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I purchased this range to serve as the main heat source for a basement food processing/brewing/canning etc space that I constructed in my basement. While it will require purchasing some new cookware, I am very impressed thus far, the heat control is instantaneous, the output impressive (brought a 5 gallon volume of wort from ~140 degrees to boiling in 15 minutes and maintained a vigorous boil easily) and the unit is very sturdy in its construction and could probably handle stockpots in excess of 10 gallon. I just hope it lasts--but for the price?
I've been amateur cooking for nearly 50 years and always preferred gas. No more. Fire has it's place in BBQ, smoking, and high searing. I will still use my electric pressure cooker, sous vide and rice cooker. But induction cooking will handle all the rest.
1. It is fast. I did a quick experiment using a 3.5 qt steel pot, 2 quarts of cold tap water. My 12,000 BTW cooktop burner boiled the water in 14 min 30 seconds. The Avantco cooktop did it in 9 min 5 sec. As a control, I also boiled 1 quart of cold tap in an Adagio electric kettle and it took 4 minutes 30 seconds.
2. It won't burn food for difficult heating tasks. I needed to melt butter in a pnn for a roux. Setting the temperature to 210 I was able to turn my back and not worry about it. I am able to adjust the temperature from searing steaks to gently frying eggs. This makes these tasks really easy.
3. This Avantco is built very solidly. The basic structure is stainless steel. The top is glass. The only plastic is the knob for the power control and the front control panel. This could be used commercially.
Overall, this unit will earn its space on your kitchen's countertop over any other electric appliance.