Pros / The Max Burton 6400 boils water in under four minutes.
Cons / This is bulkier and heavier than most so it’s not the best for travel.
Verdict / This one costs a little bit more but offers a lot more, in terms of faster, more efficient heating, user-friendliness and safety features.
The Max Burton 6400 offers a combination of convenient features that make it the ideal hot plate burner. Our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner is perfect if you need an extra burner at home for entertaining a large group or for preparing food on the go in your boat or RV. It boils water remarkably fast and maintains the same temperature from one side of the burner to the other for even heating.
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This hot plate boiled water faster than any other in our comparison. It beat out the coil- and iron plate-style burners easily, and it was even faster than the other induction hot plates we tested. It took right around three minutes to get 1 quart of water from room temperature to boiling on this unit. That was impressive. It was not surprising, though, considering this one also has the most wattage of all the hot plates we tested. It applies a lot of energy to each cooking task.
The evenness of heating also stood out on this hot plate. When we cooked crepes, they turned out uniform in color from one side to the other. That was rare in our testing experiences. It means this will make a nice option for cooking grilled cheese sandwiches and the like because you know that both sides will be cooked to be roughly the same color.
The 6400 is a little pricier than the others we considered in our hot plate reviews, so it is probably not the best option for a dorm room, especially since you may need to invest in more cookware in order to use it. You can buy an extra disk to place between your regular pans and this burner so they work, or you can invest in more cookware, but that makes the price even higher. Many kitchens already have pots and pans that will work on this hot plate just fine, though. If a magnet sticks to the bottom of your pan, it will work.
There are 10 different power settings so you should be able to find the right one for any task. A couple of competitors had more settings options but 10 will be more than enough for most folks. Also, you have the option of adjusting this one by temperature in 25-degree increments. The LCD display and touchpad controls make it easy to get exactly what you want out of this hot plate. Many lower-tech units just have a manual dial. There is also a timer so you don't have to babysit your pan the whole time.
Safety & Warranty
This hot plate comes with a one-year warranty, which is the norm, as well as all the safety features we were looking for as we compared these products. Having a power button instead of a dial means that it is much harder to accidentally turn this hot plate on. Some of the hot plates with just a dial might be turned on accidentally if you leaned against them. There is also a safety lock that will prevent children from accidentally adjusting controls. The non-skid feet are good for keeping it from being jostled and spilling hot ingredients. The 6400 will automatically shut down if you use the wrong type of cookware or if there is a short circuit, and that is another great safety feature.
This unit is rather bulky. That could make it less helpful if you were going to set it up in an RV with limited counter space. It could still be worth the trade-off if your RV cooktop is broken or inefficient, though. Also, it is one of the heavier units we tested, so that makes it less convenient if you are looking for something lightweight to put in your luggage for cooking in hotel rooms.
One thing that could make the Max Burton 6400 more travel-friendly is its cord – the longest of any we considered, which makes it convenient in settings where the nearest outlet is across the room. In general, this is not the one you want to travel with, though. The proportions of this hot plate are more appropriate for someone who wants an extra burner at home for entertaining.
If you are looking for an additional burner for your home this is a great choice. It is incredibly efficient, as demonstrated in our timed tests boiling water on each competing hot plate. And the heating is not just fast, it's even. It cooked our crepes perfectly. This is not the most compact unit for travel and it is a little more expensive than the others, but the Max Burton 6400 was the best at all our tests. It is worth the investment if you want something that is truly a step up from the typical electric burner.