Settings and Customization
The Nuwave PIC-2 has a very wide array of possibilities of cooking options. There are six preset functions including barbeque, steam, melt, sauté, slow cook and grill. The temperature is fully customizable in increments of ten degrees, which is a feature that isn’t included on all induction cooktops.
Lots of Features
The Nuwave PIC 2 – Precision Induction Cooktop 2 has a lot of the basic features you need to see on an induction cooktop. For example, it has the auto shut off safety feature that causes the entire unit to shut off when there isn’t a pot or pan on it. The wide capability of temperatures, starting at just 100 degrees, means it can be used for several other purposes. This is not standard in cooktops of this size and price range.
Large Cooktop, Small Footprint
This cooktop is cleverly designed with a minimal of wasted space. That means you sacrifice less counter space for a bigger cooking area. The cooktop area is 9” and circular in design with a little extra room given to the keypad area, but no wasted space around the circumference of the cooking area.
Fast Water Boiling
This Nuwave is known for being a speedy water boiler, and it certainly lives up to that reputation. You’ll notice it is significantly faster than your stovetop. Also, the induction cooking heats the bottom of the pan evenly, so all other cooking is also fast and efficient.
One of the biggest challenges with purchasing an induction cooktop is finding the cookware that will actually work with it. Some people are disappointed when they first their new induction cooker to learn that they will have to go out and buy a new pan before they will be able to cook. But the PIC-2 comes with a frying pan, so you can start cooking right away.
Not Heavy Duty
Although this is a quality unit and will never let you down when it comes to grilled cheese, omelets and a small pot of water, it may not be heavy duty enough for a large pot of water or a big wok. If you are looking to actually replace your stovetop for many purposes, you might want to find a larger unit than the Nuwave PIC 2 – Precision Induction Cooktop 2.
LED Display Always On
The LED display on this unit is certainly easy to read and understand. But the disadvantage is that it never turns off when you’re done cooking. This means you’ll either have an additional light always in your kitchen, or you’ll have to just unplug it after every use.
Despite not being the most heavy duty unit on the market, this Nuwave induction cooktop really packs a lot of punch in a very small and compact package. Because of the unique design that doesn’t waste an inch, it gives you maximum cooking space in minimum counter space. This makes it a great option for small kitchens and dorm rooms. You’ll appreciate the included frying pan that makes it easier to cook immediately without having to test your cookware for induction compatibility.