Aroma AID-509 Induction Cooktop Review

Aroma AID-509 Induction Cooktop
An induction cooktop can be a fantastic addition to any kitchen, what should you look for in such a device? One model worthy to consider is the Aroma AID-509 Induction Cooktop. It’s manufactured by the Aroma Housewares Company, a San Diego-based company with years of experience in creating top quality kitchen appliances, and with a reputation to match. This piece will aim to outline all the key areas of note in regards to the Aroma AID-509, enabling you to become completely familiar with the product and giving you assurance that you are making a wise investment before you part with your hard-earned cash.

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Table of Contents
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1. Power Settings
2. Safety Features
3. Capacity
4. Construction and Appearance
5. Dimensions
6. Accessories
7. Customer Reviews
8. Pros & Cons
9. Price
10. Features Summary
11. More Resources

The Aroma AID-509 is a fully programmable induction cooktop, enabling you to preset your cooking with its three hour timer and shut off function.

It also features an easy-to-clean ceramic surface, highly intuitive push button controls and a LED display that allows you to take all the guesswork out of cooking. It offers great performance while at the same time consuming far less energy- up to 70% less than conventional stoves and cookers.

Power Settings

With 6 different heat settings, it has output which ranges from 120 to 1500 watts. On top of that, it has a “keep warm” option. Its controls are intuitive and easy enough to guarantee you achieve the right temperature every time, right through from very gentle warming to boiling and everything in between.

The only downside is that you don’t have an option to choose the exact temperature so you have to keep an eye on what you’re cooking and if you’re new to induction technology, you may have to use it a few times before you get it right.
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Safety Features

Safety is a critical factor whenever you are considering purchasing a new kitchen appliance, but the Aroma AID-509 Induction Cooktop does not compromise when it comes to safety. The unit is safe to touch even when in use, heating the cookware rather than itself, and will only heat up when used in conjunction with induction-ready cookware items such as stainless steel, cast iron and enameled iron. Once the cookware is removed from the ceramic surface, the unit will shut itself off automatically – both lowering costs and the risk of overheating.

With overheat protection, the risk of fire is reduced. However, some people find this quite annoying as it can easily be triggered especially when you’re using cast iron cookware. Because of its slow heat transfer and heat retention, cast iron may not be the best choice for this burner. There are those who found a work-around – they just pre-heat their cast iron skillet for a few seconds before turning down the heat so as not to trip the overheat sensor.
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Capacity

The Aroma AID-509 Induction Cooktop boasts a heating element that is 9 inches in diameter, which enables it to cater to a wide range of pots, pans and other cookware while at the same time not taking away its portability. Although it manufacturer has not specified a recommended cookware range which the cooker can handle, I found that many owners can use saucepans with a diameter of up to 12 inches. It can accommodate a 3 quart pot, a 9 inch pan or even a 12 inch wok with ease.

You can use this to cook large meals even for 6 people. The burner is large enough for large pots but it doesn’t take up much counter space.
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Construction and Appearance

The Aroma AID-509 features a lightweight plastic body and a smooth, easy clean ceramic heating surface, and a ferrous iron induction coil. In terms of appearance, it has an attractive, simplistic design, with an glossy black finish and a simple, uncluttered control interface which itself is backlit. Small stands on the base of the unit help to keep it slightly elevated from work surfaces, and prevent it from overheating.

Clean-up is easy. Manufacturer recommends to use toothpaste to clean up any mess or spills on the surface. A small amount will do, then use a damp washcloth to wipe the surface and you’ll be surprised at how quickly it can be cleaned.
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Dimensions

The Aroma AID-509 features a lightweight plastic body and a smooth, easy clean ceramic heating surface, and a ferrous iron induction coil. In terms of appearance, it has an attractive, simplistic design, with an glossy black finish and a simple, uncluttered control interface which itself is backlit. Small stands on the base of the unit help to keep it slightly elevated from work surfaces, and prevent it from overheating.

Clean-up is easy. Manufacturer recommends to use toothpaste to clean up any mess or spills on the surface. A small amount will do, then use a damp washcloth to wipe the surface and you’ll be surprised at how quickly it can be cleaned.
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Accessories

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Customer Reviews

It has received mostly positive reviews from people who are satisfied with their purchase. One woman bought it for her 86-year old elderly mother who finds it easy to use even though she’s not tech-savvy. It is sleek, efficient, and fits into a countertop corner, which is a huge plus for many. Many loved the fact that they can use it for apartments and dorm rooms.

Apart from one comment about a defective part, the only other complaints are uneven heat and the loud fan and error beeps. When cooking, food at the bottom center of the container tends to burn if not stirred. This uneven distribution of heat is usually solved by getting the right cookware that distributes heat well, which often have a thicker ferromagnetic base. The fan can be too noisy for some, but others find it normal and not too different from usual kitchen noises, like the microwave and the range hood. If you lift up the pan (e.g, if you shake it when sautéing), it will sound a loud beep and some people find this annoying. This is a safety feature, though so if you’re used to gas stoves, it might take you a while to get used to it.

There are those who find the lowest heat setting (1) to be still too hot. However, you can use the “keep warm” setting in this case. You can read more Aroma AID-509 Portable Induction Cooktop reviews here.
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Amazon Rating: 4.2

 

Pros & Cons

product name prosPros:
The Aroma AID-509 features a lightweight plastic body and a smooth, easy clean ceramic heating surface, and a ferrous iron induction coil. In terms of appearance, it has an attractive, simplistic design, with an glossy black finish and a simple, uncluttered control interface which itself is backlit. Small stands on the base of the unit help to keep it slightly elevated from work surfaces, and prevent it from overheating.

Clean-up is easy. Manufacturer recommends to use toothpaste to clean up any mess or spills on the surface. A small amount will do, then use a damp washcloth to wipe the surface and you’ll be surprised at how quickly it can be cleaned.
product name consCons:
The Aroma AID-509 Induction Cooktop is a quality piece of kitchenware, but it lacks some of the extra features which other portable induction cookers can lay claim to. Nevertheless, it offers strong performance and specifications for its price range. Another issue which may arise is heat management, and it may take some practice to figure out the best setting to use when cooking different types of food. Users are also limited in the range of cookware that can be effectively used on this cooktop, so its important to make sure that you have compatible cookware or be willing to get new pans.
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Check current pricing discounts:

An inexpensive unit, it’s being sold for $74.99 at the manufacturer website. You can get this, however, for less than that on Amazon.

Features Summary

Aroma AID-509 Induction Cooktop Features Overview

Conclusion

The Aroma AID-509 Induction Cooktop is a straightforward and high quality product that boasts impressive performance in a small package, one that prides itself on simplicity and reliability.

More Resources:

Official Website: www.aroma-housewares.com
Instruction Manual: Download here

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