Real customer reviews - Average rating: 4.2 Stars
5 Stars By Greeny on 2017-07-26
What I learned about this 2017 large portable induction cooktop:
My view is I don't think induction has to be loud and they should be highly responsive. This Midea unit qualifies on those two things. As for documentation, there is a manual from the box and it's short. I think there's not much to know but Midea could at least make a PDF available online that gives more detail about operating the unit. To cite an example, Instant Pot has an excellent online downloadable PDF manual. Midea should do the same.
There's a lot going on now in the induction cooktop market, Midea is one of the big players worldwide and has stovetops and ranges. Midea is now focusing on the U.S. market. This product was released in 2017. It uses some more up to date technology while restraining itself from reaching to 1800W. We'll get into it below.
Check out the old Secura 9100MC 1800W here on AlumiGogo. That was the big seller for years, it has over 1,500 reviews. It came out in 2013 and at the time represented a one of the highest standards available for circuitry and coil heater. I wouldn't get one like that now, the circuitry isn't so smart by today's standards and its coil system should be updated in my opinion.
My biggest complaint about earlier induction cookers is that they tend to have wild swings in temperature and make squeal noises along with vibrations. Initially, one feels in control because there are digital buttons, but the degree of control was an illusion since those older units are famous for not being truly responsive to gradations in temperature. You believed you had a choice between lots of temp settings but you actually got just a few.
This Midea by the way comes with a pot and lid, but that ain't nothing in my book. Induction pots and pans are often real inexpensive; there are always promotions to be found on them. Bottom line: don't buy an induction cooktop because you like the included pot or pan. That's the same type of error although to a far lesser degree as buying a car because they threw in floor mats.
This 2017 technology Midea has three (3) concentric induction heating coils with the outside one having a large diameter relative to other portable induction cookers and similar to induction stovetops. That's how it gets the pot or pan evenly heated even to the edge of the circle. That's one of the things that matters. But if one just needs something small and lightweight for heating hot chocolate, this Midea unit is way overkill.
I perceive this Midea has smarter circuitry because the heat level corresponds to the operation of the controls, and in fact the unit turns it off in less than 10 seconds if an induction-ready pot isn't on the circle. I was able to use the controls easily to add one minute increments to length of cooking, even while cooking, and I even was able to add ten minute increments. Further, check out the far upper right control with a "B" in a small circle. By tapping that during cooking, one gets the cooker to go to maximum heat. And no uncontrolled wild swings in the heat element for goodness sake.
This model is long, 15 inches long. That's so you don't have to burn your fingers when you operate the controls. Fingers are far enough from the heat. But if space is at a real high premium, maybe one should get a shorter unit and perhaps use a heating pad when operating controls if that part of the element gets too hot, or else get a short unit with a recessed control panel. This Midea model is good in that respect with 15 inches in length - make sure there's room for it first.
The 1800W Secura unit had a leg up on competitors since it goes to 1800W and big wattage can be a plus although not all cookware tolerates such high heat. This Midea has 1500W maximum, something to think about. Using this unit, it took me exactly 2 minutes to boil 12 ounces of water.
But this Midea unit takes 2 to 3 minutes to boil a pint of water, what would be almost certainly less with an 1800W cooker. That speed and responsiveness seems good to me though, not feeling that I'm missing extra power, not yet anyway. I had a cheap 1800W induction cooker before and couldn't take the high-pitch squeal and vibrations at the top heat settings.
By contrast, this Midea is pretty quiet, its fan sits relatively high compared with the other induction cookers I've seen and the fan is certainly bigger. I'm not afraid to touch the controls because they just aren't hot at all. When the unit is heating, the fan is on. It's not a high pitch sounding fan. When the unit is on full blast (for example, by selecting the 'B' button at top right), the fan sounds quieter than a range fan and its pitch is not annoying to me.
If one is interested in a large portable unit, I think this Midea is a top contender by any reasonable measure. I have a gas stove, so it makes sense for me to have a large portable unit. But at 7 pounds for just the unit (no box or pot included in this weight measurement), it doesn't seem portable enough for me to take to other locations. It's relatively quiet and it's responsive to the controls. I'm happy with it.
4 Stars By Todd Post on 2017-07-24
Works well and versatile, manual could be better
I've been in the market for an induction stovetop for small batch home brewing and this fits the bill for me. Large enough to handle a stock pot for boiling, I like the simple controls and the fact there is no flame or heating element to worry about. Perfect for an apartment, small space or portability, it also can be used for entertaining as it has a "keep warm" setting. The settings are helpful, but I'm not sure why some features like the timer aren't compatible with all of them. For instance it would be very useful to use the timer for boiling my beer wort, as it generally has a prescribed duration at the boil, but the timer doesn't work with the boil setting. The documentation is a little lacking as I don't think English was the writer's first language, so it may take some playing around to get used to. All in all though, this is a good appliance to have for a living space without a cooktop (like a college dorm), specific tasks outside of the kitchen (like my beer making) or an extra burner for cooking or serving (like Thanksgiving).
5 Stars By Brian A. Wolters on 2017-08-21
Convienent, Very Portable and Quite Good
Even if it feels like a chore to come home and cook, I LOVE it. I enjoy new recipes and tastes and it becomes exciting to try out new things. Sometimes if I am trying something new and challenging, I need more room on my stove top. Yes, there are times when I need 5 or more burners. The Midea Induction Portal Cooktop is awesome. Not only for home use but portable/camping use.
Set up is as simple as plug and go. The cook-top is good for just about all sizes of pots and pans. I was able to do something as simple as boiling eggs to making my "famous" chili. I love the temperature controls that it provides. And the heating surface covers most normal sized pots and pans perfectly and there is a lot of even cooking.
Taking it with us was just as easy and provides a convenient surface that is great for cooking demos, potlucks and camping. We got the most use out of during camping. So much fun to use as well.
I can recommend this enough. If you need more space in the Kitchen or want a good, portable cook-top, look no further.
4 Stars By Jeff Wignall on 2017-09-30
Nice little extra burner in my kitchen and yes it does heat up fast and yet, miraculously, stays cool
This is the very first induction cooktop that I've owned, but I've been curious about them for quite sometime. I have a friend that has an induction stove and since I have cats that love to hop up on things in the kitchen, I've been pretty fascinated by this whole concept of a "cool" cooking surface. I use an old (we're talking 1970s, lol) electric range and it's starting to show signs of age and so I've also been thinking of switching over to an induction stove top and so I thought this would be a worthwhile experiment. That said...
Well, first of all, I already had a number of stainless pots and pans (I cook a lot) that were able to work with an induction burner, so I didn't have to buy anything new--the test is simple: if a magnet sticks to your pan, it will work with an induction cooker. By the way, induction burners work with cast iron and I love cast iron, so that's a real plus as far as I'm concerned. The cooker is not really that big and I put it where I previously had a Breville toaster oven that I rarely use and was taking up way too much room--so down to the basement it went temporarily (maybe). This cooker fits much more nicely there and I can just keep the stainless pot that I used with it sitting right on top of it. It's also nice to have a "fifth" burner next to the stove so that I can say, hardboil some eggs, while I'm using the other burners to cook other things.
The controlls on the Midea are pretty simple to use and they include: keep warm, simmer, timer, fry, boil and boost (turns it up). I really like touch-sensitive controls and I think that's one thing I'll look for in the next full stove that I buy. Also, the burner does heat up faster than what I'm used to using but, as I said, my stove is old, so it's been slowing down for a long time. Still, turning this burner on to boil water to steam broccoli fast or to boil potatoes really is quite fast. I won't say that this is as fast as gas, it's not, and whenever I get to cook on gas at a friend's house I'm really surprised by how fast a gas stove can fire things up. I really haven't had a chance to do a temperature/time comparison, but it would probably be misleading with my electric range anyway just because of (yes, here it comes again), it's age. I'd love to compare it against a more modern stove one of these days though, so I may haul it over to a friend's house to test it there.
There are other things about this burner that I love. For example, it's nice that I can just tap "warm" to warm up some leftovers and then walk away for a few mins and do other things. The blue LED controls are easy to see and since my kitchen is pretty dark, that's a nice feature, too. As I said, I really was attracted to this idea because when I finish cooking with an electric burner, I have to wait for the thing to cool down (or put a pot of cold water on it) to protect the kitties, but this thing is immediately cool. I just toss the hot pan in the over to cool down and I can walk away from the kitchen. If you have pets or little hands around, that is a great feature. Also, there is a safety lock, so you an shut it down completely if you want.
I think based on just using this little burner (which can handle pretty big pans, by the way--I've been using a six-quart soup pot with it, but it's hard to tell where the heat surface actually ends--is it that circle?) I'm either going to buy an induction stove or perhaps, at long last, switch over to gas. I worked in restaurants for a long time early in my life and I have to say, gas is king, but I do like this little burner and it has really sped up my cooking a bit and expanded my world to five burners. I think that if you have a kid in college, they'll love you for getting this to use in the dorm!
3 Stars By Spyce on 2017-09-12
Midea Induction Cooktop
The Midea induction cooktop has two modes, a power mode which has ten power levels, and a function mode that features six cooking controls. Each function mode has its own icon.The unit also has a safety lock. Each power level equates to wattage with 1 being 120 watts and 10 being 1500 watts. The different power levels are changed by moving a finger over the power regulating bar towards the (+) or the (-) icons. Or the (+) or (-) icons can be taped to increase or decrease the power level setting. The selected power level will show in the display screen. The default power level is 5 or 800 watts. The 6 function modes are timer, keep warm, simmer, fry, boil, and boost. Each function mode has its own power level which can’t be adjusted. If the power level is changed by adjusting the power level on the power regulator bar, the selected function mode is stopped and the cooktop goes into power mode.
This is a large cooktop. I don’t have a kitchen island, and I don’t like using it underneath my cabinets on the countertop so I use it on the stove. I bought a large bamboo cutting board that I place over the grates on my stove, and I set the cooktop on it when I want to use it. When using some of my cookware, specifically, Curtis Stone, I hear a high-pitched noise. I’m not sure if it’s the cookware or the cooktop, in either case, coupled with the normal noise from the cooktop, it’s very annoying. When using my stainless steel USA Pan cookware or cast iron, I don’t hear it, so maybe it’s the pans.
I tried out the function modes, but I prefer using the power mode. There isn’t anything wrong with them, I just like being able to adjust the power if I think something is cooking too fast or slow. One thing, I’ve noticed with this cooktop is that it the power seems to surge when I use it. For instance, if I’m boiling water, the water starts to boil and then it slows down and goes back up as it would if I was manually adjusting the heat. I looked in the manual and noticed it said that the cooktop should be used with an individual socket with more than 15 amps of capacity. Mine are 15 amps. I’m not sure if this is what causes the surges or not because the manual also states that if the voltage is abnormal or the current changes abruptly, the cooktop will stop. It doesn’t stop, it just seems as if the power is cycling up and down regardless of the power level setting. I don’t run any other appliances when I’m using it, so I don’t know what’s going on with it. I have a Secura 9100 induction cooktop as well, and it doesn’t do that. I even unplugged my 2100 watt microwave which has its own breaker and tried the cooktop using that outlet, and it still surged.
Overall, it’s a decent cooktop, I’m just not comfortable using it because I don’t like how it surges up and down. The cooktop comes with an induction ready pan, it's a lightweight pan, but it's functional and is a good starter pan.
4 Stars By Jerry Saperstein on 2017-08-10
I’m a neophyte with induction cookery, so maybe I’m easily impressed.
Truth be told, I am a neophyte at all forms of cookery. But the doctor strongly urged a low-carb diet and, much to my surprise, I’ve become a serious carb counter and extremely interested in following a low-carb regimen.
If I want some degree of variety in a diet where frozen entrees are now forbidden, I need to learn the fundamentals of surviving in the kitchen and cookery.
The opportunity to try this unit came up and I figured why not.
I still don’t know if I made mistake or not jumping in with induction cooking. In induction cooking, heat is generated by magnetic fields, not a traditional gas or electrically powered heating element. Only conductive metal utensils can be used with this and a cheap pan is included.
The manual for the unit is pathetically short and includes nothing of the theory and practice of inductive cooking, only a bare minimum of instructions, literally a description of the button functions and nothing in the way of cooking techniques or recipes.
So, as I tend to do, I’m learning. I am now knowledgeable about the history of induction heating, the differences in using gas, electric and induction elements, techniques to use with induction heating and more. I tried boiling water – and it was just about the same speed as my 1200-watt microwave. I tried frying a small sandwich steak and that was definitely faster than using our electric range.
Operation couldn’t be easier. There are ten pressure sensitive, including a child safety lock. The controls are on the top surface, which could become problematic when a larger pan is used – your fingers may be perilously close to the utensil. There is no temperature readout, which I’ve read is because temperatures can vary quickly on induction cooking surfaces.
They call this “portable”, but I think the term is relative here. This unit is fairly large, heavy, somewhat oddly shaped and comes with no carrying case. I lived in Minnesota where potlucks are a way of life and people would bring food in all manner of containers, including large Dutch Ovens. So yes, the Midea is portable in a way, but “easily” is not part of the lexicon. It is also important to remember that this unit draws 1,500 watts, about the maximum load on a circuit in older homes.
What are my bottom-line feeling about this? Too early to tell. I’m drawn to the simplicity and the speed of operation, but I am not experienced enough to judge its overall impact on cooking.
4 Stars By Colin Brown on 2017-08-23
A great little induction cooktop, especially if you go camping
Hotplates used to be all the rage. You could use them to keep your food warm once it was prepared or to cook basic things like noodles or rice. Now all the rage seems to be induction cooktops with lots of different players entering the market over the past few years. Midea is no exception to this and have come out with the their own Portable Induction Cooker.
First off lets do the inevitable quick pros and cons list :-
1. Is affordable
2. Has auto-switch off functions
3. Has a 4D waterproof structure
4. Has Keep warm Mode
5. Has 10 power levels
6. Is very easy to clean and maintain (all glass top)
7. Is certainly portable
8. Has a child lock function
9. Has a 3-hour timer
10. You get a stainless steel cooking pot included which has ridge less bottom for better conductivity.
1. Some people might not be satisfied with the 1500 Watts of power
2. It is quite noisy
3. Never heard of Midea
Cooking on the Midea is easy itself, plug it in, turn it on, set your temperature and go. The plate top will keep cool whilst it is cooking (however your steel pot will not). The symbols on the top of the Midea are self explanatory or at least easy to work out, except for the ringed "B" symbol which I had to look up. This is the symbol for Boost.
I thought induction cookers were supposed to be quicker than a standard oven top (one of the big draws to this) however this Midea just seems to be on par with my oven top and not really any faster, taking around 2 minutes 20 to boil water. To be honest I just done this as a test as when I cook with boiling water, I will heat the water in an electric kettle first, then pour the already boiled water into the pan and just keep it at boiling point from that point on. This is cheaper and quicker than using either the induction cooker or the stove top.
This is an excellent addition to your kitchen and especially if you own an RV and go camping. As you can see above, there are a lot more pros than cons.
5 Stars By Gary Severance on 2017-07-31
Excellent Portable Cooktop
The Midea Induction Portable Cooktop is a great addition to the galley of our motor home. The size of the unit is 14.96 inches long by 11.65 inches wide by 2.54 inches thick. It is solid, weighing 7 pounds, and sits solid on the counter as we travel in the motor home. It has a Patented 3-ring copper heating element under a 7.88 inches in diameter display circle that is flush with the top surface of the unit. This area applies heat directly to a steel pot or pan, allowing for instant control of temperature without burning or producing hot spots. When cooking with water in a pot, the even heating produces a rolling boil that folds in on the center. Frying in a pan is even across the surface of the pan, so food does not stick even in all steel pans. The controls below the heating circle are easy to use with flush icons for warming, simmering, frying, and boiling. They work well with the press of a finger. There is a child safety button that prevents kids from changing settings. The temperature is controlled by a sliding scale and displayed by a series of 10 blue dots from low to high. The on/off icon starts and stops cooking instantly. There is a boost button that shifts the entire heading to its highest setting (1500 Watts) for a short time, 5 minutes when you can turn it off or let the boost shut off by itself. Induction cooking requires a steel pan or pot. The unit comes with a 12 cup combined pan/pot cooking vessel with glass lid. The heating surface of the vessel fits the heating circle perfectly. You can test other pots and pans for induction by using a magnet – if it sticks to the bottom the vessel will work. Aluminum will not allow for induction. The Midea Portable Cooktop is something we use many days of the week because we keep it in the kitchen of the house when not traveling in the motor home. It is a very portable, excellent product from Midea.
4 Stars By Jon Kreisler on 2017-08-09
Portable Induction Cooking
My wife drooled when the package was opened (she is a professional culinista.)
The Midea Portable Induction Cooker cooktop, model MIND179ST-B is a handy device to have, especially if you don't have too many appliance options available to you (apartment rentals, RVs, camping, etc.) It weighs only 7 pounds.
The advantage of induction cooking is (if you have compatible cookware) heat only occurs when your pan is placed on the burner. If your pans don't have an induction symbol engraved on them (wavy lines) you can test your cookware with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the bottom of your pan, you can probably use it for induction cooking.
The package includes a 9" induction-capable, general purpose pan (stainless) with a glass lid. The unit itself measures approximately 12"x15"x3". It requires a flat, level surface, a polarized 2-prong 110 volt a/c power source and a space with a few inches in front and back for adequate air flow.
There are 10 power settings ranging from 120 watts up to a maximum of 1500 watts. There are also presets available for keep-warm, simmering, boiling and frying.
Other features include a timer and a child lock-out.
There is a boost mode which temporarily uses the highest power setting for up to five minutes.
The timer can be set for 1-180 minutes (but cannot be used with boost or boil settings.)
The surface is smooth and sealed, so cleanup after is a breeze and there is no worry as to where a spill has settled.
What would I add? To be truly portable, I'd like to see an included canvas carrying bag. A cigarette lighter adapter (or USB connection) would be nice but would probably adversely affect the price due to necessary added circuitry.
5 Stars By AnAlumiGogoCustomer on 2017-07-28
Great for travel, storm prep or daily use for an extra burner in the kitchen + Nice Bonus!
Excellent! First a bit of background. Living in Florida requires a bit of extra planning and preparation - not just for hurricane season but even the severe afternoon thunderstorms can result in power outages that last anywhere for a few hours to weeks (in the case of major hurricane/storms). We used to prep with the typical Coleman propane type stoves but those are a major hazard indoors - about 10 years ago after a series of storms swept through the state one after another, we invested in prep items that could run off of electric (generator powered)...that was when we bought the first one of these. The old versions left a lot to be desired but worked well enough that we kept buying. We bought one for our travel trailer (safer than propane) and one for emergencies. However, we found ourselves constantly hauling one or another around for use in the kitchen when an extra burner was needed. These things are fast and convenient. Fast forward again - we needed another one and this popped up. It's the same size as out other two current ones but a bit more responsive in terms of temperature settings. This has a flush control panel face - I actually prefer the slanted version but that is just me. This works very well and I was pleasantly surprised that it came with a cooking pan and glass lid which was a very nice addition. The pan is a bit light weight but more than adequate - nice touch. The controls on this are responsive - in fact, much more so than a two year old version I also own which requires pressing just long enough (but not too long) to get it working. This responds fast for heating as well. Really nice addition.