Explore the benefits of induction cooking, such as enhanced safety and increased efficiency! Also, learn what kind of pan to use with your induction range. From countertop ranges to a drop in units, we have the right induction range for you!
Hello internet shoppers! This is Steve Ziegler, product expert at the WEBstaurant Store, and today we will be going over the basics of induction cooking. Induction is a very safe, responsive, and cost effective form of cooking that’s used the world over. And of course, if you buy your induction equipment at the WEBstaurant Store, it will save you money. Before we begin in earnest, I want to mention that today we’re going to be demonstrating on Vollrath’s Mirage 1800 watt induction range, but we also have this entry-level induction range. Now on the internet you’ll find a few ranges that are cheaper (not many, but a few), but they’re also less wattage. The problem is that, just like microwaves, the wattage effects cooking times. So while this entry-level unit may not have the same features that make this Vollrath Mirage great for high end and high volume applications, with the same 1800 watts of power, it cooks every bit as fast. Now here at the WEBstaurant Store we have induction ranges that run the gamete from counter-top units like these, all the way up to drop-in units and units that have up to 3500 watts of power per burner. But what is induction cooking? Very simply, it’s the process of exciting the atoms in, in other words heating, the pan itself. For this to work you need a pan that can be magnetized, so you’ll need to use a pan made out of materials like cast-iron, stainless steel, and enamel wear works great. What you don’t want to use are pans that are all aluminum, copper, or made out of glass. Those will not work on an induction range. Now you can use pans like I’m using today, which are stainless steel with an aluminum-clad bottom. They work just fine, and are very inexpensive here at the WEBstaurant Store. By just heating the pan, induction ranges have some excellent advantages. The first one being safety. You can see that I can put my hands right here where this is heating, and it is not even hot. Now you have to be careful, because the pan itself heats the unit, but it’s not hot enough to hurt my hand at all when my hand is waving right over top. You don’t want to do this on a gas or electric range. This advantage really comes into play when you’re catering or if you’re in a buffet type situation. You know, those butane burners are great until some tipsy conventioneer trips into your sauté station and catches his jacket on fire. Besides the safety factor, the fact that induction only heats the pan means that it’s very efficient. In fact, it’s 90% efficient. Gas is only 50%, which means that while 50% heats your pan, the other 50% of that heat energy is going to heat your room. And who wants a hot kitchen? Okay, one last advantage of induction: instant adjustability. If you’ve ever worked with an electric stove or halogen range, you know the annoyance of having to wait until the burner warms or cools off. That’s why so many of us love cooking with gas. Induction cooking is the same as cooking with gas in that way. Remember, we’re just heating the pan with an electromagnet, so we can adjust that energy as quickly as we want. We can also bring this down to a very low simmer, which is also very useful. Well now that you know a little bit more about induction cooking, explore our site! We have an induction range that will suit anyone’s need. Thank you for watching! If you have any questions please feel free to use our live chat button.
Richard: Welcome to Vollrath University, Vollrath's education center for the food service industry. My name is Richard Rupp and today I have with me, John Wojcik, the director of equipment marketing here at Vollrath. Today we're going to talk about induction cooking, and we have two models that John will talk to you a little about the features and benefits, and a little later we'll show you some uses for these two models.
John: Hello. Today we'll be talking about new products from Vollrath, the new Mirage Pro and the new Mirage Cadet. At Vollrath we feature in-house design, in-house development, and in-house manufacturing, which ensures the highest quality products in the induction industry. In addition, we partner with top customers, top chefs, and top culinary schools to put together the proper specs to make this a practical food service piece of equipment.
Let me tell you about the new Mirage Pro. The new Mirage Pro features the new G4 engine. The G4 engine has four IGBTs or four switches which gives it incredible temperature control and incredible durability, so durable that there's a two year warranty on this product. The way that the unit works is you turn the unit on. The display will say, add pan. So you would add an induction-ready pan to it, it'll sense the pan and then you'll actually see a value. This value is the temperature which is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. We've increased the range to the lower range of 80 degrees for tempering chocolate or for actually keeping chocolate warm. It also has a timer that you can actually very quickly turn the temperature up or down, a rotary timer with indents so that it actually is a very high quality feel and it's easy to turn quickly. When you take the pan off, it'll say, add pan again. A unique new feature to this is if you have a non-induction ready pan, which is an aluminum pan, place the pan on the unit and it'll immediately say, bad pan, indicating that this is not an induction-ready unit. So some nice new features for the new Mirage Pro, including the new G4 engine with a two year warranty.
Now let's talk about the new Mirage Cadet. The Mirage Cadet has a new G1 engine, which has one IGBT. It's a more limited feature item than the Mirage Pro. You actually have, if you turn the unit on, you have 20 settings versus 100. You don't have a rotary knob. You basically have up, down, push button control. So this is going to be used for more limited menu items, like an omelet station. Something that doesn't require all the cooking techniques of the Mirage Pro.
The Vollrath Mirage Pro 59500P countertop induction
range cooker has a tough stainless steel case
with a 100% framed ceramic top for
durability. Its low profile case provides a
more natural cooking height while the 360-
degree design looks appealing on both the
operator and customer sides.
This induction cooker features a cutting-edge dial control with 100 precise temperature settings and boasts a unique G4 engine that provides 4 switches to power the unit instead of just 1! This convenient setup offers additional control versatility, improved efficiency, and increased longevity. It also features a 180 minute timer function and a bright
LED digital readout that is easy to see.
This Vollrath Mirage Pro induction range cooker has the advantages of
being compact, mobile and requiring no
maintenance. It comes with a cord and NEMA 5-15P plug and requires a 120V electrical connection. NSF and UL Listed. Please consult the Specification Sheet for additional details and installation information.
induction cooker range should only be used with
induction-ready cookware, which must be
a magnetic metal, such as steel, iron or
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Good - This induction range by Avantco features 1800 watts of heating power, 10 temperature settings, a lockable keypad, auto shutoff, and a 60 minute timer to give you great performance in an affordable package.
Better - Avantco's IC1800 range has all the features of the smaller model, but with a 175 minute timer. Plus it is made of stainless steel for extra durability and is protected from overheating by a large, built-in fan.
Best - Vollrath's Mirage Pro range features 100 temperature settings, a 180 minute timer for incredibly precise control, and a stainless steel construction for premium performance and outstanding durability.
Customer Reviews for Vollrath Mirage Pro 59500P Countertop Induction Cooker 1800 Watt - 120V
Overall User Rating:
stars from 11 reviews)
By Daniel M.
From daniel l. miller BSEE
Posted on 05/07/13
Engineering type review. Used 6 months. Temps measured on 5 units.
This company has great customer service. I have appreciated their patience.
This is a really nice cooker. Ihave used mine for about 6 months, and have experience with other brand units.
The power settings are flawless. 100 steps! And spin knob control. Heats a frypan with a couple cups of water to subcool boiling in about 30= 40 seconds using a 8" Vollrath inductuction frypan. The bubble pan bottom pattern shows a relatively large coil, about 6 inches.
Very efficient units. They do get hot. Wok style cooking where the pan is heated hot and oil is poured around the pan, then food is dumped in to cool the pan below smoke temp works great with these. Preferred way to fry. They get hot. Fast. All induction units with a pan sensor under the ceramic/glass top have temp overshoot. The pan gets hotter than the sensor for awhile because it takes time for heat to conduct from the pan, heat up the glass which takes time and then heat the sensor. It takes 2 to 3 minutes overall. Meanwhile the pan bottom energized by the coil is heating away. Once the overshoot is over and the sensor is heated to the pan bottom teperature it holds accurately, But during the overshoot forst 3 minute time it is easy to smoke oil when frying unless using the wok technique. You can heat up the glass to boiling and heat the pan, but this doesn't elimintate temp overshoot smoking corn oil Hold it for a couple minutes to let the glass heat. Works well below boiling point to minimize overshoot. At fry temps you get enough overshoot to seariously (pun intended) heat the pan and smoke oil if you try to heat the oil first slowly to temp then fry food. The wok method works better with these. Or keep a dry pan, no oil and heat it first for to frying temp for 3 min to heat the glass. The initial temp peak overshoot for about 1-3 minutes then pan cools to steady state temp setting at pan content rate. At fry temps the overshoot hits about 540 degrees F. Do not put paper towel under the pan or parchement paper to "protect" the ceramic as some have suggested on other sites. It chars. Parchemnt paper is only rated to 400-425 degrees. Even on power settings har can can accidently happen. Be safe. No paper or conbustable under the pan. None needed. And paper under the pan renders the temp control mode useless since it doesn't conduct heat to the glass and sensor well.
The temp control works well if you view the temp scale not as an absolute acurate temperature setting but as a relative temperature number. Viewed this way there are 20 temperature settings between 80 degrees and frying temperature 340-360. THIS IS TWICE AS MANY AS MOST COMPETING UNITS in this commercial class price range. There are additional settings above this temperature, maybe 10-14. The steady state temp hold temperature is above the dial setting with little difference at low temps and increasing temp offset at higher temps. I suggest measuring the steady state temps for one of your favorite pans produced by the relative dial settings and you will be in ballpark for your other ferritic pans. Just realize frying temperatures 340-360F pan temperature for deep fat pan frying is reached with 240=260 dial units. Measure your unit once with your favorite fry pan and remember the post overshoot fry temp range. Maybe better to heat the pan using a known power setting that bring your pan and oil to close to frying temp, then if you want switch to temp control. You can set the temp too high or too low in power mode, but you don't get the temperature overshoot in power mode. I noticed new units in the department store in Bangkok were power mode only. But I find this limiting, once I understood about the temp overshoot and how to minimize its effects.
This Vollrath induction cooker is very convenient. Handsome. Lots of heat fast. Has a good feel. And it is responsive in steady state temperature mode or power mode. It has nosed its way into my preferred
item to cook. The temp steps are wide for serious sous vide being 10-15 degrees from 80F through boiling range. Holds a heavy pan or induction pan bottom at constant temp well with temp variation less than I oan measure. I bought two different Vollrath pans one for general sauce pan and soup and one for frying and like them a lot too. It also heats my cast iron skillets equally fast. I like this so much, I am looking for another used one, just to have another which is a good recommendation. When you get tired of the inexpensive Chinese units with wide steps for power and maybe no temp mode or limited temp steps as I did and want something better, I recommend GET ONE OF THESE!
Both I and a friend who is an expert cook and I have measured these units with temp probe and IR guns. They are great. The temp settings are relative, not absolute F. Lots of steps between ranges. About 21 temp steps just between 80F and frying. 6 inch effective coil diameter boiling bubble pattern in pot bottom. Would I buy it again. Definitely. If I had room I'd get another. Great customer service. Good company, Good induction pans too. Very happy.
By Daphne C.
Posted on 04/09/13
These are great induction burners and Vollrath customer service is great. I thought there was an issue with the display at one time but it turned out to be fine and Vollrath was ready to replace the unit if needed.
This is much better than the regular home units. It is particularly good for tempering chocolate and boiling pasta. It boils a pot of water in half the time as my 12000 btu gas burner. Small pans sometimes have trouble with it, but that is a minor issue.
Love this induction stove. This is my second induction type counter stove. It heats very fast and cools pretty quickly as well. I like that it only stays on when stainless steel is on it, and shuts off by itself. I make soups, sandwiches, pretty much all of my savory menu on it.
I recently started cooking Thai, Indian, and Mexican. I really enjoy cooking but don't like having cooking smells inside the house. I was planning on spending $300 plus on a high-quality propane camping stove but thank goodness I heard about counter-top induction burners. I use this burner now for everyday cooking and hardly ever use the gas cooktop anymore. This product is not cheap but its a great value since it is solidly constructed and a lot less than other units I considered from Viking or All-Clad. It heats up much faster than a gas burner and the dial gives you instantaneous control of the temp level. You can have the dial read temperature in Celsius, Farenheit, or on a scale from 1 - 100. The only problem I have had in the two months of use is that the LED display went out a couple weeks ago. I called Vollrath customer service and they emailed me a form to fill out. Soon after I faxed the form back in, a new one was shipped out to me via UPS. I packed up the old unit in the box from the replacement unit, and UPS picked it up at my house for return shipment at no cost to me. It was refreshing to have such a problem-free customer service experience. I am extremely pleased with the induction technology and Vollrath as a company.
This is my first introduction to induction cooking and couldn't be more satisfied. After reading reviews I knew that I would be unsatisfied with others, either limited adjustments or quality issues. Saved $100 over the top end Viking burner-take that! After I moved to my new condo loft with all wonderful windows(24) and unfortunately solar gain, additional heat from the electric stove wasn't very unappealing to me. Also I'm a gas user so this is more than a substitute. But my stainless steel cookware were not all appropriate - had to purchase some to make up. Strange, won't work w/my 1 quart Le Creuset but ok with the 4 1/2 soup pot. If there is an improvement, I'd say include a timer feature, otherwise...good quality, looks good too! Like the dial for instant dial down/up!
I recently Purchased 2 Vollrath Mirage 59500 countertop induction cookers & Case from The WEBstaurant Store,Not only was I Happy with how great Meagan & Jimmy were on the live chat, reasonable PRICE,shipping on these 2 items (@$20.00 PA. to MA)But also how quickly & Safely they arrived. I had gone to a local high end appliance dealer locally after putting a deposit down on a Thermador and seeing the feedback was anywhere from a 2, to -5, I realized commercial was the way to go.These 2 Induction units will be side by side on the Granite island in my kitchen,moved when used for a warming system during the holidays or to use for a party.These are the best choice as If something goes wrong with a burner,simply send the single unit out.Otherwise you would have to send out the complete tabletop stove and have nothing in the mean time. I plan on purchasing one more soon.
ALSO...In an emergency, 1 can be hooked to a generator and not blow the fuse! Think about it...hot food/heat. not bad. Highly recomended
I bought this burner for cooking outdoors while RVing. I read reviews of less expensive units having small or uneven hot areas and not being adjustable enough. After more research I spent twice as much as I planned and couldn't be happier. This thing is amazing! 100 to 400 degrees in 10 degree increments almost instantly. 12 inch fry pan was heated perfectly evenly. Build quality was excellent. I'm so happy with this burner I'm using it on my counter at home instead of my old ceramic topped range. I can't imagine how to improve this product. It's perfect and well worth the money.
Quiet and powerful. This unit replaced a less expensive commonly found unit when shopping for induction cooktops. This one cooks evenly using a 12 inch griddle the other unit had trouble with a 10 inch griddle. Love the control you get with the power dial. Heats pan up fast and doesn't heat up the kitchen.
this item is a real wow. quality construction and innovative design. It's fast, responsive and totally adjustable. Other induction units have maybe 10 settings. This one allows you to set a temperature, or turn a dial and have 100 PRECISE settings as a percentage of power. Fast, more responsive to changes in settings than a gas burner and totally accurate. It has immediately become my favorite cooking heat source.
electric burners were hotter, gas more adjustable, this unit does both better faster AND it doesn't heat up the kitchen.
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