Nuwaves arrived yesterday. Tried em out with the supplied/purchased cookware, and gotta say I was impressed. I caramelized some onions, heated some meatballs for the kids, and it worked as advertised.
In hindsight, I might rethink the "infomercial" purchase. I bought via the toll-free operator, and what a comical experience. Reading from a script, the entire transaction took 20 minutes, mostly me saying no the various upgrade requests, and then no again when they tried to reduce the price to get me to say yes to the upgrades. They even offered me magazine subscriptions and a free Walmart gift card to get me to try some stupid service. I've read where the online process is much less of a hassle, but still annoying.
The "buy one get one free" offer was misleading and the "free" cookware was not truly free when you factored in their ridiculous S&H. By the time, I made it to the end of the obstacle course ordering process, the $99 Nuwave ended up being $225 or so, which represented the $99, then $90 in shipping handling, and another $35 in various upgrades (to the Pro 1800 watt unit and a carrier bag). Each one of their accessories such as their griddle or pressure cooker ends up costing more due to overpriced S&H, so avoid them.
But... the cookware they shipped was actually quite well made 18/10 stainless, and the two ceramic skillets also well made, and not the usual crappy gift with purchase quality you might expect via a TV offer. The carry bag at $15 on the other hand was a $5 poorly made unit that offered the sole benefit of being fitted.
The Nuwave seems to work as advertised. It's mostly made of ABS plastic and is nothing that I'd write home about, in contrast to the metal ones I've seen at Costco and online, but that is just the casing, and the guts of these cook tops are likely all the same. I did see a unit at Costco for under $60, and you would get the same type of cookware for another $60-80, so when you factor in the second unit, there is no discount to buying one to get one free.
The Pro version of this cook top is actually kinda large, and will easily cook a 11-12" skillet. I think the regular version is a bit smaller, say for a 10" skillet. It's a bit oversize for an AS countertop space, but should work. Plus, it works with a typical 8qt pressure cooker.
I'm keeping this set, and will keep one for the AS and the second one out at home, but if this thread motivates you to try one of these cooktops, save some dough and try out the Costco one or one of the others available on Amazon that have good ratings.
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