Yes, I have the NuWave PIC (Precision Induction Cooker) – actually I have two. I love, love, love this PIC. In fact I almost never use my electric stove anymore. I get much better control of the heat with the PIC.
While the NuWave folks want you to purchase two PICs and encourage you to “buy one, get one free” that’s not really what happens because you have to pay shipping/processing for the “free” PIC. When I purchased mine a few months ago this was the deal and why I did what I did.
1 PIC for $99.99 + $29.95 S/P for a total cost of $129.94
However if you get the 2nd PIC that is ostensibly “free”, they add $29.95 additional dollars to the cost of the order for shipping the 2nd PIC.
1st PIC: $99.99 + $29.95 S/P for a total of $129.94
2nd PIC: “free” + $29.95 S/P for a total of $29.95
Total cost of getting two PICs is $159.89
So the question was, did I want to pay $130 for one PIC or would I like to pay $80 per PIC and get two of them for a total of $160? For $30 more bucks it made sense to me to get two.
I could use the PICs for 90 days and still return them if I wasn’t happy, however the only refund I would get was the 99.99 for the first PIC. NuWave keeps what I paid them in shipping ($59.90) + I pay the cost of return shipping if I want to return the product. Both of these factors make a customer very reluctant to return anything but a defective product.
Since the PICs are made in China, that $59.90 probably covers their cost for the two machines so even if I returned the product there’s probably no cost to them. Not only that they’ve got the PIC back and they can send it to a new customer, sell it used and do whatever with it they do to make money. It’s a can’t lose proposition for NuWave – and a brilliant marketing plan.
That all said, I chose to get two PICs – the original one plus the “free” one as I felt it was a better deal at that time. I figured I’d either have a back up, or two I could use all the time, or one I could give one as a gift. Do note that NuWave wants to sell you all kinds of “extras” (again ostensibly free except for s/p charges). However you don’t have to get any of the extra stuff and I’d recommend not doing so. If you don’t have induction-ready cookware, buy it elsewhere. It will be better quality and less expensive.
The NuWave PIC was not available from Kohls or anywhere else when I purchased mine. If you only want one, it sounds like Kohls is now a better deal – especially with a coupon of some sort. If you want two, ordering from NuWave might still be a better deal.
By the way, I also own a Max Burton 6200 Portable Induction Cooktop I purchased before the NuWave PIC was available. It was the one Cook's Illustrated recommended as the best. They didn't review the NuWave PICs. I liked the Max Burton just fine until I learned of the NuWave PIC which is a better unit with better heat control options.