Yup. I did it! I've been cooking on a Max Burton induction single burner unit for about two years now. Where I live (Plano, TX) what I save on my electric bills (all electric house) makes cooking on a single burner well worth my while. But for quite some time now, I've been lusting after this little puppy:
And if it sounds interesting, the absolute best price is here:
So after months of debate with myself over installing a built in GE 30" induction cook top that would fit perfectly into the cut-out in my granite island or go with a bigger and better counter top unit, I decided to go with the Vollrath.
Why? Well, the GE units have the most presets of any American made built in I know of. A preset means that is how many "preset" temperature settings a "burner" will have between its lowest and highest possible temperature settings. The GE built-in has 19 presets, the highest I know of. But the Vollrath has 100!!! Yes. ONE HUNDRED PRESETS! It ranges from 80 degrees to 400. When you use Fahrenheit it progresses up the thermometer in 10 degree increments and the equivalent of that in Centrigrade, BUT when you "cook by numbers," you get the full 100 presets to dance through, which really does give me the temperature fine tuning of gas. I can temper chocolate without the hassle of a double boiler/bane marie. I can slap on my cast iron grill and CHAR me some steaks! This is a commercial unit designed for the restaurant business, and it is larger than the Max Burton was by a few inches in size.
I loved my Max Burton. There is no way I would EVER go back to cooking over radiant heat, whether wood, charcoal, gas, or electric! Who needs to heat up the whole house when you can just heat up the pan? Texas summers get pretty hot, and what with global warming there's not much chance they're going to get cooler as the years roll by. Even if I was rich enough to build my dream home that is an underground house counter-sunk into a cliff overlooking an ocean with windows al la James Bond's Dr. No (I think it was Dr. No who had the huge aquarium wall that looked out into the ocean?), I would still go with induction. Except then, with THAT kind of budget, I would have 4 or 6 or 8 of these puppies installed side by side along a sweeping granite island!
All that's left for me to do now is remember to buy that damned Power Ball winning lottery ticket and pick myself up an extra 2 or 3 hundred million dollars! Hey, I can dream, can't I???? '-)
NEVER had a problem dreaming big in my entire life! Oh, and just in case there are any here with a Dr. No budget, the built-ins can be found with a discount almost as steep as I found on the counter top unit. Google is your friend, and restaurant suppliers are GOOD!!!