Best Hot Plate for Boiling Water

Many times we may find ourselves in a situation where we need to use a hot plate. Hot plates are handy in that they are a portable alternative or an addition to a traditional stovetop setup.

If using one powered by flame, microwave, or propane, they can be a real boon in places where electric is not readily available. If you’re cooking for a large amount of people or just need different size burners, they can be a lifesaver for your cooking and water boiling needs.

Right now, there are quite a few different hot plates on the market. It can be a little difficult choosing which one is best as many seem to have the same features, yet differ quite a bit in pricing. Here is a review of the top three:

Quick Comparison: Best Hot Plates to Boil Water

#1. Duxtop
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Under 6 Mins1. 7 lb13 x 11.5 x 2.5 inch
#2. BergHOFF

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Under 6 Mins8 lb1. 7 x 4.8 x 18 inches
#3. Max Burton

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Under 5 Mins1. 1 lb1. 3 x 12.5 x 2.6 inches

1. BergHOFF 1800 Watt Portable Touch Screen Induction Cooktop Stove

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With temperature ranges from 150 – 450 degrees, this German-built hot plate shows the real efficiency of induction cooking; it is much less wasteful than a gas stove and uses a fraction of the electricity to warm.

And because it is only focusing on heating the hot plate itself and not any of the surroundings, its time for boiling water is less than double that of a regular stove.

It’s also a smart cooktop; the automatic shut-off kicks in if it does not detect a pan. And when it does detect cookware, it automatically adjusts the energy expended to that which is necessary, all while constantly managing to keep a steady temperature.

The screen is LED touch-controlled and easy to use; perfect for those of you who want to know the exact temperature of the boiling water for brewing or purifying purposes.

Cleaning the glass unit is a cinch; after it has cooled, it can be cleaned off with a damp cloth. This is a relatively new product (January 2016), is typically priced higher than others, and comes in black.

2. Max Burton 6200 Maxi-Matic Deluxe 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop

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Similar to the BergHOFF hot plate, the Max Burton is just as efficient, using a great deal less energy than any traditional stovetop burner, and works twice as fast.

There are two ways that you can choose from to heat your product, by power levels 200 to 1800 watts (akin to a microwave) or by temperature settings 100 to 450 degrees (like a regular stovetop).

It also has intelligent sensors, recognizing if a pan is on it and whether it is compatible with the burner; and it will also detect, alert, and shut down if the plate or any of the other parts of the unit get too hot. And anything that may be running faulty with the unit will be identified to the user with error messages.

The clean-up is also very simple using a microfiber sponge or a rag. This model is a bit older (February 2009), is typically priced lower than others, and comes in black.

3. Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

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Similar to the Max Burton, this plate also has the power or temperature options for heating up, with a power range of 200 to 1800 watts and a temperature range of 140 to 460.

A neat feature that this one has is a countdown clock that goes up to 170 minutes. So you can choose how you want to boil and how long you want to boil for. It is also a smart gadget, with a 60-second no pan detected shut-off, a easy to use error messaging system, and voltage warnings, all displayed on its touch-controlled panel.

A damp cloth on the surface after it has cooled down is all you need for cleaning. This one has been on the market for a while as well (October 2010), is typically priced lower than others, and comes in gold.

Final Verdict

While there are many similarities across the board between these the BergHOFF, the Max Burton, and the Duxtop, such as the digital control panels, the required use of special induction-compatible cookware, the auto-detection of the size of the cookware used, the important safety features, and the average time to boil a liter of water, the biggest differences seem to lie between the pricing of the units and their weight.

While the BergHOFF unit is much higher end than the other two, so is its pricing. And it seems to have the same important features as the other two. For that much more, one would expect more bells and whistles, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

This narrows it down to the Max Burton and the Duxtop. While these two do not differ too much in their pricing, the real difference between the two is their weight. The Max Burton weighs in at a little over 8 lbs with the Duxtop coming in smaller at 6.7 lbs.

While these numbers don’t make too much of a difference, when combined with the slight difference in dimensions, the Duxtop is tinier, and in situations where space is crucial (small efficiency apartments, small areas next to a regular stove) or weight is essential (when traveling by foot or on a plane), the Duxtop wins in that department.

And the countdown clock is a unique feature that the neither BergHOFF nor Max Burton seem to have. Overall, for its critical features, economical pricing, and convenient size for using and also storing, the Duxtop outpaces its two competitors. And for those of you that are looking for a little more glow in life, the gold color of the Duxtop is a really a nice touch.

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