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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 its 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

Duxtop 9600LS Features  

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.

The 9600LS cooktop offers a range of 20 temperature settings from 100-degree Fahrenheit to 460 degrees Fahrenheit. This feature allows the consumer many options so a wide variety of meals can be prepared.  

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 temperature and power settings, with the manual providing a handy reference.

The 20 power levels have a range of 100-1800W. 

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.

Duxtop has included safety features in 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.


What We Like About the Duxtop 9600LS

  • 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.

Is the Duxtop 9600LS Worth Buying?

If you are looking for a well-built, lightweight, portable induction cooktop, the Duxtop 9600LS is worth buying. 

The unit has the required functions and is easy to use. This cooktop can be used by someone who is not tech savvy.

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

The design of the control panel and the temperature settings differs from some of Duxtop’s competitors. Other units have a flat, tablet-like surface. If liquids splash, the electronics might be harmed.

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.

The LCD is large enough to see the temperature, power settings, and timer display. The readout on the LCD and the brightness are far better than most other single-plate induction cooktops.

The buttons are placed at just the right distance from one another and the cooking zone. They are large and easily activated. 

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.

When cooking, if you want to take the pan off the cooking zone, the unit will stay on for 60 seconds. 

If you forget to turn off the unit after removing the pan, the unit will switch off after 60 seconds. 

The settings lock is a helpful feature.

The circles on the cooking surface show you where to place the pan. Be sure to center the pan on the heating zone. The bottom of the cooking vessels must be at least 5 inches in diameter.

If you want to brew beer, this cooktop is not for you. It can only handle 25 pounds on the cooktop surface.

While this unit is reasonably priced given the features and quality of parts and assembly, there are less expensive units, such as the Duxtop 9100MC.

Final Thoughts

The Duxtop 9600LS is a well-designed, affordable, 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.


My experience with Secura 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Duxtop 9600LS

Below are some of the most commonly-asked questions about the Duxtop 9600LS.

What type of cookware can I use with the Duxtop 9600LS?

Cast iron, enameled cast iron, carbon steel, and magnetic stainless steel work with induction cooktops.

How can I tell if my pan is induction ready?

To test the pan to see if is induction suitable, place a magnet on the bottom of the pots or pan; if it adheres well, the cookware will work.

Does the cookware have to be the Duxtop brand?

No, it does not have to be the Duxtop brand. All induction compatible cookware can be used with the Duxtop 9600LS Induction Cooktop.

If I can only afford two pans, which ones should I buy?

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

Does the 9600LS make a lot of noise?

The noise from the fan on the 9600LS is noticeable but not irritating. The noise 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. 

How long does it take the 9600LS to cool down?

Within just one minute of being at full heat, the 9600LS cooktop cools down completely, being cool enough to touch.

The timer can be set for 10 hours; does this mean the unit will operate for 10 hours without shutting down?

No, the unit will shut down after two hours if no buttons are pressed for safety reasons.

Can I use the Duxtop 9600LS outside?

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

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