Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Cookware >
Jul 13, 2012 04:35 PM

Has anyone tried the NuWave PIC?

I just watched one of those Infomercials, this time advertising the NuWave PIC (induction cooking/warming unit).
Has anyone out there tried it and if so, offer any pros and cons?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I just checked out the website. First off, let me say that I do have an induction cook plate and it works well. Let me also say I am not overly fond of it. No real particular reason. It is 1800 watts and was fairly expensive, even on sale. This site has a deal going as you and anyone else can see. The deal is relatively inexpensive for what you get, and if this is what your budget dictates, and you want induction, it may be for you. A couple of caveats: the power output is not as high as most portable units available for roughly the same price. The second caveat is do you need it or was it the slick marketing?

    I am not saying there is anything wrong with this unit, or that it will not perform. If you want it and will use it, and if the warranty is good (please compare to other brands that are available) then it might be right. I am certain that it will perform, but for how long and how well? And, do you currently have magnetic cookware? If not it will not work unless you have a magnetic adapter plate to position under your pan. If your budget can go higher, I personally would go with a brand that has been around for a few years. For the record, I have a rather large Magneflux induction hotplate.

    Here is a link to ebay that has the same Magneflux I have. I purchased mine at Tuesday Morning for $149.00 with the free pan and timer a couple of years ago. Pricey to be sure. But it works. And no, I do not sell this or any other item on ebay, but I do purchase from time to time. Good luck.

    3 Replies
    1. re: dcrb

      I purchased mine at Tuesday Morning for $149.00 with the free pan and timer a couple of years ago. Pricey to be sure.

      But still less than BNF will pay for the NuWave. The total price tag for that package will be just under $160.

      1. re: al b. darned

        Good portable induction cookers are expensive. If you just need to warm something for the company "holiday" pot luck, they all work reasonably well.

        A good everyday quality portable induction cooker with high output (1800+ watts) that won't fail you will run a lot more then $100 on average. The catering model I have weighs probably around 30# and works extremely well. The more portable ~5# model doesn't work nearly as well.

        1. re: al b. darned

          My pricey comment should have been directed at the original MSRP which I did not mention, not the price I paid, which I considered a bargain at the time. But you are right about the NuWave pricing. Still, two for one is hard to pass up for a lot of folks and the freebies also. The shipping for all gets expensive. I would personally pass on it but for others it might be a good deal due to budget and a need for the cookware as well.

      2. First of all, this is obviously a low end PIC. You don't get a quality PIC plus a 9-inch Stainless-Steel Non-Stick Omelet Pan, a 10.5-inch Stainless-Steel Non-Stick Frying Pan, a 3.5 qt Stainless Steel Pot with Tempered Glass Lid, a Stainless Steel Steamer Basket, and a 9-piece Stainless Steel Foundue Set for 3 Easy Payments of only $33.33 (plus $30 s&h per set on TWO sets). For $160 you can do better.

        If the green pans included here are like the other green pans out there, they will be magically nonstick for up to six months, and then stuff will stick like glue. You'll just end up chucking them out.

        Another caution: PIC Cooking Club VIP Membership. These are usually free for a month or two, but then you start getting charged monthly (sometimes as much as $30) and are notoriously difficult to cancel, and you can't opt out up front. The web site doesn't say any more about it.

        IMO, if you want a PIC, there are several under $150 at Amazon, most of which include free shipping. Max Burton has two 1800 watt models under $90. (The NuWave is 1300 watts.) The MB's are both rated 4/5 stars.

        2 Replies
        1. re: al b. darned

          Max Burton seems to be everywhere these days in cooking catalogs and on-line stores. And the pricing is good. What they lack in "free goodies" they make up for with a quality unit. I cannot remember reading much negative about the units.

          1. re: dcrb

            I have a Max Burton and am happy with it. I wouldn't spend double on this infomercial.

        2. The original comment has been removed
          1. I ordered the pic with a buy one get one free and was supposed to get the cookware with it. I paid $159.89 they sent the two pic2 but not the cookware. I just called them and they said I didn't pay the shipping for the cookware and I would have to pay $59.95 plus shipping of $29.95. I had no choice but to buy it, because if I sent the two pic2 back I would have to pay at least $40.00 for shipping and would only get $99.00 back. I don't know how it works until I get the cookware, ours won't work with. This is not a good company. Very displeased

            4 Replies
            1. re: muledad

              If they charged you $160 up front they charged you for the cookware shipping. In fact, they may have overcharged you.

              The web site clearly shows the cookware and the cooker (Tho it doesn't specifically say anything about it.) If you do the math, two sets plus (now) $39.95 for shipping it should only come to $139.94. So what was the extra $40 for?


              1. re: muledad

                They did the same thing to me but told me I did not mark and x on on one of the order screen to include the cookware. According to the add the cookware was free if you upgrade to the pro or not. I will be loosing $78.80 if I return them I bought to grillls also and the said I had return everything. They wanted to sell me the cookware also.


                1. re: marsutt

                  Thanks.This is helpful. I will buy in a store!

                  1. re: TheEddyHouse

                    We saw them this week at Walmart. BB&B also carries them.

              2. The original comment has been removed