Does alright job
Does take longer to heat up than a normal hot plate. I can get water to boil and I can fry meat. Does not heat up well pots and pans larger than actual hot plate. Indicates with light when hot plate is heating, but not when it is left on. The whole appliance gets hot during use and takes a while to cool down. I use this for myself in a granny flat and I cook most nights. Its not perfect, but it works well for me.
Terrible - waste of money!
I bought this waste of space as a gift for my daughter in law as her hot plate in her apartment was under performing. I just used for the 1st time..JUNK! Don't waste your money. Simply Does not get hot, which is weird as they call it a "HOT" plate.
Not fit for purpose
Thermostat does not allow hot plate to get hot enough for proper cooking. Is suitable for simmering or slow cooking only. Completely unusable for frying and can not sear steak.
The control is unsafe, as it is easy for it to be inadvertently turned on. The 'Caution: Hot Surface" warning rubbed off on first cleaning, too bad if that was important. First bad review I have ever been motivated to write. Truly a terrible product.
Will not heat pan enough to cook eggs
Tried to boil some water to steam veggies, half an hour later water still not boiled. Cooker doesn't seem to produce enough heat to get cooking started but once started you can simmer really well. We purchased this newer model to replace the old kambrook unit we had with only a 4 position switch that wouldn't simmer.
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Doesn't get hot enough to do its job
I bought this, so I could cook some breakfast at my work, but it simply doesn't get hot enough to cook anything within a reasonable amount of time.
I have one of those Tefal fry pans with the red dot in the middle which goes fully red once the frypan is heated, on a camping cooker, this takes 30sec to a min to get hot enough. With this hotplate on the highest setting it never gets hot enough to make the red dot fully red.
Tried cooking bacon and eggs, took about 30 mins to cook the eggs.
I contacted Kambrook and they suggested to take it to a service centre, but its frankly too much hassle for a $50 item.
Hopefully this review will help others to steer clear of wasting $55.
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