Pros / This induction hot plate has a panel lock for safety.
Cons / It doesn’t brown as evenly as some of the other burners we reviewed.
Verdict / The Sunpentown SR-1884SS heats faster than most of the hot plates we tested. It also does a good job of heating food slowly and gently at its lowest setting.
When we tested it, the Sunpentown SR-1884SS induction hot plate brought water to a full rolling boil very quickly – on its highest setting, it took only slightly over four minutes. On the other hand, when we put it on its lowest setting to melt chocolate in a double boiler, it barely emitted heat. In this test, it took the SR-1884SS a little over 17 minutes to melt the chocolate, which is longer than most of the hot plates we reviewed.
When we made crepes to test how evenly the burner heats pans to brown food, we found the SR-1884SS does a decent job. However, we had to readjust the temperature from medium to a lower setting to keep the crepes from browning too much. There’s a bit of a learning curve using an induction burner if you’re used to an electric hot plate, and this is something to keep in mind as you set the SR-1884SS’s temperature. If you want a burner that browns more consistently and melts foods like chocolate faster, the Secura DUXTOP 9100MC may be a better option.
The SR-1884SS has 13 heat settings, which range from 100 to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. You change the temperature using the hot plate’s digital control panel.
For safety, you can lock the control panel so no one can accidentally turn on the hot plate or turn up the heat. Also, the burner automatically turns off if you remove your pot or pan. This Sunpentown model has a timer you can set for up to almost 10 hours, and the burner also shuts off when the timer stops. The SR-1884SS’s nonskid feet keep the hot plate from moving around on the counter, even if you accidentally bump it.
Like other induction burners this Sunpentown model’s ceramic plate stayed relatively cool to the touch around the pan during our tests, even while it was on. Still, you have to be careful after removing the pan from the hot plate, as the pan conducts heat to it. It cools quickly, though.
As with all induction cooktops, you need ferrous cookware to use the Sunpentown SR-1884SS. You can tell if your current pots and pans are compatible by holding a magnet to them. If the magnet sticks, you can use your cookware with this hot plate.
The Sunpentown SR-1884SS is covered by a one-year warranty, which is standard for a hot plate.