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3 Best Hot Plates Ideas

Updated on August 27, 2013

Why I'm Seriously Considering Hot Plates

People use hot plates for many reasons - an impromptu kitchen, extra burner for parties and in craft rooms. Read on for more info and the best hot plates I've found.

I admit it, I'm a kitchen gadget junkie, but a hot plate? Yeah, I'm intrigued ever since a neighbor brought her double burner hot plate to help with a community fun raiser. It did the job (keeping the baked beans warm) and then some. The fundraiser wasn't the only place she used her portable burners. She uses it often for big family gathering and said it was a life-saver when she was remodeling her kitchen.

My intrigue shot up a couple more notches when another neighbor began singing the praises of her new induction hot plate. It's the most modern way to cook and with a hot plate style burner, it's affordable.

I'm seriously late to the party, but not for long. I've been doing my research. Let me show you what I've learned about these indispensable small appliances, what you should look for and a few of my favorite models.

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Cook up you favorite burger on a hot plate
Cook up you favorite burger on a hot plate

Hot Plates - the 411

What You'll Want to Know Before You Buy

I couldn't have gotten through collage without a hot plate. Now this is back in the 70s, pre-microwaves and pre-Ramen noodles. The hot plate my roommates and I shared were the only way to get a warm meal, even if that was only canned soup or SpaghettiOs.

Hot plates are made pretty much the way they have from the beginning with electrical heating element. While the overall concept hasn't changed much, there have been lots of new improvements.

One of the biggest improvements is an automatic shutoff. That's a great safety features. Not only does it save burning out the elements, but just burning up, period. While it's still a popular features, not all burners come with it, however.

Another popular feature is an adjustable thermostat. The ability to regulate temperature makes cooking easier without burning and more like a regular stove. In fact, some hot plates advertize themselves a the "fifth burner." The Brentwood TS-337 is a good model to check out. This burner not only has an automatic safety shut-off with thermal fuse, but it comes with a cast iron burner.

The overall wattage is also an important factor when choosing an electric hot plate. You can find burners that range from under 1000 watts to well over 1300. Burners with higher wattage can accommodate a variety of cooking, from simple warm ups to pan frying a steak.

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SINGLE HOT PLATE STYLES

3 Single Burner Hots Plates Worth Taking a Closer Look - From Very Affordable to Professional Quality

A single burner hot plate is what I envision when I think of these burners with visions of the one my college roommates and I shared. It was much like the Proctor-Silex below. Although, it may not have had an indicator light or temperature control (hot and burning was the only choice as I remember).

These three run the range of what you get in a single burner, from simple and affordable to a high-quality professional style. I have to admit, though, my favorite of these three is the Warning. In fact, from the reviews I found on Amazon, it looks like a lot of people like this one.

Proctor-Silex 34101 Fifth Burner
Proctor-Silex 34101 Fifth Burner

Affordable and simple, but boy can it do the job. Buyers on Amazon give it 4-stars for it 1,000 watts or power, 3 temperature controls and it's easy-to-clean drip pan. It also comes with an indicator light and four feet for stability. It measures about 10 by 3-2/3 by 11 inches and comes with a 6-month limited warranty

 
Waring SB30 1300-Watt Portable Single Burner
Waring SB30 1300-Watt Portable Single Burner

With 4.4-stars and lots of buyer reviews, the Waring SB30 is one of the most popular hot plates on Amazon. It starts with it's handsome look. Lots of brushed stainless steel and a cast iron burner. It has 1300 watts to cook up favorite foods, adjustable thermostats and non-skid feet for stability. The burner is sealed so it makes clean-up easy. It measures 10-3/4 by 11-1/2 by 4 inches and comes with a 1-year limited warranty

 
Broil King CSR-3TB Professional Single Hot Plate, Hi Power, 14-Inch by 4-1/8-Inch by 12-1/4-Inch, Grey
Broil King CSR-3TB Professional Single Hot Plate, Hi Power, 14-Inch by 4-1/8-Inch by 12-1/4-Inch, Grey

The Broil King CSR-3TB is another favorite on Amazon with 4.4-stars. The professional-quality hot plates comes with a high price than the two above, but it also delivers 1,500 watts of power. I'm thinking stir-fry is a definite possibility on this 8-inch burner. It heats up fast and has an adjustable thermostat so it can boil, simmer, saute and fry.

 

Hot Plate Recipes - Taste of Asia- Philippine Edition- Pancit Canton

It doesn't take a lot of room -- or a big stove -- to make a delicious meal. Just look at how one man preprares Pancit Canton.

Hot Plate Costs

If cost is a determining factor, you'll find range of prices on the hot plates I'm featuring. The simplest can be found for under $20. For standard two burner hot plates, you can expect to pay up to $75. Induction burners can run from $70 to close to $300.

DOUBLE HOT PLATE STYLES

3 Double Burner Hot Plates that Have Caught My Eye - There's a Lot of Cooking Available Here

You get twice the cooking power with double hot plate. What I like about these styles is that they can pinch hit for a kitchen (i.e., my neighbor's kitchen remodel when she was without a real stove for three months). They're also great for big parties and family gatherings.

Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are always a problem around my house. I literally have to create a cooking schedule so all the dishes get time in time. Two extra burners would make a big difference. They're also great for keeping foods warm, too, as long as they has an adjustable thermostat that can be set a low.

Below are three double burners that look good. Not just to me, either, but to a lot of buyers on Amazon. Take a look and see what I mean.

Waring DB60 Portable Double Burner
Waring DB60 Portable Double Burner

Like its little brother above, the SB30, this Waring hot plate is Amazon favorite. It has two burners, one large that burns at 1,300 watts and a smaller burner that works at 500 watts. Each burner has it's own temperature control and indicator light. The brushed stainless finish is handsome (you won't mind leaving this on your countertop). It measures 19-1/2 by 11-1/2 by 4-inch and comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

 
Aroma Housewares AHP-312 Double Hot Plate, Black
Aroma Housewares AHP-312 Double Hot Plate, Black

The Aroma AHP-312 is a top seller with price being the big draw. This affordable double burner has two sized burners, each with its own control and cast iron burners that are easy to cleans. It's size is 10-2/5 by 14-2/7 by 3-1/2 inches and it comes ith a 1-year limited warranty.

 
Continental Electric CE23319 Double Burner Range
Continental Electric CE23319 Double Burner Range

Old school styling (coiled burners), simple styling and a ridiculously low price make this another favorite hot plate on Amazon. Both burners are 750 and come with their own power controls and indicator lights. A nice touch is the self-cleaning elements). It is approximately 22.5 x 4 x 9.5 inches.

 
Cooking popcorn on a hot plate
Cooking popcorn on a hot plate

Using a Hot Plate

Interesting Ways People Use Their Portable Hot Plates

While cooking is usually what hot plates are used for, it's not the only thing. Some of my crafting friends tell me they use it to create candles. A hot plate, either single or double, works well for melting was for candle making.

It's cooking, however, is what most people use it for. And that's everything from warming up a can of soup to cooking a gourmet meal. Here's some ideas I found interesting.

~Backup in a restaurant

~Used on a dining table for hot pot cooking

~Camping

~In a basement kitchenette

~Travel trailer

~Use on hot days to cook on the patio (I like this idea)

~Omelet station for a church brunch

~Great replacement for a dead stove

~Just to make popcorn in a cast iron skillet

~For the dorm, of course!

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INDUCTION HOT PLATES

Get a Hot New Cooking Appliance for a Cool Price - Induction Hot Plates are the Way to Go

Have you heard about induction cooking? What I knew about it was that "I can't afford it!"

It's a "hot" new cooking style that uses a lot less energy than standard radiant-heat stoves. That's good for the environment and good for anyone who tends to burn themselves on a regular basis. But it is expensive. An induction range top can cost WELL OVER a $1,000.

A small single -- or even double -- induction hot plate, on the other hand, can be had for under $100 price.

Lots of people are adding one of these hot plates to their kitchen as a "fifth burner," right alongside they traditional range. It's makes a lot of sense. It's an affordable way to get the newest piece of kitchen gear.

Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Gold
Secura 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Gold

The Duxtop is a top-seller on Amazon with 4.2-stars. It's has 10 powers levels starting a 200 watts and working up to 1800 watts. It does everything a typical range can, with temperatures from 140°F to 460°F... but it does it efficiently using induction technology. It's Lightweight and compact enough so that you can store it (although I'd leave it on the countertop). It measures 13 x 11.5 x 2.5 inches.

 
Max Burton 6000 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop, Black
Max Burton 6000 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop, Black

All the induction hot plates I've seen have this sleek, modern look with glass tops and digital button. Nice. But it's more than just good look. The Max Burton 60000 offers 1800 watts of power with 10 power levels taking it from a low of 140 to a high of 450 degrees. It also includes overheat sensors and a 180-minute timer.

 
True Induction TI-2C Cooktop, Double Burner, Energy Efficient
True Induction TI-2C Cooktop, Double Burner, Energy Efficient

The claim that you can melt chocolate without a double boilers is what had me taking a second looking at this double induction hot plate. Well, that, and it's 4.7-star rating. It has a power-sharing technology, so if you really need to get cooking, use one of the burners to get the full 1800 watts of power. It's the same brand used by Winnebago. It measures 23.5 x 2.5 x 14 inches.

 

How Induction Cooktops Work - A Short Lesson

While this demonstration uses a full-size induction cooktop, the technology still applies to induction hot plates. Take a look.

I could find uses for each style of these hot plate styles, but AI have to admit, I'm leaning towards the induction burner. Yeah, it's another gadgets, but one that I could get a lot of use from. What about you? What would you buy?

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