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Vollrath 59500P Mirage Pro Countertop Induction Range, 14-Inch: Kitchen & Dining Reviews and Coupon

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful

A First Look at this induction burnerFebruary 13, 2012

By Dean Siewert

I've had this unit for about three weeks. So far, I've been favorably impressed.

One of the reasons that I purchased this unit was that it had a relitively fine control of temperature. There are a couple things that you need to understand when using the temperature control feature (I think these comments would be applicable to all induction units). First off, the unit monitors temperature with a sensor about in the middle of the unit. It actually is measuring the temperature of the glass top. So, it is not unusual for the unit to initially overshoot the desired temperature. The pan hits the right temperature, but the conduction to the glass hasn't warmed it yet, so the burner continues to feed heat to the pan. Eventually everything comes to temp and the unit will then hold the temp as expected.

Because the temperature sensor depends on conduction to heat the glass, you need pans that contact the glass. I have pans that have warped bottoms (chalk it up to having kids) that heat fine on this unit, but the temperature settings are not reliable. So, pans with warped bottoms or thin wall enamalled steel pans in which the middle is slightly higher than the bottom edge of pan seem to work fine but won't be regulated properly with the temperature setting. Note that there are some cast iron fry pans that have a rib on their bottom which could also cause problems with temperature accuracy.

A second aspect of induction burners is that they expect the pots to be left on the burner. Lifting the pan to shake the contents will result in the burner shutting off. It will turn back on once the pan is replaced, but might take five seconds or more to register the return of the pan.

One trick that I've used is to put a piece of paper over the burner.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful

Excellent Induction Cooker February 26, 2012

By SamL

I bought this unit to act as a fifth burner for my gas cooktop. The Creda gas top has 12000 btu burners which take about 25 mins to boil a pot of pasta water. This induction range get water to a rolling boil in less than 10 mins. It will also MAINTAIN THE ROLLING BOIL after dropping a package of frozen ravioli in it. The gas top would take another 10 mins to get back to a boil.

One application of this unit is in tempering chocolate. I set the temperature at 110 deg F and the chocolate melted at exactly that temperature. It also maintained the chocolate at that temperature.

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful

The only cooktop I use June 7, 2012

By Marsha E. Wood

I bought this several months ago because my electric stove was not responsive enough to suit me. I have set the Vollrath on top of the stove and now use nothing but the Vollrath for stove-top cooking. It is accurate and responsive. The biggest "problem" or learning curve was translating the usual high, medium, and low settings on a regular stove into the actual temperatures on the Vollrath. I was going to buy a full-size induction range, but that cooktop seemed too susceptible to damage. The Vollrath 59500 has stood up to everyday use without a problem.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful

Well-built and fine control of power output April 15, 2013

By Eric Forbes

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I tried one other induction cooktop before this one (All-Clad) last holiday season and returned it after it became defective. I figured I needed to spend more money and get something more reliable, commercial quality perhaps. This model has exceeded my expectations. The temperature sensing feature is handy, but what I'm most impressed with is the 100-step power output control. There are push button switches that control Power (On/Off), Temperature/Power mode, and Timer which work well. But there's a larger metal knob that is used to control the power output in 1 % steps from 1% to 100% and it's very powerful at the upper ranges while being very easy to dial down into a slow cooker / sweating mode. I've used a the Ozeri green pans with ceramic non-stick coating and they work really well with this cooktop - both the 10" skillet and 12" wok heat up quickly and evenly. I see no need to spend more money on more expensive pans with this cooktop. There is simply no need. The solid brushed stainless steel body and flush sealed glass top are easy to clean. The fan runs during higher power settings, but I don't find it annoying since there is usually more interesting sounds coming from the pan and what's cooking! I've noticed it only comes on when needed, and almost never at lower power settings.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful

positive review based on experience August 4, 2013

By daniel l miller md

I disagree w Mr. Burk and agree entirely with the positive reviews for this unit. I have had mine a year. I love it. It has capabilities not advertised I think in any other unit up to its price point and likely above. Its packaging in stainless design is handsome. And the knob is functional. Power control is smooth and flawless accurate over the full range of power control.
More temp and power steps than any in its price range I've seen. Quiet constant frequency control. So the quiet is smooth, not a whining whistle varying in pitch as as with some other cheap units. Hard to even tell when it pulses on and off to control the heat. Great product support team. The Vollrath Pro has features not found on home units. Wide temp available. Melt chocolate. I make yoghurt with its long cook time capabilities which I incubate for 8 hours. Features and flexibility are for knowledgeable chefs in professional kitchens. But it can be used easily at home on a regular 120 volt plug. This cooker is for serious chefs or cooks who know minimum safe temp cooking recommendations (bring food to 150 or above for at least a few minutes) or sous vide equivalent longer time lower temp recommendations. And who know not to cook at Full power longer than 3 hours on minimum standard old home wiring, 80 per cent power is ok for longer cooking times apparently per US specs for safety of the wiring. This appliance is a joy to use. fun and simple. Easy to clean. A misplaced pan won't burn knobs or buttons like on some inexpensive flat units where the controls are on the same flat surface as the cooktop. The knob temp numbers are relative not absolutes above a certain temp so its easy to spin between low and high settings in temp mode. Lots of usable temp settings between low and high.
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Product Description

This range is equipped with a digital pushbutton control panel, bright LED readout is easy to see and a convenient temperature memory system that saves your prior temperature setting. Constructed with a 100-percent framed ceramic top, this range has fantastic durability. Knob control with digital readout makes settings quick and clear. Digital troubleshooting display. Stainless case top and aluminum bottom. Low-profile, modern case design. 100-Percent factory bench tested for ultimate quality control. 120-volt, 1800-watt, 15-ampere, 5-15-plug, NSF, UL, listed. Measures 14-inch width by 3-inch height by 15-1/4-inch depth.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 6 x 17 inches ; 13.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004OA085E
  • Item model number: 59500P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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