I live in a studio that has no range, and had been using my microwave and a hot plate for cooking. For items that don't ccok well in a microwave, the hotplate takes FOREVER to get to temperature. The Nesco was pretty well rated and inexpensive, so i gave it a shot. I am very pleased with it overall. It will bring a 3 quart sauce pan full of tap water to a boil in less than 5 minutes. MUCH faster than the hot plate. It takes a bit of learning how to use it (like any new toy), because the 5 heat levels cannot be fine tuned like a $2,000.00 cook top. Since it is an induction device, the size of the cooking vessel affects how quick, and how hot it will run on each setting. You quickly learn how to run it. Just don't for example, turn it to "boil" and leave it unattended, no more than you would leave a skillet full of frying chicken unattended. You may have to play with the heat level as you work with it. Depending on the size of the pan, "warm" can simmer, and "simmer" can boil. Anyway, I have no trouble at all operating it. If you want a set and forget cooker, go ahead and buy that $2,000.00 cook top. There appears to be an internal limit thermostat, in that at times it will "appear" to quit working. If you stir the pot, it starts working again. Normal operation. As I said you have to learn how to use it. I like mine enough, that I have ordered a second one, so I will have a makeshift "cooktop". The glass top makes for easy cleanup, and the appearance is good. There have been mentions of noisy fans, and a hum. For goodness sakes, it is a budget cooking device, shut up and cook. I use T-Fal stainless cookware I also bought at Walmart, works well. Don't forget, you need MAGNETIC STEEL cookware for any induction cooker to work.
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