Summary: I just bought this unit, have heated some water, and measured it's power characteristics with a Kill-A-Watt meter (was checking the capacity of the circuit). PROBLEM When the unit is off, it shows zero watts but 98 VA and 0.88 amps, continuous, never stops, all the time. The unit has a two-pronged plug. I don't understand Power Factor, but it looks like 0.88 amps is circulating all the time. What gives? The Kill-A-Watt reads zero when I unplug the unit.
Summary: I like the way it works. I had to replace a couple of pieces of my aluminum cookware but I expected to because induction cookers require steel. One stainless steel pot that I planned to use didn't work due to the alloy. Some of the old enameled pots that I seldom used work perfectly.
Sunpentown SR-1891B - very poor production execution
Petr "Vad", Amazon
6 June 2010
Summary: It was bought at Amazon august 31 2009. SN: 09T00153, made in China. It has very pleasant ergonomic design and convenient functional design, especially the timer and power control. It is most used kitchen item in our family. But! Production execution is very poor (choice of materials and quality control). 1. After I have opened the shipping box the two screws fell off.
Summary: The induction hot plate works but it is not what I expected. Unit required new cookware which after completing purchases cost as much as the induction single burned cook top. It has been an interesting experiment that solved my curiosity but I would not recommend it.
Summary: I just got this, and I absolutely loved it... for all of 5 minutes. I used it to fry some hot peppers in a cast iron skillet, which took about 5 minutes. It worked great, heated right up faster than I've ever seen a cast iron skillet heat up (and I have done a lot of cooking with cast iron on both electric and gas stoves). I turned it off and everything seemed fine until I came back to it 30 minutes later (to cook the main course) and it wouldn't turn on.
Summary: The first unit lasted 3 days, then just plain quit. The replacement unit arrived a week after I reported the problem with the first one. When I plugged that one in, there was a bright flash, a loud pop, a puff of smoke, and the smell of electrical burn. I immediately unplugged it, boxed it up, called and returned it. Both units are in transit back to Sunpentown as I write this, and I have ordered a portable induction cooktop from another manufacturer.
Summary: actually, my second induction "hot plate" I'm in love with efficient, finely controllable cooking. I don't miss the many more TEMPERATURE settings featured on my first mr. induction as the multitude of POWER settings on this unit is like going from 16 to 24 bit audio. This unit is as controllable as GAS but doesn't wrap the heat up the sides of the pot or pan.
Summary: Before I bought the Sunpentown cooktops, I cooked with the Athena Max Burton for about a year. I liked it so well that I bought 2 of these to replace my gas stove when I remodeled my kitchen. I debated long and hard about these vs. a built-in cooktop. In many ways the built-in would be more suitable and better looking and way more expensive, but it lost out on the simple fact that they don't have timers.