Empava Electric Stove Induction Cooktop Vertical with Dual Burners Vitro Smooth Surface 120V

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Empava Electric Stove Induction Cooktop Vertical with Dual Burners Vitro Smooth Surface 120V, 12 Inch, Black Ceramic Glass
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  • 3 REVIEWS RETURN WINDOW
  • 3 REVIEWS INDUCTION COOKWARE
  • 9 REVIEWS INDUCTION COOKTOP
  • 13 REVIEWS INSTALL
  • 6 REVIEWS UPDATE
  • 7 REVIEWS BURNERS
  • 5 REVIEWS MANUFACTURER
  • 4 REVIEWS STOVE
  • 4 REVIEWS BREAKER
  • 16 REVIEWS COOKTOPS
  • 3 REVIEWS COUNTER
  • 6 REVIEWS GAS
  • 7 REVIEWS HEAT
  • 6 REVIEWS COOKING
  • 3 REVIEWS COUNTERTOP
  • 5 REVIEWS ELECTRIC
  • 5 REVIEWS KITCHEN
  • 3 REVIEWS PAN
  • 4 REVIEWS SPACE
  • 3 REVIEWS DEFECTIVE
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Top Positive Review


I installed this a couple weeks ago and overall have been quite pleased with it. It dropped into the existing cut-out for a 30-year-old 24″ solid-burner electric cooktop, and has been a lot more fun to cook with than that slow-to-respond thing.

Unlike another reviewer here, I had researched induction cooking before buying – in fact, I remember my father decades ago telling me about how clever this technology was, so I was long familiar with the requirement of magnetic pots and pans. Last fall, after moving into a rural home with only electricity, oil and wood, and the afore-mentioned electric cooktop, I bought a single-burner countertop induction unit to see how I liked it, hoping to avoid the necessity of putting in gas. Obviously, since I bought this, I decided it would do! However, until I found this model, I was hesitant to make a purchase as every major-brand model seemed to have among their reviews a few from people who, after paying ~6x the cost of this Empava, had a major failure soon after the cooktop was out of warranty. It seemed a lot of money for something that might not last a lot of years. Then I came across this cooktop.

This cooktop has one big idiosyncrasy that I assume is related to its low price and which I assume the expensive big-name cooktops would not have (though I haven’t used one so I can’t be sure) – I didn’t notice this in my countertop unit: at lower power levels: it noticeably cycles on and off. To see this in action, read Bartleby??s excellent review of the Empava 30″ Induction Cooktop EMPV-IDC30. He or she includes a video showing a pot alternating between boiling and simmering at about 3-second intervals. It is noticeable (and annoying) when trying for a low boil or gentle sautee if using a steel pan. (I realized while sauteeing onions this evening that I don’t notice it when using cast iron – presumably its greater thermal mass evens out the heat.) For this I’d probably give the cooktop 3 stars if it weren’t so darn cheap! It regains one star for the price.

I will also add that, like Bartleby for the 30″ version, I consider the included supply line on to be undersized for the amperage of this unit (30 amps), but I didn’t go so far as to replace it.

Other than this, the cooktop offers the quick response and power that induction is known for. My husband is thrilled with how fast he can boil a cup of water using burst mode – he says it’s boiling before he finishes grinding his coffee.

Following a mention in another cooktop review, I visited Amazon’s British site and found it frustrating to discover the large selection of 24″ (60cm) induction cooktops available there in this price range – none of which will ship to the US. But that’s not Empava’s fault – in fact, we should thank them for offering us this cooktop! I hope they’ll have some competition in years to come.

(P.S. Am I the only one who’s kind of glad that I was forced to get rid of all but a small subset of my pans? I had way too many, and as a confirmed packrat, probably never would have regained all this cabinet space if not forced! 🙂 )
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ONE YEAR UPDATE: Yup, still loving it. Nothing to change in the above review. Except the price has gone up, so where I refer to name-brand cooktops costing 6x as much, it’s just 4x now. Reading the reviews confirms my feeling when I bought it that one trade-off for the savings is manufacturer’s support – I’d advise anyone who orders this to get it installed and tested within the Amazon return window.

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Top Critical Review


Bought the wrong size and Amazon did exchange it for the correct size one even after the exchange period had expired. The second one we got works but a fan stays on no matter what we do. Amazon said to contact manufacturer but that is a challenge. This is the second house where we installed an Empava induction cooktop. I like how it performs, I just wish I didn??t have to throw the breaker after every use to get the fan to turn off.
Update, Empava manufacturer says their cooktop is defective but there is no part available that would correct the problem, it has to be replaced. The catch is that since we purchased it through Amazon, Empava says this is not an authorized dealer so they will do nothing. I just emailed Amazon Empava??s response. We keep the breaker thrown over night, would like a solution. Will update when Amazon responds.
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Customer Questions & Answers


Does this sit on top of the counter? Or is it installed into the countertop?
Answer: This is installed into a hole cut in the countertop and wired permanently to a 220-240V power supply.

How hard is this to clean? Do you need a special cleanser?
Answer: It was installed in a Rental prperty so I am sorry but have no idea

how many amps is this product draw
Answer: 30 amps (7200 watts with all 4 burners in burst mode).

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