A hot plate is a kitchen tool that is used in the preparation or heating of food. A hot plate works just like a stove top and can be used to prepare a variety of meals.
Hot plates are often used when ovens and stove tops are not a practical option. Hot plates are good methods of cooking for people in dorm rooms, small apartments, motel rooms and other locations where space is limited.
A hot plate is classified as a small appliance and offers one or more burners or heating elements. The most common types of hot plates are powered by electricity, but gas models also available.