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163 reviews | 3.9 out of 5
I am a retired single guy who lives in an RV at an RV resort in Florida. My RV operates on both propane and electric. Last Spring I ran out of propane. Being retired and lazy I did not want to go through the hassle of pulling out the propane tanks and getting them refilled so I went to Walmart and got the double burner. I am an avid cook and have done everything with the burner as I have always done on my regular stove. I have made everything from spaghetti sauce in a staneless steel pot to pot roast on a cast iron dutch oven. Boiling water? Yes, you can on both burners. All you need is a pot with a lid and it boils fast. Trust me. We have pot lucks dinners here at the resort once a month and I have cooked for 30 people with no problem. Last month I made a large pot of cachun gumbo. I will eventually refuel on propane for the RV heater, but I will continue to use the double burner to limit the propane use.
The dual cookers are nice, but water boils only on the larger one. Can be taken on road trips and the dual burners helps me to do more than make just one-pot wonders. The price is pretty good, the additional burner's only $10 more than the single ones (and they're smaller anyways). It's fairly portable, pretty lightweight, and gets the job done. I've used it for about a half a year and haven't had any problems to date.
I live in an area that can get power outages during storms. Since my kitchen stove is electric, I needed a way to cook dinner, when power is out. I have a small generator that can provide enough electricity to power things like this hot plate.
So, I bought it, hoping I could cook with it. The owner's manual says its "not for braising, frying, etc", and suggested it was only intended to "boil water". So, I was concerned that this hot plate wouldn't get hot enough to cook.
As a test, we turned it on, and was able to cook bacon and fried eggs with no problem (using the larger burner). There is no doubt that this hot plate can cook hamburgers, steak, or whatever you may need to cook.
So yes, it works fine!
It is a little slow to get hot at first, but that's to be expected with a 1000W 120V burner.
The body appears to be made out of metal, and the entire unit seems sturdy. As others have said, the cast iron hot plates do seem solid, and retain heat quite well. No, the surface won't get "red hot" like your kitchen stove, but it is hot enough for small cooking jobs.
There are indicator lights on the front, to let you know that a burner is turned on. There are no detents in the control knobs, so it could be easy to turn a burner on, by accidentally touching (moving) the control knob.
Overall, very pleased.
These burners DO boil water, and actually can fry meats, contrary to what others have posted. Overall, the product works very well, but it does take a few minutes longer to boil larger (3-4 quart) kettles of water, than a burner on an actual full-sized stove. Common sense dictates that since the burners are 900w (larger burner) and 600w (smaller burner), the extra heating time is to be expected since real stove burners run 1250w on up to 2500w. The unit has to be below 1500w total current draw, in order to operate on any household electrical outlet without causing problems, (just like any other consumer electronic.) The unit is easy to clean, easy to use, seems durable enough, looks okay, and does the job well enough. I was surprised that it doesn't heat the surface it operates on much, so that is a big plus in my opinion. Of course, there's always room for improvement so only 4 stars overall.
I read several negitive reviews on this product. Just wondering if they had it plugged in?? This brought partually frozen chicken stock to a rolling boil in 15 minutes. That was on the big burner. I had onions frying on the small burner. Average out the reviews folks. There are some people you just can't please.
I read all the reviews on this hot plate and was a little concerned. I decided to get one and if it didn't work, return it.
The first day I needed to saute a bunch of vegetables and used a 12 inch frying pan on the large burner. I turned it to high and let the pan warm up first. It did an excellent job.
Then I wanted to do a water boil test, as some reviews said it wouldn't boil water. I put a 4 quart pot on the large burner set to high with 5 cups of tap water. I put a lid on, as I would on my regular stove, and set the timer. In 9 minutes I had bubbles on the top and at 14 minutes I had a rolling boil.
I then put a 1.5 quart pot on the small burner with 3 cups of tap water. I put a lid and set the timer. In 11 minutes I had bubbles on the top and at 14 minutes I had a rolling boil.
This more than meets my expectations.
I only have one negative comment and that is the entire unit gets quite hot and I need to move it with oven mitts right after use. I still give it 5 stars because this is a nit for me.
I had been looking for a hot plate burner for about 2 monthes and came across this one online at Walmart. I read and reread the reviews and I was sold. I got it about 2 wks ago and have used it everyday since. I love it, it does a awesome job of cooking and heating up food and it is very attractive looking. It came when they said it would Iwas so excited when I came home and it was there I cooked on it that night. Tks Walmart, I am a customer for life.
I have gas ran throughout my house and have decided to go electric but cant afford a stove. When I seen this I read the reviews saying it didn't even boil water. So I went ahead and bought it to test and decided to test it before I threw the box away. I put a medium saucepan on the largest burner and guess what! It took just 10 minutes for the water to come to a ROLLING BOIL. I'm keeping the burner now that I know it does boil. Make sure you put a lid on the pot it helps the boiling process. I have to walk 300 yards to my mothers house to use her stove. Very difficult when you have three kids in tow and have to take every ingredient and utensil needed! This burner has saved me so much trouble
I bought this for a friend who is a divorcee now living on her own. She does not have a stove yet so I bought her this product. It is an excellent product according to her and my friend does NOT mince words. Just like everyone said you should put lids on your pots if you are looking to boil water etc. It does a very good job and she was quite pleased.
This hot plate meets all my needs and I'm really very pleased with it. Some people have complained about water taking too long to boil, but that's a non-issue - the water boils fast enough for me! I'm also pleased that the blue light that indicates it's plugged in serves as a safety feature, reminding me to unplug it when not in use. I highly recommend this unit.
I do not understand any negative reviews of this outstanding product. Both burners easily boil full pans of water. This unit is just a bit slower than our full size range. Dollar for dollar you cannot go wrong with this unit.
After buying this when we lost use of our stove for 12 days, we thought it would work in conjunction with our electric skillet to enable us to cook the meals we are used to cooking. Did not see until unpacked that the instructions state not for braising, frying or browning, only for gently simmering. Decided to try it anyway and they were correct! Although others have posted it does boil water, we were never able to get it hot enough to do so. Did try several different pots and several different foods. Nothing worked. Tried with and without lids. Will be returning to store.
I thought I was purchasing a hot plate that I could actually cook on but what I received was a warming plate. Once the hot plate reaches a certain temperture it cuts off leaving the food you are cooking to sit and and wait until the hot plate comes back on. The description on Walmart website does not tell you that the hot plate is not meant for cooking. I did not find this out until I actually use it then notice in small writing that the manufacturer had it written in some paperwork that was inside the box. I think I should have been told on the website that this product can not be used for cooking or frying.
Overview: I am beyond disappointed in this product. After a week of trying to cook on it using different types of pans and various density foods, I am completely dissatisfied with nearly every aspect of the GE Dual Burner Hot Plate.
Pros: It looks nice, is a good weight, and is easy to store in a small space.
Cons: Slow to heat up, long to cool down (so it can be stored), doesn't get hot enough to even boil 2 cups of water (even when they are pre-heated in a hot-shot water boiler!)
The first thing we tried was traditional oatmeal (Pinhead Oats) which are supposed to cook in about 30 minutes. It took 6 HOURS for the oats to be done--that's about the speed I expect from a slow cooker. The second thing we tried was a small pot of Jambalaya, thinking something with less density would do better. WRONG! It never boiled, so the meal turned out very runny and barely warm enough to enjoy. We've tried eggs, ramen, soup (home made and canned), and even just plain old water. NOTHING was ever hot enough, and nothing ever came to a boil. The very last thing we tried was pre-heating 2 cups of plain water in a hot-shot water boiler, and at the same time preheating the GE burner, then pouring the boiling water into a pre-heated pan and placing it on the pre-heated burner. The product was UNABLE to continue the boil, even after ten minutes.
Final words: We will be returning this product and sending a copy of this review to the manufacturer.
I bought this at Thanksgiving and have used it at least once a day since then. It was slow to heat things, but worse was the smell it made when on High. Very disagreeable.
Today (6 months later) it's started making a noise and I noticed that the light is lighted even though it's turned off. So I tried to turn it off and it won't. I'm disappointed that it's lasted only 6 months. I'm glad that the warranty is for 2 years.
I have been using a two burner hot plate for years as I do not own a stove. I selected this one because it looked easier to clean. It was. However, the burners only have 900 watts on one and 600 watts on the other, thus, it dosent get hot, and it dosen't get hot FAST. So, if you want to cook an egg, you can go to your computer, write a review, and return to finish cooking the egg. I will be returning this one.
I bought the GE Dual Burner Hot Plate Model #169214 at my local Wal~Mart and was really very disappointed with mine.
The Hot plate did'nt even simmer water let alone boil it. I got a refund at Wal~Mart Customer Service.
A "REAL DUD"! Don't Buy this one, unless all you want to do is warm some milk perhaps !!!
I use this product several times weekly. I live alone, and got rid of my full size stove. After reading other reviews about the product not getting hot enough to boil water, I only half agree. Yes it does boil water. If I want to make hard boiled eggs, I always use the largest burner and keep a lid on the pot until it boils. takes 25-30 minutes to come to a boil. The smaller burner works fine for heating up canned goods. I keep it on top of a microwave stand, but usually put a metal tray underneath it when using, to keep the wooden stand from getting too hot. It is attractive and looks nice in my kitchen.
This product is alright for "general" cooking. DO NOT expect to fry or cook anything fast. Does not perform like your counter top hot plate & burners used to. Does look good & is able to cook & heat food slowly.
I bought this for my daughter who has no stove and she is so delighted with it. She can at last cook some of the meals she enjoys instead of microwaving everything. It sits on the countertop, is so space saving, easy to clean and it was so reasonable.