A portable electric stove can be the saving grace in a myriad of situations- when you’re shifting to a new house and your kitchen isn’t ready yet, you have little or no kitchen space to set up a full stovetop, you’re living in a dorm or are constantly travelling.
They are lightweight, easy to set up, and easy to operate. Most have great temperature and timing controls, thus helping you ensure you have a steady temperature and a lower cooking time. Even if you have a full working stovetop in your kitchen, it is always helpful to have an extra stove handy- when you are entertaining a large number of guests and you need to get things cooked quickly!
The electric stoves are also helpful for cooking in the summers- no suffocating temperatures in the kitchen and no overheating of the walls, etc. Just easy, fun-filled cooking!
1. Cuisinart CB-60 Cast-Iron Double Burner
- Affordable, superior quality, attractive design
- Compact design, easy to clean unit
This double burner from Cuisinart is not just attractive looking but also very functional. It has two hot plates, made out of cast iron. The entire body is made of brushed stainless steel. The unit also has indicator two sets of indicator lights- one green and one orange to notify when the thermostat has heated up right for cooking.
Pulling 1800 watts together, one of the burners works at 1300 watts and the other works at 500 watts. The second burner cooks very slow and is just good for buffets, keeping soups, etc. warm or for simmering. The main burner heats up decently and evenly and is even good for frying.
It has two separate temperature controls, each having up to 6 levels. For regular cooking, 3 or 4 is just fine while the higher levels are for deep frying. The smaller burner attains very low temperatures, even at the highest level. This is really just best for emergency situations during kitchen renovations or power shortages. But it takes an extremely long time to even heat up. Users have reported the knobs being glitchy after several months of usage.
- Two sets of indicator lights, and separate temperature controls, each with six levels
- Cast iron cooking plates and brushed stainless steel body; rubber non-slip less
- Not very durable: may show signs of glitch after several months
- Does not heat up well; smaller burner is useless for any cooking at all
2. Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
- Ten power level; digital timer with incremental timings; wide temperature range from 140 degrees to 460 degrees Fahrenheit
- Auto pan detection system and error message notification system alerts users when there is no cookware detected
- 1800 W single burner with digital control panel
This unit from Duxtop is excellent value for money. It is packed in with versatile features. The unit has a digital control panel, with the buttons being very responsive and bordered in gold. A lot of the temperature control is intuitive. It requires 1800 watts for working but has nine additional power levels as well. It has ten temperature ranges, up to 460 degrees. Moreover, it has an incremental timer starting from 1 min.
The unit will shut down automatically after the timer is off. The unit has an exhaust fan that makes a low noise when it is running. Also, it has pan detection which will turn of when the right cookware is not placed above it. The unit heats up very well and starts from level 5, but you can easily adjust it according to your requirement.
The con side is that the low setting doesn’t really work: this unit is not for simmering or keeping food warm.
- Compact, easy to clean, easy to operate, and lightweight
- Heats up very fast: best for pasta or sautéing food
- Works best when used with induction compatible cookware- cast iron and magnetic steel cookware works best
- The fan makes a sound when in use: some people are sensitive to this high-frequency sound and they have a lot of difficulty dealing with it
- The unit heats up in the middle, but almost no heating in the periphery: good for small cookware, may scorch the middle of larger cookware
3. Elite Cuisine ESB-300X Maxi-Matic Single Burner Electric Hot Plate
- The coiled heating element that can be lifted for cleaning
- 750 watts, 1000 watt generator required, single burner
- Compact circular black unit with non-slip rubber feet
This single burner from Elite Cuisine comes in two variants- a rectangular stainless steel one and a circular black one, both very attractive looking. It consumes 750 watts of power. The coil is not securely fastened and wobbles a lot; there is a danger of the cookware titling or sliding of the surface. On the other hand, cleanup is easier because the coil can be lifted.
The heating is rapid and it attains high temperature, despite the low wattage. You can boil water in just ten minutes and even if you cook close to an hour, there is no heating up of the air around and consequent suffocation. It is very portable and compact: ideal for short-term use. However, this is not a durable unit. The materials are inferior and deteriorate over time: at one point, the coil may heat up just one side.
- It is good for camping trips or outdoor cooking as it requires low power (1000 watts of a generator).
- Heats up very rapidly; old school but handy unit; even heat distribution
- Great, unbeatable pricing- one of the cheapest in the market
- Low on power consumption
- Flimsy; inferior materials: will not last a long time
- Thermostat and temperature controls are unreliable: cycles on and off inconsistently
4. Duxtop LCD Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner 9600LS
- Twenty temperature settings and twenty power levels; 1-minute increments of time up to 10 hours
- “Keep warm”, “boil” and “safety lock” features included
This single burner from Duxtop is not just powerful and attractive looking but also packs in a hoard of unique features. It has twenty power levels (100 to 1800 watts), twenty temperature settings (100 to 460 degrees) and a built-timer that can go up to 10 hours of cooking!
This unit is pricier than a lot of available stovetops but the excellent build quality, the great user interface, greater control in terms of temperature and power and more accurate temperature justifies the price tag. The heating for this unit is not even, sadly- the center (5-inch circumference) heats up very fast compared to the outer region. It works well for cookware up to 8 inches in diameter but larger cookware will not get the desired heat.
- A great user interface, great user control
- Heats up very quickly; can cause overheating for foods like bacon
- The fan makes a loud humming sound when operating
5. Weleyas Portable Electric Induction Cooktop Countertop Single Burner
- 1800watt single burner; no display panel; Led indicator light blinks when a temperature is selected and light fully when set
- 9 power level; 8 temperature settings from 140 degrees all the way to 460 degrees; built-in digital timer up to 180 minutes
- Auto shut down mechanism if no cookware detected
This 1800 Watt single burner from Weleyas features a copper heating coil, with an adequate diameter of about 19cm, housed inside the smooth glass cooking surface. It has a full touch sensor control design and no additional display panels or dials.
There are eight available temperature settings-at 40-degree increments- and nine power levels. There is an LED light notification system to notify about a set temperature. The unit also features auto pan detection and error messaging system.
It heats up very fast- it will only take a couple of minutes to boil a cup of water. The heat distribution is great. The glass surface is smooth, no ridges, and easy to clean. The controls are responsive- light tapping and some intuitive learning will help you make it work like a charm.This simplistic unit is easy to operate, but make sure you use compatible cookware. The fan of the unit makes a little noise when running, but not one that can bother you. It may also be a bit small for some users. Also, the unit features no simmer or keep warm options.
- Heats up very fast; even heat distribution; heating element safely housed, away from spills, etc.
- Easy to operate; easy to clean: smooth glass surface
- The glass surface can be somewhat fragile: one must be careful with heavy cookware
- No “simmer” or “keep warm” feature
- The cord length is a bit too short for some users; moreover, since cord attaches at the middle, not bottom, it may get a little hot when in use
- Not the best in its price range