I recently got this little cooktop, and it works great for the money. Time will tell whether it lasts or not, but i don’t really expect years of service out of a cheap counter top device. I got it because i am camping while i build my house, and only have a single 120v circuit. I was using a two burner hot plate, and it takes forever to get hot. The induction unit is very fast, and reacts instantly to changing the settings. This is also a preview to see if i want an induction range in our new house. Gas isn’t available in our area, and i’ve come to hate radiant cook tops. When you read reviews for these devices, please ignore the ones that are down-rated for cookware incompatibility. You have to have the right cookware or it doesn’t work, but that’s not the fault of the unit.
I just got today so i decided to make a soup and it came out perfect. It was very easy to use and in my opinion it did a quick job. I got a belgique pot at macys, and it is nice. The pot was affordable and beautiful. I’m gonna use my aroma everyday at work. I like everything fresh and if it is suppose to be hot must be.
There is plastic surface strip on top side and then plastic surrounding controls on front part and when your pot is larger than the glass surface of the induction plate that hangs over on to these areas the hot pot transfers heat to these areas melting these areas in the months since i have had this unit. I would suggest if you intend to use it, as it is a very nice unit. That you use pots that are no larger than the glass surface or buy a different unit that has glass only on upper top side so pan can hang over & not melt control area. I like the unit for cooking. When you stop cooking by pressing power button the fan runs a 15 seconds or so the continue cooling magnets/unit & then it shuts down. I prefer not to leave plugged in as not necessary to always have at the ready. I will probably look for a unit that can accommodate my larger 12′ heavy encapsulated bottom stainless steel pans maybe one with an angled down front control panel.
Key specs for Aroma Housewares AID-506 Induction Hot Plate, Black:
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- Uses induction heating – the fastest way to cook
- Up to 70% more efficient than traditional stoves
- Cooks at a high heat with no open flame
- Easy-to-use digital controls with 6 temperature settings
- Programmable 180-minute timer with automatic shut-off
- Easy-to-clean glass cooktop
Comments from buyers
“This Technology is Great!
, Great counter top cooker.
, Have used it for months now
This hotplate is simply amazing. It heats the pan perfectly, but remains cool to the touch. Sleek design, easy to use, works just about anywhere. Induction cooking is totally the best.
Love it, i have it in an efficiency and it is efficient, safe and very economical. Remember you do need to buy pots that will work with the induction. So far our cast iron pots and the blue enamel ‘camping’ gear seem to work. No aluminum or copper bottom.
I bought this to go into our travel trailer. We are still working on remodeling the trailer so i began using it at home. I can put it on low and cook beans for hours without having to worry. On high it boils water in record time. I have seen others for a lot more money, but this one works really well.
It has already lasted a long time of heavy use. The low heat generated is obvious and really helps keep the kitchen cooler.
Day 1 review: received as a gift. Tested right away with an 8′ lodge cast iron skillet – cooked an egg sunny side up. Egg in the center of the skillet cooked right away but the egg by the outer rim was still raw. Heat setting was 4 – since cast iron is not supposed to really have full heat. Eventually egg cooked but i guess i was expecting an even cooking from the beginning. Perhaps i did not wait until the skillet was heated up all throughout. Tested with a 12′ tramontina triply stainless steel skillet (less than 1/2 the cost of all-clad but practically the same results, except in lab setting). Within 3 minutes, the center of the pan (about 3′ diameter) started to bubble/boil. By 7 minutes, it was in full boil – to the point that water was splattering. Tested the same skillet on a ceramic cooktop, set to about 6 of 10 (probably should have set to 7 for a more comparable setting), 10 minutes and there was no rapid boil yet.
The aroma induction cooktop does work with an all-clad stock pot. However, i did not find it boiling water faster than a gas stove. I deducted 2 stars because:1) it is very noisy. Not sure if it is a fan or something else. Maybe this is normal for all portable induction cooktops, but it is not something that i can handle. 2) it does not get as hot as a butane portable stove. Lots of other induction cooktops are rated at 1800 w. I don’t see a rating for this one.
So far used it twice to cook rice works great. I wish there were more induction cookware availablebut now i thinking on purchasing a new induction range.
I love my aroma induction hot plate. I am a full time rver and hate the gas stove in my motorhomethe aroma induction hot plate is the perfect solution. It fits nicely on my stove top cover and cooks everything to perfection. I had to get new pots and pans but these are easy to find at any good kitchen store.I do recommend carrying a small magnet with you when you shop for pans. My old pots were stainless steel but they had a multi core bottom so would not work on induction.
I am using it in my studio which does not have a full kitchen. It works perfectly good for me. Btw it saved me more than 100$ for proving several months time — wait for a good deal for replacing gas range.
Ok, to start with, when you hit the power button and a setting, 1-6, and it’s beeping that means the pan isn’t going to work and you have to do the magnet test to find one that does or use a diffuser disk or interface disk, read further down on that. Also, this has a fan and it’s as loud as my microwave. I tested both with the app noise meter. This unit ran at an average of 39db while the microwave was 38. They’re both fan sounds and i tend to tune those out so no biggie for me. I’m using a lodge logic l9og3 10. 5′ griddle as my diffuser for the non-magnetic cookware. The lodge logic is a lot cheaper than the specialized disk they sell and it’s a griddle. I can also use my burner plates as a diffuser. I think they’re the nordic ware brand but could be another brand that’s magnet friendly. Of course the draw back on the burner plate covers is there’s no handle so you have let them cool before removing. Additionally, the imusa preseasoned cast iron comal should work as well. At maximum setting it pulled around 1340 watts continuous so i can run it on my gas sippin all power america apg3014 generator.
This unit has 6 settings where the larger unit has 10, but it is rare to use either unit higher than 4.
Many uses: camper, classroom, family gathering. Plan to get another one soon. Easy to clean and stores great.
I bought this because our kitchen is being remodeled. It works so wonderfully that i doubt i will have to use our new kitchen stovejames long hale.
Very convenient to use and clean. It will turn off automatically if used on highest heating setting,6, for extend of time. So if you put on 6 and left it unattended, it might be stopped cooking before you notice it. I usually start it with 6 while i am around it and paying attention, and then turn it down to 5 or 4 in a short time or even lower while i am away to leave it keep cooking.
Coming from a ‘foodie’ and ‘chef’ home background, i have been predisposed to gas cooking. My wolf range has seen no spill-overs. As i enter the retirement stage of my life most of living options seem to be electric. I have read a bit about induction cooking and with the help of costco’s affordable aroma gourmet induction cooktop i am converted. It heats up super quickly, responds instantaniously to heat changes just as gas does. I have always used cast iron and am super pleased that pieces handed down from my mom and my mother-in-law adapt very well to this new way of cooking. I can’t believe how quickly the pans heat up. I use the magnet test and am surprised that some of the expensive (wedding gift) stainless cookware will not work, but i have enough that will that i am super, super pleased with this manner of cooking. I would love to retire to a live-aboard boat and can see that with one induction burner and an oven of some kind my fantastic, gourmet cooking is still possible.
Should buy the item to be able to use more than just steel pans. I can boil a cup of water ln my steel pan faster than my microwave oven.
The aroma induction hot plate is a handy addition to our kitchen. We had to purchase a special pot (porcelain covered cast iron) to cook soup, but this hot plate works great. We also use our cast iron fry pans for all types of frying and sauteing. It does not cook the same way as electric and gas heat; more of a ‘tender’ heat. Scrambled eggs have a softer texture even though they are thoroughly cooked. I would definitely purchase it again.
Use the induction hot plate to boil pasta noodles and save space on the top of my stove to cook other things.
I’ve only had this since last week and it’s currently my primary cooking device. Bought it from home depot and paid a little more because amazon didn’t have it. For the price, i think it’s a good start for induction cooking if you’re new to it. I’ll start with the cons:the 1 setting might be a little too hot for simmering certain stuff. I’ve goat meat boiling at 1 right now and it cycles, just like most induction cookers do. Except at the 1 setting, it doesn’t come to a crazy boil – just 3 seconds at a soft boil and then 8 seconds at calm. If you’ve read reviews on amazon about induction cookware, you’ll know they do make noise. This is like the fridge noise. I find the noise was higher when i was using the frying pan but a lot less now with the stockpot.
Great technology, works very well. Amazed you can boil water to a full boil, pick up pan, and within seconds the unit is cool to the touch. Very efficient and so far after many many uses it is flawless.