Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Hot Plates here.
Induction cooking became a reality for home cooks about 30 years ago, and it’s becoming more popular as time goes by and as cooktops become more affordable. Individual hot plates like the BergHOFF Studio induction stove are also appealing to the environmentally conscious because they use far less energy than traditional electric hot plates.
The sleek, glass-plated BergHOFF Studio induction burner is every bit as modern and scientific as it looks. The induction hot plate’s good looks play into its efficacy, too. Its flat surface is easy to keep clean, and the induction heating method never actually heats the unit – only the pot or pan that you use does, which must be stainless steel or cast iron.
This unit offers a wide range of temperatures and power settings, and it controls heat better than most of the hot plates on our lineup. It also includes helpful features, such as 10 power settings and a digital control panel where you can set the temperature or a timer.
We put BergHOFF’s hot plate through its paces in our tests and it came out close on top overall. It only took seconds before we saw tiny bubbles form on the bottom of a pot full of room-temperature water set over high heat. It didn’t come to a rolling boil as quickly as other units, but it pulled ahead of most of its competitors. At its lowest setting, BergHOFF did exceptionally well at maintaining an even heat level, melting chocolate slowly and delicately. Even better was how well the appliance did at heating food uniformly when we browned foods at a medium temperature.
Cooking food in stainless steel or cast iron pots and pans on top of BergHOFF’s induction hot plate is going to take some getting used to, but once you’re comfortable with its idiosyncrasies, you can see you have a lot of power. The induction cooktop gives you control over the temperature you want to cook your food at, from 150 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. If it seems that the temperatures run a bit high; be sure to consider your cookware – cast iron has a high heat capacity, so it can hold onto heat for a long time.
This induction cooktop heats quickly and evenly almost as soon as you turn on the burner and place a pan on its surface. It includes 10 power settings from which you can choose to keep food warm, simmer sauces, braise meat, boil, sauté, stir fry and fry foods. BergHOFF’s induction stove requires that you press a power button to get it started. In fact, it doesn’t start heating anything until you place a proper piece of ferromagnetic cookware on the surface and then press the power button. Also, it is recommended that you have your food already prepped, because induction heating, which heats the pan or pot through electromagnetism, is so quick that you won’t have time to chop veggies while you wait for the pan to get hot.
This hot plate comes with a built-in timer to help remind you when to stir a sauce or check on a stew that’s slow cooking on the burner. The timer is controlled on the digital control panel, where you also control the temperature settings. Also, if you bump the unit, you’re unlikely to budge it very far, thanks to the unit's nonskid feet, which grip countertops well.
As with most small appliances, BergHOFF’s induction stove comes with the standard manufacturer warranty. For one year, the maker covers any defective parts and labor that’s required to fix or replace your unit. Although BergHOFF’s hot plate doesn’t include a safety lock to prevent accidental button pressing, it has other safety measures that are built in with most induction units. Even if, for example, a cat hops up on your kitchen counter and paws the power button, as long as you don’t have a pot on the surface, it won’t turn on – it can’t. Also, the stove automatically turns off when the timer goes off.
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When you choose an induction hot plate, you want one with the most even heating overall and with features like a timer that triggers the unit to turn off when the cooking is done. BergHOFF not only includes almost every feature you could want in an induction burner, it also scored high in all of our lab tests, which is why we named it one of the best hot plates on the market.