
April 12th, 2014
Philadelphia, PA
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Yes - Love it
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I have used this quite frequently since getting it and I absolutely love it! So easy and so consistent. Highly recommend

Annie Clover
February 16th, 2014
Guyton, GA
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes - Was a bit sceptical, but the Hubby wanted it!!!
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I wasn’t thrilled about getting the PIC’s at first. Wish they weren’t quite so expensive, but I’m definitely glad we paid the S&H for the “FREE” 2nd PIC & pans. If we hadn’t we definitely wouldn’t be using them yet! You have to know and remember that if you can NOT stick a magnet to your pot or pan they CAN NOT activate the Induction technology of the units! This is a big CON for me as I look for new pots to go with my three new pans w/steamer and lids, they are a little spendy. But we haven’t used our glass top since they arrived two weeks ago. A BIG PRO is that everything that we have prepared has been delicious and not burnt. I have had to remind my husband that hotter is not always better,he has a bad habit of being impatient. I did find that, as mentioned in the DVD, you should use butter or margarine to cook your eggs. They turned out great scrambled eggs, but I was aiming for an omelette. Guess it will take some practice. Also be WARNED I read a review that someone mentioned that using nonstick cooking spray caused some discoloration of her pans. All in all I can’t say that we shouldn’t have ordered them.

Wendy N.
December 16th, 2013
Kenova, WV
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes - One dish
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I really appreciate the ease of use, but do not like that I cannot use my favorite pans. I have several that I can use though so it is not a big problem.
I like it!!!

November 10th, 2013
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes - A few issues
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I got the buy on get one offer and because of some delivery issues by FedEx and the help of NuWave both products arrived. This was several months ago. I used one of the units not very much, less than 20 times and I didn’t use the second one until yesterday because the first one started having electrical problems and eventually just quit working. But I like the cooktop and especially the adjustable increments of temperature. To the person who says they have two bad units out of the box with an E1 error, let me remind you that you need to use induction ready cookware. Cookware designed for use on an induction appliance. You are probably not going to be able to use your $19.95 fry pan with this induction unit. You are going to have to upgrade.

Wes Z.
September 23rd, 2013
Outer Banks N.C.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes - Good
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This heats up as fast as my gas stove. I just got done making rice and stir fry vegetables at the same time. I also use it to make breakfast fast in the mornings. No complaints so far.

May 11th, 2013
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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No - Total RipOff, in more ways than one
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I bought this piece of junk after watching the TV infomercial (my 1st mistake) thinking it would be safer than a regular cooktop with a 2yr old in the house. I got the ‘free’ extra top for her Daddy, too. That ‘free’ unit cost me $60.00 S&H! Turns out NOTHING is free.

BOTH units didn’t work on arrival. Kept getting the same error code my pans were the wrong non-metallic type even the same ‘green’ frying pan used on TV failed to meet their specs. (It might help if they told people that before you bought but then again most wouldn’t buy if they did) Using the magnet test they recommend AFTER you buy the units & read the instructions, you’ll discover MOST pans you own won’t work with this unit. [That included all of my expensive gourmet cookware] So check your pans with a magnet first- if it doesn’t stick tight then plan to buy new ones or skip the unit. [If you get their ‘Free’ pans advertised on the infomercial it’s another $120.00]. I had some old skillets & a few cheap metal ones that did pass the magnet test so I tried them & still got the error code.

Here’s yet another bad part they don’t tell you: the surface is supposed to be so cold you can stick your hand on it while cooking, right? DON’T try it. Right off the bat when you open the instruction booklet there’s a big black box warning written in red on page 1: ‘DO NOT TOUCH WHILE IN OPERATION SURFACE IS HOT!’ You bet it is…my neighbor (wish I’d talked to her before ordering this junk) tried cooking a slightly oversized frypan on hers: she said within minutes she’d melted the plastic cooktop edges & where the controls are placed, ruining the control pad. It wasn’t covered by warranty, either. So hers were useless junk she’d forked out over $250.00 for all the ‘free’ extras & exorbitant S&H. She said the units do NOT keep things warm, either – at very low temps they simply don’t work – she could never get hers to melt chocolate or heat sauces. Other reports on NuWave make the same complaint of not working at low temps, too. Should have done my homework.

When I called about returning the useless burners they tried to get me to not only return the units at my own expense to be replaced but to buy more of the extras I had turned down the 1st time. I told them no way – if 2 of 2 didn’t work why would I want 2 more? I got the cold shoulder from then on. I was put on hold time and again for no reason. But I’m patient & simply waited them out. The young man who answered told me I had to follow return instructions exactly or no money would be reimbursed, and the S&H charges were forfeit anyway. This is the source of all their money: cheap units they don’t care if you keep or return & outrageous shipping charges that are more than triple what they should be that you can’t get back.

I finally got an RMA, was told to pack them in the ORIGINAL packaging (thank heaven I’d saved the boxes & hadn’t torn them up) & had to write a letter to put inside the boxes plus the RMA inside & out. I marked every box ‘BROKEN UNIT” so they wouldn’t just put them back into sales & put adhesive stickers on the bottom of each also reading ‘BROKEN UNIT’. Their customer ‘service'(LOL) person wanted me to insure the package for the full amount & I laughed. Insure broken units? He said so I could prove they got there, otherwise I had no proof of their arrival & might not get my money back. I had USPS track the package for much less cost. I’d already paid 120.00 S&H for the 1st two (!) and now I had to pay to return the broken units. The cost of S&H via USPS for me? 16.89. Less than $17.00 to return what they charged $120.00. I finally got my credit card company to return the $120.00 because the units were broken [many credit cards will reimburse for the S&H if units have problems].
I’ve learned NO item sold on TV is worth the cost & if I wait a bit it shows up in the stores for the straight price less S&H – so I save a bundle. I’ve learned all the extras you see on TV always cost more than they’re worth & are NEVER free despite what you see. I’ve learned the S&H are ALWAYS higher than the cost of the item. I will NEVER buy another ‘As Seen On TV’ rip off again.

I’ve learned to do some things to protect myself: 1) wait 3 days before I order anything I’ve seen on TV 2) use that time to RESEARCH the item on the Internet t0 see if there are any scam reports 3) make sure the reviews are NOT sponsored by the company selling the item. That’s another dirty trick: the company selling the TV junk puts up a website high on Google’s list that shows glowing ‘reviews’ of the product but when you look at the IP address or check who’s behind the review, it’s the selling company. 4) Always type in the brand name with the word ‘scam’ or ‘problems’ after the name. 5) I have one credit card I use for all Internet & not-in-person charges so I can shut it off in case of identity theft, fraud or companies putting me on automatic re-ordering I said I didn’t want but they do anyway ( a common complaint if you read many of the complaints on Does It Work, Scambook, Rip-Off report etc. I’ve saved a lot following these rules. I hope this helps someone else.

Marlyn R.
February 24th, 2013
Cleveland, OH.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Yes - Great for one-dish meals
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Because I cook one-dish meals (mostly stir-fries) most nights, I love the NuWave Precision Cooktop. It does heat rapidly and stop heating instantly (I boiled pasta and it stopped boiling the instant I pressed Pause/Clear). It does take up counter space and I don’t always want to splatter grease there, so I usually move it to the (glass, flat-top) stove, but that means I should not use the other burners (hence the one-dish meals).
Frying fish makes the fish golden with no hot-spots or burning. The non-stick pan is easy to clean, although I wish it were slightly larger. The glass lid that comes with the stainless steel pots dos NOT fit the fry pan at all!
Don’t know whether it actually saves on electricity, but it sure is nice to have steady, instant control of the temperature.

Nan C.
December 26th, 2012
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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