Pros / You get an extensive temperature range with this cooktop, from 140 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cons / This is the heaviest of the hot plates we reviewed; it would take a bit of extra effort to transport it on road trips, vacations and the like.

 Verdict / This attractive and versatile cooktop browns foods well, brings water to a boil fast and lets you control the heat completely with its digital controls.

The handsome black-and-silver Max Burton 6200 induction hot plate functions as nicely as it looks. This well-designed induction cooktop does not generate heat itself, but instead creates heat in the pot or pan you are using. A certain amount of residual heat from the pan remains for a short time on the area where the pan was resting but cools off fast. If you choose this cooktop, you don't have to heat up the whole kitchen in the summer just to get a hot meal.

The Max Burton hot plate also gives you digital controls that let you adjust temperatures quickly, the safety of nonskid feet, a sensor that detects if anything gets too hot as well as a two-hour timer that shuts off automatically. With its consistent and reliable cooking performance, along with its safety features, this is easily the winner of our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.

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  • Time to Boil Water
  • Time to Melt Chocolate
  • Browning Score
  • Wattage
  • Number of Power Settings
  1. The amount of time it took for water to boil on the hot plate’s highest setting.
    Lower is better.
  2. 3  Max Burton
    4.0 Minutes
  3. 4.0 Minutes
  4. 6.0 Minutes
  5. Category Average
    7.7 Minutes

Performance & Energy

The Max Burton unit excelled in our hands-on kitchen testing and produced excellent results. For most cooks, switching from gas or standard electric burners to induction entails a learning curve, and each of the various hot plates has its own characteristics.

You also need pots and pans that are compatible with induction heating. If you have any doubts, the Max Burton hot plate comes with a small magnet you can attach to the bottom of a pan to see if it will work on the unit. It may sound complicated, but it really is not. Once you are familiar with the features and overall performance of this hot plate, meal preparation is easy and safe.

If you are craving pasta and everyone in your household is rushing around, never fear, because you can whip up a meal in no time. You can bring water to a rolling boil in four minutes and 52 seconds, the second shortest time for boiling water we found during testing.

This hot plate also does well with low temperatures if you need to make delicate sauces or other things that must have steady, low temperatures. When we melted 4 ounces of chocolate chips in a bowl over hot water in the Max Burton, it took 16 minutes and 46 seconds, which is not a bad time at all. The chocolate was smooth and silky, with no lumps from overheating and no sign or taste of burning.

When we made crepes using a basic crepe batter and nonstick spray in a pan, the results were great. The crepes were evenly cooked, nicely browned and tasted fine.

The 1,200-watt unit offers digital controls that let you adjust temperatures from a range of 140 degrees Fahrenheit up to 450 degrees.

Features

The Max Burton presents 10 power settings that you manage through push-button controls and an LED digital display. You get a helpful timer that can remind you when it is time to do certain tasks, such as stir extra ingredients into a pan.

This induction hot plate features some welcome safety characteristics. You get a sensor that detects if a pan has gotten too hot and then shuts the device off. In addition, the plastic nonskid feet keep this electric hot plate firmly in place if you accidentally give it an unexpected shove.

Safety & Warranty

This induction hot plate comes with a one-year warranty, which is standard in the industry, and the company can either refund your money or replace the device if it does not work as it should under normal circumstances. You also get the safety of an on-and-off button, so merely plugging the device in does not mean that it instantly starts working. This induction cooktop's timer also has some built-in safety measures. For example, you can set it for a two-hour interval and then it shuts itself off automatically.

Summary

The Max Burton induction cooktop provides plenty of power settings, a large temperature range, push-button controls that quickly change temperatures as needed and a host of safety features. It performed well in our testing and will no doubt be just as dependable and useful in your home.

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