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Duxtop 9600LS Portable Induction Cooktop Review – 2022

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Duxtop is a premier manufacturer of small kitchen appliances, including portable induction cooktops, induction ready cookware, and other products for the home.

The Duxtop 9600LS Portable Induction Cooktop is one example of their high-quality craftsmanship. This feature-rich 1800 watt induction burner has 20 temperature and 20 power settings. 

This popular single burner cooktop comes in two displays. They have the same features and specifications.

We have used the Duxtop 9600LS for over three years and are very pleased. It is durable, easy to use and clean, and doesn't take up a lot of space. 

If the recipe calls for a specific temperature, we start at a low power level for a few minutes, then set it to the temperature required. This gives the sensor time to catch up to the pan's temperature.

The power level mode produces more stable temperatures than the temperature mode.

Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop, Countertop Burner Induction Hot Plate with LCD Sensor Touch 1800 Watts, Silver 9600LS/BT-200DZ

What We Like

  • Boiling & Warming buttons for one-touch operation
  • Stable low-temperature cooking (use power level for best results)
  • Wide range of temperatures
  • Slanted, durable touch panel
  • Child lock
  • Warranty is two years from the date of purchase (per user manual)

What is Not Ideal

  • Slightly inaccurate temperature readings due to the lag time between the sensor and the bottom of the pan (however, this unit is better than most) 
  • It emits a high-pitched sound when the temperature is very high.
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Features of the Duxtop 9600LS  

The Duxtop 9600LS is convenient and offers flexible low and high-temperature cooking with a surface that heats up in no time.

It is light and small enough to be used almost anywhere. It makes the perfect cooker for entertaining outside, an extra burner, or a conventional electric or gas stove replacement.

In addition, the two quick-use buttons (fast boil and keep warm) are convenient.

Design

The LCD is large enough to see the temperature, power settings, and timer display. 

The slanted control panel and the cooking surface are covered with a high-quality coating that resists grease and grime, making cleaning a breeze.

How This Design Differs from Some Other Models

The design of the control panel and the temperature settings differs from some of Duxtop’s competitors.

The slanted control panel makes cleaning effortless. It is unlikely that any cooked food would splash over onto the LCD or on the buttons on the unit.

Other units have a flat, tablet-like surface. If liquids splash, the electronics might be harmed.

The readout on the LCD and the brightness are far better than most other single-plate induction cooktops.

The temperature setting increments (15 and 20 degrees) are less than Duxtop’s competitors (e.g., Max Burton 6450 - 25 degrees), allowing greater temperature control.

Duxtop Portable Induction Cooktop, Countertop Burner Induction Hot Plate with LCD Sensor Touch 1800 Watts, Silver 9600LS/BT-200DZ

Temperature

The power and temperature controls are independent and can be used to control the temperature.  

The 20 temperature settings have a range of 100º- 460ºF.

The temperature settings in Fahrenheit are increments of 20º in the temperature range of 100º- 360º, then 375º, 390º, 405º, 420º, 440º, and 460º.  

Thanks to the direct heat transfer from plate to pot or pan, no fumes are emitted while maintaining precise temperature control.

The Duxtop 9600LS heats up fast, and if a pan is removed for a second to flip or stir, it resumes at the setting when set back on the surface. It is a highly energy-efficient unit that reaches boiling point quicker than gas.

Most induction cooktops have problems maintaining a low temperature; however, this unit suffers from no such issues. It works great across all of temperature and power settings, with the manual providing a handy reference.

Power

The 20 power levels have a range of 100-1800W. From 100-900W, the increments are in 80W increments. From 900 to 1800, the remaining power levels are in 100W increments. 

This unit has a cooling down period. Within just one minute of being at full heat, the cooktop cools down completely, being cool enough to touch.

Timer

A digital count-down timer is also integrated, stepping at 1-minute increments to a maximum of 10 hours.

The maximum timer capability of many units is 2 hours. As with most others, this unit shuts down after 2 hours regardless of the timer setting for safety reasons.

Noise level

Purchasers of induction cooktops frequently comment on the noises the unit emits.

Some users think the fan is loud. While it is noticeable, it is not irritating and is less than the vent hood over our electric stove. 

If you use the unit at maximum power, there may be a high-pitched sound. We haven't noticed it, but some consumers have reported hearing a squealing sound. 

Safety

Duxtop has added other great touches to the 9600LS Induction Cooktop.

They include a safety button that automatically activates a lock when held down for three seconds. This locks out all other buttons except the ON/OFF button.

Another feature is the automatic pan detection system. The unit shuts down if no cookware has been detected for 60 seconds or if cookware that is not induction compatible is placed on the surface.

There is also both a low and high-voltage warning system that triggers an alert tone and shuts down after one minute.

This induction burner also ceases operation if the cooking surface temperature exceeds 460ºF.

Final Thoughts

The Duxtop 9600LS is a well-designed, high-quality cooktop that will fit into any kitchen decor.

This unit's temperature and power settings make it possible to prepare almost any food. Cooks appreciate the control at the lower wattages and temperatures.

We have used our 9600LS outside. The Duxtop user manual states the 9600LS should not be used in a wet outdoor environment.

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Cookware to Use with an Induction Cooktop

As with all induction cookers, induction ready cookware must be used. Cast iron, enameled cast iron, carbon steel, and magnetic stainless steel work with induction cooktops.

A pot or pan can be tested to determine if it is induction suitable. Place a magnet on the bottom of the pots or pan; if it adheres well, the cookware will work.

All induction compatible cookware can be used with the Duxtop 9600LS Induction Cooktop. It does not have to be the Duxtop brand.

You may find that you have the pots and pans that you need. If not, you can buy a cookware set or the pieces you need.

A frying pan and a saucepan will suffice for most of your cooking needs.

Customer Service

Secura (the manufacturer of both Secura and Duxtop brands) is known to have customer service that responds to queries promptly. This reviewer found this to be true.  

A query was submitted via email asking if the unit shut off after two hours, even if the timer was set for more than two hours. The response was yes, it does stop operating after two hours. It was noted that this is a safety feature. 

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