Written by:
Michael

Updated
03/29/2022

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There are going to be times when our indoor cooking equipment fails us, and investing in new equipment isn't always a practical option.

So what do we do?

We go portable! 

Portable kitchen equipment allows you to enjoy all the benefits of cooking without permanently sacrificing the space. And what better piece of portable equipment than the one that will replicate your most utilized appliance in the kitchen...

the stove. 

Below we've outline the best portable electric stoves of 2021. We've also included an in depth guide to finding the best portable electric stove for your particular needs.

Enjoy!

Our #1 Pick

ISiLER-1800-Watt-Induction-Single-Burner

While researching portable stoves, we found that induction models received the most positive customer responses regarding heat time, heat intensity, and overall customer satisfaction. Isiler just makes an exceptional induction stove (keep in mind, you'll need the right pan material for induction heating to work).

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1800 Watts
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Heating Surface
Glass
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Pan Material Required?
YES (Cast iron or stainless steel)
No (Any pan will work)
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Heating Surface
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1) Best Induction Single Burner 
Portable Stove


ISiLER-1800-Watt-Induction-Single-Burner

Isiler 1800 Watt Single Induction Burner

  • 1800 Watts
  • 18 Power Level Increments
  • 17 Preset Temperature Levels (20F° Increments)
  • Need Induction Compatible Pans
  • 3 Hour Timer and Safety Lock
  • 12 Month Warranty

2) Best Coil Single Burner 
Portable Stove


elite-gourmet-hot-burner

Elite Gourmet Countertop Coiled, Electric Hot Burner

  • 1000 Watts
  • 7 settings with adjustable temperature
  • Cast Iron heating plate
  • Cool touch base + rubber feet
  • Works with most cookware

3) Best Cast Iron Single Burner 
Portable Stove


CUSIMAX Portable Hot Plate Burner

Cusimax 1500 Watt Cast Iron Single Burner

  • 1500 Watts
  • 7 Heat Settings
  • Black, Stainless Steel Body
  • NonSlip Feet
  • Auto Shut off Function and Power "On" Light
  • 18 Month Warranty

4) Best Infrared Double Burner 
Portable Stove


Cusimax-1800-Watt-Electric-Burner

Cusimax 1800 Watt Infrared Double Burner

  • 1800 Watts
  • 6.1" and 7.4" Heating Plates
  • Black Stainless Steel Body
  • Overheat Protection
  • NonSlip Feet
  • 18 Month Warranty

5) Best Induction Burner 
Portable Stove


duxtop-induction-stove

Duxtop 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Silver 8120MC/BT-180G3

  • 1800 Watts 
  • Lightweight and Compact
  • Adjustable cooking with a power and temperature control
  • Induction cooking heats quickly and efficiently
  • Easy to clean glass surface

6) Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction
Countertop Burner


  • 1800 Watts
  • Induction technology for fast heat-up and consistent heat
  • 8 settings on the left burner, 5 settings on the right burner.
  • Individual 150-minute timers
  • ON/OFF switches for each burner
  • Throws off less heat so kitchens stay cooler
  • Heat turns off 30 seconds after pot or pan is removed

7) Best Coil Double Burner 
Portable Stove


Ovente BGC102B 1700 Watt Features-Electric-Double-Coil-Burner

Ovente BGC102B 1700 Watt Coil Double Burner

  • 1700 Watts
  • 6" and 5.7" Hot Plates
  • Indicator Light Illuminates Until Desired Heat Reached
  • NonSlip Rubber Feet
  • Stainless Steel Heating Tube
  • 1 Year Warranty (U.S.)

8) Best Cast Iron Double Burner 
Portable Stove


Techwood-1300-Watt-and-500-Watt-Double-Hot-Plate

Techwood 1800 Watt Double Burner Stove

  • 1800 Watts
  • 6.1" and 7.4" Burners
  • Compatible with Max Size of 7.5" Pans
  • Stainless Steel Handles
  • Heat Tube Indicator Lights
  • NonSlip Feet
  • 18 Month Warranty

9) Elite Gourmet Cast Iron Double Plate
Countertop Burner


  • 1500 Watts
  • 7-inch and 6-inch Cast Iron flat cooking plates
  • Dual adjustable temperature controls
  • LO, MED, and HI settings
  • Power indicator lights
  • Work with all cookware
  • No warranty

10) IMUSA USA GAU-80305 Electric Single Burner


imusa-coil-burner
  • 1100 Watts Electric Single Coil Burner
  • Ideal for college students in dorms, & SRO’s
  • Can be used outdoors
  • Temperature regulating knob for low, med, and hot
  • Rubber feet to prevent slippage

11) CUKOR Electric Single Hot Plate


cukor-hot-plate
  • 1200 Watts Infrared Single Burner
  • Compact and lightweight, can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Compatible with all cookware
  • Saves 30% electricity compared to others burners
  • 18 month limited warranty 

What to Look For

Power

It's important to have realistic expectations of your portable stove's heating power. I've read A LOT of reviews, and the most common complaint is...

slow heating.

Remember, these portable stoves are run using your standard 110 Volt. Typical house stoves (electric) will run off a 220V power supply, which is usually why the heating power of your portable stove will never meet that of a household electric stove. 

So make sure to have reasonable expectations. Single burners can do just about anything a range stove can do. But trying to heat two huge pots of water on a double burner is going to test the limits of your wall outlet.  

Wattage is a good reference for power.

-Single Burner Stoves: 1500 Watts is a good baseline for fast cooking on a single burner stove. 

-Double Burner Stoves: It depends whether you're using 1 or 2 burners. Most stoves will distribute their full wattage rating between the two burners if they're both being used. Using both burners on high will not have good results due to the limits of your wall outlet. But if you don't need both burners on high, 1700 watts seems to be a solid level customers respond well to.  


Heating Method

Each type of heating mechanism will have its fair share of pros and cons. We've found that induction heats up the fastest, infrared and cast iron fall somewhere in the middle, and coils heat the slowest. 

a) Infrared: Infrared heats by infrared radiation. Heating elements are placed in a corrosion protected barrier where they transmit heat quickly and effectively.   

Pros: 

-Heats very quickly

-Energy Efficient (more so than coil and most cast iron burners)

-Can use any material pan/pots

Cons:

-Temp control not as great as induction 

-Glass can scratch



b) Magnetic Induction: Magnetic induction heats by a magnetic field. Underneath the burner is a large coil of copper wire. An electrical current is run through the copper wire creating a magnetic field. Once the magnetic field comes into contact with the resistance of a magnet such as iron, heat is created. 

Pros: 

-Heats very quickly

-Energy Efficient (More so than any other type of burner)

-Usually most powerful and precise burners on the market

Cons:

-Have to use magnetic cookware!

-Expensive



c) Coil: Coils heat by conducting electricity through bad conductors. Since much of the electricity input cannot be conducted forward, it releases the energy as heat.  

Pros: 

-Heats very quickly

-Cheap 

-Can use any material cookware

Cons:

-Not great heat output (boiling water/searing meat)

-Usually harder to clean 



d) Cast Iron: Heating elements will vary here. But heating tubes of some type transform electrical current into heat. Cast iron is notorious for delivering hot, consistent, even heat.

Pros: 

-Heats very quickly

-Heat is powerful, even and consistent 

-Can use any material cookware

Cons:

-Can be expensive

-Harder to clean 


1 or 2 Burners (READ THIS!)*

-Double Burners: 

Double burners are great for holidays, special occasions and camping. You can cook meals that require more heat on one burner, or use two burners to cook smaller, less heat-intensive meals. 

-Single Burners:

Single burners are great for when your kitchen is out of service. A single burner can usually perform as well as your electric kitchen burner while helping cut down on your electricity costs. They're also great with space constraints; college dorms, temporary kitchens, tough roommate situations. 

Ease of Cleaning

1) Induction and Infrared portable stoves are usually made of glass or ceramic. The clean up with these units is pretty easy as long as you take care of the mess fast. Wait too long and the stain becomes permanent. It becomes an issue especially with boiling hot grease. Consider what you will be cooking and decide whether this burner is for you.

2) Coil Stoves will usually have a stainless steel catcher underneath them. Unfortunately this becomes very inconvenient when the coil isn't removable. A lot of people will place tin foil underneath to make clean-up easier. We have a great article showing you how to clean stove burners

3) Cast Iron stoves get dirty. There are going to be some stains you just can't get out. This is simply the nature of cast iron, so if cleanliness is a must for you, probably steer towards an infrared or induction cooktop. 

Temperature Control

The importance of temperature control comes down to precision, and if precision is what you desire, digital temperature adjustment is what you want. Many of the less expensive models will have knobs that give incremental temperatures.

Keep in mind...

The induction models will show you a temperature, but 99% of the time it will be different from the actual pan temperature. This is primarily because the induction cooktop cannot read how thick and how wide your pan is. It just takes some time to become familiar with how it cooks with your pans. 

Pots/Pans to Use (READ THIS) 

The only stoves mentioned that require specific pans are the induction stovetops. Induction stovetops require magnetic pans to properly function. If you try using a non-magnetic pan on it, nothing will happen and you will come to the common conclusion that your stove is broken. If you buy induction, you must have magnetic pans!

***Induction Compatible Pan Material

1) Cast Iron

cast-iron-pan

2) Enameled Cast Iron

enameled cast iron

3) Some Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Pan

Extras

I included a section in each "specs" box below, labeled "extras." This will show you some of the unique qualities of up-and-coming portable stoves. 

1)  Child safety lock setting

2)  Temp resistant handles

3)  Precision temp control (30-40°F increments)

4)  Heat indicator light

5)  Auto Shut-off 

6)  Timer w/ Auto Shut-off

7)  Slip Resistant Legs

8)  Speed to which it boils

Price

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The price of each portable electric stove usually comes down to the type of burner it has. Here are the typical ranges:

Coil Burners: $10-$30

Cast Iron Burner: $40-$60

Infrared burners: $60-$80

Induction Burners: $50-$200

Best Portable Electric Stoves


1) ISiLER 1800 Watt Single Induction Burner

Magnetic induction cooking is for any home cook who wants ultimate control over their stove. Governing the temperature and power output of an induction stovetop is very simple, so manufacturers can offer precision cooking for a modest price.

The only downside is that you need magnetic pots in order for it to function. A lot of manufacturers will use this against you and overcharge you for magnetic pots that aren't worth nearly as much as they sell them for. 

But...

The Isiler induction burner offers you all of the benefits of induction cooking without the big price tag. This stove top will run you roughly $50, but don't be fooled by the lower than average price. With over 400 Amazon reviews, this stove has maintained an impressive 4.6 / 5 star review (as of 10/19/2019). Considering the unrealistic expectations of critics today, this is pretty spectacular

The most common positive responses to the Isiler induction model is how it essentially replaced the home stove. But this isn't exactly surprising. The convenience, quick heating and precision control of induction stovetops tend to surpass the qualities of traditional kitchen stoves (obviously depending on the stove). 

Keep in mind, there are some downsides to owning this particular model depending on what you're using it for. The most common complaint is the wide temperature increment range (goes in 40°F increments) If you are looking to get your temperature to 220°F, you're out of luck.

For some reason this stove also jumps from 140°-260°F. So although the precision is comparatively better than other stoves, if hitting this temperature range is important to you, best keep on going down the list. 

ISiLER-1800-Watt-Induction-Single-Burner

Our rating:

5 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • Very fast heating
  • Tends to replace the kitchen stove
  • Awesome customer service (many customers said faulty units were immediately replaced and with little question)
  • Versatility with cooking options
  • Intuitive controls / easy buttons  
  • Child safety lock reduces risk of injury  
  • Comes with magnetic sticker to test your pans for application

Cons

  • Temperature increment settings too wide (go by 40°F increments instead of preferred 20°F, weirdly goes from 140°F to 260°F)
  • Noisy fan (Some said otherwise, Depends on your threshold of "noisy")
  • On/off button blinks until you unplug it
  • Not recommended for frying due to wide temperature increments

Small countertop stoves are a lifesaver in so many situations. If your main stove is out of action while being repaired or you need to keep sauce warm during a BBQ, a small countertop stove can really plug a gap. As the Elite Gourmet Countertop Coiled stove is made from aluminum it’s easily portable and ideal to swing into action when needed.

The single burner Elite Gourmet has the electric element wound inside the solid, cast-iron plate. We liked the simplicity of this providing even heat distribution and easy clean up.

The Elite Gourmet works with most cookware, unlike induction stoves, and the only limiting factor is that pans should be less than 9.5in in diameter. By all accounts the cooking plate reaches the required temperature quickly and the indicator light then switches on and off, to show when it is actively heating.

With a small footprint the stove takes up little, valuable kitchen space and has four rubber pads to keep it in place. The casing of the stove remains cool during heating.

elite-gourmet-hot-burner

Our rating:

4 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • Works with most cookware
  • Single burner 1000W
  • Made from aluminum, easy to transport

Cons

  • Not suitable for large pans

3) Cusimax 1500 Watt Single Burner Hot Plate

A common theme I see in the kitchen is that when you go cast iron, you typically never stray. Cast iron pans are fantastic at storing and distributing heat evenly to food. It was only logical to start implementing this material into the cooking pads of electric stoves.

The Techwood cast iron portable stove is by far the best single burner cast iron stove on the market. Sold for a reasonable price and yet still offering a 18 month warranty on a $40 product is a pretty spectacular promise. There's nothing like buying something you know will perform, and if anything were to go wrong, you'd be covered.

It can be difficult to find companies that yearn to create quality and meet their customer's needs. After sifting through the reviews, multiple customers remarked how any faulty equipment was immediately replaced by the company. 

As far as the good qualities of this heating element, many satisfied customers said they loved the ease of use and the fast preheat time. Also, surprisingly, a few happy customers talked about its ability to sear meat effectively.

Besides induction burners, most of the electric stoves out there are not recommended for searing because it requires such a large and consistent amount of heat. This stove is apparently the exception.

CUSIMAX Portable Hot Plate Burner

Our rating:

4.5 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • Fast to heat up (half the reviewers were impressed by the heating and half were not)
  • Easy cleaning
  • Easy to use
  • Versatile (can cook a lot of different style dishes)
  • Good temporary kitchen replacement

Cons

  • Slower to heat up (half the reviewers were impressed by the heating and half were not)
  • No heat indicator light
  • Body gets very hot
  • Does not boil large pots of water quickly

4) Cusimax 1800 Watt Portable Electric Double Burner Stove

There's a simple reason people gravitate towards the double burner stoves. 

Two stoves must be better than one.

And in many instances, this might be just the case. If you're unsure whether a double burner is for you, check out my description of double and single burners above. It's important you know what you're getting into.

If you've decided a double burner is the route you're taking, the Cusimax infrared double burner may just be the one for you. As stated above, infrared burners can heat up VERY fast and provide you a quick alternative to firing up the energy taxing kitchen stove. If you need a couple extra stoves for some bigger cooks, or just need a dependable stove at the office or job site, this stove will fit the bill perfectly.

Some things to keep in mind: Some random individuals received stoves that pooped out after a couple months. Thankfully, there's an 18 month warranty period, so if this happens, just contact Cusimax and return it for a new one.

Also, some people were expecting crazy high power due to the 1800 watt rating. 1800 Watts is the total rating, but each burner has a 900 watt rating. Regular wall outlets will only allow you to use roughly 1800 watts, so this is understandable. Enough to cook smaller-medium cooks, but not ideal for heating big quantities of food.  

Cusimax-Portable-Electric-Double-Burner-Stove

Our rating:

4.5 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • Very fast heat up
  • Easy to use and easy clean up
  • Boils water quickly (with small-medium quantities of water)
  • Good for the holiday cooking, the office, job sites, college dorms, etc.
  • Good for smaller side cooks
  • Fast to heat up (half the reviewers were impressed by the heating and half were not)

Cons

  • Not great for just keeping things warm (gets very hot even on lower temperatures settings)
  • Must clean directly after cooking or accumulates spots 
  • Not for heavy cooking (better for smaller-medium jobs with small-medium cookware) 

5) Duxtop 9620LS LCD 1800 Watt Portable Double Induction Cooktop

If you want the fastest and most precise portable electric stovetop, induction is undoubtedly the way to go. Induction, as far as we've seen, provides the most precise and harnessable heat on the market. Having a double burner allows you the convenience of cooking more intricate meals, especially for a temporary replacement stove. 

The Duxtop double induction cooktop is still fresh on the market, but it has proven itself to be superior to its competitors in several important areas. Many customers remarked that the time it took to get water boiling was nothing short of remarkable. Being able to get hot water quickly can be very useful with meals like pasta and soup.

Responders also remarked how much they loved the extra controls on the unit. There are individual power and cooking settings so you can dial in your cook specifically for the meal you're cooking. It also has a built in timer and child safety lock to allow you the convenience of walking away while the cook is taking place (this thing gets hot, so be careful about walking away. Best to go through a few cooks before you start walking away from the stove).  

One of the GREATEST qualities of this machine is how it will shift the power to your desire. If you want one side to have 1200 watts and the other one 600 watts, go right ahead. You can manually input the wattages for each heating pad with a max total wattage of 1800 watts.  

Induction cooking does come with some downsides that may cost you. Unfortunately, induction relies on the pots and pans being magnetic (this includes cast iron, magnetic stainless steel, and enameled cast iron). There is also a learning curve when dialing in the controls of the unit. If you are more interested in a simple design, this may not be the stove for you. 

duxtop-induction-stove

Our rating:

4.5 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • Boils water extremely fast (quicker than kettle)
  • Convenient and precise features (timer, power/temp setting, cooking settings, child safety lock) 
  • Perfect for when gas isn't practical
  • Easy clean-up

Cons

  • Need MAGNETIC cookware!
  • Learning curve (more electronics=more to learn)
  • Limited by outlet power (1 customer complaint) 

6) Cuisinart ICT-60 Double Induction Countertop Burner

Finding the right double induction stove can make you forget about your regular, everyday kitchen stove. Multiple people commented that this Cuisinart was an adequate kitchen stove substitute (a category that most portable stoves fall short of).

Customers were very happy with the ease of use, quick heat and the stove's ability to transfer heat only to the pan (and not so much into the kitchen). The sleek induction look and the simple display make it an attractive stove as well.

There were several complaints about the warranty process (if the stove goes bonkers, you'll have to deal with Cuisinart's customer service which has notoriously received negative feedback). This stove also doesn't turn off as the timers run out, so you'll have to keep track of the heat with longer cooks.

Our rating:

4.5 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • Great stove replacement
  • Only the pans get hot
  • Great when cooking for 1 or 2
  • Heats quickly and evenly
  • Easy to operate
  • Sleek look

Cons

  • Warranty requires you pay shipping
  • Not great longevity
  • Timer doesn't shut off burner 

7) Ovente BGC102B 1700 Watt Electric Double Coil Burner

There are 3 things that will make you love this double coil burner stove:

1) Simple
2) Cheap
3) Gets most jobs done

Not all of us are willing to break the bank to invest in a portable stovetop. If you are looking for something that is cheap, simple and gets the job done, this is the stove for you.

As stated above, coil heating is a little old fashion and not as powerful as its successors, but it does usually get the job done (if the job isn't boiling a gallon of water quickly or searing a huge ribeye).

Have some reasonable expectations. This machine is of high quality for its low price tag, but there are some downsides. The markings on the temp knob tend to rub off within the first couple months. If you are concerned about this, just make your own markings. Some reported the temperature control wasn't ideal either. It tends to be very hot or slightly warm, with little intervals in-between. 

A great buy if you're looking for simple and dependable.

Our rating:

4 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Great temporary kitchen replacement without huge investment
  • Good for crafts and garage projects
  • Easy to store

Cons

  • Markings on temp knob ware off quickly
  • Sensitive temperature (anything over level 3 boils)
  • Power turns off automatically with long duration cooks (over 30 mins)

8) Techwood 1800 Watt Double Hot Plate

Having two burners of varying wattages is nice for cooks that require a burner of high heat and a second burner of lower heat. For example, if you were cooking a steak and vegetables, you could sear steak in the 1300 watt burner and sauté the veggies in the 500 watt burner. 

As with all portable stoves, it depends on what you will be using it for.

One thing people repeatedly commented on was the convenient handles on the side. People don't usually realize how practical handles are until the stove is searing hot and you need to move it out of the way. People also commented on the fast and high temperature cooking this double burner is able to pull off. 

Some people remarked that the burner cycles on and off when it starts to overheat. This is good for preserving electronics on the inside but not so good for long, high temperature cooks. A small set of customers also remarked their stovetop gave out within the first couple months. This is obviously due to unusual faulty equipment and should be returned within the 18 month warranty window.  

Techwood-1300-Watt-and-500-Watt-Double-Hot-Plate

Our rating:

4.5 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • Love the easy transport with the handles
  • Fast and very hot heating 
  • Easy cleaning

Cons

  • Burners sometimes cycle on and off when put to a high temp for long periods of time (probably to protect internal electronics)
  • Small set of responders said stove gave out after a few months (keep in mind the 18 month warranty)

9) Elite Gourmet 1500 Watt Double Countertop Burner

Elite Gourmet created a double burner that sells for a fraction of the price of competitor prices. Overall it's a basic burner that gets MOST cooking jobs done, no problem. Many verified customers were impressed with the stove's ability to heat quickly and maintain temperature.

There were a few customer complaints about the stove giving out over time. When you buy a cheaper item like this one, it's expected the unit is probably not going to last a lifetime. 

This should be a stove bought for special occasions or short transition periods where you don't have a stove. It should not be a permanent kitchen stove replacement. You're better going with a more expensive induction model if this is the case. 

Our rating:

4 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • Heats quickly and evenly
  • Low price
  • Easy cleaning
  • Sleek look
  • Burner turns off and on to maintain temp

Cons

  • Longevity not great
  • Not super powerful (very basic in function)

In the sub $20 price bracket, the Imusa Single Burner Stove is at the budget end of the market, but you get a surprising number of features for that price. For transportability the Imusa Single Burner Stove is hard to beat, weighing in at less than 2lbs and with a footprint of less than 10"squared, it will fit in most places and can be moved around easily. 

With a 1000W single coil burner, heat transfer to the pan is efficient. The low, medium, and high settings are aimed at a variety of tasks such as keeping coffee warm to boiling vegetables. We noticed there is a warning in the handbook to only use the stove for only 60 minutes during a two-hour period.

Cleaning can be problematic with an open coil stove, but the Imusa Stove does have a stainless-steel drip tray, which can be removed and cleaned. While the surrounding housing is easy to clean with a damp sponge.

The Imusa Single Burner Stove strengths are low price and portability, so it seems a great fit for college students in dorms, SRO’s, and people with small spaces.

imusa-coil-burner

Our rating:

3.5 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • 1100W Electric Single Coil Burner
  • Ideal for college students in dorms, & SRO’s
  • Temperature regulating knob for low, med, and hot
  • Rubber feet prevent slippage
  • Budget Price

Cons

  • Company/seller hard to get in contact with
  • Warranty not stated
  • Possible short life-span

Most fears about electromagnetic radiation from induction stoves have been put to rest. However, if you are not so confident on this topic, the infrared CUKOR electric single hot plate should reassure you.

Housed in a sturdy stainless steel base, the burner generates 1200W
via an infrared coil below the plate.
Heat up is as fast as an induction stove but with an infrared heat source you can use any number of pans including metal, ceramic and even glass, such as Pyrex casseroles and stovetop teapots. The burner plate can take cookware up to 7.1" in diameter and a hefty weight load of up to 22lbs.

We were pleased to see that Cukor has a healthy concern for safety, equipping the burner with a thermal fuse in the event of overheating. The company’s responsibility is further demonstrated with their
30-day return and 18-month free replacement policies.

The construction of the stove is purposely heavy duty with a focus on use for
campsites, RVs, student dorms, offices, and home applications.

cukor-hot-plate

Our rating:

4 / 5 Stars

Pros

  • 30 day return + 18 month free parts replacement
  • Compatible with all cookware
  • Small size and lightweight
  • Saves 30% electricity compared to other burners
  • 1800 Watts - heats in seconds
  • Great customer service

Cons

  • Possible plastic burning smell
  • Temp does not boil water
  • Possible short life-span

Concluding


These review articles always take me a LONG time to write. But speeding up quality isn't always easy, or worth it for that matter. In order to offer you the absolute greatest chance of finding exactly what you need, I have to do research.

A LOT of research.

I always encourage people to use my review pages as a starting point. My review pages are meant to speed up your own research process and give you a solid foundation to work off.

There are a lot of quality portable electric stoves on the market, and my information may not give you every detail you need to make a truly educated buy, but it should be a fantastic start.

Thanks for reading!

Michael

Founder of Robust Kitchen

About the author

Michael spends his days eating, drinking and studying the fascinating world of food. He received his Bachelors Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis and spent much of his time at the school brewery. While school proved to be an invaluable experience, his true passion lies in exposing the hidden crannies of food for the cooking laymen.


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  1. Michael: What I need to know is TEMPERATURE CONROL. My electric stove (old Kenmore) stopped working. I have VERY EXPENSIVE Waterless Cookware that needs to heat up initially on no higher than MEDIUM or the base of the cookware delaminates. I have a single burner cast iron topped burner. I have to turn it on all the way to bring cooking water to boil-then unplug it a the water will continue to boil for some minutes on its own, then plug it back in and trying to find a place between warm and low that will actually simmer the food. I can't use covered enameled cooked because the food boils over.

    Doesn't sound like you've actually tested the temperature control on any of these. I need something that when you set it to low, the temperature is actually low and stays there, etc. Maybe the best way to go is getting a portable propane camp stove?

    Any ideas?

    1. Hey Laurence,

      I’m so sorry for the delay in response!!!! Yes, I would definitely recommend getting a smaller propane burner if low heat is needed definitively. That way you can see the flame for yourself. A lot of these portable electric burners are great but the their heat output is unpredictable. For example, if the heat dial went up to 8 and was in single increments (1, 2, 3, 4…8), the jumps between numbers are rarely, if ever, the same jump in heat output. In other words, the heat jump from 3 to 4 could be completely different than the heat jump from 6-7.

      I hope this helps and again, I’m so sorry for the delay

      Let us know how it goes 🙂

      Michael

  2. Hi Michael, The details were very useful to understand. I am looking for a single infrared burner where I can use my 10" pans so, any burner which is bigger than 8"or bigger will do. Please let me know if you have any recommendation.

    Thanks,
    Durga

    1. Hey Durga,

      Thanks for the kind words 🙂

      I can’t seem to find an infrared burner that can handle that large of a pan effectively. While there are several 7.5″ infrared models, I cannot confidently tell you how well they will work with your particular cooking needs. What do you plan to cook with this burner? You might have an easier time with induction since it works so quickly at heating up larger pan cores. You’ll also find less hot spots with induction.

      Let me know what you plan to use the burner for and hopefully I can help point you in the right direction.

      Cheers 🙂

      Michael

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