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Today we’ll be talking about the Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner. We’ll be looking at what features this induction hob can offer you and whether it’s as safe as they tell us it is.
Whatever you’re reasons for needing a countertop burner, whether it is just for an extra burner in the kitchen or whether you have no kitchen facilities and you are looking for the safest options to have some kind of cooking facility this is in our opinion the best portable induction cooktop out there.
If you’re not sure between an induction and an electric burner check our review on the Cusimax 1500W Electric Countertop Burner for comparison.
Secura 9100MC 1800W Review
If you want a burner that is easy to use and easy to store, the Secura 9100MC 1800W is a good choice, at 16.3 inches x 12.6 inches x 3.7 inches it is large enough to give you a steady base for your pans but not too large to store.
Features of the Secura 9100MC
- 15 power levels from 200-1800Watts; 15 temperature range from 140 Degree Fahrenheit to 460 Degree Fahrenheit
- Digital control panel; Lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage
- Built-in count-down digital timer with 1 min increments up to 170 minutes; The auto-pan detection; Equipped with diagnostic error message system, Low and high voltage warning system
- Compatible with Duxtop and other induction ready cookware such as cast aluminum enameled iron and steel, stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards, 120V 60Hz AC; 1-year warranty; ETL approved
The Secura 9100MC 1800W is black with an angled control panel which makes it easy to read when there is a pan on top of it. It has 15 power levels from 200 – 1800 watts, the highest great for when you need to boil water and heat up food quickly. It does seem to be quicker than a normal burner on the stove so be aware till you have used it a few times and know what it can do. You can also use the temperature control which is great when you are using it to fry and you’re looking for a specific temperature because it will keep that temperature constant until you remove the pan or switch it off.
With an induction burner it doesn’t heat up the plate so it can heat up the pan, it uses electro magnetic energy which reacts with the metal in your pan so the heat is actually generated through the pan itself, which is why you need a pan with a magnetic base to work with an induction burner. The easiest way to check is to take a simple fridge magnet with you when buying pans to see if it sticks to the bottom. You can also check the pans you have so you know if you have any suitable cookware before you start. The good thing about having to buy specific cookware is that it will work on any cooking surface so you can still use it on your standard stove top.
On the control panel there are touch button controls. There is an on/off button, a heating button, a temperature button which is in Fahrenheit, a timer button which works in minutes, the display window and + and – buttons so you can easily adjust any level. The timer can be set for up to 170 minutes and the unit has error code displays which can also warn you if there is high or low voltage.
This burner just plugs into your normal outlet, the Secura 9100MC 1800W has a 5 foot cord and once you are plugged in and you switch your burner on you are ready to start cooking. The plate will stay cool to the touch until you add a pan to the burner, there is an automatic pan detection sensor in the burner. The cooking area is 8.25 inches in diameter and that is the around the largest size base of pan that you should use for the best results, you can also go down to around a 6 inch base of pan. If you use a larger based pan it won’t heat up around the edges so you would have to continuously stir to keep it cooking evenly, if the base is too small it might come up with a E03 error, NO POT, as it won’t detect it.
On the Duxtop Secura 9100MC you can choose which control you would prefer to use for cooking, either the power levels or the temperature control and the timer will work with either one. The temperature range is 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 460 degrees Fahrenheit, it may take a little trial and error to find the level that works best for what you are cooking. You will find that although the pan itself gets hot the area around the edge of the cooker doesn’t so you won’t burn yourself if you accidentally touch the edge of it. It also has an overheating safety sensor which will turn the heat down to a very low temperature if it senses it is overheating and it will give a beep alert to let you know it has adjusted something.
Customers are finding that they love these induction hotplates so much they buy more than one and use them instead of their main stove. They are cheap and quick to use and you can take them outside in the summer. Some customers have found that they are good for their elderly relatives as the heating turns off as soon as you remove the pan, they also cool down much quicker than a normal hotplate. Once people have tried this they don’t want to go back to a normal cooker.
The main negatives found are the unit stopped working after a few months, didn’t heat properly and makes whining noise when on.
For an extra burner or your only burner this is a useful piece of kitchen equipment. If you have a child going to college and living in a room with no facilities this would be a good gift to allow them some basic cooking options or if you just want to be able to cook smelly items outside so you don’t have the smell indoors this would work. You could even take this with you camping if you have access to electric. If no electric check our review on the Coleman Classic Propane Stove. I’m sure you will get your moneys worth if you invested in this Secura 9100MC 1800W, but don’t be surprised if you don’t want to go back to your normal stove.