Small stoves are growing in popularity. While some people spread into bigger kitchens and buy huge stoves. More of us are living in small homes and apartments where kitchen space is at a premium. More of us are ramping up home-based food production, and just need an extra burner or two. A small electric stove, whether double induction burners or a hot plate, easily fits your lifestyle.
In this article, you will learn about:
- Sizes and types of stoves
- Stove features
- Brands of stoves
- From electric stove to electric fireplace
What is the smallest electric stove size?
Electric stoves come in several types and sizes. They can be as small and portable as one burner or stand alone in your kitchen offering the full features one would want from a kitchen stove.
Portability is a bonus that many people desire from a small electric stove. From caterers to camper, being able to pull out an extra burner and then pack it away later is handy. If buying a portable stove, look for one with a handle so you can actually carry it around.
20” electric ranges
Freestanding electric ranges commonly come in a 20” size (generally taking up 2.3 cu. ft.). These are smaller than the smallest common gas stove which is 24”. The small electric ranges are available in all contemporary colors – including stainless steel and black stainless. This type of range is normally an electric cooktop with four burners that are paired with a small oven. The smallest induction cooker I have found is a 24” model – which is still plenty small.
You will find these made by all the major electric range brands: Frigidaire, GE, LG, MagicChef, Blomberg, Whirlpool, and more. And being small does not make these stoves less featured – although you can get your hands on a basic model inexpensively.
Electric hot plate
Electric hot plates are even smaller, comprising one or two burners. Hot plates come as small as 9” x 9” x 3”, and can cost as low as $20. They can weigh as little as 2 ½ pounds for portability. You can buy a model with a coil burner or with a flat cooking surface. Some of these are as good at cooking as built-in cooktops, but some don’t reach the power needed to cook, instead just re-heating or warming.
Single Induction burners
The hot accessory is a single induction burner. NuWave makes a highly praised model. An induction heating element heats faster and cooks more thoroughly than regular burners. They can shut off when you remove the pan from the burner, and the heat goes away immediately. They are also very easy to clean. The downside is that the induction burners need special cookware to be used, so you need to buy that as well.
An induction cooktop is also available in two-burner editions. One of the nicest features of these is that you can choose the exact size of burner that you want to use, cooking efficiently and losing no heat. This is a small electric stove that provides flexibility and reliability to your kitchen.
Portable electric stove
You can buy a burner (or two) that you can carry around with you to make any place with an outlet into a mini-kitchen. You can buy these with many top features – including an induction cooktop. If you need the portability, look into especially light-weight burners with handles. You can purchase portable electric stove tops that use an old-fashioned electric coil to heat food, or you can get an easy-to-clean smooth electric burner.
Countertop electric stoves
Counter stoves are almost interchangeable with the portable versions. The fundamental difference is that the designer makes portable stoves to move and the stoves are more difficult to take with you. They may be sturdier and heavier or designed to hold a permanent place in the kitchen. An induction stove is a pleasant addition to a regular set of burners, turning a regular electric range into a buffet range in a heartbeat.
Cooktops add utility to your kitchen. These are larger to sit on your counter and can hold 1-4 burners. Regular electric is available, but induction burners are a favorite. These stoves are great for small kitchens, when extra cooking capacity needs to be brought out quickly and put away just as quickly. In some homes, particularly tiny homes, a cooktop may be all the range you need. Do make sure that your extra burner has the power you will need from it.
Slow cookers, pressure cookers, electric skillets and more
If your cooking needs are more specific, electricity is versatile and probably fuels a product that can meet your needs. You can get slow cookers to cook or keep something warm, pressure cookers to cook more quickly, and electric skillets instead of a portable one-piece burner. A burner may not do what you need extra cook-space to do and it’s hard to beat a crock-pot for moving around and reheating food.
Toaster ovens are not cooktops, but they offer a range of cooking outcomes in one small box. They are best at toasting and reheating, but you can cook meals from scratch using a toaster oven. These are especially attractive for warming up crisp or textured foods in a way a microwave cannot.
Convection ovens are another set of stand-alone ovens that can claim some counter-space, or even be on the go. A convection oven has both a fan and a vent. When it cooks, it blows the hot air into and around the oven, and then back out as it cools. This process cooks faster and more evenly, using less energy in the process.
Whether a portable electric stove, a burner, or a freestanding electric range, these small stoves have features. Here are some of the more popular (or more interesting) features you can get for your small electric stove.
Today, everything has wifi, even your cooktop. You can turn the soup on as soon as your friends enter your door. You can shut off heat across a crowded room while I make it over to the stove.
Non-slip rubber feet
One of the top requested features on a portable burner is rubber feet. These stop the burner from sliding around on slick surfaces. They give you stability while you cook.
In today’s kitchen, most appliances are available in stainless steel. You can even buy a smooth burner clad in a stainless shell for easy cleaning and to match the rest of your kitchen. Stovetops can be stylish and useful.
Many burners and stovetops come with protection against overheating. If the burner gets too hot, it can trip a sensor that turns it off. (With induction burners, that turnoff is immediate.)
Make sure your burner is right-powered for your use. You may want a dorm room burner to turn off if it hasn’t been monitored for a few minutes. Or you may cook with high heat at an outdoor event and want your burner not to shut off so easily. A safety lock can also be helpful.
Some basic hot plates have just one temperature setting – on or off. Some small electric stoves offer vague temperature ranges, like Lo and Hi. Others give you as much or more adjustable temperature control as a regular burner with numbered temperatures.
You can buy an electric burner with power from 500 to 1500 watts. A 500-watt machine is a basic reheating hot plate. A 750-watt machine will provide most regular cooking functions. A 1000-watt machine and higher will cook with big pans, woks, and high-heat cooking. An indicator light showing when the burner is heated is another useful feature.
Cast iron burner
Some small stoves come with cast iron burners. These add strength, and also weight, to your burner set-up. If you are going to be slapping pots and pans around like on a cooking show, you need a cast iron burner. These also heat up evenly and deeply and can be a bonus even for careful cooks.
Sometimes one burner is not enough. Many compact stoves come in two-burner models as well, adding a lot of extra usefulness for a little extra weight. If your small electric stovetop is going to be your primary method of cooking, a second burner will expand what you can cook.
LED or LCD display
If you want to receive information from the burner as well as sending information to it, an LCD or LED display can come in very handy. It can communicate time, temperature, and other relevant information to you. Connected to your phone, you can get much more information at your fingertips.
A strong warranty is something you want as well if you are going to invest $75 into a one-burner electric range. (You can choose models below $20 as well). For most models, a three-month warranty will get you past any lemons. However, if you are packing it away until camping next summer, you might want a full-year warranty.
Brands of stoves
Here is coverage of the different brands and models that are stand-outs in their field. These mini-reviews cover different types of models and distinct features as well. All of these models mentioned are much more than a hot plate, offering features such as a thermostat or automatic shutoff.
As mentioned above, most of the main stove and oven makers create quality small ranges. However, the Premium 24-inch 2.6 cu. ft. Freestanding Electric Range stands out for its retro-cool design. It comes in a snappy white with coil burners and a bottom storage drawer beneath. This small electric stove complements any 20th Century kitchen design plan.
The Cuisinart Cast-Iron Single Burner leads the single burner models in function. It’s cast iron flat top heats evenly without the hot spots that often appear in lesser models. It’s also easy to clean. This burner has a whopping 1300 watts, so it is ready to cook any dish, large or small, that you throw at it. It looks smart on your counter or on a picnic table or in a dorm room.
The best double burner is also a Cuisinart, the Cuisinart Cb-60 Cast-Iron Double Burner, in Stainless Steel. This model is a scaled-up version of the Cast-Iron Single Burner (above). As a stand-alone, this is all the cooktop most people need in a working kitchen. It is also one of the best (with non-slip feet and an easy to clean surface) to take on the go with you.
If its style you are aiming for, check out the Cusimax electric countertop burner. It looks more like a DJ’s turntable than an electric cooker. It’s black stainless-steel finish is a hit at any party. It has electric shut-off, rubber feet, and other important features. If the Cusimax overheats, the burner will shut off and turn on again automatically when heat is required.
If you are looking for an infrared stovetop, the Ovente Electric Glass Infrared Countertop Cooking Burner. This 1000-watt burner heats differently than standard burners, heating faster and more evenly than other models. The Ovente heats from 50 to 640 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Duxtop 8100mc 1800w Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner is the best induction model. It holds a whopping 1800 watts while also being highly efficient using that wattage. The burner only heats when you set special cookware on top – so buy a pot and a pan as well. The Duxtop has 10 temperature ranges, many timer settings, and an LED display to let you know exactly what is going on.
The Rosetto Countertop Induction Heater is one of the best-looking small electric stoves with single burners on the market. It looks like a gift box with a single circle etched on top, but hidden controls turn it into a stove burner. It’s ultra clean and stylish.
From Electric Stove to Electric Fireplace
If you like the benefits an electric stove brings to your life, look into an electric fireplace for heating and creating a cozy atmosphere. An electric fireplace is a useful home accessory that will improve your quality of life. Imagine coming in out of the cold and turning on a fireplace that instantly heats your skin to a cozy warmth. The crackling flames dance and twinkle, just like a real flame.
Sometimes people want an electric stove for heating, but, remember, the stoves for heating and for cooking are different creatures. Most electric stoves and fireplaces are designed NOT to be hot on their surfaces, but instead to heat the room in which they sit.
Bring in the architect and interior design, an electric fireplace can have high design added to its warmth and atmosphere. But you can install most models yourself as easily as a home builder can. And a fireplace can fit nicely in most styles of home decor. Whether buying a new home or doing a remodel, an electric fireplace can add warmth and value to your home.
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The heater in a MagikFlame is an infrared quartz model, the state-of-the art. This technology heats a room without ever warming the heater itself. Infrared light flows throughout the room, instantly warming everything it touches. This is a highly efficient and effective method of heating.
An infrared quartz heater has no moving parts, making it less likely to break down. It also lacks a noisy fan or motor, making the only sound you hear the crackling of the flames. Our fireplaces are quiet and effective.
A MagikFlame fireplace as a heater is even more efficient when used as part of a smart-thermostat zone-heating model. Here, your home is divided into different zones based on your temperature needs. Your bedrooms are generally cooler and your living room warmer. An electric fireplace allows you to pin-point your warmest areas that can use supplemental heating, allowing you to heat the rest of the house less.
You can use our remote control to turn the fire up or down and pick which flame design suits your mood. You can also integrate it with your smart thermostat to balance your heating needs. Other than an occasional cleaning, you will have no need to kneel down in front of your fireplace to mess with anything.
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You can also find any cookware and accessories you need on Amazon as well. MagikFlame is unique in the electric fireplace world. They design their fireplaces to become a lasting part of your home’s architecture. You can find an insert to include in an existing fireplace or purchase an entire mantel to decorate a blank wall. We even have a model that fits in a corner. From traditional to contemporary, our fireplaces match a variety of decorating styles. Moving from a small electric stove to a large fireplace only requires a shift in how you look at electricity.