temperature on an electric hot pot

An electric hot pot is a convenient way to enjoy a hot stew or steaming soup with family and friends at home. It also allows for a more versatile cooking experience since you can cook and reheat various liquid-based foods. Typically, these include ramen noodles, canned soups and more. The best electric hot pot offer a variety of temperature settings as well as accessories for other cooking functions, such as grilling or searing meats.

The team at Good Housekeeping Institute tests all kinds of kitchen appliances daily, including electric hot pots, to ensure they perform as advertised and will last for years. Becca Miller, associate food editor at the institute and a passionate cook in her own right, consulted with Nicole Papantoniou, director of the Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab at Good Housekeeping, as well as two other Good Housekeeping Institute experts who specialize in hot pot: cookbook author Kristina Cho and Sarah Leung, a chef and blogger behind the blog The Woks of Life. We combined their insights to narrow down our list of the best electric hot pots to buy right now.

An electrical hot pot is a countertop appliance that uses an electric heating element to heat water and then create a simmering broth for various dishes. It’s similar to a crock pot or Instant Pot in that it has a base and a heating element, but an electric hot pot typically has a removable bowl for easy cleaning and storage. It also has a see-through lid so you can easily monitor the contents as they cook.

Can I adjust the temperature on an electric hot pot?

There are many different options for electric hot pots, including those that come with a nonstick interior or a stainless steel insert. The latter is generally the more durable option, but it’s also more expensive. Some models are available with a detachable cord as well to help minimize tripping and other hazards.

One of the most important things to consider when shopping for an electric hot pot is its capacity. We recommend selecting a model that can hold enough food for your family and guests to easily reach. Six quarts is a standard size that’s usually adequate for most purposes, but some smaller options can be suitable for one to two people.

You’ll also want to make sure your chosen electric hot pot has the necessary features to suit your cooking style. Some of the more premium models we recommend feature additional cooking functions, such as griddle and grilling. These models may cost more, but they can help you expand your culinary horizons and get more bang for your buck. Some even have a removable, dishwasher-safe bowl for added convenience and ease of cleanup. Other options, like the Proctor Silex model we highlight below, can boil water quickly for tea or other beverages. Its nonstick surface makes it easier to clean, and the entire unit is backed by a three-year limited warranty. For safety, we also recommend avoiding using metal utensils or harsh cleaners on any of the surfaces inside your electric hot pot.