NuWave “PIC Flex” Portable Precision Induction Cooktop

The PIC Flex induction hob by NuWave — who also make the excellent Brio air fryer — is something my wife and I first discovered when visiting her grandma’s house a couple years ago. The first time we tried cooking on the thing, we knew it would make an awesome addition to our RV (or any small space, really).

What surprised us most was how fast it would heat up skillets. We thought we needed to let the pan preheat a bit before frying an egg like you would with a typical gas burner, but no, you can’t really walk away for even a minute because by the time you come back, it will pretty much instantly brown the butter you put in. To achieve cooking success, you have to think of it as microwave-fast. It’s crazy.


I like that it has a half-dozen temperature presets (from Low to Max/Sear) that you can quickly jump between, and from there you can fine-tune up or down as you like in ten-degree increments (anywhere from 100°F to 500°F). You also have the option to switch between 600, 900, or 1300 watts, which adds to the portability factor since you can safely use it anywhere, even in limited-power situations.

There’s a lot more I could go into, but suffice to say, this is a fantastic gizmo that deserves a place in your kitchen and/or travel cooking setup. Get it for $60 on Amazon.