not a hot plate at all
The Kambrook single hotplate I purchased performed so poorly, I will be returning it. As described in all of the other reviews here, it did not heat up enough to boil water, or be an effective heat source for other cooking. Very poor product, which is disappointing as Kambrook has always had a good name for appliances... this is the (one) major exception
I have a Kambrook KD50 single coil portable hotplate from 1975. Loyal to the brand and Australian made i recently purchased the new double porttable hotplate, Kambrook KHP2B. Sadly I have uninstalled the new and the 1975 Kambook KD50 is back in service.
Same replies from all above - the hotplates do not heat up as expected.
It is like a week of wet Sundays waiting to boil the billy.
It is impossible to cook anything with this. It just does not heat up at all and the Thermostat light goes on and off but it isn’t even hot. Not even pasta would come back to the boil after pouring on boiling water. To be honest, it’s useless. Do not buy this.
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Well below expectations - Could not even boil Water
Purchased today from Good Guys. Had high hopes this would be a great portable twin hotplate that I would be using often. Put water on the boil on small element. After 20 minutes on max: just hot water, no bubbles, no boiling. Tried boiling the water on the large element: after another 20 minutes (I was being patient and wanted to give it a second chance!), the water didn't boil at all, just same. So I added the pasta anyway and let it kind of swell over the next 15 minutes. I then emptied the saucepan and added some olive oil to start heating u...p the tin of tomatoes for the sauce, and I did hear a little sizzling, but after I added the tinned tomatoes, they only slightly heated up and not reaching boil or simmer at all. Just warmed up. So I had the hotplate on maximum heat for over an hour to (barely!) cook two cups of pasta with sauce. I have decided I would be returning it tomorrow to the store for a refund. I will be sticking with gas or trying another hot plate brand. Thanks.
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Don't even bother
Unless you use copper cookware, lids, or cookware with a thin bottom, don't even bother with this hotplate. I actually bought the same one from The Warehouse just over two years ago and it has been nothing but troublesome. It takes a very long time for the element to heat up, the heat transfer through the hotplate (which I'll assume is cast iron) is quite bad, if both elements are going it robs power from the other, and there are no cold zones for better handling. The hotplate I had before it (albeit a different brand) was a two burner one as well with the same type of technology, wattage, and plate size, but at least that one got hot enough for the plate to glow red, and yes, it did cook better.
Won't cook food or boil water
Neither hotplate heats up enough to boil water in a saucepan. I tried making a stir fry instead, but it's simply not hot enough for cooking! Not sure of the purpose of the product - it's really just an elaborate warming plate for serving food. The heating light also switches off regularly which hints at why it generates so little heat.
neither hotplate heats up enough to boil water. the best it does is simmer after about 20 mins and by then the potatoes were not even hot. there would be no chance of using it to stirfry. it would not even cook a rasher of bacon.do not waste your money buying this product. called the service centre who suggested returning it for a new one. that is a 4 hour round trip so not worth the effort. they just offered an apology!!
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