Broil King Countertop Cast Iron Range
Broil King 1500 watt cooktop delivers
This unit is probably the best available anywhere. It cooks better and much more evenly than my Maytag range (electric coil type), which surprised me. The Broil King heats up fast and its "0 to 12" variable heat dial is reliably linear and accurate. The unit's construction is rugged and professional, and features non-slip, non-marring feet.
The unit's rough-textured cooking surface is a mixed blessing: It is not slippery, which is good, but challenging to clean if food gets on it. If the element is cold when it happens, I use a damp lint-free cloth and then blot dry. If any fibers are left, a few flicks with a nylon vegetable brush will remove them. I have not dropped food on the element when hot, and hope I never do, but my plan is to gently scrape off as much as possible, then allow what's left to dry/burn to an ash, let cool completely, then use a nylon brush to clean. It would certainly interrupt the cooking process.
Therefore, the difficult-to-clean cooking surface is the ONLY drawback (and a minor one, in my opinion) to this otherwise outstanding unit.
I use it in my "outdoor kitchen" and its performance is far superior to anything I've used in the past. This unit is powerful, so be sure to supply it with at least a 15-amp grounded circuit that isn't supplying "juice" to anything else. Then, crank it up and cook!
May 10, 2011
Great quality - even heating
Might seem a bit pricey, however, when the quality of the unit is considered it is not. The cast iron burner heats slowly and evenly because of it's mass. Likewise, because of it's mass the burner retains heat longer than an exposed heating element. Even heat and gradual temperature change are features I was looking for. If speed is what you need then look at the exposed heating element units.
March 27, 2009
Great for omelets
[...]We used to got to Angie's Italian Restaurant in Washington, DC where the omelet king made omelets at your table. They were always delicious and I hope to come halfway to that quality.
December 29, 2008
It does what we expected.
works fine. Does what it was made to do. Quality is fine so far.
October 7, 2008