Pros / This electric hot plate is compact and light, so you can take it on your travels.
Cons / You need to watch it carefully so you do not burn food.
Verdict / You need to keep an eye on this electric hot plate because some foods heat fast, but it is a good choice for budget-minded people who want a small and easily transported cooktop.
This 1100-watt coil hot plate offers convenience if you travel often or want an extra burner for holiday cooking. It weighs little and is compact, so you can carry it easily. This inexpensive electric hot plate measures only 9 inches long, 9 inches wide and stands 3.5 inches high, making it one of the smallest hot plates we tested. Its heating surface is 5.75 inches in diameter. The 22-inch power cord is the shortest cord of our reviewed products.
This hot plate for cooking weighs a mere 1.7 pounds, so you can easily pack it up and take it on the go to make meals in basically any place that offers electrical power. Another benefit of this hot plate is that you can use cookware that you no doubt already own: aluminum, copper or glass. Induction hot plates only work with pans made of magnetic-based materials, so you must use stainless steel or cast iron.
For an electric hot plate with a modest price tag, this appliance heated up in a reasonable amount of time. When we brought water to a full boil using this device, it took 8:05 minutes. When we tested lower settings to melt chocolate, it took 13:08 minutes. Our hands-on tests making crepes turned out to be a bit trickier. The first test showed that medium heat was too high. The crepe cooked in seconds and developed some good browning as far as color – although it was a bit dark. The second crepe that was prepared on low heat produced better results. Both crepes were cooked throughout and tasted good.
With this hot plate, you need to carefully watch what you are making or you will run the risk of burning food. The temperature ranges extend from 150 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and you handle the controls using a knob you turn, rather than by pushing buttons. You get three power settings with this electric hot plate.
Unlike an induction hot plate, this coil-heated cooktop will not only use electricity to produce hot coils, but the entire appliance gets warm as well. Unfortunately, the Continental hot plate does not include a power on and off button. Instead, it begins working as soon as you plug it in. These two characteristics alone present some safety concerns that indicate you have to be an attentive cook when using this appliance. The electric cord also does not have a grounding cord, and although it is advertised as having non-skid feet, they do not work very well as far as keeping the cooktop in place.
The Continental comes with a standard one-year warranty. This appliance also features a red light to show that it is plugged in, as well as an auto shut-off feature. It is also easy to clean this cooktop by simply lifting the coil and cleaning the drip tray below with a bit of soap and water and either a sponge or dishcloth.
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- Time to Melt Chocolate
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The Continental CE23309 is a no-frills hot plate, but its low price tag is appealing. Its performance is reasonably good and it is compact and light enough to take with you nearly anywhere. As long as you are a safe cook – and anyone working with an electric hot plate needs to be – then you can prepare some tasty meals with this electric hot plate.