The Ovente BG44S is a convenient burner you can travel with or use to supplement your stove when you cook large meals. It has a few quirks, but in general, it is competitive.
During our testing, this hot plate evenly heated and browned crepes. They weren’t a perfectly even tone from side to side, but they were quite close. As such, you can make foods like grilled cheese sandwiches and pancakes with this burner and expect almost perfection.
The BG44S boiled water slower than any other induction cooktop we tested, taking around nine minutes – about five minutes slower than the best hot plates. Even one of the coil burners we tested boiled water faster. In the grand scheme of things, five minutes isn’t very long, but if you need that speed, check out the Secura DUXTOP 9100MC.
In addition to heating faster and being easier to clean than other types of hot plates, induction burners are known for having more safety features. As with boiling speed, the BG44S is pretty middle of the pack in this regard. Like other induction hot plates, its surface stays cool when it’s on. Also, you have to flip a switch to turn on the burner. However, unlike other hot plates, there’s another step to powering it up – after you flip the switch on the side, you must hit a power button on the panel. This is a safety feature, but because the burner also has a lock button for the controls, it is not necessary and sometimes annoying.