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: 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.
First one didn't work, Second one stopped after 2 mos
19 April 2014
Summary: Our first one didn't work at all out of the box. Amazon replaced it in one day. The second one has been plugging along nicely for 2 months, and has suddenly stopped working. We use it twice daily for our moka pots (now have an induction stove that won't take aluminum pots), but that's all. The light still goes on, but it doesn't heat. Can't return it now, so we're going to take it apart to see if we can fix it.
Summary: After 25 years my countertop ceramic burner unit quit working. While dealing with ordering and installing a new one I ordered the hot plate to still be able to handle some cooking. I chose the Aroma brand because I already have an Aroma wok which I love. The hot plate hasn't disappointed. Works so well I'm adding it to my basement kitchen!