Updated: November 2017
Hot Plate Reviews:
- What is a hot plate?
- Benefits of using a hot plate
- How much do hot plates cost? Which should I buy?
The Importance of a Hot Plate - A hot plate is a small stove that is powered by electricity. Even though on first glance it wouldn't seem like a tremendously useful item, a hot plate actually has a wide range of applications. Sometimes people with very small apartments opt for hot plates instead of an actual stove to save room.
The hot plate is very easy to use to heat food. You simply plug in your hot plate, put your food on it in a suitable container, and then use the burners and the knobs to adjust the temperatures. Another application for hot plates is by caterers.
Hot plates can be used at job sites to keep food at a warm temperature when no stoves are available. Hot plates also have applications in science. Because they are an adjustable heat source, scientists can heat up all kinds of beakers and flasks in the lab with hot plates.
People who are staying in a hotel for more than just a few nights also use hot plates. They can use it to warm soups and boil water. Also hot plates serve much the same purpose in dorm rooms. I remember when I was in college; hot plates were prohibited for safety reasons. However, still, many college students were using hot plates in their rooms for meals during late night study sessions.
So why are hot plates dangerous? If the hot plate is left on and unattended to, it can potentially catch on fire. Make sure you watch it at all times and keep flammable materials away. Hot plates work by means of heating coils. These are very similar to the coils that you would see on a stove. Some hot plates are also powered by halogen. You can see the most popular hot plates online here.
The video below shows the Waring Pro Burner Review so you know what to expect:
What to look for in a hot plate?
Hot Plate Buying Guide - When it comes to choosing a hot plate, there are various considerations to keep in mind. You can select a single burner, double burner or triple burner hot plate. Take into account how much food you will be heating at once.
One of the most popular hot plates is Maxi-Matic ESB-301F Elite Cuisine Single Cast Burner 1000-Watt Hot Plate (White) which sells for $20. This hot plate has one element instead of two. The Maxi-Matic hot plate also has a 1000-Watt self-cleaning element and chrome plated drip pan. Reviewers on Amazon love this hot plate. According to owners, this hot plate heats up quickly and food cooks evenly due to cast iron heating elements. They commented that the adjustable temperature was great as it can be switched to 4 degrees.
It can take less than 10 minutes to boil one liter of water. They also appreciated that the hot plate really was very small and great for situations where there was not much space. This is the best hot plate to select if you really have limited space and want a hot plate you can transport easily.
Best Hot Plates:
Proctor-Silex 34101 Fifth Burner is also a popular hot plate, which sells for only $15 online. This hot plate has 4 feet for stability. It also has a space saving design and a chrome drip pan. The Proctor-Silex hot plate has an easy to use design and a power indicator life. Reviewers on Amazon like this product. They felt overall it heats quickly and is attractive enough to leave on the counter.
Owners also felt this hot plate was safe due to the fact it has a safety switch. A few reviewers on Hotplates.com commented that the safety switch kept turning the hot plate off when they were cooking. However, most reviews for this product were very positive.
RECOMMENDED - If you can spend more money, you can buy something like the Waring Pro SB30 1300-Watt Portable Single Burner for less than $50. Because this is a 1300-watt portable single burner, it provides extra heating options. The Waring Pro hot plate heats up to significantly higher temperatures than other hot plates, which max out at 1000 watts. This hot plate is also made out of a durable cast-iron plate which heats up quickly and retains heat. Reviewers felt this hot plate was worth the extra money.
We read comments on Amazon.com as well as BestKitchenAppliances.com where customers loved how quickly it heats up and how accurate of a temperature you can get. Also people did indeed feel the heating was even. Lastly, customers were impressed with how professional the Waring Pro SB30 looked. They said it had a nice design and didn't use up too much counter space.
To check out how to use a hot plate - click the image below to go to video.
Top Rate Countertop Burner:
When it comes to quality feedback from owners, the DUXTOP is right at the top of the list. The DUXTOP 9100MC is an 1800 watt portable induction cooktop with 15 power levels that range from 200 to 1800 watts. The temperature range goes from 140 to 460 degrees fahrenheit. We like that the control panel is easy to navigate and the unit is lightweight and easy to store in a compact area. Features like the auto-pan detection, count down digital timer, and low/high voltage warning system are just some of the reasons it rates so high amongst consumers. We found the countertop burner to be fast, efficient, and great for things like frying eggs or just boiling water for pasta. Compared to a regular cooktop on your range, this model from DUXTOP is quick and easy to use.
The Benefits of Induction Hot Plates:
According to an article at CNET, "hot plates aren't hot anymore." CNET recommends cooking with induction heat instead of with coils. With induction hot plates, the heat is transferred onto the pot with magnetic induction. Induction heating cooks food in a safer manner. It also cooks more efficiently and uses up less energy. CNET recommends the Fagor Portable Induction Cooktop, which sells for less than $200.
We also noticed people are suggesting this Fagor hot plate on forums as well as blogs like Thekitchn.com. CNET goes on to say, "With 90 percent efficiency and six temperature control settings, the burner is at once efficient and precise." Other benefits of the Fagor Portable Induction Cooktop are that it has no flames or fumes. The area around the pot stays cool so you cannot accidentally burn yourself.
You can also clean the smooth surface of the induction hot plate in a much easier manner. There are also the additional safety features of a timer and Child safety lock. Of the reviews we read, people were generally very happy with the Fagor hot plate. People mentioned they thought it was far superior to a regular hot plate. It also kept the surrounding areas cooler, where hot plates can provide too much heat in a room, especially in the summer. Check out top rated portable induction cooktops here.
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