Summary: Bought our house equipped with electric stove. While we appreciate the cleaner indoor air of using an electric over, we miss the quick temperature adjustment a gas stove affords for more demanding cooking. We bought our first Sunpentown Induction cooktop 6-8 years ago when there were very few choices.
Decent - temp control doesn't seem to be accurate though
pouncepounce "Geek", Amazon
10 April 2010
Summary: I bought this item because the manual indicated it could be set to a certain temperature. This product had the lowest possible temp setting of the induction units I had seen. I was hoping to be able to use the 110F setting, but from my testing it over shoots by a pretty large amount. The fan is very noisy. I'm considering swapping the fan to see if I can't make it more quiet. The housing is very heavy duty stainless which I think is nice.
Summary: I bought this unit and immediately went out to get a copper core all-clad dutch oven to use with it. The very first thing I tried to make (braise) burned at 160* setting and nearly ruined my pan. I tested with the pan provided by manufacterer and found that the 110* setting is really 160* with each setting accordingly higher than marked. When calling the manufacturer, they claimed the unit is not broken,and that the settings are subject to variances.
Summary: I have just ordered the Sunpentown SR-951T which will be my third unit from them. I've had the other 2 for over 2 years, and with constant use at my B&B have had NO problem with them. I also have a $1400 Guggenau built in induction cooktop, but still prefer the Sunpentown units. They are much more responsive to change in temperature and the timer feature is invaluable so I can go about other duties with no fear of overcooking.
Summary: This cooktop is very well built. The smooth glass and chrome construction is easy to keep clean. It's very quiet in operation. It heats pans more quickly than gas, it does not heat up the kitchen, the cooktop stays cool to the touch and heat on/off is almost instant. My research shows that it's more efficient than electric and even gas. I use it all the time. Works well when cooking outside and not affected by the wind like a gas grill side burner is.
Summary: I bought this product so I could move all my cooking outside to my porch. I live in central Texas, and it's been really hot this year. I already have a countertop convection oven, an electric frypan, a rice cooker and deep fryer, so this is the last piece I need. I found the cooktop to be intuitive and easy to use and it looks great. I was especially impressed with the one piece stainless steel frame, as well as the black glass top and control panel.
Summary: I purchased this for camping. If I wanted an 110v electric cooktop that was easy to keep clean and can get hot enough to boil water or sear meat without tripping an unknown circuit breaker somewhere or overheating the extension cord, then efficiency and therefore induction seemed the best (if not only) choice. The power cord is very thick and does not lay down very well and therefore was difficult to get out of the way, but that is a minor point for my purpose.
Summary: This induction cook top is better than gas. For actual control of the cooking process, electric does not even come close to either because there is such a lag time when you decrease the temperature. Induction cooking heats instantly and then only the utensil, not the kitchen. The temperature increase or decrease is almost instantaneous. The controls are touch pads. You can choose to cook by power level or temperature. It has a 99-minute digital timer.
Thomas Ransom Jr. "Le Cordon Bleu Trained Chef", Amazon
26 June 2007
Summary: This is the worst piece of equipment I have ever used. I own a restaurant and they did not last a month and it is not a real busy restaurant I have 5 of these and they are horrible. Good Luck if you buy them.