Have you seen the infomercials for the NuWave PIC - Precision Induction Cooktop? Read our NuWave PIC reviews from editors and readers.
About NuWave PIC
The NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop (PIC) is sold by Hearthware, Inc. The official website is nuwavepic.com which was registered in November 2011. It appears that they advertised a different website prior to that, which was nuwavecooktop.com, created about a year earlier.
How much does NuWave PIC cost?
The NuWave PIC costs $99.99 plus $29.95 shipping and “processing.” That’s right, nearly $30 to ship and “process” it for a total cost of $129.94. You’ll receive the PIC plus a cookbook, video, and quick-start guide.
You may see an offer that if you call now, you’ll get a second unit free, but you’ll be responsible for another $30 in shipping costs. There are also several extras available on the website, such as a compatible cookware set, griddle, case, etc. Some of these have free shipping, while others do not.
NuWave PIC Pros
- Using the product doesn’t add excess heat to your home.
- It is portable and well-constructed.
- Safety: No open flames or hot electric coils. Unit has an auto-shut off feature.
- The product is easy to clean.
- Good at maintaining simmer-level temperatures.
- It does a decent job in some cooking situation.
NuWave PIC Cons
- Does not work with all pots and pans. Only magnetic pans, such as stainless steel or cast iron will work, while aluminum, glass, ceramic, and copper will not. If you are fond of your existing cookware, see if a magnet will stick to the bottom of it to determine if you can use it with the PIC.
- The commercial claims that the surface of the PIC doesn’t get hot but we’ve found that the inner area of the cooktop does in fact get warm. Perhaps this is due to heat transfer of the pan back to the surface, but it should be noted.
- The induction coil is smaller than the overall surface, and cooking evenness is affected by this (along with whatever pan you are using).
- Temperature setting: We found it difficult to maintain accurate temperature when using the PIC at higher temperatures. Our food thermometer sometimes read much different than the product indicated.
- Size: Your cookware should not exceed 9 inches, which may limit the usefulness of this product if you want to cook larger family-sized dishes.
- Power cord is only about 36 inches long.
Induction cooking has a learning curve to it. Some people may swear by it while others may not like it. The product certainly works, but the hype of the infomercial may be a bit overblown when considering the cons listed above. If you have realistic expectations, you may enjoy using the unit. If you want to try the NuWave PIC, you may consider buying it locally for the best price without shipping charges or delays.
Your NuWave PIC Reviews
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Watch the full 30-minute infomercial below: