Electric hot plates are used to cook and heat food, or to heat materials for industrial or scientific purposes. Hot plates are portable and can include a variety of surface designs, construction materials and features.
Electric hot plates can heat traditionally or by induction. Induction heating is twice as fast as standard electric heating. When used to cook or heat food, electric hot plates can be useful when a kitchen is not available. A hot plate with a burner may be used to cook food, while a flat hot plate can be used to heat or keep foods warm.
Electric hot plates are often preferred for scientific or industrial projects, because they are generally safer than using an open flame. Specific temperatures can also be documented by using certain hot plates.