Conventional hot plates are traditionally made from a cast-iron plate which heats up using electricity. While this durable design is very effective, it can be rather slow to heat up and inconsistent at maintaining precise temperatures preferred by serious cooks. While nduction burners are generally more expensive, but they're capable of fast, precise heat without heating up the cooktop surface. However, induction technology requires the use of specific cookware and will not work with glass, ceramic, or copper materials. Induction burners can also be noisy due to their internal cooling fan, but there's no denying they cook food quickly and consistently.
These picks for the best hot plate are varied, but they all offer the convenience of a single burner that can be used as a supplementary, emergency, or portable burner. These selections are able to perform essential tasks such as boiling water in a reasonably fast amount of time, and are built with durable materials for long lasting performance.
Although the Waring SB30 might seem rather expensive for a traditional cast-iron hot plate, it offers a lot of power and the ability to heat up relatively fast. The SB30 has attractive brushed stainless steel housing and a portable design, which along with its satisfactory temperature control, justifies the higher price. Read Full Review
This cast-iron hot plate from Waring offers 1,300 watts of power for fast, stable heat. Although the SB30 won't match the performance of a more precise induction burner, it heats up quickly while offering a compact and portable design useful for a variety of purposes. An adjustable thermostat allows you to accurately control cooking temperatures while the unit has both on and ready indicator lights to ensure user safety. The SB30 features a brushed stainless steel housing and non-skid feet to keep it in place. Although this single hot plate is pricey for a traditional cast-iron model, it offers decent performance and temperature control.
This induction cooktop from Berghoff may be pricey, but it’s an excellent choice for those who need precise cooking control and the convenience of a hot plate in a single appliance. This cooktop is stylish and modern, with all the temperature control and features needed for a wide variety of tasks. Read Full Review
Although this induction cooktop from Berghoff is more expensive than most would want to pay for a hot plate, it may be worth the added cost if you require a cooktop capable of more serious cooking. While most hot plates are only suited for occasional use or for cooking which doesn’t require precise temperatures, this model offers high-end performance, consistent heat, and stylish design.
The easy-clean, ceramic cooking surface and touch pad controls are sleek and modern along with a timer, plentiful settings for cooking and warming, and the ability to manually adjust the temperature. Although an induction cooktop is far less likely to cause burns since it heats the cookware instead of the actual cooking surface, an LED light nonetheless indicates when the unit is on, and the unit will shut off if it detects overheating or cookware isn't present.
The affordable Aroma APH-303 is an excellent all-around basic hot plate. Although it may not offer much in the way of features beyond a thermal safety trigger to shut the device off in case of overheating, this simple hot plate performs well despite the low price. Read Full Review
The Aroma APH-303 is a portable electric hot plate made of die-cast metal for durable and consistent performance. The APH-303 offers low, warm, medium, and high settings, has an indicator light to show when the unit is on, and the compact design with non-skid feet is extremely portable. It’s important to ensure this hot plate has plenty of space around it, as objects too close can cause the thermal safety trigger to believe the device is overheating and shut it off. Regardless, this is an excellent hot plate which heats up quickly and is able to maintain relatively accurate temperatures.
Although this burner costs more than its cast-iron hot plate counterparts, it’s worth considering for those who simply want an extra burner in place for their home or workplace. Induction technology allows this burner to heat up very quickly and maintain consistent temperatures while never actually heating the cooktop surface itself. Read Full Review
This 1,800-watt induction cooktop from Max Burton offers fast and safe cooking, with no open flame to cause burns or the risk a potentially disastrous fire. This portable induction burner features an LED display with the choice of ten power levels for easy temperature control, an 180-minute timer, as well as an overheat sensor to ensure your safety. The stainless steel housing and ceramic cooktop are also very easy to clean, delivering fast and consistent results in a small, portable package with even-cooking and accurate temperatures every time. Like any induction cooktop, this appliance requires the use of specific cookware as glass, ceramic, and copper options will not work.
This electric hot plate offers consistent performance for a very budget-friendly price. The Maxi-Matic ESB-301F has good temperature control and is capable of boiling water without too long of a wait. Read Full Review
The Maxi-Matic ESB-301F is an affordable traditional electric hot plate, delivering 1,000 watts of power to its cast-iron heating plate. The ESB-301F is capable of boiling water reasonably quickly, and offers good control over temperature levels with the choice of warm, low, medium, and high settings. Despite the high temperatures achieved by the heating plate, the units base always remains cool to the touch. Non-skid feet prevent unwanted, potentially dangerous movement and there’s also a power indicator light for safety. Overall, for those who want affordability and longevity from a basic cast-iron hot plate, the ESB-301F is a go-to for sensible shoppers.