Today we are sharing one of our favorite kitchen tools – an induction cooktop! Specifically the Duxtop Professional Portable Induction Cooktop P961LS/BT-C35-D.
What is Induction Cooking?
First, let’s go over what induction cooking is. Induction cooking has been around for awhile but it’s gained a lot of popularity lately because companies are trying to produce more cost and energy efficient cooking products. Instead of using an electric or gas element which uses thermal conduction, induction heats pots and pans directly using electric current which maintains a consistent and precise temperature through magnetic induction. Because of this, it’s crazy efficient meaning it gets hotter faster and there’s less heat loss than the other cooking alternatives.
Induction cooktop are very safe because there’s no electric range or open flames and the glass surface of an induction stove doesn’t get crazy hot. This makes it a better option in crowded kitchens, buffet service like pasta stations, and also great if there are kids around you in the kitchen.
So why else might you need one of these portable johns? Other than being energy efficient, safer and faster to cook with, it’s also relatively light (depending on model), hence portable which is great for family style dishes like hot pot or Korean BBQ set ups. Fellow cooking Youtubers can also appreciate the flexibility of moving the stove for better angles and such.
The Cons of Induction Burners
There are no cooktops without its flaws, but the only cons for induction cooking is the rather expensive initial investment and the need for specific cookware. However, if you weigh the cost and convenience of using an induction stove rather than a gas stove and having to get butane cans over time, especially if you run solar, we feel the induction burner is worth it.
Because induction burners worth through magnetic induction, you need cookware that has a magnetic base. A lot of companies will label their pots and pan as induction ready but let’s face it, sometimes its not labeled as so and you need to do your own research. If you know you’re going shopping for induction cookware in person, bring a magnet with you, like those little fridge magnets will do just fine. When you are the store, run that magnet on the bottom of the pans to check if it’s magnetic, and if it sticks, then the pan is induction compatible!
Our Favorite thing about the Duxtop Professional Portable Induction Cooktop
Other than it being an induction cooktop, we love the Duxtop Professional Portable Induction Cooktop because of the stainless steel durability and aesthetic. The P961LS/BT-C35-D model is a bit heavier than most, but at 14 LBS it’s not too heavy and this thing is a beast of a stove. We chose this particular model because of its larger range of control in power and temperature with 20 power presets from 100w to 1800w and 20 temperature presets from 100F to 460F. There’s a touch panel with LCD screen and since there is no flame, food does not burn on the surface so it’s super easy to just wipe clean. It’s even got a programmable timer that you can set up to 10 hours so it’s good for lengthier dishes like making stock for your home.
Supposedly it boils water up to 50% faster than gas or electric, we don’t know about that exact number but this induction cooktop does get a pot of water to a boil super fast. We did a comparison test and this induction cooktop took 3 minutes less to boil the same pot of water than our electric range stove, so not quite 50% faster, but it is faster.
So if you are in need of a portable cooktop, this Duxtop Professional Portable Induction Cooktop P961LS/BT-C35-D is the one! We hope you found this review helpful, let us know if you have any questions or if you have a different favorite portable cooktop in the comments below!
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