expired Tefal IH201860 Everyday Induction Hob $63.20 + Delivery (Free C&C) @ The Good Guys eBay

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    I find the cheap IKEA ones to be excellent. Any advantages to this over the IKEA one?

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      By my understanding, this one has a timer

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      This one, the Ikea ones and the Kmart ones all pulse on and off at low power which is severely limiting for some types of cooking.
      The Xiaomi unit while more expensive ($100ish from HK) is able to hold a simmer perfectly.

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        I would be more wary about high-draw electrical appliances. The ones direct from HK won't have Australian approvals, so you won't be covered by your insurance in the event of a mishap.

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          This can be said about most Chinese electronics not sold in Australia directly but listed on OzB everyday for sale from GB etc

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          so you won't be covered by your insurance

          Oh no, not the old insurance FUD.

          Lack of AU paperwork just means you can't sell them here commercially.

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        I have tried both the Aldi portable induction and now have the Xiaomi. One think to note with the Xiaomi is that it doesn't seem as powerful. While it is rated to 2100W, on my portable meter, it never seems to go much above 1500W. The Aldi one reached >2000W.

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          How do you find the two overall in terms of use in cooking?
          I'm in the market for one and seen the Xiaomi recommended, but it is a risk buying from overseas.

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        I bought this Tefal one and took it back, the heat pulsing on and off make it near impossible to get a good result. Fine for boiling though.

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    I have this and it does an EXCELLENT job. Have not owned any other induction cookers however, so cannot compare.

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      what about the noise level during running?

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        What krazy said. I would classify the noise level as half way between the first setting and second setting of a rangehood. Also, it has a fan which continues to run for some time after the unit is turned off.

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      Same. I've found it to be really good and gets really hot too. It does make a little bit of noise during cooking but it's never really bothered me..

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    Could this be used for minor indoor cooking and heating, say at hotels etc? Is that what the purpose of this is?

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      Could this be used for minor indoor cooking and heating, say at hotels etc?

      Well even a camping stove would work in a hotel. The question is, will the hotel allow it? If smoke sets off the smoke alarm you'll probably get into trouble.

      Is that what the purpose of this is?

      This is more for people who have awful electric (resistive) stoves at home. It is way better than those in terms of speed and heat. Some people prefer it to gas, even.

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    Had one of these in a temporary Kitchen for a year while I was restoring/renovating the house. Worked REALLY well and was so good we've kept it even though we've been using the new 'proper' Kitchen for the last 12 months. We don't use it every day as we used to however it's very handy for numerous tasks and is a cheap & effective way of increasing cooking capacity for those of us who can only fit a 60cm cooktop into their tiny Kitchens :) The cooktop I installed in the new Kitchen is a low/mid-range Electrolux induction and it of course wipes the floor with this little Tefal… so fast, so accurate and so quiet but that's to be expected from a built-in unit worth 18 times more than this Tefal. So yeah, for $63.20 these Tefals are great value! We spent twice as much a couple of years ago and considered that great value… but we got a free pan with it ;)

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      If I had the kitchen reno time over again I'd go induction over a gas cooktop hands down.

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        Why induction over gas? Is it as fast when controlling temps?

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          Have a gas top with electric oven for baking. Induction allows for good heat control, just as gas does, and with a much easier clean up. To clean the gas cook top you basically pull it apart each time to get the oil off.

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            @cornbeef: Since moving into a house with gas I've loved it but completely agree with how painful cleaning is! Next time I reckon we'll try induction. Seems like most pots and pans are compatible with it nowadays which is awesome.

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    This will be my first induction cooker. Any suggestions on good cookware?

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      My #1 tip for induction is to make sure you always have something in the pot or pan before turning on the power, except for cast iron where it doesn't matter.

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    Depends what your budget is and expectations are. We found the branded stuff from BigW has been excellent for the money`… either Tefal or Jamie Oliver and only when on sale otherwise I'm sure you could get it from many other retailers. In saying that though, our best saucepan set has been our Stainless, heavy copper & iron based Esteele stuff. Now 20 years old and was very expensive when we originally bought it even though it was on a crazy Boxing Day sale. From memory I'm talking about $120 for the small, $250 for the massive and about $250 for the medium size with the steamer basket but of course it was nearly double that when not on sale! It's been amazing though, has been used on all sorts of cooktops including our Induction stuff and it just keeps going strong. Stays stupidly clean too and always gets put in the dishwasher yet comes out with a mirror finish every time! We've never given it special attention either… we use it, we clean it then repeat. Bulletproof. Also, we got sick of the so-called non-stick stuff failing after 2-3 years so last year decided to see if we could find a decent non-stick pan that would actually last and was dishwasher & induction friendly. Apparently there's no such thing as Dishwasher 'proof' non-stick cookware as the surface coatings just can't handle the abrasive nature of the detergents however there are some type that can handle it far better than others and one of those is, you guessed it, Esteele! Again, very expensive even when on sale (we paid approx. $300 from memory and that was 40% off!) but whoa, it's a very nice pan. Big, high sides yet lightweight and has an excellent glass lid. The coating has sparkly rainbow flecks which I think are possibly diamond but yeah, seems to handle the dishwasher far better than others we've bought and is still as 'non-stick' as it was a year ago… but of course, only time will tell if it's truly as good as they say.

    We've tried the expensive Le Crueset and other cast iron stuff but it needs special attention to keep it clean plus is very heavy. Great for open flame cooking with trivets etc. and in ovens but not so good for sleek, glass induction cooktops. Many would argue the need to keep cookware as clinically clean as our stuff is but I think it's just personal preference. If you've seen inside many busy commercial kitchens you'll know what I mean… raw aluminium pots & pans with big black burn marks all over the outside. Looks a bit yuk but of course still very food safe nevertheless.

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    Induction is very expensive in terms of energy use. If you are planning on using it to make stock or anything that requires hours of simmering, expect a very big electricity bill compared to what it would cost for gas.

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      Not sure about this. Was a pretty easy decision for us as we had a gas Cooktop and gas HWS when we first moved in but found gas to be insanely expensive and wanted to go electric boosted solar Hot Water anyway. Once we got the Induction cooktop we didn't notice any big rise in our power bill but were still paying a $80-$100 gas bill each month purely to heat water but of course the majority of that was the insanely high supply charge. We quickly had a Solar HWS installed and had the gas disconnected, right back to the pipe in the street and we now only pay about $100-110 per month for our electricity or up to about $145(max) over the cooler months when I need to switch the electric booster on and use a space heater every now & then. Next step is to get PV installed which should nullify the power bill while paying itself off. To us (& many neighbours) gas is dead as dead here in Brisbane but of course there are those who still enjoy working with fire and I get that… but not for the high cost.

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        Your bill obviously depends on your usage pattern and circumstances but if you used the induction for 5 hours to cook something vs gas, induction will be a lot more expensive. It's a no brainer really since its power usage is rated at +2000w.

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          … but it isn't 2000W non-stop and it's very rare we'd ever need to cook at 100% power across all four elements. Anyway, we love our induction cooktop/s and since disconnecting gas to the property our overall energy costs have plummeted so it's win-win from our perspective.

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