Summary: Other reviewers have noted that the thermostat clicks off and on as a con. That is how any electric heating device works. It doesn't just stay in constant heat mode. Even on max heat, it is still going to click off until it cools to below the max temperature. If you want constant full-bore heat, you need a gas ring.
Pros: First, let's get the obvious out of the way - its a plate and it gets hot. That's pretty much what you would expect with a device like this. One feature may make this more or less desirable to you, and that is the cast iron heating surface. As others have noted, it is heavier than the coil-type hot plates, it takes a little longer to heat up and it stays hot long after you shut it off. Personally, I like the cast iron because it gives more contact surface and because ...
Cons: I have only found one con with this, and I would actually consider it a safety hazard and a major design flaw, which is why I deducted one egg for it. As another reviewer noted there is NO positive OFF position on the controller. It is simply a rheostat control with no positive clicked off position. When you plug it in, it WILL start heating, even if it is in the off position. For that reason, if you have small children in the home, I would recommend you look at other...
Summary: Given what I paid for it, I wasn't expecting much. I got it because I was tired of eating out every time I stay at a motel and this gave me yet another excuse to use the cheap camping pots and pans I have lying around - plus, for $16.99, if this didn't work out... meh, right? I just finished cooking some spaghetti with Italian sausage with this and, to its credit, it got the job done.
Summary: I have a giant ceramic mug (about 32 ounces, 4.5-inches in diameter), and haven't been able to find a suitable warmer. On the lowest setting, this keeps the mug contents nice and warm. Remember to run it on high for 15-20 minutes to let the surface cook off (a little smoke) in a garage or somewhere you won't mind the smell. After that, it's perfect.
Warning- burners turn on on their own! Safety Hazard!
Natalie P, Amazon
15 December 2014
Summary: At first I liked the product to help us through a kitchen renovation. But I noticed that the right burner would randomly turn on and start heating on its own. Scary fire hazard. I resorted to always unplugging immediately after cooking. Then while cooking, the burners would turn off. I'd have to adjust the knob to get it back on again. It was frustrating when cooking for any length of time because I had to constantly watch the activation button.
Summary: The burner heats very quickly and takes a long time to cool so I often turn it off and let dishes like rice finish cooking with residual heat. High is very high, medium will boil small pots, low is best for reheating and warm for gentle reheating or keeping any dish warm. I use it so much I wonder how long it will last. So far so good. If it goes out I'll buy another one just like it.
Pros: I've had this burner for 11 months and use it almost daily. It works best on smaller pots because of the size of the burner. I use full size cast iron skillets on it and the heat radiates out so it works fine, but there is a hot spot furthest from the knob. Fairly easy to clean because the platform is smooth.
Cons: Has a hot spot and in general it is best to cook most things between low and medium. I only use hot for boiling water and then immediately turn it down. For rice even low is a little too hot, so I set it between warm and low.
I made a few things on it and it was fine. Does what it is supposed to do
20 October 2014
Summary: I bought this when my tenement (ha ha) lost gas for two months and I needed something to cook with besides a microwave and a toaster oven. It's a hot plate. It heats things up. I made a few things on it and it was fine. Does what it is supposed to do.
Summary: I purchased this hot plate for use in candle making to melt wax with a double boiler instead of using my gas stove top. Works well, heats quickly (brings water to a boil quickly). The hot plate will cycle on and off once it reaches it's set temperature for whatever setting you have it on (warm, low, medium, high). Keep the area around the hot plate clear - when in a closed-in/confined space it will cycle on and off more to cool off.
Summary: Don't buy it! It'd the second time I have purchased this and it died right after the warranty expired…so did the Aroma electric kettle! Purchased both of them twice! They wouldn't repave wither of them.
Summary: Very nice built-quality and unbelievable for the price. Note: the heat adjustment is not a variable voltage source (triac type), rather, its a simple thermostat. This means the heating element doesn't vary in its output but turns on and off by action of the thermostat. That's not necessary bad and you can always put it on a Variac to adjust/fine-tune its heat output. This is probably OK for kitchen use but for lab or shop use you'd have to be careful.